Paris on a Budget

The best places for picnics in Paris, from parks to riverside quaysImage from Parispicnic.com a service that allows you to order complete picnic baskets in the city.

The Best Spots for Picnics in Paris, From Parks to Riverbanks

Like they do with pretty much everything else, Parisians make a true art of the spring or summer picnic. It’s not just a quick meal on the grass or a bench– it’s an […]

Never get in a Paris taxi without a meter and an illuminated rooftop sign.

Paris Airport Taxis: How to Use Them (& Avoid the Bad Ones)

I still remember my first bad taxi ride from Charles de Gaulle Airport. I was returning home from a visit with family in California, lugging around suitcases so heavy I thought I might […]

pharmacy and green sign in paris france

Do You Really Need Travel Insurance for a Trip to Paris & France?

For this first article in a new series of practical tips I’ll refer to as “Paris Trip Planning Q&A”, let’s tackle a boring, but entirely necessary, question. Readers have often asked me this: […]

Live music at La Bellevilloise in Paris . Image credit: Official FB page

Nightlife Notes: La Bellevilloise, for Laid-Back Drinks & Live Music in Paris

  Ever since moving to the northeastern side of Paris, I’d been curious to give La Bellevilloise a try, having heard that it’s a closely-guarded favorite for a night out among locals of […]

All-butter croissants at La Maison d'Isabelle, a Latin Quarter bakery serving some of the best "croissants au beurre" in Paris. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reserved.The all-butter croissants at La Maison d'Isabelle won the top prize for the best croissants in Paris and the surrounding region in 2018. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reserved.

La Maison d’Isabelle: For Some of The Best Croissants in Paris

One of the great annual rituals in Parisian culture is the awarding of top prizes to local bakers and pastry chefs, who work hard year round to snag top billing for their baguettes, […]

Savory crepe at Breizh cafe in Paris, France. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reserved.

Some of the Best Crepes in Paris: A Few Favorites

Crepes are one of the world’s great democratic foods. They’re inexpensive, often portable, and remarkably adaptable: as easily enjoyed by meat eaters as by vegetarians, and ranging from hearty and simple to lofty […]

Edith Piaf was born in Paris; for fans of "la mome", there are several key sites to see in the French capital. Image credit: Piano Piano/Creative Commons 2.0

Seeking Edith Piaf in Paris? Visit These 4 Places

Affectionately dubbed “the little sparrow” and “la môme” (the kid) in France, Edith Piaf is a musical legend who has (rather surprisingly?) resonated with successive generations of listeners. Thanks in part to Olivier Dahan’s […]

Multiseed baguette from Farine & O, a bakery in Paris' 11th arrondissement

In Review: Farine & O, One of Paris’ Best New Bakeries

  In France, there’s a strongly held belief that the most talented boulangers (bread bakers) are not generally equally gifted at producing top-notch pastries. Similarly, pâtissiers (pastry makers) tend to fall into a class of their very […]

When is the best time of year to visit Paris? The truth is that every season has its charms and its downsides.Paris Plages at Bassin de la Villette. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reserved

Best Time of Year to Visit Paris? There’s Charm in Every Season

  In all the years I’ve covered Paris, the question I’ve been asked more predictably than pretty much any other is  “When do you recommend I go?” Again and again, I’ve disappointed those […]

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