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Winter in Paris: Ice Skating Around the City of Light

Winter in France, Ice Skating at Hotel de Ville, the Eiffel Tower, and the Grand Palais in Paris

Esti Alvarez

After a mild November, temperatures in Paris have dropped to a respectable winter weather, thermostats hovering around 0° Celsius, bien sûr! Advent calendars have been cracked open and Paris is all dressed up for winter! After the lighting of the trees along the Champs-Elysées and the perfume of hot, spiced wine from the Christmas markets, everyone is putting on their party shoes (aka ice skates) to enjoy some pretty sensational ice skating rinks that have rolled in for the holidays, ensuring a White Christmas for anyone who seeks it.

Winter in France, Ice Skating at Hotel de Ville, the Eiffel Tower, and the Grand Palais in Paris

Simon Hooks

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The Paris Journal, French Lifestyle Book by NIchole Robertson

The Paris Journal Giveaway

We at HiP Paris have been big fans of Nichole Robertson’s work for quite some time. She shares an introduction to The Paris Journal with us below, as well an excerpt from the book. We are also thrilled to be giving away copies to five lucky readers! More details on the giveaway below.

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Bloom Cantine: Local and Home Made Cuisine at Paris Café in the 11th Arrondissement

Bloom Cantine

On a quiet street in the 11ème sits a quaint canteen that opened this past spring and embodies the local, fait maison trend we’ve been seeing so much of recently. I cozied up at Bloom on a recent rainy afternoon with an American friend who was visiting, and we enjoyed a lovely lunch.

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Le Timbre Restaurant, Interior Tables, Paris Cuisine

Le Timbre

After my first lunch at Le Timbre, the restaurant quickly became a favorite. Each time I go to chef Chris Wright’s restaurant I know that I will enjoy happy hours of eating at the tiny tables that line the space whose name- literally “the stamp”- commemorates the cosy size of the dining room.

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Featured Paris Day Trips, Palais de Fontainebleu Facade, Chateau visit

Day Trips From Paris

While Paris is incredible, some of my favorite days have been spent escaping the city. Many fascinating daytrips are reachable by an easy train or car ride and while Versailles is by far the most famous and popular, there are other great places to visit that are just as interesting without the crowds.

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La Récolte, Fresh Produce

La Récolte: Fresh and Seasonal Products in Paris

In the two years that led up to La Récolte’s opening in summer of 2014, owner Mathieu Mulliez tirelessly explored France, visiting independent producers. His goal was simple: find dedicated artisans practicing sustainable agriculture and bring their fresh, seasonal products to Parisians.

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Featured December Events in Paris, Ice Skating, Hotel de Ville, Jean-Phillippe Bourque

December Events in Paris

Jeff Koons at the Centre Pompidou, Cycle John Ford at The Cinematheque Française, Portes Ouvertes des Ateliers du Père Lachaise Associés, Michel Tolmer at Le Rubis, Paris Magnum at Hôtel de Ville, Le jour le plus court film festival, and the Marché des Jeunes Créateurs at Point Ephémère.

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Featured Indian Restaurants in Paris, Nalas Appakadai Bowls

Mouth-Watering Indian Food in Paris

While talking with Parisian-Indian chef Sanjee of Bollywood Kitchen, a quite yummy restaurant in the 17ème arrondissement, she confirmed her frustration at the lack of good all-round Indian restaurants in the French capital. However, among the not-so-great restaurants, there are four that have held her attention (and palate), which she warmly shares with us.

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Featured Armenian Cantine, Plates on Counter

La Cantine d'Aznavour Armenian Restaurant

La Cantine d’Aznavour is not a place you stumble upon; even when you know the address, it’s tricky to find. Tucked at the far end of a cobblestone courtyard in the 9th arrondissement, this unusual little restaurant serves traditional Armenian food with a generous helping of hospitality.

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