Monthly Archives: September 2014

How to Ride the Metro like a Pro


The Paris metro system is one of the easiest and most efficient systems in the world. Learning how to navigate it like a pro is key in becoming a real Parisian. This post will give you a nice introduction to the Paris underground system and some of our expert tips and tricks to help you on your way to becoming a Metro expert.

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Lets first get some of the basics out of the way. The metro system is run by the RATP and first opened on July 19th, 1900, making it the second oldest in the world (after London). The system is

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The Best Flea Markets in Paris


In anticipation of the upcoming fall season, we decided to update our list of awesome markets in Paris.  Whether you’re looking for vintage clothes, fall ingredients for pumpkin pie, or florals to decorate your home, we checked out some of the coolest and most extensive markets in the city!

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Les Puces de Saint Ouen:

What will you find at this enormous market you ask? Clothing, antiques, vintage pieces….and a bit of everything really!  This is one of Paris’ most famous markets, up in the north of the city.  You’ll find porcelain sculptures, musical instruments, furniture, bird cages, and even military uniforms from the Second World War.  Most of the sellers have a Continue reading

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

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

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