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Empreintes: A New Concept Store Dedicated to French Craftsmanship

Empreintes Concept Store in the Haut Marais Paris

One of the newest gems of the Haut Marais, the Empreintes concept store is dedicated to fine art. At four stories and 600m2 of floor space, it’s one of the largest concept stores in the city, but you won’t find any kitschy trinkets here. The store was opened by the Ateliers d’Art de France, a syndicate representing and defending the work of crafts professionals in France, with members in over 90 different professions under the crafts umbrella. It functions as a gallery as much as a store, inviting visitors to take in the craftsmanship behind the products as well as offering the ability to purchase them.

Greenery and strands of twinkling lights add character to the bright white entryway. With products ranging from fine jewelry to scarves to tableware to furniture, each floor of the gorgeously lit space has something different to offer. The theme of the products in the store changes every two months, to keep new pieces coming in, keep the range of art and merchandise interesting and give as many members of the syndicate a chance to sell their wares. Everything is made in France, so you know you’re getting a piece that is truly one of a kind.

Empreintes Concept Store in the Haut Marais Paris

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Peonies: Café et Fleurs on rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis

Peonies: Coffee and Flowers on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis

Until now, you had to go to your favorite Parisian coffee shop before going to your favorite flower shop if you wanted to pick up a bouquet of blooms. Now, thanks to one of the 10th arrondissement’s newest cafés, you can do both. Aptly named Peonies, it’s a little spot of respite from the bustling Faubourg Saint-Denis neighborhood passing in front of its doors.

French model and DJ Clémentine Lévy’s new business venture is already an Instagram sensation thanks to a beautifully lit space, full of greens and pinks, with touches of gold in the silverware and the tasteful decor. Not to mention the flowers, which serve the dual purpose of decorating the shop and as products to purchase. They add a certain freshness to the shop, and set Peonies apart from the ever-growing list of craft coffee shops around the city. Clémentine herself plays the part of both florist and barista, crafting the wildflower bouquets in the café’s on-site atelier and brewing Coutume beans behind the counter.

Peonies: Coffee and Flowers on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis

Sitting at a pink granite table, sipping an organic matcha latte or freshly squeezed juice, you have both sweet and savory options to choose from: avocado toast made with cacao nibs, a surprising flavor combination; ricotta toast with lemon curd and pepper; homemade granola; seasonal cakes and tarts; even grilled cheese sandwiches have made the list. Two different lunch formulas offer a soup and salad or a salad and dish of the day respectively, while a “Peonies formula” proposes a bouquet and an espresso. And if you’d like to take something home with you along with a bouquet, a selection of preserves are available for purchase.

Peonies – 81 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010. Métro: Château d’Eau. Tuesday-Saturday 9am-8pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.

Related Links.

  • A real floral treat, Muse flower shop in Montmartre is a must when visiting the area.
  • For a great dinner in an equally impressive setting, head to nearby restaurant, Le Mordant. Check out our review here.
  • Then, after dinner, take a short stroll toward Place de la République to seek out hidden bar Lavomatic for playful cocktails.

Written by Emily Jackson for HiP Paris. All photos by Emily Jackson. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven In.

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Calling All Francophiles: A Winter Editorial Internship with HiP Paris Blog

Pastel sunset over the Eiffel Tower and the Pont Alexandre III. Interested in an internship with HiP Paris Blog? Learn more at http://haveninparis.com/careers.php.

If you had told me in September 2014 when I stepped off the plane at Charles de Gaulle airport that I would still be here over a year later, I probably would have told you that you were crazy. And yet, here I am, finishing up my internship with HiP Paris and head over heels in love with the City of Light.

After a year as an au pair, I put my world travel plans on hold to stay in Paris, and along the way found the HiP Paris internship. I was thrilled when they asked me to join the team, an opportunity to dig even deeper into the city I already loved. My main duties consisted of mostly back-end work: prepping blog posts, sourcing photos, and finding the perfect related links to interest our readers, among other things. As a blogger myself, I learned so much about how a successful blog really works, all of the behind-the-scenes aspects involved, and things I will definitely use going forward.

Looking up at the 2015 Christmas decor at Galeries Lafayette. Interested in an internship with HiP Paris Blog? Learn more at http://haveninparis.com/careers.php.

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Maison de la Chantilly: A Sweet Boutique Specializing in Whipped Cream à la Française

Maison du Chantilly. Whipped cream desserts in the heart of Paris.

Just a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower, Rue Cler has long been renowned for its impeccable selection of shops – one of the best places in Paris to pick up fresh produce, quality cheeses, and fish so fresh you may swear you see them wriggling. The latest specialty shop to join the impressive array serves something rather unexpected – its entire menu is based around Chantilly cream.

HiP Paris blog Maison de la Chantilly royally pretty interior

After selling its cream exclusively at La Grande Épicerie de Paris since its founding in 2013, Maison de la Chantilly opened its first boutique on Rue Cler, dedicated to the art of the French whipped cream. It was first created in the kitchens of the Château de Chantilly to be served at banquets, and is still served in the hamlet restaurant in the château gardens.

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Rediscovering the Art of French Cocktails at À La Française

HiP Paris A La Francaise Paris A-t-Il Brule cocktail

With its place firmly staked as one of the most happening areas of Paris, the 11th arrondissement does not lack in new, fresh spots to eat or drink. But with so many locations cropping up seemingly daily, all filled with inspiration spanning the globe, it’s nice to find a place aiming to keep alive the culture that the French people love so dearly. Tucked away in a nondescript side street off of the southern end of boulevard Voltaire, À La Française is a very French neighborhood favorite with a twist: incredible craft cocktails at exceptionally reasonable prices.

Owner Stephen Martin got his start in the restaurant industry at the age of 17, and has worked in numerous high-profile bars in France and elsewhere in Europe. He began to notice, however, that there was a lack of the true presence of French culture in bartending, so he dove into the project of rediscovering the art of classic French cocktails. Armed with his research and an impressive collection of cocktail books- some dating back to 1850- he opened À La Française to bring the Paris bar scene back to its formidable roots.

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The Paris Craft Coffee Revolution Continues with Coffee Spoune and Café Oberkampf

HiP Paris blog. Cafe Oberkampf. Latte made with Coutume coffee.

If this summer in Paris were to be labeled anything, it could certainly be called the season of the craft café. With so many places opening up — Steel, Honor, Ob-La-Di, Broken Biscuits, to name a few — it’s hard to believe that there are any niches left to fill. But somehow, the minds behind the 11th arrondissement’s newest offerings, Coffee Spoune and Café Oberkampf, have managed to differentiate themselves from the pack.

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Café Cour: A Hidden Pop-up with Terrace in Paris’ Marais

Café Cour: A Hidden Terrace in Paris' Marais

Is there anything more Parisian than lunch or drinks on a terrasse? The warmth of the sun offset by the breeze on your face, the tables spilling out onto the sidewalk…  It’s a perfect place to people-watch. But sometimes it’s nice to feel more secluded without having to move inside; that’s where the courtyard terrasse come in. Set just enough off the street to feel like you’re in a private space, it’s the perfect place for a summer apéro as the surrounding buildings create a cool oasis from the heat of the Parisian streets.

Café Cour: A Hidden Terrace in Paris' Marais

The Marais’ newest pop-up, Café Cour, offers exactly that. Opened the first of June and tucked away off of rue des Francs-Bourgeois in the heart of the neighborhood, the terrace offers half-sunlit, half-shaded seating up until around 17h, when the sun sinks just low enough to be hidden. There’s interior seating too, if you’re looking for a place to set up your computer and get some work done in a peaceful environment.

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Three Insider Coffee Addresses for Your Paris Caffeine Fix

New Coffee Shops Opening in Paris

Broken Biscuits

Paris is wonderful at any time of the year, but it’s during the summer months that the city really seems to stretch out of its lazy winter haze and launch into the season of terrasses, 10pm sunsets, rooftop apéros, and openings. Over the past few weeks, three new cafés have sprung up in Paris, adding to the city’s ever-growing list of places to get delicious craft coffee.

New Coffee Shop Openings in Paris

Broken Biscuits

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