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 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 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.
Amélie smiling behind glass
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 2 Moulins
15 Rue Lepic
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