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Colorova: Saint Germain’s Latest Neo-Bakery and Fabulous Brunch Spot

The delightful Meg, from De Quelle Planète Es-tu, is not the type to idle her summer away. Always on the lookout for the next hip hangout, she shares her discovery of Saint Germain’s freshest new place to grab breakfast, lunch or a mouth-watering pastry. -Geneviève


Colorova, Paris’ latest neo bakery, opened quietly in August — just in time to welcome hungry foodies back to Paris for the rentrée. Colorova is an atypical patisserie shop and salon de thé, located in the 6th arrondissment, with a menu for breakfast, brunch and lunch, depending on the day and time you pop in.

I stumbled upon it while walking around in the area. I was excited to realize that it happened to actually be breakfast time just then, so a stop-in seemed like the perfect spontaneous thing to do. We were greeted with the entrance’s glowing touches of color and modern elements. I was mesmerized by the organization of the precious pastries and the space’s clean and fresh look. Continue Reading »

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A New Trend Brewing in Paris: Artisanal Beer At People’s Drugstore

Although the trend is nothing new stateside, the French have been a little slow to hop on the artisan & craft beer bandwagon. This could be all set to change, however, with a new opening in Montmartre that has serious beer drinkers rejoicing. -Geneviève

Paris, a city known for being the wine-imbibing capital of the world, has another vice that’s been garnering more attention as of late.

Beer has always been an important staple in the cafés and brasseries of Paris, a demi-pression being a popular and affordable choice as an aperitif, or to sip indulgently throughout an evening with friends en terrasse. Continue Reading »

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Top 5 Food Markets in London

The Notting Hill Market in London (The Wolf)

Paris isn’t the only city with extraordinary food markets. One of our favorite things about traveling to a new or familiar destination is immersing ourselves in the food — hunting for delicious treasures, local recipes, and putting it all together from the comfort of our rented kitchens. Today, Julie Falconer of A Lady in London brings us her top 5 London food markets. Do you have any to add? Let us know in the comments! -Geneviève

Borough Market (Garryknight & Pixel Nix)

1. Borough Market
Borough Market is London’s most famous farmers’ market. Located under the train overpass by London Bridge station, the market is packed from Thursday to Saturday with locals and visitors alike. Vendors sell everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to bread, baked goods, cheese, olives, and prepared foods. Continue Reading »

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The Best Places To People Watch in Paris

When the sun finally comes out in Paris, it’s time to move your déjeuner or coffee break outside. In this city, you don’t need to bring along a book, magazine or something else to entertain yourself – the busy streets and the people are plenty of material for distraction. But where are the best place to indulge in this simple, basic pleasure?

Le Deux Magots & Café de Flore
I don’t think of these two very famous cafés, as clichés (as I’m sure many other people do), I like to think of them as classics. Whether you think of them as clichés or not, no one can deny their amazing location and how fantastic they are for doing some serious people watching. Since both cafés are so famous, their clientele is always extremely diverse – you’ll see everything from tourists with their sun visor caps and maps at the ready, to women covered in designer clothes and expensive jewelry – and everything in between. Continue Reading »

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Le Chateaubriand: Hip, Inventive and Sophisticated Dining in Paris’ 11th

Erica Berman

Located by Parmentier bobo hipster central and one of my personal favorite up and coming Parisian neighborhoods, Chateaubriand is certainly no new kid on the block.

Gandhu & Sarah

After following the ups and downs and mixed reviews of Chateabriand for years — the best, most creative food in Paris for some, too inventive for others, small portions, amazing service, rude service, not accommodating, very accommodating, noisy, quiet… the list is long — my curiosity finally got the better of me. Being of a somewhat pessimistic nature, my expectations were low. Continue Reading »

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August Events in London: Our Top Picks

Jeremy Deller: Sacrilege (hellojenuine.)

August is a funny old month in London, and even more so when we’re hosting The Olympics. I’ve decided it’s impossible to escape the O word, even though I said last month I wasn’t going to mention “The Games” as we’re supposed to call them.

Annex East and the Meltdown festival (meltdown.southbankcentre.co.uk & annexeast.co.uk)

Where cultural events are concerned, a lot of those that would normally be scheduled to take place during “The Games” had to be scaled down or were cancelled because all the funding went to Olympic events. Continue Reading »

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August Events in Paris: Our Top Picks

 

Frenchie Wine Bar expansion

La bouffe

Frenchie Wine Bar has big plans. Fortunately for those hoping to land a table, the plans, which include an expansion that will double the seating space as well as the cave and kitchen, should be completed by the end of the summer.

Carin Olsson

August in Paris gets a bad rap because of the bounty of closings across the city. But fear not! There are plenty of restos that remain. Here are two helpful lists of where to dine this month. Continue Reading »

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