Posts by Lily Heise - Je T'aime, Me Neither:

  • Best Green Day Trips from Paris

    With a short day trip from Paris city center you can surround yourself in gorgeous greenery, as well as some history and culture. Here are some of the best day trips for those seeking a peaceful and beautiful escape to nature.

  • The Best Terraces in Paris for an Apéro

    When the weather is nice in Paris, the only place Parisians want to be is en terrasse. Here is a selection of our favorite hangouts across the capital.

  • Where to Have Lunch in the Marais

    The Marais is one of the most popular places to visit in Paris, and with good reason. From tea salons to stylish contemporary venues, here are some of the best restaurants for lunch in the Marais.

  • Paris’ Best (New) Small Plate Addresses

    Parisian dining habits have been changing over the last decade or two, thanks to innovative international chefs. One trend that is sticking, and becoming increasingly popular with French chefs, is small plates.

  • Learning to Love Montmartre

    For me, Montmartre might as well have been on another planet, and one reserved for tourists. But if I was going to make Montmartre my new home, I was going to do it right.

  • What’s New in Paris’ SOPI (South Pigalle) Neighborhood?

    The Parisian district known as SoPi, South Pigalle, has seen a gradual evolution from a somewhat seedy and sleepy residential area bordering the red light district into one of the hippest neighborhood of Paris. This movement is proving to be more than a passing trend thanks to a steady stream of inventive restaurants, contemporary cafés, and original shops.

  • Sequana is a great restaurant for modern French food near Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral in St Germain des Près

    Where to Eat Around Notre Dame in Paris

    Paris has hundreds of fabulous restaurants. Nevertheless, it can be hard to find a good venue among the dining options around Notre Dame, the most visited site in all of Paris. However, if you avoid the mediocre establishments lining the Latin Quarter and drift a little further afield, there are some hidden gems. Enjoy a delicious meal at one of these best restaurants near Notre Dame …

  • Creamy cappuccino at Coutume Coffee shop in Paris' St Germain Neighborhood

    Our Top Coffee Spots in Paris’ Saint Germain Neighborhood

    The St. Germain district is synonymous with cafés. While its reputation was built on legendary Parisian cafés like Les Deux Magots and Le Café de Flore, these days there’s a whole new variety of cafés percolating throughout the neighborhood. Here’s where you can get the best coffee on the Left Bank.

  • How to choose champagne for New Year's Eve by HiP Paris

    How to Choose Champagne for New Year’s Eve

    No other beverage is more associated with New Year’s Eve than champagne. Viewed by many as the pinnacle of sparkling wines, the art of champagne making has been perfected in the eponymous French region for centuries. Selecting the right bottle for the most sparkling night of the year can be a daunting task. These expert tips will help guide you choose the best champagne for New Year’s Eve.

  • A go-to spot for Christmas shopping in Paris is giant pop-up store La Fabrique du Père Noel in the Marais neighborhood and 17th district.

    Alternative Christmas & New Year’s Events in Paris

    Paris is one of the most magical cities over the holidays. From gorgeous light and window displays to an extra joie de vivre circulating through the streets, the Parisians’ love of the festive season abounds. There’s actually much more to do beyond admiring the most famous holiday lights and window displays. From unusual light shows to pop-up markets, here are some unique happenings in Paris over Christmas and New Year’s, sure to add a special touch to your holidays in the City of Light.

  • Treize au Jardin coffee shop in Paris, with its rustic interiors teeming with plants and fresh fruit baskets, is our go-to for cake in the 6th district.

    Treize au Jardin: American Comfort Food in Paris

    Treize au Jardin is both restaurant and tea salon, an inviting and whimsical space perfect for lunch, brunch, apéro or un petit café and decadent dessert en terrace. Treize is now open until 9pm seven days a week, making it an original place for an after-work drink. Brunch is served on both Saturdays and Sundays, and is best enjoyed with a tea pot of gin and tonic. They even have a resident florist who makes beautiful bouquets you can pick up on the fly.

  • Sitron gluten-free bakery pastry chef in front of the chalkboard menu (left). Delicious gluten-free French fig tarts from Sitron bakery in Paris (right).

    Les Batignolles: A Hidden, Hip, and Authentic Paris Neighborhood

    Over the past few years, les Batignolles has been gradually getting hipper and hipper thanks to a steady stream of contemporary restaurants, cool cafés, and creative concept stores. The area is one of the best places to get a taste of authentic Paris. Sample it by seeking out these new additions to the district.

  • For lunch near the Louvre, Ellsworth Restaurant in Paris is a go-to especially for its crispy buttermilk chicken.

    Where to Lunch Near the Louvre Museum

    The Louvre Museum is a must for most visitors to Paris, however, as with many heavily touristed sites around the world, the dining options right nearby can be rather bleak. Luckily a mere few blocks away you can have a delicious meal at the following restaurants.