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

  • 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.

  • An illustration for the Earful Tower podcast of host Oliver Gee listening to a mini Eiffel tower (left). Earful Tower podcast host Oliver Gee smiling on the banks of the River Seine (right).

    Paris Podcasts: Favorites for Francophiles

    The popularity of podcasts has created a flourishing selection of excellent Paris-themed shows for Francophiles to choose from. Whether you’re interested in quirky historical facts or want an insider’s perspective on current trends, here are some great podcasts for both residents and lovers of Paris alike.

  • HiP Paris Blog discovers the many artist squats in Paris like the Shakirail where artists work on their projects like these two people.

    Parisian Squats: Alternative Venues for Art, Music & More

    Squats in Paris have evolved a great deal since the French revolution and even more particularly during the 1970s-80s counterculture era. Today we are seeing an increase in a new breed of squats, which are active participants in the city’s cultural and social landscape bringing dynamic community oriented activities from concerts to art exhibits and from yoga classes to job banks to the city.

  • HiP Paris Blog discovers Paris' first cheese dairy La Laiterie de Paris, and inside the cheese shop is a counter packed with cheeses made right here in the back.

    Paris’ Only Cheesemaker: La Laiterie de Paris

    The eastern side of the 18th arrondissement, known as La Goutte d’Or, has been developing into the city’s most interesting food hub over the last few years. From micro-breweries to farmer co-ops, the district is now home to Paris’ first cheesemaker. Opened last December, word has been getting around about this unique and talented urban producer of cheese and other dairy products.

  • Green concept store in Paris Aujourd'hui Demain sells vintage furniture finds like this faux leather orange armchair as well as art and fashion accessories.

    Aujourd’hui Demain, Paris’ First Vegan Concept Store

    The continued growth of vegetarian restaurants and speciality shops in Paris is proving to be much more than a passing trend as an increasing amount of Parisians are swapping out their steak-frites for a bol végé. The green movement in Paris has recently gone one step further with the city’s first Vegan Concept Store, Aujourd’hui Demain.

  • Insider Addresses for Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Paris

    Ariane Haas of The Naughty Notary and Lily Heise of Je T’Aime, Me Neither sit down to discuss their favorite addresses for a romantic (and sexy) Valentine’s Day in Paris.