Love Paris? Here are 7 books about Paris you must read!

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I will openly admit that I absolutely adore Paris… and I dare say I’m not the only one. The treelined streets, blossoms in the Spring, Crepes from a corner store… yep, I could easily and happily transport myself there every day with all of my fond memories. It has been a tough year for Paris but the city of lights has continued to shine even brighter than before. If you’re stuck elsewhere (anywhere else but my darling Paris), hen here are 7 books about Paris to transport you there or give you all the info you need for your next visit!

Paris little black book

Little Black Book

Have you ever wanted to land in a city and know exactly where to go, as if you were given a hand written list from a family friend? I guess that is what modern day blogs are for, as you find a blogger you can relate to and follow their tips and tricks as you globe trot around the world. Well if you were looking for that in book form, you just might find it within the pages of this little black book if Paris!


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Paris Letters

I can’t tell you how much I loved this book. The author Janice is witty and entirely relatable, having sold all her things to follow her dream to travel (sounds familiar, right!?) As the story goes, Janice hates her job in the corporate world and at some stage in her thirties decides to pack up and sell her things, save some money for a year, before heading off on a grand adventure to Paris. As if she was destined for it, Janice falls in love with a butcher in Paris and eventually moves there to continue her Paris love affair (both literally and figuratively through the city).


Lunch in Paris

Lunch in Paris

I’m not going to lie, I picked up this book purely because of the small text that states “with recipes”… need I say more? I’m yet to read it as it is on my summer reading list, but the blurb states that the author moves to Paris, falls in love, and lives happily ever after. Sounds dreamy enough for me!


French language

French Phrasebook

If there’s just one thing I want to achieve in my lifetime, it would be to learn (and master) French. This is such a beautiful language to hear and speak, so I would love to one day be able to say more than Hello, Goodbye, and “un latte pour aller s’il vous plaît”. Granted I have picked up more and more words over the years, but to actually understand what is being said back to me would be a dream come true. This is essential for first time visitors who are looking to speak with locals, unless of course you don’t mind a screwed up nose when you don’t greet the waitress in French before (inevitably) reverting back to English!


Days in Paris Book

Delicious Days in Paris

Designed as a self guided tour book of Paris, Delicious Days in Paris is an absolute mecca of information for those heading to Paris to eat their weight in croissants, macarons, and chocolat chaud. The cute little illustrations matched with gorgeous photographs and endless tips make this the perfect companion on a foodie trip to Paris!


Ernest Hemmingway Paris

A Moveable Feast

If you have any love or appreciation for Ernest Hemingway, then you’ll be delighted to pick up this read that follows his memoirs living in Paris as a struggling journalist in the 1920’s. It is a divine to read, especially if you wish to be transported back to another time, not just a place in Paris itself. This is also a good bookshelf resident because… well… Hemingway, of course!


Paris books to read

How to be Parisian Wherever you Are

Its no secret that I love this book, as for most of this year I’ve been singing its praise! This book is fun, witty, and the perfect companion for all the wannabe Parisians out there (myself included). There are plenty of style tips, a few recipes, life tips like dating and how to lure men in like a Frenchwoman. Seriously if you don’t have this book already, grab a copy for yourself to put under the Christmas tree this year. You won’t regret it!

Are you in love with Paris? This means we’re instantly best friends! Feel free to share your favourite places in Paris below so I can visit them on my trip to Paris in Spring!

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    December 24, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Thanks for this list! I would like to read A Moveable Feast before I go to Paris again next year (can’t wait!!!). A book I enjoyed is The Paris Wife. It depicts Ernest Hemingway’s days in Paris from the point of view of his first wife Hadley. It gives a clear “feel” of Paris and the ex-pats who lived and wrote there. Fiction based on journals — a fascinating read.

    December 23, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Really nice selection !

    I’ll ad to that “Paris est une fête” from Hemingway 🙂

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    December 23, 2015 at 4:52 am

    Paris letters and How to be Parisian are two of my favorite books, two! Great inspiration!
    Wish you a wonderful christmas time!

    December 23, 2015 at 4:24 am

    Vicki Lesage’s books about Paris are great, too. She’s hilarious and makes you feel as if you’re there with her.

    Pamela M Howard
    December 23, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Cafe Signes is wonderful place in Paris owned and run by Deaf people. The menu is multi-lingual, including English, so no need to worry if you don’t sign (which isn’t universal). It’s a must go to when I take studnts to Paris.

    Briony Crew
    December 23, 2015 at 1:33 am

    This is a fab post! I absolutely adore Paris, and it has been far too long since I last went, maybe next year I’ll be able to return, but in the mean time these books will keep me going!

    Another book I like is Parisian Chic, by Ines de la Fressange – I take it with a pinch of salt but it is still a good read 🙂

    Briony xx

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    December 22, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Hi Brooke! Just to perfect your french “to go” is said “à emporter”. So you would rather say “Un latte à emporter s’il vous plait” 🙂
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring so much !

    Sandra E Brown
    December 22, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    I’m Australian but live in Paris. I’d skip Angelina as their food is not made at the shop but brought in from a commercial external source. You can buy their hot chocolate in any Monoprix and skip the queue.

    If you like duck then I highly recommend this surprisingly cheap but unbelievably homely and tranquil restaurant Au Petit Sud Ouest. Also, another gorgeous comfortable hideaway which great French food, totally devoid of any tourists, is Au Pied de Sacre Coeur.

    For books – David Lebovitz ‘The Sweet Life’ and Sarah Turnball’s ‘Almost French’. I loathed Paris Letters as I felt it was very thin on substance of a story. I will check out a couple of your other suggestions which I’ve not heard of so thanks!

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    December 22, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    […] Love Paris? Here are 7 books about Paris you must read! I will openly admit that I absolutely adore Paris… and I dare say I’m not the only one. The treelined streets, blossoms in the Spring, Crepes from a corner store… yep, I could easily and happily transport myself there every day with all of my fond memories. It has been a tough year for Paris but the city of lights has continued to shine even brighter than before. […]

    December 22, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Great reading list, thank you for sharing! I miss Paris, I would go back there in a heartbeat!

    December 22, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Was looking for some inspirational reading material! The only one I got is How To Be A Parisian Wherever You Are
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    December 22, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Yay! Definitely gonna read them all! Not only to prepare for my future trip, but simply just to read them ^^

    December 22, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Thank you so much! I love love love finding reading lists… especially about travel!

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    December 22, 2015 at 11:57 am

    ‘A Moveable Feast’ has been on my to-read list for ages, you’ve just motivated me to buy a copy!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

    December 22, 2015 at 10:35 am

    My favorite Paris inspiration book is Entre Nous. My copy got so worn that I had to get a new one!

    December 22, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Just one thing, “to go” translates as “à emporter” in French, “pour aller” being incorrect ! 😉 Nice selection though, A Moveable Feast is definitely next on my list !

    December 22, 2015 at 9:49 am

    You absolutely must go to Angelina’s for breakfast and their infamous hot chocolate — seriously to die for. If I could do it all again, I would actually forgo the Lourve, too much hype and the Mona Lisa is quite disappointing. I would make Musee d’Orsay and Musee Rodin (sculptures outside, near Les Invalide) priorities. French students don’t have school on Wednesdays and they do a lot of extra curricular activities these days and/or field trips – so don’t plan to go to all the museums that day. Also make the trip to Versailles.

    December 22, 2015 at 8:50 am

    I will definitely be checking some of these books. Ahh, I can’t wait to go to Paris one day!

    December 22, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Thanks for sharing these amazing books! Now I’m curious especially about “Lunch in Paris” – although normally I#m not a huge fan of love stories 🙂
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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    December 22, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Really Paris is the city of romance I remember that my past time when I travel.

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