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

    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.

      At Paris Unlocked, we tend to focus coverage on lesser-known corners of the capital, and encourage readers to look well beyond the obvious and the wildly popular. But for first-time visitors, getting […]

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

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

    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 […]

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

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

      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 […]

    Le Potager de Charlotte: Simple, Flavorful Vegan Cuisine in Paris

    Rice and chickpea galettes/pancakes with cashew cream, pumpkin seeds, arugula, herbs and spices at Le Potager de Charlotte. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reservedRice and chickpea galettes/pancakes with cashew cream, pumpkin seeds, arugula, herbs and spices at Le Potager de Charlotte. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reserved

      For anyone following the Parisian food scene, it’s no secret that there’s something of a vegetarian and vegan revolution underway in the city. As little as three or four years ago, my […]

    In Review: Atelier des Lumières, The First (All)-Digital Art Museum in Paris

    The immersive Klimt and Viennese artists show at the Atelier des Lumieres in Paris, France

      When I first heard that an all-digital art museum and cultural space called the Atelier des Lumières would be opening its doors in Paris sometime in 2018, I was more than a […]

    In Review: Eating Europe’s “Hip Eats and Backstreets” Tour of Paris

    Tonka bean and chocolate eclair at the patisserie included on the Eating Europe tour. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reserved.

    I’ll start by saying this: If there’s any food tour that you should take on an empty stomach, it’s this one. The “Hip Eats and Backstreets” tour of Paris from Eating Europe isn’t one that […]

    Paris in September: A Welcome Return After the Lull

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

      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 […]

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

    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.

    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, […]

    Paris in August: How to Enjoy the “High-Low” Season in the Capital

    A sunny day at Luxembourg garden. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reservedA sunny day at Luxembourg garden. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reserved

      Carrying on from July’s mass exodus of local residents to beaches in the south of France, Paris in August is an odd and interesting time to be in the capital. It’s arguably […]

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

    During the 19th century, the Baron George-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. […]

    Yes, It’s Still Safe to Travel to Paris. Here’s How to Secure Your Trip.

    Parisian buildings as seen from the rooftop of the Centre Pompidou-- another essential spot on a first trip.Parisian buildings as seen from the rooftop of the Centre Pompidou-- another essential spot on a first trip.

    Following 2015’s tragic terrorist attacks in the French capital-– and others around France and Europe since– many travellers are anxiously wondering “Is it still safe to travel to Paris?” A quick look at […]