Paris on a Budget

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 […]

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. […]

The best ice cream and gelato in Paris

Summery Indulgence: 4 Places I Recommend for Ice Cream & Gelato in Paris

Small confession: I’m not someone you can really trust with a pint of ice cream left in the freezer. If it’s there, it’s pretty certain I’ll eat it– and often too much at […]

How to Enjoy Paris Gay Pride (Marche des Fiertés LGBT+) in 2019?

Summer in the French capital necessarily means festivals and music filling the streets, the long days seeming to stretch out even further amid the joyful din. And what better way to kick off […]

Fou de Patisserie, Rue des Martyrs, ParisA variety of tempting French pastries from different chef-patissiers is sold at Fou de Patisserie. Which one to choose--that's the dilemma. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reserved

In Review: Fou de Pâtisserie, a Parisian Pastry Shop for the Indecisive

Strolling down Rue des Martyrs, a stretch of Paris’ South Pigalle that packs more gourmet power in a single street than most entire neighborhoods do, I noticed a patisserie that was clearly out […]

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 best places for picnics in Paris, from parks to riverside quays

The Best Spots for Picnics in Paris, From Parks to Riverbanks

Like they do with pretty much everything else, Parisians make a true art of the spring or summer picnic. It’s not just a quick meal on the grass or a bench– it’s an […]

Never get in a Paris taxi without a meter and an illuminated rooftop sign.

Paris Airport Taxis: How to Use Them (& Avoid the Bad Ones)

I still remember my first bad taxi ride from Charles de Gaulle Airport. I was returning home from a visit with family in California, lugging around suitcases so heavy I thought I might […]

pharmacy and green sign in paris france

Do You Really Need Travel Insurance for a Trip to Paris & France?

For this first article in a new series of practical tips I’ll refer to as “Paris Trip Planning Q&A”, let’s tackle a boring, but entirely necessary, question. Readers have often asked me this: […]

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 […]

All-butter croissants at La Maison d'Isabelle, a Latin Quarter bakery serving some of the best "croissants au beurre" in Paris. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reserved.The all-butter croissants at La Maison d'Isabelle won the top prize for the best croissants in Paris and the surrounding region in 2018. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reserved.

La Maison d’Isabelle: For Some of The Best Croissants in Paris

One of the great annual rituals in Parisian culture is the awarding of top prizes to local bakers and pastry chefs, who work hard year round to snag top billing for their baguettes, […]

Edith Piaf was born in Paris; for fans of "la mome", there are several key sites to see in the French capital. Image credit: Piano Piano/Creative Commons 2.0

Seeking Edith Piaf in Paris? Visit These 4 Places

Affectionately dubbed “the little sparrow” and “la môme” (the kid) in France, Edith Piaf is a musical legend who has (rather surprisingly?) resonated with successive generations of listeners. Thanks in part to Olivier Dahan’s […]

Multiseed baguette from Farine & O, a bakery in Paris' 11th arrondissement

In Review: Farine & O, One of Paris’ Best New Bakeries

    In France, there’s a strongly held belief that the most talented boulangers (bread bakers) are not generally equally gifted at producing top-notch pastries. Similarly, pâtissiers (pastry makers) tend to fall into a class of their […]

Canal de l'Ourq during Paris Plages beach eventParis Plages at Bassin de la Villette. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reserved

Best Time of Year to Visit Paris? There’s Charm in Every Season

  In all the years I’ve covered Paris, the question I’ve been asked more predictably than any other is “When do you recommend I go?” Again and again, I’ve disappointed those hoping for […]

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