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A Taste of Artisanal Ice Cream at Une Glace à Paris

If Une Glace à Paris is a sign of things to come, imaginative ice cream is the next big thing in the world of pastry, and what better place than Paris to indulge in a stroll-around-the-city friendly cone?
Strawberry Hibiscus, Asparagus with Anise Wood, Turmeric, Matcha Green Tea…these may sound like menu items from the super star pastry chefs like Pierre Hermé or Sadaharu Aoki but in fact these creative flavor combinations have nothing to do with macarons or high end pâtisserie. In order to find these inventive arômes head not to a fancy bakery but to Une Glace à Paris, a specialty ice cream shop forging ahead into the frozen desert frontier in France.

If Une Glace à Paris is a sign of things to come, imaginative ice cream is the next big thing in the world of pastry, and what better place than Paris to indulge in a stroll-around-the-city friendly cone?

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La Goutte d’Or: Exquisite Pastries in Paris’ 18ème

A blend of specialty coffee shop and high-end French pâtisserie, La Goutte d’Or proposes a mix of traditional viennoiseries such as croissants and madeleines, as well as edgier creations that reflect Menguy’s quirky style.

French TV buffs may recognize Yann Menguy, the talented pâtissier behind La Goutte d’Or. In 2013, Yann was a finalist of “Qui sera le prochain grand pâtissier,” the French equivalent of the Great British Bake Off.

A blend of specialty coffee shop and high-end French pâtisserie, La Goutte d’Or proposes a mix of traditional viennoiseries such as croissants and madeleines, as well as edgier creations that reflect Menguy’s quirky style.

Even though he lost the final – and its book-deal prize – Yann’s skills were impressive enough to persuade top pastry chef Christophe Michalak to hire him as an instructor at the Michalak Masterclass School. A stint at Ladurée followed, where he worked until 2016 when Menguy decided to go solo and open his own shop on the Northern side of the butte Montmartre.

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Winter Strolls: Three Itineraries for Soaking Up the Festive Atmosphere + Giveaway

Winter Strolls to Soak Up the Festive Season

Passage Jouffroy; Lily Heise

There’s something particularly special about Paris over the holidays. Of course there’s the sparkling street lights, the enticing window displays, the abundance of heavenly holiday treats, but it’s also something more than that. Spirits ride on this wave of joie and les parisiens can’t help but have a little extra joie de vivre. Here are three itineraries that will take you away from (most of) the crowds and allow you to take in that same joy, guilty pleasures, and offbeat sites that will make the holiday season in Paris truly shine.

Hip Shopping, Food and Culture in the Marais

Skip the mayhem of les grands magasins and do your holiday shopping as you take this creative meander through the Marais. Embark on your foray at the trendy concept store Merci, where you can pick up some of their carefully selected holiday ideas and perfect stocking stuffers like a candle version of their trademark red fiat bearing a roof-load of presents or a Christmas tree, thin garland thread, offbeat snow globes and an vast array of other cool gift ideas.

Winter Strolls to Soak Up the Festive Season

Merci Concept Store; Lily Heise

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The New Faces of Caulaincourt Village

The new faces of Paris' Caulaincourt quartier

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. Here, traditionalism has grown to co-exist — and even thrive — with the arrival of some new faces: contemporary restaurateurs, offbeat designers, and connoisseurs of the world’s best chocolate and craft beer, all of whom are giving new meaning to the word quartier.

The new faces of Paris' Caulaincourt quartier

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November Events in Paris: Photography Month, Talib Kweli, Brocante Lab & More

Hip Paris blog. November Events. Brocante Lab. Simple decor yet full of character.

Le Duplex Brocante Lab

Á l’Etoile d’Or was always one of my go-to stops in Paris, both for satiating my own sweet tooth and stocking up on little presents to bring back to the States; a sachet of Henri Le Roux caramels au beurre salé or a bar of Bernachon chocolate prove the perfect gifts. The store experienced a destructive gas explosion last year and devotees of Mme Acabo’s confections were rightfully disheartened. But the beloved shop reopened this week, and we will definitely be paying it a visit soon.

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Gilles Peterson, Rene Passet

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The Five Best Apps for Food-Lovers in Paris

Rebecca Plotnick

Rebecca Plotnick

Le Fooding

Restaurant reviews on the Le Fooding website and in the printed guide essentially decide where food-loving Parisians eat during the year. Focusing on new talent and restaurant trends, the guide is descriptive, humorous, and well-informed.

Fooding 2015, a smartphone application available in English and French, allows users to search an immense database of restaurants, cafés, and hotels, and read insightful reviews from the website. Search by category (sushi, pizza, vegetarian, wine bar, etc.) or by average price. You can access a map to locate restaurants in your area or near a metro station, and bookmark your favorites.

An amusing features lets you shake your smartphone to discover a restaurant by chance, and the news section provides in-the-know tips on hotspots and restaurant openings.

The helpful, easy-to-use application is available on the iTunes app store and Google Play for $3.99. The only con is the constant sponsor ads.

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Jean-François Gornet

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Street Food Revolution: Paris’ Most Popular Food Trucks

HiP Paris Blog, Food Trucks, Emma Stencil

Le Réfectoire

It’s been three years since Paris food truck forerunner Le Camion Qui Fume hit the cobblestones of Europe’s culinary capital. Since then, the city of gourmet cuisine has experienced a revolution. More and more food trucks have joined the parade along the streets of Paris, invading the city with bistronomique burgers, kebabs, and bagels reminiscent of those in New York.

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Cantine California

Just before lunchtime, these camions assemble at neighborhood markets to await hungry Parisians who are happy (or at least willing) to wait in line for a burger from Le Réfectoire or empañadas and helados from Clasico Argentina. Here are a few tried-and-true Parisian favorites to be enjoyed year-round. 

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Cantine California

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In Search of Paris’ Sweetest Candy Shops

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Le Bonbon au Palais

French desserts would make almost anyone’s mouth start to water. Beautifully lined on bakery shelves, they are a heavenly wonder for sweet-tooths. But in addition to pastries, macarons, and mousse au chocolat, France is abundant with sweet regional specialties: Toulouse has its cachou Lajaunie (licorice); Orléans its cotignac (quince hard candy); Aix-en-Provence its calisson (marzipan).

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Henri Le Roux

Île-de-France may not boast its own traditional bonbon, but that doesn’t mean that quality Parisian candy makers and suppliers are not putting their flair on other regions’ specialties. Here are some of our favorite artisanal candy shops in Paris:

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Le Bonbon au Palais

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Some Like It Hot: Our Favorite Hot Chocolate Spots in Paris

Hot Chocolate in Paris, Jean Paul Hevin, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Aisling Greally 1

Jean-Paul Hevin

There’s something about cold weather in Paris that makes me long for something warm, luxurious and indulgent… From the Belle Epoque-inspired classic served in every corner café, to the masterpieces of contemporary artisans dedicated to the art of chocolate making, I can’t think of a better way to chase away the chills than with a warm, dark, velvety, chocolate chaud. Here are a few of my very favorite Paris spots to indulge in this cold-weather treat.

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Angelina

A Good Old Fashioned Classic: Angelina
Founded in 1903, the Belle Epoque inspired Angelina is celebrated today for its traditional hot chocolate recipe: a thick, deliciously rich drink served with cream on the side.

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Park Hyatt

The exquisite tea house on Rue Rivoli was once frequented by Coco Chanel and Proust. This season, thanks to the chic new boutique on Rue du Bac, you can now get your Angelina cocoa to-go – and skip the notoriously long lines.

Angelina. 108 Rue du Bac, 75007, Paris.

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Looking For An Excuse To Visit Brussels? Here Are Three

Michal Osmenda

Beer, frites, comics. Blah, blah, blah. No disrespect to lovers of ambers and ales, salty, fried foods, or Tintin, but there’s so much more to Brussels, capital of Belgium—capital of all of Europe—than these perennially touted attractions. Here are three lesser-celebrated reasons to hop on a train and make the 80-minute trip from Paris.

Chocolate boutique in Brussels (flavijus)

Architecture
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