9 Emily in Paris locations
The recent Netflix show Emily in Paris stars Lily Collins and the city itself in leading roles. As Emily discovers Paris, viewers are taken to a series of glamourous places including our very own Hôtel Plaza Athénée. Let’s take an Emily-inspired tour.
Pont Alexandre III
Situated close to Hôtel Plaza Athénée, stretching across the Seine to Les Invalides, is the famous Pont Alexandre III. As one of Paris’s best-loved bridges, it’s no surprise that Emily chose this beautiful backdrop for her advertising shoot. It wonderfully flamboyant appearance is a glorious example of the Belle Époque, which is well worth looking out for next time you’re strolling along the Seine. It’s distinctive decoration includes 32 ornate candelabra and four statues representing French history from the Middle Ages to modern times.
Jardin du Palais Royal
Making an eye-catching appearance in the TV show, the Jardin du Palais Royal certainly deserves a starring role. The Palais-Royal estate, near the Louvre museum, is a popular place Parisians love to visit and it’s also where Emily meets her friend Mindy for the first time. Surrounded by three centuries of elegant architecture, take a seat and admire the view from one the green chairs, which are so emblematic of the city. Be sure to look out for the monochrome striped Columns of Buren, which like Emily caused a lot of controversy when they first arrived in the city but soon won people round.
Place de l’Estrapade
Emily’s apartment is on Place de l’Estrapade in the 5th arrondissement, on the edge of the Val-de-Grâce and Sorbonne districts. While you’re in this area, don’t hesitate to have a delicious pastry at Boulangerie Moderne, where Emily picks up her favourite pain au chocolat.
La Maison Rose
As one of the most instagrammable spots in the city, Emily visits rue de l’Abreuvoir, also known as ‘the prettiest street in Paris’, to dine at the La Maison Rose. Set in the artistic Montmartre district, its pink façade makes it picture perfect, which appeals to Emily as she tries to raise her social media profile. You also have the satisfaction of following in the footsteps of famous diners over the years including Picasso, Modigliani, Édith Piaf and Charles Aznavour.
The opera house is as famous for its opulent neo-baroque architecture and sweeping marble staircase, as it is for hosting world-class operas and, as in Emily’s case, ballets such as Swan Lake. The design by architect Charles Garnier is in honour of Emperor Napoleon III and is a real feast for the eyes. Its must-see sights include the famous ceremonial room and the domed auditorium ceiling decorated by artist Marc Chagall. Take a tour of the fabulous interiors or enjoy a show – either way you won’t be disappointed.
L’Atelier des Lumières
Situated in a former foundry dating back to 1835, in the city’s 11th arrondissement, the Atelier des Lumières is where Emily attends a Vincent Van Gogh exhibition. The immersive digital art centre offers a sound and visual feast, showing well-known art from a fresh perspective in a larger than life format, appealing to both art lovers and art novices.
Café de Flore
As Emily’s boyfriend explains to her when he brings her to Café de Flore, this eatery has attracted many writers and philosophers over the years including Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Named after the Greek goddess Flore, whose statue is nearby, this traditional café in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the epitome of everything a typical Parisian café should be.
Musée des Arts Forains
The party Emily goes to in a fairground museum takes place at Musée des Arts Forains and it’s every bit as enticing as it looks on screen. Laid out over a series of rooms, it’s a museum by day and a glorious events space by night, with themes including magic mirrors in a circular circus-style tent and the delights of Venice. Loved by adults and children alike, this attraction is pure theatre, wonderful escapism and the perfect party setting.
Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Last, but not least, we’re delighted to have featured in the seventh episode of the hugely popular Netflix series. The hotel stars when Emily looks after an actress staying in our famous Haute Couture Suite. It highlights the suite’s amazing view of the Eiffel Tower, perfectly captured in our picture-frame window. You also get to see our lobby, La Galerie, Le Bar and our wonderful concierge, Marine.
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