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Café des 2 Moulins: Amélie’s Café, Montmartre

Author: Posted on: September 14, 2010 at 10:29 am

I’m almost embarrassed to admit it. I’m not a big fan of the Amélie movie. Although I enjoyed watching Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain for its quirkiness and the Montmartre setting, much like cupcake mania, I could not partake in the hype that swept the world over.

From Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s work, I particularly favour Delicatessen and the City of Lost Children/ La cité des enfants perdus over this cinematic piece for hopeful romantics. Notwithstanding my preferences, when a leisurely walk in Montmartre is interrupted by threatening cloud, we find ourselves in front of Café des 2 Moulins, also known as Amélie’s Café.

Café des Deux Moulin - Amélie’s Café Montmartre

Café des 2 Moulins

Located at the intersection of Rue Lepic and Rue Cauchois within a short distance of Moulin de la Galette, the café is easily recognisable with its vivid red awning. An ardoise sign near the entrance welcomes you with Bienvenue au Café d’Amélie and asks you to become a fan of their Facebook page.

Café des Deux Moulin - Amélie’s Café Montmartre

Café des Deux Moulin - Amélie’s Café Montmartre

Café des 2 Moulins: blackboard and entrance

Inside, there’s an air familiarity to devout movie fans. A gnome occupies a vantage position at the bar and a framed poster of Audrey Tautou smiles at people from behind the glass.

Café des Deux Moulin - Amélie’s Café Montmartre

Amélie smiling behind glass

Café des Deux Moulin - Amélie’s Café Montmartre

Gnome at the bar

We are asked if we have come to eat or have a drink then we’re shown to a table. I take note of the patrons. The French are occupying the area near the bar, while the fans are seated in the rear section of the café amongst the memorabilia.

The table covers depicting scenes from the movie serve a dose of nostalgia. The café sells a set of 10 for a measly 3 €. Alternatively, they turn a blind eye if you decide to take your own table cover with you as a souvenir.

Café des Deux Moulin - Amélie’s Café Montmartre

Amélie table covers

Observing people, particularly girls and young couples as they enter the café is a fun pastime. Even the boyfriends/husbands are taken by the Amélie phenomenon. Once you step inside the café, you can’t help but feel as if you have taken part in the movie.

Café des Deux Moulin - Amélie’s Café Montmartre Café des Deux Moulin - Amélie’s Café Montmartre

Café des Deux Moulin - Amélie’s Café Montmartre Café des Deux Moulin - Amélie’s Café Montmartre

Scenes from Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain on the table covers

Our waitress is very busy attending to star struck fans but she is friendly to everyone, slipping into English to take the order from a group of young Americans and other tourists struggling with their limited French.

Café des Deux Moulin - Amélie’s Café Montmartre

Café des Deux Moulin - Amélie’s Café Montmartre Café des Deux Moulin - Amélie’s Café Montmartre

Amélie menu

The menu is presented with a photo of Amélie on the cover. There’s a good choice of light meals including salads, charcuterie platters even a selection from Les Plat du Jour d’Amélie!

Café des Deux Moulin - Amélie’s Café Montmartre

croque-monsieur

We order croque-monsieur fraîcheur du maraîcher, a glass of vin rouge for Mr G and a Perrier pour moi. They serve a good croque, with a sizeable piece of toasted bread with enough ham and melted cheese just the way I like. The salad is fresh with a light balsamic dressing. We end the meal with un petit café.

Café des Deux Moulin - Amélie’s Café Montmartre Café des Deux Moulin - Amélie’s Café Montmartre

Perrier mon amour bottle, Gourmantic was here

If you’re a fan of the Amélie movie, go to Café des 2 Moulins for a light meal. The food won’t break the budget. The ambience is convivial and catchy. The service is efficient while remaining friendly and welcoming. The staff allow you to indulge your Amélie whims and you can take as many photos as you like.

Café des Deux Moulin - Amélie’s Café Montmartre Café des Deux Moulin - Amélie’s Café Montmartre

Memorabilia behind glass in the unisex amenities

And while you’re there, make sure you visit the unisex toilet with your camera for more Amélie memorabilia.

Maybe I’m just an incurable romantic at heart.

Café des Deux Moulin - Amélie’s Café Montmartre

Café des 2 Moulins
15 Rue Lepic
18eme Arrondissement
Paris

For more suggestions on where to eat in Paris, don’t miss our Paris Restaurant and Bistro Guide.

Corinne

Corinne is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues.

She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards for 2013 and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List for 2013.


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28 Comments to “Café des 2 Moulins: Amélie’s Café, Montmartre”

  1. Martin says:

    I like Amelie but I’d agree… Delicatessan is a better flick and sits in my top 20 of all time. Looks fun… but now you have me wondering why there isn’t a Delicatessan themed café!

    • Gourmantic says:

      Can you imagine what a Delicatessen-themed café would be serving?! It would be a fun concept… if it was all make belief! :)

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  3. Sandra says:

    Oh la la, I have seen that movie so many times… I loved it but I don’t think I could watch it again, I can’t stand her anymore! A friend of mine says he just wants to slap her! I agree with you on Delicatessen and La cité des enfants perdus, I like it a bit darker! I wouldn’t mind catching a glimpse of the café though next time I’m in Paris, that Croque-monsieur looks pretty good and generously portioned :-)

    • Gourmantic says:

      That’s funny! I think anything good that gets a lot of hype begins to lose its flavour. Definitely go there next time you’re in Paris, the ambience is very catchy! :)

  4. Jen Laceda says:

    Not really a big Amelie movie fan, but because it was set in Paris and I love Paris, then by default, I guess I ought to like the movie :) I’m glad to hear the cafe prices are still fair and reasonable.

    • Gourmantic says:

      Anything in Paris… n’est-ce pas? :) They must be doing it right at the café since they cater to the fans and the locals.

  5. Jools Stone says:

    The table mats are fab, those people know the tourist goldmine they’ve got themselves! If you like Paris movie trivia you should get a copy of Michael Schurmann’s Paris Movie Walks book. From it I learned that the cafe was the director’s local for many years before he used it as a key location in the film.
    http://www.amazon.com/Paris-Movie-Walks-Guided-Through/dp/1887140832/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

  6. Forest says:

    I agree…i’m more of a Delicatessen and La cité des enfants perdus fan. But, the Amelie cafe is not far from my place, so I do stop in there from time to time. And last time I was there (a few months back) i was happy to notice that, yes, prices are still decent and the service was friendly.

  7. I did like Amelie – I loved her impish sense of humour and nothing against the movie – but one of my colleagues played the soundtrack over and over until I wanted to go psycho on her.. so I sort know how you feel. Haven’t seen Delicatessan and will now ;) Oh – the cafe & the croque monsieur looks delish too!

    • Gourmantic says:

      If you enjoy dark humour, you’ll like Delicatessen. The characters are very quirky! It’ll make you hungry, but not for a croque-monsieur! ;)

  8. Tuula M says:

    I’ve seen Amelie a bunch of times via my French classes, believe it or not! It was a real kick to watch it in French the first time even though I didn’t understand half of it… Agree that the shots & scenes from the cafe are quite funny – haven’t been there yet, so thanks for taking me virtually :) -really incredible photos!

    • Gourmantic says:

      Thanks Tuula :)
      What a fun way to learn the French language! I’ve seen it in French with English subtitles and it’s a lot of fun in the original language.

  9. Hilarious! Oddly comforting to see that Americans don’t have a lock on cross-promotion. :)

    • Gourmantic says:

      Watching the group of young Americans at the café being taken in by the ambience was part of the fun. The guys make good ambassadors for romantic films! :)

  10. Krista says:

    I liked Amelie but now I simply have to watch the other two you recommended! :-) What a fun, quirky place to have lunch. The gnome makes me smile. :-)

    • Gourmantic says:

      Cute, isn’t he! Like he knows everything and he’s watching everyone while keeping silent.
      I think you’d enjoy the other movies :)

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