Our list of famous movie locations in Paris is for cinephiles looking to imagine themselves as their favourite characters. As one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it has inspired hundreds of directors to use its streets, buildings, and bridges as the backdrop to their movies. The city's beautifully preserved historic sites are perfect for period drama, while its wide roads make a great setting for dramatic car chases.

    One of the most fun things to do in Paris is stroll around the streets and spot iconic places that you've already seen in action-packed blockbusters, arthouse flicks, or classic films. Let famous film directors guide your trip around the City of Lights, as we show you some of the best movie locations in Paris.

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    Avenue des Champs-Élysées

    Charade (1963) and Taken (2008)

    Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a wide, tree-lined boulevard in the heart of Paris, constructed in the 17th century. It links such celebrated Parisian sights as the Arc de Triomphe, the Élysée Palace and the Place de la Concorde, and hosts parades, parties, and major celebrations. It's the quintessential Parisian setting for any film.

    It's on the Champs-Elysées that Liam Neeson has a clandestine meeting with an old CIA contact in the riveting thriller movie Taken (2008). The Champs-Élysées Gardens, which border the avenue, are also where Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant meet up at a marionette show in Charade (1963). Marionette artists still perform in the park's Théâtre Guignol, keeping alive a tradition that started in 1818. 

    Location: Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France

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    Café des Deux Moulins

    Amélie (2001)

    Café des Deux Moulins is a timeless French bistro located in the charming cobbled streets of Montmartre. It's also the cafe where the titular character works in Amélie (2001), the endearing tale of an eccentric girl's life in Paris. The cafe still looks almost exactly as it did in the film, giving you a taste of what makes classic Parisian bistros so famous.

    Try their 'Crème Brûlée d'Amélie', a classic crème brûlée dish flavoured with vanilla beans, which featured in the film as Amélie's favourite treat. Amélie also has a burger named after her, topped with foie gras and onions, and the menu also features French classics like beef bourguignon and duck confit.

    Location: 15 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris, France

    Open: Monday–Friday from 7 am to 2 am, Saturday–Sunday from 8 am to 2 am

    Phone: +33 (0)1 42 54 90 50

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    Church of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont

    Midnight in Paris (2011)

    Woody Allen's whimsical fantasy film Midnight in Paris (2011) is filled with beautiful Parisian scenery, but if you only visit one, make it the Church of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont. On the broad steps in front of this beautiful 16th-century church, Owen Wilson's character is transported back in time to Jazz Age Paris and whisked away to meet Hemingway, Dalí and Gertrude Stein.

    The church contains several 17th-century stained-glass windows, a highly embellished antique organ, and the only surviving rood screen in Paris. It's also home to the tomb of Saint Geneviève, patron saint of Paris, who rests in an ornate gold sarcophagus. Sit out on the steps as the sun goes down and recreate your cinematic Paris moment.

    Location: Place Sainte-Geneviève, 75005 Paris, France

    Phone: +33 (0)1 43 54 11 79

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    La Grande Cascade Restaurant

    Belle de Jour (1967) and Paris When It Sizzles (1964)

    La Grande Cascade is housed in a former royal hunting lodge and is the most luxurious and opulent restaurant in Paris. As such, it's been used as a setting for many classic French films. This is the restaurant Séverine (played by Catherine Deneuve) meets her lover in the controversial film Belle de Jour (1967).

    More romantically, this famous movie location in Paris is also where William Holden and Audrey Hepburn dine together in the romantic comedy Paris When It Sizzles (1964). It's a perfect setting for romance, with sumptuous interiors and graceful Art Nouveau ironwork framing sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows. Sit on the terrace and take in the views of the surrounding Bois de Boulogne, a beautifully landscaped public park.

    Location: Carrefour de Longchamp, 75016 Paris, France

    Open: Daily from 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm and from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)1 45 27 33 51

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    Pont de Bir-Hakeim

    Inception (2010) and Last Tango in Paris (1972)

    Pont de Bir-Hakeim is a graceful steel bridge with flowing Art Nouveau lines. It's named after a WWII battle and features many commemorative plaques dedicated to French soldiers. You'll probably recognise the structure from Inception (2010), where it's used as the eerie mirror bridge that Ariadne creates in her dream.

    Bir-Hakeim Bridge is also the place where Marlon Brando sees his lover for the first time in Last Tango in Paris (1972). It's a favourite spot for fashion shoots and wedding pictures, thanks to cinematic views of the Eiffel Tower in the background. From the bridge, you can reach Allée des Cygnes, a pretty park in the middle of the River Seine.

    Location: Pont de Bir-Hakeim, 75015 Paris, France

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    Place Vendôme

    How to Steal a Million (1966)

    An elegant plaza at the centre of Paris, the Place Vendôme was built by Louis XIV in the 17th century. Its graceful colonnaded buildings are home to elegant hotels and the city's most upmarket boutiques. It's at the Place Vendôme that Peter O'Toole tests his boomerang by throwing it off his hotel balcony in How to Steal a Million (1966).

    You'll also spot the Place Vendôme briefly in a high-speed car chase through Paris in The Bourne Identity (2002), and as the location of Langdon's stylish hotel in The Da Vinci Code (2006). In the middle of the square, a towering bronze column created from hundreds of melted enemy cannons is topped by a statue of Napoleon Bonaparte.

    Location: Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, France

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    Hôtel de Soubise

    Marie Antoinette (2006) and Mission: Impossible Fallout (2018

    Hôtel de Soubise is a famous movie location in Paris, serving as the setting of many period dramas. Most notably, it stood in for the Palace of Versailles in Sofia Coppola's lush historic epic, Marie Antoinette (2006). Several scenes were filmed in the drawing room, ornately decorated in powder blue and gold with a breathtaking chandelier.

    A beautiful 18th-century mansion with formal gardens, Hôtel de Soubise was also used as the Paris home of the White Widow in Mission: Impossible Fallout (2018) and doubled as the residence of the French President in the opening sequence of The Day of the Jackal (1973). It currently houses the National Archives, and hosts exhibitions and musical performances throughout the year.

    Location: 60 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75003 Paris, France

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    Promenade Plantée

    Before Sunset (2004)

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    Promenade Plantée is an elevated 3-mile walkway along an abandoned railway line. It cuts right through the centre of Paris from the Bastille to the Bois de Vincennes, with panoramic views of Parisian rooftops along the way. The walkway resembles a formal garden, with large trees and rose bushes that climb arching pergolas, and decorated with small reflecting pools.

    Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy took a romantic stroll along the promenade in Before Sunset (2004), while they relived the night they met. The film also takes a turn around famous Paris landmarks like Pont Neuf and bookshop Shakespeare & Company, so it's worth watching for Paris fans dreaming of their next visit.

    Location: 1 Coulée verte René-Dumont, 75012 Paris, France

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    Church of Saint-Sulpice

    The Da Vinci Code (2006)

    The magnificent 17th-century Church of Saint-Sulpice is famous for its striking chapel frescoes, painted by renowned French artist Eugène Delacroix. The church became famous when it featured in The Da Vinci Code (2006), where it holds one of the key clues that lead to the discovery of the Holy Grail.

    In the film, the characters visit Saint-Sulpice to see the 'Rose Line', a pagan astronomical device that marks the Paris Meridian. The Rose Line is fictional, but the church does have a brass line set on the floor, which runs north to south. The spring equinox and the summer solstice are marked on the line by a gold disk and a marble plaque.

    Location: 2 Rue Palatine, 75006 Paris, France

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 7.30 pm

    Phone: +33 (0)1 42 34 59 98

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    Pont des Arts

    The Bourne Identity (2002) and Sex and the City (2008)

    Pont des Arts is instantly recognisable from the thousands of small locks decorating the sides. It's a popular spot for lovers to come and add their own lock to the bridge, symbolising their everlasting love. Pont des Arts featured in the dramatic finale of Sex and the City (2008), where Mr Big and Carrie share a romantic kiss on the bridge.

    Numerous action movies have used the bridge, from the scene where Jason Bourne mysteriously vanishes in The Bourne Identity (2002) to the dramatic final reveal at the end of the heist thriller Now You See Me (2013). After you've snapped a few pictures, you can continue to the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe on the north bank.

    Location: Pont des Arts, 75006 Paris, France

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    Victoria Hughes | Contributing Writer

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