Passages Couvertes

We all know that Paris is beautiful with it’s Haussmannian architecture and luscious gardens.  But sometimes Paris’ beauty is hidden in places that you can only discover after a bit of poking around in the city.  One such source of exquisiteness are the passage couvertes–glass covered passages that were built to shield luxury shoppers from the rain.  Originally there were more than 100 passages couverts, but that number has dwindled to about 20.

Here are some of our favorite passages in Paris:

Galerie Vivienne

Galerie Vivienne (4 rue des Petits Champs)

Ever since it’s opening in 1826, the Galerie Vivienne has been filled with tailor shops, shoemakers, wine shops, restaurants, bookstores, and print shops.  This green neoclassical Pompeian style passage is covered with elegant glass, which makes it one of the most prominent passages in the City of Lights! Continue reading

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Stroll Throughout Charonne Village

This is a guest post by Lily Heise of Context Travel. She and her team have shared some of their expert advice on some fun new ways to discover the City of Light. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

It’s still possible to find little pockets of the countryside in Paris, mostly close to the city’s edge. Enjoy this amble through one of these remaining “villages, Charonne, a journey taking you back 150 years to when it was annexed into Haussmann’s 1860 grand scheme for Paris.

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Much like Montmartre, the working-class borough of Charonne, located in the northeast of the city near Belleville, was built up with small homes for the employees of its gypsum quarry, these were Continue reading

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Whats New | Summer 2014

While most of you were off vacationing on the beach this summer, we were scouring the rainy streets of Paris for some of the hottest new hangouts of the summer. Earlier this week we introduced Le Pavillion des Canaux as a great colorful and delicious hangout but there are so many more new openings of the summer to share with you! Now that you are all back from your travels, show off that tan at some of these delicious new spots on the Paris dining scene:

Pierre Sang on Gambey

Pierre Sang on Gambey

Pierre Sang on Gambey

After the mind-blowing success of his first no-reservations eatery on rue Oberkampf, Pierre Sang Boyer has opened his second restaurant just two doors down on rue Gambey and it is sure to be a smash Continue reading

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Le Pavillon des Canaux

In case you haven’t seen all of those colorful Instagrams of the latest trendy cafe/resto, we’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s Le Pavillon des Canaux.  This atypical house turned restaurant gives us a whole new take on the cafe/resto/bar scene in Paris.

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Big open doors welcome you to the space that is colorfully painted by street artists Supakitch and Alex One.  Every room Continue reading

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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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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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