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Brasserie Barbès: Changing Times in Paris’ Barbès Neighborhood

Enjoy a meal or an apero at Brasserie Barbès, a terrace overlooking Paris' up-and-coming Barbès neighborhood

What must be this year’s most anticipated brasserie address in Paris finally opened its doors this April after a two-year refurbishment. While Brasserie Barbès has been criticized for being too expensive, contributing to making the unpolished Barbès neighborhood too “bobo,” and for having to queue for a table, the staff makes patrons feel welcome just as they are – whether they’re from this generation or the one before last, and whether they’re wearing scruffy trainers from their teenage years or have seemingly just stepped out of Vogue.

Enjoy a meal or an apero at Brasserie Barbès, a terrace overlooking Paris' up-and-coming Barbès neighborhood

The brasserie sits on a street corner in the 18th arrondissement’s Barbès neighborhood, in the location of the former Vano discount shop and just across the street from the Louxor cinema, an Art Deco masterpiece. In fact, the new venue also comes with its own South Floridian Art Deco swing, echoed in its enormous bay windows, glitzy brass lighting fixtures, and flower-patterned carpets.

Enjoy a meal or an apero at Brasserie Barbès, a terrace overlooking Paris' up-and-coming Barbès neighborhood

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Natural Wine Bars in Paris

Natural Wine Bars in Paris

While it’s exciting to live in a city that is increasingly open to international influences and imported ideas, it’s also reassuring to know that Paris holds its own as a trendsetter. The natural wine scene is where the French capital has gained and maintained solid footing.

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Tips on finding and purchasing your Italian dream home

Buying a Getaway in Italy

Buying property in a foreign country can be a logistical, cultural, and legal minefield. When I started house hunting in Italy, I was a complete novice, and with hindsight would have done many things differently – learning to speak Italian at least semi-fluently would have helped!

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A weekend along Paris' Canal Saint-Martin, an upcoming neighborhood with markets, boutiques, cafes, and more

Sunday along Canal St-Martin

Every Sunday the city of Paris inhales deeply, taking a break to live life at a different rhythm and wander the cobbled streets. The 15th century canals in Paris’ 19th arrondissement, Canal St-Martin and Canal De l’Ourqc, are a great areas to slowly drift into the relaxing weekend beat.

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Learning French with a Parisienne's favorite French music

Best of Current Spring French Music

I’ve compiled an edit of my favorite French songs that helped me make sense of this gorgeous language, and at the same time had me tapping my feet. Bop along with the selection, which I assure you will be a fabulous accoutrement to the burgeoning spring season.

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Lead Rebecca Plotnick

Paris Food Apps

The five best food apps for discovering restaurants and pastry shops around Paris. Le Fooding, Patricia Wells’ New Food Lover’s Guide to Paris, La Fourchette, BIM, and Paris Pastry with David Lebovitz

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May Events, Montage La Nuit Europeene Web, Grand Palais, Mathieu Thouvenin

May Events in Paris

Villette Street Festival, Le salon de l’art adorable, Fairpride, Nuit des Musées, Portes Ouvertes Père Lachaise, Portes Ouvertes Belleville, Taste of Paris, Paris Beer Week.

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Lead Beer Brew, Montage 2

Brew Unique

A craft brew revolution is sweeping the city. Whether you’re new to brewing (or even beer) or just looking for a comfortable place to test out recipes, Paris now has a headquarters for novice and experienced brewers alike: Brew Unique, the city’s first brew-on-premise location.  

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Best Pungent French Cheese and Cheese Shops in Paris

Pungent French Cheese

The types of cheese in France are varied and while it may seem like a love of pungent cheese is in the blood of the French, I believe it’s an acquired taste. Rather than going straight for the Brie on your next trip to Paris push your palate by trying one of the following stinky cheeses.

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