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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 […]

The history of French macarons is a disputed, and fascinating, one.

A Short History of French Macarons, From Saint-Emilion to Paris

On a recent trip to the fortified medieval town of Saint-Emilion, my partner and I stayed in a lovely B&B plunged in the middle of the vineyards, outside the city walls. Our amiable […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

These 5 Places in Paris Aren’t Usually Associated With African-American History. They Should Be.

“It’s a great city, Paris, a beautiful city––and––it was very good for me.”– James Baldwin, Another Country (1962) One of the most singular and important American authors of the 20th century, James Baldwin […]

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