The past few years there’s been a revival of the podcast, a trend which has also led to a fabulous flourishing of Paris podcasts. From the historical to today’s Paris, from food to cocktails and from the quirky to the racy, here are my favorite podcasts that are a must listen for both residents and dreamers of Paris!
Paris Underground Radio
New and exciting! Podcast lovers now have a go-to-source for Paris podcasts. Launched in September 2021, Paris Underground Radio features a dozen excellent podcasts on Paris and France subjects, made by expats for expats… and of course lovers of Paris. Hosted by local personalities, the shows are on a range of topics including food and wine, apartments, culture and events, well-being… and two podcasts by me! Learn more about the network directly on its website or in my blog post on the network and my shows.
The Earful Tower
Run by Paris-based Aussie Oliver Gee, this fun podcast takes on a French or Paris related subject in each episode such as quirky French vocabulary, little known historical and cultural topics or best bars per arrondissement (featuring Forest Collins of 52 Martinis included below). He often has special guests including café owners, tour guides and writers. I’ve had the pleasure of being a guest twice! You can listen to the first one I was on here and a more recent one by scrolling down the list of episodes at this link to “How 2020 has Changed Montmartre” on 25 November 2020. Oliver has also written a book of memories called “Paris On Air”. Stay up to date on their latest shows on their Facebook or Website.
Created by actress, comedian and tour guide extraordinaire Amber Minogue, this podcast aims to reveal lesser known topics on Paris. In each show Amber tackles subjects including the history of the guillotine, the Bastille square and prison, la Cour des Miracles… hey wait a second, what’s that, miracles?? Well, you’ll just have to listen in to find out! Amber is engaging, well researched and each podcast is a pleasure to listen to and I learn something new about this intriguing city every time. Facebook / Website.
Forest Collins has earned the title of Paris’ cocktail queen, she’s the mastermind behind the longstanding cocktail and bar focused website 52 Martinis and reports on the Paris cocktail scene for various international media. You can also further explore the city’s cocktail bars via her new new app (more information on the app as well as Forest’s favorite romantic bars in this article she wrote for us). In addition, Forest shares her cocktail wisdom, and that of industry experts, on her wonderful podcasts covering new openings, trends and thoughtful topics like females in the cocktail industry. Be sure to listen to the whole episode for her suggested cocktail at the end. Follow her news on her Facebook and listen into the podcast on her website.
One of the more established of the new wave of Paris podcasters, Emily Dilling is the author of the fabulous cookbook My Paris Market Cookbook, runs her website, Paris Paysanne, which includes her blog and regular podcast, as well as writes on Paris and French food for local and international media. The podcast generally revolves around the Paris food scene including restaurants, markets and events, however, you may also hear about women doing interesting things in Paris and food. Stay in touch with Emily and this podcast on her Facebook page and website.
The New Paris
If you are interest in learning more about new trends in Paris, then this is the podcast for you. Hosted by writers Lindsey Tramuta (of Lost in Cheeseland) and Alice Cavanagh, the show is an extension of Lindsey’s book of the same name. You’ll discover what’s evolving in modern Paris from coffee to pastries and from fashion to visitors perspectives of the city as well as “meet” some of the people who are instrumental in creating “the new Paris”. You can listen to the show here.
La Vie Creative
American expat and photographer Krystal Kenney, aka Miss Paris Photo, has taken another angle with her new podcast. La Vie Creative explores how France inspires people to be creative. The weekly episodes feature different types of guests, from designers to writers, who have be inspired by living here, to create and also to enrich their lives. It’s both a fascinating and inspirational listen!
Happy listening everyone!