Getting excited at the Café des deux Moulins
Café des deux Moulins (The Two Windmills) is now one of the most visited cafes in Paris. Why, if you know your films, then you know a lot of scenes from the 2001 smash-hit film ‘Amelie’ was filmed here. So I had to check it out after finding out where the cafe was. After walking the whole length of Rue Lepic from Anvers metro station, I found out that the cafe is about a two minute walk from the Moulin Rouge and the metro station of Blanche! Oh well, I knew the cafe straight away from the outside, so I was like a child in an candy store, getting all excited. On entering, the staff gave me and my wife Olga a great welcome and straight away had a table for two for us near the main entrance. It was lunch time, but whilst we were there, people come and go and the place got a lot quieter. I start with the film set before the cafe. The place is about 90% of how it was shot in the film. The only big thing which is missing is the TABAC counter on the right hand side of the bar which is now a table with four chairs and also the glass panel half way down the cafe where Amelie writes the ‘menu of the day’ on it, is now gone. Behind the toilet door where the deranged middle aged man with the voice recorder and the tabac lady have sex against the door, is where the telephone area is based, but it is not there now, and instead souvenirs and other bits and bobs from the film is displayed behind glass.
The bar, the table lay out, the decor is all how you would expect it to be in the film, even the outside is the same but I am sure there was some film editing to make the cafe look like it is in a spacious area of Paris, and not shoved up against other buildings. The drinks cost slightly more here than in other cafes but what would you expect, its a tourist trap for film goers. Olga had a Cappuccino (€4.40) and I had the Chocolat Chaud (€3.80) which was very small but very tasty and chocolaty. I also ordered a glass of coke (which was like a pint) and this cost me €5.90! The food, Olga ordered the Croque Madame (which is cheese and ham toastie with a fried egg on top) with salad (€10.60) whilst I went plain and boring and typical tourist so I had a hamburger with chips (€12.60). Both of these food were the cheapest on the menu but they were huge and filling.
We decided to stay a little bit longer and had a desert. Why, we just had to try one of Amelie’s Creme Brulee (€6.80) which was shown in the film, despite the price and the size, it was very nice. In total our bill came to €44.10 and I just gave them a €50 note and told them to keep change. Why, the staff were ever so friendly, took photos of me and Olga at the table, and they even allowed me to wander around the cafe taking photos of everything! I had such a great time here, because I am huge fan of the film (to Olga its an overpriced tourist trap cafe as she hasn’t seen the film), but I don’t think I would come here again because it is so expensive. A once in a lifetime chance for me, I took it and loved it! If you are a fan of the film, then come to the Café des deux Moulins for lunch but bring loads of money.