Parisian Living

Mellow Paris: Why We Love August in Paris

Sunbathers in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Photo by Tory Hoen You may have heard rumors that Paris empties out in August. As it turns out, the rumors are largely true. But before you start envisioning a Parisian ghost town—tumbleweeds rolling down the Champs-Elysées—take it from us: August is a wonderful time to be in […]
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Rooftop Paris: Exploring the 5th Arrondissement

Terrace and garden w/ stairs to upper level terrace. Some visitors to Paris will scale any height—or endure waiting in any line—to achieve the ultimate view of the city. And while Sacré-Coeur and the Eiffel Tower certainly do not disappoint, ...read more
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Sun by the Seine: Paris Plages ’09

Photo courtesy of Momondo.com Visitors to Paris now have one more item to add to their agendas: the beach! Paris is primed for what is perhaps the least logical—but most fun—event of the summer: Paris Plages, which kicks off July 20th. For the ...read more
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Wake Up! Paris Quartier d’été is back!

Twenty years ago, the first Paris Quarter d’été festival was held in order to “wake up the city” during the summer lull that tends to sweep Paris from late July through the end of August. Starting today, the festival is back for its ...read more
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VIP Paris: Let your private Concierge do the work

Time is precious, and time in Paris is even more precious. Whether you’ve been here a hundred times or are seeing the city with fresh eyes, there is always something new to discover—an unexplored neighborhood, a new restaurant, a little known ...read more
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Cinema Under the Stars – Free Cinema at la Villette – en plein air

Now that summer is in full swing, Parisians will seek out any excuse to loiter outside for as long as possible. Luckily, the Cinéma en Plein Air festival at the Park de la Villette gives them an excuse to do just that! Back for its 19th year, ...read more
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Cul de Poule — dining at the rue des Martyrs’ Hen’s Arse.

Photo by JasonW Text by Geneviève Sandifer If there’s one thing I think New York has perfected over Paris, it’s the art of the casual, delicious and reasonably inventive bistro meal. Most Americans first landing in France would disagree ...read more

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Chocolate and Zucchini: A Food Writer’s Recipe for Success

All photos courtesy of chocolateandzucchini.com “I’m not a local food celebrity,” Clotilde Dusoulier assures me, as she sips her Perrier on a café terrace in Montmartre. And she’s right; she’s not a local food celebrity. She’s an international ...read more
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Paris Street Music: Fête de la Musique, 21 June 2009

Paris is a wonderful city to wander. With winding streets, beckoning café terraces and chestnut trees reaching out their soft leaves to passersby, it’s hard to remain immune to the charm of this pedestrian way of life. Parisians themselves, as ...read more
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David Lebovitz’s Sweet Life in Paris

Photo: Louisa Chu It’s easy to be jealous of David Lebovitz when you learn how he spends his days: spreading Bordier butter on toast, browsing through Paris’ open air markets, testing recipes, hopping in and out of bakeries and chocolate shops, ...read more
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Playtime in Saint Germain

While many tourists may be flocking to more traditional art institutions (the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay), in-the-know Parisians are simply soaking up the art in their own neighborhoods. That’s right… public art is on the rise ...read more
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Following the Chocolate in Paris

photos courtesy of laduree.fr & chocolatezoom.com There are many ways to experience Paris, but one of the more decadent ones is, simply, to follow the chocolate. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of doing just that when I tagged along on Context ...read more
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Conceptual Retail: A Tour of Paris’ Concept Stores

How many times have you wandered around a department store, and with every identical rack and bored attendant felt your eyes glaze over and the thrill of shopping fade perceptibly? In my earlier post I wrote about the annoying pretense of many ...read more