Film Locations: 10 Highlights from Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”

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Woody Allen packed his film Midnight in Paris with so many notable spots that besides the conspicuous halls of Versailles, it is difficult to pick them all out. Not taking into account the initial montage of Parisian landmarks, these are ten of our favorite spots, ranging from Maxim’s to the Quai de la Tournelle.

1. Le Grand Véfour

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The first (awkward) lunch we see Gil and Inez have with her parents takes place at this 200-year-old establishment. Currently under the direction of chef Guy Martin, the lavish interior matches the 3-star meals for which the restaurant is known. It opened in 1784 as Le Café Chartres and as the surrounding cafes began to close, it turned into a luxury restaurant frequented by the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte, Voltaire, Simone de Beauvoir, and Henri Balzac. The name comes from the owner during the Restoration, Jean Véfour. Despite several changes in owners and a closing that lasted from 1905 to 1947, le Grand Véfour remains a fixture of the Paris experience.

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