The true cost of the lavish lifestyle in Netflix’s Emily in Paris

Netflix is releasing an abundance of shows this month, but there is one in particular that many subscribers are excited for. After a year long wait year for its return: Emily in Paris, is back on December 21st. The second season boasted a total of 107.6 million hours viewed in just the first five days, so it’s undoubtedly a binge-worthy show despite its criticisms.

In the series, we see Emily Cooper living a seemingly glamorous lifestyle – from flaunting her expensive clothing, regularly dining out, and attending extravagant events for her work as a marketing executive. However, it poses the question of whether this lifestyle is in fact attainable with her occupation.

New Casinos have analysed Emily’s lifestyle to determine her annual spending compared to her salary, which is estimated to be €45,251 (£39,063.65), and converted the costs from euros to British pounds.

 RentUtilitiesTransportShoppingMorning coffeeDrinksEating outTOTAL
EUR€31,908€ 2,285.04€2,839.20€73,967.62€219.60€1,248€3,120€115,587.46
GBP£27,545.09£1,972.60£2,450.98£63,853.73£189.57£1,077.36£2,693.39£99,782.72
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The American expat is apparently a big spender when it comes to her clothes, with this being her most expensive habit. Based on the prices of some of the fabulous clothing that we see her roaming the streets of Paris in, Emily is estimated to spend a total of an overwhelming £63,853.73 annually on clothes and accessories. Valentino, Prada, Christian Louboutin, and Balmain are just a selection of the luxury brands she is spotted in; although one of her more expensive choices is the Vassilis Zoulias yellow printed jacket that she is seen wearing in the fourth episode of season two, which comes with a price tag of £44,889.83.

Emily pays around £27,545.09 annually for rent, which is a staggering amount considering that leaves her just £11,518.56 left for the whole year to cover other expenses. It’s no surprise that she has to splurge on her apartment though, given that it is in Place de l’Estrapade in the 5th arrondissement, right near the Pantheon – one of Paris’s major attractions.

Utilities are another essential yet pricey expense, and Emily’s bill totals to £1,972.60 a year. So, given the price of both rent and utilities, you would imagine that there’s not much more room for spending – but that isn’t so. 

Paris is well-known for its wonderful delicacies, and Emily takes full advantage of this by frequently dining out in restaurants around the city. It proves a pricey activity with a total spend around £2,693.39 a year, with the assumption that she does so twice a week, making it her third most expensive habit.

Exploring the nightlife of Paris is another one of Emily’s many hobbies that we see on the show, where she is usually accompanied by Mindy or Camille. However, it’s expected that Emily spends £1,077.36 keeping up with this hobby over an annual period of two cocktails a week.

The marketing executive once revealed to Camille how she got lost using the Metro, which is the cheapest, easiest, and quickest way to travel around Paris. In an attempt to avoid getting lost again, we see Emily use taxis to get around instead – costing her £2,450.98 a year on transport.

Emily Cooper is often seen grabbing a cup of coffee, most likely to keep her going through her hectic schedule. Based on the average price of a regular cappuccino in the city, Emily racks up an annual bill of £189.57 on her morning coffee, assuming that she indulges once daily for five days a week.

In total, Emily spends £99,782.72 a year to maintain her lavish lifestyle, which is precisely £60,719.07 over her annual income.

A spokesperson from New Casinos has commented on the findings: “When it comes to our favourite fiction TV shows, we sometimes have to remind ourselves that it isn’t a reality. Emily in Paris is a show in which extravagance is at the core but it’s interesting to see just how unrealistic the luxurious living of Emily is. The findings are a friendly reminder that her lifestyle isn’t exactly one to admire, given that her salary doesn’t cover half of her spending.”

Methodology

UTILITIES 
Utilities per month€190.42
Annual cost€ 2,285.04
  
RENT 
Monthly rent for 900sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area€ 2,659
annual cost€ 31,908
  
TRANSPORT 
Taxi on a normal tariff 1km€ 1.82
Taxi from Emily’s apartment to work then back (6km)€ 10.92
Annual cost based on 5 days a week€ 2,839.20
 MORNING COFFEE 
Cappuccino (regular)€ 3.66
Annual cost based on 5 times a week€ 219.60
  
EATING OUT 
Meal for 2 people at a mid-range restaurant, 3 course€ 60
Annual cost for 1 person based on 2 times a week€ 3,120
  
DRINKS 
Cocktail price in a downtown club€ 12
Annual cost based on 2 times a week€ 1,248
ClothingPrice in €
Isabel Marant dress1526,81
Valentino sunglasses269.68
Dolce & Gabbana dress1685.76
Christian Louboutin tote bag1685.76
Terry Dehavilland disco heels318.29
Magali Pascal dress450.72
Self-Portrait orange dress380.50
Hermes bomber jacket1637.59
Rotate Birger Christensen dress582.79
Rianna + Nina kimono1800.00
Vassilis Zoulias jacket52000.00
Anouki heart dress685.00
Vassilis Zoulias dress850.00
Barrie blazer2456.39
Balmain tweed skirt1729.11
Mark Cross bag2880.24
Self-Portrait mini dress366.05
Valentino belt630.95
Prada bag2880.24
Maje knitted vest216.74
Giambattista Valli x H&M gown461.81
TOTAL€ 73,967.62
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