Paris Life


From the fresh pastries at the bouglangerie to a nice warm meal at a trendy bistro, Paris is not lacking in good food. In fact, French cuisine is so important that it is protected by UNESCO. But sometimes expats, and even some French, get tired of French food and start craving things from other countries. My friends and I stock up on our favorite American treats every time we go back to the States; for me it is peanut butter and oatmeal. But as more and more anglophones come to Paris, speciality anglo......

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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 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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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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One night last week, we ventured halfway across Paris to experience the new culinary sensation that is Roseval. Located in the bustling quarter of Ménilmontant, this bistro seems a bit out of place amongst the kabob shops and couscous houses that are its neighbors. At the same time, it fits right in with the works of the major street artists that have decorated this quarter. The restaurant is located next to a huge mural done by the street artist Zoo Project, in a quiet plaza, removed from the noisy boulevard de Ménilmontant. The exterior......

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There is a certain energy that has reappeared in the streets of Paris this past week. La Rentrée is upon us, that time when the kids go back to school and adults head back to work after long summer days in the sun. Suddenly, Paris has transformed from the sleepy town it was for all of August to a buzzing hive of activity. The tourists who descended upon Paris in droves while the summer was in full swing have begun to disappear (though of course never completely) and they have been replaced......

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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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