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Richard Nahem’s Paris

Photos Erica Berman Like many American ex-pats, Richard Nahem came to Paris to pursue a dream. Upon seeing the city for the first time twenty-five years earlier, he had vowed to live here someday. And after spending twenty years as a
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Cocktails in Paris: Curio Parlor

photo courtesy of womenmanagementparis.blogspot.com At first you thought you’d never tire of your pre-dinner kirs or pastis on traditional café terraces. But after one-too-many botched martinis, you’re willing to start considering alternatives.
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Pozzetto – finally, fabulous coffee & gelato in Paris

Photo Erica Berman Despite my recent tirade and blog post ranting about the poor quality of coffee in France, I am pleased to announce that I recently had a fabulous cup of coffee in Paris. It was a coffee surprisingly worthy of any I have had
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Deyrolle: Rue du Bac’s Temple of Taxidermy

Photo courtesy of Deyrolle.fr While taxidermy has become trendy of late, there is only one place that has been using naturalized animals to lure clients since 1831. Nestled on the charming Rue du Bac, Deyrolle is a shop unlike any other in the
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Spreeing for Spree

Ah, the concept store.  Prescriptive, arrogant, attractive, alternately kitschy-cheap and prohibitively expensive; it’s hard to avoid mixed feelings when dealing with these store-size display cases of “cool”. Except, that is, if you wander up
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Provence rentals ‘Chambre Avec Vue’ in Saignon

Text & Photos by Erica Berman This charming 1 bedroom apartment is part of an unconventionally chic Provence vacation experience. This is one of my favorite places to spend a few days decompressing, antiquing, hiking, exploring and, of
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Jadis: Finally a Reason to Visit the 15th

photo courtesy of express.fr While there’s nothing secret about Jadis anymore, its location—buried deep within the 15th near Metro Convention—shelters it from the tourist crowds that will inevitably descend on Paris this spring and summer.
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Coffee in Italy – yumm!

Erica Berman At risk of offending the French, with whom I have lived for over 16 years, and Tory, who just wrote a post on coffee in France, there is just no comparison between coffee in France and coffee in Italy. If you ask a French national
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Merci: Shopping for a Cause in Paris

photo courtesy of: www.lescarnetsdudesign.com Photos Erica Berman (except above) As the global economic climate has forced consumers to shop more selectively, it has also forced retailers to sell more creatively. Merci, Paris’ newest concept
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La Caféothèque: Paris’ Best Blend

Considering how much coffee Parisians drink, it’s high time they started drinking it right. And now they can, thanks to La Caféothèque, a cozy coffee sanctuary located in the 4th arrondissement. Owned by Gloria Montenegro Chirouze, the former
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Spotlight: Exploring Palais Royal

Nestled between some of Paris’ most famous monuments, unbeknownst to throngs of shutter-happy tourists, the Palais Royal neighborhood is filled with hidden gems, covered passageways and some of the best hole-in-the-wall Japanese restaurants and
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Saignon: Provence’s artistic haven

Photos by Erica Berman You could search for original holiday destinations for years, and still not happen upon something quite as magical as the  “Chambre avec Vue” properties in Saignon (Provence). Saignon is a modern-day artist colony that
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Foodie Paris: Creative Cookery with Rachel Khoo

While classical French cuisine will always have its place, today’s Parisian food scene is full of young innovators who aren’t afraid to mix things up. Rachel Khoo, one of Paris’ premiere “food creatives,” is doing just that. A graduate of
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Insider Tips: My Little Paris

Courtesy of My Little Paris Although we here at the HipParis blog are always on the lookout for original ways to roam the city of lights, we can always use a little help from an informed friend. We recently were very pleased to discover that
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Forum des Images – in the heart of Paris, over 5000 movies & it’s FREE!

Text – Alain Ollier When the universe seems hell-bent on throwing a wrench in your schedule, sometimes the only thing you can do is curb your rising frustration and go with the flow.  And Paris is the perfect city to let the unexpected pop
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HiP Reader Tips & Reviews

Bonjour vacationers! We hope you’re enjoying your Parisian experience wandering through winding, historic streets, getting lost in mazes of artwork, whiling away afternoons on sun-drenched cafe terraces… A newcomer’s eye is often the most
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Context Walking Seminars and Tours Paris + Italy

Walking Seminars: Context’s walking seminars of Paris are much more than a typical walking tour. Their network of historians, architects, curators, writers, sommeliers and chefs help the intellectually curious traveler understand and