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Privé de Dessert 2: Traditional French “Desserts” with a Twist

Privé de Dessert, a unique culinary concept in Paris

At PDD2 what you see is not what you get. The offshoot of Privé de Dessert, the quirky SoPi restaurant where entrées and main dishes look like classic French pastries, has brought the same fun approach to the Opéra neighborhood in the guise of a take-away “pâtisserie” with a twist.

Every delicacy in this bright 2nd arrondissement café looks like a pastry, yet they’re anything but dessert: a réligieuse with avocado cream and salmon rillettes, a delicate éclair that refashions the traditional ham-and-butter lunchtime sandwich, or a savory cupcake that hides a surprise tartiflette filling.

Privé de Dessert, a unique culinary concept in Paris

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Le Triangle: Craft Beer in Paris

Le Triangle

The craft beer boom in Paris grown at such an astonishing rate that the market has essentially become saturated in a matter of years. The team behind Le Triangle had no problem making a space for themselves in Paris’ craft beer scene, as they simple pulled from their own particular passions- cooking, micro-brewing, and hospitality- to create one of the city’s few craft beer tap-houses.

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Paris Barbershops, Alain Maitre Barbier Coiffeur


Like many cities around the world, Paris has experienced a revival of traditional barbering methods in recent years. Whether you are a traditional gentleman sporting a slicked back style, a modern man with a classic fade, a proud bearer of a full beard, or a younger dude pulling off something a little bolder, Paris has a great selection of barbershops to suit your style.

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Uptown Restaurant, Montmartre, Paris

Uptown Restaurant

Far from the bustle of central Paris’ boulevards and train stations, Uptown hides in the Northern part of the 18ème, one of a few areas in the city to retain a quiet, village-like ambiance over the decades. As with the best of contemporary Parisian bistrots, head chef Fabrizio Guérrini spotlights seasonal ingredients on a menu of small, sharing plates, that changes monthly.

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Hardware Societe, Australian Breakfast arrives in Montmartre

Hardware Société

Hardware Société, a Parisian outpost of its Franco-Australian founders original Melbourne location, is the most exciting thing to happen to Parisian breakfast since Holybelly and Eggs Benedict. Located on one of the most hidden-in-plain-view streets in Paris, rue Lamarck just east of the Sacré Coeur, Hardware Société remains a hidden gem.

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Oscar Wilde L'impertinant absolu at Petit Palais & Maxence Cyrin

October Events in Paris

Oscar Wilde, L’impertinant absolu at Petit Palais, MMM Matthieu Chedid Rencontre Martin Parr at the Philharmonie de Paris, PARISARTISTES#, MAMA Festival, Brocante Design d’Achille, Fiesta Dia de Los Muertos at L’Alimentation Generale, FIAC, Salon du Chocolat.

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Mesdemoiselles Madeleines, South Pigalle, Paris

Mesdemoiselles Madeleines

Realising that Marcel Proust’s tea-time treat had become a shrink-wrapped, artificially-flavored mass-produced cake in modern-day France, Steve Seremes, a former financial consultant with a penchant for fine food, has set out to make Parisians rediscover this classic delicacy. Mesdemoiselles Madeleines is his tiny boutique on rue des Martyrs that only sells gourmet madeleines.

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Stationery stores in Paris

Best Paris Stationery

You might very well be reading this post on your iPhone, iPad, or some other portable piece of technology. Sure, that’s the world we live in, where we can receive and record information with the touch of a screen. However, if you are anything like me, perhaps you still occasionally relish in the tactility of textured paper, bound in covers of something equally as practical as it is creative.

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Natural winemaking in France and where to drink in Paris

Natural Wine in Paris

Ever since discovering natural wine in 2012, I have begun to seek it out as a sign of quality and good food and drinks to come when choosing where to eat. I confidently choose restaurants and bars with a solid selection of natural wines when I’m travelling and this method rarely lets me down. It also often brings welcome surprises, such as encounters with inspiring food industry professionals and discoveries of off-the-beaten-track addresses.

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