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A Day in Champagne with Tasty Side to Life Tours

Champagne, Tasty Side to Life ToursSince becoming à la mode among French and English nobility in the 18th century, Champagne has symbolized royalty, celebration, and the elite. However, few are familiar with the other side to the unique, bubbly beverage; one that’s close to the earth, rooted in the terroir, and reliant on the men and women who spend their lives in the vines, artfully and painstakingly toiling, experimenting, and taking risks to produce a blend that honors and embodies the complexity of the land. Champagne was born of an accident and a regional envy of Burgundy’s acclaimed reds. And today, tourists still prefer the Loire and sunnier Provence to Champagne, the country’s second least visited region. But a new generation of passionate organic and biodynamic growers is changing that.

Champagne, Tasty Side to Life Tours

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Uptown: An Exciting Neo-bistrot Tucked Away in Montmartre

Uptown Restaurant, Montmartre, Paris

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.

The food, however, is anything but provincial. As with the best of contemporary Parisian bistrots, head chef Fabrizio Guérrini (formerly of Michelin-starred Agapé) spotlights seasonal ingredients on a menu of small sharing plates, which change monthly.

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

Cafe Creme, Beans on Fire

The Beans on Fire

Innovative small businesses like Paris Picnic, Insidr Paris, and SacreBleu are leading Paris tourism in the direction of more personal, tailored, user-friendly service.

Montage 1 Comptoir Gana, Beans on Fire

Comptoir Gana, The Beans on Fire

In March, Le Food Trip start-up launched a concept totally new to Paris: The Tasting Passport. The booklet contains 12 coupons redeemable for tastings at épiceries, cafés, and bakeries around the city. So 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next time your afternoon 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.

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

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Sacrebleu: Insider Paris Experiences Fit for Locals and Tourists Alike

Sacrebleu Travel Assistant: Crafting Your Perfect Parisian Experience

I’ve lived in Paris on and off for the last two years, so I was curious what I would learn about my adopted city from Stephanie of Sacrebleu, who, I soon realized, is not your average Paris guide.

Before we met, Stephanie wrote to me to find out my age, interests, favorite kinds of stores and food, and whether I preferred to walk or drive around the city. Normally, Stephanie likes to set up a Skype call to meet each client and get a sense of who they are, what they want to see in Paris, how they travel, and answer any questions before they arrive.

Sacrebleu Travel Assistant: Crafting Your Perfect Parisian Experience

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

Paris Picnic: Artisanal Picnic Delivery Service

Le Square du Vert-Galant

What’s more Parisian than spreading out a blanket on the Champ de Mars or along the Seine and sharing a leisurely meal of fresh baguette, cheese, charcuterie, wine, and maracons? Paris Picnic, the first service picnic delivery service of its kind, will bring an artisanal picnic – complete with locally sourced goods, wine, cups, cutlery, and a cotton blanket – to the location of your choice. Simply select and customize your picnic online, request a delivery location and time, and voila: a picture-perfect picnic experience made easy.

Since its founding in 2013, Paris Picnic has become the 3rd highest rated restaurant on Paris’ TripAdvisor. The team serves up to 40 clients on a given day, from honeymooners, to families, to bachelorette parties, to corporate events. We sat down with the folks behind Paris Picnic to find out more.

Paris Picnic: Artisanal Picnic Delivery Service

Sandwiches from Paris Picnic

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A Weekend in Normandy: Rouen Roaming

A weekend jaunt through the rustic streets of Rouen.

I took the early morning bus to Rouen on a bright, clear day in October. But chillier temperatures wouldn’t diminish a visit to the Haute-Normandie capital, 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.

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

HiP Paris blog. Le Food Market. Wander under the flags and contemplate your many choices

A new neighborhood block party has arrived in Paris. On Thursday, September 24, rising and veteran restaurateurs lit up the stands of a narrow median strip on Boulevard de Belleville to offer freshly made plats for 5-10 euros. Even as rain threatened to spoil the crisp, fall evening, the mingling of friends and neighbors, fragrant clouds of steam lifting, and sounds of crackling oil kept energy and appetites at a high.

Paris is well known for its diverse open-air markets, offering fresh produce, flowers, meat, dairy, and handcrafted goods daily. Markets capture the spirit of a quartier—its people, history, and rhythm. Le Food Market, which officially launched on July 9, takes place once a month from 6-10:30pm and recruits different vendors each time. Come to Le Food Market and you’ll get a glimpse of what’s new and inventive in Paris’ culinary scene, as well as rub elbows with Parisians from all over the city, many of whom may not have otherwise made the trek to the off-the-beaten-path 19ème.

HiP Paris blog. Le Food Market. Haven for lovers of street food

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Paris’ Favorite Left Bank Bookshop Opens Shakespeare & Company Café

HiP Paris Blog, Shakespeare & Company Café neighbors the famous bookstore of the same name.

Welcome to the newly opened Shakespeare & Company Café, located next-door to the famed bookstore that carries the same name. It’s the perfect place to grab a latte on the go, rendezvous with your Editor to discuss a new writing project, settle in for a few hours to people-watch, or – as is only fitting – escape into a book from one of the shelves (the selection ranges from Whitman to Twilight).

HiP Paris Blog, Shakespeare & Company Café is George Whitman's vision finally made reality.

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