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July Events in Paris: Paris Plages, Open Air Cinema & Tour de France

HiP Paris Blog checks out artisanal cobbler Atelier Constance in Montmartre
July means the beginning of les vacances in Paris which the city commemorates by opening of Paris Plages. This temporary beachfront along the Seine and the canal at La Villette hosts events and activities for adults and children from July 8 to September 3.
HiP Paris Blog rounds up what's on in Paris this July

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La Main Noire: Elevating Paris’ Café (and Tea) Scene

HiP Paris Blog discovers the organic coffee and tea of La Main Noire

In recent years, Australian coffee culture has been a driving force behind some of Paris’ most innovative and adored breakfast spots. Nico Alary and Sarah Mouchot had Melbourne and its vibrant breakfast culture in mind when they opened their all-day-breakfast restaurant Holybelly in 2013. Since then Aussies and those that love them have been an inspiration behind other favorite spots to start your morning in Paris including Hardware Société, Honor, and Neighbours.

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Neighbours: A Friendly Café Near Bastille

Located on the otherwise unremarkable end of the Boulevard Beaumarchais, amidst a series of second hand camera shops and fast food lunch options you'll find Neighbours, a café that's as friendly as its name.Emily Dilling

Located on the otherwise unremarkable end of the Boulevard Beaumarchais, amidst a series of second hand camera shops and fast food lunch options you’ll find Neighbours, a café that’s as friendly as its name.

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June Events: We Love Green, Fête de la Musique, Les Soldes & More

By the time June rolls around in Paris the natives start feeling justified in planning their social life around being outside. Luckily the city's social calendar follows suit by suggesting plenty of festivals and outdoor events to accommodate Vitamin D deprived urbanites. Willian West

By the time June rolls around in Paris the natives start feeling justified in planning their social life around being outside. Luckily the city’s social calendar follows suit by suggesting plenty of festivals and outdoor events to accommodate Vitamin D deprived urbanites.

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A Taste of Artisanal Ice Cream at Une Glace à Paris

If Une Glace à Paris is a sign of things to come, imaginative ice cream is the next big thing in the world of pastry, and what better place than Paris to indulge in a stroll-around-the-city friendly cone?
Strawberry Hibiscus, Asparagus with Anise Wood, Turmeric, Matcha Green Tea…these may sound like menu items from the super star pastry chefs like Pierre Hermé or Sadaharu Aoki but in fact these creative flavor combinations have nothing to do with macarons or high end pâtisserie. In order to find these inventive arômes head not to a fancy bakery but to Une Glace à Paris, a specialty ice cream shop forging ahead into the frozen desert frontier in France.

If Une Glace à Paris is a sign of things to come, imaginative ice cream is the next big thing in the world of pastry, and what better place than Paris to indulge in a stroll-around-the-city friendly cone?

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May Events: Tous à l’Opéra, Taste of Paris, Villette Sonique & More

These are events happening in May 2018 in Paris.Ester Westerveld/Taste of Paris

May starts off with a nation wide invitation inciting music lovers to visit local opera houses across the country for Tous à l’Opéra. During the weekend of May 4-6 twenty five music venues in France, including the Opéra national de Paris, will open their doors to the public, hosting free visits, demonstrations, and even dance classes. Continue Reading »

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Catch of the Day: Ethical Seafood in Paris

Until recently catch of the day seafood at your doorstep has been a privilege reserved for restaurateurs with delivery service or those who lived by the seaside, but the arrival of Poiscaille has changed all that.JG Photography/Eric D’Erouville

Until recently catch of the day seafood at your doorstep has been a privilege reserved for restaurateurs with delivery service or those who lived by the seaside, but the arrival of Poiscaille has changed all that. The startup works with professional fishers who use ethical techniques (such as line caught and cage fishing) for procuring high quality, seasonal seafood. Continue Reading »

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Paris Through Your Eyes: Unique Photos and Original Stories Wanted

We are currently looking for original contributions and unique pitches from skilled writers and photographers looking for assignments that will whisk them around our beautiful city. Andreas Selter

In my early days of living in Paris fitting in was a struggle. The city and my new French friends seemed like a puzzle to be solved as I stumbled through the steps of navigating Parisian soirées and metro lines. With limited control of the language and no experience living abroad, I depended on my love of all things French to get me through awkward moments and bouts of homesickness.

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April Events in Paris: Foire de Paris, Paris Marathon, Rhum Fest, & More

An old French saying advises that those struck with spring fever exercise restraint and cover up and stay warm until the month of May- an act of willpower made easier by the fact that this month is full of fun indoor activities.Fabrizio Verrecchia

April arrives in Paris with scattered showers and springtime colors. While the city isn’t known for its flora and fauna, Parisians take pleasure in the arrival of cheery yellow daffodils sold on street corners and the signs of the season- from fresh asparagus and shy strawberries- showing up at market stands. The city’s public gardens come back to life in the springtime, with delicate pink cherry blossoms and other buds bringing color to the lingering grey sky.

An old French saying advises that those struck with spring fever exercise restraint and cover up and stay warm until the month of May- an act of willpower made easier by the fact that this month is full of fun indoor activities.Fabrizio Verrecchia

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Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? Learning the Ropes of Social Life in Rural France

But now, in a small village where no one locks their doors (and everyone is up by 8am) I realized that I was effectively living in an open house community, where neighbors pop over at any moment to say hello, ask for a favor, or just chat because the mood strikes them.Edu Grande

When I moved to the French countryside two years ago, I knew that it would be a major lifestyle change, but I didn’t know what would change the most. Living in a house, with a garden, in the calm of the Cher valley among the vines and forests of this beautiful region I knew that I would lead a more quiet life. I soon learned that the countryside was calm indeed, but this calm was not free from interruption.

But now, in a small village where no one locks their doors (and everyone is up by 8am) I realized that I was effectively living in an open house community, where neighbors pop over at any moment to say hello, ask for a favor, or just chat because the mood strikes them.Annie Spratt

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