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5 Places to Find Paris in Manila

Parisian feels in the Metro? Oui!
ART Clare Magno

It's impossible not to fall for Paris. There's so much to adore about the romantic and sophisticated French capital, like the architecture, art, cuisine, and, of course, fashion. Undoubtedly, it does a great job in representing French culture as a whole. If you've been to Paris, we're sure you have a ton of fond memories from the iconic city. If you have yet to explore the famous European destination, we say you simply must include it in your travel goals.

Although Manila greatly differs from the City of Light, there are places in the Metro that will remind you of Paris. We rounded up a few spots where you can feel like a Parisian in Manila.

  1. Alliance Française de Manille

If you're serious about imbibing French culture, you need to make Alliance Française de Manille (AFM) your second home. This non-profit organization has been around for decades, but it continues to be a relevant institution in promoting French language and culture. Master your French by taking their classes, watch French films for free at their Cine Club, view exhibits in their gallery, and gorge on authentic French cuisine at their in-house restaurant. It goes without saying that AFM is a one-stop shop for everything French. 

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  1. Poetry & Prose Patisserie

The famous Angelina tearooms in Paris inspired Poetry & Prose Patisserie, and everything from the interiors to the dishes will transport you there. The establishment has a very neutral and classic design aesthetic, which contrasts with the very colorful and intricate cakes and pastries. Each Instagrammable creation looks delicate and thoughtfully made. We suggest gathering the girls and spending an afternoon bonding sesh here.

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  1. Ladurée

If you want treats straight from Paris, you can also drop by Ladurée at 8 Rockwell. The well-known Parisian patisserie created the first-ever macaron back in the 1930s. Their world-famous macarons are shipped fresh from Paris, so you'll be sure to literally get a taste of the famed city. The delicate treats may be a bit pricey, but it wouldn't hurt to give yourself a treat now and then. Their takeaway boutique is also exquisitely designed, and we can't wait until they finally open a tea salon in Manila.

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  1. Pylones

For quirky Parisian finds, we suggest visiting a Pylones store. Pylones was created by a French couple in 1985. Today, the popular French brand, with branches all over the world, continues to spread joy by selling a wide range of functional and cute novelty items. A warning though – you might feel overwhelmed with all the colorful choices. Pylones has everything, including stationery, accessories, toys, home items, and other everyday things made more fun.

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  1. Designer Blooms Café

Designer Blooms Café isn't exactly Paris-inspired, but this spot will remind you of the city's lovely sidewalk floral shops. The whole café is decked out with all sorts of flowers, and the smell is incredible. There are two floors with colorful, homey furniture and dainty ornaments. Aside from buying fresh blooms to liven up your room, you might also want to stay for afternoon tea.

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Jean is a twentysomething freelance writer who enjoys squatting at coffee shops with her trusty laptop, favorite music, and book of choice. She's big on city living but always longs for the sea, sun, and sand.
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