Mr. Misadventures and I just binged watched the latest rendition of the classic French character, Arséne Lupin, the gentleman thief featured in Maurice Leblanc novels. It’s called Lupin. One of the things we most enjoyed was spotting the locations where they filmed the series which I am sharing here! It’s kind of a hobby of ours whenever we watch anything filmed in Paris. We have been there so many times (50+ trips) that we make it a competition between the two of us.
In the very modern Lupin series that you can see on Netflix (in French with English subtitles), Omar Sy plays Assane Diop, a man with his own history with Arséne Lupin. I adore Omar Sy! Americans might recognize him from Jurassic World (from 2015 he was the co-trainer of Chris Pratt, he is also slated for the 2022 Jurassic World: Dominion); Call of the Wild (2020 with Harrison Ford), or you may recognize his voice as the hot rod in Transformers: The Last Knight (2017 with Mark Whalberg) but you might not be aware that the film The Upside with Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston is based on the French film Intouchables starring Omar Sy and François Cluzet.
But I love Omar from further back when I used to live in France in the oughts. He used to star in mini-episodes of SAV (Service après-vente des émissions), along with Fred Testot, which were absolutely hilarious! (Here is a mash-up on YouTube) French aren’t known for their customer service and these skits based on customer service calls mercilessly made fun of that fact in never-ending ways! So glad to see him starring in his own show.
But you didn’t come here for my fan rave about Omar Sy! You came to find out where Lupin was filmed. So let’s explore the film locations for the French Netflix series!
On y va (let’s go!)
Season 1: Episode 1/Chapter 1
Here are the locations that show up in episode 1. Several of them show up in other episodes as well.
A large portion of the first episode takes place in the world’s (largest) most famous museum, the Louvre. This was easy and it’s equally easy to find! The Louvre is on the Right Bank side of the Seine right next to the Tuileries Gardin (Jardin des Tuileries) and 2 blocks from one of my favorite Parisian hotels (and a secret bathroom spot), the Westin. The cast got to spend the night in the Louvre to film the episode and Omar Sy spent 20 minutes alone with the Mona Lisa, what a bonus!
Address: Rue de Rivoli in the 1st arrondissement.
During the first episode, Assane meets his ex-wife (it’s unclear if they are divorced or just separated) Claire in a restaurant called L’Appartement. Through the window, you can see the arch of the Porte Saint-Martin.
Address: on the corner of 2 streets: 2 Et 4 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin and 96 Rue René Boulanger in the 10th arrondissement.
Conservatoire de Montreuil
(Thanks to a reader for asking about this one!) Right after his coffee with Claire, Assane visits the guys he owes money to. You see him walking across a blacktop past and past the very unique entrance to the Conservatoire de Montreuil, a music and dance hall with live events constructed in 1976. The building is located in Montreuil outside of Paris.
Address: 13 Avenue de la Résistance, Montreuil.
Marché au Puces de St-Ouen
Assane’s best friend (and fence), Benjamin has a shop in Paris’s most famous flea market which is technically not in Paris but a little outside. Ben’s shop is in Marché Biron. You can get to it via the Metro (Line 4 to Porte de Clignancourt).
Address: Rue des Rosiers in Saint-Ouen.
Nissim de Camondo Museum
The Pellegrini family’s hôtel particulier could be in a few spots in the city of Paris – my guess had been in the hills of Montmartre, but the scenes from the mansion are actually a museum, Nissim de Camondo Museum of decorative arts near Parc Monceau.
Address: 63 Rue de Monceau in the 8th arrondissement (although the Parc Monceau is technically in the 17th).
Pont des Arts
At the end of the first episode, Assane gives his son Raoul a book. It was the same Arséne Lupin novel that his father had given him before he died. He gives him the book as they are walking over the Pont des Arts bridge. This bridge also has a prominent role in my beloved Sex and the City Paris.
Address: in the 6th arrondissement along the Seine.
Season 1: Episode 2/Chapter 2
The story continues with more scenes with the Pelligrini family. Along with revisits to locations that were mentioned in episode 1. Here are the locations that show up in episode 2.
This is where Assane meets Juliette Pelligrini to discuss the stolen necklace. We start to get the hint of a past relationship between these two that comes up a few times in the series and might have implications in the next season. Also in a flashback with his father, you see a young Assane walking on top of a fountain before the rain starts and they run into Mrs. (Anne) Pelligrini. That fountain is the Fontaine de l’Observatoire also in Luxembourg Garden.
Address: the Luxembourg Garden is in the 6th arrondissement and has several entrances: Place Edmond Rostand, Place André Honnorat, Rue Guynemer, and Rue de Vaugirard.
Hôtel Le Meurice
(Thanks to a reader for providing this!) This is the hotel where Anne Pelligrine lives. You can see the logo on the glass doors or windows behind Juliette Pellegrini’s head when she was speaking with the front desk about getting a message. It is near Place Vendome and very close to the Westin where Mr. Misadventures and I have often stayed. I’ve walked by it a million times and I think this is where they filmed it.
Address: 228 Rue de Rivoli in the 1st arrondissement.
Season 1: Episode 3/Chapter 3
Here are the locations that show up in episode 3.
Mairie de Paris Centre/Mairie du 3ème
Despite Paris being a single city, it is as you know, made up of arrondissements. And every arrondissement has a mairie or City Hall. The city hall for the 3rd arrondissement where Assane goes to encounter Commissaire Dumont is on Rue Eugène Spuller right across the street from the lovely Square du Temple – Elie Wiesel. Surveillance footage that the police review shows Rue Perrée which is a side street that the city hall exits on as well.
Address: 2 Rue Eugène Spuller in the 3rd arrondissement.
Season 1: Episode 5/Chapter 5
(There weren’t any “new” locations in Episode 4). Through the first few episodes, I was convinced that Assane lived in the 9th or 10th arrondissement because of some of the views near his “apartment” of Sacré-Cœur. I now know have confirmation of that! His home is at 1 place d’Anvers which is the 9th!
The street that Assane turns on after descending the stairs on his way to meet Claire and Raoul for Raoul’s birthday surprise is the Rue d’Abbeville. He realizes he is being followed and runs into the Garage d’Abbeville and through the parking levels to the roof where we see beautiful rooftop views and Sacré-Cœur before Assane climbs up and makes his escape.
Address: 5 Rue d’Abbeville in the 10th arrondissement.
Rue de Rivoli
In another flashback we see a younger Assane deploying his most gentlemanly charms on a rich older lady (fully decked out in a Chanel suit) who lives on the Rue de Rivoli. This is right down the street from the Westin and Angelina’s and across the street from the Louvre.
Address: On Rue de Rivoli near the Louvre in the 1st arrondissement.
The Train to Le Havre
In the final episode of season 1, Assane surprises his son Raoul with a trip to Étretat. To get there from Paris they had to take the SNCF train from Paris St-Lazare station to Le Havre. While on the train Assane talks about the Château de Fréfossé (also known as Le Fort de Fréfossé) no longer exists but is featured in the Arséne Lupin novel The Hollow Needle.
Le Havre SNCF Station
When the Diop family gets to Le Havre, Assane has a little surprise for the man that he encountered on the train (the same bad guy in the chase scene on the Rue d’Abbeville). We see Assane and the unsuspecting villain at the SNCF station in Le Havre.
Address: 12 Rue Magellan in Le Havre.
Just before the final scenes of the 5th episode and season finale of Lupin, we see Assane and Claire walking on a bridge in the early evening discussing the due date of their baby, which happens to be December 11 or the author of the series Maurice Leblanc’s birthday. You can see the light on top of the Bastille in the scene. That bridge is one of the oldest parts of the Canal Saint-Martin, built in the 1800s.
Address: between the 4th and 12th arrondissements by the Port de l’Arsenal (boat basin) between the Seine and the Place de la Bastille.
The final scenes take place in Étretat in Normandy. Mr. Misadventures and I had a week planned right nearby for this May (2021) but that got postponed because you know The Queen (reference here) and I hope to get there in October 2021! The beautiful and very photographed cliffs are a popular spot to visit given its proximity to Paris. As mentioned above the Hollow Needle famously took place here and there is a museum dedicated to Arsène Lupin called the Le Clos Arsène Lupin. And you can buy Arsène Lupin paraphernalia in town.
Address: (For the museum) 15 Rue Guy de Maupassant in Étretat.
For season 2, I thought the first 2 episodes were a bit on the slow side, but as the chapters continued the story gained momentum! Mr. Misadventures and I had such a great time playing detective on our own figuring out some of these locations! We really on our knowledge of Paris to give us clues. Mr. Misadventures lived in Paris as a student and visited there often after moving away for work. And together Mr. Misadventures and I have been to Paris together more than 50 times, and counting! Shows like Lupin keep us sharp!
Season 2: Episode 1/Chapter 6
Season 2 opens where Season 1 ended, searching for Raoul in Etretat. A magical spot on the coast of Normandy. We don’t stay there long, as Assane quickly leaves the area with Guedira (who Assane nicknames “Ganimard ” after the police officer Inspector Justin Ganimard who was often pitted against Lupin) to search for his son.
As the episode continues, flashbacks from 1995 when Assane, Ben, and Claire were in school (Collège de la Maison d’Education de la Légion d’Honneur Les Loges, in Saint-Germain-en-Laye) begin to be woven into the story. The first time they flashback to 1995 they show the Pont Alexandre in the 8th arrondissement before moving onto a scene with Assane and Ben.
Returning to Normandy, Léonard stops to make a call in Bourneville (in reality they filmed in Les Essarts-le-Roi, Yvelines near Paris and just 30 minutes from Versailles!). He goes into a bar (or the Café de la Mairie in Essarts-le-Roi) to use the telephone and leaves, quickly followed by Assane and Guedira.
They leave the village of Bourneville, narrowly miss getting hit by a TGV train as they search for Léonard who has stopped at an abandoned hunting lodge (chateau). This part of Normandy has lots of forests including Forêt Domaniale de Brotonne and Forêt de Londe-Rouvray so it’s not surprising that there would be a weekend hunting home. Since in reality, they filmed in Yvelines, I haven’t been able to determine where this home is.
Atelier Sandrine Raffin Archetiers
Flashback to 1995 and to scenes at the Lorenzo Archetiers (violin) shop. This is actually the Atelier Sandrine Raffin Archetiers shop. It looks exactly the same, they just changed the name.
Address: 68 Rue de Rome in the 8th arrondissement.
Season 2: Episode 2/Chapter 7
In episode 2 we return to the Pellegrini house or hôtel particulier which is actually a museum, Nissim de Camondo Museum of decorative arts near Parc Monceau.
Address: 63 Rue de Monceau in the 8th arrondissement (although the Parc Monceau is technically in the 17th).
I have no idea where the gas station the police stop to get gas (and where Assane escapes) is. Happy to have someone share if they are local to the area and know it!
Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme
We then transition from the cops in the car to Paris and see an aerial view of Île Saint Louis. And head to the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme a spot I have walked by many times while staying at The Westin Paris – Vendôme which is right down the street! This is where the rehearsal for the Foundation Pelligrini event is taking place, as well as the event to be seen later.
Address: 5 Rue de la Paix in the 2nd arrondissement.
We then see a view of Sacré-Cœur (in the 18th arrondissement) and transition to Assane Diop’s house. Then a street scene driving by the Opéra Garnier (Palais Garnier) in the 9th arrondissement (as the song “I Can See Clearly Now plays in the background, love that song!). Then a flash to the TGV as Claire rides it back to Paris (from Le Havre). She meets up with Ben in Palais Royal right near the Grand Vefour restaurant (where I’ve had an incredible meal and dessert sitting at Victor Hugo’s booth!) in the 1st arrondissement.
Season 2: Episode 3/Chapter 8
Au Roi du Café
Episode 3 opens with Assane and Ben sitting at a terrace. This bistro with orange tables is Au Roi du Café in Saint Ouen near the flea market where Ben has a shop. You get a peek at the fun mural at Sur Le Pouce (58 Rue Jules Vallès), a fast-food restaurant near the cafe, and the Nova radio station building.
Address: 32 Rue Paul Bert, Saint-Ouen France 93400.
Then we see the beautiful top floors of a building. It took Mr, Misadventures a solid hour to find that building which is across the street from La Bourse (16 Place de la Bourse) in the 2nd arrondissement. It is near Vaudeville Brasserie on the corner of Rue Vivienne (where you can also find the Galerie Vivienne, a beautiful passage in Paris) and Rue de la Bourse.
Address: 29 Rue Vivienne in the 2nd arrondissement.
We quickly move to Guedira grabbing a cup of coffee at Sunday in Soho where he gets a text from Assane asking him to meet him at Place Delphine.
Address: 7 Rue Saint-Marc in the 2nd arrondissement.
Flashback to 1995 again and you see Assane and Benhustling at cards on the Quai de Seine (near the Square du Vert Galant). Assane then runs into Juliette at Pont Neuf. This bridge appears in several episodes in season 2, it is significant to Assane and Juliette’s history.
Café Prunier Victor Hugo
Back to the present where Assane and Juliette dine at an art deco restaurant called Café Prunier.
Address: Café Prunier Victor Hugo is located at 16 Avenue Victor Hugo near Avenue Foch in the 16th arrondissement.
They have dinner and then skip out on the tab along Avenue Foch passing by the Jardin du Avenue Foch, then the Arc de Triomphe, and then along the
Quai again to Pont Neuf. And finally to a gated courtyard (a hotel?) that I haven’t figured out yet where Assane drops off Juliette.
Claire stops by Ben’s store in Marché Biron and introduces Ben to her new boyfriend, Marc. He buys a bracelet for Claire. Then we see Juliette working in the Orsay museum where she runs into Assane. [I love the Orsay museum located in the 7th arrondissement and highly recommend a visit and a tour, especially if you are heading out to Giverny.] As Assane leaves Juliette he passes a painting by Pissaro called “The Seine and The Louvre.”
Address: For the Paris Fleamarket (Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen), 99 Allée des Rosiers, Saint-Ouen 93400. For Musée d’Orsay: 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur.
After Juliette discovers the Pissarro in her office she meets Assane in the Buttes-Chaumont park in the 19th arrondissement. This gorgeous residential park has a waterfall and a lake, plus gorgeous city views. It is the perfect spot for a picnic in Paris! After a quick flashback to Pont Neuf again and a scene where Assane steals Claire’s bracelet, you see Assane and Juliette meet at the Temple de la Sybille which is a Roman-style monument found at the highest point in Buttes-Chaumont Park. It’s perched 165 feet above the lake, and it offers stunning panoramic views of Paris.
Address: 1 Rue Botzaris in the 19th arrondissement.
Juliette returns to the Hôtel Le Meurice where her mother, Anne Pelligrine, lives.
Address: 228 Rue de Rivoli in the 1st arrondissement.
Anne meets Guedira in Place Delphine. This is a spot Mr. Misadventures and I return to every trip to Paris. I love it here! Place Delphine is a square in the middle of residential buildings (there are stores and restaurants on the bottom floor as well) located near the western end of the Île de la Cité. I think the café is Le Dauphin.
Address: 20 Place Dauphine in the 1st arrondissement.
The night scenes include Juliette along the Seine at Pont Neuf and Ben calling from the inside of Au Roi du Café.
Season 2: Episode 4/Chapter 9
Tribunal Judiciaire de Paris
The opening scene with the architectural wonder right in the center of the aerial view is the Tribunal Judiciaire de Paris in the 17th arrondissement. That is the building that looks like it has 3 boxes stacked on top of each other. The skyline view serves as a transition into scenes near the court where a businessman is “mugged” for his briefcase which takes place near the Parc de Clichy Batignolles or Martin Luther King Park at 147 Rue Cardinet.
Address: Parvis du tribunal in the 17th arrondissement.
Square of Saint-Jacques Tower
After the scene where the police question Claire, you see Assane talking on his phone with this tower in the background. The Square of Saint-Jacques Tower/Tour Saint-Jacques is behind him as he walks up Rue Nicholas Flamel towards his home where he is going to meet Ben and J’accuse.
Address: 39 Rue de Rivoli, in the 4th arrondissement.
1 place d’Anvers
Assane meets Ben at the entryway to his home located at 1 place d’Anvers. Ben leaves and Assane cooks a meal for J’accuse. During meal prep, bad guy Pascal Oblet enters the home, murders Léonard, and then makes a “911” call reporting the crime. He tells the police the address is “12 Avenue Trudaine,” but that is not really his apartment (although that address is nearby).
Assane calls Ben to tell him the gig is up that he needs to leave asap. We later see him talking on the phone on the street. He is no longer in Saint-Ouen, but rather the area around Bercy Village. It took us a bit of time to find this! But the sign behind Ben as he walks down the stairs towards the bus stop says the Avenue des Terroirs de France, which gave us a clue!
Flashback to 1995 and we see Ben and Assane walking up the stairs of the Denfert Rochereau metro station (exit 1 place Denfert Rochereau for the catacombs) headed towards the Catacombs of Paris.
Address: 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy in the 14th arrondissement.
We then see the two of them in their storage unit but the police catch up to them and they escape into the catacombs following a map they’ve kept since they were boys which leads them to a secret exit at Maison de Solenn at 97 Boulevard de Port-Royal.
Théâtre du Châtelet
The episode ends with Assane and Ben sitting on the Pont au Change facing the Théâtre du Châtelet where the Foundation Pellegrini fundraising event will take place the next day.
Address: 2 Rue Edouard Colonne in the 1st arrondissement.
Season 2: Episode 5/Chapter 10
Bibliothèque de l’Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art
The final episode opens with Assane and Ben walking through the Bibliothèque de l’Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art. They are in the Labrouste Room, which is supposed to hold the largest collection of Arsene Lupin books. They are looking for the perfect candidate to help them in their con/ruse. They spend quite a bit of time there before Stefan Crepon who plays Philippe Courbet shows up. (Stefan also played in The Bureau/Le Bureau des Légendes as César, a series I loved!)
Address: 58 Rue de Richelieu in the 2nd arrondissement.
The last episode centers around the event at Théâtre Châtelet and when it is all said and done, Assane asks Claire and Raoul to meet him at Passerelle Mornay where the final scene takes place.
Well, that’s it! The film locations from the Netflix series Lupin filmed both in Paris and in Normandy. I cannot wait to see season 3 (there are only rumors at this point.)! If you want to watch more Arsène Lupin movies you can check out my former favorite from 2004 on Amazon Prime: Arsène Lupin (the cast includes Kristin Scott Thomas) and there is a 1932 version I haven’t seen available on Turner Home Classics. Or read the novels!
How about you? Did you catch another location that I missed? Do share! Are you a fan of the show? Do tell!
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