01 Mar Emily in Paris Filming Locations you have to see
If you are a fan of the popular TV series Emily in Paris, you will probably want to retrace her steps while you are visiting Paris! Well, I got you covered: I made for you the list of the best Emily in Paris filming locations.
As a Parisian and a photographer, I also shared with you my secrets tips about these places. You will be able to experience Paris from Emily’s eyes but with the tips of a local! So, grab a cup of coffee (or a cappuccino and a pain a chocolat), and discover all the best spots of Emily in Paris!
Truth be told, I do have a love and hate relationship with Emily in Paris! On the one hand, there are many things that are false or prejudices about French people and about living in Paris. It can be quite upsetting! But, on the other hand, this series shares the beauty of Paris and got hooked at the story. So, I love watching it and I cannot wait for the next seasons 😀 !
Emily in Paris has the benefit of showing you some of the most famous Parisian spots, but also some hidden Parisian gems and less explored areas. So, whether you appreciate watching the series or not, you will love exploring these Emily in Paris filming locations and you should add them to your Paris itinerary!
Emily in Paris filming locations – Season 1
In the 1st season of Emily in Paris, you will discover the charm of the 5th arrondissement and its hidden gems. Aka the Quartier Latin – Latin Quarter – it’s one of the capital’s central arrondissements located on the on the left bank of the River Seine.
The 5th arrondissement is famous for its student life, lively atmosphere, affordable restaurants, and bars, and to be the home of many higher education establishments.
If you follow Emily’s steps in Paris, you will also admire quantity of the famous landmarks, parks, cafes and other places that makes Paris so stunning!
Let’s enjoy together the filming locations of Emily in Paris Season 1!
Place de l’Estrapade, Emily’s apartment
In the 1ST episode of Emily in Paris Season 1, Emily Cooper from Chicago moves to Paris for her new role at a marketing agency. She moves in a “chambre de bonne” on the 5th floor (without elevator) of a building on Place de l’Estrapade in Paris.
FYI a “chambre de bonne” is usually a single room on the top floor in an apartment building intended as the bedroom for one of the family’s domestics. They are characterized by their small sizes around 6–12 m2 (65 to 130 sq ft) and tend to offer minimal facilities. For example the toilets are usually shared with the other rooms on the same floor and located on the landing. So, you can see why Emily’s apartment on Place de l’Estrapade isn’t a real “Chambre de Bonne”.
Anyway, Place de l’Estrapade is a charming square in the quaint Latin Quarter, the 5th arrondissement in Paris. It features some high trees and a few benches where you can sit to enjoy the area.
Location: Place de l’Estrapade
My secret tip: Place de l’Estrapade is only 2/3 min walk from the Pantheon, so use this opportunity to see one of Paris most stunning landmarks!
Place de Valois, Emily’s office
In the 1ST episode of Emily in Paris Season 1, Emily starts her new job at the office of the agency “Savoir” located Place de Valois in the 1st arrondissement. Emily’s office in the series is located next to the Galerie Patrick Fourtin, an art gallery specialized in 20th century furniture and decorative arts, like Art Deco.
Place de Valois a fancy square next to the Palais Royal and the Louvre Museum.
Location: Place de Valois
My secret tip: there is a nice café located Place de Valois named “Bistrot Valois” if you want to eat or drink something. It’s perfect to enjoy the chic vibes of the area and pretend you are Emily in Paris! Actually this is where Emily’s coworkers have lunch (without her).
Emily discovers the delicious taste of “un pain au chocolat” at the Boulangerie Moderne in the 1ST episode of Emily in Paris Season 1. This pretty bakery is located right next to her apartment on Place de l’Estrapade. With its traditional façade and its yummy treats you can totally understand why it’s part of Emily in Paris filming locations! Of course, you cannot go there and not try a pain au chocolat, a croissant or any other French specialty!
Location: Boulangerie Moderne
My secret tip: Be aware that this bakery gets quite busy at lunch as all the students in the area are on their lunch break during weekdays. That would be the worst moment to take a photo!
Jardin du Palais Royal
In the 1ST episode of Emily in Paris Season 1, Emily has lunch alone on a bench at the garden of Palais Royal. That’s when she meets Mindy for the first time, who is taking care of 2 French children (she’s their nanny). They become immediately friends!
Location: Jardin du Palais Royal
My secret tip: You can notice that Emily is sitting on a bench that features a thought-provoking quote “Aujourd’hui c’est demain et hier qui s’épousent”. Actually 18 of the 52 benches across the garden are adorned with some 20th century writers’ provocative quotes. You can check them all and find your favorite one!
At the beginning of Emily in Paris Season 1 episode 2, Emily is jogging in Luxembourg Gardens, one of the most beautiful parks and gardens in Paris! It’s located in the 6th arrondissement and covers 25 hectares. It was created in 1612 at the request of the Queen Marie de Medici. The Jardin du Luxembourg features no less than 106 statues, Emily is actually capturing one of them for her Instagram! But you can also admire here some French gardens, English gardens, a forest, and a large pond. The Luxembourg Palace in front of the garden is the seat of the French Senate. I had the opportunity to see it a few years ago during the “Journées du Patrimoine”, and I was quite impressed!
Location: Jardin du Luxembourg
My secret tip: do not miss the stunning Medici Fountain near the Luxembourg Palace, it’s a gem!
In the 2nd episode of Emily in Paris Season 1, Emily and Mindy are having dinner at the restaurant “Les Deux Comperes” in which her handsome neighbor Gabriel is the chef. In reality it’s an Italian restaurant named “Terra Nera”. It’s right close by the Boulangerie Moderne and Place de l’Estrapade where Emily lives.
Location: Terra Nera
My secret tip: the restaurant is open every day for lunch and dinner, except on Sundays, so why not try it yourself?! I didn’t eat there yet but it has very good reviews!
Unfortunately, Emily’s boyfriend who was supposed to come to visit her in Paris is breaking up with her on the phone in episode 2 of Emily in Paris Season 1. While she’s on the phone talking to him, she is standing in front of the impressive Panthéon in the 5th arrondissement near where she lives. The Panthéon is the Temple of the French Nation and the Great Men who have made the history of France! Here are buried French great writers, scientists, generals, churchmen or politicians. You might know some of them: Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile Zola, Alexandre Dumas, Pierre and Marie Curie, Simone Veil and lately Joséphine Baker! The architecture of the Panthéon is really stunning inside and outside.
Location: le Panthéon
My secret tip: you can visit the Panthéon as it’s one of the most important landmarks in Paris. It’s open every day and it costs 11,50 €. It’s recommended to book your ticket in advance.
Pont Alexandre III
In the 3rd episode of Season 1 of Emily in Paris, Emily goes to Pont Alexandre III with her colleagues from Savoir. They are shooting here a controversial perfume commercial for De L’Heure by Maison Lavaux with a naked model walking on the bridge in the middle of men in suits.
The Pont Alexandre III was built for the Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair) of 1900. It’s very elegant with its Art Nouveau style! It’s one of the most romantic places in Paris!
Location: Pont Alexandre III
My secret tip: come here at the end of the day to see the sun setting on the Seine behind the Eiffel Tower!
La Maison Rose
On the 5th episode of Season 1 of Emily in Paris, Emily and Mindy enjoy a drink and dinner at the iconic Maison Rose restaurant in Montmartre. This charming restaurant with a pink façade and green shutters is one of the cutest Parisian cafes and one of the most instagrammable places in Montmartre!
Location: La Maison Rose
My secret tip: better to come here before the opening if you want to take photos with you in front of it. The owner really dislikes that and might get angry at you in case you do it while the restaurant is open.
Colonnes de Buren at Palais Royal
On the 5th episode of Season 1 of Emily in Paris, Emily and Mindy decides to have a very fun evening to create a lot of content for Emily’s last Instagram stories and posts. In fact, her boss Sylvie requested that Emily closes her Instagram account @emilyinparis, as she says it has a negative impact on her work at the agency. Emily and Mindy drunkenly hang out all around Paris, starting with the arcades and the Buren Columns at the Palais Royal. Les Colonnes de Buren are one of the most instagrammable places in Paris! These candy-striped black-and-white columns of different heights are very original, and you shouldn’t miss them!
Location: Les Colonnes de Buren
My secret tip: Palais Royal can be quite touristy so if you want to take pictures without too many people come in the morning on a weekday! Or you will have to be patient to make sure you have no one in your background.
On the 5th episode of Season 1 of Emily in Paris, as Emily and Mindy hung out all around Paris for Emily’s Instagram, they take some photos with balloons in front of the iconic Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre. This stunning basilica located at the top of the Montmartre is the highest point in Paris! It’s one of the best places to see in Montmartre and a major Parisian landmark!
Location: le Sacré-Coeur
My secret tip: to see an interesting view of the Sacré-Coeur, head to the square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet. It’s one of the prettiest view of the basilica and it’s a hidden gem!
The Moulin Rouge
After the Sacré-Coeur on the 5th episode of Season 1 of Emily in Paris, Emily and Mindy take some photos and videos in front of the Moulin Rouge. This iconic cabaret dates back from the end of the 19th century and the birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance! It’s very recognizable because of by the red windmill on its roof.
Location: le Moulin Rouge
My secret tip: I recommend to book for a show here! It’s a nice activity, for example for a romantic trip to Paris.
The Eiffel Tower
On that same night on the 5th episode of Season 1 of Emily in Paris, Emily and Mindy go to the Eiffel Tower. They are enjoying the carousel near Pont d’Iena and are opening a bottle of champagne near the Trocadero gardens.
Location: Jardins du Trocadero
My secret tip: If you want to know all the best spots to enjoy the Eiffel Tower at night (and during the day), check out my article about the best places to capture the Eiffel Tower!
Rue de l’abreuvoir – Place Dalida
Emily and Mindy are ending their crazy night on the 5th episode of Season 1 of Emily in Paris in the pretty rue de l’Abreuvoir in Montmartre. This is one of the most picturesque streets in Paris and one of the best photo spots in Montmartre! The famous Maison Rose restaurant is actually located at the top of it. Then, the morning after, Sylvie asks Emily to set up the Hasten bed campaign in the same street in Place Dalida (at the other side of the street from la Maison Rose). This little square in Montmartre is dedicated to the Italian-Egyptian and French music icon Dalida. A bronze bust of her stands in the middle, and it’s said that it brings good look to touch her breast.
Location: Place Dalida – Rue de l’Abreuvoir
My secret tip: come on a weekday if you want to capture rue de l’Abreuvoir without too many people. It’s usually quiet except on the weekends or during school holidays.
Café de Flore
On episode 6 of Season 1 of Emily in Paris, Emily is having a drink for the apéro at Café de Flore, one of the most iconic cafes in Paris! She meets Thomas, a semiotics professor, and they spend the night together. Café de Flore was built at the end of the 18th century and is one of the most ancient Parisian cafes. It used to be a popular hub for famous writers and philosophers.
Location: Café de Flore
My secret tip: come here for breakfast and treat yourself with a chocolat viennois (hot chocolate with whipped cream). Café de Flore serves one of the best hot chocolates in Paris! And they have the biggest croissants I have ever seen, and they are delicious!
Canal St Martin
On the 6th episode of Season 1 of Emily in Paris, Emily, Thomas, Camille and Gabriel are having a double date dinner in the 10th arrondissement and they walk around the Canal St Martin. Canal St Martin is a long canal in Paris bordered by many cool restaurants and bars. It’s quite popular with students.
Location: Canal St Martin
My secret tip: in winter you can enjoy one of the numerous restaurants and in summer you can have a picnic along the backs of the canal.
On Season 1 – Episode 6, Emily goes to the Opera Garnier to ambush Pierre Cadault during Swan Lake. You can admire the magnificent grand staircase and the balconies. You can come here for a show in the evening or during the day for sightseeing. You can come every day from 10 am. to 5 pm and it costs 14 euros. It’s also possible to book a guided tour.
Location: Palais Garnier
My secret tip: it’s easier the take photos on the end of the afternoon just before they close. There are more people at the opening in the morning.
Emily in Paris Filming Locations – Season 2
In Emily in Paris season 2, Emily will spend some time in the south of France in the French Riviera. If you want to know more about this area, I recommend a road trip: this will allow you to explore all the beautiful beaches, stunning cities and charming towns of la Côte d’Azur! And do not miss Provence and its fabulous lavender fields!
But most of the episodes are happening in Paris. You will see many of Emily’s usual spots around where she lives in Place de l’Estrapade in the 5th arrondissement and her office (see the filming locations of Emily in Paris season 1). But you will also be happy to discover some new places!
Avenue de Camoëns
I will start this list with the shooting location of the official poster for Emily in Paris Season 2. On this picture you can see Emily in a purple dress standing in front of a viewpoint with the Eiffel Tower. This place is named Avenue de Camoëns and it’s one of the best places to capture the Eiffel Tower! This quiet dead-end street offers a sort of balcony and a big double staircase with a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower. It’s very picturesque!
Location: Avenue de Camoëns
My secret tip: although this street is quiet as it’s a dead-end in a residential neighborhood, it’s very popular amongst photographers. Therefore be patient as you will probably not be the only one coming here to take a photo 🙂
In the first episode of Emily in Paris Season 2, Emily and Camille are having lunch with Sylvie at Café Marly. This café is located in the courtyard of the Louvre Museum under the arcades. It’s one of the most instagrammable cafes in Paris and it has an amazing direct view on the pyramid of the Louvre!
Location: Café Marly
My secret tip: if you want to be sure to get a table with a view under the arcades, come early in the morning. They open at 8am so breakfast here would be a good idea! In summer they have more terrace available in the courtyard of the Louvre (where the Emily, Camille and Sylvie are eating in the series).
Père Lachaise Cemetery
In episode 3 of Emily in Paris Season 2, Luc – Emily’s coworker from Savoir – takes her for a surprising lunch on her birthday at the Père Lachaise Cemetery. This cemetery is the largest cemetery in Paris and the most visited necropolis in the world! Many famous people are buried here, for example Jim Morrison, Édith Piaf, Marcel Proust, Sarah Bernhardt, Oscar Wilde, Frédéric Chopin or Balzac.
Although I wouldn’t recommend it for a birthday celebration, it’s worth to explore the Père Lachaise during your trip to Paris. The graves have a lot of different shapes and some of them are very ancient and/or impressive!
Be aware that’s a real maze: it’s very easy to get lost here! But this will probably lead you to more interesting corners of the cemetery 😉 .
Location: Père Lachaise Cemetery
My secret tip: the best time of the year to visit the Père Lachaise Cemetery is in fall. In fact, the fall colors and the falling leaves is adding a lot to the spooky atmosphere of the place. But it also makes it even more picturesque!
In episode 4 of Emily in Paris Season 2, Emily and Petra, her Ukrainian classmate from French class, are doing a shopping spree at La Samaritaine. This beautiful department store from 1870 has been recently renovated and reopened to the public in June 2021. With its art nouveau façade, its stunning staircase and its glass roof, La Samaritaine is actually listed as a “monument historique”. Since its reopening it has attracted a lot of visitors, not only for shopping but also to admire the architecture.
Location: La Samaritaine
My secret tip: go to the top floor to embrace the beauty of the place and the staircase!
La Fontaine Saint Michel
In the 4th episode of Emily in Paris, Mindy’s first singing performance with the band takes place right in front of the Fontaine Saint Michel. Located on Place St Michel in the 6th arrondissement, this fountain was built in the mid-19th century. With its monumental proportions, it’s the tallest fountain in Paris. The Fontaine St Michel is one of the most interesting places of the lively St Michel district!
Location: Fontaine Saint Michel
My secret tip: La Fontaine St Michel is located near the river Seine and the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. So, you can see both while you are in the area!
Le Pont des Arts
Mindy’s band performs on the Pont des Arts on the 5th episode of Emily in Paris Season 2. This bridge is one of the most romantic places in Paris! It is nicknamed the “love locks bridge” and offers some of the most beautiful views over the river Seine in Paris! You can also see a gig of Mindy and Benoit on the same bridge on episode 6 of season 2.
Location: Pont des Arts
My secret tip: the best moment of the day to come here is at sunrise or sunset.
Tortuga Galeries Lafayette
In the episode 5 of Emily in Paris Season 2, Emily and Camille have lunch at Tortuga, the high-end restaurant located on the rooftop of the Galeries Lafayette. From here you have an amazing panoramic view over Paris! You can admire the Opera Garnier, the Eiffel Tower and the Sacré-Coeur!
Location: Tortuga Galeries Lafayette
My secret tip: You can enjoy the beautiful view from the terrace without eating at the restaurant. Just go to the rooftop of Galerie Lafayette Haussmann located on the 8th floor of the department store. It’s open from 10am to 8pm from Monday to Saturday, and from 11pm to 8pm on Sunday and bank holidays.
Place des Vosges
In episode 7 of Emily in Paris Season 2, Mindy and her bandmate Benoit share their first kiss in the middle of Place des Vosges. This charming square in Le Marais was built in the 17th century.
You will find here some picturesque fountains, one at each corner of the square in the park. And the buildings around the square have a unique and beautiful architecture.
Location: Place des Vosges
My secret tip: In fall, the colors of the leaves is the square even prettier! And in summer it’s a very popular picnic place.
Église Saint Eustache
In episode 9 of Emily in Paris Season 2, Mindy and her band are meeting for a gig in front of the church Église Saint Eustache near Les Halles shopping mall. At this moment Mindy’s secret is revealed by Etienne. Benoit is upset and Mindy leaves on her side, upset as well. This beautiful church was built between 1532 and 1632. You can admire its flamboyant gothic style. If you take the time to go inside, you will notice the Renaissance and classical interior decoration.
Location: Église Saint Eustache
My secret tip: if you come here in spring you can enjoy the magnolias in bloom around the church. And if you like shopping you should absolutely check Les Halles: it’s the 2nd most visited shopping mall in the Paris region.
The episode 10 (the last episode) of Emily in Paris season 2 ends with Emily walking at the Pont Neuf. She’s having an important phone call which will determine what will happen in the next season! The Pont Neuf is one of the most beautiful bridges in Paris! And as it was built at the end of the 16th century, it’s the oldest bridge standing across the Seine in Paris. From here you can admire the beautiful building of La Conciergerie (it looks like a fairy tale castle) and the river Seine.
Location: Pont Neuf
My secret tip: if you are looking for a romantic spot in Paris, go down the staircase on the side of the bridge to sit under the whipping willow in the Square du Vert Galant.
I hope you enjoyed discovering or re-discovering Paris through Emily Coopers’ eyes! Which ones of these Emily in Paris filming locations are looking forward to see first?
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about these spots or about life in France!
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