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French Menswear: Three New Brands to Know in Paris

French menswear brand Études Studio

Études Studio

Workweek: cashmere jacket, chambray shirt, cotton trousers, and leather brogues.

Casual weekend: cotton t-shirt, cuffed selvedge denim jeans, and sneakers.

Parisian men certainly have an enviable ease when it comes to fashion, a skill presumably learned over years of cultural grooming. However, for the fashion-conscious dude new to the city, finding unique, quality garments outside the sea of luxury fashion houses can be tricky. Fortunately, three new-to-the-scene French menswear brands are reinventing the idea of classic style for the everyday man.

French menswear brand AMI


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HiP Paris Blog DonAntónia Pastelaria Canal St Martin

DonAntónia Pastelaria

Among all of the trendy coffee shops and boutiques along the Canal Saint Martin, one new address is standing out from the rest. Forget croissants and café crèmes for a moment and immerse yourself in the pasteis de nata and galão at DonAntónia. Part eatery, part grocery store, the shop is dedicated to the tastes of Portugal.

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Cafe Creme, Beans on Fire

The Tasting Passport

Paris start-up Le Food Trip launched a concept totally new to Paris this year: The Tasting Passport. For 34 euros, you can taste a range of authentic goods at your own pace (the passport is valid for one year after purchase), in whatever order you choose, all while taking in the ambiance of a neighborhood and interacting with local business owners, one on one.

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Canal St-Martin bistrot, Fraîche. A summer go-to for light French fare.

Fraîche Bistrot

Everything about Canal St-Martin’s Fraîche is in keeping with its name: light and refined dishes made with market-fresh ingredients, surprising flavor combinations, and a sunny space that puts you at ease. Whether for a weekday lunch or an intimate dinner date, you’ll walk away from this unpretentious bistrot full and restored.

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HiP Paris Blog, Non, victorillen

The Meaning of Non

Anyone who has spent a serious amount of time in Paris knows the word well. Non, Monsieur, it is not possible to have green beans instead of fries with your tartare… Non, you can not have a reservation for 20h, we have two seatings: 19h30 or 21h30… Non, I do not take credit cards in my taxi. Here are a few of the nons you may hear on your Parisian adventure.

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HiP Paris Blog, July Events

July Events in Paris

Les Heures Heureuses, Broc’dej at La REcyclerie, Peacock Society Festival, Le Fooding’s La Cafète Nationale, Festival FNAC Live, Cinéma en Plein Air at La Villette.

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Hip Paris Blog, Kids under 5€ , Daisy de Plume

Paris with Kids: Under 5€

Apart from being romantic, Paris is also marvelously family-oriented. Despite this, it can be tiring traveling en famille. My son, Storsh, is far more tourist-tolerant if he knows some “kid time” is just around the corner. So instead of making the whole day about the kids, why not plan your days with several bursts of kid-time in between what you want to see?

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HiP Paris Blog, Kale, Kristen Beddard Montage (Lead)

Bonjour Kale

Kristen’s story begins with struggles, but what she did with her time in Paris is truly a story of success. After several frustrating attempts – and failures – to find kale in Paris markets and supermarchés Kristen launched The Kale Project a blog that documented her endeavors to find kale in her new home and later her quest to reintroduce the forgotten vegetable to the French.

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For a gay night out in Paris, try a few of these favorite bars and clubs around the Marais

A Gay Night Out in Paris

From fancy cocktail clubs to cafés, Paris has it all in terms of nightlife. But sometimes you just want to hang out with the guys and stand around with a few pints of Heineken. There are many options to have a gay night out on the town no matter what your interests – as long as having a drink or five is among those interests.

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