Before I moved to Paris, a city I’d never been to before, I wanted to get a glimpse of the city beyond the typical tourist destinations. While the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Élysées are amazing, discovering hole-in-the-wall restaurants and friperies (thrift stores) is what really interested me.
In the months leading up to my move, I watched a lot of videos from Paris-based YouTubers. There’s something about getting a front-row seat in a stranger’s life that really transports you to the city they’re living in. Many of them don’t shy away from including the downsides of life in Paris. It feels so much more real than typical travel videos.
While you may not be able to visit, these expat YouTubers in Paris will bring you a little closer to the City of Light:
After travelling to Italy when she was 16, Tiffanie made a promise to herself that she would live abroad before she was 30. And in 2017, she left her corporate life in New York City to pursue her MBA in Paris. Tiffanie shares some really informative advice on just about everything about life in Paris—from dating to apartment hunting and navigating French pharmacies when you’re sick. If you find yourself missing Paris, be sure to check out her must-see places to visit in Paris!
Shayna is an American visual artist and filmmaker based in Paris. She documents her life as a young creative, including days in her life as an art student and what students in Paris are wearing. Shayna is unapologetically herself—from her style and art to her vulnerability in her videos. Most recently, she shared the story of her separation from her French husband, opening up about the harshest realities of a break-up with her over 220,000 subscribers.
An article about YouTubers in Paris just wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Damon Dominique. Indiana native Damon has had a love affair with Paris for the last decade of his life. Along with his friend and business partner, Jo Franco, they’ve documented years of travel as polyglots on their now-retired channel DamonandJo.
While he’s traveled all over the world, he settled in Paris a few years ago, and since then, he’s made videos covering everything from dope places in Paris that no one goes to and all the drama behind opening a bank account in France. I especially loved watching his language tips since my conversational French was a bit rusty before arriving.
Nora is a Hungarian university student/model/blogger living in Paris. While her channel started out about her modeling adventures, it turned into sharing her life in Paris. If you’re looking to study in France, check out her videos on how she got into the Sorbonne, the pros and cons of studying in France, and a week in her life as a university student in Paris!
Nathaniel is an American travel YouTuber who shares his insights into slow travel, learning foreign languages, and self-development and exploration.
Nathanial moved to Paris during the first confinement in March. He documented his experience living alone during the pandemic in the most beautiful, newly deserted city in the world. He shares his “love story” of becoming fluent in French. There is also a lengthy discussion with Damon Dominique on whether Paris is overrated, along with some other topics.
Did we miss anyone? Let us know of your favorite travel YouTubers below!
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