As this year draws to a close, we want to take this time to thank all our wonderful readers (that’s you!) and the talented writers and photographers who make this blog what it is. We wouldn’t be here without you!

A few very important things happened here on HiP Paris in 2012:

Paige Frost taught us how to become French and gave us important advice on French bathroom etiquette. She finds French men seductive, sexy, cool, so it’s no surprise she got married in a French chateau.

Amy Thomas had some great tips on navigating the French dining scene if you’re a vegetarian. She took on one of the biggest questions of all time and introduced us to the fabulous Melissa Unger of Seymour Projects. Since she’s also an expert on all things sweet, we were really excited to get her list of favorite French chocolate shops.

Tory Hoen had tips for the spring, summer, and fall fashion items, and she even weighed in on the wedge sneaker debate (yes, those happened in 2012 too).

Jessie Kanelos took us fall market shopping, shared her experiences of Halloween and Thanksgiving in France, and she let us peek into the Camion Qui Fume’s gorgeous cookbook.

Elise Marafioti discovered the best new places to buy beer (People’s Drugstore) and coffee (Ten Belles and the Black Market) in Paris. Thanks for taking one for the team Elise!

Erica Berman discovered l’Office and Le Chateaubriand, two of our very favorite restaurants this year.

Claire Oldman brought us the best events happening in London every month, and pondered the differences between Paris and London when it comes to the art of lunch.

Meg Gagnard introduced us to Colorova and Popelini, two great new pastry spots. We were also thrilled to present her review of Helmut Newcake and Noglu, two of her favorite gluten-free spots in Paris.

Erin Dahl gave us the best Paris events to look forward to every month this year. She also told us how to dress the part for Paris Fashion Week.

Carin Olsson told us how she can tell that spring has sprung in Paris. Then, she went people-watching.

Lindsey Tramuta checked out Playtime, another great addition to the east Paris dining scene.

Forest Collins checked out Le Clarisse.

Marisa Williams took us to Nice, the French Riviera, Liguria and beyond.

Kim Laidlaw Adrey feasted on Italian food with some of our favorite Paris bloggers at Le Conservatoire.

Kasia Deitz fell in love with Paris in a day.

Maggie Battista shared some invaluable wisdom on avoiding bad food in Paris.

Krista Stein introduced us to Le Galopin and Yam’Tcha, two more breakthrough restaurants of 2012.

Badaude sketched some trendy channel-hoppers on the Eurostar.

Nicole Smith finally found the perfect hairdresser in Paris

Victoria Wall briefed us on the art of the Parisian soirée

Cristina Lasarte taught us how to make purple macarons

Malou Lasquite spent 24 hours in Paris with a toddler.

Doni Belau told us about buying her dream home near Bordeaux.

Sharon Santoni took us brocante shopping in Normandy

Michelle Lehnardt shared her wonderful family trip to Paris

Nicole Gustin wrote about what she would do with one month in Paris

Kelly Page wrote about finding the perfect Paris apartment.

Julie Falconer reviewed the best food markets in London

We also want to give a big shout out to Didier Gauducheau and Julien Hausherr for their wonderful photography, as well as to all the contributors to our Flickr pool and the talented photographers who have been kind enough to share their images with us over this past year.

Happy Holidays!

Written by Genviève Sandifer for the HiP Paris Blog. All images by Erica Berman. 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. Wonderful summary of the year on your beautiful blog! I linked to it today on my blog post about my favorite blogs –

  2. That’s a lot of great stuff! Merci HIP for, indeed, being the hippest site on visiting Paris and living the expat dream. I’m always excited to see what you’re uncovering and posting about, and honored to be part of it! Joyeuses fetes! xo

  3. My turn to wish you all Merry Christmas ! and to let you know that it has been a real pleasure for me to be given “a window” in your wonderful blog, to meet your readers, to meet new people, places, AND to meet you!
    Wish you all a dazzling 2013 !!!

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