The 6 Best Christmas Markets in Paris You Should Visit This Winter

One of the best Christmas markets in Paris on the Champs de Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower

A tradition that originated in France’s Alsace region to the east of Paris in the 16th century, Christmas markets have grown in popularity in recent years.  Each year, France’s dozens of markets—with their quaint wooden stalls, flowing mulled wine and overpriced nativity scene figurines—bring in an estimated 27 million visitors, including 2 million at the […]

Our Favorite Paris Restaurants by Neighborhood: Pigalle

One of our favorite Pigalle restaurants is the local bouillon.

Despite its seedy past as Paris’ red light district, today’s Pigalle—located in the capital’s 9th arrondissement—hardly resembles its 20th, or 19th century self.  Swept up in the winds of gentrification that have engulfed much of northern Paris, the streets of the neighborhood, including the infamous Boulevard de Clichy, are increasingly lined with hip cafes, bars […]

5 Rules You Should Be Following in Paris to Eat like a Local

Our final tip for eating like a local in Paris: savor every moment around the table in good company!

In a culture that revolves around food, the French have not only perfected the art of cooking, but the art of dining as well.  And in a country also deeply in love with rules, naturally these two elements of French culture—dining and rules—make perfect bedfellows.  Whether you’re coming to France for the first time or […]

The 7 Best Places for Coffee in Paris + Essential Coffee Vocab

One of our favorite Saint-Germain-des-Prés restaurants is actually a cafe serving excellent coffee and pastries.

In Paris, cafe culture runs deep.  Coffee culture, well—as others have reported, it’s still developing.  For many years, the only available coffee options in Paris were very average, at best. This is for a number of reasons, among them strict regulations for opening new cafes, France’s history of colonialism, and general lack of innovation in […]

How to Order Coffee in French Like You Know What You’re Doing

Not sure how to order coffee in French? A tip: refer to how "tight," or "serré," you want your coffee, not how "strong."

It seems like an easy task: ordering a coffee. But as with many things in France, there’s a right and a wrong way.  French coffee culture is guided by a number of spoken and unspoken rules. There’s the somewhat confusing nomenclature, unique coffee shop dynamics and a strong tendency toward over-caffeination.  As a visitor to […]

A Love Letter to Paris: Growing Up

This beautiful Paris love letter encapsulates everything we love about the city—and why we can't wait to start exploring there soon!

Growing up, my birthday tradition differed from that of most American boys. For many of my friends, birthdays meant a chocolate cake and a trip to Chuck-E-Cheese or a laser tag game. For me, it was a tarte aux framboises with DIY birthday candles and a visit to the Paris taxidermy shop, Deyrolle. Paris entered […]

7 Street Food Bites in Paris and Where You Have to Try Them

Crepes are one of the most popular and emblematic Paris street foods.

In Paris, life has long revolved around cafe culture. Lunchtime in Paris evokes the idea of relaxing with a three course meal and a glass of wine on a sunny terrace, not a sandwich quickly gulped down between meetings. But indeed as Paris has changed, with a new entrepreneurial environment drawing international crowds, waves of […]