Top 10 bars in Paris to have a drink like a movie star

Discover our selection to drink a coffee, herbal tea, mojito or soda in bars, bistros or restaurants of your favorite movies in the City of Light!

Fancy a drink like a movie star?

Who never wanted to be a movie star? An actor or an actress in the middle of filming? Thanks to Fantrippers, live your dream thanks to these 10 places chosen among more than 600 fanspots registered on the site and our Paris guide of the 1000 cult places of films, series, music, comics and novels!

1. Le Café des deux moulins – Amélie

Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) works as a waitress in this café, which has become an icon of international cinema since Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s film. And yet the director had to insist that the former owner put his cameras there. After discovering the place during a lunch in October 1999, her first request was turned down. At the head of the establishment since 1986, Claude Labbé does not wish to impose any upheaval on the other businesses. Jean-Pierre Jeunet undertakes to do everything possible to cause as little disturbance as possible: no filming on weekends or at delivery times, no cables on the sidewalk or production trucks in the street… After questioning his loyal customers, almost all of whom were favorable, Claude Labbé agreed. He won’t regret it. “With this film, I had a unique and magnificent experience. Today, we come from the United States to visit Les Deux Moulins. Jean-Pierre Jeunet knew how to perfectly transcribe the charm of the Parisian cafés and all the poetry of the neighborhood,” he said at the time of his retirement in 2002. And this link with the work is so strong that he decided to sell his establishment, not to the highest bidder, but to the one “best able to preserve Amélie’s coffee. This coffee still exists and is part of the attraction of the place. The menu is entirely revolved around the film, with some of the best selling crème brûlées, and tourists parade to photograph it. Years after the shooting, some even asked Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Jodie Foster to step aside so as not to be in their shot. They did not recognize either the director or the actress. Only the tobacco counter, run by Georgette (Isabelle Nanty), no longer exists today. During the filming, it happened that smoking customers begged the actress to sell them cigarettes. More than just a coffee, a myth!

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2. Café Debussy – Inception

It is on the terrace of the Café Debussy that Cobb explains to Ariane the concept of dreams and their possibilities! This café is actually the Italian restaurant Il Russo. The front has been completely changed for the needs of the film. But just for its terrace and its warm setting, it is worth the detour.

Address: 6 Rue César Franck, 75015 Paris

3. Brasserie Le dôme – Marathon Man

Boulevard du Montparnasse, Restaurant Le Dome, Paris by Britchi Mirela (CC-BY-SA-3.0)
Boulevard du Montparnasse, Restaurant Le Dome, Paris by Britchi Mirela (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

This famous seafood restaurant is the scene of the exchange between Doc and Janeway, so that the former can express his concerns about his safety. Open since 1897, the Dome has survived through the ages, retaining all its beauty and splendid decoration.

Address : 108 Bd du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris

4. Bistrot la Renaissance – Inglourious Basterds

It is here that Shosanna (Mélanie Laurent) meets for the first time a German war hero named Frederik Zoller (Daniel Brühl) who will lead her straight to her goal: to meet Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz), the Nazi colonel responsible for the death of her parents! You could name a bunch of movies where the place was used as a set! Quentin Tarantino chose to shoot a scene there after discovering the beauty of the place in Claude Chabrol’s Le sang des autres.

Address : 112 Rue Championnet, 75018 Paris

5. Le Square Trousseau – Santa Claus is a Stinker

Restaurant Le square Trousseau by megzimbeck
Restaurant Le square Trousseau by megzimbeck

Zézette and Thérèse cheer each other up by having a drink at the bar of this restaurant. Open since 1907 and named after the square just across the street, its pewter-covered wooden countertop, mouldings, mirrors and chandeliers will delight many.

Address : 1 Rue Antoine Vollon, 75012 Paris

6. The Mecano Bar – Little White Lies

Mecano bar, rue Oberkampf by Jeanne Menjoulet (CC-BY-2.0)
Mecano bar, rue Oberkampf by Jeanne Menjoulet (CC-BY-2.0)

Guillaume Canet chose this old hardware store from 1832 as a regular meeting point for the band of friends from his famous film with the dream cast! Everything, from the storefront to the decoration, as well as its location in a trendy district of the 11th arrondissement, makes the Mécano Bar a must in the capital.

Address : 99 Rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris

7. Brasserie les Deux magots – The Intouchables

Omar Sy and François Cluzet, the two main characters of Intouchables of 2011, have dinner in this restaurant. Les Deux magots has a very rich history, and is still frequented by important personalities from the world of arts and literature.

Address : 6 Pl. Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris

8. Le café de la paix – The Aristocats

Rushing to rescue Duchess and the kittens, O’Malley’s gang, followed by Roquefort the mouse, pass by this famous café. Sitting on the terrace, a man is drinking wine. But when he observes the parade of animals, he spills his glass, convinced that he has had too much of the drink. Walt Disney, in love with France, which he discovered in 1918 when he served as a volunteer soldier with the French Red Cross, gave his approval for this film just before his death. The team thus set the story in Paris and included this establishment opened in 1862, frequented by many artists, such as Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Emile Zola or Guy de Maupassant.

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9. The Polidor – Midnight in Paris

Restaurant le Polidor in Paris by Philippe Alès (CC-BY-SA-3.0)
Restaurant le Polidor in Paris by Philippe Alès (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

The Le Polidor brewery welcomed Woody Allen’s cameras to film the meeting between Gil and Ernest Hemingway. A journey through time brilliantly realized in this place with great artists such as Ionesco or Boris Vian.

Address : 41 Rue Monsieur le Prince, 75006 Paris

10. The Nemours – The Tourist

Terrace of the café Le Nemours, Paris 1st arrondissement by Claude Truong-Ngoc (Wikimedia Commons - cc-by-sa-4.0)
Terrace of the café Le Nemours, Paris 1st arrondissement by Claude Truong-Ngoc (Wikimedia Commons – cc-by-sa-4.0)

This mythical restaurant, very close to the Comédie Française, caught the attention of Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, director of the film The Tourist with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. The pretty actress enjoys a tea on this splendid terrace.

Address : 2 à 7 Galerie de Nemours, 2 Place Colette, 75001 Paris

Of course, this selection is questionable. Many cafés and countless terraces have been the backdrop for splendid films. Don’t hesitate to post comments on your favourite places, or to integrate them in fanspots!

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The Paris guide to the 1000 cult places of films, series, music, comics and novels

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The café of Amélie, the mansion of Untouchables, the jazz club of the finale of La La Land, the Hôtel du Nord of the mythical replica of Arletty “Atmosphere”, the cinema of A bout de souffle, the restaurant of Ratatouille, the quays of the Seine of Midnight in Paris, the secret places of the Da Vinci Code, the grocery store of January in La Traversée de Paris , the Bridge of Inception and Peur sur la ville, the addresses of the spectacular scenes of Mission Impossible 6, but also series Call my agent, Gears, Le Bureau des légendes, Sense8, Sex and The City, Gossip Girl…

Etienne Daho’s Café de Flore, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s hotel in Nas in Paris, Serge Gainsbourg’s Poinçonneur des Lilas metro station, Serge Reggiani and Marc Lavoine’s Mirabeau Bridge, Mc Solaar’s Lyon station…

The places evoked in the comics Adèle Blanc-Sec, Largo Winch, Blake and Mortimer, Michel Vaillant…

But also in the novels of Ernest Hemingway, Victor Hugo, Leo Malet, Daniel Pennac, Marc Levy, Guillaume Musso… you’ll find all the must-see places of Parisian Pop Culture in this new guide.

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By Damien Duarte

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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