It was a beautiful sunny day in Paris. Perfect for exploring. We had just been to see Sacre Coeur in Montmartre. On top of the hill, you get a clear view of the city. We took a stroll down the hill into Montmartre in search of Des Deux Molins, the cafe made famous by the 2001 film Amélie.
The cafe is filled with a warm glow. It must have inspired the grade of the final film, to help capture the ambience of the cafe.
Make no mistake. This cafe is definitely on the tourist circuit. Customers are continuously taking photos, trying to capture the scene to share with friends back home. I can include myself amongst them. It doesn’t seem to bother any of the staff, and the customers are all as guilty as each other. After all, we’re here for the fun of it.
My friend and I decided to get the cheese board to share for lunch. I suggested we get some bread to go with it, but she just laughed at me. “This is France, you get bread with everything”. We busied ourselves taking photos like the tourists we were, sneaking photos of interesting customers. My friend was obsessed with the man in the hat and trench coat behind me, and kept framing him in the picture, pretending to take a photo of me. I was less subtle, and was caught taking a photo of a customer ordering at the bar. Luckily I was saved just as the waiter brought our lunch to the table, and gave me a distraction.
If you had asked me a month before my Paris trip if I would eat blue cheese, I would have laughed in your face. Fortunately I had eaten it in a salad the week before, and didn’t mind it as much as I thought I would. This time I actually enjoyed eating it with bread from the platter. I guess it’s true what your parents say. You do come to appreciate things you hated as a kid.
The cafe is decorated with memorabilia from the film, the largest collection, oddly, is located in a glass cabinet in the bathroom. The rest of the cafe is decorated with a modernised version of the 1950’s. It’s quite retro, and there are lots of antique clocks and radios scattered around. I thought the ceiling fans were the coolest feature (no pun intended).
While there is no denying that des Deux Moulins is a touristy destination, don’t let that put you off. The food is good, and there is a great vibe to the place. The staff are friendly, and all the customers are happy and excited to be there, and that can only be a good thing. If you find yourself in Montmartre, you should pay des Deux Moulins a visit, and sneak a photo of the man in the hat and trench coat for my friend.