Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Booming Coffee Culture in Paris Continues


 

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At Savoir Faire Paris we love our daily coffee’s to get us through the weeks, as the hashtag goes #ButFirstCoffee – a moto that we live by daily! Fortunately for us, the future of coffee in Paris has been rapidly changing, meaning that finding your nearest cup of quality coffee is never too far away. The 1€ espressos from over roasted coffee beans at the bar of your typical brasserie are loosing out to those carefully crafted coffees by experienced baristas opening up “specialty” coffee shops all around Paris.

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Le Bon Marché: The Other French Revolution


This is a guest post by Lindsay Poulin at Context Travel. They 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!

Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Hermès… These names remind us that fashion and Paris are synonymous, with styles and trends changing as quickly as the temperamental Parisian weather.  Every year hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the grands magasins to shop designer labels; given their grandeur, these stores seem to have been a fixture in the fabric of French fashion history since the whimsical styles of Marie-Antoinette’s court. However, the concept of shopping at a department store is actually a more recent – and revolutionary – development, a facet docent Virgina Vogwill, who has spent over a decade working as a costumer in the French film industry, explores on our new walk covering the history of fashion in Paris.

Up and Down.Throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries, the business of fashion was dominated by designers such as Rose Bertin, Charles Worth and Jacques Doucet, who held court in their ateliers on rue de la Paix and rue Saint-Honoré. Their expensive and made-to-order styles attracted royalty and aristocracy from all over the world, establishing Paris as a true fashion capital. So when did this change? Continue reading

Viaduc des Arts


Paris is one of those cities where there is so much going on and so much to see in all the neighborhoods that, naturally, there are some areas that get overlooked. For me, that area is the Viaduc des Arts in the 12th arrondissement.

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I had been to the Bercy shopping area, to Bastille, to the Bois de Vincennes, and though I had driven by it a thousand times, I had never actually stopped and walked the Viaduc des Arts, a vast stretch of artists and artisans and cafes lining one side of Avenue Daumesnil. Continue reading

Neighbourhood Guide – 14ème


The 14th arrondissement sits just below the Tour Montparnasse in the south of the city and is an arrondissement of Paris that is often overlooked. Many Parisians associate the neighbourhood with the disliked Tour Montparnasse, but the area has a lively history and so much to offer.  The tower was the only skyscraper built in the city walls and once it was built, it was felt that it disrupted the skyline of the city so much that a new law was put in place prohibiting anything like it in the future.

IMG_2434The 14th arrondissement used to be filled with rolling hills in the 17th century and was a popular hang out for students to go and recite poetry. The hills were levelled in the 18th century when Boulevard Montparnasse was built but you can still get a sense of the hills Continue reading