Oh la la, Paris in the springtime! How do I love thee? The pink cherry blossoms are now bursting from branches and the days are already longer. It’s the perfect time for a visit. I was lucky enough to have a dear friend swing across the Atlantic this past weekend and with a few more (plus Mom!) popping by over the next few months, I’ve begun making lists for what to see, do and, of course, eat. I’m excited to take them to some of my favorite haunts, but also to discover spots I’ve yet to visit—many of which I learned about while working on a big project with AirBnB at the end of 2016.
My friend Lindsey and I were hired to interview locals as part of their new “Places” program. After brainstorming the types of guides visitors might like to read, and the specific experts and influencers who might be best to write those guides, we got to interviewing. The result is 50+ lists featuring hyper-localized suggestions for how to best experience “the real” Paris.
Want to stuff your face with global street food? Hit up Le Food Market founder Virginie Godard’s favorite places.
Prefer the swankier side of cuisine? Find out where all the cool cooks eat with chef Taku Sekine’s guide.
Not sure where to watch a game of le foot? Check out these fan favorites from Paris Saint Germain rep Michel Mimran.
Curious where Julie Delphy and Ethan Hawke reunited in Before Sunset? Visit the city’s top scene sets thanks to film expert Juliette Dubois.
Love scoping street art? Know where to snap a Space Invader courtesy of gallery owner Mehdi Ben Cheikh.
There’s truly something for everyone! I’m super proud of having contributed to this project. It’s a terrific resource for anyone who wants to discover Paris comme un vrai Parisien.
To access the guides on the app, enter in Paris (or any of the dozen or so cities they’ve launched thus far), scroll to where it says “Places” and voila!