7 Types of French Cheese You Have to Try in Paris

Valençay cheese

Former French President Charles de Gaulle is famous for having declared that it was impossible to govern a country with 246 kinds of cheese… and these days, France is home to far more than that!  It can seem a bit overwhelming to know where to begin, so to help you get started, here are the […]

Where to Find the Best Hot Chocolate in Paris

African hot chocolate at Angelina, Paris

France may not be as well-known as Belgium or Switzerland for its chocolate, but this country actually has a rich tradition in all things cacao… especially chocolat chaud.  Here are our four favorite spots to indulge in the best hot chocolate in Paris. Photo Credit: La Chocolaterie Cyril Lignac, Text Overlay: Devour Paris Food Tours […]

7 Perfect Ways to Spend a Rainy Day in Paris

The Picasso museum is a great place to visit on a rainy day in Paris.

Perhaps Paris’ best-kept secret is that it shares London’s infamous drizzly weather.  Cole Porter wasn’t kidding when he referenced “Paris when it drizzles.” But what he missed was the fact that it rains in Paris—not just in winter, but all year round. Most rain in Paris falls in May and June, but rainfall in the […]

How to Spend Your Sundays in Paris and Make Every Moment Count

Get off the beaten path and explore Paris' hidden corners on Sundays.

The French are known for their long Sunday lunches en famille that stretch into the afternoons.  After washing down a multiple course meal of tempting appetizers, hearty mains, cheese platters, and dessert with a bouteille de vin or two, the French toddle home sated—bellies and ears decidedly full. But where does that leave the rest […]

A Guide to Eating Alone in Paris for Solo Travelers

When eating alone in Paris, you can take up more space than you would with others.

For solo travelers, the most daunting aspect of their trip is often eating alone.  For the uninitiated, the simple act of grabbing a bite between blocks of sightseeing can unleash a spiral of anxiety: You need to eat, but what do you do during the eternity between ordering and the arrival of your plate? Is […]

Making New Traditions With Mulled Wine in Paris

It was nearly Christmas, a few months after I had first moved to Paris, and I was dating my first French boyfriend. On a weekend trip to his hometown, we had somehow found ourselves entangled in a group of locals—friends and friends of friends from the area—spending the afternoon hanging around the flower farm where […]

5 Places to Eat in Paris on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

L'Alsace restaurants in Paris

From luxurious meals fit for royalty to grabbing a falafel and walking the crowded streets of Le Marais, there are a number of ways to have a pleasing culinary experience in Paris on Christmas and Christmas Eve. We’ve already told you where you can go to experience the best holiday markets the French capital has […]

Typical French Christmas Foods to Enjoy This Holiday Season

Raclette is a typical French Christmas food at the markets.

Devoid of a feast-focused holiday like Thanksgiving, France pulls out all the stops at Christmastime, with a multi-course meal and more than enough specialties to enjoy in the days leading up to the festivities.  Here is just a touch of what you can expect on the table at Christmastime in Paris and beyond. These French […]

The 6 Best Christmas Markets in Paris You Should Visit This Winter

One of the best Christmas markets in Paris on the Champs de Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower

A tradition that originated in France’s Alsace region to the east of Paris in the 16th century, Christmas markets have grown in popularity in recent years.  Each year, France’s dozens of markets—with their quaint wooden stalls, flowing mulled wine and overpriced nativity scene figurines—bring in an estimated 27 million visitors, including 2 million at the […]

How to Be a Good Tourist: Paris Edition

Part of responsible tourism in Paris is making an effort to speak some French with the locals.

Don’t miss the rest of our responsible tourism guides: MADRID | BARCELONA | SEVILLE | SAN SEBASTIAN | LISBON | ROME Thinking of visiting Paris? You’re not alone. The city’s visitor bureau announced an uptick in tourism, citing more than 40 million tourists in 2017 with 23 million hotel arrivals.  Despite suffering a lull in tourism, Paris has exceeded its prior visitor numbers. […]

Our Favorite Paris Restaurants by Neighborhood: Pigalle

One of our favorite Pigalle restaurants is the local bouillon.

Despite its seedy past as Paris’ red light district, today’s Pigalle—located in the capital’s 9th arrondissement—hardly resembles its 20th, or 19th century self.  Swept up in the winds of gentrification that have engulfed much of northern Paris, the streets of the neighborhood, including the infamous Boulevard de Clichy, are increasingly lined with hip cafes, bars […]

5 Natural Wine Bars in Paris You Need to Check Out

Badaboum is one of our favorite spots to drink natural wine in Paris.

Natural wine is the drink of the moment, and nowhere is that more true than Paris.   Using only natural, endemic yeasts for fermentation and eschewing filtering and sulfites, natural wine—known as vin nature or vin vivant (living wine) in French—tends to boast a lighter, fruitier flavor than most conventional vintages. Its aromas occasionally veer towards […]

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