If you’re anything like us, watching Ratatouille probably inspired major hunger AND major wanderlust.
Fancy feeling like you’re in the movie? Well you’re in luck because we’ve put together the perfect day in Paris for you. In the city of lights, there is excellence all around you. Here’s our guide on how to stop and savor it.
1. Wake up and smell the boulangeries, 9:00 a.m.
In a place as culturally and culinarily rich as Paris, navigating the landscape can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to know where to start. The great travel chef Anthony Bourdain recommends that folks make the most of their day in Paris by doing as little as possible. “Walk a little. Get lost a bit. Eat. Catch a breakfast buzz. Have a nap … eat again. Lounge around drinking coffee. Maybe read a book. Drink some wine. Eat. Repeat. See? It’s easy.”
So before you try and get all active on us, it’s best you put that fantasy of climbing mountains in the name of balancing carbs on the back burner for a bit. You’re in one of the culinary capitals of the world, so why not take advantage of it? Follow your nose to an aromatic boulangerie and spend your Euros on something bread-y. Then, grab a blanket and mosey on down to watch the boats amble by on the Seine. When you’re ready, enjoy the symphonic crackle of a fresh baguette while contemplating your hopes, dreams, and the meaning of life. C’est magnifique!
2. Wok the walk, 11:00 a.m.
Once you feel sufficiently nourished, stroll along the Seine and marvel at the sights and sounds. We’re banking on the fact that you might pass by some of the bridges featured in the film such as the Petit Pont and the Pont au Charge as well as the Sainte-Chapelle church, whose gorgeous stained glass windows provide picturesque purple illumination to Remy and Linguini’s nighttime ride.
If you’ve played your Disney cards right, you might also end up getting a glimpse of the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, featured not only in Ratatouille, but also The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
3. Dine the dine, 1:00 p.m.
Feeling hungry again? Us too. Open your mouth (and wallet) at the Tour D’Argent, the upscale restaurant that inspired the exterior and haute cuisine of Gusteau’s. Drink in the Paris skyline while nibbling on delicacies close to godliness such as foie gras, langoustines, and the freshest pick of seasonal vegetables.
4. Paris underground, 3:00 p.m.
For a bit of an unconventional look at the city, descend below the manhole covers and explore the sewers that Remy and his family call home. Be sure to visit the Musée des Egouts (yes Paris has its own museum dedicated to its sewers) where you can learn about the vast array of tunnels and machinery that keep Paris clean.
4. Eat, drink, and be precisely non-Parisian, 5:00 p.m.
Ask a Parisian what they like to do in Paris, and odds are that close to none will mention the Eiffel Tower. And yet, when Remy emerges from the sewers, makes his way to the top of the cake-like buildings, and sees this famed tower. One can’t help but feel the charm, magic, and wonder that this place evokes. We dare you to see it in real life at the golden hour and not feel the same.
5. The journey of a thousand flavors, 7:00 p.m.
We may be completely biased, but no Disney-inspired vacation would be complete without an excursion to the Disney Parks themselves. With that spirit in mind, scurry over to Disneyland Paris and check out Ratatouille: The Adventure, praised by many for its trackless interface and 4D technology. Feast your senses on the sights, sounds, and smells of Gusteau’s famed kitchen in a unique experience sure to leave you hungry for more.
6. Bon appe-squeak!, 8:00 p.m.
Last but not least, take a seat and make yourself at home at Bistrot Chez Rémy where everything is custom-designed to make you feel as though you are in the culinary wonderland of your favorite renaissance rat. Fall in love with the bottle top chairs, cocktail parasols, and of course, the delectable ratatouille that accompanies every meal.
Top your day off with a viewing of the Disney Dreams! Fireworks spectacular and you’ve got the perfect fin to a perfect day.
Have a place featured in a Disney movie that you’d like us to cover next? Let us know in the comments!