The best thing about being part of the team on a blog like HiP Paris, aside from all of our amazing readers who keep us on our toes of course, is that we get to work with talented writers and photographers who take us to all four corners of the city, behind closed doors, inside every nook and cranny, and beyond. And thanks to them, in the past year, we’ve uncovered some incredible finds including lots of restaurants and cafés, a host of gluten-free and zero-waste shops, and fascinating expats who have made Paris their own.

Here are some of our favorite new finds and insider tips:

We’re always on the look-out for our next delicious meal, and we know that many of the restaurants around blockbuster sites like Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower are often tourist traps. But our writer Lily Heise showed us that it doesn’t always have to be the case, sharing her list of places to eat around the cathedral and the Eiffel Tower, that are worth their salt.

Top: Joe Desousa / Above: Café Constant

Keynote speaker, DJ, and quadruple amputee Tom Nash also taught us that visiting Paris’s many sites is no easy feat for people with reduced mobility. And with his tips on how to enjoy Paris with limited mobility, it just got a whole lot easier. 

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If you’re coming to visit and want to brush up that school French, then take a look at our Editorial Assistant Ali Postma’s favorite French Netflix series and films.

Even after all these years, we sometimes forget that many shops and restaurants remain closed on Sundays. Our Copy Editor, Erin Dahl shared itineraries on how to spend a Sunday in Montmartre and the Marais, setting us up for full weekends of exploring – stay tuned for more!


Our former Editor Emily Dilling showed us that meeting Parisians doesn’t have to be hard with these great apps for connecting with Parisians over a meal.

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And if you’re looking for more than a meal, then writer Emma Konst’s dating tips for millennials certainly helped to shine some light on local logistics.  

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We also watched the green movement pick up momentum with Parisians getting down to some serious urban farming and permaculture in their backyards, as well as open a host of environmentally friendly projects.

Diana Liu, our former intern, took us to meet some of Paris’s most fascinating locals in our new Perfect Day in Paris series, starting with journalist and author Lindsey Tramuta. She shared her favorite city haunts and introduced us to her very cuddly kitties. Speaking of which, this year also brought a series all about all the ins-and-outs of owning a cat in Paris.

Diana Liu

When coming up with posts, we always have you, our lovely HiP readers, in mind. Many of you asked about what to pack for Paris in summer, where to shop for French brands, and where to buy made-in-France menswear. On our travels across the city, we also stumbled across the cutest stores for buying baby and kids’ wear, so in a post those went too!    


Another much-asked question is where to stay in Paris – so travel writer Nicole Leigh Stewart rounded up some of the funkiest new hotels to open in the city. And that’s just a little taste of the year’s posts!

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As we wrap up 2019, we love looking back at all the adventures our writers have taken us on. They are the ones who make it possible for us to bring you top-quality local Paris intel that always has an insider slant – so a huge thank you to our brilliant writers! And of course, a huge thank you to you too, our loyal readers, because without you, we wouldn’t be here! 

Without further ado, we wish you a wonderful New Year. May your 2020 be filled with health, joy, and happiness – and many trips to Paris, bien sûr

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Rooksana Hossenally

Originally from London, Rooksana moved to Paris for what was supposed to be six months – it’s now been 12 years. A freelance journalist, she’s contributed to many publications from the New York Times, Forbes, and BBC Travel to Condé Nast Traveller and the Guardian. She’s headed up several print and online travel and culture magazines, and has worked with brands from L’Oréal to Glamour Magazine optimizing their online platforms. When not working, Rooksana’s scouring the city for new creative pockets, hole-in-the-wall Indian restaurants, and procrastinating about the book she’s meant to be writing.

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