Hot Spot on the Seine: Les Nautes

Photo Courtesy Les Nautes

Photo Courtesy Les Nautes

Have ever crossed the Pont Marie and looked down at the quai des Célistins and wondered what that cool little building on the Seine is all about? Les Nautes is a multi-dimensional restaurant and a top choice to check out this summer: they’ve got inside or terrace dining and the added bonus of takeaway meals on sale at their outdoor container.

First came the container, an awesome spot to grab a beer and some snacks and sit along the river. Last Fall, Les Nautes expanded their cantine on the banks of the Seine to a restaurant offering a full menu of simple and delicious French classics. The clean lines and subtle colors of the decor leave the eye to linger on the exceptional view of the Seine. The ambiance is hip and laid-back and the numerous events and dj sets at the bar spill out onto the quai with an impromptu dance party.

The place is exceptionally great on Sundays when the street turns pedestrian only and you’ve got free reign of the space. It’s also a go-to during the month of August, during Paris Plage when although the restaurant closes the container stays swinging from 9 AM to midnight 7 days a week.

1 Quai des Célestins, 4th arrondissement
Métro: Pont Marie (line 7), Saint-Paul (Line 1)
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Festival Cinéma en Plein Air

Outdoor film festivals have become all the rage for Parisian summers. What better way to enjoy the fabulous weather and classic cinema, than beneath a blanket of stars with friends and picnics?! Better yet, at the Festival Cinema en Plein Air, all the movies are free!  Inspired by drive in movies, this summer festival is open to the public and showcases screenings in various locations.

Villette

With locations such as Saint Cloud, the terrace of Wanderlust, and the lawn at Villette, you’ll find a movie and venue sure to please everyone. Surrounded Continue reading

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The French Beach Guide

DSC00290A recent issue of the French Elle magazine asks on its cover, “Is it the end of topless at the beach?” While the nude and topless are the minority at the beach, the tradition lives on, and no one blinks an Continue reading

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Tricks of the Trade | 2 wheels in Paris

A few months ago I adopted a beautiful blue Vespa by the name of Blue Diamond from a friend who moved back to the U.S. As someone who doesn’t even have a driver’s license, getting used to zipping around the city on two wheels took some getting used to. Three months in, however, I have cancelled my Navigo pass and could not imagine ever going back!

photo 2We have had a few clients inquire about renting scooters during their stay in Paris, whether it is for a day of sightseeing or for a few months for a test-drive before buying one of their own. Here are some things that I have learned while riding Blue Diamond throughout the streets of Paris the past few months:

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August Restaurant Closings

305018_1739405665535_6581336_nIt’s that time of year again. As the small streets of vacation towns fill in, the streets of Paris empty out. The Summer city moves at a different pace, and many restaurants follow a new rhythm. We’ve compiled a list Continue reading

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10 Things You Didn’t Know about the Tour de France

We all know that the Tour de France is the biggest cycling competition in the world, with riders traversing from Leeds to Paris over a three week period.  But we’ve dug up some little known facts for you on the event before you watch the finish on July 27th.

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Did you know….?

1. Twenty-two teams participate in the race, and each team is made up of nine cyclists, which comes out to 198 riders. Rules require that each team member be dressed identically: the same team shorts, jersey, socks, shoes, gloves, and Continue reading

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An Expat Life: Bryan Pirolli

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Bryan “Where is Bryan” Pirolli is one of the people you bump into in Paris anytime you’re up to something fun, and then he makes it even more fun. He’s also an incredibly motivated student, teacher, a terrific chef and an expat Continue reading

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Paris Dining | Good for Last-Minute Reservations

Since our last successful post where we shared some of our favourites for no-reservations in Paris, I thought it might be a good idea to share some of our top picks for last-minute reservations. I wouldn’t suggest just walking in to these restaurants without a reservation but if you call a day or two in advance you should get a table for two sans problème!

Some of our favourite openings of this past year are buried in the less-travelled neighbourhood of the 17ème. Coretta & Roca are two bright, modern bistros cooking up some great fare with a friendly smile. Corretta’s great terrace is perfect for the summer months so if you plan on being in the area, make sure to reserve a table at one of these spots.

photo 1Venturing south, La Versaison in the 15th arrondissement is another wonderful neighbourhood spot in a less-frequented neighbourhood. La Veraison is the perfect local spot. The food is simple, Continue reading

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Summer Vacation: The Arcachon Basin

1With Summer in full swing and the sun beating down it’s only natural that we’re all dreaming of Summer vacation. As part of the Savoir Faire Paris team I’m playing vacation correspondent from a lesser known area of France that I currently call home. The Arcachon Basin is a large natural bay of the Atlantic Ocean Continue reading

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Summertime Cocktails for a Parisian Party

With the fabulous weather rolling in for the summer months, you’ll want to be outside picnicking or on terraces as often as possible.  And what goes better with a picnic or summer terrace than a nice refreshing cocktail? Here at Savoir Faire, we’ve compiled summer cocktail recipes that are cool, refreshing, and are sure to brighten your summer.  Bring some along to your World Cup or Wimbledon viewing parties, your weekend at the countryside, or your Bastille Day festivities, and you’ll win some major brownie points with friends and family.  Don’t forget to include some classic French liquors, such as champagne, lillet, and pastis in those drinks of yours!

Lillet

Lillet Rouge and Cherry Cocktail
4 bing cherries (pitted)
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