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Dealer de Gourmandises: A Homemade Candy Shop in Montmartre, and More

Hip Paris Blog Dealer Des Gourmandises

Dealer De Gourmandises

Montmartre has a new sweet spot as it welcomes the Dealer de Gourmandises, a candy shop featuring homemade, locally sourced, organic and artisanal products. Paul Fernandez, the shop’s energetic founder, is a young chef with a background in culinary design. After working in celebrated kitchens and chocolate shops such as La Chocolaterie de Jacques Génin, Paul decided to venture out on his own, establishing himself first as a private chef and caterer and now, with the opening of Dealer des Gourmandises, as a small business owner.

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Paris December Events: Christmas Markets, Dégustation Bulles and Champagne & More

Vic Xia 

 The holiday season has officially hit Paris with the city’s first snowfall arriving on the first day of the month. Even though the annual Champs-Elysées market won’t take place this year – as City Hall Tourism Lead, Jean-François Martins, claimed, “it wasn’t good enough for Paris.” – there are plenty of other enticing options that deserve support.

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Keeping Stylish in the Rain: Inside Paris’ Last Umbrella Repair Shop

Editor’s Note: The days are getting shorter and the weather a little bit harsher, the arrival of clouds and rain in Paris cast a spell over the city. The charm of Paris in the rain has been much celebrated in photos and film, but for those of us who live with the day to day downpours the magic quickly wears off. That’s why we love Pep’s a tiny umbrella repair shop that makes rainy days fun again. We sent Elena to find out more about an artisan in Paris who helps Parisians get through the rainy days.

Hip Paris Hernán Piñera Flickr

Hernán Piñera

Thierry Millet must be one of the rare people who is happy when it rains: an uncommon elation that is explained by the fact that he owns the only umbrella repair shop in France.

Rainy Views Montmartre 1Erica Berman

Erica Berman

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All Good Things Must Come to an End: The Closing of Colette, a Paris Fashion Institution

HiP Paris Blog says goodbye to Paris fashion institution Colette

Colette, which has been described by Forbes as The Trendiest Store In The World’, is a Paris institution. Chanel designer Karl Lagerfield famously declared that its the only shop he visits because they have things no one else has. But Colette is not only for the rich and famous; tourists, locals, young and old, trendy and not-so-trendy, everyone can find something that amuses or inspires at Colette.

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Knife Shopping and Sharpening in Paris: Recommendations From a Chef

HiP Paris Blog rounds up the best knife stores in ParisKaspar Metz

A trusty knife is the best accessory a cook could ask for. Without a good knife, our handiwork is useless. Sharpening your knife is absolutely essential and even if you buy the most expensive, beautiful knife, it’s not going to get the job done effectively if the blade is not tip-top sharp.

As a chef, I always travel with a good knife for catering gigs and have even been known to travel with my knives on vacation. Because who wants to get stuck without a knife or, even worse, with a bad knife? Knives are an extension of our arms in professional kitchens and if you are caught with an unsharp knife or a maimed blade our work becomes ten times more challenging. Even for a home cook, a good knife will see you through the toughest of times.

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Livening up the Left Bank: Trendy New Addresses in Paris’ 7th

HiP Paris Blog rounds up the 7th arrondissementYUJ Yoga Studio / Albane Delacommune

The Gros Caillou (or “big pebble”) neighborhood spans from Invalides to the Champs de Mars in the 7th arrondissement. The neighborhood, which is located within a pebble lined boundary that dates back to the middle ages, is comprised of specialty boutiques, the café and merchant-lined Rue Cler, and the inevitable, tourist-tailored commerce.

While viewed as a more traditional neighborhood catering towards the affluent bourgeoisie, recently opened businesses are revitalizing the district with their youthful energy. Here are a few newcomers that provide a refreshing perspective on everything from pantry goods to athletic pursuits.

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An Independent Tea House’s Success in Montmartre: Neo. T.

HiP Paris Blog visits Neo TAli Postma

The popularity of the Abbesses neighborhood and its village-like atmosphere has made the area a well loved destination for tourists. The neighborhood’s popularity has led to higher rents forcing some of the independent shops of Abbesses close their doors only to be replaced by bland franchised stores found all over  in France.

Despite this sad reality, a few specialty shops are able to stay true to the authentic quirky Montmartrois spirit.

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A Bio Butcher in Paris: Buying Organic Meat in Montmartre

HiP Paris Blog Visits Organic Butcher Prosper Montmartre

Prosper Montmartre

If your experience of shopping for meat in Paris is limited to picking up a shrink-wrapped steak at Monoprix or roast chicken that’s been sitting all morning under a heating lamp at the local market, do yourself a favor and step into the fascinating world of artisan butcher Jean Christophe Prosper.

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Living Like a Local: How To Spend Sunday in Paris (Part III)

How to spend Sundays like a local in Paris

Parisians take relaxing very seriously. France is world renowned for its 35-hour workweek, its terrace coffee sipping, August vacations, people watching and sleepy Sundays, bien sûr! Here are some local Parisian tips for making the most of your languid dimanche:

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Les French Desmoiselles: Ethical Fashion Made in France

HiP Paris, French Desmoiselles, Florie Berger

A mysterious event invitation showed up in my Facebook feed a little while back.

“Secret Christmas / Vente Très Très Privée Mode et Beauté” (“Very, Very Private Fashion and Beauty Sale”), it announced, presumably so exclusive that just one “very” wouldn’t do.

The invitation went on to reveal that somebody named Laurence would be welcoming shoppers into her cozy Paris apartment that Saturday, enticing invitees with the promise of treats, holiday fashions, and personalized beauty advice.

“If you wish to participate, email us so we can send you the address and door code for this secret rendez-vous”, the invitation instructed, stopping just short of adding, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it…”

The pre-adolescent Nancy Drew fan in me was intrigued.

French Desmoiselles, a chic new Paris fashion brand, on HiP Paris

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