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

    Best Japanese restaurants in Paris nearby 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 […]

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

    Paris' code of arms reads "Fluctuat nec Mergitur"in Latin. But 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 […]

    How (& Where) to Enjoy Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Tastings in Paris

    The French may not celebrate Thanksgiving, but on the third Thursday of November they find something of their own to be thankful for: wine. To be specific, the yearly vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau, an unpretentious, […]

    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 […]

    8 Reasons to Love the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris

    Centre Pompidou in Paris, France

    More than a museum, it’s a cultural touchstone Few places in Paris carry the sort of sentimental weight that the Centre Georges Pompidou does for me. When I was a student, I spent […]

    Paris in the Fall: Invigorating, Poetic and Dynamic

    Paris in the fall, view of the River Seine

    I’ll be up-front about something: Paris in the fall is my preferred time of year. There’s something about sparkling autumnal light hitting the Seine as you cross the Pont Neuf. Maybe the wind […]

    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 […]

    4 Paris Jazz Festivals to Mark in Your Calendar Now

    Paris is legendary for its longstanding jazz scene, rivaling New Orleans’ and New York’s at certains points in history. While the golden era of Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington and Django Reinhardt bringing the […]

    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. […]

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

    The best ice cream and 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 […]

    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. […]

    In Review: Breizh Café & Cider Bar, for Creative Cocktails & Bréton Nibbles

    Bréton-style savory pancakes and cocktails: if the combination sounds a bit odd, that’s because it is. But as I recently discovered, it can also be an eye-opening and delicious one. At the Breizh […]

    A Stroll Through Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris

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

    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 […]

    Seeking Belle-Epoque Paris in the Grands Boulevards District: My Full Guide

    Les ARcades de Paris, Galerie Vivienne/David Pendery/Creative Commons

    Technically, the tangled arrangement of wide, grandiose streets known as the Grands Boulevards in Paris stretch all the way from the Eglise Madeleine church in the 8th arrondissement (district) to the Place de […]

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

    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

    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 […]

    The Louvre/Tuileries District in Paris: What to See & Do Around the Museum?

    The quirky entrance to the metro at Place Colette, Paris. Patrick Janicek/Creative Commons

    If you only have a few days to explore Paris or it’s your first trip to the capital, you may want to spend a few hours roaming around the Louvre/Tuileries district. Besides harboring […]

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