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Now is one of the best times to buy property in Paris. Rates are low, prices are the best that they have been in years and it is no secret that owning property in The City of Lights is never a bad thing! After our tips on making the move to Paris and our guide on renting property in Paris, we decided to talk to some property experts over at 56Paris as well as fellow expat and recent Parisian homeowner, Kasia Dietz of Love in the City of Lights to get you all the tips......

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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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Tokyo born pastry chef, Sadaharu Aoki, opened his first boutique in the 6th in 2001. Since then he has earned his reputation by using rigorous French pastry technique combined with traditional japanese ingredients. Aoki has mastered the magic of simplicity in pairing these two cultures through the art of pastry. The Japanese ingredients he uses like matcha, yuzu, red beans, black sesame blend...

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Brunch has been a ‘thing’ in Paris for the past couple of years.  French restaurants having been trying to capitalize on this trend, but I’m starting to think they needed some outside perspective to perfect the movement.  Sarah Mouchot and Nico Alary have done just that with their new Holybelly Café! The Parisian pair traveled to Australia for three years where Nico worked as a barista and Sarah worked as a chef.  This experience translates to their fluid dynamic in which Sarah works meticulously and passionately behind the scenes while Nico performs......

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