Browsing Instagram is a most pleasant way to engage in a little armchair traveling. And if you have a trip to Paris to plan (or to dream about), here’s a selection of inspiring Instagrammers to transport you to the City of Light.
Audrey Felix is a Paris apartment hunter and the author of Et si on se promenait… à Paris!, an armchair traveler’s dream come true. Her Instagram is full of shots from the quaint courtyards and dashing apartment buildings she gets to visit daily.
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Paris je t’aime
Run with brio by the Paris tourist board, this Instagram is full of gorgeous skies, breathtaking architecture, and charming daily life scenes. If you weren’t already in love with Paris, this would seal the deal.
Alice Ngo writes the Paris dining blog Le Grumeau with a fresh and independent tone. She’s one of the rare voices out there who don’t hesitate to call out dining spots that don’t deliver, and you can follow along on her Instagram. Plus, she has a cute dog!
Le Fooding is a Paris-based organization that publishes a restaurant guide, a print magazine, and puts together hip food-related events. Their Instagram is made up of regrams of their followers’ best shots, and while they do post some from other cities, they do a good job of covering new openings and evergreen favorites in Paris.
L’Épicerie végétale is located in Paris’ 11th arrondissement, and this gem of a shop specializes in organic produce and fresh flowers. Their Instagram allows you to daydream about what you might pick up on your way home.
Paris by Mouth
This self-described food and wine geek, originally from Switzerland but now living in Paris, is always on the hunt for the new and the delicious. You can partake vicariously through his appetite-whetting Instagram.
Alain Passard is the chef at three-star restaurant L’Arpège, where he cooks deceptively simple, sublime dishes using produce from his own vegetable gardens. His Instagram account documents his daily creations.
Edited by Parisian duo Fabrice and Laurence, L’Instant Parisien celebrates Paris and its most interesting denizens. Their Instagram is full of the small and wonderful fragments of the city that might escape you otherwise.
The author of the blog Chocolate & Zucchini and of The French Market Cookbook has a popular Instagram account, on which she features pictures of her cooking and dining adventures in Paris. Follow her as she goes on a quest for the perfect Paris croissant, climbs the stairs of Montmartre, eats at the best bistros, and shares her own fresh and inspired recipes.
Author Photo: © Francis Hammond, Instagram images courtesy of accounts.
Clotilde Dusoulier, creator of the award-winning food blog Chocolate & Zucchini, delves into the history and meaning of fifty of the French language’s most popular food-related expressions in her latest book Edible French: Tasty Expressions and Cultural Bites.
Some of our favorites?
Tomber dans les pommes (falling into the apples) = fainting
Se faire rouler dans la farine (being rolled in flour) = being fooled
Avoir un cœur d’artichaut (having the heart of an artichoke) = falling in love easily