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I had the pleasure one Sunday morning a couple weeks ago of taking a tour of Paris street art, led by Demian of Street Art Paris. The tour lasted around three hours, during which we wandered through parts of the 11th arrondissement, ending up over in the 20th, in Belleville. This section of the city has one of the highest concentrations of street art in Paris. But street art can be found all over the city, if you are paying attention. After a brief introduction we began the tour, cameras in hand. We......

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Nothing is more perfectly Parisian than shopping for fresh produce in the open air food markets. The thought of stuffing your shopping basket with delicious loaves of olive bread, fresh fish, perfectly plump tomatoes and deliciously juicy fruit for the family or to bring to a summer picnic is something that many people dream of. In reality, however, these idealized markets can be more than just a little intimidating until you get the hang of it. There are certain habits and rituals to market shopping and, once understood, you will be able......

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It is finally starting to feel like summer here in Paris. What better way to cool off during a warm summer day in the city than eat ice cream? From gelato to frozen yogurt, Paris is full of different options. Here are some of our favorite places to satisfy your craving for glace! Berthillon Berthillon is a probably the most famous ice cream place in all of Paris and some consider it the best ice cream in the world. Not only can you get their ice cream at their main shop on......

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It is truly the most exciting and highly anticipated time of the year. A time when all of Paris goes on sale and Parisians elbow and push and take off work to get that flat screen TV or that pair of shoes before it is out of stock. As Les Soldes only happen twice a year (once at the end of June and again in mid-January), it is worth scouting out and taking the time for some good planning before heading out on your shopping spree. Here are our three “Dos and......

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The Palais Garnier is one of the most famous buildings in Paris but it often gets overlooked by tourists who try fit seeing the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and other monuments into a visit of only a couple of days. However, for lovers of the arts, especially ballet and opera, this building is a must-see. The 1970-seat Palais was built between 1861 and 1875 as part of the reconstruction of Paris by the Baron Haussmann ordered by Napoleon III. Named after its architect, Charles Garnier, the building served as the......

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Before arriving in Paris to study abroad a couple years ago, I was told that being a vegetarian in France “would be impossible” and “thank goodness I eat fish because otherwise I would starve.” Aside from my very Parisian host mother who never quite understood that I didn’t eat chicken or that I would like more than a fried egg and apple for dinner, I was pleasantly surprised that everyone had been wrong and it was, and is, easy to be a vegetarian in Paris. It certainly helped that I ate fish.......

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Thinking of moving to France? Moving abroad can be very complicated and confusing, especially in a foreign language, but we are here to tell you that everything in France is 10x more difficult! No, just kidding – kind of! In all seriousness, things in France do tend to be just that much more confusing which is why we are here to help you get started. Whether you are coming for just a few months on your own or plan on spending years here with your family, there are our 5 major steps......

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In celebration of Friday and to make up for the rainy weather, the SFP office went to Nanashi for lunch today. We had heard delicious things about this japanese-style dining spot and wanted to taste it for ourselves. We hopped off at metro Poissionniere on line 7, an area that is super hot for dining at the moment, to check out Nanashi’s flagship location. Chef Kaori Endo, formerly of Rose Bakery, serves up his specialty, the bento box, in a meat, fish or vegetarian option on a bed of wild rice and......

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Wanderlust is a new creative space that just opened on the banks of the Seine, at the Cité de la Mode et du Design in the 13th arrondissement. Run by the same group that owns the hip Parisian nightclubs Social Club and Silencio, Wanderlust promises to be a unique mix of music, fashion, art, cuisine and film. The location features a 1600 square meters terrace (the largest in Paris), an 80 seat open-air cinema, a club, a bar and a restaurant. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, each day has a loose theme.......

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To kick off our series of neighborhood guides where we plan on sharing our top neighborhood picks for shopping, eating and strolling, I thought that I would start with a quartier that has recently captured my heart with its boutiques, charm, centralized location, delicious goodies and cozy feel. The 9th arrondissement is centrally located just north of the 1st and south of the 18th arrondissements. While it’s borders technically range from Rue Amsterdam to Rue Faubourg Poissoniere and from Boulevards des Italiens up to Boulevard de Rochechouart, when I refer to “the......

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