As you can probably tell, here at SFP we love our shopping, especially when it’s for artisanal foods, hand crafted products, and independent boutiques specialising in specific goods. We have written a few of these posts in the past, some with more of a focus on food, but, of course, the ever expanding city of Paris is always surprising us with new pop ups and specialty shops around the city. Therefore, we like to keep you up to date with some of our favourite shopping spots in the city to find those special and one-off purchases!
There are some sites in Paris that we hear about and maybe visit once or twice in the time we’re here, and the Jardin des Plantes is one of those that doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserves. In this week’s blog post, SFP is going to show you why you should head to the Jardin des Plantes and what to do while you’re there!
As we are all aware Paris is rapidly climbing the trendy food chain with many new hot spots opening up all around the city. To keep up with this increasingly growing industry there’s a real need for Paris to expand it’s previously poor food delivery service with pizza and sushi being the only real choice of take out.
Fortunately for us, a new generation of food delivery services have come onto the market meaning that we can now order food from any place we want! Snack-based, international, gourmet or street-food style cuisine has now become available to us with the click of a few buttons and a very minimal waiting time. What more could we ask for in these cold wintery months?
Here’s a few of our favourite, tried and tested, food delivery services in Paris…
Photo credit Deliveroo
There is nothing like the joy of getting a package in the mail. With the explosion of subscription boxes like Birchbox and My Little Box over the past few years, more and more companies are popping up with delivery boxes filled with everything from beauty products to culinary items and even goodies for your pet. Below are some of our top picks to help spruce up your mail delivery each month!
Emma et Chloé
For: The Fashionista
Subscription Options: Monthly, 6-month, yearly
Price: 19.90 euro + 3 euro for shipping per month or 225 euro per year (free shipping)
Each month, the Emma et Chloé box will arrive with a bespoke piece of jewelry from a French creator with a value of 40 to 140 euro. You will learn about each creator and get a new piece of bling to add to your wardrobe! During your membership, you will also receive a 20% discount on all jewelry and accessories in their online shop.
Photo courtesy of Quejadore (gimmy-s-world)
For: The Parisienne
Subscription Options: Every Two Months, you decide if you want to purchase the box & have it delivered
Price: 24.90 euro for the Cocooning Box for Winter 2015/16 Continue reading
For our newest Expat Life series we’d like to introduce you to the lovely Emily Sell, founder of Ever After Press. A British expat living in Paris, Emily took the leap of faith and started her own wedding stationery company, presenting her creativity and business savvy to the world, and we’re glad she did! Her gorgeous designs are sure to make you swoon, and her picture-perfect Parisian life sure to make you fall in love with her.
1. What brought to you to Paris?
Moving to Paris was actually not something I ever planned on! I moved to Paris the Summer before last after my husband was offered a job here. We met whilst both living in Dubai, so Continue reading
It’s mid-December and the holiday season has officially arrived in Paris. It is a magical time in the city and it really brings the name “City of Lights” to life. There is always so much to do in Paris and with the holiday season comes the standard Christmas Markets that pop up throughout the city as well as the smell of mulled wine and the delicious pain d’épices that is served with fois gras at almost every event.
Below are some of our favorites for the holiday season in Paris and some fool-proof ways to get you revved up for celebrations with family and loved ones!
Holiday lights this year on Rue Montorgeuil
1. Paris Lights Up!
One of my favorite things about the holiday season in Paris is seeing all of the local neighborhood street lights. Many of them change every year or every few years and each neighborhood is different. The big avenues like Avenue Montaigne, the Champs-Elysees or the exterior of the Grands-Magasins along Boulevard Haussemann always have beautiful large- Continue reading
Montreuil may seem like a strange choice to write a neighborhood guide on when you live in a city like Paris, but don’t be fooled as there are some very quirky hidden gems to discover if and when you find yourself in la banlieue. Foodies and connoisseurs alike are being drawn to the suburban town which has decided to boost it’s reputation with a kick start from Paris’ continually growing gourmet food scene. Watch out Paris, because Montreuil could just become the 21st arrondissement!
The historically communist town is home to some very funky, colourful and artistic looking houses due to it’s political and artisanal heritage.
It is December and the holiday season in Paris is in full swing!
Holiday shopping for the man in your life can be a rather overwhelming task. Paris is filled with great shopping for both men and women but the focus tends to be so strongly on women that shopping for men can leave some people stumped. There are the obvious gifts, like watches or ties, but what about when you want something a bit more creative and perfectly Parisian? We’re here to help!
Le Colonel Moutarde
For the dapper gentleman in your life, head to Le Colonel Moutarde to help your man dress to the nines. They have bowties, pocket squares, suspenders and even boxers! You can mix and match with fun patters and colors, or go for the timeless black and white look. Stop by their store in the 3rd arrondissement to pick up everything you need to complete a holiday look.
Photo by Le Colonel Moutarde
Having the opportunity to live in Paris is one that we will continue to be appreciative of. It’s not often that you can step out of your front door to the smell of freshly baked goods, the beauty of your usual apartment block and the chicness of the Parisians. These are all things we are very much grateful for and of course help us to fall in love with the city of Paris so easily.
However, like anywhere in the world, Paris has it’s ups and its downs. Although the lists of positives could go on forever we thought it would be useful, and at times funny, to share with you some of the biggest struggles of living in the city of lights and how to solve them.
The French have always been known for appreciating the finer things. Foie gras, champagne, tarte tatin, they know how to celebrate life. So what happens when a country known for fine wines produces a wine that is purposely made to be cheap and easy to drink? They drink a lot of it!
Over one million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau are shipped out around the world and are opened at one minute past midnight (per French law!). That’s over 65 million bottles! This accounts for nearly half of the region’s total annual production. But this wine wasn’t always so popular. In fact, it is simply the result of the world’s greatest marketing campaign.