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Winter in Paris: Hot Chocolate, Melty Cheese, and Fireplace Bars in the City of Love

A Romantic Winter in Paris: Sip a mug of hot chocolate, enjoy ice skating on the Eiffel Tower, visit Le Carnavalet, and snuggle with your lover at Paris' fireplace bars

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With the temperatures dropping and the light dimming, winter in Paris might not seem like the most romantic time of year. In many ways, however, it can actually be a lovers’ paradise, even if you’re not skating hand in hand in front of Hôtel de Ville, strolling the streets brightly decorated for the holidays, or huddled together sipping vin chaud. Here are five fun ideas to warm up (and spice up) your couples’ outings in the chilly city of amour.

A Romantic Winter in Paris: Sip a mug of hot chocolate, enjoy ice skating on the Eiffel Tower, visit Le Carnavalet, and snuggle with your lover at Paris' fireplace bars

A Romantic Winter in Paris: Sip a mug of hot chocolate, enjoy ice skating on the Eiffel Tower, visit Le Carnavalet, and snuggle with your lover at Paris' fireplace bars

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Visit Le Poutch Café for Breakfast, Brunch, or Lunch!, Inventive and Seasonal Food near Paris' Canal Saint Martin

Le Poutch Café

Café Le Poutch may be new to the scene at Canal Saint Martin, but it’s already made 13, rue Lucien Sampaix its own. With a good soundtrack, free wifi, and a delicious menu, the café makes an excellent choice for a lunch, an afternoon with a word document, or a coffee date.

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Winter in France, Ice Skating at Hotel de Ville, the Eiffel Tower, and the Grand Palais in Paris

Ice Skating in Paris

After the lighting of the trees along the Champs Elysées and the perfume of hot, spiced wine from the Christmas markets, everyone is ready to pull on their party shoes, aka ice skates, to enjoy some sensational ice skating rinks that have rolled into Paris for the holidays.

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The Paris Journal, French Lifestyle Book by NIchole Robertson

The Paris Journal Giveaway

We at HiP Paris have been big fans of Nichole Robertson’s work for quite some time. She shares an introduction to The Paris Journal with us below, as well an excerpt from the book. We are also thrilled to be giving away copies to five lucky readers! More details on the giveaway below.

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Bloom Cantine: Local and Home Made Cuisine at Paris Café in the 11th Arrondissement

Bloom Cantine

On a quiet street in the 11ème sits a quaint canteen that opened this past spring and embodies the local, fait maison trend we’ve been seeing so much of recently. I cozied up at Bloom on a recent rainy afternoon with an American friend who was visiting, and we enjoyed a lovely lunch.

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Le Timbre Restaurant, Interior Tables, Paris Cuisine

Le Timbre

After my first lunch at Le Timbre, the restaurant quickly became a favorite. Each time I go to chef Chris Wright’s restaurant I know that I will enjoy happy hours of eating at the tiny tables that line the space whose name- literally “the stamp”- commemorates the cosy size of the dining room.

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Featured Paris Day Trips, Palais de Fontainebleu Facade, Chateau visit

Day Trips From Paris

While Paris is incredible, some of my favorite days have been spent escaping the city. Many fascinating daytrips are reachable by an easy train or car ride and while Versailles is by far the most famous and popular, there are other great places to visit that are just as interesting without the crowds.

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La Récolte, Fresh Produce

La Récolte: Fresh and Seasonal Products in Paris

In the two years that led up to La Récolte’s opening in summer of 2014, owner Mathieu Mulliez tirelessly explored France, visiting independent producers. His goal was simple: find dedicated artisans practicing sustainable agriculture and bring their fresh, seasonal products to Parisians.

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Featured December Events in Paris, Ice Skating, Hotel de Ville, Jean-Phillippe Bourque

December Events in Paris

Jeff Koons at the Centre Pompidou, Cycle John Ford at The Cinematheque Française, Portes Ouvertes des Ateliers du Père Lachaise Associés, Michel Tolmer at Le Rubis, Paris Magnum at Hôtel de Ville, Le jour le plus court film festival, and the Marché des Jeunes Créateurs at Point Ephémère.

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