Posts by elenaberton:

  • The rustic bread loaves at top Paris bakery Benoit Castel.

    Artisanal Boulangerie & Brunch in Paris: Benoit Castel

    Benoit Castel’s boulangerie in the 20th arrondissement may not be in the center of Parisian action, but it’s well worth the trek. And not just for the unlimited weekend brunch. Brooklyn ambiance and not a tourist in sight. During the week, the boulangerie doubles as an informal office for laptop-equipped locals, who drop by for coffee and viennoiseries.

  • HiP Paris Blog checks out artisanal cobbler Atelier Constance in Montmartre, pictured here, Jérôme Voisin at the door (left) and his tools hanging on the wall (right).

    Atelier Constance: An Artisanal Cobbler in Montmartre

    Surrounded by old-style tools and expensive shoes in need of a reboot, Jerome doesn’t take any shortcuts, neither in his work or the materials he uses. The cobbler works with vegetable-tanned leather from French suppliers and sources high quality stick-on soles that are more flexible and thinner than the thick, plasticky ones used in your average shop. If you balk at the thought of taking your cherished Chanel ballet flats to a nondescript shoe repair shop, head straight to Atelier Constance and leave them in the capable hands of Jerôme Voisin. You could even put them in the mail, as many of his international customers do.

  • One of the best bakeries in Paris to go for cakes, pastries and bread is La Goutte d'Or patisserie in the 18th arrondissement.

    La Goutte d’Or: Exquisite Pastries in Paris’ 18ème

    A blend of specialty coffee shop and high-end French pâtisserie, La Goutte d’Or proposes a mix of traditional viennoiseries such as croissants and madeleines, as well as edgier creations that reflect Menguy’s quirky style.

  • Best fish restaurant in Paris' South Pigalle, Belle Maison serves catch-of-the-day dishes in a cheery blue setting.

    Belle Maison Restaurant Paris: Seafood & Ambiance by Pigalle

    Montmartre and Pigalle may be the home of many scenic spots and a wide range of cafés perfect for a quick lunch or coffee break, but the area is not known as a fine dining destination. Locals however, notably SoPi dwellers and habitués of nearby rue des Martyrs, know the best addresses for hidden neighborhood gems worth discovering. One such address is the newly opened Belle Maison.

  • Where to buy the best bread in Paris' Montmartre, like this rustic loaf.

    Breadlovers’ Paris: Our Top Picks in Montmartre’s Abbesses ‘Hood

    The recipe to make a baguette tradition does not change much from bakery to bakery, but the care in the choice of ingredients, and the way that they are put together, varies a great deal. Here are four of the best boulangeries in the Abbesses area.

  • HiP Paris Blog explores healthy living in Paris

    Healthy Parisian Living: Bringing Wellbeing to the New Year in Paris

    Every year, losing weight and eating healthy take the top spots of New Year’s resolution lists, even in Paris. But by the end of the month most of those get-in-shape goals have fizzled, by no means helped by the miserable weather that plagues the French capital in January. Here are a few fresh suggestions that can help you keep those healthy lifestyle resolutions.

  • Tea at The Ritz to High-End Jewelry: A Luxurious (and Affordable) Christmas in Paris

    Paris is the perfect place to treat yourself to a little decadent holiday cheer… Here are our ways to spend an indulgent Christmas in Paris with luxury treats that don’t  require remortgaging your home.

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

    Pep’s is a unique umbrella repair shop helping Parisians get through the rain this winter.

  • HiP Paris Blog tells you how to spend 48 hours in Venice

    48 Hours in Venice: A Weekend of Italian Food, Art and Culture

    The charm of this unique city can still be appreciated during a short visit provided you do your research and avoid tourist traps. Here are some suggestions for making the most of Venice in one weekend.

  • HiP Paris Blog reviews Cassiopee

    Cassiopée: Freshly Roasted Coffee, Gluten Free Sweets, and Art in Montmartre

    Cassiopée is an art gallery crossed with a coffee roaster-cum-café and furnished like a cozy Parisian living room. It’s the brainchild of half-French, half-Cameroonian Kisito Belibi, whose penchant for coffee history and mythology gave birth to this quirky place at the bottom of the Butte Montmartre just under a year ago.

  • HiP Paris Blog visits Neo T

    An Independent Tea House’s Success in Montmartre: Neo. T.

    Nestled on rue de Martyrs, Neo. T. is a tiny tea shop that brims with carefully sourced teas from small producers, sold along with tea making accessories and cute oriental knickknacks.

  • HiP Paris Blog visits Les Choupettes

    Les Choupettes de ChouChou: Organic Puff Pastry and Chantilly Cream in Montmartre

    Les Choupettes de ChouChou in Montmartre is a monothematic pastry shop which only sells chouquettes, the ubiquitous bite sized choux pastries beloved by French children and adults alike, filled with feather light whipped cream and whimsically renamed “choupettes.”

  • HiP Paris Blog Visits Organic Butcher Prosper Montmartre

    A Bio Butcher in Paris: Buying Organic Meat in Montmartre

    If your experience of shopping for meat in Paris is limited to picking up a shrink-wrapped steak at Monoprix or roast chicken that’s been sitting all morning under a heating lamp at the local market, do yourself a favor and step into the fascinating world of artisan butcher Jean Christophe Prosper.