Tag: Marais


Summer Dining Guide

Every year, when the weather gets warm and the days get longer, the Parisians come out of hibernation and fill the hundreds of restaurants our city has to offer. With so many options to choose from, we’ve done the work for you and tested all the newest restaurants (as well as old haunts) to give your our favorite blog post of the year: our summer dining guide. Indoors or outdoors, reservations or not, here are our favorite restaurants of the summer:...

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SFP's Favorite Terraces

With the gorgeous spring weather we’ve been having, the Parisians are coming out of hibernation to fill up our iconic terraces. No one wants to sit behind a computer all day instead of basking in the beautiful sunshine! So, if you feel like calling in sick and getting a jump start on your summer tan, head to one of these terraces, we guarantee you’ll have a good time!...

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Hanukkah in Paris

Even though France is now a secular country and prides itself on laïcité (“freedom of conscience”), it has a long history of Roman Catholicism before the French Revolution got rid of a national religion. This means that while there is no official state religion, the majority of its citizens are Catholic, and thus holidays such as Christmas and Easter are celebrated very publicly, with special lights, giant Christmas trees (sapin in French), and Christmas-themed window and building dressings. What you may not know, though, is that France has the third largest Jewish population in the world (after......

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SFP Picks | The Best of Bio in Paris

Have you noticed that as soon as a new trend hits the scene in Paris, it catches like wild fire and spreads all over the city? Admittedly, some trends are better than others but this organic, healthy eating, juice drinking, local produce, bio friendly way of life has really come to the forefront in Paris with organic-friendly places opening up everywhere. Years ago, a french person would have found you alien-like if you told them you couldn’t eat dairy, gluten, or meat. Nowadays, we can count ourselves lucky, because not only are......

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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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“I’m wearing a bright pink scarf” reads the text I receive as I walk to meet Jodie in front of the carrousel at métro Saint-Paul in the Marais. It’s early spring and the city is bustling with an optimism only the promise of warm weather can inspire. We’ve never met before and I am looking forward to hearing Jodie’s expat story. It’s the question we expats inevitably ask each other, “so what brought you to Paris?” Jodie spots me first and I turn to see...

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Nothing brings the city back to life like a little springtime sunshine. A collective sigh of relief is palpable as winter layers are shed and flowers begin to bloom. Doors open to let in fresh air, and in some cases to welcome you to a new favorite space. Here are few of Paris’ latest additions for coffee, brunch and beyond. Marlette You may recognize Marlette for their gourmet organic bread and cake mixes carried...

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Coco Chanel may have invented chic but contemporary French designers are to thank for keeping the flame of French fashion burning bright. You may already be familiar with major star labels like A.P.C., Isabel Marant, or the Maje and Sandro boutiques which have recently expanded into the USA and internationally. Despite the ever increasing homogeneity of the modern world there are still a few French clothing brands that you won’t easily find outside of the country. We compiled a short list of the best local joints to get your chic on, enjoy! Many......

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It is no secret how much we love coffee over at the SFP offices. Since our round up of some of Paris’ first coffee spots, we have welcomed newcomers like The Broken Arm, Loustic, and most recently, Holybelly that just opened earlier this fall. As the weather cools, and we head into winter, we thought we would share what we view as Paris’ Second-Generation coffee spots. Fondation Cafe This small and cosy space is the brainchild of Australian Chris Nielsen who has created a friendly and welcoming new addition to the coffee scene in......

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In search of a lunch spot last week, two friends and I made a last minute reservation at Beaucoup, a new-ish addition to the northern Marais dining scene. Our first impression was that this place was taken straight out of NYC with its high ceiling, huge dining room (by Parisian standards) and very friendly, smiling service. They even asked us to wait at the bar while they prepared our table! Unfortunately we were not seated at the fabulous blue sofa tables but the standard chairs were fabulously comfortable as we settled in......

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