6 Podcasts for your Next Trip to Paris

What we’re listening to now.

Searching for something to “s’occuper intelligemment l’esprit” or to challenge your mind between trips to Paris? Grab some headphones and check out some of our preferred podcasts on art, history, and French food and culture to help pass the time until your next visit.

The New Paris

Hosted by Lindsey Tramuta (of Lost in Cheeseland), “The New Paris” shares the best addresses for a Paris experience like a true local. This is the place to tune in if you’re interested in knowing what’s on the cutting edge of the elusive Paris “cool“.

Our favorite episode: Wine in the French Capital! New wine bars, new tasting options and new shops worth checking out.

Art Curious

Van Gogh was maybe murdered, the Mona Lisa might be a fake. If you thought art was boring, then you haven’t listened to Art Curious with Jennifer Dasal.

Favorite episode: Van Gogh murdered? I have to admit, the clickbait got me, but Dasal’s clever spin and storytelling style kept me listening right to the end.

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Narrated by Dr. Neil MacGregor, the former Director of the British Museum, this podcast uses manmade objects to tell the tales of history.

Favorite episode: I’m a big fan of all things ancient Egypt, and the episode on the Mummy of Hornedjitef definitely kept me engaged as I imagined its likeness to the Louvre mummy we visit on our Louvre tours.

Promenades Imaginaires

If you’re looking to improve your French, the narrative podcast from the Musée D’Orsay is an adventure in art and sound. Each episode is inspired by a work of art and narrated as a short story. With even a basic knowledge of French, you’ll be able to follow the story with these well-produced episodes.

Our favorite:
The defiant, yet charming young narrator, Marguerite, finds herself one Sunday afternoon in the Parisian district of Montmarte within the brushstrokes of this famous Renoir painting.

The Modern Art Notes Podcast

Each hour-long episode features conversations between Tyler Green and his guests (artists, art historians, curators, critics and authors) on visual art.

Our favorite: Check out Episode No. 286, where Paris Muse founder, Ellen McBreen, talks on Matisse! 

Paris Paysanne

A feast for your ears. Explore the city’s markets, restaurants, wines shops, cafés, beer bars, and more with Emily Dilling. In addition to tips on how to make the most out of your trip to Paris, she shares recipes from her kitchen, and from her guests, too!

Our favorite episode: In this episode, Emily interviews the Who’s Who of the Parisian cooking world including Lise Kvan, Frank Adrian Barron, Anna Trattles and Alice Quillet.

Episode 16: Ten Belles Bread, Cakeboy Paris, and Buying Things with Lise