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Arrive and Imbibe: In-the-Know Wine Tastings and Classes in Paris

The Best Wine Classes and Wine Tastings in Paris

Wine Tasting in Paris, Thierry Givone

I’ve always found local wines and spirits an enjoyable way to sip myself into a different culture. So my travel M.O. is “arrive and imbibe,” whether it’s beer in Belgium or Unicum in Hungary. One of the best things about being in Paris is that “going local” means enjoying some particularly good French wine. Every once in awhile I like to crank that experience up a notch with a little help from a professional. While wine courses and tastings can be found all over Paris, here are a few of my favorites for education without intimidation.

The Best Wine Classes and Wine Tastings in Paris

Wine Tasting in Paris, Thierry Givone

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Community Gardening: Creating a Greener, Eco-Friendly, Biodiverse Paris

Community Gardens in Paris: Fresh, Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables and Neighborhood Parties

Emily Dilling

Though you might not expect it, Paris – with its boulevards lined with grey Hausmann-style buildings and its meticulously cultivated and pruned city gardens – is home to over 150 independent community gardens. From transformed abandoned lots to reclaimed city property, these urban gardens of all sizes can be found throughout Paris, welcoming wildlife and creating biodiversity within the city.

Community Gardens in Paris: Fresh, Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables and Neighborhood Parties

Isabel Miller-Bottome

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HiP Paris Blog Editor Erin Dahl Sits Down with BreakThru Radio

Our Editor Erin Dahl joined DJ Jess of BreakThru Radio for a podcast, chatting some of our favorite addresses for food, drink, and fun in Paris. From her favorite neighborhoods to an ideal 24-hour itinerary for a 20-something (or older) visitor, take a listen and hear some familiar names!

Our Editor Erin Dahl joined DJ Jess of Breakthru Radio to chat our favorite Paris addresses

Written by Haven in Paris 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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Signs of Spring in Paris: Asparagus & Daffodils, Fresh Market Produce & Sunny Picnics

Spring in Paris: Fresh flowers, seasonal fruits and vegetables, bike rides, and picnics in the sun

Spring is blossoming in Paris as sprigs of green sneak into our grey city, bringing us back to life after months spent under winter skies. As an opening act to the Lily of the Valley vendors in May, bunches of daffodils are now being hawked on street corners, in front of cafés and bistros, and in flower shops across the city. The cheerful flowers are the first sign of the transition towards spring for Parisians, who can’t help but bring a bunch home to brighten up their cozy apartments. 

Spring in Paris: Fresh flowers, seasonal fruits and vegetables, bike rides, and picnics in the sun

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Fashion Outsider: On Paris’ Spring Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week: Reflections from a fashion outsider during the fashion shows this spring

I’m fairly certain the entire quartier heard my squeals of joy when I opened my mailbox to find invitations to Paris Fashion Week resting inside. Rather than watching fashion’s elite strut by from one of the reclining chairs in the Tuileries, I was going to be one of them. Paris Fashion Week was here, and I had arrived.

After almost a decade of watching Project Runway, and obsessively re-watching The Devil Wears Prada, I thought I was primed and ready. However, while waiting to have my bag inspected at my very first fashion show, I began to have my doubts. The security guard smirked at me as he inspected the contents of my bag and I had to face the facts: I was probably the only person here with cookies in their purse.

Paris Fashion Week: Reflections from a fashion outsider during the fashion shows this spring

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Dersou: Vegetable-focused Dining Near Paris’ Bastille Neighborhood

Inside Dersou, veggie-focused dining in Paris' 12th arrondissement

Japanese chef Taku Sekine, formerly of Clown Bar, and Sherry Butt alum bartender Amaury Guyot have teamed up to open their first restaurant in the Bastille neighborhood, Dersou. Situated smack in the middle of an area lacking in fine dining – between the Marais and Bistrot Paul Bert territory – Dersou is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

Inside Dersou, veggie-focused dining in Paris' 12th arrondissement

The owners of the restaurant wisely decided to open early (9am) and leave the porte ouverte almost all day, save a brief late-afternoon pause. Tired shoppers, area employees, and intrepid tourists now have a place to rest their weary feet and enjoy a cup of coffee, thoughtful food, or even a much-needed cocktail.

Inside Dersou, veggie-focused dining in Paris' 12th arrondissement

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DBB/Paris: A Modern Twist on Mexican Food and Cocktails in Paris

HiP looks inside DBB/Paris, modern Mexican fare and cocktails in Paris' 11th arrondissement.

Shay Ola cuts an imposing figure in the tiny kitchen of DBB, his newly opened restaurant just around the corner from République. Tall and clad in a brown leather apron, he looks more like a blacksmith than one of the most recent chefs to take up residence in Paris.

HiP looks inside DBB/Paris, modern Mexican fare and cocktails in Paris' 11th arrondissement.

Originally from London, Shay came to Paris for what he describes as, “a scene where it’s still all about the food. Things are happening here at the moment and I want to be at the forefront of that,” he says.

HiP looks inside Death by Burrito, modern Mexican fare in Paris.

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La Distillerie de Paris: An Experimental Micro-Distillery Opens in Paris’ 10ème

La Distillerie de Paris: Paris' only local distillery, making gin, vodka, and whisky spirits in the 10th arrondissement
The interest in craft beer and spirits that started in North America and the UK has trickled over to France, thanks to a cutting-edge cocktail scene and a growing community of discerning drinkers. Inspired by these craft movements during their fifteen years of experience as consultants for the spirits industry, Nicolas and Sébastien Julh
ès of the eponymous epicure decided to launch their own distillery in the heart of Paris. Five years and not a few setbacks later, La Distillerie de Paris started production this year with a gin, a vodka, and a malt spirit which, in time, will become Paris’ first whisky.

La Distillerie de Paris: Paris' only local distillery, making gin, vodka, and whisky spirits in the 10th arrondissement

The Julhès brothers gave themselves quite the challenge: located in the 10th arrondissement, La Distillere is the first distillery to set up in Paris in a century. Little, if any, structure existed for defining the legality of distilling in the city. According to Nicolas, it was a little like trying to get a driver’s license in a country with no roads or traffic laws. “We could have set up in the country, it would have been much easier,” he says.

La Distillerie de Paris: Paris' only local distillery, making gin, vodka, and whisky spirits in the 10th arrondissement

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Heimat: Chef Pierre Jancou’s New Paris Restaurant

Heimat Restaurant: Pierre Jancou's latest gastronomic bistro near Paris' Palais Royal

I knew we were in for a treat at Heimat the minute we walked in the door. For one of Paris’ most anticipated new restaurants, located in the swanky Palais Royal neighborhood, my expectation was to encounter that certain form of snobbery that increases the closer you get to the center of the city. But the greeting at Heimat is just the opposite; despite being housed in a stony cellar space on rue de Montpensier, the welcome is warm, as is the lighting and the conversation that fill the cavernous yet cosy dining rooms.

Pierre Jancou, the man behind Racines and Vivant, seems to have stepped back from the pretense of his earlier exploits in opening Heimat. It offers a legit list of natural wines, but clearly has an interest in making these wines, and the food they are paired with, accessible to a curious lunch crowd. Heimat joins a handful of comfortable dining spaces - Café de la Nouvelle Mairie and Le Siffleur de Ballons also come to mind – that prove that natural wines have found their home in Paris, and the restaurants that serve them no longer need to have an achingly cool aura or inflated prices.

Heimat Restaurant: Pierre Jancou's latest gastronomic bistro near Paris' Palais Royal

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Société Parisienne de Bière: The Newest Stop for French Craft Beer Lovers

Societé Parisienne de Bière: The best stop for French craft beer and microbrews in Paris

Craft beer lovers have, until recent years, found it hard to find a good selection of their favorite drink, Paris being more prone to the industrial beer names like Heineken and 1666 than small-scale microbrewers. However, thanks to passionate entrepreneurs from all over France, that is changing.

Societé Parisienne de Bière: The best stop for French craft beer and microbrews in Paris

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