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Biglove Caffè: Hip Italian Brunch in Paris’ Marais

Discover Biglove Caffè, the Marais address from beloved Big Mamma Group

For the past few years, the Big Mamma Group has been the purveyor of fresh, delicious Italian cuisine in Paris, with most of their products – and even the staff – hailing from France’s southern neighbor. It was only a matter of time before the group jumped on the Paris brunch train, and we knew that once they did, it would not disappoint. Thus their answer to the classic Italian caffè opened its doors in Rose Bakery’s old Marais location, with an eclectic, épicerie-inspired twist.

Discover Biglove Caffè, the Marais address from beloved Big Mamma Group

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Empreintes: A New Concept Store Dedicated to French Craftsmanship

Empreintes Concept Store in the Haut Marais Paris

One of the newest gems of the Haut Marais, the Empreintes concept store is dedicated to fine art. At four stories and 600m2 of floor space, it’s one of the largest concept stores in the city, but you won’t find any kitschy trinkets here. The store was opened by the Ateliers d’Art de France, a syndicate representing and defending the work of crafts professionals in France, with members in over 90 different professions under the crafts umbrella. It functions as a gallery as much as a store, inviting visitors to take in the craftsmanship behind the products as well as offering the ability to purchase them.

Greenery and strands of twinkling lights add character to the bright white entryway. With products ranging from fine jewelry to scarves to tableware to furniture, each floor of the gorgeously lit space has something different to offer. The theme of the products in the store changes every two months, to keep new pieces coming in, keep the range of art and merchandise interesting and give as many members of the syndicate a chance to sell their wares. Everything is made in France, so you know you’re getting a piece that is truly one of a kind.

Empreintes Concept Store in the Haut Marais Paris

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Peonies: Café et Fleurs on rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis

Peonies: Coffee and Flowers on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis

Until now, you had to go to your favorite Parisian coffee shop before going to your favorite flower shop if you wanted to pick up a bouquet of blooms. Now, thanks to one of the 10th arrondissement’s newest cafés, you can do both. Aptly named Peonies, it’s a little spot of respite from the bustling Faubourg Saint-Denis neighborhood passing in front of its doors.

French model and DJ Clémentine Lévy’s new business venture is already an Instagram sensation thanks to a beautifully lit space, full of greens and pinks, with touches of gold in the silverware and the tasteful decor. Not to mention the flowers, which serve the dual purpose of decorating the shop and as products to purchase. They add a certain freshness to the shop, and set Peonies apart from the ever-growing list of craft coffee shops around the city. Clémentine herself plays the part of both florist and barista, crafting the wildflower bouquets in the café’s on-site atelier and brewing Coutume beans behind the counter.

Peonies: Coffee and Flowers on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis

Sitting at a pink granite table, sipping an organic matcha latte or freshly squeezed juice, you have both sweet and savory options to choose from: avocado toast made with cacao nibs, a surprising flavor combination; ricotta toast with lemon curd and pepper; homemade granola; seasonal cakes and tarts; even grilled cheese sandwiches have made the list. Two different lunch formulas offer a soup and salad or a salad and dish of the day respectively, while a “Peonies formula” proposes a bouquet and an espresso. And if you’d like to take something home with you along with a bouquet, a selection of preserves are available for purchase.

Peonies – 81 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010. Métro: Château d’Eau. Tuesday-Saturday 9am-8pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.

Related Links.

  • A real floral treat, Muse flower shop in Montmartre is a must when visiting the area.
  • For a great dinner in an equally impressive setting, head to nearby restaurant, Le Mordant. Check out our review here.
  • Then, after dinner, take a short stroll toward Place de la République to seek out hidden bar Lavomatic for playful cocktails.

Written by Emily Jackson for HiP Paris. All photos by Emily Jackson. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven In.

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January Events in Paris: Fête du Graphisme, Gueules de Parisiens, Cocktail Week & More

Isabelle Bonté, Sneakers

Isabelle Bonté, courtesy of Sneakers objets de désirs

The champagne has been poured and resolutions made, but January still has plenty in store. From Haute Couture Fashion Week to the always-anticipated soldes, it is a good month to be in Paris. Here are some of our other favorite events this month:

The third annual, five-week-long Fête du Graphisme kicked off this week and runs until February 16. Centered around the world of graphic design, with a collective exhibition entitled “Celebrate the City,” the fest too features projections, meet-ups, workshops, soirées, and more. For more details, peek here.

HiP Paris blog, January Events, Etienne Pouvreau

HiP Paris blog, January Events, Martin H. M. Schreiber

Etienne Pouvreau; courtesy of Martin Schreiber

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Happy New Year 2016! A Look Back on HiP Paris: Best of 2015

HiP Paris blog. A look back at 2015. Steel Cyclewear & Coffeeshop.

Steel Cyclewear & Coffeeshop, Jean-Marie Heidinger

As 2015 comes to a close, the requisite annual nostalgia is setting in. The past year has been a trying one for the city of Paris, but certainly not without many positive and exciting happenings too. On behalf of Erica and myself, I want to take a moment to thank our wonderfully supportive readers as well as our talented writers and photographers – you all continue to make the HiP Paris Blog what it is today!

We’re ready for the excitement 2016 is sure to bring, but are first taking a look back at some of the terrific pieces we shared over the past year:

HiP Paris blog. A look back at 2015. Anticafe, a concept coffee shop.HiP Paris blog. A look back at 2015. Natural wines at La Buvette.

Anticafe, Jean-Marie Heidinger; La BuvettePalmyre Roigt

2015 had no shortage of exciting developments in the food and drink scenes in Paris, bien sûr. Le Fooding announced the French food world’s departure from the bobo, bestowing this year’s emerging trends the moniker “faubourgeoise.” We checked out Dersou, an all-around favorite address of the past year and winner of Le Fooding’s coveted “Best table” award, and fell for the stunning décor and tasty far of Les Chouettes in the Marais. We also saw changes to the Barbès neighborhood with the arrival of much-anticipated Brasserie Barbès.

Brasserie Barbès

HiP Paris blog. A look back at 2015. Maison de la Chantilly.

HiP Paris blog. A look back at 2015. Chicken on the spit at Marche Bastille.

HiP Paris blog. A look back at 2015. Emily Dilling of My Paris Market Cookbook.

Brasserie Barbes, Briag Courteaux; Maison de la Chantilly, Emily Jackson; Poulet rôti, Casey Hatfield-Chotti; My Paris Market Cookbook

Shops specializing in specific items are also popping up around the city, and we thoroughly enjoyed the creamy goodness served up at Maison de la Chantilly. Equally as mouth watering was our hunt for Paris’ best poulet roti, a simple yet oh-so-delicious pleasure. And for those days when cooking a fabulous meal at home is what we crave, our peek inside Emily Dilling’s Paris Market Cookbook, complete with recipes and tips and tricks for eating locally, proves the perfect inspiration.

HiP Paris blog. A look back at 2015. Steel Cyclewear & Coffeeshop.HiP Paris blog. A look back at 2015. Honor Café.

HiP Paris blog. A look back at 2015. aveK, a concept coffee shop.

Steel Cyclewear & Coffeeshop, Honor Café, aveK; Jean-Marie Heidinger

We simply cannot talk about 2015 in Paris without giving a nod to the slew of concept craft coffee joints that opened up around the city, seemingly a new one every week over the summer!

A specialty at Dersou Restaurant in Paris

HiP Paris blog. A look back at 2015. La Buvette, a natural wine bar.

Dersou, Briag Courteaux; La Buvette, Palmyre Roigt

Paris’ wine and beer scenes continue to flourish as well. We dished on our favorite addresses for natural wine in Paris, the best classes for expanding our wine knowledge, and some of the most outrageous cocktails tasted this year. We also saw the opening of bars that place a focus on French-made spirits, like at bistro-bar A La Française in the 11ème.

HiP Paris blog. A look back at 2015. The Paris-Brule-t-Il cocktail at A La Française.

HiP Paris blog. A look back at 2015. Finishing touches at Bespoke, a bar featuring one of Doni Belau's picks for Most Outrageous Cocktail.HiP Paris blog. A look back at 2015. Hotel du Nord on the Canal Saint Martin.HiP Paris blog. A look back at 2015. Cocktail bar Dirty Dick.

A La Française, Emily Jackson; Bespoke, Jean-Marie Heidinger; Hotel du Nord, Palmyre Roigt; Dirty Dick, Jean-Marie Heidinger

We continued to discover new pockets of Paris and loved exploring the Canal Saint Martin20ème and Nation areas in particular. We got the dish on Paris’ Spring Fashion week from an outsider prospective and chatted with Melissa Unger, the wonder woman behind Seymour+, one of the most unique spaces in Paris.

HiP Paris blog. A look back at 2015. Le Picotin at Nation.
HiP Paris blog. A look back at 2015. Seymour+, a unique creative space in Paris' 10eme.

Le Picotin, Palmyre Roigt; Seymour+, Camille Malissen

In addition to sharing new openings, favorite addresses, and interviews with people who inspire us, we will always love sharing those heart-warming Paris stories, like one about uprooting a life in the US and moving to Paris, or advice from real Parisiennes on dating in Paris. For new visitors to the city and locals alike, we also put together our favorite off-the-beaten-track museums as well as the best apps to make exploring the City of Light easier.
HiP Paris blog. A look back at 2015. Le CENTQUATRE at the Canal Saint Martin.HiP Paris blog. A look back at 2015. Honor Café.

Le CENTQUATRE, Palmyre Roigt; Honor Café, Jean-Marie Heidinger

We would love to thank each and every writer who contributed to HiP Paris this year. We could not do it without you. A big shout out to (alphabetical order):

Kristen Beddard, Doni Belau, Elena BertonAnna Brones, Isabel Miller-Bottome, Forest Collins, Lisa Czarina Michaud, Meghan Cunningham, Emily Dilling, Casey Hatfield-Chiotti, Lily Heise, Rooksana Hossenally, Emily Jackson, Sara Mccarty & Jaimie Evoy (Context Travel), Marjorie Preval, Alex Roberts, Kate Robinson, Sylvia Sabes, Lauren Sarazen, Emma Stencil, and Amy Thomas.

We worked with some truly talented photographers this year as well. An especially big thank you to Briag Courteaux, Jean-Marie Heidinger,  Palmyre Roigt, Didier  Gauducheau, and Rebecca Plotnick for keeping the HiP Paris Blog looking gorgeous.

And we owe a very special thank you to our lovely Editorial Assistants who not only wrote and shot photos for a number of fantastic pieces, but also worked tirelessly to keep the HiP Paris Blog up and running. Emma and Emily – merci  à vous!

Happy New Year 2016, may it be a wonderful one. -Erin and Erica

HiP Paris blog. A look back at 2015. Ephemeral photos from a photographer who decided to pursue her dreams in Paris.

Marjorie Preval

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

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Happy Holidays from HiP Paris!

hristmas 2015, Village Royale Paris. Holidays in Paris are so beautiful.

In the midst of this holiday season, we feel enormously grateful for those around us: our talented writers and photographers, supportive readers, wonderful Haven in Paris clients and colleagues, friends, and families.

The HiP Paris Blog and Haven in Paris Team sends our best wishes for a warm, healthy and happy holiday to all of you and yours.

– Erica, Erin, Emily and the entire Haven in Paris team.

HiP Paris blog. Christmas 2015. Rue Saint-Honore. Trumpeting love during this joyous season.

Written by Erin Dahl for the HiP Paris Blog. All photos by Emily Jackson. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Aux Deux Cygnes: A Classic Parisian Wine Bar with a Vietnamese Twist

HiP Paris blog Aux Deux Cygnes end of the night (1)

Paris is home to a thriving, expanding scene when it comes to craft coffee, beer, and natural wines. However, despite evolutions in how the city’s residents and visitors eat and drink, the setting in which we enjoy these items rarely strays from the standard model. Enter any craft coffee shop and you’ll like have a choice of locally sourced cookies, or the more standard croissant or pain au chocolat to enjoy in a small, sparsely decorated space which incorporates innovative seating options to accommodate the hoards of self-employeds and bloggers who flock there. Standing-room-only is often the case at the city’s craft beer bars, where beer geeks are equipped with pints and perhaps a coveted bowl of roasted peanuts to go with.

HiP Paris blog Aux Deux Cygnes bottles on the wall Emily Jackson

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Calling All Francophiles: A Winter Editorial Internship with HiP Paris Blog

Pastel sunset over the Eiffel Tower and the Pont Alexandre III. Interested in an internship with HiP Paris Blog? Learn more at http://haveninparis.com/careers.php.

If you had told me in September 2014 when I stepped off the plane at Charles de Gaulle airport that I would still be here over a year later, I probably would have told you that you were crazy. And yet, here I am, finishing up my internship with HiP Paris and head over heels in love with the City of Light.

After a year as an au pair, I put my world travel plans on hold to stay in Paris, and along the way found the HiP Paris internship. I was thrilled when they asked me to join the team, an opportunity to dig even deeper into the city I already loved. My main duties consisted of mostly back-end work: prepping blog posts, sourcing photos, and finding the perfect related links to interest our readers, among other things. As a blogger myself, I learned so much about how a successful blog really works, all of the behind-the-scenes aspects involved, and things I will definitely use going forward.

Looking up at the 2015 Christmas decor at Galeries Lafayette. Interested in an internship with HiP Paris Blog? Learn more at http://haveninparis.com/careers.php.

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Rediscovering the Art of French Cocktails at À La Française

HiP Paris A La Francaise Paris A-t-Il Brule cocktail

With its place firmly staked as one of the most happening areas of Paris, the 11th arrondissement does not lack in new, fresh spots to eat or drink. But with so many locations cropping up seemingly daily, all filled with inspiration spanning the globe, it’s nice to find a place aiming to keep alive the culture that the French people love so dearly. Tucked away in a nondescript side street off of the southern end of boulevard Voltaire, À La Française is a very French neighborhood favorite with a twist: incredible craft cocktails at exceptionally reasonable prices.

Owner Stephen Martin got his start in the restaurant industry at the age of 17, and has worked in numerous high-profile bars in France and elsewhere in Europe. He began to notice, however, that there was a lack of the true presence of French culture in bartending, so he dove into the project of rediscovering the art of classic French cocktails. Armed with his research and an impressive collection of cocktail books- some dating back to 1850- he opened À La Française to bring the Paris bar scene back to its formidable roots.

HiP Paris A La Francaise front view

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The Paris Craft Coffee Revolution Continues with Coffee Spoune and Café Oberkampf

HiP Paris blog. Cafe Oberkampf. Latte made with Coutume coffee.

If this summer in Paris were to be labeled anything, it could certainly be called the season of the craft café. With so many places opening up — Steel, Honor, Ob-La-Di, Broken Biscuits, to name a few — it’s hard to believe that there are any niches left to fill. But somehow, the minds behind the 11th arrondissement’s newest offerings, Coffee Spoune and Café Oberkampf, have managed to differentiate themselves from the pack.

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