How you can be Emily in Paris Down Under
Finding the Parisian experience is closer than you might think.
It's the Netflix series that's igniting the world's nostalgia for freshly baked croissants and wandering in awe through the Palais Garnier.
Although it harbours mixed opinions, there's no doubt Emily in Paris has taken the online world by storm. So whether it's a oui or a non from you, it's safe to say that it has fired up our international travel hopes.
From the French-inspired accommodations scattered across our cities to where you can indulge in crepes and the finest dining, this is your guide to finding France Down Under.
Where to stay
Believe it or not, Australia features a number of accommodation options that transport its guests to a night of Parisian-influence. The Sofitel is just one chain that defines its stays as a combination of local flavour and French luxury. Guests of the Sydney location are invited to dine at the elegant Atelier, while the Brisbane and Melbourne hotels offer those staying the night touches of French flair. These hotels include the following:
Where to eat
Finding a taste of France on the other side of the world is actually a simpler task than it may seem. We've put together a list of our favourite cafes and restaurants that are a must-try.
- Franca Brasserie in Potts Point, Sydney.
- Cafe de la Fontaine in Potts Point, Sydney.
- Métisse Restaurant in Potts Point, Sydney.
- The French Brasserie on Malthouse Lane, Melbourne.
- Philippe on Collins Street, Melbourne.
- France-Soir in South Yarra, Melbourne.
- Privé249 in Hotel Sofitel, Brisbane.
- Montrachet in Bowen Hills, Brisbane.
- Miss Claudes Crepes Newmarket in Newmarket, Brisbane.
- Delicatessen Kitchen & Bar on Waymouth Street, Adelaide.
- Hey Jupiter Brasserie Francaise on Ebenezer Place, Adelaide.
If you happen to drop into Franca Brasserie, you won't want to miss the snapper cru, pickled octopus and the bread-crusted blue eye (you'll thank us later).
What to wear
Channel Emily in Paris by drawing on European silhouettes and bringing them to life when you head out. Think linens, shorter hemlines, florals (ground-breaking) and lots of colour.
How to style: It was bold, and it was beautiful. We saw Emily strut her stuff in a printed yellow frock, and now you can too in Dazie's slip version. Brought together with a strappy heel or even a sneaker, you can't go wrong with this one.
How to style: Stepping out on the town? Mirror Emily's snake-print moment by matching this with a silk camisole or billowy, cream shirt. She opted for a multi-coloured bootie, but an Australian summer calls for strappy white or black heels instead.
How to style: Even colour-loving Emily knows every woman needs a little black dress. Bring her off-the-shoulder number into a day-to-day look with this Trenery collared midi dress. Pair back with heels for date night or white sneakers for breakfast catch-ups.
Brand: Lulu & Rose
How to style: Although Emily pairs her blue, floral dress with a lilac faux leather jacket, we know how you can style this for an Aussie summer. We like the thought of this brought together with a soft cream cardigan and a sandal for those warmer evenings.
Brand: Dr Denim
How to style: These are a staple in every woman's wardrobe. In the series, we see Emily pair her dark denim jeans with a cropped, floral top – these just as easily go with a classic collared shirt for that European summer charm.
Brand: CERES LIFE
How to style: If you don't want to go the full nine-yards like Emily did, a checkered blazer can be paired back with something in your wardrobe. Consider a black denim skirt, white shirt and a beret (if the weather approves).
How to fill your itinerary
Now we all remember that iconic scene in episode five where Emily makes her way through the quiet streets of Montmartre. Well, get your favourite walking shoes out for an afternoon of exploring the cobbled streets of The Rocks.
Here, you can immerse yourself in the pastries on offer at La Renaissance Patisserie, followed by a couple of hours of historic laneway discovery.
As the sun starts to set, grab a taxi and make your way to Macleay Street in Kings Cross. This bustling strip plays host to an array of French restaurants, wine bars, cafes and more.
Or, if you want to play chef for an evening, check out Sydney Cooking School's French cooking class. The mouth-watering menu starts with a warm asparagus vinaigrette, followed by duck a l'orange and an apple tart tatin.
Start your day off at Le Croissant in Camberwell where breakfast is defined by only the flakiest of croissants and pastries. Once you've finished up there, head across town to the Paris end of Collins Street (Parliament House end). Here, you'll be met with all things luxury, with stores Burberry, Hermes, Dior, Fendi and Cartier to shop at.
Finish off the perfect day by walking through the Royal Botanical Gardens before coming home to a mixed wine and French food platter for two courtesy of Chauffeur Drive.
This one may be a surprise to some, but Brisbane is also home to samples of French living. For all our sweet tooths out there, Le Bon Choix has you covered with handmade French desserts and pastries. It even has the European style outdoor seating we all know and love.
We haven't forgotten about lunch either, with a recommended stopover at Greenglass. This French restaurant allows you to melt into a selection of flavours and, more importantly, wine.
Do something a little different for dinner with an online French-inspired cooking class. The one and a half hour course provides a list of the ingredients you'll need, a tutorial from an expert chef and a ratatouille result. Keep in mind this class runs on selected Tuesdays at 5pm.
What to watch
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