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The Hood Paris: Coffee, Creativity and Gastronomy

The Hood wears many hats, and it carries each one impeccably. By day, the comfortable, airy space serves as a coffeehouse and creative meeting place. By night, a veritable gastronomic address.The Hood

The Hood wears many hats, and it carries each one impeccably. By day, the comfortable, airy space serves as a coffeehouse and creative meeting place. By night, a veritable gastronomic address.

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Le Grand Bain: Imaginative Small Plates in Paris’ Belleville


Le Grand Bain Paris hip food in BellevilleErin Dahl

Rue Denoyez has long been a must-visit for lovers of street art, but the petite street has another draw: Le Grand Bain, where British chef Edward Delling Williams has the Paris food community abuzz.

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Through the Washing Machine: Hidden Cocktails & Small Plates at Lavomatic

Lavomatic, Hidden Cocktails Through a Laundromat in Paris

I recently met a friend in the 10ème late one glorious afternoon – not a cloud in sight. We picked up a bottle of wine, some cheese, and a baguette and headed directly for the Canal St-Martin to join the revellers at the popular waterside hangout.

However, after the chèvre had been demolished, and a buzz kicked in from our nearly empty bottle of wine, we felt the cool chill of the new autumn air pass over us. Not wanting to waste the energy of the evening, I asked my friend, “où peut-on aller?” The immediate area around the canal is bustling with obvious options, but I was eager to seek out somewhere new and exciting. Clearly my friend had come up with something, but the only response I got was, “j’ai une bonne idée – viens!”

Lavomatic, Hidden Cocktails Through a Laundromat in Paris

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Capucine: An Italian Café and Wine Bar Tucked Away in the 11ème

Capucine: An Clandestine Italian Café and Wine Bar in Paris' Faubourg Saint-Antoine

Emma Stencil

During a warm week in April I enjoyed a last meal at Paris’ favorite Italian restaurant, Caffè dei Cioppi, before it closed its doors for good. Although long-time fans of Fabrizio Ferrara’s flavorful cuisine were disappointed by the move, the good news is that the space has reopened as a relaxed Italian café and wine bar in the hands of Stefania Melis, already known to the Paris gastronomic scene as coupled with Simone Tondo of Roseval fame.

With the change of hands, the terrace tucked away in an alley off rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine hasn’t lost any of its charm. Folding metal tables and chairs are replaced by wicker stools and round café tables. A smart green awning reads Capucine in a curly script.

Capucine: An Clandestine Italian Café and Wine Bar in Paris' Faubourg Saint-Antoine

Melissa Leroux

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Cartel: Japanese Tapas Along Paris’ Canal St-Martin

Cartel: Japanese Tapas Along Paris' Canal Saint-Martin

With the mercury punching above 100, Paris’ terraces are mercilessly packed with sun-seekers from dawn till long after dusk. But this great little place that just opened along the Canal Saint Martin still has a few spots left for the taking, although not for long.

A cross between a South Floridian speakeasy and a cool contemporary Tokyo eatery, Cartel isn’t to be confused with the neighborhood’s fencing group or the new 8th-arrondissement nightclub. Modeled after a Japanese izakaya bar with more covers and a touch of prohibition era glamour, the slick contemporary interiors by Alexander Schrepfer and Feng Shui master Carine Lamassourie are an understated play on contemporary Asian and European cultures.

Cartel: Japanese Tapas Along Paris' Canal Saint-Martin

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Cocktails and Noshes in SoPi: Inside l’Entrée des Artistes Pigalle & Le Grand Pigalle

Rue Victor Masse: The Best of Cocktails and Cuisine in Pigalle

l’Entrée des Artistes, Emma Stencil

Paris’ best playground is at the base of Montmartre, in the once red-light district turned bohemian paradise with no end of bars, boutique hotels, and late-night neo-bistrots. The Pigalle neighborhood has been reinventing itself over the past two years with the opening of cocktail bar innovators like Dirty Dick, Glass, and Lulu White. And the quartier continues to grow with the recent addition of l’Entrée des Artistes and Le Grand Pigalle Hotel, installed just across from each other on rue Victor Masse. Two more great reasons to head to north on a weeknight in Paris.

Rue Victor Masse: The Best of Cocktails and Cuisine in Pigalle

l’Entrée des Artistes, Melissa Leroux

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A Noste: After-Work Drinks and Tapas-Style Small Plates near Paris’ La Bourse

A Noste: After Work Drinks, Tapas Small Plates, and Fine Dining Restaurant in Paris' La Bourse Neighborhood

The area surrounding metro Bourse generally turns into a ghost town after work hours. Teeming with business people and local employees during the day, the 9 to 5 crowd in the city’s financial district usually clears out once the work day is done. All that is changing with the arrival of A Noste, a split-level tapas and fine dining restaurant on rue du 4 Septembre.

A Noste: After Work Drinks, Tapas Small Plates, and Fine Dining Restaurant in Paris' La Bourse Neighborhood

A Noste: After Work Drinks, Tapas Small Plates, and Fine Dining Restaurant in Paris' La Bourse Neighborhood

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The Paris Popup: A Week-long Food Fête in the City of Light

Sept Soirees with Paris Pop Up

Summer may be over, but there’s always something to celebrate in Paris. The end of September marked the long-awaited return of chef Harry Cummins and sommelier Laura Vidal, the well-known duo behind The Paris Popup. An initiative imagined while the pair were working together at Frenchie Restaurant, Paris Popup brings together the best of Harry’s inventive cooking and Laura’s dead-on wine pairings. 

Sept Soirees with Paris Pop Up

The popup group debuted last year with a number of successful one-day events hosted in notable Parisian venues like Verjus, Le Mary Celeste, and Bones. For their events the team worked closely with local suppliers and invited other notable chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, musicians, and artists to participate. After last year’s memorable Food Fest popup, hosted at the novel rooftop bar Le Perchoir, Paris Popup packed its suitcases and skipped town for a prolonged trip around the world. Dropping into the diverse culinary scenes of New York City, Oakland, Montreal, Québec City, and Kyoto, the group made friends and fans as they cooked their way across the globe. 

Sept Soirees with Paris Pop Up

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La Table de Cybèle: Fresh and Local Dining in Boulogne

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It’s seems that Boulogne, a relatively staid suburb of Paris, is becoming spunkier as a different breed of establishment seems to be seeping into the area. Concept stores, pizza joints with NYC aspirations, a combo cookie shop/tattoo parlor and the like are making a bit of a buzz that has caused some to liken the area to the “Brooklyn of Paris.”

HiP Paris Blog, Table de Cybele, Palmyre Roigt-4

Never having lived in Brooklyn, but being very aware of its use as a trendy descriptor (one of which I’ve been guilty myself), I asked friends who have lived both in Paris and New York for their take on this latest cultural comparison. I received some interesting and enlightening responses like: “Boulogne is by no stretch of the imagination ‘The New Brooklyn.’ One might, with a little reach, say it is trying to become Williamsburg-wanna-be-sur-Seine.”

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