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Paris' Montparnasse Cemetery is a lovely place to stroll and contemplate. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reserved

A Stroll Through Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris

Opened in 1824, Montparnasse Cemetery sits on a site that was once occupied by three farms, in what was then a rural, sleepy corner of southern Paris. Home to the graves of denizens […]

Fou de Patisserie, Rue des Martyrs, ParisA variety of tempting French pastries from different chef-patissiers is sold at Fou de Patisserie. Which one to choose--that's the dilemma. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reserved

In Review: Fou de Pâtisserie, a Parisian Pastry Shop for the Indecisive

Strolling down Rue des Martyrs, a stretch of Paris’ South Pigalle that packs more gourmet power in a single street than most entire neighborhoods do, I noticed a patisserie that was clearly out […]

The quirky entrance to the metro at Place Colette, Paris. Patrick Janicek/Creative Commons

The Louvre/Tuileries District in Paris: What to See & Do Around the Museum?

If you only have a few days to explore Paris or it’s your first trip to the capital, you may want to spend a few hours roaming around the Louvre/Tuileries district. Besides harboring […]

Palais Royal in springtime, Paris. Julien Maury/Creative Commons

In Focus: Paris’ Palais Royal, a Haven From the Crowds

It may be just a few hundred feet away from the Louvre, the buzzing epicenter of tourism in the French capital. It may house a Michelin-starred restaurant, opulent boutiques, centuries-old theatres, covered passageways […]

In Review: The Grand Pigalle Hotel in Paris

  Situated in South Pigalle, a formerly seedy Parisian district that’s recently been colonized by hipsters, foodies and fashionistas, the Grand Pigalle Hotel has only been open since 2015. Yet it’s quickly become […]

Bateaux Parisiens dinner cruise on the Seine, with Notre Dame Cathedral in the background.

Paris Boat Tours & Cruises: Are They Worth Your Time?

Most “top attractions” lists for the French capital, including my own, suggest a boat tour of the Seine or Paris’ other waterways. But since these sorts of cruises are so commonplace– and hardly […]

The best places for picnics in Paris, from parks to riverside quays

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 […]

AVoid these tourist traps and scams in Paris

6 Tips for Avoiding Tourist Traps & Scams in Paris

As one of the world’s most-visited cities, Paris relies on tourism to thrive economically. While that’s generally a mutually beneficial thing, it has its downsides. For one thing, certain areas can seem devoid […]

Why Paris’ Quirky Parc de la Villette is Worth a Visit

One place in Paris where you aren’t likely to see as many tourists wandering around? The sprawling, quirky, modern complex in the far northeast known as the Parc de la Villette. Most people […]

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: […]

It would take centuries to complete the stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.

The 10 Best Things to Do in Paris on Your First Visit

At Paris Unlocked, we tend to focus coverage on lesser-known corners of the French capital, and encourage readers to look well beyond the obvious and the wildly popular. But when you’re visiting Paris […]

By Valerii Tkachenko [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Paris in November: Why to Embrace the Short, Cozy Days

Many tourists don’t even consider visiting Paris in November, fearing that they’ll be “regaled” with icy rain, miserably dark days and grumpy locals. But while it’s certainly not for everyone– and you occasionally […]

Notre Dame Cathedral in the fall/Image: Creative CommonsNotre Dame Cathedral in the fall/Image: Creative Commons

Paris in September: A Welcome Return After the Lull

  Most locals recognize Paris in September as the true new year. Following a long summer hiatus, residents return home from vacation and get back to work. This is the season of turbo-charged […]

Medieval Paris: A Self-Guided Tour of 5 Intriguing Places

During the 19th century, the Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann gutted much of what had been medieval Paris-– forging the iconic skyline and enormous, grandiose boulevards we now (wrongly) tend to think of as timeless. […]

Paris in May: How to Enjoy the Mid-Spring Glory in 2019

  Representing the glorious apex of springtime in the French capital, Paris in May is a wildly popular time to visit. Millions of people throng on the city during this month alone, hoping to […]

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