The Netflix series “Emily in Paris” premiered in October 2020 and was a huge hit. Viewers were delighted by the character played by Lily Collins, her extravagant fashions and well the elegant Parisian settings for each episode. The city of Paris herself is an important main character in the series. We follow Emily about town in some of the most beautiful and iconic locations in the French capital.
The show will have a second season coming to Netflix December 22nd !
As you are waiting for it, My Private Paris delivers all details about the locations of Emily in Paris. We hope this may inspire you for your next visit to France and your next tour with My Private Paris.
Where is the office of Emily in Paris ? Her agency is located near the Palais Royal.
Emily moves to the City of Lights from the windy city Chicago for her role at a marketing agency. In the show the agency is located Place de Valois, a posh square next to the Palais Royal. Emily’s office is located next to the Galerie Patrick Fourtin, a design gallery specialized in Art Deco furniture. Emily and her coworkers often drink and dine at the Bistro Valois, also located in the square, in several episodes. The restaurant features a romantic floral covered terrasse and is located just a few minutes walk from the Louvre Museum. This bistro is great choice for lunch before or after a museum tour.
In the first episode, Emily meets her new friend Mindy in the nearby gardens of the Palais Royal. The two are often sitting on the benches inscribed with famous French literary quotes. Or often having a glass of wine in one of the cafes under the arcades of the Palais Royal. This was the former residence of Cardinal Richelieu during 17th century and later became a center for luxury shops in the 18th century. Michellin starred restaurant Le Grand Vefour, featured in episode 4 is located in the Northwest corner of the Palais Royal. Most probably the oldest restaurant in Paris (dating from 1745). This very chic restaurant was a favorite of Coco Chanel. Do remember to reserve well in advance!
Another cafe where we see Emily with her coworker Luc is La Flore en Ile, located on the Quai d’Orleans on the Ile-St-Louis. Right in the middle of the Seine river, the original epicenter of Paris. This traditional French cafe is a great spot for afternoon drinks whilst enjoying a breathtaking view of the towers of Notre Dame Cathedral just across the bridge.
Where is the flat of Emily in Paris ? She lives on the Left Bank !
Across the Seine on the Left Bank, Emily’s Parisian abode is located at 1 Place de l’Estrapade in the fifth arrondissement. This picturesque square is located on the border of the neighborhoods of the Sorbonne and the Val de Grace. The Sorbonne, one of the oldest universities in the world, is located in the Latin Quarter and dates back to 1253.
When Emily sees her new Parisian home, the agent refers to the apartment as a “chambre de bonne” (maid’s room). In reality, Emily’s apartment is quite spacious for Parisian standards and much more comfortable than actual chambres de bonnes. Chambre de bonnes are located on the top floors of Parisian apartment buildings under the roof. The views from these tiny lodgings are spectacular, but living there can be freezing in winter and sweltering in summer! Many older buildings do not have lifts and you may find yourself walking up 5 or 6 flights of stairs. As Emily learned, in French the ground floor is “Rez-de-Chaussée” and therefore not the first floor!
Emily’s neighborhood has all of Parisian essentials: restaurant, boulangerie and florist shop. The restaurant in which her handsome neighbor Gabriel is the chef : “Les Deux Comperes” is located at 18 Rue des Fosses St. Jacques. In real life the restaurant found at this address is actually an Italian eatery “Terra Nera”. Next door, the boulangerie where the merchant reminds Emily that it is “un pain au chocolat, pas une!” is the Boulangerie Moderne, located at 16 Rue des Fosses St. Jacques. The actual boulangerie is the same as featured in the show.
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During episode 2 we see Emily jogging in the picture perfect Luxembourg Gardens, located in Paris’ sixth arrondissement. The Luxembourg gardens were once the residence of Marie de Medici who designed the gardens after the Boboli gardens in her native Italy. The gardens are located in the Saint-Germain-des-Pres neighborhood which borders the Latin Quarter.
When Emily is on the phone breaking up with her boyfriend she is standing in front of the Panthéon. The most iconic monument in the Latin Quarter ! The Pantheon, modeled after the Pantheon in Rome, was built in the 18th century during the reign of Louis XV who intended it to be a church dedicated to Sainte Genevieve (the patron Saint of Paris).
However, after the French Revolution, the building became a mausoleum for the most distinguished of French citizens. A grave in the Pantheon is the highest honor in France. Here you can visit the tombs of Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Jean Jacques Rousseau and Emile Zola. This November, American born singer Josephine Baker will be reinterred in the Pantheon, becoming the first Black female to be buried there.
Famous locations in the show, from Opéra Garnier to Sacré-Coeur
Also located in Saint-Germain-des-Pres is the iconic Cafe de Flore, where Emily meets Thomas. This literary cafe dates to the end of 19th century and has always been a hot spot where Parisian artists, writers and intellectuals meet to philosophize.
Emily later attends the ballet at the Opera Garnier with Thomas. The opulent neo-baroque Palais Garnier was built during the Third Empire for the Emperor Napoleon III.
For her work with the Parisian marketing agency, Emily explores the most iconic locations in Paris. In Episode 3 we see her on an ad shoot on the Pont Alexandre III. This bridge, built in 1900 for the Worlds Fair, is the most beautiful bridge in Paris with its 32 Art Nouveau style candelabra lamps, cherubs, nymphs and statues representing the history of France. The bridge leads to Les Invalides to the south and the Grand Palais to the North. While crossing the extravagant bridge you will often see fashion photo shoots taking place as well as couples posing for their wedding or engagement photos.
Emily attends an influencer event at the Hotel d’Evreux, an 18th century hotel particulier located in the Place Vendome. The grandiose octagonal square was commissioned by Louis XIV and we see the baroque architecture as well as the in decor (notice the motif of the sun symbol of Louis XIV in the ironwork on the balconies of the hotels). You will find all of the most exclusive jewelry houses in and around the Place Vendome as well as the Ritz Paris hotel.
Emily also in Montmartre …
Emily later attends a lunch in the garden at the super trendy Hotel Particulier, located in Montmartre. This boutique hotel also has a very hip cocktail bar Tres Particulier.
In Episode 5, Emily dreams up an ad campaign in the Place Dalida, in Montmartre at the intersection of the Rue de l’Abreuvoir and the Rue Girardon. Further up the hill on the Rue de l’Abreuvoir you can find La Maison Rose, a traditional French restaurant now located in the house, where lived the artist Ramon Pichot (friend of Dali and Picasso). The house became famous because of its depiction in the paintings by Maurice Utrillo.
In Episode 6, Emily works with Hollywood starlet Brooklyn who is staying at another famous Parisian hotel, the Plaza Athenee on the prestigious Avenue Montaigne. Here we get a glimpse of the hotel’s Haute Couture suite which boasts the most picture perfect view of the Eiffel Tower. The party which she later attends with Brooklyn takes place at the Musee des Arts Forains. Located near Bercy Village in the twelfth arrondissement, this unique museum is a homage to the history of entertainment and is a temple to the Belle Epoque era in Paris. The museum can be rented out for private events during the evenings.
We hope that this recap of places in Emily in Paris has you dreaming ! Let’s now plan your next visit to Paris!