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Café Hugo reopens in the Marais following an extensive renovation project

Words & Image: Sarah Breathnach

Set in the opulent surroundings of the 17th-century place des Vosges, perched on the corner of Rue du Pas de la Mule beneath the vaulted arcades, Café Hugo reopened its doors to the public this… Read more

Les Nautes

Words: Jill Pope As soon as the sun starts shining the word on everyone’s lips is “terrasse”. Parisians are on a constant quest to discover the best place to soak up that prized Vitamin D,… Read more

VDB

Words: Jill Pope VDB is a bit of a sleeper. On a side-street off the more well-trodden ‘lower’ Oberkampf, of Aux Deux Amis et al, I had been meaning to check out this open-fronted cave… Read more

Vee Hair

Words: Jill Pope Images: Hotze Eisma You would think, in a city teeming with immaculately groomed people, that good hair salons would be easy to find in Paris. Why is it then, that if I… Read more

Felicity Lemon

Words: Jill Pope Image: Jill Pope On an unassuming street in the 20th arrondissement lies a small outpost of modern bistro cuisine at seemingly impossible Parisian prices. Despite living just around the corner, it took… Read more

Fondation Café

  Words: Jill Pope Image: Emilie Nielson Tucked away on Rue Dupetit-Thouars in the 3rd arrondissement sits the latest chapter in Paris’ coffee renaissance. Australian barista Chris Nielson, previously at Ten Belles, has opened his… Read more

Le Dépanneur

Words: Jill Pope Image: David Rager Opening quietly over summer, new bar and restaurant Le Dépanneur has brought a touch of California casual to the 9th arrondissement. The original Le Dépanneur is fondly remembered through hazy… Read more

Holybelly

Words: Jill Pope Image: Chris and Emelie Nielson Ask any Australian living in Paris what they miss most about home, and they’re likely to tell you ‘breakfasts’. In the city where a croissant, cigarette and… Read more

Le Bal Café

Words: Omid Tavallai Anna Trattles sits across from me at one of the handful of tables inside the high-ceilinged, white-walled, windowed room that is Le Bal Café. “You’ve got five minutes,” she says, constantly looking… Read more

La Tête Dans les Olives

Words: Omid Tavallai Image: Roberto Baibich In Paris, food is fashion. And just as fashion has its trends and fads, so does food. In January of this year, influential food critic François Simon (after whom… Read more

Marché Saint-Quentin

Text: Brendan Seibel Image: Dale Calder Today it’s hard to imagine Les Halles as anything other than an architectural disgrace. Centuries ago it was the “Belly of Paris”, but now teems with a distinctly different… Read more

Florian Aubertin – La Cave des Papilles

Words: Omid Tavallai The story has almost become a cliché in what’s hot and exciting in Paris: A young upstart with no formal training. Someone who bailed on a corporate career to pursue an unrelated… Read more

Nordik Market

Text: Anne Ditmeyer Image: Nordik Market Inspired by his travels and friends Guillaume Deroy made his long time dream a reality when he opened Nordik Market, a concept shop devoted to Scandinavian design. Coming from… Read more

Paris’ 20 Best Vintage Clothing Shops

Text: Meg Gagnard Our vintage clothing post has long been one of our readers’ favourites. We decided it needed an update, so we called on urban explorer Meg Gagnard of De Quelle planète es-tu? to update… Read more

Le Rocketship

Text: Anne Ditmeyer Image: Le Rocketship Part design boutique, part coffee bar, the location is prime in the 9th arrondissement, around the corner from Hotel Amour, a block from rue des Martyrs, and just a… Read more

Le Lieu du Design

Text: Anne Ditmeyer, Prêt à Voyager One of my favorite parts of events like Paris Design Week is discovering new venues. One of these discoveries was Le Lieu Design. Located at located at 74, rue… Read more

BHV Homme

  Words: Richard Price Image: Patrick Janicek There are times when you want to express your individuality and creativity. And then there are times when you just want to blend into the wallpaper. BHV Homme… Read more

Café Coutume

Words: Omid Tavallai Coffee is Paris has taken a turn for the better in recent times. It seems a long time ago that people were slashing through the images of postcard-perfect zinc counter tops and… Read more

La Cave à Bulles

On a narrow cobblestone street in Paris' Beaubourg district, Simon Thillou is slowly fomenting revolution. Or fermenting, rather... Mild-mannered and extremely friendly, he explains in fluent English, "Paris is not a beer place. It's difficult… Read more

E. Dehillerin

Text: Carly DeFilippo Image: Kevin Walsh If E. Dehillerin is not the most practical place to shop for kitchen equipment in Paris, it’s certainly the most nostalgic.  The vintage, forest-green storefront spans the corner of… Read more

Louxor – Palais Du Cinema

Text: Aidan Mac Guill Image: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra On the corner of Boulevard de la Chapelle and Boulevard de Magenta, at the heart of noisy, relentless Barbès, stands a building. Amidst the clatter of the overground… Read more

Le Verre Volé

Text: Nick Forrester Image: Katte Bellatje Le Verre Volé, on Rue de Lancry, has a rustic French charm, which belies its relative youth. One of the pioneers of the ‘neo bistrot’ scence which swept Paris in… Read more

Maison de l’Architecture

  Text: Anna Bromich Photograph: Eric Laignel My dog-eared street map of Paris, printed in 1984, lists the U-shaped building opposite Gare de l’Est as a hospital, causing momentary confusion as I navigate my way… Read more

Chez Omar

Text: Susie Hollands Image: Ayus Tety Be sure to arrive with an empty stomach, bring cash and be prepared to queue (you can’t reserve in advance). Rest assured its well worth the wait, nowhere does… Read more

Shakespeare and Company Bookstore

Text: Philippa Brangam Image: Wally Gobetz Henry Miller aptly described Shakespeare & Co as a wonderland of books. On stepping through the door out of the hustle and bustle of the busy Latin Quarter it is… Read more

Maison des Métallos

Text: Anna Bromwich Maison des Métallos is perhaps best described as a cultural venue with a social conscience. It’s various spaces stage exhibitions, theatre and concerts with strong political themes and host creative workshops for… Read more

Cité de la Mode et du Design

Text: Anna Bromwich  Perched on Quai D’Austerlitz on the old industrial banks of the Seine is a 21st century Emerald City. The Cité de la Mode et du Design is a converted storehouse wrapped in… Read more

Merci

Image: CD Fr The perennial darling of stylists and the fashion crowd, Merci is as good for browsing as actually buying. The 1000m2 multi-level loft comprises a literary café, a florist, a combination of furniture… Read more

Monday evening fresh food market and veggie baskets

Stanislaus Branle is a producer based near Lyon who supplies fruits and vegetables to some of the city’s restaurants. Each Monday night he sets up a small ‘pop up’ fresh food market, selling out the back… Read more

Rosa Bonheur

Located inside the Buttes-Chaumont park, this bar/restaurant is Paris outside of Paris, an ideal place to go to watch the sun set over the city. You can either sit on the grass with your friends… Read more

Ground Zero – independent record shop

Text: Will Hutchins If you’ve failed in your bid to find that Senegalese 1969-1972 funk rarities compilation you’ve been searching for in your local Fnac, then you’ll have better luck at Ground Zero – formely tucked… Read more

Bob’s Juice Bar and Bob’s Kitchen

This is one of the best places to go for healthy vegetarian fast-food. Get your wheat-grass drinks and smoothies, and menus including salads and sandwiches at the ‘original’ canal-side location Bob’s Juice. Big brother Bob’s… Read more

0fr.

Style and substance is in abundance at this Haut-Marais book store, gallery and general epicentre of good taste. With an amazingly curated choice of art, fashion and design books, as well as a small selection… Read more

A. Zagorski Plant-Based Products

A normal looking pharmacie on the albeit chi-chi rue Jacob. Behind these doors a wealth of the normal fun things you find in a french chemist/drugstore, but there’s more. Mme (Annie) Zagorski, the owner, is… Read more

Marché des Enfants Rouges

    What do our fellow Parisians think about our city’s oldest market* ? The hedge fund controller says: “First we can find you. Second you’re multicultural.” The graphic designer says: “The italian shop /… Read more

Breizh Café

Walking down Rue Vieille du Temple on a crisp Sunday afternoon, I spotted Breizh Café. The atmosphere looked so warm and inviting from the outside, I let myself in to indulge in a hot crepe.… Read more

Pink Flamingo Pizza

Creative flavor combinations, made with delicious super-fresh ingredients and sporting clever names like the Basquiat, the Bjork and the Ghandi, served in a cheerful, kitsch atmosphere. The original location is a stone’s throw from the… Read more

Breakfast in America

A 50s diner, no big deal – but a 50s diner in the midst of Paris offers a surreal, Lynch-like experience. Brunch Transatlantic style (pancakes, bacon, eggs, a “Bottomless Mug O’Joe”…) is served at all… Read more

Hôtel Particulier Montmartre

This hotel (in a house that once belonged to the Hermés family) features five suites (4 junior, one deluxe) and two large bedrooms by renowned contemporary artists; owner and manager Morgane Rousseau is a well-known… Read more

Le Volets Bleus Chambres d’hôte – Biarritz Pays Basque

Not in Paris but worth the trip to the South is Les Volets Bleus, situated about 4km from Biarritz in one of the most beautiful villages of the Pays Basque, Arcangues. Like the British concept… Read more

Sacha Finkelsztajn

Text: Ana Lee If you’re strolling around rue des Rosiers and you don’t feel like felafel, Sacha Finkelsztajn’s (the yellow bakery) is a great Marais stalwart, filled with rib-sticking Yiddish delicacies from bureks, cheesecake, poppy… Read more

Aux Folies

Words: Sarah-Neel Smith Visible almost as soon as you exit the Belleville metro, this neon-lit cafe is a microcosm of the diverse, constantly-in-flux neighbourhood it’s located in. A little rough around the edges, it is… Read more

Studio Le Regard du Cygne

Studio Le Regard du Cygne encourages research, experimentation, creation and dialogue between amateurs and professionals.  Specifically created for a community of dancers and choreographers in the 1980s by Amy Swanson and Fabrice Dugied, the first… Read more

Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme

The Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme is the successor to the Musée d’art Juif de Paris, established in 1948 by a private association to pay homage to a culture that had been destroyed by… Read more

Théâtre Des Bouffes du Nord

Words: Pamela Price The historic theatrical structure, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, has endured its struggles with survival. Now thriving under the direction of Micheline Rozan and Peter Brook, the two picked the theatre out… Read more

Chez Le Libanais

Image: Serge Melki  Lebanese cuisine is a favorite in Paris.  Lebanon was a French UN mandate from the end of WWI until WWII, (Beirut was nicknamed of “Paris of the East”) and the cuisine has… Read more

Jeu de Paume

Focusing on photography, video and film, the Jeu de Paume also offers talks, lectures and courses in addition to its always engaging program of exhibitions. Originally the royal tennis courts, this light and airy museum is… Read more

Bellota-Bellota

A menu of dishes based on the shop’s Spanish hams, cheeses and premium canned goods. Not only does it sell little treats (try the madeleines), but it is also an upscale tapas bar. The main… Read more

Cinéma au Clair de Lune

Image: Guillaume Mangeret So it seems that the streets have emptied out during the month of August and you can’t find anything to do? Everyone knows Parisians love their films en plein air and so… Read more

Hotel du Nord

Text: Stephanie Micci Hotel du Nord has played many roles over the years, with its origins as a hotel dating all the way back to 1885, to its role as the setting of 1938 film… Read more

Chez Francis Labutte

One of the cutest spots behind the Sacre Coeur in the village-like Lamarck Caulaincourt. A concise, but decent food selection and drinks! A true locals hide-out. Chez Francis Labutte 122 rue Caulaincourt, 18th Ph: 01… Read more

Bistro des Peintres

Cute stop-off around Ledru-Rollin, the grand fin-de-siècle interiors and terrace make it a popular choice for locals and visitors to the area. Their food might not be at the same level as other local heavy-hitters,… Read more

Paris’ Hammam Steam Baths

Text: Susie Hollands Image: Ed Porras A popular way of winding down in Paris is to hit the Hammam. It’s a type of relaxing steam bath that was imported here from the Maghreb (North Africa)… Read more

L’Autour d’un Verre

All the food is completely fresh from local suppliers and the wine is natural. It’s in a great part of town too, behind Bonne Nouvelle and the Grands Boulevards. There is a warren of streets… Read more

Le Baratin

A meat-focused (sometimes even offal-focused) menu with a killer natural wine list, this is a very sought after address that even after several years remains very hip with the East Parisian bobo crowd who love… Read more

Luminor Hôtel de Ville

  Operating as the Nouveau Latina for many years, this small independent cinema in the Marais has returned to its original name the Luminor Hôtel de Ville – from when it opened in 1914. Its… Read more

Vide Greniers and Brocantes in Paris

This is a type of French garage sale (or car boot/jumble sale if you’re British)– the phrase vide grenier means”attic clearance”.  Read more

La Bellevilloise

La Bellevilloise in Gambetta is the kind of community-driven performance space Paris excels at. A café, terrace and lots of gigs with local and international acts. La Bellevilloise 19-21 Rue Boyer, 20th Ph: 01 46… Read more

Estelle Ramousse – Made to Measure Hats

The place to have your hat made in Paris. Estelle Ramousse has worked for years in the theatre and has an artist’s eye for the suave and sophisticated, the colourful and eccentric. From a traditional… Read more

Paris’ Best Independent Cinemas

Despite instant movie downloads, France is still a country of moviegoers, and Paris is still the film capital of Europe.  As well as the mega chains UGC and MK2, a number of independent cinemas survive… Read more

Marché aux Puces/The Best Flea Markets in Paris

Image: Jori Avlis Flea markets are a Paris institution. The love of antiques and vintage items – not to mention the treasure trove that some people with family heirlooms are sitting on – make these… Read more

Centre Pompidou

Text: Ana Lee  In the heart of the Marais, you’ll find one of Paris’s most famous museums – known to locals as Beaubourg although its official name is the Centre national d’art et de culture Georges… Read more

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