You’re traveling to Paris for the upcoming Shadowhunters convention, or are just curious about where they filmed all those beautiful scenes in episode 3×12? Here’s our guide for a little day trip through the city, including all the spots that were featured on the show.
Season 3 of Shadowhunters came with a bunch of beautiful sets and locations. One of the most outstanding ones was featured in episode 3×12: While Clary and Jonathan were on the run from the Clave, they spent some time in Paris. And so did Katherine McNamara, Luke Baines, Dominic Sherwood and parts of the crew. Instead of recreating the city virtually, they got to travel to France and film several scenes on site.
With the Hunters of Shadow 3 convention coming up this weekend, several hundreds of Shadowhunters fans are going to be in Paris soon. And what better way to explore the city than by visiting some old filming locations from the show, right? Here’s a little tour guide, assembled by one of our French admins, for those of you who are curious about where Shadowhunters was filmed or are planning to follow the paths of Clary and Jonathan on their trip to the City of Lights.
Rue Girardon – Le Moulin de la Galette
One of the first locations we get to see in the episode is the street Jonathan portaled the apartment to. More precisely, a restaurant located in that very same street. It’s called Le Moulin de la Galette and can be found in the middle of the artists’ quarter Montmartre, not far from the famous church Sacré Cœur.
The windmill we see in the scene is a relict from the 17th century, and is actually made up of two former windmills: the Blute-fin and the Radet. The restaurant owes its name to the famous rye bread called Galette, which was originally made with flour from both mills. Once the mills were no longer needed for their original purpose, the Blute-fin got turned into a cabaret, a music hall and eventually a radio and television studio. The Radet mill was turned into a Guinguette, a small tavern typically frequented by actors and singers. It is also a famous motive on many paintings of artists who lived in Paris around that time, such as Renoir, Picasso or Toulouse-Lautrec.
Both mills were merged in the 20th century and are now a restaurant serving traditional French cuisine. If you’re hungry, you can grab a two-course meal including typical French dishes near “Jonathan’s place” for about 35€.
How to get there: Lamarck-Caulaincourt (métro 12) or Abbesses (métro 2)
Rue de l’Abreuvoir – La Maison Rose
After raiding Lilith’s closet to make sure all their runes are covered, Jonathan and Clary head out to get breakfast, and walk through the next stop on this little tour through Paris: Rue de l’Abreuvoir, which is just a few minutes away from Rue Girardon. The most prominent feature about that street is the pink house which can be seen in the background in a few shots. It’s called La Maison Rose and is famous mostly for its unusual color and for all the artists who used to go there frequently.
The house owes its fame to Laure Gargallo, also known as Germaine Pichot. She was married to painter Ramon Pichot, worked as a model for Picasso and was friends with many other artists. She wanted to create a place where all of her friends could stop by, spend some time together and share a meal. Her idea turned into a successful business, and La Maison Rose is still a restaurant today. It’s mostly frequented by tourists, but it’s also a place that a lot of students like to go to as it’s not that expensive. If you have enough time, you should definitely consider stopping by for a drink or a meal. Who knows, you might order something Picasso used to like!
How to get there: Lamarck-Caulaincourt (métro 12)
Place de la Sorbonne – Les Patios
Still hungry after wandering through Paris’ gorgeous artists’ quarter? Well, let’s head to Les Patios. That’s the café Jonathan took Clary to, to enjoy a French croissant and a hot chocolate. It’s located at Place de la Sorbonne and if you sit down there to have a drink or a snack, you’ll see an impressive old building right across from you. That’s Sorbonne University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Paris. The building across from the Les Patios is actually its chapel. It was built under Richelieu’s orders, who was a famous cardinal and politician under King Louis XIII. and attended classes at the Sorbonne himself.
Les Patios is a great place to have brunch at and enjoy the view of the square. Also, if you’re there, make sure to visit Jardin de Luxembourg, which is one of the most beautiful parks in Paris and just a few minutes’ walk away.
How to get there: Cluny-La Sorbonne (métro 10), Luxembourg (RER B)
Pont de l’Archevêché
This bridge is where Jonathan first tells Clary about the Morgenstern Sword, and also where we first meet our French Shadowhunter (played by Charlie Morgan). It connects the city of Paris to Île de la Cité, a relatively small island located in the middle of the Seine.
Pont de l’Archevêché is mostly famous for one thing: the padlocks that couples from all over the world used to put onto its railings. People used to put them onto the banisters of nearby Pont des Arts, but when the Parisian authorities had the locks removed, the tourists started to put their locks on Pont de l’Archevêché instead. Unfortunately, those locks also had to be removed as they quickly became too heavy for the railings to handle the weight.
The bridge also offers a gorgeous view at one of Paris’ most famous sights – the Notre Dame Cathedral. Unfortunately, the cathedral currently looks a little different from what it looked like on the show. A fire destroyed most of its roof earlier this year, so there’s scaffolding now where the roof used to be and the church is closed for tourists. But it’s still one of the city’s most impressive buildings and worth a visit.
How to get there: Cité (métro 4)
Rue du Mail
After running into the French Shadowhunter on the bridge near Notre Dame, Clary and Jonathan head to an antiques shop in Rue de Mail to get some intel about the Morgenstern Sword. That shop actually exists, just its field of business is a little different from the show – you can buy fabrics there instead of antiques!
Later on in the episode, we get to see that street again when the French Shadowhunter tracks Clary down and accuses her of stealing his stele and being an impostor. He ends up arresting her, and if you follow their trails and walk down the street, you’ll end up in front of a bakery called Moulin de la Vierge Victoires. This is where Clary revealed her true identity to the Shadowhunter, just before Jonathan found them. If you have some time on your hands, you might want to grab a croissant there and enjoy it on Place de Petits Prères, which Clary and the Shadowhunter cross moments before Jonathan catches up to them. At this point in the tour you may need to take a break, so this is the perfect place to do so.
How to get there: Sentier (métro 3)
Pont de Bir Hakeim
We’ve reached the point in the tour when Clary’s short Parisian adventure came to an end as she was joined by Jace, Luke, and Alec who had portaled over to rescue her. It’s another well-known historic monument, built in from 1903 to 1905 in order to replace another bridge that had been in the same spot.
The bridge serves mainly as support for the railways of métro line 6. Pedestrians can use the lower level, which is also where the scenes from Shadowhunters were filmed. The bridge is famous for its metal colonnades and is a very popular location for photo shoots. It has also starred in a few film and TV productions, such as Inception, National Treasure: Book of Secrets or Dexter and several music videos of Janet Jackson, Ayumi Hamasaki or Lay from the K-Pop group EXO. And if you look to the side, you won’t be able to miss our dear old Iron Lady.
How to get there: Bir Hakeim (métro 2), Champs de Mars – Tour Eiffel (RER C)
The Shadowhunters crew filmed all across Paris when they were in town last year, so all of the locations are pretty far away from each other. If you want to see them all in one go, here is the easiest and shortest route:
– Rue de l’Abreuvoir
– Le Moulin de la Galette
– Rue du Mail
– Pont de l’Archevêché
– Les Patios (15 minutes walk from Pont de l’Archevêché)
– Pont de Bir Hakeim
…Or the other way around! Either way, it’s a nice day trip for any Shadowhunters fan and will let you experience Paris in a way that’s slightly different from what the guide books might recommend. We hope you enjoyed this little tourist guide and maybe even get to see some of the places yourself someday. They are all worth a visit.
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