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Cult of Quality: Meeting the French Standard

In the US, bigger is often equated with better, and mediocrity is sort of the norm. When something exceeds mediocrity, we’re often pleasantly surprised. Conversely, the French have higher expectations. Quality trumps quantity and excess.
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Where to Eat in Paris on a Budget: Our Top 40 Spots

Here is a roundup of where to eat in Paris on a budget. We have searched far and wide so you don't have to! ...read more

What to Do in Paris This Fall

After the long-awaited la rentrée—the return of Parisians to the city and the absence of the summer tourists, the autumn months are the best time to experience Paris like a local. Here are some of our must-sees in the city of light in the fall, this September-November 2023. ...read more

Paris Sweepstakes is Ending–Win a week in Paris & Help End Hunger

There is still time left to enter the second annual Sweepstakes hosted by Veggies to Table. Your entry will go towards feeding the hungry....read more

Café or Caffè? French vs. Italian Coffee Culture

All I know, after living in both countries, is that café culture is engrained, deeply, no matter how different the two might be, and I love them both in their own way. It’s real love, but complicated. ...read more
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Back to School in France: Frantic Moms and Fading Tans

In France, la rentrée is not just about families and their children. Each September, almost the entire population faces their regular routines after a long holiday season....read more
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Les Toilettes Parisiennes: What to Know Before You Go

French potty perils abound. So, we've put together this simple guide to help you navigate the waters of les toilettes Parisiennes. As they say, courage....read more

Voilà Vegan – Plant Based Sweets from an American Pâtissière in Paris

The aroma of fresh baked delights and excitement mingle as Amanda Bankert, from Boneshaker Donuts in Paris, releases her first cookbook Voilà Vegan. We recently interviewed Amanda to discuss the launch of the book and her journey thus far....read more

Smackdown: Which is a Sweeter Place to Live – New York or Paris?

Having spent significant amounts of time and invested gazillions of glorious calories in both cities, it’s still a question I find difficult answering: who has the best sweets, New York or Paris? A transatlantic smackdown might tell....read more
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Une Vie Parisienne in New York City

With an expired visa and packed boxes, I sat in my beautiful Parisian apartment. I told myself that I would surely find a way to return to Paris. I never once imagined that eight years later, I’d still be fighting passionately to maintain une vie parisienne in New York City....read more
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Les Parisiens: Rude? Sometimes. But Impolite? Never.

Are Parisians as rude as their well-worn reputation? Here's what I've learned: rudeness is in the eye of the beholder....read more

France’s Answer to Ottolenghi? Meet Julien Sebbag at Créatures

Any parallels are flattering but skin-deep. The self-taught Julien Sebbag creates a unique ecosphere of food, music, art, and joie de vivre. ...read more

Colvert: A Modern French Bistro in the Latin Quarter

Colvert, in the 6th arrondissement of Paris is a hidden gem eatery offering old-world ambiance, unpretentious service and satisfying food....read more
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Hot or Not? Our Search for the Perfect Nanny

Living in the States, a nanny felt like an unattainable luxury. But here in Paris, “nounous” seem almost de rigeur. ...read more

Win a Week in Paris and Help End Hunger!

Veggies to Table is hosting our second annual French Sweepstakes to raise funds to continue our work to end hunger in our community....read more

Paris in August: Events, Exhibitions and More

Paris in August is known as a calm time, with locals emptying out of the city and scattering to summer holiday destinations around the world. There are still plenty of events to accommodate those who stick around....read more
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Ice Cold Drinks in Paris

As an American expat, the question I get most is: What do you miss about home? In a pinch I can find a reasonable substitute for many of the readily available items from the U.S. that I miss.  If not, friends keep me in supply. But, there’s one thing I can’t ask even my nearest and dearest to lug over in a suitcase: Frozen water. Yes, you heard correctly. The thing I miss most about the US is ice....read more

The 15 Best Paris Terraces for Lingering Outdoors

Café terraces are an essential to life in Paris, whether it’s for a solo coffee in the morning or apéro among friends in the evening. Here are our picks for the best terraces across the capital including our favorite new establishments. ...read more

French Creation & Savoir-Faire, Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann: 8 Discoveries

Artists and artisans are part of the fabric of French culture. They make the architecture, décor, clothing, food, and culture so alluring. Galeries Lafayette is an homage to French creation. So with that in mind, we thought we would share the highlights of what we discovered (and rediscovered) on our recent visit to Galeries Lafayette – fashion and beyond....read more
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Strolling in Paris: Let Me Count the Ways…

Flâner has always been one of my favorite French verbs. The dictionary definition reads “se promener sans but précis” (to walk without a precise goal). Since aimless wandering is basically my raison d’etre in Paris, I appreciate that the French have a word dedicated to the act. Spend some time in Paris and you will quickly understand how many different types of strolling there are....read more

Paris Apartments for Sale: Eiffel Tower Views, Air Conditioning & More

We have another selection of apartments for sale this week. This time there are breathtaking Eiffel Tower views, air conditioning to beat the heat and coveted locations....read more
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The Perfect Paris Picnic: Our Top 10 Spots & What to Bring

Picnic season is in full swing in Paris. Here are a few spots where picnickers of all kinds can find their bliss....read more
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Paris in July: Events, Exhibitions, The Outdoors & More

July is when locals slow down, savor the warm weather as they prepare for les vacances. Here are our picks for what to do in Paris in July....read more

Paris Apartments to Call Home: Property for Sale

Dreaming of your own flat in Paris? Or a country home in a French village? Here's our selection of homes to help make your French dreams come true....read more

The Best French Streaming for Francophiles

We've previously shared our love of French films and TV in general, and how we used subtitled French movies to help us on the our language learning journey. Because of this, we were especially thrilled to discover a streaming service just for Francophiles like us who can't get enough of French TV and film....read more

It’s All About the Croissants: The Best Croissants in Paris

We recently unveiled the winners for the best baguette in Paris. Just a few days later, le syndicat des Boulangers du Grand Paris (the association of Paris bakers) announced where to find the best butter croissants in Paris....read more

5 Restaurants to Try on Your Next Paris Trip

Paris is buzzing with exciting new restaurant openings. Here are our picks for 5 new restaurants to try on your next Paris trip!...read more

48 Hours in Brittany: St Malo and Dinard

Whether you enjoy strolling ramparts, browsing cool boutiques, relaxing at the spa, or sampling fresh seafood and delicious food, if you only have 48 hours to spend in Brittany, here is our perfect itinerary for a weekend away....read more
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Lounge Here Now: Best Places to Loiter in Paris

I've come up with a list of the best parks and places that I return to again and again, for a morning or afternoon, under the Parisian sky. ...read more

What To Do In Paris In June

The start of the summer months in Paris means fine weather, concerts, festivals, sporting events, blockbuster exhibits, and more....read more
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Where to Stay in Paris With Family

Knowing how notoriously small Paris hotels can get, we've done our research of the best family-friendly hotels in Paris— with family rooms, apartments, pools and other qualities to please kids and parents alike....read more

All About the Baguette: The Ten Best in Paris

Looking for the best baguette in Paris? Here are the 10 best according to experts and locals who gather annually to choose the City's finest....read more
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The Expat Mom Experience: Reconsidering Paris

If being an expat felt like the ultimate exploration into the unknown, the birth of our son made me discover Paris once again, this time through the eyes of a mother....read more

12 Paris Vacation Rentals to Dream of For Your Next Trip

Whether you want some place quiet or in the thick of it all, we've chosen the best Paris vacation rentals for your next trip....read more
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Decoding French-isms: Market/ Restaurant Lingo

In Paris, even the most basic French phrases can be slightly confounding at first. Here are some of my favorite French-isms to share....read more

Hôtel La Mirande Avignon: Timeless Refinement

Where to stay in Avignon? Without a doubt Hôtel La Mirande Avignon, one of the most special of all French hotels - and perhaps the world....read more
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Paris on a Budget: 30 Tips from a Local

It’s possible to have a great time in Paris without much money. I've compiled my top 30 tips for enjoying Paris on a budget....read more

Paris in May: What to Do, The Best Events for 2023 & More

Here’s our complete guide to Paris in May with the best places to go, things to do, and activities for families in the City of Light....read more

48 Hours in Lyon

Discover the best places to go and the best things to do with this 48 hours itinerary in Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France....read more
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Top Chien: Owning a Dog in Paris

It's been said that in Paris, dogs occupy a higher social strata than children. As the owner of both varietals, I can confirm this cliché is indeed true....read more
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We’re Looking for a New Intern – Join the Team!

HiP Paris is looking for a new intern! Are you a total Francophile who loves the City of Light like we do? This is the perfect opportunity for you....read more

Best French Chocolates for Easter

Easter is just around the corner, which means it's time to start thinking about chocolate. And France has some lovely chocolateries. Whether it’s a gift for a loved one, or a treat for yourself, here are some of the best French chocolates for Easter. ...read more

Paris in April: Spring Weather, Events & More

Spring is the perfect time to visit the French capital. Discover our picks of the best places to go and the best things to do in April in Paris....read more

French Fashion: Timeless, Chic and Elegant

What is it about Parisian women that always leaves me staring? How do they always manage to look so chic? Find out the secrets of French fashion!...read more
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Smile. You’re in Paris

It’s time to address a theme that has become a highly controversial component of my Parisian life: the smile. When I first moved to Paris, I couldn’t figure out why people seemed to pick up on my non-French status before I had uttered a word. Finally, a friend informed me: “You smile too much.”...read more
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Getting Around Paris During the Strikes

Strikes are part and parcel of French life. Here are our best ways of getting around Paris during the strikes....read more
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Paris in the Spring: The Effect of Sunlight on Parisians

This is the best moment of the year, and it's not just about the weather. Find out about the effect of sunlight on Parisians when spring arrives in the City of Light....read more
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Running in Paris – The Ultimate Guide: Top 10 Spots, Shops for Gear, Running Clubs and More

Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a nervous beginner, our ultimate guide to running in Paris tells you the 10 best routes, and more!...read more
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Temporary Accommodation in Paris: 8 Options For Any Budget

Anyone who has moved to Paris – whether short term or permanently can tell you that finding a place to live is no small feat. If you're scratching your head trying to find a temporary accommodation in Paris, look no further. ...read more
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Chocho, Paris: Spirited Cuisine in the 10th Arrondissement

At Chocho, Paris, chef Thomas Chisholm expresses a philosophy of life through daring and delicious food, unrestrained ambiance, and in the warm interaction of its staff and patrons....read more
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    Food Society Paris: Our Top 5 Picks For Where to Eat

    Food Society Paris is a vibrant food court located in Montparnasse in the 14th arrondissement. With 15 gourmet stalls to choose from, deciding where to eat is no small task. Here are our top 5 picks!...read more

    Street Food in Paris

    Whether you’re looking for a decadent American-style burger, a Cuban-inspired bocadilla, or a fruit-studded tagine to takeaway – here are some of our favorite go-to places for Paris’ best street food....read more

    How to Make Great Crêpes: 6 Secrets From My French Husband

    You can take any classic French crêpe recipe there is on the internet. But if you want to take them up a notch, I’m delighted to share my French husband’s 6 secrets to making perfect crêpes....read more

    Classic French Food in Paris: Canard et Champagne

    In the charming Passage des Panoramas, in Paris’s 2nd arrondissement, comes Canard et Champagne— the place to go for a memorable French meal....read more

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