Much like people in real life, characters in films have got to eat. As a result, scenes set in restaurants have given film some of its best movie moments. Think When Harry Met Sally or the chaotic mess of the restaurant scene in Mrs Doubtfire.
If you’re a movie buff, you’ve probably thought at least once about whether you can go to some of the places in your favourite films. Sadly, a lot of locations featured in movies are just sets, which are dismantled at the end of filming.
Luckily, restaurants are usually hired out and used for movies. The best part about this is that, once filming is done, they continue on as restaurants – meaning you are free to visit them whenever.
In this article, you’ll find five famous restaurant scenes laid out and how and where you can visit them now!
- Dans le Noir, About Time
Dans le Noir is the real-life restaurant Tim and Mary visit on their first date in About Time. The date is particularly interesting due to the unique nature of the restaurant. At Dans le Noir, you dine in the dark. Like, complete darkness.
By removing your sense of sight, the thought is that you will experience the taste of your food in a different way. They serve gourmet food, so the taste experience should be pretty excellent. Plus, you can make new connections because you have no clue who you will be sitting next to.
You can find Dans le Noir at 69-73 St John Street, London EC1M 4AN, England.
- Katz’s Delicatessen, When Harry Met Sally
One of the most iconic scenes from the popular rom-com When Harry Met Sally occurs in a restaurant. Namely, Katz’s Delicatessen. Katz’s Delicatessen wasn’t made popular by the movie – it’s actually been going since 1888, but the film has boosted the number of people who stop by for food.
At the delicatessen, you can have a range of meat-based sandwiches. Famous for their pastrami sandwiches, you’ll find Katz’s a great place to stop for lunch.
You can find Katz’s Delicatessen at 205 East Houston Street (corner of Ludlow St), New York City, 10002.
- Twede’s Cafe, Twin Peaks
A well-known spot from David Lynch’s Twin Peaks is the Double R Diner, where FBI special agent Cooper would frequently stop for some cherry pie and a “damn fine cup of coffee”.
In reality, the Double R Diner is known as Twede’s Cafe, but you’ll be pleased to know they do serve cherry pie and coffee as part of their menu. So, get to the cafe in your best outfit and order his menu. Then pray you don’t get wrapped up in any mysterious business. If you really want to get into the spirit, you can use a vehicle delivery service to bring your 50s-esque car to park outside the diner.
You can find Twede’s Cafe at 137 W North Bend Way, North Bend, WA 98045, United States.
- Randy’s Donuts, Iron Man 2
We all know the scene. We all know the film. But, by launching over twenty movies and several TV shows that now make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Man 2 and all its locations now hold an extra level of specialness.
Randy’s Donuts is open 24 hours, so you can stop by whenever. The Randy’s Donuts from the film is located in Inglewood, but they have several locations across the US you can use if you can’t travel all the way.
But for the purists, you can find Randy’s Donuts at 805 West Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301.