For French food inspiration, French style inspiration, French dining inspiration and French-living inspiration, the internet is bursting with blogs to explore. Today I would like to share with you 10 French-inspired blogs that I have been visiting regularly for years or have just released been introduced to and think you too might enjoy.
Rest-assured, there are more Francophile blogs to enjoy, but this list should get you started and perhaps introduce you to the perfect blog about France that speaks to what vous adorez (you love) about the culture. From discovering lovely, unknown spots to visit in Paris, to learning about the latest restaurant or topic of conversation, to the effortless style that continues to inspire, peruse the blogs below and discover some magnificent inspiration for living well.
Aisling has been a long-time blogger friend and inspiration to me, as I have had the opportunity to visit her twice in her beloved city of Paris. Living on the left-bank, Aisling’s photography is equal to Garance’s and her insights into shops, designers in Paris, as well as destinations outside of the city are fresh and fun. Just this past weekend she posted on her IG account a look inside Paris’ newly remodeled Ritz. If you can’t be in Paris, one of the next best things is to follow those who get to wake up in it each and every day on Instagram (I think 2/3 of the people I follow on IG are all about Paris or France), and she is someone who’s IG is well worth the follow as well as her blog. Enjoy!
Victoria of Mango & Salt describes herself as a Frenchie in Amsterdam who lives a natural lifestyle, loves yummy veggie food, enjoys traveling and devouring books. Born in Paris, she exudes the ideals of the French culture, an appreciation for simplicity and a quality way of living and eating. Take some time to look through her blog to discover her simple, youthful style as well as delicious, healthy recipes.
Having had the opportunity to be introduced to one of the artists whose work is exhibited on this blog while visiting Provence in 2018, Chez Pluie is a blog of Provençal home décor treasures. Founded by Susannah and Hugh Cameron, both Francophiles, with a background in architecture and construction, Susannah shares her expertise of sourcing and decorating with French antique furniture. Offering practical tips such as how to add French flair to your garden with weathered urns, or everything you need to know about vintage leather club chairs, her articles also include home tours throughout Provence, and recommendations on her favourite French style designers such as Marie-Laure Helmkampf, Walda Pairon and Dominique Lafourcade.
Not only do readers enjoy reading the blog, you can shop from your own home and welcome Provençal signature finds into your sanctuary as they ship from France worldwide. Have fun perusing!
American expat Jennifer began her blog Chez Loulou in 2006 when she was living in the Languedob-Roussillon in France. In 2011, she and her family moved to the Calvados department in lower Normandy, followed by their most recent relocation to Paris in 2015. Documenting each and every detail that she experiences from food, to architecture to the people, follow her on IG as well to feel as though you are right alongside. And for you cheese lovers, Jennifer’s blog is a must as she is on a mission to explore and share all of the cheese she encounters. So far, 220 cheese have been enjoyed. With regards to the food, she doesn’t stop there, below is a glimpse into her opportunity to be a part of the annual Judging the Best Baguette in Paris. A simple and absolutely luxurious blog to enjoy.
If you want to discover the secret or lesser-well-known destinations in the City of Light, Messy Nessy Chic is the blog for you. Vanessa (or Nessy) lives in Paris, was born in London and spent some time at New York University before discovering she had something going with this blogging thing. It’s all about Paris and anything you might be curious about, she will share. Enjoy going through her archives to learn, well, just about anything. It’s a treat of a blog, and I am tickled to have recently found it.
A young fashion blogger living in Paris with her pup, her street style fashion is subtle, chic and feminine. Not only will you find style inspiration, but ideas for enjoying Paris, beauty tips and tricks and her experiences in the city. Put her blog on your Feedly or Bloglovin’ list and enjoy seeing Paris through the eyes of someone who has fully fallen head over heels for the fashionable city.
This list wouldn’t be complete without including Corsican born, formerly living in Paris and now calling New York City home blogger, author and illustrator Garance Dorè. Now with her Pardon My French podcast that I listen to at least once a month and have mentioned a couple of times on this blog, as well as her book released last year that is a wonderful read, her blog (previously named Garance Doré) shares 2-5 new posts a day to keep you in the know when it comes to fashion as well as contemplating life questions in a playful way inspired by Garance’s own life experiences.
One of the first French-inspired blogs I began following back in 2010 and am continually loving and sharing posts I think TSLL readers will enjoy, Hip Paris is the blog of the Paris Vacation Rental website Haven in Paris (take a look at a handful of apartments I profiled on my last visit to Paris here). With contributors that live in the city, first-hand experiences are shared from conversational cultural topics such as the most recent post “The ‘M’ Word: From Mademoiselle to Madame in France” to grand openings of the new coffee bar. This is a blog that will keep you up-to-date and in the know of the best places to visit and why. A true gem and invaluable resource.
This past spring Sharon Santoni, the blogger and author behind My French Country Home and My Stylish French Girlfriends, joined me on The Simple Sophisticate podcast and shared her insights on life and living in France. As seen in the picture below of her French country home located in Northern France, her two pups and beautiful yard exude the simply magnificent quiet life that she shares with her readers demonstrating why her readers love stopping by her blog so frequently. Currently, she is traveling in the south of France and has brought her camera along to share some wonderful pics, so be sure to follow along on her journey wherever it might take her throughout the French countryside and occasionally Paris as well. (Also, if you are a fan of brocante decor, this is the blogger to follow. As well, she guides guests on brocante tours, so if you are ever in France, be sure to schedule time with her.)
~TSLL FRENCH WEEK posts so far in 2016 (#tsllfrenchweek):
~How to Be Chic with Fiona Ferris (podcast)