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L’Instant Parisien: Chronicling the Eclectic Lives of Real Parisians

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It’s 3:00 p.m. on a bright, crisp Paris afternoon and I’m sitting in the recently restored dining room of the Hotel Pigalle in Paris’ 18th arrondissement, waiting to meet Laurence Guilloud and Fabrice Le Dantec, founders of the new magazine, L’Instant Parisien. I sip my café crème and try to look cool, but I’m secretly a little nervous at the prospect of interviewing two people who have built a career out of, well, interviewing people. (Will they be silently judging my technique? Will they find my prepared list of questions uninspired?) I’m also not entirely sure who I’m supposed to be looking for, as Laurence and Fabrice prefer to keep a low online profile, which means that my standard pre-interview Googling turned up very few photos of the journalist-photographer duo.

The door to the restaurant pushes inward and I spot them—he is sporting a jaunty fedora and a 1940s-style brown blazer that brings to mind images of newsroom reporters and detectives from the film noir era; she is in a striking vintage-inspired print blouse and a bold statement necklace that could be a fanciful showpiece from one of Paris’ petits créateurs, or a treasure unearthed from one of the city’s antique flea markets. Their quirky indie style instantly sets them apart from the cookie-cutter crowds dressed in the city’s “tasteful-yet-understated” dress code. The pair make their way over to my table, greeting me with big smiles and breezy kisses that quickly dispel any apprehensiveness on my part.

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Fou de Pâtisserie: Sweet Treats from Éclair de Génie, Pierre Hermé & More

Fou de Patisserie: Paris' Top Concept Store for Pastries and Sweets

Next time your afternoon sugar craving hits, head straight to Fou de Pâtisserie in the center of Paris, where the city’s finest pâtissiers deliver their signature creations fresh daily.

Fou de Patisserie: Paris' Top Concept Store for Pastries and Sweets

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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.

Hip Paris blog. November Events. Gilles Peterson by Rene Passet

Gilles Peterson, Rene Passet

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Inside Steel: Paris’ Premiere Coffee and Cycling Shop

We recently rounded up our favorite new coffee addresses in Paris with Kate Robinson and took a closer look inside Honor. Today we continue with the story behind Steel. -ErinHiP Paris blog. Inside Steel. Street view.

Many delight in discovering just how bicycle-friendly Paris is. With a network of over 1,500 bike rental stations and designated bike lanes protected from traffic, the city is not exactly subtle in encouraging this type of eco-transport. In addition, Paris City Hall recently announced their intentions to make Paris the “world capital of cycling” by rolling out a multi-million euro campaign that will stretch out over the next five years, which will include adding fifty miles of new bike lanes throughout the city. With Paris taking the reigns in two-wheel inter-city travel, Steel, a new boutique café located in the 11th arrondissement makes for a clever addition to the concept shop boom.

HiP Paris blog. Inside Steel.  Cafe side vs store side.

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Paris’ New Breed of Concept Coffee Shops

Paris' New Concept Cafés Combine Artisan Coffee with Boutiques

Steel Cyclewear & Coffeeshop 

It’s no longer hard to find good coffee in Paris. Lomi, Ten Belles, CREAM, Holybelly—the list of places to drink impeccable joe happily goes on. For those who have hit up all the traditional cafés, a growing selection of “concept” cafés offer novel spaces in which to savor a cup of java.

Paris' New Concept Cafés Combine Artisan Coffee with Boutiques

Steel Cyclewear & Coffeeshop

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