A Wes Anderson movie is a portal to an alternate universe — a world where The Kinks play on repeat, the clothing is vintage and the tableau is oddly symmetrical. In 2015, Anderson brought this stylish vision to life in the form of Bar Luce, a mid-century take on a typical Milanese cafe, complete with formica furniture, veneered wall panels and an arched ceiling that nods to the vaulted glass roof of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in downtown Milan.
“While I do think it would make a pretty good movie set,” the filmmaker said in a statement for Fondazione Prada, the arts institution Bar Luce calls home. “I think it would be an even better place to write a movie. I tried to make it a bar I would want to spend my own nonfictional afternoons in.”
As expected, Bar Luce became an Instagram darling, prompting fans to plan their vacations around a visit. But for those who can’t afford to make a stop in Milan, there’s always the Accidental Wes Anderson subreddit, where fans trade real-life snapshots of settings that could have appeared in his movies. There are grand English manors, Norwegian fjords and churches with brilliant stained windows; some specific, others obscure. We collected a few of our favorites, along with ideas for how to explore them.