Culture & Travel7 August 2023
Paris has always been a city that captures the attention of travelers, but recently, it's been abuzz with tours inspired by Netflix's smash-hit series, Emily in Paris. The show's filming at various iconic locations, like the Seine River, has drawn everyone's focus back to this enchanting city.
Rediscovering Paris through the lens of Emily Cooper, a marketer from Chicago who landed her dream job in the city of love, sounds incredibly thrilling. You can opt for a guided tour or create your own itinerary to follow in Emily's footsteps and explore the city step by step.
Note: Some articles may contain spoilers for those who haven't watched the series yet.
III. Alexandre Bridge
Fans of the series will recognize this beautiful and grand bridge from the perfume commercial shoot in the first season. The Alexandre III Bridge is one of the most picturesque bridges in Paris, offering a perfect starting point for exploring the city on foot, with the Eiffel Tower in view.
Cafe de Flor
As we venture through Paris in Emily's footsteps, we must be prepared to pause at some charming spots. Cafe de Flore in Saint-Germain-des-Prés is one such place. Famous for being the café where she meets Professor Thomas in the first season, visiting Cafe de Flore for a meal and a cup of espresso will make you feel like a true Parisian.
La Maison Rose
Known for its pink and green façade, this restaurant was already an iconic spot in Paris before the series. La Maison Rose, featured in the first season, is a delightful eatery in Montmartre where you can enjoy a meal, drinks, and take photos guaranteed to garner lots of likes on social media.
Once you've seen the scene of Emily, Thomas, Camille, and Gabriel strolling along the canal, you'll never forget it, as this three-mile-long canal lined with bars and restaurants is one of the most romantic spots in Paris. If you want to do more than just walk, consider taking a boat tour to capture those memorable moments.
This magnificent building, dating back to the 1800s, was also showcased in the series during a Swan Lake performance. Many of us remember the scenes where Emily glides through the opera house with the elegance of Audrey Hepburn. Visiting Paris' iconic Palais Garnier is a must on this tour.
If you need a break while exploring the city, you can visit the Palais-Royal Garden, located right in the heart of Paris. The 17th-century palace's garden is frequently visited due to its central location. Perhaps Emily's lunch break where she met her friend Mindy was in this charming garden.
L'Atelier des Lumières
The exhibition hall, home to one of the most beloved scenes in the series, is a digital art space where classic works are presented. Don't forget to explore L'Atelier des Lumières, an abandoned factory turned into an artwork; perhaps Gabriel, Camille, and Emily are still there, admiring a Cézanne or Kandinsky.
Terra Nera Restaurant
In the show, it's known as the restaurant where Gabriel works, but it's actually a very chic and lovely Italian restaurant called Terra Nera. Fans of the show were so enchanted with the place that they even added a meat dish called "Tagliata di manzo Emily" to the menu. You should definitely drop by to dine or just take photos from the outside.
The Panteon, the famous monument in Paris, is the final resting place of many esteemed French figures such as Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Marie Curie. While visiting the Panthon, which also houses impressive works like the Faucault Pendulum, your admiration will only grow. In the series, Emily chose the front of this magnificent building, constructed in 1758, to break up with her boyfriend.
Musée des Arts Forains
Now, it's time for a unique museum with toys, musical instruments, and various pieces from carnivals and cabarets. This special museum offers some very unusual and enjoyable tours. Those who have been following Emily's adventures from the beginning will immediately recognize this museum from the fabulous party in the first season.
Père Lachaise Cemetery
The Père Lachaise Cemetery in the 20th arrondissement of Paris is already known to many because of famous names like Balzac, Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, and Jim Morrison, but there's another reason why we've followed Emily here. The biggest cemetery in Paris is where Emily and her coworker Luc had a picnic. And at Honore de Balzac's grave.
Le Jules Verne Restaurant
As the seasons progress, the number of cafes and restaurants increases. This restaurant is from the third season. If the idea of dining 120 meters above the ground sounds fascinating, you can choose this Michelin-starred restaurant on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, just like Emily did.