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Love it or hate it, people are talking about Emily in Paris and its second season on Netflix. The series follows a young professional who moves from Chicago to Paris to work in marketing and just so happens to find romance and adventure along the way. I watched the first season, and although cliché, the show still tickled my fancy with its lightheartedness, edgy fashion and vibrant soundtrack. When Emily in Paris season 2 came out, I downloaded all the episodes and watched them on my trip back to Marseille. I was disappointed by the flagrant infidelity and rampant raunchiness. But I did enjoy parts of it, especially Emily’s travel throughout France. Whether you loved or hated season 2, you probably watched it because you love travel and/or la France. And if that’s the case, this post is for you because perhaps you wondered, Where did Emily in Paris travel in season 2? In this post, I’m highlighting the several destinations that Emily traveled to in Season 2 and how you can visit the same spots Emily did, too. Here’s where Emily in Paris traveled in Season 2:
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When Emily wakes up in the couchette, or her night train bunk, at the beginning of Episode 2, “Do You Know the Way to Saint Tropez?”, she finds herself in Villefranche-sur-Mer. It sure is a mouthful to say, but this small village of 5,000 is an absolute charmer. In this Emily in Paris episode, she doesn’t spend much time here, but this village is definitely worthy of your time.
I visited Villefranche-sur-Mer last year and fell in love with this village nestled up against the water sprinkled with boats.
We dined at Lou Bantry just two feet from the waterfront. I mean, we threw our leftover baguette to the ducks from our table. You cannot beat this location or views. And it wasn’t too ridiculously priced either. I ordered the Niçoise Burger, which included basil, coppa, mozzarella and tapenade. Good lands! Rich flavor, exquisite taste. My mouth is still watering as I think about this meal.
It’s about a 2-hour drive from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Saint Tropez. Why didn’t Emily take the train directly to Saint Tropez? Great question. Saint Tropez doesn’t have a train station. (The closest train station to Saint Tropez is Saint Raphael, which is about 24 miles away, according to this Saint Tropez tourism site.)
Read my itinerary on Villefranche-sur-Mer and learn how you can travel where Emily in Paris traveled in Season 2.
At the beginning of Episode 2, Emily is riding along the coast and snapping photos along the way. And I am almost certain that she passes a small medieval village named Èze while riding in the car to the hotel. This would make sense because Èze is only a 15-minute drive to Villefranche-sur-Mer. The photo I took below matches almost perfectly with the Emily’s car window view.
And Èze is truly one of my favorite places in all of France. This medieval village enchanted me so much so I almost teared up as we left because I just didn’t want to go. If there are castles, sea views and charm, I’m so there. And Èze checks all these boxes. This medieval village is a labyrinth of cobblestone and windy paths, but the steps are worth it. There are shops and restaurants along the way to the top where you get sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea. Once you make it to the top, you pay to enter the Jardin Exotique d’Èze. The castle ruins and exotic gardens transport you back to an idyllic, ancient France.
Read my itinerary for Èze and learn how you can travel where Emily in Paris traveled in Season 2.
In Episode 2, Season 2, Emily checks into the Four Seasons Grand Hôtel de Cap Ferrat, which is nearly a two-hour drive from Saint Tropez. Another spot to add to your bucket list, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is another boujee coastal town along the French Rivieria and is home to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Nestled in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild was created in the early 1900s and belonged to Béatrice de Rothschild, a member of the famed banking family. Enjoy a walk through Béa’s many gardens and stop by the salon de thé, or tearoom, for a bite.
Read my itinerary for Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and learn how you can travel where Emily in Paris traveled in Season 2.
But as Episode 2’s title suggests “Do You Know the Way to Saint Tropez?,” Emily spends a large part of this episode in Saint Trop, as the cool kids call it. She stops by the famed Café Sénéquier, a famous red restaurant right on the port where high profiles come to dine. I’ve been there several times, and for its iconic status, it’s worth a visit. I mean, Lily Collins from Emily in Paris went there, right?!
Wondering about where Emily took all her pictures in Saint Tropez and how you can get the same ones? I got you, friend. Here’s are my best educated guesses for where she took her photos. It seems that she snaps selfies at the Port of Saint Tropez: one with the Phare de Saint Tropez lighthouse with red on the top and another on the pier not far from the Tour Portalet.
From the pier, pass the Tour Portalet. And this path will take you to the water’s edge where it seems that she was standing during her call about taking down the Cadault photo.
While calling Luc, Emily also walks through the most darling pathway with peach walls, which was probably filmed near Rue Sous-La-Glaye because a year before the show came out, I spotted this same path and was enamored. Later in the episode, Emily meets Camille in a church, which appears to be La Chapelle Saint-Pierre in Villefranche-sur-Mer.
Read my itinerary for Saint Tropez and learn how you can travel where Emily in Paris traveled in Season 2.
Okay, so what about this Ragazzi party? Where is that house located? According to Netflix, the Ragazzi house is actually Château Diter, which is located in Grasse, France. The property is worth about $66 million, and rooms can be rented out at this château, according to this Netflix article by Ariana Romero.
While in the south of France, Grasse might as well be on your bucket list. The moment my friend Mallory and I stepped out of the car in Grasse a little over a year ago, we smelled it. The sweet aroma of perfume had traveled all the way to even the parking garage! Grasse is known for its perfume houses as well as its museum, Musée International de la Parfumerie. I enjoyed learning about the history of fragrance and strolling through Fragonard.
Read my itinerary for Grasse and learn how you can travel where Emily in Paris traveled in Season 2.
The only one of these locations that I haven’t yet visited is the Champagne region, which Emily visits Camille’s family château in the Champagne region in Episode 8 “Champagne Problems.” It is most definitely on my list because I adore a glass of Taittinger champagne.
Since I haven’t been there yet, I wanted to share Le Long Weekend’s guide to Reims, a town in this region known for its champagne.
But the show was actually filmed at Le Château de Sonnay in Chinon, according to an Apartment Therapy article. However, Chinon is not in the Champagne region; it’s the Loire Valley.
And in the season finale, Emily heads to a fashion show in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles. Not only is this room absolutely stunning but it also holds immense historical significance. Long before the Treaty of Versailles was signed in this room in the early 1900s, the Hall of Mirrors welcomed leaders from the Ottoman Empire and Persia in the 1700s.
(And then the cast of Emily in Paris in the 21st century.)
I recently visited the Palace of Versailles for a second time and enjoyed imagining what life was like for the royals. And it’s not even an hour outside of Paris.
Read my itinerary for Versailles and learn how you can travel where Emily in Paris traveled in Season 2.
Season 2 wrap-up
Although I have mixed feelings on Season 2 as a whole, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing other parts of France from Saint Tropez to Versailles. I hope this post inspires you to explore more of France beyond Paris. Did I miss any spots? Tell me in the comments.
And need a guide to Paris, too? I got you covered.