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 […]

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 […]

The 6 Best Markets in Paris That Are Open on Sundays

One of our favorite Paris Sunday markets is the organic market at Marché Raspail!

Used to sleeping in on Sundays? Think again—here in Paris, we wake up early every Sunday to hit the market. While many shops have traditionally been closed on Sundays here in the French capital, that’s starting to change. And the tail end of the weekend has been market day for as long as we can […]

A Love Letter to Paris: Montmartre

This love letter to Montmartre is full of ideas for local experiences (a picnic at the Sacre-Coeur, anyone?).

I first fell in love with Montmartre on the big screen, thanks to its starring role in Amélie. And like my heroine’s own connection to her neighborhood, it’s the first place I started to feel at home in Paris. When I visited a shared apartment in Montmartre which came with all the basics as well […]

10 Ways to Know You’re Completely Obsessed with Paris

La Cave de Belleville is one of the best Belleville restaurants for wine (and cheese) lovers.

As the saying goes, “though you may leave Paris, Paris never really leaves you.” After seeing “Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain” more times than you’d like to admit, and dreaming of buttery croissants, cheese and wine, you’ve finally made it to Paris. It’s got your heart and you keep coming back.  But each time you […]

Paris Then & Now: Rue Mouffetard

Produce stand on Rue Mouffetard

To wander through rue Mouffetard is to walk through Parisian history. One thing is certain: there is no shortage of beautiful streets in Paris. But one tiny street stands out among the rest: rue Mouffetard. As the oldest street in Paris, it exudes unparalleled charm and personality. If you’d like to experience the authentic Parisian […]

10 Things You Need to Know Before Traveling to Paris

One of our top Paris travel tips is to take the metro without paying too much for it.

Paris, like any other city, has a mode d’emploi—a sort of unwritten user manual for making the most of it.  If you don’t know the basics, it can be as frustrating as trying to put IKEA furniture together without the instructions. And nobody likes sticking out as a tourist, especially in an impossibly chic city […]

8 Tips and Tricks You Need to Beat the Lines in Paris

Skip the line at Paris' most regal residence by seeing a concert or the opera at Versailles.

For many visitors, Paris is a once-in-a-lifetime experience—and who wants to spend it waiting in line? Paris Pass is one way to skip the line, but it’s a hefty investment and unless you’re a really high-octane sightseer, you probably won’t get value out of it. The Paris Museum Pass, on the other hand, might be […]

How to Visit Paris on a Budget: Where to Eat, Drink and Explore

When visiting Paris on a budget, playing pétanque is a great way to mingle with the locals.

Paris is known for being chic and sophisticated, but it doesn’t have to be tough on your wallet. Vacations can get expensive. The cost of the hotel and flights add up before you’ve even landed in your destination. And once you arrive, it’s easy to burn through your budget on food, attractions and entertainment—especially in […]

Hidden Paris: Passageways

Passage des Panoramas is one of the oldest hidden Paris passageways.

Welcome to the Passage du Grand Cerf! It’s one of the prettiest covered passageways of Paris, tucked away in the second arrondissement. This iron and glass arcade from 1825 houses 20 or so boutique shops and businesses, a few offices, and apartments.  The Passage du Grand Cerf, like many other hidden Paris passageways, is many […]

The 5 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make in Paris

A Seine dinner cruise is one of the worst tourist traps in Paris there is.

Paris may be one of the world’s top destinations, but that doesn’t mean side-stepping Paris tourist traps is easy.  Communicating in a new language and understanding French cultural norms is only part of the process. In evaluating the best plan for your trip to the City of Light, it’s necessary to look past the clichés […]

6 Rooftop Bars in Paris That Locals Love

Le Molitor rooftop bars in Paris

Gray roofs and white stone, the gilded tops of local landmarks and the Eiffel Tower lurking somewhere in the background…there are few skylines as iconic as that of Paris.  Following in the steps of New York or Berlin, Paris offers a wealth of terraces where you can admire the view while nursing a cocktail or […]

A Love Letter to Paris: Growing Up

This beautiful Paris love letter encapsulates everything we love about the city—and why we can't wait to start exploring there soon!

Growing up, my birthday tradition differed from that of most American boys. For many of my friends, birthdays meant a chocolate cake and a trip to Chuck-E-Cheese or a laser tag game. For me, it was a tarte aux framboises with DIY birthday candles and a visit to the Paris taxidermy shop, Deyrolle. Paris entered […]

A Love Letter to Paris: Rue Paul Bert

Cyril Lignac, one of the top chefs and bakers in Paris, has a trio of divine eateries on Rue Paul Bert.

This post is part of our Love Letter series: first-person accounts of what we love about Paris. It was a grey mid-December day, but it still seemed like I could see all of Paris. There I stood, nose to floor-to-ceiling window of a sixth floor, one-bedroom on rue Paul Bert in the 11th arrondissement, contemplating […]

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