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Les Choupettes de ChouChou: Organic Puff Pastry and Chantilly Cream in Montmartre

HiP Paris Blog visits Les Choupettes

The greatest ideas are the simplest, said British author William Golding. We suspect the late literature Nobel prizewinner would have become an instant fan of the Les Choupettes de ChouChou in Montmartre.

The monothematic pastry shop only sells chouquettes, the ubiquitous bite sized choux pastries beloved by French children and adults alike, filled with feather light whipped cream and whimsically renamed “choupettes.”

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November Events in Paris: Paris Cocktail Festival, Fotofever, Lola Marsh & More

Paris November 2016 Events, Lola Marsh

Lola Marsh

The stunning Fondation Louis Vuitton will be home to some of modern art’s greatest hits until Feb 20. Russian collector, Sergei, Shchukin, was one of the 20th century’s prominent modern French art patrons, and 130 of his masterpieces are on view to the public. Head to the Bois de Boulogne for the “Icônes de l’art moderne. La collection Chtchoukine” exhibition and spend an afternoon amongst Picasso, Matisse, Gaugin, Monet, Renoir, and the like.

Paris November 2016 Events, Le Mois Particulier

Le Très Particulier

Next Tuesday may be the biggest night of the year. Yes, it’s infamous American Election Day. Enjoy film screenings and nibble on American culinary specialties while following the vote count amongst other Americans-in-Paris at Carreau du Temple for La Nuit Americane.

Paris November 2016 Events, fotofever

fotofever

November promises several exciting arty events, but you’ll have to plan strategically; several are happening the weekend of November 10 – 13! We have Paris Photo at the Grand Palais, Fotofever at the Carrousel du Louvre, and Cutlog Edition 7 – Le Mois Particulier at Hotel Particulier Montmartre.

Paris November 2016 Events, Portes Ouvertes Abbesses

Julien Hausherr

In need of a cool and carefree evening? Head to Point Éphémère on November 14th. Tel Aviv-based band, Lola March, combines airy and hypnotic vocals with a pop-electro beat for a dance-inducing sound.

We love a good open studios event and this month we’re turning our focus to Montmartre. From November 18 – 20, head to Abbesses for Portes Ouvertes. For more information on participants, head here.

Paris November 2016 Events, Paris Cocktail Festival

Adrian Scottow

High on any Francophile’s fall reading list is “When in French” by New Yorker Staff Writer, Lauren Collins. Fortunately for those in Paris, Lauren will be hosting a talk at Shakespeare & Company on November 22nd to further discuss her experiences in love, communication, and intimacy in her husband’s native French.

Paris November 2016 Events, Lauren Collins on When in French at Shakespeare & Company

Steve Taylor

Paris Cocktail Festival is celebrating its 5th year from November 25 – 27. The event, which aims to democratize craft cocktails via tastings and animations, will be held in 30 different locations, feature 50 brands, and offer over 100 cocktails available for tasting.

Written by Erin Dahl for HiP Paris. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven In.

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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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Rosa Jackson stays in Erica’s Haven in Paris Montmartre Flat

Rosa Jackson, the fabulous food writer and chef, is based in Nice where she conducts market tours and succulent Provençal cooking classes. She travels to Paris frequently (as one must) in order to keep up with the restaurant scene. Last year, she stayed at Haven in Paris’ very own Houdon flat. This lovely write-up ensued on her blog

Vacation Rental Paris Montmartre Houdon

I have a vision of my perfect Paris apartment. It would be high up – stairs don’t scare me – with a small balcony and a sweeping view over the zinc rooftops, punctuated here and there with church spires and glimmering domes. There would be parquet floors, big windows on both sides (east and west, ideally) and a sunny kitchen that opens onto the living space. Oh, and it would have central heating.

When I first laid eyes on Erica Berman’s apartment just south of Abbesses Métro station, I felt slightly breathless. That might have had something to do with the five flights of stairs required to reach it, but it also came from the certainty that this was my dream apartment. I loved the antique table and mismatched chairs, I loved the contemporary paintings and well-tended plants, and I especially loved the vintage wooden pâtisserie sign above the kitchen, which Erica found at a market in Provence.

Vacation Rental Paris Apartment Montmartre Houdon

It’s no surprise that Erica’s flat should seem so effortlessly tasteful, given that she is the owner of the hippest apartment rental agency around: Haven in Paris. I first met Erica when she came to do one of my food tours in Nice, and I immediately realized that we had many things in common: our love of Paris, Provence and Italy (especially Liguria), our fondness for off-the-beaten track bed-and-breakfasts, and our insatiable curiosity about new Paris restaurants.

When I dropped by her Paris apartment before a meal at the nearby bistro Le Cul de Poule (here is a report on the Haven in Paris blog), she beckoned me onto the balcony for a glass of Italian wine. Erica has lived in Paris for 17 years and there is almost nothing she doesn’t know about the city, as proved by her frequently updated blog. We chatted about good and not-so-good meals she has had in the Pigalle and Montmartre area: her current favorites are Le Miroir (94 rue des Martyrs, 18th) and Guilo Guilo (8 rue Garreau, 18th), the second run by a renowned chef from Kyoto.

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The Best Baguettes in Paris

Every year, in a closed chamber on the Ile Saint-Louis, a panel of carb-loving judges select the Best Baguette in Paris. The top ten winners of this annual contest – the Grand Prix de la Baguette de Tradition Française de la Ville de Paris – are listed below.

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Click here to view these bakeries on a google map.

Grand Prix de la Baguette de la Ville de Paris 2010

1. Djibril Bodian (Le Grenier à Pain Abbesses), 38 rue des Abbesses, 75018
2. Daniel Pouphary, (La Parisienne) 28 rue Monge, 75005
3. Dominique Saibron, 77 avenue du Général Leclerc, 75014
4. Yves Desgranges, 6 rue de Passy, 75016
5. Philippe Gosselin, 258 boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007
6. Xavier Doué, 163 avenue de versaillais, 75016
7. Sébastien and Sylvie Lohézic (Boulangerie Lohézic), 31 rue Guersant, 75017
8. Michel Chorin (Boulangerie d’Isa) 127 rue de Charenton, 75012
9. Mohamed Zerzour (Boulangerie Zerzour), 50 rue de l’Amiral Roussin, 75015
10. Mohamed Zerzour (Zerzour II), 324 rue Lecourbe, 75014

PS: The 2010 winner, Le Grenier à Pain, is located just down the street from Haven in Paris Montmartre apartments Abbesses and Houdon!

Written by Meg Zimbeck. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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