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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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The 14th arrondissement sits just below the Tour Montparnasse in the south of the city and is an arrondissement of Paris that is often overlooked. Many Parisians associate the neighbourhood with the disliked Tour Montparnasse, but the area has a lively history and so much to offer.  The tower was the only skyscraper built in the city walls and once it was built, it was felt that it disrupted the skyline of the city so much that a new law was put in place prohibiting anything like it in the future. The......

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These beautiful first days of warm weather and sunshine bring all Parisians out of their winter hibernation in search of outdoor activities. In lieu of basking in the sun on a terrace with a glass of rosé, get your blood pumping and head out to explore Paris by bike! Paris plans to become the World Cycling Capital and with the wonderful bike sharing system of the Velib‘ combined with our recent pollution issues, bicycles seem to be the best mode of transportation these days!...

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After almost 15 years of living in Paris, I have done some extensive travels to the various regions of France. So much that many people (including my husband!) could not believe that I had never visited the majestic Mont Saint Michel on the northern coast of lower Normandy. As we were spending a lovely long weekend in northern Bretagne, we decided to take the hour-long drive one morning to experience the beauty of the island before the heavy Easter crowds rolled in. The island used to be a part of the mainland......

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