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LOULOU Restaurant: Artsy Eating at Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs

HiP Paris Blog reviews LOULOU

Editor’s Note: The Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain (FIAC) kicks of this month and consists of four days celebrating contemporary art from around the world. Galleries from Paris, New York, London, Beijing, and beyond come to the Grand Palais bringing with them new artists and movements from diverse regions. The event is the highlight of the art world’s calendar and is an exciting time for art lovers in Paris. Running from one exposition to another surely works up an appetite! Here is an appropriately arty spot for lunch or dinner.

Overlooking the vast gardens of the Palais du Louvre behind the walls of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs is the arty restaurant LOULOU. From the same group behind Monsieur Bleu at the Palais de Tokyo, as well as a myriad of Paris’ well-frequented nightlife destinations — Le Zig Zag, Le Yoyo Palais de Tokyo, and Le Castel to name a few — comes their latest number nestled like a gem among the museum’s priceless treasures.

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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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Desperately Seeking Tsukemen: Where to Find Paris’ Best Japanese Noodles

HiP Paris Blog seeks out the best tsukemen in ParisTsukemen – City Foodsters

Not long ago, I stumbled across the show, “The Mind of a Chef” on Netflix. Five minutes into Episode One, I was already drooling. Aptly entitled “Noodle”, the show is pretty much a 23-minute montage of Chef David Chang slurping down bowl after steaming bowl of delicious-looking ramen in different kitchens, restaurants and countries, while he delves into the history (and science) behind the Japanese dish.

Because I am the poster child for the power of suggestion, I instantly became obsessed with finding “tsukemen” in Paris, a noodle dish featured on the show that was totally new to me. Invented in the 1950s by Kazuo Yamagishi, tsukemen differs from traditional ramen dishes in that the noodles don’t come in a soup. Instead, they’re served separately, and you use chopsticks to dunk them into a reduced broth or sauce, before slurping them up with delicate finesse. The noodles are coated in the flavourful sauce, but retain their natural taste and chewy texture because they aren’t sitting in liquid. (The literal translation of tsukemen is actually “dipping noodles”.)

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Turkish Coffee, Pastries and Mezze in Paris at Ibrik Cafe

HiP Paris Blog visits Ibrik CafeAnael Boulay – Skiss Agency

Greatly inspired by her family’s Romanian-Byzantine heritage, Cathy has opened one of the most inviting and unpretentious cafés in Paris. Employing the ancient coffee brewing method of the hovoli, a technique that she learned from her grandmother at an early age, Cathy serves each carefully concocted coffee in an ibrik accompanied by a gold foiled glass. The beans are freshly roasted by heralded Coutume Café and, if you’re in a hurry, they also make a mean espresso using their sleek Synesso machine.

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Le Cairn: Gluten Free Dining, Naturopathy and Beyond in Paris’ 7th Arrondissement

HiP Paris visits Le Cairn - naturopathy and coffee shop

“Coffee. It’s time to chill.” If you’re fortunate enough to have stumbled upon Le Cairn, a charming coffee café and naturopathy—tucked between Invalides and the Eiffel Tower, on Rue Dupont des Losges in the 7th arrondissement—you’ll hear soothing, indie soft rock on loop harmonizing alongside the comforting hum of the espresso machine. Welcome to the barista / wellness hideaway where you’ll truly feel at home.

Enter this wellness wonderland, and nestle into the rustic, yet light-and-airy interior for a fluffy gluten-free Madeline or wheat-free, cake-like quiche. Organic, local products comprise the boutique eatery. Whether you match your healthful dish with the jus du jour or an artfully crafted soy latté, everything in house rotates daily, and is fashioned 100% sans gluten: rich, dark chocolate-chunk-laced muffins, melt-in-your-mouth carrot cake, artisanal yogurt, seasonal salads, cakes, and soup (in the winter) make up the café-style menu.

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Where to Find the Best Brunch in Paris: Our Top Picks for Brunching in the City

HiP Paris Blog rounds up the top brunch spots in ParisLa Fontaine de Belleville

As a member of the opening team at Holybelly, I know my way around eggs, pancakes and bacon. At Holybelly we always focused on seasonal, local, and delicious ingredients. It takes a lot of effort and commitment to work this way, but this is what I expect from the restaurants I work in as well as those I go to on my mornings off. We have a saying in the kitchen that if you can survive the brunch line, you can do anything. At Holybelly, we were among champions.

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Paris’ Top Ten Vegan Restaurant Roundup

Veggie Magnifique round up of the top vegan spots in Paris for HiP Paris BlogCloud Cakes

Just a few years ago, it was nothing short of a miracle to stumble upon an assiette végétarienne in an otherwise meat-and-béchamel sauce-heavy Parisian restaurant.  

But, oh how the tides have turned.

Nowadays, there’s a veritable veggie revolution going on in the City of Light. Vegan and healthy hotspots are poppin’ up like daisies, and more and more, we veggie-hunters are spoiled for choice.

Dieu merci and hallelujah.

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Ground Control: A New Home Near Gare De Lyon, Great Eats, and a Community Garden

HiP Paris Blog reports on Ground Control's new address

Ground Control, the 18th arrondissement’s beloved ephemeral summer hangout spot, has changed its zip code. After two years in its original location at a former railway warehouse, the pop-up has moved into a former post office space in the 12th, near the Gare de Lyon.

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Café Oberkampf’s Newest Venture: Café Méricourt

HiP Paris Blog checks out Cafe Mericourt, Cafe Oberkampf's brother cafe.

Café Méricourt, Café Oberkampf’s petit frère cafe, has just opened around the corner from the local favorite’s first location.

Café Méricourt is intimate yet light, fitted out with classic blonde timber, green accented window frames, lovely straw lampshades, and gold painted columns for a touch of bling.

When I visited, I enjoyed sitting solo at the bar, where the super friendly staff chatted with me as I waited for my food.

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Les Choupettes de ChouChou: Organic Puff Pastry and Chantilly Cream in Montmartre

HiP Paris Blog visits Les Choupettes

The greatest ideas are the simplest, said British author William Golding. We suspect the late literature Nobel prizewinner would have become an instant fan of the Les Choupettes de ChouChou in Montmartre.

The monothematic pastry shop only sells chouquettes, the ubiquitous bite sized choux pastries beloved by French children and adults alike, filled with feather light whipped cream and whimsically renamed “choupettes.”

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