HiP Paris Best of 2013 Carin Olsson

Carin Olsson

Before everyone gets a proper start on their New Year’s resolutions, we wanted to take a moment to look back over the past year and to thank all the wonderful and brilliantly talented contributors who help to make this blog what it is.

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Before launching into all the exciting things we have in the works for 2014, here are some of our favorite moments of 2013:

HiP Paris Happy Holiday Round Up

Cafe Lomi (Keith Isaacs)

We did our best to keep up with a number of exciting new restaurants and bars, including our picks of Paris’ best new cocktail bars, a new breed of Paris wine, hotel bars, and the best places to get really good coffee.

Braden Perkins and Laura Adrian (Diane Yoon)

We interviewed the lovely Laura Adrian and Braden Perkins of Verjus, Chef Haan Palcu of Le Mary Celeste, and reviewed the scrumptious sandwiches from Verjus and Frenchie, but the opening of Paris’ first cat café really stole the show.

HiP Paris Happy Holiday Round Up
Cafe des Chats (Didier Gauducheau)

SOPI continues to be one of our favorite Paris neighborhoods for eating, shopping and drinking,

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Sebastien Gaudard Bakery (Didier Gauducheau)

but we also veered a little off the beaten path to check out the other side of Montmartre and parts of the 19th that are enjoying a serious revival.

Bones (Diane Abroad)

We helped you figure out what to pack for Paris and gave you a few essential tips on Parisian male fashion.

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Carin Olsson

Once you’re here, we helped you snag a Frenchman (it’s easier than you think.) Once you’ve snagged him, we gave you some dating tips and ideas on how to spend the perfect Sunday so that you can decide for yourself whether your Parisian Male is charming or cheesy.

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Orange Brompton

We helped you decide if you were a Left Bank or Right Bank Parisian. No matter your inclination, we helped you shop Paris on a budget (oui, c’est possible) and enjoy Paris’ best views even if you’re out dining solo.

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Parisian Rooftops (Marceline)

Most of all, we want to thank you, dear readers, for making it all possible. If there’s something you want to see more of in 2014, tell us in the comments!

Written by Genevieve Sandifer for the HiP Paris Blog. All photos by Didier Gauducheau except where noted. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, London, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.


Genevieve Sandifer

Genevieve was born in New York City and raised between London and Paris. Genevieve is part of the Haven in Paris team and is the editor of the Hip Paris blog. Unable to stay away from Paris for too long, she now splits her time between New York, Honolulu and Paris, where she keeps tabs on the Haven in Paris properties and service providers and scours the city for great bistros, cocktail bars and vintage stores.


  1. I loved my time in Paris and your post inspires me to go back as soon as possible! Great photos- thanks for sharing!

  2. a very HAPPY, fun-filled, exciting, NEW YEAR to all at HIP
    Thanks for the excellent reading throughout the year 2013 – looking forward to more !!

  3. simply put, i am in love. your blog inspires me to travel to the france of my dreams. not only the country, but the people and the life and the food….and the cats! (cat cafe was definitely one of my favorites!) merci. Bonne année et bonne santé ! xo mimi

  4. Hi there! new follower… looks like you had a very comprehensive 2013 😉 I can’t help but be inspired by anything French… glad to have found your blog!

  5. What a lovely 2013 you have had! More posts on the best vintage shops would be THE BEST.

    All your posts on delicious food reminds me of my post on the Paris bakeries Amy Thomas recommends in her book, Paris, My Sweet: http://frenchseams.com/paris-my-sweet-author-amy-thomas-list-of-top-bakeries-in-paris/

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