Posts by Isabel Miller-Bottome:

  • Champagne, Tasty Side to Life Tours

    A Day in Champagne with Tasty Side to Life Tours

    Since becoming à la mode among French and English nobility in the 18th century, Champagne has symbolized royalty, celebration, and the elite. Few are familiar with the other side to the unique, bubbly beverage. I jumped at the chance to join Sydney Krueger of Tasty Side to Life Tours, a certified champagne tasting expert, for a day of exploring the people, villages, and nature.

  • Uptown Restaurant, Montmartre, Paris

    Uptown: An Exciting Neo-bistrot Tucked Away in Montmartre

    Far from the bustle of central Paris’ boulevards and train stations, Uptown hides in the Northern part of the 18ème, one of a few areas in the city to retain a quiet, village-like ambiance over the decades. As with the best of contemporary Parisian bistrots, head chef Fabrizio Guérrini spotlights seasonal ingredients on a menu of small, sharing plates, that changes monthly.

  • The Tasting Passport: Self-Guided Foodie Tours from a Fresh Paris Start-Up

    Paris start-up Le Food Trip launched a concept totally new to Paris this year: The Tasting Passport. For 34 euros, you can taste a range of authentic goods at your own pace (the passport is valid for one year after purchase), in whatever order you choose, all while taking in the ambiance of a neighborhood and interacting with local business owners, one on one.

  • Canal St-Martin bistrot, Fraîche. A summer go-to for light French fare.

    Fraîche: A Summer Must for Light French Fare Along the Canal St-Martin

    Everything about Canal St-Martin’s Fraîche is in keeping with its name: light and refined dishes made with market-fresh ingredients, surprising flavor combinations, and a sunny space that puts you at ease. Whether for a weekday lunch or an intimate dinner date, you’ll walk away from this unpretentious bistrot full and restored.

  • Fou de Patisserie: Paris' Top Concept Store for Pastries and Sweets

    Fou de Pâtisserie: Sweet Treats from Éclair de Génie, Pierre Hermé & More

    Not long after Muriel Tallandier and Julie Mathieu launched the bi-monthly Fou de Pâtisserie magazine, they dreamed of opening up a concept store. Next time your sugar craving hits, head straight to Fou de Pâtisserie in the center of Paris, where the city’s finest pâtissiers deliver their signature creations fresh daily.

  • Sacrebleu Travel Assistant: Crafting Your Perfect Parisian Experience

    Sacrebleu: Insider Paris Experiences Fit for Locals and Tourists Alike

    With Stephanie of Sacrebleu, a personal travel assistant, you’ll get the best tailored Parisian experience. On a recent tour with Stephanie — an experience that felt more like an afternoon with an old friend — I rediscovered classic monuments and neighborhoods, and stumbled upon friendly shops, cafés, and historic corners.

  • Paris Picnic: Artisanal Picnic Delivery Service

    Paris Picnic: Inside the City of Light’s First Made-to-Order Artisinal Picnic Delivery

    What’s more Parisian than spreading out a blanket and sharing fresh baguette, cheese, wine, and maracons? Paris Picnic delivers an artisanal picnic to select locations in Paris. Simply select and customize your picnic online, request a delivery location and time, and voila: a picture-perfect picnic experience made easy.

  • A weekend jaunt through the rustic streets of Rouen.

    A Weekend in Normandy: Rouen Roaming

    On a bright, clear day in October I took the early morning bus to Rouen, where you can spend the day exploring several of the most impressive gothic churches in France, antique and artisan shops, a 14th century astronomical clock tower, and restaurants serving buttery Norman indulgences and Calvados to warm up with.

  • Le Food Market: A Monthly Event That’s Redefining Street Food for Paris

    Where else, in the course of one evening, can you sample the entrées, plats, and specialties of dozens of restaurants and top chefs, representing various neighborhoods and culinary styles, all while meandering between bites, taking in the sights and smells, and chatting with the chefs?

  • Paris’ Favorite Left Bank Bookshop Opens Shakespeare & Company Café

    Welcome to the Shakespeare & Company Café, where you can escape into a book from one of the shelves or from next door, grab a latte on the go, rendezvous with your Editor to discuss a new writing project, or—like the best Parisian cafes—settle in for a few hours to people-watch.

  • Paris 20th Arrondissement: Best bars, restaurants, and cafés around Belleville and Menilmontant, which have beautiful apartment buildings like this one, with shutters and flowers around the windows.

    Paris’ 20ème: The Restaurants and Bars of Belleville and Ménilmontant

    A few months back, we covered the top historical, cultural, and shopping addresses dotting Paris’ unique 20ème arrondissement. Today we’re back with favorite restaurant and nightlife names, because what is a day of exploring without a delicious meal and drink to top it off?

  • Before & After: The Renovation of Haven in Paris’ Victor Hugo Luxe Apartment

    One of Haven in Paris’ newest apartments, Victor Hugo Luxe, is found on a quiet street just minutes away from the Eiffel Tower and the Bois de Boulogne. The owner and interior decorator took the HiP Paris Blog through the nine-month long renovation process of this spacious, Belle Époque gem.

  • Featured 20eme, Rue Denoyez Street Art

    Paris’ 20ème: History, Culture, and Shopping in Belleville and Ménilmontant

    The 20ème is one of the largest neighborhoods in Paris, covering the areas of Nation, Gambetta, Ménilmontant, and Belleville. Largely overlooked by tourists, this unique quartier is full of locals-only bars and restaurants, art galleries, theaters, charming backstreets, hidden pockets of nature, and a diverse population. As much as I love the familiar streets of the Marais and the Latin Quarter, after spending three months living here this summer, a part of me will always be called back to the 20ème.