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About HiP

Visiting Paris for the first time? Been here before and want to explore a new part of town? Live here and want tips for original things to do this weekend? Planning an upcoming trip, or simply a Francophile in need of a regular French fix? No matter who — or where — you are, HiP Paris is your online hub for everything that’s hot right now in the City of Light.

We’ll point you in the right direction and introduce you to off-the-beaten-path places, hip and happening people and events, and experiences you might otherwise overlook. From Paris to New York, San Francisco to Sydney, our readers are a diverse mix, united by their desire to be “in” on what’s happening in Paris. From food and fashion to architecture and culture—we’ve got you covered.

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HiP Mission

Don’t get us wrong—we love the Eiffel Tower as much as anyone. But there’s so much more to Paris than its iconic monuments and well-known sites. To us, the best way to experience this city is to dig a little deeper, hunt a little harder and linger a little longer to uncover the secrets that make Paris so utterly irresistible. From film festivals and art exhibits to street style, hot new restaurants and interviews with foodies, artists and innovators, we are constantly taking the pulse of Parisian life… and sharing our discoveries with you!

Things We Love

  • Trying new restaurants from up-and-coming chefs and sampling their creative cuisine
  • Discovering new and enticing hole-in-the-wall shops, cafes, and bars
  • Meeting local artisans—from jewelers and painters to chocolatiers and furniture designers
  • Scouring Paris’ open-air markets and cooking up tasty new recipes
  • Soaking up Parisian culture—from music festivals to fashion shows
  • Shopping the flea markets and hitting up the newest concept stores
  • Exploring lesser known Parisian neighborhoods
  • Traveling to off-the-beaten-path parts of France & Italy

Paris is our city, and we’re thrilled to share the best of it with you. If there’s a topic you crave (or one that we’ve missed), we would love to hear from you! Please email us at info@haveninparis.com.

The HiP Team

Led by our fearless leader, Erica Berman, the HiP team is composed of world travelers, gourmandes, culture seekers, savvy shoppers, photographers, design junkies, and aimless wanderers. We do our best to unearth insights, tidbits and insider tips that will inspire and inform our readers.

erica in italy 2Erica Berman – Editorial Director – An American by birth, Erica knows Paris like the back of her hand.  When in Paris, in addition to running her vacation rental company (Haven in Paris), Erica spends her days scouring the city for anything and everything hip—from restaurants and boutiques to organic markets and artistic events. While she loves to travel, she is always happy to return to her coastal Maine haven or her hilltop home in Montmartre.

Geneviève Sandifer - Managing Editor – Half-French and half-American, Genevieve is based in New York, but visits Paris (and her family) as often as possible. Geneviève’s finger is always on the pulse of the latest cultural happenings. From insider tips on how to navigate Parisian etiquette to artsy recommendations and restaurant reviews, she knows what’s up and she’s happy to share—if you can keep a secret.

 

 Erin DahlErin Dahl – Associate Editor – Erin has had a whimsical affair with Paris since her first trip as a wide-eyed teenager. Though she currently lives in Brooklyn, Erin returns to Paris as often as possible, constantly seeking out her new favorite address or event.

 

 

 

Isabel Miller-Bottome

Isabel Miller-Bottome – Editorial Assistant – A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Isabel has lived in Paris and travelled extensively around Europe and elsewhere. She currently studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she is Editor of the literary magazine, Spectrum, and Artsweek reporter for The Daily Nexus. With her network of student and business contacts, she always brings a fresh angle or an unexpected lead to transform an ordinary visit into a memorable adventure/

 

 

emma profileEmma Stencil - Editorial Assistant – Emma’s love for France began at the age of three when her aunt bought her a little IKKS gilet and skirt from Paris. Since then she’s jumped at every chance to travel in Europe. She lives in Versailles and spends her days looking after two sweet French children and lounging at Parisian cafés. 


Guest Bloggers

We regularly invite other Paris experts to contribute to our site as guest bloggers. Stay tuned for their posts on food, fashion, art and hip things to do in and around Paris…

About Haven in Paris

HiP Paris aims to complement our vacation rental company, Haven in Paris. Haven in Paris offers luxury short-term vacation apartment and villa rentals in Paris, Provence and Tuscany. By staying in one of our exceptional handpicked apartments or villas, you benefit from all the services of a luxury hotel, but you gain the space, amenities, privacy and authenticity of your very own “home.” We have scoured France and Italy to find exceptional properties that stand out for their fabulous décor, views, and ideal locations, and we look forward to sharing them with you!

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31 Responses to “About HiP”

  • Hello, I am looking for a small aromatherapy shop from which I purchased an amazing cold remedy. They blend their own herbs. I am almost out of it and want to buy more! It is on a small side street off the Rue de St. Michel.
    I am hoping you can help me. It calls itself an aromatherapy shop but has ingestible remedies.
    Merci Beaucoup,
    Bobbie Scheide

  • kristine says:

    Hi! Thank you for a Good blogg that made me want to visit paris! we are 3 Girls who are going to explore Paris för the first time ando do/see/eat more the tipical turist things. Any tips? We are in the city in from jan 2-6

  • Carin Olsson (HiP Paris) says:

    Hi! Yes, as you say we mostly have articles on vegetarian food in Paris, although a few of those places might serve vegan options as well, I’m not entirely sure actually. But otherwise you can check out this website for a few tips: http://www.happycow.net/europe/france/paris/ Good luck!

  • blythe says:

    Hello, I am visiting Paris with a vegan friend. She is looking for inexpensive places to eat animal-free. Can you recommend anything? I searched your site but there were few articles and only vegetarian. Thanks for your help! Kind regards, bk

  • Sarah says:

    Love this site:) so fresh and attractive. Im French living in Ireland and I love to check in with you on what’s new!

  • cloumcloum says:

    Even parisian love your website ;-)
    I discover new places I have never heard of in Paris thanks to your posts!
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    Cloumcloum

  • Sébastien says:

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  • Leanne says:

    Hello,

    I love your blog, and wanted to know I am a photographer and would love to know if you hire photographers to shoot for your blog or do you shoot the photos yourself?

    Cheers
    Leanne

  • Ju says:

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  • Anna says:

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  • Juliane says:

    Just discovered your website and I love it!

  • Barbara says:

    Oh, yes, a blog after my own heart! I’m so happy to have found you! I’ll be eagerly devouring your posts this afternoon.
    xx
    Barbara

  • Thanks for your kind words Nazli! I’m glad you found us too!

  • Nazli says:

    Hi, Paris is one of my favorite cities and I’ve been visiting the City of Lights every year since 2009. I was looking for a site that would lead me to the hidden gems about food, wine and shopping in Paris and so happy to find one that has all of it. I love your blog, great site!

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  • Bety says:

    Hello Girls
    I came across your site and have I ever been happier I normally do not have time to just spend time on the computer other than my own work……let me tell you I Love Love Love Paris and anything related to Paris I often say I don’t need to go anywhere else I do I have a family but for myself Paris is in my heart I only have been in Paris twice and now that I found you I thank you for bringing a little bit of Paris closer to me tthrough your website.I applaud all of you great work!!
    Best
    Bety

  • Marissa says:

    Loving this site! I studied abroad it Paris and miss it so much. Reading posts here makes me happy and nostalgic. Hopefully I’ll go back soon to use these tips.

  • I love your blog! I just moved to Munich from Canada and am yet to visit Paris. I’ll be consulting this site before I finally do.

  • David says:

    Hi ladies, I have been browsing the site looking for some hidden gems for food and wine. I am an oenophile who loves an amazing value. I am open to trying wines I have never heard of, small production, etc. I am a big chateauneuf fan and was hoping you could point me in the direction of the best wine bars Paris has to offer. Would like to be able to eat and drink well at a reasonable cost.

    I am also looking for copper pots and pans and was hoping you had some suggestions for purchasing these items at a great price.

    thanks!

  • haveninparis says:

    David, I am so glad you found us. Stay tuned for some exciting changes very soon!! A tres bientot – Erica

  • David says:

    Finally! I stumbled across your blog over a month ago. I loved it, and thought the information was invaluable. This is my first trip to France, so I am trying to soak up as much as I can prior to my trip. I unfortunately lost the link, and could not find it anywhere on the web. Well, today is different I guess and I have bookmarked for my daily reads now.

    Merci mesdames, je me réjouis de vous parler bientôt.

  • MK says:

    Stumbled upon your website via pia jane bijkerk and it will become another daily read. I am already reliving memories of my 2-year stay in Paris. Will share your site with friends living there and here.
    Cheers,
    MK

  • saer says:

    SO glad I stumbled on this dear blog..I will be checking back to see your restaurant reviews! Yum!

  • haveninparis says:

    Donna – so glad to hear it! I hope you continue to enjoy our content. Let us know if there is anything in particular you’d like to read about!

  • Donna Fitch says:

    Your blog/website is my “Bible” as I plan for my trip to Paris next month! Thank you so much for the information and inspiration!

  • Colette and I have a little (48.sq.meters) apartment in Paris on rue de N.D.de Nazareth. We shop at the usual places plus rue de Bretagne, not to be overlooked. The new public library on rue de Portefoin is a find! Unhappily the US$ limits our activities, burt we will be there in April and May. The upmarket MonoPrix (Monop) is fun and we see them every where. We also wish that Mr. Picard would bring his frozen food chain to Chapel Hill, NC, where we live. The Rosiere stove in our apartment with 3 gas eyes, 1 electric one, and the dishwasher in the bottom drawer is a wonder. The famous restaurant, L’Ami Louis, is just around the corner from us on rue Vertbois but too expensive for us. There is also the Argentinean restaurant on the corner of rue Volta and rue Vertbois, plus 2 – 4 new restarants on rue Vertbois someone should try!
    Come see us. Best wishes, Charles

  • haveninparis says:

    Hi Virginia! Thanks so much for your comment. We look forwarding to checking out your site! Tory

  • Virginia says:

    Ahhh, I found my way here from Parisien Salon. Just what I need….another Paris blog!!! Oh but I will had you to my favorites on my Paris photoblog now and will visit often. What a great site you have. Just love it!
    V

  • haveninparis says:

    Hi there. Thank you for the compliments. I have a Nikon D90 and a Lumix. I am not sure what Tory, Genevieve and Sarah use. Have a great trip!!

  • AnnieLaurie says:

    Also Love your site! Planning a France/Italy trip for October 2010 and plan to do much planning based of the wonderful detailed information you provide. Excellent photography as well! Do you use a cannon rebel?

  • Amy Thomas says:

    Love, love, love your site. Both the content that you cover and the knowledge and attitude with which you cover it is perfect for a new New Yorker in Paris like me. I’m so happy I stumbled upon it!

    A new fan I am,
    Amy

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