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Paris Lockdown: One More Time

The first French confinement, back in the spring, was eight weeks long. That’s a long time for such an intense shutdown, but at first, there was a sense of novelty, a thrill of danger, and a purpose: to save lives. President Macron had promised we wouldn’t go into another lockdown, but the overloaded hospitals were a huge issue. To keep us from going bonkers, and to keep the economy afloat,
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French Holiday Gifts You Can Buy Online

You may not have been able to travel to France this year and indulge in a little shopping, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it online. Here are some holiday gift ideas....read more
Parisian Living

An American’s Guide to Thanksgiving in Paris

There is no French equivalent to Thanksgiving, so you’ll likely have fun explaining the holiday to your French friends. But, this also means that you may have trouble finding all of the traditional American ingredients for your favorite fare. If you’re in Paris this year, here are a few tips on how to make the day special! ...read more
Food

The Other Side of Montmartre: The Best Restaurants, Bars & Cafés North of Sacre Coeur

You may already be familiar with Paris’ famous Montmartre district, but how about the hidden neighborhood tucked away behind the hills in the northern end of the city? While much of the 18th arrondissement has remained home to immigrant communities and fought off gentrification, pockets of the neighborhood have begun changing in recent years with new cafés and trendy bars popping up—including ...read more
Parisian Living

Lockdown in France Part 2: What You Need to Know

Listen up, people. France is in Confinement 2.0 and the rules are slightly different. Pay attention so you don’t get charged the €135 fee for first-time offenses, or the whopping €3,750 fee and six months jail time for repeat offenders. Police could ask for your attestation, and maybe your ID, and they might ask you to open your bag for them. France is not eff-ing around this time....read more

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The Best French Dating Apps

All right ladies, whether you’re looking for Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now, there’s an app for that. Right when I got ready to date again earlier this year, Covid struck. Cruel twist of fate! Or, maybe not. I reassessed my quarantine situation: I had plenty of time for self-care, nobody’s catching Covid (or anything else) online, and I had lots of time on my hands. Why not try something new? ...read more
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French Netflix Series for Watching While You Stay at Home

France has recently entered another national lockdown in the hopes of curbing the spread of the coronavirus. With the cold weather setting in, I could think of worse things! So now that we can’t have late nights out, it seems the only thing left to do is to snuggle up in bed and watch a good French Netflix series....read more
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How to Spend Sunday in Paris’s Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Left Bank epicenter of artistic life, is decidedly more bourgeois than bohemian today, but it’s tough to beat its quintessential cobblestoned streets, hidden corners, and see-and-be-seen cafés. While you could spend an entire Sunday just weaving its narrow streets, here are some of the addresses we recommend checking out....read more
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Food & Drink

How to Host a French Apéritif at Home

One of the important facets of French food culture is l'apéro. Not only does l’apéro help stimulate your appetite as you enjoy a pre-meal drink, but it’s also a time to relax and rehash your day with friends or family. The term comes from the word l’apéritif, which is the French word for drinks served with small bites before a larger meal. If you want to enjoy one of my favorite parts of ...read more

The Best Wine Bars in Paris

If you walk along the streets of Paris, you’ll be sure to find an eclectic array of wine bars. Given the complexity of finding the right address, we’ve handpicked a few of our favorite Parisian gems....read more

French Cooking Classes Online

Every year, thousands of people come to France with the objective of sampling its amazing cuisine. Many go a step further by learning to make French food themselves, taking hands-on cooking classes in Paris and around the country. The Covid-19 crisis is preventing many from being able to do this, or at least, in person. But the pandemic has actually expanded the possibilities of learning how ...read more

Our Favorite Bistro Cookbooks, Part 2

Here at HIP Paris, we know so many of our readers are longing to visit the City of Light for their much-needed French fix. The next best thing, in our opinion, is re-creating your favorite bistro dishes at home. When we set out to do a round-up of the best bistro cookbooks, there were simply too many to fit in one post. And we’ve saved some of our most beloved for this installment!...read more
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