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The Elegant Eighth: Affordable Food and Superb Culture in Paris’ Chic Business District

Elegant Eighth, Paris courtyard

8th arrondissement, Rebecca Plotnick

For many Parisians, a people who don’t typically identify themselves with their jobs, the Eighth Arrondissement represents the office. True, it’s pretty with row after row of Haussmannian edifices and wide, tree-lined boulevards. But isn’t so much of Paris just that?

Elegant Eighth, Paris street view

8th arrondissement, Rebecca Plotnick

Covering an area of 3.88 km² with a population a bit larger than 40K people, the Eighth is one of the wealthiest arrondissements in Paris. Second only to La Défense as home to multinational firms and banks, the Eighth also caters to tourism (Champs-Elysées), culture (Musée Jacquemart-André, Salle Gaveau/Pleyel, the Petit and Grand Palais), fashion (avenue Montaigne is home to all Haute Couture houses. period), churches (La Madeleine, St Augustin, and my own favorite, the little-visited royalist Chapelle Expiatoire), and luxury (George V, Plaza Athenée, the Bristol, Hôtel de Crillon).

Elegant Eighth, Paris flowers

8th arrondissement, Rebecca Plotnick

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Featured, La Jeune Rue, Vertbois

La Jeune Rue

Cédric Naudon’s inspired project La Jeune Rue is set to transform three neglected Parisian streets – Rue Volta, Rue de Vertbois, and Rue de Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth – into a mecca for bohemian-bourgeois shoppers in search of locally-sourced and artisanal products. An astounding 36 boutiques, restaurants, concept stores, and traiteurs were scheduled to open doors this summer, but unforeseen delays brought the launch to a halt. After weeks of silence, the first of La Jeune Rue’s restaurants, the eclectic and welcoming Korean café-teahouse joint Ibaji, served its first lunch crowd and was an instant hit.

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Featured Online Dating in Paris, Couple at Tuileres, Damien Roué

Online Dating in Paris

I know many expat women living in Paris who have met their match online. And I know even more who have used it as a way to meet people before coming on holidays. Perhaps they’ve heard that the locals say the best way to learn French, is from the pillow!

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Indian Cuisine in Paris, Sanjee in her epicerie choosing herbs

Indian Food in Paris: Part I

Paris might be fully deserving of its title as one of the culinary capitals of the world, but one thing that’s lacking on its food scene is good, reasonably priced Indian food in pleasant surroundings. The hole in the market is one of the reasons the upbeat 34-year-old Paris-born Indian Chef, foodie extreme, and mother, Sanjee, decided to launch Bollywood Kitchen, an Indian food blog and catering business.

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Featured Inaro, Tables

Inaro Wine Bar

Opened in June of 2012 Inaro, a cosy restaurant specializing in apéro dinatoire style dining, has recently made itself more available to neighbors and lovers of all things local. Starting this month, the space is open in the afternoon, providing French-origin lunch options with a menu that is entirely locally sourced. Organic bread and artisanal ingredients are available for take away or to enjoy sur place in the comfortable dining space, which is lined with wood brought from Brittany and constructed by owner Johan Bonnet’s carpenter uncle.

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Victor Hugo Luxe

Victor Hugo Luxe Apartment

One of Haven in Paris’ newest apartments, Victor Hugo Luxe (emphasis on the luxe), is found on a quiet street just minutes away from the Eiffel Tower and the Bois de Boulogne. The owner and interior decorator took the HiP Paris Blog through the nine-month long renovation process of this spacious, Belle Époque gem.

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Featured Farm to Table, Le Timbre 25

Farm-to-Table Restaurants in Paris

A few months ago, I attended a question and answer session about French food and the fait maison/frozen food question was raised. A few people said, “you just should know where to go.” But without any mandate and as a visitor to Paris, “knowing where to go,” is easier said than done. And for first-time tourists, it’s easy to end up somewhere that is beautifully authentic and appears to be using all fresh ingredients but well, isn’t. Here are five tips to keep you street smart when eating fresh, seasonal and farm-to-table in Paris.

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Featured November Events, Lykke Li Concert, I Knew Photos

November Events in Paris

Perfume Genius Concert, Festival les inRocKs Philips performances by Lykke Li, Chet Faker, and more, Fotofever, Le Fooding’s Passard et les Arpegiens event, Seymour Space launch, Fondation Louis Vuitton opening, Pancake Sisters, Le Poutch coffee shop, and the Paris Picasso Museum reopening.

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Featured Drinking at Home, En Vrac, full bottles

Wine in Bulk and Bottled Cocktails

With everything from simple corner cafes to trendy nightclubs, Paris is a paradise for those with a taste for the nightlife. Even so, sometimes a night off is in order. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you have to eschew a bit of sipping, as Paris offers some interesting alternatives for your home-drinking pleasure.

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