Bagdad Cafe

WARNING! French tourists love this place, and there’s a photo of Celine Dion on the wall!

If you visit the Rock-A-Hoola waterpark, or if you find yourself in the Newberry Springs area for some other reason, might as well stop in here for a bite. It’s a somewhat typical dusty desert diner just off I-40, about 15 minutes south of I-15 (Harvard Rd. exit). The food is pretty much what you’d expect: burgers, cheeseburgers, and bacon cheeseburgers. I think they also serve breakfast stuff.

What makes this place noteworthy is that it was the subject of a shitty ’90s French/German movie. Because of this, the place is a bona fide tourist attraction among the Euro crowd. The walls are covered in stickers, postcards and signed headshots (including the aforementioned Celine Dion pic). But it’s also a popular pit stop for bikers cruising the Mother Road (it’s on Route 66).

As far as photography goes, it’s not really an ideal spot for nudes or anything like that, since there are always people and kids around. There’s a cool old abandoned motel next door, but it’s in really shitty condition and is right off the road, so you don’t have much privacy. But on the way down Harvard Rd. from I-15, you do pass some amazing sand fields that are great for shooting in at sunset.

Bonus: After stopping here, if you continue following Rt. 66 east you will reach Roy’s Motel, which is one of the most

photogenically kitschy relics of ’50s Americana you could ever hope to post on Instagram. (More info here.)


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4 Responses to Bagdad Cafe

  1. Tom Curnett says:

    Really dig your website. I’m an old biker and into the Mojave. I’ve been to many of your places. I can add a few more like the grave site to Seldom Seen Slim and a few others. I have a few suggestions for you if ever get lost and hit the west coast by acciddent. Wierd shit holes that I’m sure you will love.

    Adios for now


    PS Amature photo guy, have camera will film you for gratis

  2. Claude says:

    I like the film Bagdad Cafe, I have seen it many times, maybe it’s because I’m French ! LoL !
    From links to links, I came here on your blog I do not know how… But I put it in my favorites 😉

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