How to Travel This Year’s Oscar Contenders —

Make a cinematic escape to these five Oscar–nominated movie locations.


From a moody getaway in Nova Scotia, to a walk through one of Seoul’s under–the–radar neighbourhoods, be inspired to visit one of these five places where some of this year’s critically acclaimed Oscar–nominated movies were filmed on location.

January 24, 2020
  1. Catch a movie at a cinema from Tinseltown’s golden age —

    Make like Tarantino’s leads Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and enjoy late–night dining at Casa Vega, a Mexican restaurant in the San Fernando Valley that has been open for 62 years. After dinner, drive south and catch a movie at the iconic Cinerama Dome on Sunset Boulevard.

  2. Soak up brooding vibes in the Maritimes —

    Imagine you’re on an eerie, fog–enveloped New England island during the 1890s when visiting Leif Erikson Park in Cape Forchu, Nova Scotia, which served as the main filming location for The Lighthouse, a moody black and white thriller lauded by critics starring Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.

A group of friends walk down a Buam-Dong street lined with houses and a stone wall
   Photo: Alamy
  1. Seek out Seoul’s best–kept secret —

    Buam–Dong, an artsy enclave in Seoul often overlooked by tourists, is the home of the glamorous Park family in the critically acclaimed comedy–drama Parasite. Take a stroll up the twisting roads past cafés, bakeries and boutiques, while admiring an eclectic mix of architecture.

The courtyard of Coves del Batá's interconnected cave houses
   Photo: Enrique Íñiguez Rodríguez
  1. Enter Coves del Batá in Valenica —

    Take a peek inside these eight interconnected cave houses with whitewashed walls where Pedro Almodóvar’s drama Pain and Glory was filmed. Located in Paterna, Spain – a municipality close to Valencia – Coves del Batá served as one of the key locations in the movie.

  2. Dine where mobsters did in Philadelphia —

    Melrose Diner has serving been serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 24/7 in South Philadelphia for the past 85 years. It was also the inspiration for an important scene in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, where Whispers DiTullio (Paul Herman) asks Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) to burn down Cadillac Linen Service. (The scene was filmed at GoodFellas Diner in Queens, the same diner that appeared in Scorsese’s 1990 film Goodfellas.)