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I’m excited to share that we have started to offer Paris Shopping tours with myself and a few Parisian insiders!

We are focused on two highly requested neighborhood, Le Marais and Pigalle. Both are rich in Parisian charm, history and lots of places to shop for vintage and local Parisian favorite high street brands that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

The idea is to make it all a fun and authentic experience for you; so if you’ve been following the blog for a while you know I’ve lived here for the last 11 years, worked in wedding planning, with some of the best hotels, boutiques and restaurants so lots of goodies and insider info to share along the way. So not your typical tour, it’ll have lots of historical touristy bits too, and each person gets a copy of my curated Paris Map (that’s usually included in the Welcome to Paris Foodie Bag).

We’re starting off the weekend of the 10th and 11th of November- so if you’re coming to Paris solo, in a couple or with your gal pals grab your spot before it’s booked up. We’re doing small groups of 5 (so it’s also a cool opportunity to meet other fearless travelers and connect!)

Yanique in Paris 2018

What to expect:

It’s like a friendly meet up with me! We’ll start off with a coffee at one of my favorite coffee shops in the area, chat for a bit and head out to wander around talking about the neighborhood and then get to shopping. So it’s like 2 tours in one – with a personal touch thrown in for good measure where we can have (authentic) conversations about Life in Paris.

3 hours

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Things to do in Paris This Christmas « Paris is Paris

If you think that on the 24th of December Parisians stay in their “homes, sweet homes“, you’ve got the wrong idea. The City of Lights celebrates Christmas, and celebrates it well! The Christmas spirit is all over the place. Paris is even more magical, with plenty of Christmas decorations. The stores are full of people buying the “last-minute” presents. Paris is filled with love and sweetness. Here are the main things to do in Paris this Christmas!

1- Roam around Paris streets

Paris streets

One of the things to do in Paris this Christmas is to roam around the streets. Warm your heart with the Christmas spirit. Love is all around the place. It’s quite a unique atmosphere! Streets are filled with Christmas lights and decorations. They are full of people doing their “petites emplettes” (purchases, in English), and making final preparations for the Christmas dinner. You will be amazed by the ambiance of the Christmas period.

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2- Attractions for families

Attractions for families

First, do not keep your children at home while in Paris on Christmas Day! There are so many things to do for families, starting with the many free carousels installed all around the city. I personally advise you to visit the one on the Trocadéro Square (more activities in that area), which has a splendid view of the Eiffel Tower. Plus, it is close to the Christmas market of the Eiffel Tower.

3- Visit the Christmas markets

Christmas markets

Speaking of lights, enjoying your time in Paris on Christmas Day obviously means walking around the city and exploring its Christmas markets. There is one close to the Eiffel Tower, which so cute and heart-warming. Make sure you taste the hot wine and the crepes, that taste so good on a cold day! Speaking of Christmas markets, I also advise you to visit Paris Flea Market of Saint Ouen, which is redecorated in a Christmas atmosphere during the holidays!

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4- Have fun in an ice skating rinks

ice skating rinks

And eventually, you can end up in front of the beautiful building of the Hotel de Ville, which is the Paris City Hall, where you will ice-skate and spend a wonderful time with your family! At Hotel de Ville, the entrance is free. You only have to rent the ice skates for six euros. It’s a fun way to spend some time in Paris and to exercise before all the Christmas delicacies you’ll eat!

5- Buy a “bûche de noël“

bûche de noël

Next on the list of things to do in Paris this Christmas is to buy a “bûche de noël“! This dessert is on all Parisians tables on Christmas dinner. There’s quite a competition between all the bakers, that have to make the most tasteful and the prettiest and cutest presentation. If you want to know where to get the best bûche de noël, go to Rue Montorgueil. There are plenty of bakeries and pastries shops. It’s the best street to get this typical dessert for Christmas!

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6- Fancy Paris on Christmas Day

Fancy Paris

Paris is indeed a luxurious city and at Christmas time, luxury is all over the place more than ever! You will not be able to miss the window displays of the Grands Magasins such as Galeries Lafayettes, on the Right Bank, or Bon Marché, on the Left Bank. Designers present fairy-tale stories in showcases where young and old are touched by magic.

7- Have a luxurious dinner

luxurious dinner

If you have seen enough, you can choose to have a Christmas Dinner in Paris. There are many fancy restaurants in Paris, but the one I would advise you is the Fouquet’s, a traditional French restaurant, where the Christmas Menu includes foie gras, lobster, and Christmas Log for dessert. However try to book in advance…

The Lido and the Moulin Rouge also organize special dinners and spectacular shows for Christmas Eve, but in that case be ready to spend more than 200 euros for each person!

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8- Religious Christmas

Religious Christmas

Finally, if you want to religiously celebrate Christmas in Paris, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Sacré-Coeur Basilica of Montmartre and the Church of Saint Eustache feature exceptional choirs and concerts on Christmas Eve for the midnight mass. Every year, beautiful scenes of nativity are presented!

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At the beginning of the year, I got a few questions on tax refunds on Instagram (make sure you’re following along there too!) and now I can finally set you all straight.

Money money moneeeyyy! (insert ABBA voice)

You remember that thing Carrie Bradshaw said in Sex and The City?



“I like my money where I can see it, hanging in my closet.”

But we all know that even though she’s our iconic shopping goddess and has many qualities we admire, I’m not suggesting that you rack up a shopping debt, or live beyond your means.

So a money saving tip when you travel to Paris is to really rack up on those Tax refund benefits honey!

This month I wanted to share with you some news for everyone coming to Paris to shop (and looking to get their Tax refunds) especially from one of the biggest departments stores Galeries Lafayette!

There’s a new section of the store – I snapped some images below, from my trip there last week (it’s a separate space in the store).

tax refund at galeries lafayette paris


We all know that tax refunds can be a bit of a pain-in-the-you-know-where, especially because of the lines!

You are eligible for a Tax (VAT) refund if you are 16 years of age or older, and a resident of a country outside the EU. Applicable if you buy items (not for resale) on your trip to Paris for at least 175.01 euros, made in store on that same day.

What Galeries Lafayette has done is so cool! You’ll see the new dedicated section with machines where you can DIY the tax refund process, right in the shop and you can even choose to get your money back in store (12%) or at the Airport (10%).

Who is eligible for Tax-Free Shopping at Galeries Lafayette:
Tourists, you’ll receive 12% back on your same-day purchases over 175.01€. Present your passport and receipts at our tax refund counter on the entry-level floor to complete the necessary forms.

Or use the new DIY machines in the Tax refund section.

If you try it let me know your feedback, was it easy, streesfree or not what you expected. I want to keep sharing good tips that will help you on your trip in Paris, so your feedback is much appreciated.


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Where to Eat Cheap in Paris « Paris is Paris

Where to Eat Cheap in Paris

Paris is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the continental Europe. It has numerous posh and especially expensive restaurants. Those ones get often full due to unending visits of tourists from all over the world to Paris. In such a situation, it would be hard to get a restaurant where you will comfortably eat and more importantly where you can eat on a budget with your children. Don’t be discouraged! Through this post, we compiled a list of the places where to eat cheaply in Paris. You will definitely be spoilt for choice!

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Breihz Cafe

The restaurant is found in Cancale, Brittany and its interior is built of pale wood. The average main course dishes offered costs between 7 and 15 Euros. At the restaurant, a variety of dishes is offered including creuse oysters and buckwheat galette made with smoked herring and potatoes.

Breakfast in America

It offers typical American dishes like fried eggs, bacon, fluffy pancakes, and juicy burgers. Main dishes cost between 8 and 12 Euros and brunch costs about 16 Euros. The brunch menu offers delicacies like eggs and sausages with fries and toast or a Connecticut ham and cheesy omelet.

 Read More: Your First Time in Paris? The Paris Guide is for you !!


Chez Hanna

Chez Hanna occupies the third position on our list of the places where to eat cheaply in Paris. The restaurant falls along Rue des Rosier street in Paris. It offers shawarma sandwiches and falafel among other sweet dishes. With 4 Euros, you can take away vegetables, tahini sauce and the pita sandwich that has crispy chicken pea-and-herb balls. Main dishes in the restaurant will cost you between 12 and 16 euros.


The most renowned dish from the restaurant is the two gallate layers that have middle fillings. After the delicious dish, you get a dessert of Crepe de Froment. The overall budget should be less than 20 Euros. The main courses offered to go for 9 Euros.

Le Nemrod

The restaurant offers mainly the Croque Monsieur dish; that is a cheese and ham sandwich. You can also have an egg added to your Croque Monsieur. There is Croque poilane that costs 10 Euros and is incredibly delicious.

The restaurants mentioned above are just but a few of the numerous restaurants in Paris where you can eat with your kids. They offer both local and international delicacies; you, therefore, have a wide variety to choose from without lacking a choice.


100% no tourist traps, places to eat around the Eiffel Tower! Read on and fix your foodie itinerary with my local favorites (that also has some coffee shops too!)

More photos to come…

  1. Jules Verne

If by the iron lady, you don’t have to go father than looking up! But book in advance to get a view of Paris from atop the infamous Eiffel Tower, with a decent menu.

Located in: Eiffel Tower

Address: Avenue Gustave Eiffel, 75007 Paris


Tuesday 12–1:30PM, 7–9:30PM
Wednesday 12–1:30PM, 7–9:30PM
Thursday 12–1:30PM, 7–9:30PM
Friday 12–1:30PM, 7–9:30PM
Saturday 12–1:30PM, 7–9:30PM
Sunday 12–1:30PM, 7–9:30PM
Monday 12–1:30PM, 7–9:30PM

Phone: 01 45 55 61 44


  1. Divellec

Super trendy with a colorful and vegetal decor you’ll feel like you’ve hit upon a local neo-brasserie. Great for seafood lovers and you can also brunch here.

Address: 18 Rue Fabert, 75007 Paris


Tuesday 12–2PM, 7:30–10PM
Wednesday 12–2PM, 7:30–10PM
Thursday 12–2PM, 7:30–10PM
Friday 12–2PM, 7:30–10PM
Saturday 12–2PM, 7:30–10PM
Sunday 12–2PM, 7:30–10PM
Monday 12–2PM, 7:30–10PM


Menu: divellec-paris.fr

Reservations: lafourchette.com

Phone: 01 45 51 91 96



  1. L’Abeille

Fancy Two Michelin starred french food inside the stunning Shangri La Hotel. Reservation needed.

Address: 10 Avenue d’Iéna, 75116 Paris


Tuesday 7:30–10PM
Wednesday 7:30–10PM
Thursday 7:30–10PM
Friday 7:30–10PM
Saturday 7:30–10PM
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed


Phone: 01 53 67 19 90



  1. Les Cocottes

So the concept is simple and stripped down from the well known French chef Christian Constant; food served in a Frenchy-styled cocotte on high stools. Nice small restaurants ( the portions are a bit on the small side too) but the food is good!

Address: 135 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris


Tuesday 12–11PM
Wednesday 12–11PM
Thursday 12–11PM
Friday 12–11PM
Saturday 12–11PM
Sunday 12–11PM
Monday 12–11PM


Phone: 01 45 50 10 28


  1. Monsieur Bleu

A nice view of the Eiffel tower, cocktails are good and decent from a friendly (English speaking staff) too inside the Palais Tokyo.

Address: 20 Avenue de New York, 75116 Paris


Tuesday 12PM–2AM
Wednesday 12PM–2AM
Thursday 12PM–2AM
Friday 12PM–2AM
Saturday 12PM–2AM
Sunday 12PM–2AM
Monday 12PM–2AM


Menu: monsieurbleu.com

Phone: 01 47 20 90 47


  1. Chez L’Ami Jean

A bit on the pricey side – but if you want a real “authentic” french meal that won’t let you down, around a mix of people. Go here!

Address: 27 Rue Malar, 75007 Paris


Tuesday 12–2PM, 7–11PM
Wednesday 12–2PM, 7–11PM
Thursday 12–2PM, 7–11PM
Friday 12–2PM, 7–11PM
Saturday 12–2PM, 7–11PM
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed


Phone: 01 47 05 86 89


  1. Tomy + Co

One of the best places to eat in Paris hands down. I discovered chef Tomy Gousset at the Taste of Paris food show and it was simply a divine start of a food love affair.

Address: 22 Rue Surcouf, 75007 Paris


Tuesday 12–2PM, 7:30–10PM
Wednesday 12–2PM, 7:30–10PM
Thursday 12–2PM, 7:30–10PM
Friday 12–2PM, 7:30–10PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday 12–2PM, 7:30–10PM


Phone: 01 45 51 46 93


  1. Carmin

Don’t judge the book by the cover, step inside the typical cafe to find a mix of “regular” food you’d find in Paris, but it’s dependable (steak, salmon tartare, burgers, salads..etc) and the decor is cosy.


Address: 73 Avenue de Suffren, 75007 Paris


Tuesday 8AM–2AM
Wednesday 8AM–2AM
Thursday 8AM–2AM
Friday 8AM–2AM
Saturday 8AM–2AM
Sunday 8AM–2AM
Monday 8AM–2AM


Menu: carminecafeparis.com

Reservations: lafourchette.com

Phone: 01 47 34 90 56




  1. O Coffee Shop

One of the best places to get great coffee so close to the tower, and the kitchen has fresh homemade goodness like soups in the winter and tartes in the summer.


Address: 23 Rue de Lourmel, 75015 Paris


Tuesday 7:30AM–5PM
Wednesday 7:30AM–5PM
Thursday 7:30AM–5PM
Friday 7:30AM–5PM
Saturday 8:30AM–5:30PM
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed


  1. ZIA

A new addition to the Paris coffee scene, but the best thing is you can grab food to go as a picnic too!

Address: 22 Avenue de Tourville, 75007 Paris


Tuesday 8:30AM–4PM
Wednesday 8:30AM–4PM
Thursday 8:30AM–4PM
Friday 8:30AM–4PM
Saturday 10AM–5PM
Sunday 10AM–5PM
Monday Closed


Phone: 01 44 18 90 71

Reservations: lafourchette.com




Wanna cozy down and get your cake? Check out the 10 exquisite Parisian cafes. « Paris is Paris

In a city where fine dining rules; finding somewhere for a humble coffee and cake can be challenging. Paris is known for its fine patisserie however; here is our selection of the best places to cozy down and get your cake on.



With its cornucopia of frosted swirls, sugar colors, and perfect towers of delicacies Ladurée was established in 1862. There are now several chains throughout Paris, the rest of France, and beyond, but the original shop is situated on Rue Royale. Initially a bakery, it began developing into a patisserie during Haussmann’s renovation of Paris, and is now one of the most famous sellers of macarons in the world. No trip to Paris is complete without buying a box of these little puffs of air.

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This beautiful shop is an award-winning bakery first and foremost, but with the addition of a coffee machine and a few tables, has become a popular café. Just off the busy Rue de Rivoli, many choose to linger here, soaking up the calm atmosphere and the free wifi. With incredibly high standards for a neighborhood bakery, friendly staff, and beautiful old glass murals, the bakery will not stay off the tourist trail for much longer.

Read more:  5 Must-Try Breakfasts and Brunch in Paris



This is primarily a comfortable bakery. Nestled on the cobbled slopes of Montmartre, Boulangerie Coquelicot is somewhere to sit and let your feet rest. With modest seating inside and out, stop and refuel here with coffee and a cake, or one of the popular brunch options.

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Le Boulanger des Invalides is easily recognizable by its hot pink interior, and the mountains upon mountains of pastries. Named because of its proximity to Les Invalides, which once housed injured soldiers, this is one of a handful of bakeries throughout France belonging to Monsieur Jocteur.


Le Loir dans la Théière

Trust the Marais to come up with a tea-room just that little bit over-the-top. Translating to The Dormouse in the Teapot, this café seems to have taken inspiration from Alice in Wonderland in more than just the name. With a mishmash of chairs, imaginative wall décor, and waiters hopping from place to place, this is somewhere for your senses to be overwhelmed.

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This tea room must be seen to be believed. Inside the walls of Paris’ great mosque is a secluded, shady courtyard. Although there is a constant bustle, an overwhelming sense of calm pervades here. Perhaps because many customers have just visited the mosque’s hammam, or perhaps because of the hookahs, there is something undeniably special about the atmosphere here.

Read more:  5 Must-Try Breakfasts and Brunch in Paris



While some might say that the most famous patisseries are growing stale in their comfortable position as Parisian institutions, La Pâtisserie des Rêves is concocting something of a revolution. In 2009 a dream was born when Philippe Conticini, a famous pastry chef and pioneer in modern cuisine, began to work with Thierry Teyssier, creator of the successful and altogether magical events firm, Maison des Rêves.

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The shop specializes in North American baking, and current owner Alison Novic is keen to prove there’s more to these recipes than just sugar and butter. The small team makes personalized cakes to order, with flavors ranging anywhere from your classic sponge to pumpkin chocolate chip.

Read more:  5 Must-Try Breakfasts and Brunch in Paris

9- La Maison des Tartes

This little café’s unassuming shop front can be found jostling for space amongst the many catering establishments on Rue Mouffetard. For those who happen to pass right by its window however, the array of glistening tarts on display makes it stand out as somewhere different. La Maison specializes in home-made sweet and savory tarts, for very reasonable prices.

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Angelina was founded in 1903, and perhaps as famous for its hot chocolate as its patisserie. The décor has been maintained from when the salon first opened, and is typical of Belle-Époque extravagance, with a grace and style that mirrors its sweet creations.


Today, January 10, 2018, marks the start of the winter sale season! We have curated the best addressed in Paris for you to be sure you have fruitful shopping outings during the seasonal sales. From the department stores on Boulevard Haussmann to the tiny boutiques of the Marais and the luxury brand outposts on the Champs Elysées, you will find all the information you need in this article.


The department stores on Boulevard Haussmann

Printemps, Galeries Lafayette… Boulevard Haussmann is an absolutely must when it comes to shopping in Paris. The department stores of this boulevard are fashion epicenters that abound in tons of things to fall in love with: men’s and women’s clothing, children’s apparel and toys, accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, furnishings and more. You will find plenty of well-known brands, such as H&M, Uniqlo, Mango and Zara. You can also look up to admire the splendid stained glass cupola at the Galeries Lafayette. On the first day of the sale, these department stores throw open their doors at 8 am. To avoid the crowds, it’s best to go as soon as they open.

Another famous department store in the Marais district is BHV, a shopping classic and an excellent option to kick off the 2018 Paris sales season.

Printemps Haussmann address: 64, boulevard Haussmann, Paris, 75009. Take Métro lines 3 or 9 to the Havre-Caumartin stop.

Galeries Lafayette address: 40, Boulevard Haussmann, 75009 PARIS. Take Métro lines 7 or 9 to D’Antin-Lafayette stop and or Métro lines 3, 7 or 8 to the Opéra stop.

Treat yourself to a unique shopping experience at the Galeries Lafayette with an online reservation with PARISCityVISION!

Luxury goods on sale on the Champs-Elysées

If you like luxury boutiques, head to the Champs Elysées! Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dior, Chanel and many other luxury brands have set up shop on the world’s most beautiful avenue. But even if you can only afford window shopping, a stroll from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde is still a great option. So, you are not a denizen of luxury boutiques and would prefer more affordable purchases? This grand avenue also has more traditional stores, such as Zara, H&M, Sephora and Disney. It’s a sure bet for smart and stylish shopping during the 2018 sales in Paris.

Directions: To take advantage of the 2018 sales in Paris on the Champs-Elysées, you can take the Métro to the Champs-Elysées/Georges Clémenceau stop (lines 1 and 13) or to the Franklin D. Roosevelt stop (lines 1 and 9).

Shopping at the Châtelet-les-Halles mall

Another favorite spot for shoppers in search of great deals during the sales is the shopping center at Châtelet-Les-Halles, which has all the latest hot brands, as well as a large movie theater and restaurants. This shopping center is a snap to reach by public transit, making it all the more perfect for sale hunters. However, you should be prepared for an incredibly dense crowd during the sales period.

The Les Halles Métro stop on line 1 is the closest station to the mall. You can also get off at the Châtelet stop, which is served by lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14.

Rue de Rivoli: for 100% Parisian shopping

Not far from the Châtelet center lies the Rue de Rivoli, another recommended spot for shopping the sales. Located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, it stretches nearly two miles and hosts fashion, home decor, sports and cosmetics shops. When you’re done shopping, you can even make a pass through the famous Louvre Museum.

The easiest way to get to the 2018 sales on Rue de Rivoli in Paris is to take Métro line 1 to the Louvre-Rivoli stop or lines 1, 4, 7, 11 or 14 to the Châtelet stop.

Bercy Village: sales in the great outdoors

This open-air shopping center in the 12th arrondissement on Cour Saint Émilion is mainly a destination for home furnishings, fine foods and creative hobbies. It happens to be an extremely pleasant place to shop the sales because you can enjoy fresh air and quiet, far from the noise of cars, and spend time on the patios of the numerous bars and restaurants.

Bercy Village awaits you on the banks of the Seine in southeast Paris. The Bercy Métro stop off lines 6 and 14, is a half-mile from the shopping center. You can also exit line 14 at the Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand stop.

Around Paris: La Défense, Marne-la-Vallée and Levallois Perret

Just outside Paris, you can shop the immense Quatre Temps shopping mall at La Défense, which is open year-round and during the sales. You could also make a trip to Val d’Europe, the gigantic shopping center in Marne-la-Vallée, or So Ouest, the latest addition in Levallois-Perret.

Outlets and sales at La Vallée Village

Finally, not far from Val d’Europe and quite close to Disneyland Paris, there’s La Vallée Village, an outdoor outlet mall. It features over 100 shops and 120 brands, most of which are high-end, that offer discounted prices all year long on collections from previous seasons. La Vallée Village Outlet is a pleasant outdoor setting with narrow, shop-lined streets reminiscent of French villages.
To see all our shopping and sightseeing trips, log on to PARISCityvision.

Now you are armed with all the information you need to shop the Paris sales in the city’s best spots. Happy shopping!

April Coffee Meet at Bobs Bakeshop

Our next coffee meet up will be 2 pm on Saturday, April 28th at Bobs Bakeshop – Halle Pajol, 12 Espl. Nathalie Sarraute, 75018 Paris – metro line 2 La Chapelle, 12 at Marx Dormoy.

The concept of the meetups is to meet new (and old) people in Paris, ask questions, chit chat in a casual setting with other creatives over good coffee. It’s always fun, authentic and full of tips.

Bobs is one of my favorite places to eat, brunch or simply have a coffee in Paris. The food is uber healthy (lots of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options) – for really decent prices. Most under 10 euros. Plus if you’re feeling homesick – they have the traditional NY bagels and pastries, in a cool ambiance.


I heard you all loud and clear about the meeting days and time – so every month I try to switch it up (to include weekends and nights) for the folks that can’t make it during the day.  This weekend promises to be sunny, and we’ll have lots of outdoor seating!

Don’t be shy – really everyone is welcomed. Paris can be a daunting place, outside of what we see on pretty Instagram photos and we have a real talk about how to have your best Parisian Life like the photos on social media but also how to just be a better you.


Also there is a facebook group for the meetups here. 

      • Time: 2PM
      • April 28, 2018
      • Bobs Bakeshop
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      • Address: Halle Pajol, 12 Espl. Nathalie Sarraute, 75018 Paris
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Hope to see you there!


Where to Go and What to Expect

Think of every French “cliche” you’ve read in books or seen on TV! If you’ve been watching the same TV as I have, every one of them will eventually have involved cheese, wine, and bread on a Saturday afternoon. Nevertheless, France is certainly known for its abundance of stylish and posh places to eat out and party. With this in mind, we’ve prepared for you a nice post about Paris’ Nightlife.  The choice is yours!

Pairs' nightlife

Just like with any City, Paris isn’t booming with nightlife across the map. Where you end up partying can mean the difference between a disappointing bus ride home right after sundown, a headache and sleep debt the day after, and anything in between. Where you go depends on who you’re, with and what you plan on achieving.

For the most part, Paris’ best places to frequent, after the sun goes down, situate in its northern districts. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it there. Being a large city, the northern portion of Paris is broken up into several districts, each of which tends to have its own “theme,” per say.

If your idea of fun is partying all night in Toronto on Canada Day, New York on the fourth of July or any major city throughout Germany during Oktoberfest, you may want to check out Pigalle. Pigalle is filled with great bars and even greater crowds. It’s also filled with sex and those who like to party a bit more than the next guy. It may not be the place to go for a quiet date, though it may appeal to the younger crowd looking to hop from bar to bar, drinking all the while. No doubt then, that Pigalle is a cornerstone that makes Paris’ nightlife pretty charming.

Read More: Why The French Cuisine Is The Best In The World


Montmartre - Paris' Nightlife

Montmartre is the place to go for casual tourism. Longing for a beautiful view while you enjoy anything from some greasy bar food to fine seafood? Montmartre is the place to be! It’s what postcards are made out of. If bars and clubs are your things, Bastille is then your spot. Filled with loud music and lights, those looking for a fast-paced nightlife will appreciate this area of town.

No matter what you’re looking for in a night scene, you’re sure to find it in Paris. Tourists and residents alike may find themselves drawn to northern Paris time and time again. For single tourists and child-free couples, getting a glimpse into Paris’ nightlife should be considered a necessity both when staying for the weekend or passing through on a larger trip. With a bit of prior research, it’s impossible to leave disappointed.

The Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche, narrowest street in Paris?

Posted on September 13, 2018 by Hailey in

With its picturesque name that could as well have come from a Baudelaire novel, the Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche (Street of the Fishing Cat) appeals to our imagination, and it is linked to an odd legend that we’re about to tell you. But there is more to this street, as it is one of Paris narrowest streets, never exceeding 1,80 meters in width.

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An old street on the Rive Gauche of Paris

The Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche is very old as it was opened in 1540. It then linked the rue de la Huchette with the course of the Seine by ending directly in the riverbed. Today, it leads to the quai Saint-Michel, whose construction began around twenty years after the street was opened.

It did not always bear such a strange name. It was first named “rue des Étuves” (Street of the public baths) and referred to the public baths where people used to go to wash and have a good time, places strongly blamed by Christian morality. It changed names and became “rue du Renard” (Fox Street) for a time, then “rue des Bouticles” (Shops Street). Its actual name comes from the name of a shop that alluded to a then common saying: “To go watch cats fishing” reffered to a gullible and easy to convince person.

Its long existence explains its narrowness: it was opened at a time when houses, tightly packed with one another, did not leave a lot of space for wide streets.

It was closed with railings during the first half of the 19th century, and was later open to public again.

Myths, legends and literary inspirations

Such a name could only foster imagination. An old legend tells that a canon used to live there with a surprisingly agile black cat: it caught the fishes in the street with only a strike with the paw. As the canon Dom Perlet engaged in alchemy, three students thought he was acquainted with the Devil. Being sure that the man and the cat were the same being, they decided to kill the cat and throw it in the Seine River. The alchemist then disappeared, just as they expected… But he came back some days later, as he had been on a trip. What about the cat? One day, he was back fishing in the river, as if nothing had happened!

The Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche is also the setting of a novel of the same name by Jolán Földes. This Hungarian author lived in this street in the 1930s and she settled there the protagonists of her novel, a family of Hungarian emigrants who came here to start over and fight for a better and more decent life.

Roaming the Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche

This street is particularly interesting as it is very narrow. sts and passerby travel its 29 meters to taste its authentic atmosphere. Make the most of your visit of the Île de la Cité and the Notre-Dame Cathedral to cross the Seine with the Petit Pont – Cardinal Lustiger bridge. You will spot the Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche at number 9 on the quai Saint-Michel. If you take it, you will arrive at the touristic street “rue de la Huchette” with its restaurants and its souvenir shops.

The easiest way to get there by public transportation is the Saint Michel station (metroline 4).