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French Podcasts to Listen to à la Plage

by Lory Martinez

HiP Paris Blog rounds up the best French podcasts to listen to this summer whether you're going to be lying on a sandy beach (left) or exploring a new city (right).

Summer is a time to relax, read a little, get a tan, and of course, listen to podcasts. For francophiles looking for audio to listen to en français this summer, France’s growing podcast scene has something for everyone. From honest stories about love and romance to the history behind your favorite foods, here are our top picks for French podcasts to listen to this August, whether you’re at the beach, by the pool or stuck in the office.

Books to take with you to the beach this summer (left). A retro poster for La Pistoche podcast with four women in a pool wearing spotted bathing caps (right).

Edition Ilimitée / La Pistoche

1.    La Pistoche by Pim Pam Poum Podcasts – In the style of a retro radio show, the hosts of La Pistoche talk about summer: from tips for the perfect Apéro, to surviving the summer road trip and alternate uses for suntan lotion. Recorded by a pool and blended with 80s French pop hits.

Best episode: L’heure de l’apéro

One of HiP Paris' favorite French podcasts to listen to this summer is retro La Pistoche show for its 80s hits playlist.

One of HiP Paris' favorite French podcasts to listen to this summer is Entre Nos Lèvres, all about sex.

Above: La Pistoche / Entre nos lèvres

HiP Paris Blog rounds up the best French podcasts to listen to this summer like Entre nos Lèvres (left) and Culture Miam, all about food (right).

Entre nos lèvres / Culture Miam

2.    Entre nos lèvres by Céline and Margaux – Close friends Céline et Margaux were having conversations about love and sex and decided to add a microphone to the mix. Listen for empowering and honest reflections on relationships and coming of age from their guests.

Best Episode: Margaux

Legs resting on top of a cliff, facing Etretat and its beach in Normandy, France, in summer (left). Looking down at a sandy beach and turquoise waters (right).

3.    Culture Miam by Mukashi Mukashi – In the style of Stuff You Should Know, this short podcast goes beyond what’s on the plate to give listeners stories about food: From the invention of instant noodles to the geopolitics of summer cocktails.

Best episode: Géopolitique des cocktails: Gin Tonic et Cuba Libre 

HiP Paris Blog rounds up the best French podcasts to listen to this summer like Mukashi Mukashi (left) and Culture Miam all about food and drink (right).Culture Miam

4.    Edition Ilimitée by Karen Etourneau – A podcast about the universe of books. Karen interviews experts in the book world to answer questions such as: Why are my books cheaper on Amazon? Why are some book covers ugly? And much more.

Best episode: Pourquoi certaines couvertures sont moches

5.  Nouvelle Ecole by Antonin Archer – Ever wanted to drop everything and look for something you’re truly passionate about? Well Antonin wanted to do that, so he decided to start a podcast to interview people who’ve figured it out to get inspired.

Best episode: Morgane Sézalory- Lâcher Prise

A banner-poster for French podcast you have to listen to, Nouvelle Ecole, which is all about getting and staying inspired.

HiP Paris Blog rounds up the best French podcasts to listen to this summer like Dinner for One (left) and Edition Illimitée (right).

Dinner for One / Edition Ilimitée

BONUS:

Dinner for One Podcast by Sutanya Dacres – After a breakup this New Yorker turned Parisian decided to stick around and get used to making dinner for one à la française. Each episode is a recipe recorded in a tiny Parisian kitchen. In English with some franglais thrown in.

Best Episode: Confit my Canard

HiP Paris Blog rounds up the best French podcasts to listen to this summer for when you jet off to a far flung destination of thick rainforests lined by turquoise waters.

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Written by Lory Martinez for HiP Paris. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, Tuscany, Umbria or Liguria? Check out Haven In.

The best podcasts to listen to this summer when you're sitting on a beach (left) or exploring the coastline of an exotic country (right).

Written By

Lory Martinez

Lory Martinez is a Paris-based freelance writer and podcast producer. Her work has been featured on NPR, UN Radio, and Great Big Story. She also hosts the podcast Serial Culture, in which she explores the multicultural identities of Parisians. View Lory Martinez's Website

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