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Paris Sous la Neige: Snow Inspired Delight (and Panic) Hits Paris

HiP Paris Blog covers the recent snowfall in Paris

Snow has come to Paris and- even more exciting- a fluffy white layer of freshly fallen flakes has stuck around long enough to turn the city into an Instagrammable Winter Wonderland. Unlike the fleeting flutters that occasionally float over the city each winter, melting immediately upon landing, this week’s snowfall has stayed to delight Parisians.

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The Art of the Soufflé: Finding the Best of a French Classic in Paris

HiP Paris Blog rounds up the best souffle in ParisCarly Jayne

Editor’s note: By the time we get to February springtime feels so close yet so far away! These grey days of winter seem longer than ever and we all need a remedy for another rainy day. Enter the Soufflé. This French classic is the culinary equivalent of a ray of sunshine- bright golden and warming all over. Whether you prefer sweet or savory, simple or elaborate, we’re sure you’ll find a soufflé a votre goût at our favorite Paris soufflé specialists.

There is no dish quite so comforting, so sophisticated or so damn difficult to prepare as the soufflé. Ranging from sweet to savory, traditional to contemporary, this classic French dish can be presented as an appetizer, a main dish, and even moonlights on some menus as a dessert. The soufflé is not only versatile, it is also elegant, mysterious and puzzling. What is it? And more importantly, how do you get it to rise and stay that way?

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Keeping Stylish in the Rain: Inside Paris’ Last Umbrella Repair Shop

Editor’s Note: The days are getting shorter and the weather a little bit harsher, the arrival of clouds and rain in Paris cast a spell over the city. The charm of Paris in the rain has been much celebrated in photos and film, but for those of us who live with the day to day downpours the magic quickly wears off. That’s why we love Pep’s a tiny umbrella repair shop that makes rainy days fun again. We sent Elena to find out more about an artisan in Paris who helps Parisians get through the rainy days.

Hip Paris Hernán Piñera Flickr

Hernán Piñera

Thierry Millet must be one of the rare people who is happy when it rains: an uncommon elation that is explained by the fact that he owns the only umbrella repair shop in France.

Rainy Views Montmartre 1Erica Berman

Erica Berman

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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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December Events in Paris: Christmas Markets, Cy Twombly, 42nd Street & More

December 2016 Events in Paris

Le Marché de Noël Norvégien; sansplans

It’s that time of year again, when Paris seem to hold an extra dose of magic. Aside from ice skating en plein air and strolling the Christmas markets along the Champs-Élysées and Boulevard St Germain, here are some of our favorite happenings this month.

December 2016 Events in Paris

Le Food Market

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Winter in Paris: Pleasure or Pain?

Winter Paris (Pauldc); Chocolat Chaud (yuichi.sakuraba)

I’m beginning to understand that I’m a bit of a masochist. I’m bored by things / people / places that make life too easy, which is probably why I like ornery cats, most fictional villains, winter and (if I’m being honest) the French.

To clarify, I have nothing against Golden Retrievers, damsels in distress, summer or … who’s fun and non-controversial?… the Swedish. It’s just that I also like a challenge. I like to be initially offended but ultimately won over. I like things that don’t care if I like them or not.

Paris under the snow (Christophe Verdier)

And thus, I love winter in Paris. It provides a dark, dismal, unapologetic, multi-month challenge that pushes you to your breaking point, but offers various olive branches along the way—pretty hanging lights, vin chaud, chocolat a l’ancienne, and a great excuse to drink serious red wines and then crawl into bed.

Philosophically speaking, Epicurus saw pleasure as the absence of pain, and Descartes considered the two to be linked on a continuous spectrum. I have to agree. Getting caught in a freak hail storm a few weeks ago (while wearing ballet flats) made arriving home to our cozy apartment on the Ile St. Louis that much more of a triumph. And going days (weeks?) without seeing the sun makes me feel totally justified in my decision to devote entire afternoons to the following “indulgent” activities: Continue Reading »

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Paris Winter Fashion: What do Parisiennes Wear in the Snow?

On a recent Paris jaunt during the now infamous snow storm of last week, Badaude made some Paris fashion observations. As usual, they are right on and just right. What do you wear in Paris in the snow? – Erica

I was decorating the windows for Christmas last week in legendary Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company and I had (perhaps too much of a) good chance to see what Parisienne’s wore during the recent cold snap. With snowflakes the size of postage timbres falling onto the Christmas tree outside Notre Dame, it was picture postcard pretty but definitely necessary to wrap up warmly. This is what I, with a Posca pen tucked behind my ear, saw from the top of a ladder…

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Text and illustrations by Badaude for the HiP Paris Blog. For our amazing rentals in Paris, Provence & Tuscany check out our website Haven in Paris.


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