Nuit Blanche, a Paris Arts Festival for Night Owls

    First celebrated in 2002, Nuit Blanche is a Paris arts and culture event that’s ideal for the nocturnally-driven traveler– and completely free for all. Translating as “White Night” and held every October, the […]

    4 Paris Jazz Festivals to Mark in Your Calendar Now

    Paris is legendary for its longstanding jazz scene, rivaling New Orleans’ and New York’s at certains points in history. While the golden era of Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington and Django Reinhardt bringing the […]

    Inside L’Officine Universelle Buly, a 19th-century-style Paris apothecary

    I’ve always been a bit skeptical of the apothecary trend. It’s generally struck me as a marketing ploy to raise the perceived value or originality of products and crank up their prices– irrespective […]

    6 Inspiring Urban Farms & Community Gardens to Explore in Paris Now

    Paris has a lot going for it, but if there’s one thing lacking, it’s space. The need to squeeze, adjust and think creatively not only applies to living space but to agriculture too. […]

    Summery Indulgence: 4 Places I Recommend for Ice Cream & Gelato in Paris

    The best ice cream and gelato in Paris

    Small confession: I’m not someone you can really trust with a pint of ice cream left in the freezer. If it’s there, it’s pretty certain I’ll eat it– and often too much at […]

    How to Enjoy Paris Gay Pride (Marche des Fiertés LGBT+) in 2019?

    Summer in the French capital necessarily means festivals and music filling the streets, the long days seeming to stretch out even further amid the joyful din. And what better way to kick off […]

    In Review: The Ice Kube Bar in Paris (Gimmick or Intriguing Night Out?)

    Featuring Siberian temperatures, surreal bunker-like surroundings that might remind you of Superman’s icy lair, and a jetset-aspiring clientele, the Ice Kube bar at Paris’ Kube Hotel claims to offer a singular nightlife experience. […]

    In Review: Breizh Café & Cider Bar, for Creative Cocktails & Bréton Nibbles

    Bréton-style savory pancakes and cocktails: if the combination sounds a bit odd, that’s because it is. But as I recently discovered, it can also be an eye-opening and delicious one. At the Breizh […]

    A Stroll Through Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris

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

    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 […]

    Seeking Belle-Epoque Paris in the Grands Boulevards District: My Full Guide

    Les ARcades de Paris, Galerie Vivienne/David Pendery/Creative Commons

    Technically, the tangled arrangement of wide, grandiose streets known as the Grands Boulevards in Paris stretch all the way from the Eglise Madeleine church in the 8th arrondissement (district) to the Place de […]

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

    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

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

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

    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 […]

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

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

    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 […]

    Academie de la Grande Chaumière: The Paris Art Studio Favored by Modigliani, Miró and Lempicka

    On a quiet side street in Montparnasse that seems worlds apart from the frenetic Boulevards and terraced cafes just feet away, there’s a typically Belle-Epoque building you’d be forgiven for not noticing. But […]

    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 […]

    Inside La Coupole, a Montparnasse Brasserie Haunted With Artistic History

      Referring to the legendary Parisian brasserie on Boulevard de Montparnasse, French historian Georges Viaud once remarked: “If the tables [here] could talk, they would tell the story of La Coupole’s role in […]

    Belleville Artists’ Open Studios: Get a Glimpse of Local Creation

    Belleville artists' studios open house days/ Ateliers d'artistes de Belleville Portes Ouvertes

    Every year in late spring, over 200 artists working and living in Paris’ northeastern Belleville neighborhood open their studios for a few days to the general public. The Portes Ouvertes (open doors) event takes place […]

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