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Rediscovering Florence: Craft Coffee, Vegetarian Dining & More

One thing I noticed during my most recent visit was this: Florence has become cool.Ditta Artigianale

Before moving to Paris, Florence was my second home. I lived there for four months while studying Criminology and Law in Prato, a lovely town just outside the city. Before I settled down in Paris last June, I returned to my (second) favourite city. One thing I noticed during my most recent visit was this: Florence has become cool.

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Montmartre: Exploring the New, Hip and Delicious in One of Our Favorite Paris ‘Hoods

HiP Paris Blog covers what's new in MontmartreCoutume Izakaya / (magasin) – Ali Postma

After living in Montmartre for several months, I would like to think that I know the area well. But even the small village around metro Abbesses is constantly evolving with new cafés, restaurants, and shops opening all the time. If you find yourself in the 18th arrondissement visiting Sacré-Cœur or the Moulin Rouge, make sure to stop by some of my favorite places that have opened recently:

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Beyond Colette: Paris Concept Store Shopping and Dining Bliss

HiP Paris Blog rounds up Paris' best concept store cafesMaison Sarah Lavoine – Francis Amiand

When the archetypical concept store Colette closed last year, loyal locals and tourists alike mourned the end of an era. The 1st arrondissement shop was a Paris institution as well as a trailblazer in the world of concept stores- becoming the example that all others were measured against.

While die hard fans will argue that nothing will ever replace this innovative space and business model, the unique combination of shopping and indulgence that Colette offered can still be found in the capital.

Here’s a list of some of our favorite spots to shop and dine to our hearts content:

HiP Paris Blog rounds up Paris' best concept store cafes

HiP Paris Blog rounds up Paris' best concept store cafesLa Trésorerie – Julie Ansiau

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The Art of the Soufflé: Finding the Best of a French Classic in Paris

HiP Paris Blog rounds up the best souffle in ParisCarly Jayne

Editor’s note: By the time we get to February springtime feels so close yet so far away! These grey days of winter seem longer than ever and we all need a remedy for another rainy day. Enter the Soufflé. This French classic is the culinary equivalent of a ray of sunshine- bright golden and warming all over. Whether you prefer sweet or savory, simple or elaborate, we’re sure you’ll find a soufflé a votre goût at our favorite Paris soufflé specialists.

There is no dish quite so comforting, so sophisticated or so damn difficult to prepare as the soufflé. Ranging from sweet to savory, traditional to contemporary, this classic French dish can be presented as an appetizer, a main dish, and even moonlights on some menus as a dessert. The soufflé is not only versatile, it is also elegant, mysterious and puzzling. What is it? And more importantly, how do you get it to rise and stay that way?

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Printemps du Goût: A Paris Shopping Institution Focuses on French Terroir

HiP Paris Blog covers the opening of Printemps du Gout

On January 10th the iconic Parisian department store Printemps followed the example of competitors Le Bon Marché and Galeries Lafayette by opening their own épicerie fine, Le Printemps du Goût.

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Gluten-Free in the City: Paris’ Best Restaurants and Bakeries Sans Gluten

Editor’s note: This week we continue with our theme of starting the new year with a focus on healthy living and wellbeing. We’re so happy to have this second contribution from Ann and Chloe, founders of Veggie Magnifique, who take us on a tour of the top gluten-free restaurants and bakeries in Paris. 

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There’s a reason why our mental image of a Parisian features a striped-shirt-wearing specimen carrying a baguette, the French after all love nothing more than a loaf of crusty bread- but does this mean you should hit up London instead if you’re gluten free? Non.

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Healthy Parisian Living: Bringing Wellbeing to the New Year in Paris

HiP Paris Blog explores healthy living in Paris

Bento CoCoCo

Editor’s Note: Early January is the perfect time to focus on healthy living. Whether you’re recovering from the fêtes or making New Years’ goals for living a healthier life, we hope to provide inspiration and resources for being kinder to your mind and body. I hope this healthy roundup of Paris addresses helps you kick off a year of well being!

Every year, losing weight and eating healthy take the top spots of New Year’s resolution lists, even in Paris. But by the end of the month most of those get-in-shape goals have fizzled, by no means helped by the miserable weather that plagues the French capital in January. Here are a few fresh suggestions that can help you keep those healthy lifestyle resolutions.

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Spin, don’t run. The popularity of indoor cycling is still going strong, and for a few good reasons. Spinning classes are a low impact, fun and extremely effective way of blitzing calories: expect to burn up to 650 in an hour. Dynamo was the first to pioneer New York’s SoulCycle model in Paris, followed by Let’s Ride (which has now been acquired by Dynamo), and Kiwill. There’s no shortage of studios and classes across Paris, but as the early morning sessions are often fully booked, it’s essential to sign up for the mailing list to be alerted of the new sign-up windows. SoulCycle adepts may have complained that spinning classes in Paris are more laid back than in New York, but these days all fitness levels are catered to and the more advanced sessions will leave you completely drenched in sweat. Those who fear their French may not be up to scratch to follow the instructors will appreciate the English-language classes at Kiwill on Sunday. All studios offer a free trial class and three welcome sessions for €45.

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Far from the madding crowd. If your idea of getting fit doesn’t include being cooped up in a sweaty gym, check out Power Hiking Paris. This non-profit group of international hikers meet up every weekend for power hikes in the countryside around Paris, in addition to weekends away elsewhere in France and trips to more exotic locations. These hikes are no stroll in the park; be prepared to walk 27 to 32 kilometers at a brisk pace, with just a few short breaks to catch your breath. However, less-demanding 20-kilometer hikes are offered once a month for newbies and those whose fitness level is not yet up to snuff for the more demanding hikes.

Despite having to get up early on Sunday mornings and power hike in any kind of weather, members swear by the concept saying it’s an inexpensive and convivial way to burn calories and stay fit.

Sign-up is free on the group’s meetup page, with a contribution of €3 per person per hike.

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HiP Paris Blog explores healthy living in ParisNubio

Juice power. The days when fresh juice in Paris meant a glass of citron pressé diluted with tap water are long gone. Juice bars offering cold-pressed juices, smoothies and healthy snacks have cropped up in almost every arrondissement. But Atelier Nubio, one of the early arrivals to the Parisian juice scene, remains the only one offering LA-style, comprehensive detox cures that can be home delivered. Those who aren’t tempted by the thought of a liquid diet can stock up on tasty healthy snacks like coconut bacon, watermelon jerky and probiotic dark chocolate, as well as freshly made vegetable soups and colorful salads.

Not your average bento box. Japanese-food lovers usually head to rue Sainte-Anne to satisfy their bento cravings, but those who want an even healthier option now can opt for Bento CoCoCo, a serene cafe near the Palais Royal specializing in imaginative bento boxes that are organic, gluten-free and vegan (although a meat option is also on offer daily).

To create her simple, yet imaginative dishes the Japanese owner says she’s inspired by shojin ryori, the exquisite, beautifully presented vegetarian cuisine of zen Buddhist monasteries in Japan.

Like the bentos, the equally healthy dessert menu changes daily, ranging from traditional daifuku (glutinous rice cakes filled with a sweet red-bean paste) to homemade matcha ice cream and an extraordinary saké sorbet.

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Hammam Pacha

Ladies only. If the ubiquitous presence of croissants and chocolat à l’ancienne as comfort against the cold threaten to derail your healthy-living resolutions, try to stave off temptation by heading to Hammam Pacha, a ladies-only day spa on the Left Bank. The entrance fee allows the use of the beautifully tiled baths, steam room, sauna and a Moroccan-style lounge area where you can chill out with a glass of mint tea. Additional packages like the traditional black-soap scrub- which will leave your skin as smooth as a baby’s- and different types of massage can be purchased as a top-up or as a package, as well as access to the annexed organic café proposing a range of authentic, yet healthy, tagines.

HiP Paris Blog Healthy Living ParisNubio

Dynamo Cycling – 14 Rue Saint-Augustin, 75002. By appointment only. Métro: Bourse (line 3)

Let’s Ride –  21 Rue des 3 Bornes, 75011. Open Monday to Friday 6h45 to 14h and 17h45 to 22h and Saturday and Sunday 9h15 to 14h and 16h30 to 19h30. Métro: Parmentier (line 3) +33 (0)1 84 05 81 91.

Kiwill –  27 Rue du Grand Prieuré, 75011. Open Monday to Wednesday 9h to 21h Thursday 7h to 21h Friday 9h to 21h Saturday and Sunday 10h to 20h. Métro: République (ligne 3, 5, 8, 9, 11) +33 (0)1 47 00 04 19. 

Power Hiking Paris – More information on their Facebook page.

Atelier Nubio 4 Rue Paul Bert, 75011. Open Monday-Friday 10h to 19h. Métro: Faidherbe Chaligny (ligne 8) +33 (0) 9 84 35 51 13.

Bento CoCoCo – 35 rue Coquilliere, 75001. Open Tuesday to Friday 12h-17h, Saturday 12h to 17h and 19h to 22h. Metro: Pyramides (ligne 7 and 14) +33 (0)1 72 38 49 71.

Hammam Pacha – 17 rue Mayet, 75006. Open Monday to Friday 11h to 22h, Saturday and Sunday 10h to 19h. Métro: Duroc (ligne 13) +33 (0)1 43 06 55 55.

 

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The Big Mamma Group: Trendy, Fresh, Authentic Italian Dining in Paris

HiP Paris Blog examines the success of the Big Mamma GroupPink Mamma – Ali Postma

The Big Mamma Group was started by Tigrane and Victor, two Frenchmen with a love for Italian food. They opened their first restaurant – Mamma Gorda – in the south of France but quickly aspired to break into the Parisian dining scene. While Italian restaurants are a-plenty in Paris, the Big Mamma Group brought something different to the table: a 100% Italian trattoria, with fresh products brought in from Italy, and a 100% Italian staff’. They even rented 20 apartments to house their staff!

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Cassiopée: Freshly Roasted Coffee, Gluten Free Sweets, and Art in Montmartre

HiP Paris Blog reviews Cassiopee

Since Paris began to transform itself from a coffee dead zone into a caffeine hotspot, I have been on the hunt for that elusive café, preferably in my neighborhood, that could combine a proper espresso with a warm atmosphere, where I could feel comfortable dropping by for my caffeine fix even on bad hair days. Many too-trendy-for-their-customers hipster cafes and holier-than-thou baristas later, I have managed to find the one.

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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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