A French Fantasy Trip Inspired By Netflix’s ‘Emily In Paris’ And The Best Of Tripadvisor

Paris continues to glow among the most popular international cities for Americans to visit, even when wintry snowflakes swirl, according to Tripadvisor and its Travel Index. A head turner and heart tugger, the City of Light casts sparkles aplenty year-round. This December, passion for Paris has heightened, as Netflix launched the much anticipated 3rd season of its Emmy-nominated series Emily in Paris, starring Lily Collins as a Chicago marketing newbie-whiz who moves to the French capital to work at luxury-centric Savoir agency. Fans of the show often cite its filming of gorgeous France itself as a prime draw: a fantasy travel escape. Whether you have watched this aspirational ooh-la-la rom-com or not, “Paris is always a good idea,” as iconic actress Audrey Hepburn famously said decades ago. That rings true still. Emily‘s Season 3 delivers cool scene-stealing hotspots, such as an Eiffel Tower restaurant on-high with stunning city views; Musée des Arts Décoratifs (an exquisite private museum that the show transformed into a fashion designer retrospective); Musée d’Orsay (one of the world’s preeminent art museums housed in a former Beaux-Arts railway station); the classy Four Seasons Hotel George V; La Nouvelle Eve, an elegant, more than 100-year-old cabaret-nightclub with blue velvety walls; Quai des Célestins, which runs along the Seine River in the 4th arrondissement; and Restaurant Lapérouse, known as the House of Pleasures, where Michelin-starred don’t have-gastronomy and opulent decor dazzle. Many miles south of Paris, Emily‘s Season 3 also showcases lovely landscapes (dreamy lavender fields!) in Provence and distinctive buildings in the Loire Valley, such as Château de Montpoupon, near where uplifting hot air balloons were filmed, and Le Château de Sonnay, a charming castle (fictitiously called Château de Lalisse) with historical roots that rise from 1268; it plays a pivotal plot-twisting role. To follow in Emily’s footsteps or merely to add bon vivant flair to your future Paris vacation, Tripadvisor shares these suggestions for readers of Forbes — to inspire you to create your own vibrant Paris itinerary.

Tripadvisor’s 5 Paris Recommendations

The Wheel Thing

Vintage Citroën 2CV Paris Secret Tour

This fun outing zips through multiple arrondissements in a vintage classic Citroën 2CV car with your private guide, making stops near the Eiffel Tower, in the Montmartre neighborhood, as well as around the Latin Quarter, where Emily’s apartment is located (at 1 Place de l ‘Estrapade; see photo, above). From $237 per person.

The Culinary Extravagance

Food Market, Cooking Class and Three-Course Lunch With Wine

The Latin Quarter is also where the restaurant of Chef Gabriel (Emily’s on-off-on love interest) is located. Meet in the area for your hands-on kitchen lesson. You will learn how to produce a three-course French meal. This was rated the sixth best experience in France as part of Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best 2022 awards. From $194 per person.

The Love Boat

Bateaux Parisiens Gourmet Dinner and Sightseeing Cruise on the Seine River

Season 3 spotlights love-boat rendezvous. Book this special dinner cruise, rated as an ultimate Parisian experience by travelers on Tripadvisor. This romantic ride glides past the Eiffel Tower, Ile de la Cité, Musée d’Orsay, Pont-Neuf, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Louvre Museum and Grand Palais. In the evening, savor a three- or four-course French dinner while gazing at illuminated monuments through your bateau’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Dance to music. Champagne available? Yes! From $128 per person.

The Fashionista Experience

Personal Shopping and Styling

Indulge in a trés chic adventure, as a personal shopper accompanies you to renowned and hideaway boutiques in Le Marais neighborhood. This private tour is customized to your preferred style and budget. From $325 per person.

The Palate Pleaser

Cheese and Pastry Walking Tour

Meander the cobblestone streets of picturesque Montmartre neighborhood, as your tour guide steers you to delectable selections of cheese, bread and pastry. Will you find your favorite croissant as Emily did? Discover new tastemakers on this foodie quest. From $118 per person.

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