Everyone dreams of being a la Emily in Paris, don’t you? As we all know, Paris is the home of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and all the lovely settings of the popular TV series “Emily in Paris.” With Emily Cooper’s romantic comedy role in the Netflix series, surely you have also fallen in love with some of the favorite spots Emily experienced in the City of Lights.
Aside from the knowledge that Parisians are extremely fashionable and that French love the stairs and hate air conditioning, another thing Netflix’s Emily in Paris taught us is that the City of Love is indeed a beautiful place.
If the past two years had prevented us from traveling, well, not this time because Netflix’s Emily in Paris doesn’t just flex Paris at its finest but is a personal guide to its tourist clichés, from Gabriel’s red-doored restaurant to the most beautiful setting of Savoir, Emily’s marketing agency.
Before we all get lost in the third and fourth seasons, here’s how you can experience and romanticize the life of Emily Cooper in the flesh.
1. Café de l’Homme
Located in the heart of Paris, Café de l’Homme offers the most breathtaking view of the iconic Eiffel Tower. See it for yourself in the second episode of the show’s first season, where the perfumery that Emily’s PR company is representing is holding a soirée in the famous restaurant.
The restaurant screams elegance and luxury with its floor-to-ceiling mirrors and natural stone and wood accents. If you’re looking for a romantic dinner spot, then definitely give Café de l’Homme a visit. Watch as the Paris skyline lights up at night at the restaurant’s rooftop deck.
2. Place de l’Estrapade
Also known as Maison Moreau, this is the apartment place where Emily and Gabriel live. This old building is located in Paris’ 5th arrondissement (commonly dubbed as the Latin Quarter) and is steps away from the iconic Paris Panthéon.
The place offers a simple but lovely charm. Its outside boasts peace and tranquility filled with Paulownia trees and benches, making it a great spot to rest or read a book.
While the location is celebrated now because of its delightful atmosphere, Place de l’Estrapade holds a horrific history. The place got its name from a torture method used during the Renaissance period.
3. Palais-Royal Garden
This garden estate is a popular attraction for tourists and Parisians. This is also the place where Emily meets her then-best friend Mindy for the first time.
The garden provides a quick quiet haven from the busy Parisian thoroughfares. Brimming with carefully landscaped greeneries—from the Alley of Collette lined with double rows of sturdy lime trees, to the central garden blooming with beautiful rose bushes—Palais-Royal is the only garden in Paris named a “Remarkable Garden” by the French Ministry of Culture.
4. La Boulangerie Moderne
Emily in Paris skyrocketed this humble bakery located near the Place de l’Estrapade. This is the artisanal shop Emily frequents to buy French pastries. Indulge in quality and homemade French goodies like sandwiches and freshly-baked bread. And of course, don’t forget to try their pain au chocolat! Just make sure that you are pronouncing it right.
5. Café de la Nouvelle Mairie
The place is situated right in the middle of the Latin Quarter, no wonder this is Emily’s go-to cafe. This bistro is a perfect place to go if you are a wine aficionado, as it is Paris’s first natural wine bar.
If you’re not up for drinking, you can also have a traditional French dining experience with meals like grilled lamb sausage, croque monsieur (a French ham and cheese sandwich), onion soup, or clafoutis (a baked French dessert made with black cherries).
6. L’Atelier des Lumières
L’Atelier des Lumières is perfect for all artists or art enthusiasts out there! The gallery is known for holding immersive digital art exhibitions, like the Vincent Van Gogh exhibit Emily, Camille, and Gabriel went to.
The studio is well-equipped with fancy technologies like hundreds of high-quality video projectors and spatialized sound systems, creating a larger-than-life immersive experience unlike any other.
7. Rue de l’Abreuvior
Stroll along one of the oldest and most historic streets in Paris. In the show, Mindy tells Emily that this is the “prettiest street in Paris”. And she’s right! Situated along the 18th arrondissement, this cobblestoned lane is lined with rows of quaint houses built during the 1930s that makes you feel like you’re in some fairytale. If you’re strolling through this area, be sure to bring a camera because you’re going to want to capture the scenic view of this famous street.
8. Palais Garnier
This opera house is a breathtaking masterpiece of 19th-century architecture. As Emily confronts Pierre Cadault during the Swan Lake, you can’t help but get mesmerized by the luxurious and dramatic Neo-Baroque style interior of the theater—intricately embellished with golden archways, vaulted ceilings, delicate frescoes, and ornate wall carvings.
The Palais Garnier is not only known for its exquisite auditorium but also for its many public areas including the grand foyer, museum-library, and the grand Rotonde des abonnés.
9. Café de Flore
Café de Flore established itself as one of the most legendary cafés in Paris because of who used to be its regulars: European literary icons like writer Ernest Hemingway, philosopher Albert Camus and Simone de Beauvoir, polymath Boris Vian, and painter Pablo Picasso.
The café’s colorful history was explained to Emily during her date with the semiotics professor Thomas. The Les Deux Magots, its rival cafe, was also mentioned.
Aside from its famous clientele, the coffee shop also boasts itself with one of the best coffee in Paris, which is best enjoyed outside on the terrace when it’s warm and sunny.
10. Musée des Arts Forains
Be transported to the late 19th and early 20th century with this private museum of funfair and fairground located within the Pavillons de Bercy.
The museum offers a fun and wonderful escape for both children and adults with its circus-style attractions like the magic mirrors or the carousel ride.
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