15 Locations That Could Be in a Wes Anderson Film

15 Locations That Could Be in a Wes Anderson Film

whimsical cinematic worlds of Wes Anderson are instantly
recognisable on the silver screen thanks to candy colours, exacting
symmetry and faded grandeur – and now we’ve tracked them down IRL.
From The Royal Tenenbaums to The Grand Budapest Hotel, these cult
films’ aesthetics are yours for the taking if you know where to
look. If life imitates art then it’s a Wes Anderson world we want
to live in.

Eastern Columbia House

Los Angeles, US

The concept of time, or forgotten time, is a founding
characteristic of Wes Anderson films. His obsession with nostalgia
and bygone eras feature across his film catalogue, suggesting that
he too is a man born in the wrong time period. Rumoured to house
Jonny Depp and John Stamos, the Art Deco beacon in
downtown LA
with its statement clock and rooftop pool is a
glorious testimony to the roaring twenties from afar, but get up
close and you’ll find a neglected landmark.

Somebody’s Office…

Portland, Oregon

A distinct lack of technology is apparent in many Anderson
masterpieces. Blume’s office in Rushmore is all things analogue,
there are switchboard telephones in Moonrise Kingdom and Mr Fox has
a trusty dictaphone. We’re not sure about giving up our MacBooks,
but the retro phone and kitsch décor at this home office in
Portland might stop us from screening so many calls.


Bar Luce

Milan, Italy

Many of Anderson’s sets are 2D optical illusions which have been
expertly (and symmetrically) shot, but Bar Luce in
is the real deal. Housed within the fashion house concept
building Fondazione Prada, the vintage Formica tables, central
clock and retro pinball machines create Anderson’s distinctive
storybook touch.


Largo Isarco,
2, 20139 Milano
MI, Italy


Pfunds Molkerir

Dresden, Germany

This quaint 19th-century shop in the small German town of Dresden was the chosen location for Mendls bakery in The Grand Budapest Hotel, thanks to elaborate tiles and pretty Meissen porcelain. Unfortunately, you can’t get your hands on those delectable courtesan au chocolat pastries though – the shop is actually a creamery.


Bautzner Str. 79,
01099 Dresden,


The Graduate Hotel

Mississippi, US

Those who long to check into The Grand Budapest Hotel need look no further than this boutique bolthole in Mississippi. Filled with eclectic local artwork, deliberately a clashing colour palette and floral prints and palette of pink, navy, teal and blush, all that’s missing is the lingering smell of L’Air de Panache.


400 N Lamar Blvd,
MS 38655,
United States


Little Chalet Motel

Manitoba, Canada

If it wasn’t the wistful clouds gathering above the peaks that prompted you to scream Wes Anderson through a mint-green high-school megaphone then the retro colour palette and futuristic typeface at this Canadian motel will. Race you to the check-in.


1703 Middleton Ave,
MB R7C 1A7,

Húsavík, Iceland

Iceland’s dramatic glaciers have featured in many Hollywood film
sets but nothing compares to this hallmark fuse with Wes Anderson
art. Photographed by Reddit user Milonade, many have asked if
this enviably symmetrical snap came from the man himself.


Gold Crest Motel

New Jersey, US

European modernist exterior? Check. Bold, retro colour palette? Check. Kitsch, ornamentation? Check. Unchanged since it’s genesis in 1950s? This one is what Instagram dreams are made of.


6611 Atlantic Avenue,
Wildwood Crest,
NJ 08260,

II LO High School

Poznań, Poland

Soft pastels dominate Wes Anderson colour wheels and this swathe
of candy floss colours strongly resembles the shoot out scene in
The Grand Budapest Hotel. Safe to say our school definitely did not
look like this.



London, UK

Featured on endless
Instagrammable London
pages for their retro egg-shaped toilets
(even Kylie Jenner couldn’t resist a snap), Sketch
gives us yet another reason to sit down and sip tea out of
quintessential china. Their bubblegum-pink tearoom, multicoloured
tiled flooring and square-set seating ticks all the necessary
Anderson aesthetics.


9 Conduit St,
London W1S 2XG


Schloss Moritzburg

Saxony, Germany

Remember the zebra-patterned wallpaper in The Royal Tenebaums? The dining room of this baroque castle dating back to the 15th century holds Europe’s most valuable hunting collection and was no doubt the inspiration for the iconic wallpaper.


01468 Moritzburg,


Ostel Hostel

Berlin, Germany

Stay in a time-warp museum where you’re encouraged to touch
everything you come across. This Berlin hostel
overflows with faux plotted plants and lava lamps that appear to
have been lifted straight out 1970s Germany… or the prop cupboard
of Rushmore.


Wriezener Karree 5,
10243 Berlin,


City Palace

Jaipur, India

The amber grandeur of the City Palace Jaipur resembles a manicured dollhouse with its miniature windows and ornate facade. The well-heeled guests who once held court here are reminiscent of those looked after by Zero.


Tulsi Marg, Gangori Bazaar,
J.D.A. Market,
Pink City,
Rajasthan 302002,

Flam Railway

Flam, Norway

Constructed from a window frame mounted on a plywood platform,
Gustave H took to the Zubrowka mountains to escape his impending
imprisonment. Slightly better designed, but offering equally as
dramatic view, is the Norwegian
passenger train
that weaves through waterfalls and along the
Flam fjord.


Hotel Bélvedère

Furkapassstrasse, Switzerland

Closed due to the rapid melting of the adjacent Rhone Glacier,
the pitstop Hotel Bélvedère windy roads and
symmetrical windows (obviously) offer a fanciful glimpse into the
mind of an Anderson location scout. We’re available anytime Wes,