Guides


Jardin des Plantes

There are some sites in Paris that we hear about and maybe visit once or twice in the time we’re here, and the Jardin des Plantes is one of those that doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserves. In this week’s blog post, SFP is going to show you why you should head to the Jardin des Plantes and what to do while you’re there!    ...

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SFP's Paris Holiday Favorites

It’s mid-December and the holiday season has officially arrived in Paris. It is a magical time in the city and it really brings the name “City of Light” to life. There is always so much to do in Paris and with the holiday season comes the standard Christmas Markets that pop up throughout the city as well as the smell of mulled wine and the delicious pain d’épices that is served with fois gras at almost every event. Below are some of our favorites for the holiday season in Paris and some fool-proof ways to......

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Neighborhood Guide | Montreuil

Montreuil may seem like a strange choice to write a neighborhood guide on when you live in a city like Paris, but don’t be fooled as there are some very quirky hidden gems to discover if and when you find yourself in la banlieue. Foodies and connoisseurs alike are being drawn to the suburban town which has decided to boost it’s reputation with a kick start from Paris’ continually growing gourmet food scene. Watch out Paris, because Montreuil could just become the 21st arrondissement!     The historically communist town is home to some......

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SFP's Men's Gift Guide

It is December and the holiday season in Paris is in full swing! Holiday shopping for the man in your life can be a rather overwhelming task. Paris is filled with great shopping for both men and women but the focus tends to be so strongly on women that shopping for men can leave some people stumped. There are the obvious gifts, like watches or ties, but what about when you want something a bit more creative and perfectly Parisian? We’re here to help! Le Colonel Moutarde  For the dapper gentleman in......

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Neighborhood Guide | Belleville

Welcome to Belleville, one of the most culturally rich neighborhoods in Paris! This neighborhood, situated in 20th arrondissement along the border of the 19th, started as an independent wine-making village before being occupied by Paris’ many different cultures. First the Armenians, Greeks, and Jews, and later the North Africans, Sub-Saharan Africans, and Chinese, making for quite a melting pot! Here is our neighborhood guide to Belleville: The easiest way to get to this neighborhood is on the Metro line 11 to the Belleville stop, landing you in the middle of Chinatown, steps from......

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We all know that the shopping we have in Paris is some of the best in world. People come from all over just to experience the magic that is Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, or Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, or Rue des Franc Bourgeois. But the real magic lies hidden away in Paris’ various specialty shops. Everything from hats to honey, books to baked goods, here are some of SFP’s favorite specialty shops in Paris. La Maison du Miel- 24 rue Vignon, 75009 One tradition that has been maintained in France is that the......

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Not Ready for Summer to End?

Neither are we! Summer in Paris is always full of unique activities, our favorite of which we shared with Wimdu in their feature. From Paris Plages to the péniches, rosé wine, and terrace hopping, the fun never stops! So if you’re like us and you’re not quite ready for la rentrée, here are SFP’s suggestions on how you can prolong your summer in Paris. Food Trucks and Music This one has been on SFP’s Event Calendar all summer and is continuing past la rentrée, the unofficial end to summer in Paris. Head over to the docks next to......

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La Petite Ceinture

La Petite Ceinture is a Parisian secret known to few tourists, other than those who do their homework! What was once an abandoned railway has become an incredibly picturesque garden, below street level, circling the urban jungle that is Paris. Between the graffiti and and overgrown grass, La Petite Ceinture, or “little belt,” is way off the beaten path. La Petite Ceinture was built in 1869 for military purposes, facilitating the shuttling of soldiers between train stations. Trains stopped running along most of la Petite Ceinture in 1934, though one area continued to be......

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Stroll through Pigalle & SoPi with Context Travel

This is a guest post by Lily Heise 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! Over the past few years the streets just south of Pigalle, known as SoPi, have paved their way onto the cool map of Paris with locavore gastrobars, designer shops and hipster hangouts. However, this seemingly new bohemian blood has actually been flowing through its veins since the quartier’s inception two hundred years ago, when it......

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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. 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......

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