In Review: Lapérouse, a Romantic Paris Restaurant With History Galore

First opened in 1766 as “La Maison Lapérouse”, this distinguished restaurant and bar situated smack on the banks of the Seine is a favorite spot for well-heeled literary and artistic types. It’s a place […]

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 […]

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

pharmacy and green sign in 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: […]

The Paris Book Fair (Salon du Livre): Why to Visit & Details for 2019

An author signs a book for a reader at the Salon du Livre in Paris (Paris Book Fair)

One of the rare trade shows in the French capital to attract both the general public and professionals, the annual Salon du Livre/Paris Book Fair brings dozens of renowned authors and thousands of […]

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.

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 […]

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

Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night exhibit at the Atelier des Lumières digital art museum in Paris

  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 […]

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, […]

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