Posts by Unlock Paris:

  • Loustic, New Coffe Round-up, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Kim Laidlaw

    Coffee in Paris: The Coffee Revolution Continues in the City of Light

    Recently, something of a coffee revolution has been slowly but surely taking place in Paris, with serious coffee specialists popping up throughout the capital over the last couple of years. We talked about the inaugural wave of this trend back in 2011, but the scene continues to go from strength to strength with a new spate of superlative coffee shops having since opened.

  • Off the Beaten Path in Paris' Montmartre

    The Other Side of Montmartre: Coffee, Food and Shopping Off the Beaten Path

    Slightly off the beaten track is the more unassuming part of this neighborhood: the residential area in the foothills of Montmartre, which is well worth the detour to discover the lesser known shops, restaurants and more that the guide-book clutching hoards are yet to discover.

  • Le Conservatoire: An Indoor Parisian Picnic, Italian Style

    The Paris weather has been decidedly grey and overcast this spring, with only brief displays of sunshine punctuating what seem like never-ending downpours. The usual sunny Paris picnic season has been mostly rained off—and this is where Le Conservatoire comes to the fore. Le Conservatoire, the latest private dining experience from Cédric Casanova, is a […]

  • Petrelle: Discreet Dining in SOPI (South of Pigalle) Paris’ 9th Arrondissement

    Kim Laidlaw Adrey Pétrelle is a small French restaurant tucked away in a quiet corner of the 9th arrondissement. It’s not new – indeed it’s been around for 18 years – and it’s not easy to stumble upon, yet it has enjoyed continued success among discerning locals and tourists alike for almost two decades. Erica […]

  • Petit Usagi: Bento Box Dining on Paris’ Canal Saint Martin

    Although fabulous French food abounds in Paris, too many steak tartares and croque monsieurs can leave you yearning for something different. To rescue you from the Paris-Brasserie slump is this little gem of a japanese spot right on the canal, Petit Usagi. We can’t wait to grab one of these bento boxes and linger over […]

  • Le 104: Hip Art, Food and Shopping In a Colorful Corner of Paris’ 19th Arrondissement

    Art installation at the 104 Paris is not a city lacking in cultural gathering places. And I’m not just referring to café terraces – be they high brow (the Flore), or controversial (La Perle). Just to keep the scene fresh, in 2008, the Mairie de Paris (Paris City Hall) converted a former morgue in the […]

  • Getting Your Vegetarian Indian Fix in Paris: Krishna Bhavan

    Kim Laidlaw, the hip British expat (and Paris insider) behind the I Heart Paris blog recently gave up her favorite Paris Indian rec, an unassuming spot in the La Chapelle area: Krishna Bhavan. As Parisians know, it can be frustratingly hard to get serious Indian food in this otherwise limitless foodie capital. Eager to share […]

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