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Finding Your Creativity in Paris with SEYMOUR+

HiP Paris blog. Interior of SEYMOUR+ space.Camille Malissen

When I moved to Paris six years ago, one of the greatest things that happened to me was meeting Melissa Unger. A fellow New Yorker, Melissa also had French blood and California cool. She was gregarious, generous, genuine, and a little bit wild. She had confidence and grace in equal measure, and very clear convictions along with the ability to articulate them. As our friendship developed over the years, I was witness—more recently, from 3000 miles away, back in New York—to her mining her beliefs to create something pretty amazing, especially for Paris, where the cynics run free.

It started in 2011, when Melissa launched Seymour Projects, a not-for-profit organization committed to helping individuals cultivate self-expression by encouraging them to balance technological stimuli with internal exploration. As of January of this year, it evolved into a physical space called SEYMOUR+. Making good on its founding philosophy, SEYMOUR+ gives the general public a physical place to disconnect from technology and other external distractions in order to reconnect with their imagination and intuition—a spa for the mind, if you will. It’s a concept that is wholly unique and yet totally natural. Here, Melissa shares her journey to opening the most innovative space in Paris.

HiP Paris blog. Melissa Unger, creator of Seymour Projects and SEYMOUR+.Beatrix Delic

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HiP Paris blog. September Events. Paris Techno Parade.

September Events in Paris

Festival d’Île de France, Festival d’Automne, Fête de l’Humanité, Paris Techno Parade and Jazz at La Villette. BOTTLE music/drink series at L’Entree des Artistes. PARK(ing) day and la Journée sans Voitures. 2-for-1 restaurant menus via Tous au Restaurant and Street Food Temple #2.

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HiP Paris blog. Cafe Oberkampf. Latte made with Coutume coffee.

Coffee Spoune and Café Oberkampf

Just when we thought no more cafés could open in Paris this summer, we were happily proven wrong by the 11th arrondissements newest additions. Both offering options that go far beyond coffee, we’re filling you in on your new rainy day work spot and your new favorite brunch location.

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HiP Paris blog. Discovering Saint Sulpice. Browsing on Boulevard Saint Germain.

Discovering Saint Sulpice

Come take a stroll and explore the Saint-Sulpice neighborhood of Paris’ sixth arrondissement. Centered around the church of the same name, the area boasts eclectic food, cultural, shopping and nightlife options for every taste, so we’ve rounded up some of the best it has to offer.

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HiP Paris blog. Inside Steel. Street view.

Steel Cyclewear & Coffeeshop

Expanding from its start as a cycling magazine, Steel Cyclewear & Coffeeshop offers a hub for coffee and cycling enthusiasts alike. Inspired by similar cafés in the American northwest, Steel brings the same urban-meets-community feel to one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities.

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HiP Paris blog. Le Bon Saint Pourçain. On the corner.

Le Bon Saint Pourçain

A longtime favorite in Saint Germain, Le Bon Saint Pourçain reopened its doors under new ownership this spring, two years after its sudden closure. Striking the right balance between traditional and modern, this little gem has reclaimed its place among the classic Parisian bistrots.

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Paris' First Participative Food Coop

Inspired by the American coop model and New York’s Park Slope Food Coop, in early 2016 the 18th arrondissement will welcome the opening of La Louve, Paris’ first participative food cooperative, which emphasizes the importance of quality products and responsible, ethical production.

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HiP Paris blog, Rude French, Brasserie terrace

Is It Rude or Simply French?

What is it about Paris that incites such strong feelings? For a city that relies so heavily on its tourism industry, Paris and the French have yet to shed their rude reputation. Lisa Czarina Michaud delves into the cultural differences to discover the truth behind the grumpy French.

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Romantic Offbeat Summer Itineraries

Paris is the city of love, and while summer is tourist season, it can also be the city’s most romantic time, when the terraces and streets empty as the French leave on vacation. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, try one of these offbeat romantic itineraries with your amoureux.

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