Emily in Paris-Style Honeymoon Itinerary
Planning a city break to Paris with your love? Here is our go-to French honeymoon itinerary with a dose of ‘je ne sais quoi’…
The popular Netflix show, Emily in Paris, has made countless fans long for a trip to the romantic French capital of Paris. Not only have we seen some of the best sights and attractions in the city during our nightly binge-watching sessions, but the series also showcased some beautiful towns and cities in the South of France too. Read on to explore Emily’s five favourite French honeymoon destinations to inspire your post-wedding escape.
Villefranche-sur-Mer, South of France
In Season 2 of Emily in Paris, we see Emily jetting off to the South of France to a charming fishing town east of St Tropez, called Villefranche-sur-Mer. The picturesque town is full of history and beautiful waterfront scenery. The medieval buildings and steep cliffs plunging down into the bay, its storybook appeal makes it one of the best places to honeymoon in France.
Villefranche-sur-Mer is an idyllic choice for your French honeymoon, with stunning views stretching for miles. Sit and relax on the beaches, grab an authentic coffee in a curbside café and enjoy fresh French cuisine in restaurants along the waterfront.
Another draw to this lovely little town is that there are bigger cities located close by. So, if you want to experience some more of Southern France, why not do some shopping in Nice, or take a day trip to Cannes and Antibes, boasting great sights and even more wonderful restaurants.
Montmartre, an authentic village in the heart of Paris, comprises a large part of the 18th arrondissement. It is known for its historical churches, particularly the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur and the Saint Pierre de Montmartre. For unbeatable city views and cultural insights, it’s worth climbing up to find these architectural icons during your honeymoon in Paris.
In the series, we see Emily and Mindy enjoying fresh seafood and seasonal fruits at a trendy café in Montmartre called Le Maison Rose, accompanied by its authentic setting and ambience. Whilst you’re in the area, why not take a sweet and savoury gourmet food and wine tasting tour at Montmartre Hill, or try out the Paris Hidden Montmartre Small-Group or Private Walking Tour.
Another must-see is the Place du Tertre, an open-air gallery, or have a look at some well-known artwork by Renoir, Picasso, Dalí, and Toulouse Lautrec in the numerous museums. If you’re looking for an immersive, artistic and culturally rich honeymoon, Montmartre is the place to go!
French Riviera (Côte d’Azur)
The French Riviera, otherwise known as Côte d’Azur, is located on the Mediterranean coast of southeastern France. Emily was spotted heading to the French Riviera with Mindy and Camille for a girl’s getaway weekend. Known for its glamour and beauty with gorgeous beaches and boardwalks at Cannes and Monaco, it also doubles up as a dreamy honeymoon destination.
The best French village for your honeymoon would be Menton, with its dazzling beauty and boutique-filled alleyways. Amongst the eye-catching medieval buildings, local restaurants serve gastronomical delights such as courgette flowers stuffed with cod, giant scampi and octopus salad with porcini mushrooms. Menton is historically known as a fishing village but when the Brits arrived in the 19th Century, they turned it into a wellness destination with numerous green spaces.
Antibes is another picturesque honeymoon village on the French Riviera, with a rich literary history. In fact, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald resided at the Villa Saint Louis in the summer whilst he worked on Tender is The Night. Visiting Nice would also complement your South of France itinerary, with gems like the Old Town of Nice, the Provençal market and the Musée Picasso. You and your spouse can dive into the artistic treasures of the coastline and enjoy the local sights and cuisine. In Emily’s eyes, the Côte d’Azur would make the perfect honeymoon spot.
9th arrondissement of Paris
South of Montmartre, the elegant 9th arrondissement of Paris is known as the “wedding cake” of Paris, with its domed roofs and decorative architecture. The Palais Garnier, known as Opéra Garnier, is a gorgeous filming location used in the series when Emily and Thomas planned to go and see a Swan Lake performance together.
The 9th arrondissement itself is equipped with artistic department stores, popular theatres and charming residential streets. Top sights include the Musée Grevin, (Wax Museum), Musée du Perfume Fragonard (Perfume Museum) and the L'Olympia Theatre and Concert Hall, holding historic performances by Édith Piaf and others. With the huge variety of attractions, it’s an exciting and diverse place to spend your Parisian honeymoon. You're bound to feel like VIPs!
Bordeaux, South of France
This one isn’t a filming location for Emily in Paris, but we think it should be! Season 3 maybe?! We could totally see Emily relaxing on a trip away to Bordeaux. As the hub of the European wine-growing region, it is known for its Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André, and the range of 18th to 19th Century mansions and museums, such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux.
Enjoy an eclectic honeymoon in Bordeaux with your love, as one of the most welcoming and thriving cities in the South of France. Boasting beautiful parks, the sparkling Garonne River and a historic quarter, this city is the best of both worlds.
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