Any Emily in Paris pilgrimage has to start at No. 1 place de l’Estrapade. This is where our heroine lives in a chambre de bonne, the name for what used to be maid’s quarters about a century ago. Emily’s place appears to be a good deal larger than most of the broom closet–sized rooms that were designed for domestic staff and today are often repurposed as low-budget rentals for college students.
While you can’t enter Emily’s apartment building, you can enjoy the tranquil beauty of the plaza, a leafy, wedge-shaped square that was unfortunately named for a form of torture inflicted on prisoners here until the 17th century. Benches beckon and a fountain trickles. Sit down and admire the classic gold lettering on the storefront of the Boulangerie Moderne, where Emily makes an attempt in mangled French to buy a pain au chocolat in the first episode of the series.
Just next to the bakery is another important Emily in Paris site: Terra Nera, an Italian eatery that masquerades as Les Deux Compères, the restaurant where Emily’s downstairs neighbor and love interest, Gabriel (Lucas Bravo), is chef. Terra Nera has existed for over 40 years, but is currently enjoying new-found success thanks to Netflix.
On the other side of the square sits Café de la Nouvelle Mairie, a favorite hangout for Emily and pal Mindy (Ashley Park). One of the café’s sidewalk tables is the ideal place to enjoy a perfectly Parisian demitasse of dark, strong coffee. The establishment is also known for its wines and charcuterie.