Paris has always captured the hearts and imaginations of writers, artists, and readers. So many now-classic authors including Edith Wharton, Ernest Hemingway, and James Baldwin wrote novels while visiting the City of Lights; contemporary authors of my acquaintance have traveled to Paris for inspiration, research, or for extended writing retreats. Artists in all mediums dream of creating, eating, and walking their way through the streets of Paris.
Many readers are eager to visit this literary (and foodie) paradise as well. (I certainly am—I haven’t been since I was seventeen years old, and I am itching to get back for a grown-up visit!) My hope is that this list will make you even more excited about your next trip or provide a safe and affordable means of escape via armchair travel.
To send you off on your literary adventure, I’m sharing fifteen stand-out titles that I’ve read and loved or that are sitting on my To Be Read pile. There are countless books about Paris (hurray!) and there’s no way to include them all here. We’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments.
15 books that will take you to Paris
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Which books set in Paris have you read and loved? Tell us in comments!
P.S. Here are 130 recommended reads for those traveling to New York City, 65 recommended reads for those traveling to England (or who want to!), and 20 recommended reads for those who dream of traveling to Iceland.