Few travelers can resist the allure of Paris. Whether you’ve visited already, or you’re planning a first (or seventh!) trip, these Paris blogs from locals and expats will provide a wealth of inspiration and information. In no particular order, here’s our favorites:
After 10 years of living in Paris, Lindsey of Lost in Cheeseland knows her stuff– and it shows in her stunning new book The New Paris, and her consistently inspiring Instagram. Her blog is a nice balance of life in Paris, local recommendations and musings. She consistently makes lists of best Paris bloggers, and is one of our faves as well!
American Anne Ditmeyer has been sharing her life in Paris on Prêt à Voyager since 2007. She posts more than just pretty photos of Paris, with recent posts including an explanation of voting in France, and visit to Julia Child’s former kitchen.
Paris Food Affair features restaurant picks from a local, including picks like natural wine bars and helpful options for the less adventurous eaters in your party. You’ll also find a Life in Paris section, and posts from Julie’s world travels (mostly food related, of course!).
Rue Rodier has a little bit of everything: personal style, peeks inside chic Parisian apartments, cool spots in Paris, along with travel in Europe and beyond. The site is run by expat British photographer Marissa Cox, so of course the photography is fantastic, and you should definitely be following her on Instagram. If you’re into lifestyle blogs, this is one of the best Paris blogs for you.
My Parisian Life is the brainchild of Yanique, who moved to Paris from NYC back in 2007. Today, she features the best of Paris, with regular hotel and restaurant features, and tons of tips to help you have an amazing (and instagrammable!) time in Paris. The blog does a great job of being both inspirational and legitimately useful for travel planning.
David Lebovitz is a chef, turned cookbook author, turned Paris blogger. His blog is still food focused, but aside from delicious recipes, you’ll find restaurant visits and recommendations, musings on life in France, and travels around the country. Follow his Instagram for plenty of food and cool French flea market finds, and we also recommend browsing Lebovitz’s books (we loved The Sweet Life in Paris, his good humored memoir of the joys and struggles of moving to the city).
Run by a team of Francophile bloggers, HiP Paris aims to get you off the beaten path, with new and trendy recommendations, culture articles and more. They’re also launched a boutique vacation rentals site worth checking out for your next stay in Paris (see our complete list of vacation rental sites here).
While the founder of Every Day Parisian now lives in Chicago and visits Paris regularly, the site features a range of Francophile contributors, and inspirational photos galore (check out Where to Find Peonies in Paris, and try not to swoon!).
A simple Instagram with major influence, Desserted in Paris is the creation of pastry chef Tal Spiegel. He features mouth watering pastries from Paris bakeries, carefully matched to his shoes. It’s a fun source of daily inspiration–and also an excellent source to curate a list of must-visit pastry shops!
Sydney native Anna sold everything and made the leap to Paris, where she blogs about fashion and the City of Light on The Balloon Diary. Her dreamy photographs are a great source of inspiration, and Anna stays true to the blog’s name on her Instagram, where frequently poses with a pink balloon.
Vanessa Grall’s blog Messy Nessy Chic began as a collection of curiosities, but she’s been including more and more articles on offbeat corners of her adopted city of Paris. We recommend following her Instagram for daily glimpses of life in Paris, and she’s got a guidebook to quirky attractions and living like a local in Paris that’s worth every penny.
The Brunette delivers French-girl chic in spades. Paris based fashion blogger Emilie showcases her impossibly cool style with the city as her backdrop. The blog is seriously inspiring, and we’re in love with her Instagram as well.
Run by a native Parisian foodie, Parisianavores offers a local’s mouth watering restaurant recommendations. We love that it’s not limited purely to French food, or the “hip” spots; you’ll find everything from brunch to burgers in Paris. It’s one of the best Paris blogs for foodies who want to venture beyond the stereotypical Paris.
Follow expat handbag designer Kasia Dietz as she explore Paris on her blog Love in the City of Lights. We love the post variety, from shopping at the Galeries Lafayette, to island hopping on the outskirts of Paris, you’ll find plenty of travel inspiration.
Dreamy Paris blogs by twenty-somethings are great, but many of their recommendations can be somewhat…ambitious if you’re traveling with children. Enter Mama Loves Paris. You’ll find tons of features on kid-friendly activities, and some recommendations for mom and dad as well.
The Glittering Unknown is another expat blog, but featuring some uniquely useful and interesting articles, like a list of English speaking hair salons or cool small museums in Paris, AND visa advice. And did we mention the gorgeous photos? Emily is worth following on Instagram, too.
L’Instant Parisian showcases portraits of locals, and off the beaten path spots in Paris. Check them out for hidden gems and more in-depth features on the app.
actually features half a dozen contributors, but the founder Melissa is an American expat who actually works a “normal” job, as a salesperson in a luxury boutique. It’s a fascinating perspective, and there’s a nice variety of posts, including restaurants, events, guides, and more.