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Foodie Paris: Creative Cookery with Rachel Khoo

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While classical French cuisine will always have its place, today’s Parisian food scene is full of young innovators who aren’t afraid to mix things up. Rachel Khoo, one of Paris’ premiere “food creatives,” is doing just that. A graduate of London’s Saint Martins College of Art and Design and of Le Cordon Bleu’s patisserie school, Rachel combines her technical culinary training with her eye for style and aesthetics.

The result? A delicious portfolio of food-related projects that are as appealing to the eye as they are to the palate.

I caught up with Rachel at Bob’s Juice Bar—a foodie hangout just off the hip Canal St. Martin—where she is a regular. Over smoothies and Thai pumpkin soup, we talked about her approach to culinary entrepreneurship and the evolving food scene in Paris. Continue Reading »

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Insider Tips: My Little Paris


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Although we here at the HipParis blog are always on the lookout for original ways to roam the city of lights, we can always use a little help from an informed friend. We recently were very pleased to discover that ally in the shape of Paris’ premiere e-mail list for under-the-radar gems, aptly named “My Little Paris“.

My Little Paris is the brainchild of in-the-know Parisian Fany Pechiodat who, out of love for the city of lights, made it her mission to walk into every hidden storefront or unknown boutique that was lucky enough to cross her wandering path. What started out as a weekly e-mail to 50 close friends has, a year and a fetching website later, turned into a bi-weekly email to over 60 000 French and International subscribers.

Twice a week, Fany and her intimate band of scouters publish a little nugget of info with just enough cachet to spice up your weeknight or Saturday afternoon plans. Continue Reading »

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Forum des Images – in the heart of Paris, over 5000 movies & it’s FREE!


Text – Alain Ollier

When the universe seems hell-bent on throwing a wrench in your schedule, sometimes the only thing you can do is curb your rising frustration and go with the flow.  And Paris is the perfect city to let the unexpected pop up and surprise you, like when I happened upon a cutting edge cinema experience when all I was looking for was a traditional, Friday night movie. Continue Reading »

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HiP Reader Tips & Reviews


Photos Erica Berman

Bonjour vacationers! We hope you’re enjoying your Parisian experience wandering through winding, historic streets, getting lost in mazes of artwork, whiling away afternoons on sun-drenched cafe terraces… A newcomer’s eye is often the most perceptive, which is why we’re now looking to you to share your unique Paris havens with us.

We want to hear about the restaurant where you ate the best crème brulée, which bench along the Seine has the finest view of Notre Dame, how you unearthed an original antique at an unassuming corner brocante, and the artisan bakery with organic goodies just down your street! Tell us which room in your apartment has the best light for morning breakfasts, about your dinner parties with old and new friends, and simply what it feels like to wake up in a large, soft bed in your very own fabulous Parisian flat! We look forward to hearing about all of your HiP tips and reviews. Happy exploring!

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Context Walking Seminars and Tours Paris + Italy


Walking Seminars:

Context’s walking seminars of Paris are much more than a typical walking tour. Their network of historians, architects, curators, writers, sommeliers and chefs help the intellectually curious traveler understand and investigate Paris on a deeper level. They have a diverse weekly calendar of small group walks (limited to 6 people) or they can organize any of their walks for a private party to suit individual schedules. Continue Reading »

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Hidden Kitchen Paris – Underground foodie heaven


Photos Erica Berman and courtesy of Hidden Kitchen

Hidden Kitchen private dinner club in Paris – with no idea what to expect, and no expectations to fufill, we were unexpectedly seduced and thrilled by this underground off the beaten path Parisian dining extravaganza. Expertly run by an American couple, the food has a definite US slant, nevertheless, this was one of the best meals I have had in over 16 years of fooding in Paris. Continue Reading »

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Paris apartment Spotlight – Luxurious 2 Bedroom haven by Palais Royal & the Louvre

Paris Apartment rental Spotlight – Sleek Opulence in the Heart of Paris: This week on the HiP Blog we bring you an inside look into one of our favorite properties of the moment: our Rameau two-bedroom flat, located right smack in the mythical heart of Paris. The Louvre, Palais Royal, Tuileries Gardens and the Seine river are the backdrop for this exquisitely decorated pied-a-terre.  Designed by a fashionable French architect Continue Reading »

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Perfect Pizza in Paris


While most people don’t come to Paris for pizza, if you get the urge for a fix of authentic Italian eats, the Golfe de Naples is the place to go. This bustling inconspicuous restaurant nestled on a corner behind the Bd St. Germain by the Marché St. Germain is hopping from the moment it opens to the moment it closes. Tables are tightly packed, privacy minimal, service brisk but friendly, and food tasty and simple. Thick-crusted and chewy pizza Continue Reading »

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Vintage Shopping by HiP Canal St. Martin

Thank God I'm a VIP

Although we all want to channel a little Coco Chanel/Edith Piaf/Laetitia Casta while wandering through St. Germain, the price points attached to the fashion dream can be more than a little dissuasive. Here to rescue the dream felled by “recessionitis”: Thank God I’m a VIP, a gem of a vintage store located just east of Pl. de la République in the up-and-coming 10th arrondissement. Continue Reading »

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