Updated: January 31, 2017
Best Books about Life in Paris
- My Life in France
Magical memoir of Julia Child’s years in France. My favorite book about life in France as a foreigner.
- Paris to the Moon
Gopnik spent 5 years in Paris as a writer for the New Yorker. An inside look at life in France with his wife and young child.
- A Moveable Feast
Paris in the 1920s through Hemingway’s eyes. A classic.
- The Flaneur: A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris
A walk through the streets of Paris in search of beauty, culture, and knowledge.
- Me Talk Pretty One Day
A humorous take on life in modern Paris.
- I’ll Always Have Paris
Buchwald’s love letter to Paris based on his time there as a writer for the New York Herald Tribune.
- The Piano Shop on the Left Bank
A wonderful little book about Paris, pianos, and a few very special people.
Best Books about Paris History and Culture
- The Discovery of France
A fun and informative read on the origins of France. My favorite history of the country.
- Rimbaud: A Biography
The focus is the writer, not the city – but this book is so great it’s a must-read for Paris fans.
- Seven Ages of Paris
The most readable, exciting, and informative history of Paris.
- The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
The story of the artists, writers, doctors, and adventurers that settled in Paris between 1830 and 1900. An exhilarating read.
- How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City
A history of Paris development from chaotic alleyways to grand boulevards.
- Paris: The Novel
800 pages of easily digestible Paris history.
Best Books about Paris Food
- The Sweet Life in Paris
The story of an American chef in Paris, the ins and outs of French food, and over 50 recipes.
- Paris for Foodies: Your Ultimate Guide to Eating in Paris
The single best guide to restaurants and eating in Paris.
- Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris
The writer for the New Yorker recounts his eating adventures in Paris.
Best Paris Fiction
- The Paris Wife
1920’s Paris through the eyes of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson. Historical fiction of the highest order.
- Le Divorce
A light-hearted but enjoyable novel about two sisters re-acquainting in Paris.
- The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The highly-acclaimed story of a Paris apartment building and its denizens.
Best Childrens Books about Paris
Brilliant. My favorite kids book ever.
- 13 Paintings Children Should Know
A good introduction to art and artists.
- Katie Meets The Impressionists
A great series on the master artists. Fun and informative.
- Adèle & Simon
A young brother and sister’s adventures through the streets and squares of Paris. Gorgeous pen-and-ink drawings.
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Stunning graphic novel (500 pages) about an orphan who lives in a Paris train station and has a mystery to solve. In 2011 it was made into the equally wonderful movie, Hugo.
- Madame Pamplemousse and Her Incredible Edibles
“In the city of Paris, on the banks of the river, tucked away from the main street down a narrow, winding alley, there is a shop.” – and from there the magic untwirls.