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The holidays are right around the corner and you’re gearing up to spend it with loved ones.  What better way to spoil them then finding them some awesome wintertime gifts from Paris.  Here are our top picks for this season: For the Stylish Overacheiver: It’s no secret we’ve been a fan of Kasia Dietz’s handbags for awhile, but have we mentioned how much we love her new Istanbul and Bali print bags?! They’re great for toting around your laptop and work related gadgets, plus the exotic print will make you feel like......

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My second attempt at a blog post for Savoir Faire is in a field in which I feel a fair amount more comfortable! This week I’ve ditched the apron for a winter coat and will tell you a thing or two about what you could see being worn by men in Paris this winter. The first thing to note is that menswear in Paris is always high quality and independent. This is not only because Parisian men naturally have more pride in their looks (some would argue it is European fashion capital),......

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Asian flavors have made their way into some of Paris’ top tables over the past few years with places like La Table d’Aki and Abri, to name a few, but it has always been putting Asian flavors into French cuisine, until Blueberry. Since their opening in April 2013, Blueberry has been making maki roll after maki roll and pairing them with some serious cocktails. Blueberry is not your average sushi joint, however....

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Ever wondered where the beer gems of Paris were to be found? Fear not, we’ve compiled our list of eclectic and varied bars that offer pub-like ambiances or upscale mixology backdrops.  Whether you’re looking for what’s on tap, or who has cool bottled beer we’ve got them here: The Bottle Shop: This cool Anglo- Saxon hangout is just a stone’s throw away from Bastille and carries five beers on tap and a dozen handpicked bottled beers. In this small, intimate bar you’ll have your choice of Edelweiss, Kilkenny or between a bottle...

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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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