Living in the Latin Quarter
It's in the 5th arrondissement, at the heart of the Latin Quarter, where Emily sets down her suitcases - specifically, on the romantic Place de l'Estrade. Everything is as shown in the series: the small fountain, the Haussmannian buildings, the Boulangerie Moderne (with retro storefront) where the young American discovers pains au chocolat, the café (of the New Town Hall) where she makes friends, and her friend Gabriel's red-windowed restaurant. In real life, though, the restaurant is not Les Deux Compères but Terra Nera; and you don't eat veal tartare here, but Italian pasta!
Beyond this square, several other emblems of the district serve as natural backdrops: the Luxembourg Garden, where Emily jogs, and the Pantheon. Under its dome, you can admire frescoes and statues and the gigantic Foucault pendulum which represents the earth's rotation on its axis, while the crypt houses the tombs of some of the most illustrious figures in France, from Voltaire to Simone Veil and Victor Hugo.
Working in historic Paris
Even though the Savoir agency (Emily's employer in the series) doesn't actually exist, the building that fictitiously houses the offices proudly stands on the Place de Valois, a stone's throw from the Comédie Française and the Louvre, bang in the middle of Paris' charm and culture. The young heroine has lunch with her colleagues at the Bistrot Valois and meets her friend Mindy in the neighbouring gardens of the Palais Royal.
As in the series, it's advisable to make a reservation for dinner at the gilded Grand Véfour, Guy Martin's Michelin-starred restaurant hidden under the arcades surrounding the garden. Failing that, take a selfie on the columns of Buren (in the main courtyard) before heading to Place Vendôme - a luxury hotspot that Emily discovers during the Duration event - to window shop.
Daydreaming in Montmartre
Is it really the most beautiful street in Paris, as the series claims? In any case, it has a lot of charm, this Rue de l'Abreuvoir climbing the Butte Montmartre, where Emily sets up home. From Piazza Dalida, where a bust of the singer sits, it's lovely to wander the cobblestones and admire the buildings adorned with Virginia creeper, with the dome of the Sacré-Coeur in the background. En route, take a break at La Maison Rose café, in the footsteps of the young American.
Falling in love in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
It was the favourite café of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Today the Café de Flore is a meeting place for lovers in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, in the 6th arrondissement. No wonder Emily meets Thomas here, the handsome but pretentious Frenchman. Other legendary venues have made this district famous: Les Deux Magots, Chez Castel and the Brasserie Lipp.
Learning at the museums
In Emily’s footsteps, culture heads off the beaten track. In the Palais de Chaillot, having explored the collections of the Musée de l'Homme, head to the Café de l'Homme, where the American attends the launch party for the De L'Heure fragrance. The view of the Eiffel Tower is divine from here!
At the other end of Paris, near Bercy, the merry-go-rounds of the Musée des Arts Forains serve as the backdrop for a crazy evening, for a delicious trip to the Belle Epoque. The Atelier des Lumières, a former foundry transformed into a cultural centre dedicated to digital art, melts Emily's heart. You can admire works by Monet, Renoir and Chagall projected from floor to ceiling in an incredible immersive experience.
End at the Monnaie de Paris on the banks of the Seine. In the series, this neoclassical building hosts an auction and fashion show. It's principally the place where coins are minted and houses the 11 Conti Museum, dedicated to this particular activity. The triple-starred Guy Savoy Restaurant also occupies a prominent place here.
Dancing at the Opéra Garnier
No Swan Lake this year, as in Emily inviting her boyfriend Thomas to a party at the Opéra Garnier. But there's normally a rich programme of ballets and recitals under this famous dome painted by Marc Chagall. The sumptuous velvet, stucco and gilding can be admired on a free or guided tour. At the bend of the grand spiral staircase, in the marble nave or in the large, lavishly decorated foyer, you may come across the legendary ghost who is said to reside in this iconic place...
Also to explore...
The Alexandre III bridge - but don't copy the advert for the perfume De L'Heure and walk around naked!
Place des Victoires – Emily strolls around this elegant square topped with an equestrian statue of Louis XIV, and meets her patroness Sylvie who does some shopping there.
La Flore en l'île – On the terrace of this café on Île Saint-Louis where Emily takes a break, you can enjoy a Berthillon ice cream overlooking the domes of Notre-Dame de Paris.
The Léopold-Sédar Senghor footbridge - Wandered by Emily, this pedestrian bridge with innovative design links the Tuileries Garden to the Musée d'Orsay.
The Canal Saint-Martin – Emily walks along its bustling towpaths in the evening with her boyfriend Thomas, Gabriel and Camille.