Monthly Archives: November 2013


Most Parisian restaurants close up shop around the holidays, from right before Christmas Eve through after the first of the year. This can be inconvenient for anyone hoping to have a nice dinner out with their friends and family to celebrate Christmas or ring in the new year. Fortunately, there are some restaurants that remain open. We have created the following lists to help you navigate these closures and find the perfect, open restaurant. First up, the holiday closures: 75001 Les Bistronomes –closes December 21 after dinner -January 3 Olio Pane Vino–......

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On the heels of a recent visit to the Miss Dior expo at the Grand Palais, I decided to investigate the world of perfume making in France.  It’s hard not to think of France when one considers some of the most famous perfumes: Chanel, Dior, Estée Lauder, Givenchy,  and Yves Saint Laurent to name a few.  France isn’t the only country renowned for its perfume; however, it leads the market of international perfume sales at 30% of the world market.  Additionally, France possesses LVMH, one of the largest luxury-goods companies in the......

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For most people, living in France does not just mean eating croissants and drinking good wine every day. This blog post is a part of our series, An Expat Life, exploring what it is like for an expat to live and work in Paris. Through these profiles of expats who have made their lives here, we will show you the different opportunities that exist in France and the (many) struggles that go along with them. When deciding who to interview this month for our expat life series, I instantly thought of a couple......

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It is no secret how much we love coffee over at the SFP offices. Since our round up of some of Paris’ first coffee spots, we have welcomed newcomers like The Broken Arm, Loustic, and most recently, Holybelly that just opened earlier this fall. As the weather cools, and we head into winter, we thought we would share what we view as Paris’ Second-Generation coffee spots. Fondation Cafe This small and cosy space is the brainchild of Australian Chris Nielsen who has created a friendly and welcoming new addition to the coffee scene in......

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I had recently been on the phone with my mom and we were discussing her upcoming trip from Indianapolis to Paris.   We were planning our days and the friends we would visit while she was here. “And then, before dinner, we can grab an apéro at my place before popping over to Kate’s for dinner…” I said.  “What is an apéro?” Asked my mom, a bit perplexed.  It hadn’t occurred to me that she wouldn’t know what this was.  So there I sat, stumped at how exactly to explain this tradition that......

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In search of a lunch spot last week, two friends and I made a last minute reservation at Beaucoup, a new-ish addition to the northern Marais dining scene. Our first impression was that this place was taken straight out of NYC with its high ceiling, huge dining room (by Parisian standards) and very friendly, smiling service. They even asked us to wait at the bar while they prepared our table! Unfortunately we were not seated at the fabulous blue sofa tables but the standard chairs were fabulously comfortable as we settled in......

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Montmartre is perhaps one of the most historic and famous neighborhoods in Paris.  Aside from it’s Moulin Rouge fame, Picasso museum, and Sacre Coeur iconography, the Montmartre area is the premiere home to Parisian artists.  Let us not forget that Piaf, Dalida, Apollinaire, Cocteau, and Van Gogh once lived in this artistic paradise.  It’s easy to see why this neighborhood boasts many of the world’s most famous geniuses: the timeless cafés, the beautifully (albeit steep) intricate staircases and the windmills make for an endless trove of inspiration.  The Abbesses and Lamarck area......

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