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Coffee with a French Twist at Cuillier Café

Coffee with a French Twist at Cuillier Cafe in Paris

While anyone who’s been to a New York, Copenhagen, or Sydney coffee shop is likely to have heard the virtues of Chemex extolled, many French people are just discovering that there’s a whole world beyond Italian roast, and that it’s now accessible in major French cities. Cuillier, which just opened its third location in Paris, has made it its mission to get people here as excited and concerned about coffee as everything else they eat and drink.

Coffee with a French Twist at Cuillier Cafe in Paris

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Composting in Paris: Community Gardens and Neighborhood Compost Bins

Composting in Paris: Part I

Once you start composting, you can’t go back. Maybe it’s the immediate difference you see that composting makes on the amount of waste you throw away each day, maybe it’s the excitement of seeing food turn into rich and healthy soil, maybe it’s the fact that composting is a simple way we can nourish the earth that nourishes us.

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Why does French butter taste so good?

Butter in France

Since moving to France I am regularly licking butter off my fingers while making tart crust or smooshing fat slices onto hunks of bread in the morning. There’s no going back once you’ve experienced the tender melt of cultured-cream butter on the tip of your tongue. But what makes this ubiquitous ingredient so much better here?

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From Bikram to Vinyasa Flow: Paris' Best Yoga Studios

Paris' Best Yoga Studios

Many people will say that the best way to explore Paris is by walking the city. Why go underground to travel if there is so much beauty to take in, from hidden passageways to grand boulevards? But all that walking also means sore feet and tight hamstrings. Luckily, there is now a booming yoga scene in Paris.

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The new faces of Paris' Caulaincourt quartier

Caulaincourt Village

While some areas of Paris seem to be losing their character to gentrification and chain shops, there are still corners of the city that retain a true neighborhood spirit. A perfect example of one of these “villages” hugs the northern side of Montmartre along rues Caulaincourt and Custine, mixing tradition with new faces.

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France rallies against food waste

Anti-Gaspillage in France

While the idea of requesting a doggy bag in a restaurant feels foreign to the French, steps towards reducing food waste are a source of national pride. Many restaurants will now provide doggy bags to customers. The initiative is the result of a growing anti-food waste movement, which has lead to new legislation across the country.

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Paris' best monuments, museums, and cafés through the eyes of a travel writer

A Travel Writer's Paris

Visitors see Paris as a giant playground, an outdoor museum with amazing food and wine, as the most inspirational city in the world. Visitors may be right. As a travel writer, however, I see Paris a bit differently. It’s my business to know what’s happening under the surface, to distinguish the good from the less good.

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We round up our favorite March happenings around Paris.

March Events in Paris

Omnivore World Tour, Hôtel Bohême Salon de Créateurs, Le Fooding Priceless Souper at Buvette, Gramatik at Le Zénith, Velvet Underground Exhibition at La Philharmonie, and Seydou Keita at the Grand Palais

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A weekend jaunt through the rustic streets of Rouen.

Rouen Roaming

On a bright, clear day in October I took the early morning bus to Rouen, where you can spend the day exploring several of the most impressive gothic churches in France, antique and artisan shops, a 14th century astronomical clock tower, and restaurants serving buttery Norman indulgences and Calvados to warm up with.

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