Off the Beaten Path

Best Japanese restaurants in Paris nearby Rue Sainte-Anne

Japanese Paris: The Best Restaurants & Grocers Around Rue Sainte-Anne

While most tourists with a taste for gourmet experiences come to Paris to try French food, a few know that the city harbors its fair share of excellent Japanese restaurants, grocers and casual […]

Paris' code of arms reads "Fluctuat nec Mergitur"in Latin. But what does it mean?

Fluctuat Nec Mergitur: Why is it Paris’ Motto, and What Does it Mean?

If you follow Parisian cultural trends with any regularity, you’ve probably seen locals reference the Latin expression “Fluctuat nec mergitur” as the city’s motto. But what does it mean– and where does it […]

Parisian Legends: Interview with Patrick Roger, France’s Own Willy Wonka

As this goes to press, the Salon du Chocolat is gearing up for another run in Paris–an annual trade show devoted to the art (and enjoyment) of chocolate. To celebrate the irresistible stuff […]

Exploring the Gambetta-Ménilmontant Neighborhood in Paris, from Shops to Nightlife

For a taste of Paris far from the madding crowd and the done-to-death tourist track, head over to the Gambetta- Ménilmontant neighborhood. Tucked in a little-trampled stretch of the northeast that’s roughly adjacent […]

Nuit Blanche, a Paris Arts Festival for Night Owls

First celebrated in 2002, Nuit Blanche is an arts and culture event in Paris that’s ideal for the nocturnally inclined– and entirely free. Translating as “White Night” and held every October, the fete […]

Inside L’Officine Universelle Buly, a 19th-century-style Paris apothecary

I’ve always been a bit skeptical of the apothecary trend. It’s generally struck me as a marketing ploy to raise the perceived value or originality of products and crank up their prices– irrespective […]

6 Inspiring Urban Farms & Community Gardens to Explore in Paris Now

Paris has a lot going for it, but if there’s one thing lacking, it’s space. The need to squeeze, adjust and think creatively not only applies to living space but to agriculture too. […]

In Review: The Ice Kube Bar in Paris (Gimmick or Intriguing Night Out?)

Featuring Siberian temperatures, surreal bunker-like surroundings that might remind you of Superman’s icy lair, and a jetset-aspiring clientele, the Ice Kube bar at Paris’ Kube Hotel claims to offer a singular nightlife experience. […]

Paris' Montparnasse Cemetery is a lovely place to stroll and contemplate. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reserved

A Stroll Through Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris

Opened in 1824, Montparnasse Cemetery sits on a site that was once occupied by three farms, in what was then a rural, sleepy corner of southern Paris. Home to the graves of denizens […]

Academie de la Grande Chaumière: The Paris Art Studio Favored by Modigliani, Miró and Lempicka

On a quiet side street in Montparnasse that seems worlds apart from the frenetic Boulevards and terraced cafes just feet away, there’s a typically Belle-Epoque building you’d be forgiven for not noticing. But […]

Belleville artists' studios open house days/ Ateliers d'artistes de Belleville Portes Ouvertes

Belleville Artists’ Open Studios: Get a Glimpse of Local Creation

Every year in late spring, over 200 artists working and living in Paris’ northeastern Belleville neighborhood open their studios for a few days to the general public. The Portes Ouvertes (open doors) event takes place […]

Inside the 104 (Cent-Quatre), a Vibrant Contemporary Arts Hub in Paris

A fascinating and important branch in the Parisian culture scene, the 104 (Le Cent Quatre) is a vast communal art center in Paris’ remote 19th arrondissement. This sprawling artistic hub and community center– […]

The history of French macarons is a disputed, and fascinating, one.

A Short History of French Macarons, From Saint-Emilion to Paris

On a recent trip to the fortified medieval town of Saint-Emilion, my partner and I stayed in a lovely B&B plunged in the middle of the vineyards, outside the city walls. Our amiable […]

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Paris Loves Vinyl: The Coveted Collectors’ Event Returns in February

Do you routinely lament the poor sound quality of MP3s and other digital music formats, as your spouse or friends groan at your predictable rant? Do you pine after the smell, touch, and […]

In Review: Lapérouse, a Romantic Paris Restaurant With History Galore

First opened in 1766 as “La Maison Lapérouse”, this distinguished restaurant and bar situated smack on the banks of the Seine is a favorite spot for well-heeled literary and artistic types. It’s a place […]

An author signs a book for a reader at the Salon du Livre in Paris (Paris Book Fair)

The Paris Book Fair (Salon du Livre): Why to Visit & Details for 2019

One of the rare trade shows in the French capital to attract both the general public and professionals, the annual Salon du Livre/Paris Book Fair brings dozens of renowned authors and thousands of […]

Live music at La Bellevilloise in Paris . Image credit: Official FB page

Nightlife Notes: La Bellevilloise, for Laid-Back Drinks & Live Music in Paris

  Ever since moving to the northeastern side of Paris, I’d been curious to give La Bellevilloise a try, having heard that it’s a closely-guarded favorite for a night out among locals of […]

The immersive Klimt and Viennese artists show at the Atelier des Lumieres in Paris, France

In Review: Atelier des Lumières, The First (All)-Digital Art Museum in Paris

  When I first heard that an all-digital art museum and cultural space called the Atelier des Lumières would be opening its doors in Paris sometime in 2018, I was more than a […]

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