Paris Life


Yes, ladies and gentlemen, a new coffee shop has hit the Paris coffee scene. This calm and cozy spot has only been open a few weeks and was just christened with the name Black Market Coffee about a week ago. I had heard some buzz about a newly opened coffee hotspot in Montmartre and decided to meet my friend Haleigh of Making Magique there to try it out. After seeing some sneak preview pictures online, I had high hopes for this newcomer, but getting out of the metro at Chateau Rouge is......

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In the spirit of the month-long vacations that everyone in Paris is taking, this blog will be on hiatus for a couple of weeks until la rentrée in September. However, the team of Savoir Faire Paris will be around and busy working the entire month if you need any help navigating Paris! If you will be sticking around in Paris this August, be sure to check out our posts with tips on August dining and some of our favorite places to visit that will still be open this month. A la rentrée !...

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August in Paris might seem like a pretty strange place. Everything is quiet and many of the boutiques, restaurants and shops in your area might have signs in the window informing customers that they will be closed for the entire month. Most of Paris has left to find sunshine and beaches. But what about those of us who are still in the city? Last week we posted our picks for dining in Paris during August, and really, what do you do in Paris besides eat anyway? For those of you who would......

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From late July through August, Parisians rush to escape the heat and tedium of the city, preferring to spend their long vacations near to the ocean with friends or family. While this means that the metros and buses are less packed and there are fewer lines everywhere, it also means that many businesses close up shop for long periods of time for vacation. Restaurants and shops can be closed from anywhere from just a single week to the entire month of August. It can be difficult to know when certain restaurants will......

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Paris is a city filled with history, culture and great food and is one of, if not the most visited cities in the world! Traveling with kids is  a challenge but can also make your vacation that much more special. In a city like Paris you want to make sure that mom and dad can have themselves some great wine and get to the Louvre while the kids can get some of that history and culture, as well as having the time of their lives. Sounds like a daunting task, I know,......

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The Palais de Tokyo is a unique space in the 16th arrondissement, not far from the Eiffel Tower and the Palais de Chaillot. Comprising both a museum of modern art and a contemporary art creative space, this building is the place to visit for lovers of art created during the modern era. Originally built in 1937 as part of the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Téchniques, the building has been home to a variety of establishments, projects and creative spaces. During the Exposition, a retrospective of art from the Middle Ages to the present was......

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While Bastille Day is historically the celebration of the establishment of the constitutional monarchy in France by the storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, a pivotal event in the beginning of the French Revolution, today’s Bastille Day celebrations range from fireworks to parties to picnics and events throughout the city. Here are 10 of the top events to look forward to for this years 2012 celebration of Bastille Day! 1.  Parade Since 1880, there has been a military parade celebrating Bastille Day. The parade starts at 9am with a......

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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 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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