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I have to admit, I am not one of those people who loves to exercise, but there comes a time when you have snarfed down a few too many croissants and Laduree macaroons to make any excuses. Like many things in Paris (and France in general), however, exercising is not always as straightforward and easy as you might think it. Why? Well, the French  don’t really exercise all that much. They keep their trim and slim figure by eating those pastries in moderation and walking up the stairs to their 6th floor......

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The new Islamic art wing of the Louvre is the largest addition to the museum since I. M. Pei’s iconic glass pyramid. The new section, located in the Denon wing, measures approximately 3,000 square meters over 2 levels, almost tripling the amount of space that was previously given to works of art originating from the area made up of modern-day Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan. This new addition to the Louvre provides ample space for the museum to rotate its 18,000 pieces of Islamic art, one of the best collections of its......

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There is nothing better than having something personalized! Imagine coming to Paris and creating that perfect one-of-a-kind item to bring home. We have found three very unique spots where you can do just that. Our first, and most luxurious, personalized item comes from Francis Kurkdjian, whose bespoke perfumes are more than enough to seduce your nostrils. Their collection of perfumes use the purest and rarest essential oils and their attention to every detail produces a rarely matched level of sophistication and elegance. Not enough to tempt you? Maison Francis Kurkdjian also offers......

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Abri is being called the best new bistro of the rentrée…so obviously we had to check it out. I made a reservation about a week and a half in advance for dinner and went on a nice little date night to check out this buzzing spot. Located just outside the Poissonniere metro, Abri doesn’t seem like much from the outside. Walking in, the kitchen takes up most of the space with a few two-person and 4-person tables surrounding it. The decor is simple: low hanging brass lighting, school-style chairs and white walls.......

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The marchés aux puces, or flea markets, of Paris are the perfect place for antiques-lovers and treasure hunters. Here you can find everything you need from that perfect set of chairs for your living room to that funky piece of jewellery that will pull your outfit together. The marchés aux puces are full of treasures; you just have to be patient enough to uncover them. There are two flea markets in Paris that the Savoir Faire team loves to visit. The Puces de St-Ouen is considered to be the world’s largest flea market and is the......

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While strolling down rue du Cherche Midi a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a magical wonderland of children’s home furnishings, accessories, toys and more. Serendipity is defined as “the gift for stumbling upon happy coincidences” and that is exactly what occurred on that late summer day as I explored this boutique of children’s wonders. The shop name is derived from a Persian fairy tale ‘The Three Princes of Serendip’ whose heroes were endowed with the gift to bring about these happy coincidences....

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As the days start to get shorter and cooler, everyone in Paris is looking for ways to keep the chill away this fall. One of our favorite ways to stay warm is by baking (and eating) yummy desserts. This time of year, the markets are full of delicious produce that is great for making the perfect autumnal desserts. We asked our friend Alisa Morov of  Sweet Pea Baking and Catering to share one of her favorite fall recipes. Alisa has moved from Los Angeles to Paris in 2002 and has since been baking......

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For the second edition of our Neighborhood Guide series we move from the 9th arrondissement further south to a pedestrian-dominated, uber-trendy quartier of shopping and lunching known as Montorgueil. Montorgueil is located in the 2nd arrondissement loosely between the metros Sentier and Etienne Marcel. Rue Montorgueil is one of Paris’ classic market streets and is always filled with daily shoppers picking up their fish, meats and vegetables. The small street (only about 5 blocks long) also has a great number of dining and drinking spots. The real gems in this area, however,......

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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 new 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. A few weeks ago, we stopped by the recently opened Sugar Daze bakeshop to talk with......

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Whether you have been invited into someones home for a dinner or are just in Paris for a few days visiting as a tourist, there are a few rules that you should abide by as you enjoy the many culinary treasures France has to offer. After over a decade of faux-pas at dinner parties and out at restaurants, we have come up with the ultimate tips for dining French-style to help you out!  Time Your Meal Right Try to time your meals with the locals. Lunch is usually between 12:30-1:30pm and dinner......

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