The immense success of the Netflix series Emily In Paris has transformed a quiet, untouched square in the French capital into a tourist magnet.
In the historic Latin Quarter and just a short walk from the magnificent, domed Pantheon, tucked so deeply away that you could easily miss it, lies the Place de l’Estrapade.
For diehard, beret-wearing fans of the show, this sliver of a neighbourhood has become a landmark of its own.
That is because it is where the fictional character Emily Cooper, a 20-something American portrayed by Lily Collins, lives, dines and savours French pastries from the local bakery.
The romantic comedy, whose third season was released in December, traces Emily’s adventures and misadventures in her Parisian career and love life.
On a sunny weekday, the square bustles with tourists from the US and far beyond, taking photographs, video and selfies.
It is all here: Emily’s apartment building at 1 Place de d’Estrapade, where she lives next to would-be love interest Gabriel.
The restaurant where Gabriel — portrayed by French actor Lucas Bravo — is the chef.
And, of course, the bakery she loves.
After twirling on the square, Emily-style, she said: “Emily is my big friend.”
Elizabeth and Ruben Mercado celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in Paris and visited Emily’s neighbourhood as part of their trip.
Elizabeth said she prepared by binge-watching the show just before they left.
“We’ve been trying to practice the small bits of French that we picked up during the show,” she said.
Tourists make a point of stopping and snacking at Boulangerie Moderne, the bakery featured in the series.
But the flipside to fame has come in online comments.
Some people, many posting anonymously, have slammed the quality of his bakery.
Mr Rabineau thinks the show has mistakenly given viewers the impression that he is running a luxury pastry shop instead of a standard local bakery selling croissants at 1.30 euros (£1.15) each.
“People are writing comments, saying it’s overpriced, it’s not good. It’s disgusting. This baffles me,” Mr Rabineau said.
“It’s a modern bakery, a small neighbourhood bakery.”
He is aware how lucky he is that the show came along.
“We are profiting from a current situation. … But in two or three years, there won’t be any more tourism and we will have to be here to survive,” he said.
She says the people themselves are not a nuisance but the crowds can be imposing.
“We have become an ultra-touristy district, whereas it was a small square still a bit preserved from tourism,” she said.
Another resident emerging from Emily’s apartment building said they were allergic to the show.
“Emily Not Welcome” is even scrawled in red graffiti on part of the facade.
But the graffiti, too, is drawing fans, with visitors taking pictures of themselves pointing to the disparaging remark.
Among them was Abdullah Najarri, a medic from Berlin who calls the series “entertaining”.
“I got to see a lot of Paris through that series, actually, and the lifestyle and and the cliches — partly true, partly not, so that it’s nice,” he said.
Seeing the real neighbourhood makes her eager for the next season, which she said she will watch “a bit differently because I was here and on the same spots where she’s filming that”.
Season four is in the works but the release date remains unknown.
Resident Jamin remains philosophical about the fascination with her neighbourhood.
“It is as ephemeral as the series is,” she said.
After the Emily frenzy subsides, “there are people like all the shopkeepers of the district who will have benefited enormously from it, and it allowed them to start up again after Covid. They needed that”, she said.
“There will inevitably be an end. Emily is not Victor Hugo. She will not be inducted into the Pantheon,” Jamin added.
“She will go home and everything will be fine.”