French markets offer tables piled high will all kinds of culinary delights
There’s no better way to experience a new culture than through its food, a universal fact more true in France than perhaps anywhere else! And Paris, as the epicenter of all things French, is the capital not just of France but of the nation’s cuisine as well. One culinary tradition ingrained in French culture that is particularly charming for visitors is shopping for fresh goods at the outdoor marchés that line the busy streets of cities across France all year long. With our list of the best traditional markets in Paris, you’re bound to find something for all tastes!
1. Aligre, Halle Beauvau
Famous as a bobo (bourgeois-bohemian) market popular with hip young people, Aligre isn’t your grandmother’s marché. Instead, it offers a variety of ethnic foods and unique French favorites that you can’t find just anywhere. This is the perfect stop if you’re looking for a taste of French culture adapted to the modern culinary scene. Stop by starting from 9am every day except Monday, but note that the stalls close for the déjeuner hour from 1 or 1:30 to 3:30 or 4 depending on the day. Read the entire story here…»
An aerial view of the beautiful Eiffel Tower.
The crisp cool air of autumn has arrived in the bustling city of Paris, France! The dropping temperatures make exploring the city much more enjoyable and comfortable especially for younger children. There are so many annual events that take place throughout the fall for your whole family to enjoy, so pack up and head to the City of Light! Take a look at our list of the top 10 things to do with kids during fall in Paris.
1. Paris Parks
The beautiful foliage can be seen in Jardin du Luxembourg, one of Paris’s most prestigious parks
Paris is no exception when it comes to the vast amounts of beautiful foliage that can be seen in the fall. The shades of yellow, orange and brown are delightful to see during this time of year, so visit some of the many Parisian parks to gaze at this colorful annual event. Learn more about why visiting parks is perfect for a family holiday. Read the entire story here…»
The vegetarian movement has had a slow start in Paris, but more places are popping up and gaining popularity with the masses. We’ve searched high and low and found the top 10 vegetarian and vegan places to shop and eat in Paris. Keep reading to find out more!
1. East Side Burger
The delicious and 100% vegan Marcello burger from East Side Burger!
Vegetarians and vegans galore can choose from the wide range of meals and either sit in one of the 20 seating spots, or choose take out to enjoy the delicious selection. Every day, East Side Burger offers two burgers from its menu, and it informs the customers ahead of time so you can choose which day to go. All their burgers are vegetarian, and can be made vegan with the exception of the Le Fromager. In addition to the delicious burgers, they also serve vegetarian hot dogs, homemade sides, vegan quiches, snacks (onion rings), desserts, and also vegan desserts! You can get a burger, french fries or coleslaw and a drink all for 10 euros! They also have a coffee menu including all you can drink coffee and 2 vegan cookies for only 4 euros. Stay close by this burger joint by staying in one of these vacation rentals in the 11th arrondissement! Read the entire story here…»
Check out our best apartments for a romantic getaway to Paris!
The French capital city of Paris is known as the most romantic city in the world. The winding streets and Renaissance architecture will leave you and your significant other in a trance. Experience firsthand why this city attracts millions of couples! Cozy up with your loved one in an environment that feels like home, a furnished apartment! We have compiled a list of apartments that are perfect for your romantic getaway to Paris.
One Bedroom Apartment in Les Halles (1st Arrondissement)
This cozy apartment has all the furnishing you could need on your trip to the French capital city!
This one bedroom vacation rental in Les Halles is located in the 1st Arrondissement. You will find quaint contemporary furnishings in the living room, complimented by stunning herringbone hardwood floors. The room features two sofas, a coffee table, a phone and a TV with cable. The open concept eat-in kitchen features everything you need to prepare your own meals including a fridge, microwave, stovetop and coffee maker. The bathroom offers modern finishes for the shower, WC and the sink with a vanity. The simple bedroom has a plush full sized bed and offers ample closet space to make your romantic stay comfortable. This neighborhood has many restaurants and nightlife to enjoy as well as many popular Parisian attractions, including the Louvre Museum and the Jardin des Tuileries. Learn more about The Louvre, an iconic neighborhood sight. This neighborhood is also closely situated near the iconic Eiffel Tower, so check out some of our apartments with a view! Read the entire story here…»
View of the Parisian skyline from the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Paris, France is a city so unique that it offers many opportunities for visitors and locals alike. With the sun shining and the steadiness of the breeze in the summertime, this spectacular city welcomes you with open arms with many seasonal events. Our 2015 summer guide will give you many options for how to spend your time on your trip to Paris in the warmer months.
See Outdoor Movies in Paris
Enjoy the fresh air of summer with an outdoor movie! There is no need to spend an afternoon cooped up in a theater while the weather is so pleasant. The Cinema en Plein Air is an outdoor film festival held in the Prairie du Triangle, within Parc de la Villette from July 22nd to August 23rd. Learn more about this famous open air festival. Another great outdoor film festival is the Cinema au Clair de Lune. Hosted by the Forum des Images, this festival will be held from July 30th to August 10th . This festival rotates around the Arrondissements for 9 nights of free films! Bring some snacks and relax under the stars while watching a classic movie. Discover our vacation rentals in the 19th Arrondissement to keep close to all the action! Read the entire story here…»
The Louvre, the iconic museum that holds Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
While some believe that bringing kids on a vacation could only cause complications, there is no need to fret when planning a Parisian summer getaway. We have compiled the best kid-friendly activities in the bustling city of Paris! Ranging from trips to zoos to beach getaways on the Seine, these fun activities will provide great memories for all children!
1. Visit Paris’ Fairs
Paris has numerous fairs in the summer which provide great activities for those of all ages. The Fête des Tuileries is a traditional fair held in the Tuileries Gardens from late June to late August. This fair has a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, and rollercoasters for everyone in the family. Also, a fair could not be considered a fair without extraordinary food! Specializing in crepes, churros and beignets, this fair will satisfy the sweet tooth of adults and children alike. Check out furnished apartments in the 1st Arrondissement, where this festival takes place. Another Parisian must-see fair is the Fête des Loges, the city’s oldest fair, which can be dated back to 1652. Very similar to the Fête des Tuileries in style, there are many attractions for your little ones such as carnival games and age appropriate roller coasters. What is unique to this fair is its excellent food selection. While the traditional fair food is present, multiple restaurants serve their gourmet dishes for all to enjoy. Read the entire story here…»
The famous carousel outside the Eiffel Tower
Traveling is a joy – it broadens horizons and brings people together to share stories and laughs. The experience is made all the more memorable when you travel with your family. But when everyone is paired off into different hotel rooms it can sometimes feel like you’re not traveling together at all. The solution? A vacation rental with enough space for the whole crew. In this post we’ve chosen a few of the best examples of family-friendly apartments in Paris everyone is sure to love.
1. Three-Bedroom vacation rental in Bastille
A literary haven in Bastille (PA-2820)
Walking into this charming Bastille apartment is like stepping into the secret library in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Colorful books on every subject are artfully tucked into whitewashed bookshelves stretching across multiple walls throughout the apartment. They pop like pieces of candy against the neutral hardwood floors and pale furniture, encouraging everyone who sees them to pick one up and flip through Paris’s rich culture. This dual-story apartment is located on the third floor of a four story walk up (find out why Paris has so many stairs!), and has a king, queen, and twin bed between its three bedrooms. The neighborhood itself is one of the most historic districts in Paris, within walking distance of the Notre Dame Cathedral as well as the Musee du Fumeur and Pont de Bercy. The closest metro stations include the Bastille and the Gare de Lyon. Read the entire story here…»
Exploring the Eiffel Tower in the snow is magical
Often when we think of winter activities for kids we think of Christmas – visiting Santa and baking cookies – but what is there to do once all the Christmas decorations are down and the presents are unwrapped? Contrary to popular belief, there are lots of things to do with your family for a winter holiday vacation well after the holiday season has drawn to a close. This is especially true in Paris, where wintertime is a season of bustling activity! Although there is no shortage of kid-friendly activities in the City of Lights, these are a few of the ones we think are the best.
1. Go Ice Skating
Ice Skating in front of City Hall? Don’t mind if we do.
Unlike in the United States, many of the city’s winter ice skating rinks stay open for weeks and months after the holidays. Popular indoor skating centers include the Patinoire Pailleron and the Patinoire Sonja Henie. However, the most famous and popular of all ice rinks in Paris is hands down the Patinoire de L’Hôtel de Ville, the ice rink in front of City Hall. Be sure to admire the surrounding architecture, as much of Paris was redesigned in the late nineteen hundreds in the Haussman style. In fact, that’s part of why Paris has so many stairs! Read the entire story here…»
Stairs separate the busy city from the quiet Seine river.
“Why isn’t there an elevator in my apartment building? I have to walk up multiple flights of stairs!” This is the cry of the beleaguered traveler who, after a long flight, is dismayed to note that he or she will have to carry heavy bags up several stairs before taking a well-deserved nap. Fear not, beleaguered traveler! We hear you! You’re not alone in your lament! In this article we hope to help you understand why your building was designed without a nice, roomy elevator, and why this might actually be a good thing.
But first, strap yourself in for a teensy bit of history.
1. Upward Mobility and the Social Standing of Stairs
The grand style of Haussmann’s rebuilding of Paris
Paris was a pretty dismal place in the mid-nineteenth century. Medieval streets twisted aimlessly through dark, leaning buildings and roads were often barely wide enough for one cart to pass through. In 1853, Napoleon III appointed George Haussmann to open, unify, and embellish Paris. The sweeping style and delicate filigree that characterizes Paris today is largely a result of that work. But with a new architectural order came a new social order, at the center of which was a building’s stairs. Read the entire story here…»
See the Christmas tree in the plaza in front of the Notre Dame
The trees have lost their leaves and each morning is now greeted with a dusting of frost. Lights gleam off the lingering ice as the smell of King Cake drifts through the air. Winter is falling over Paris, but the city itself is more active than ever. From holiday markets and ice skating to parties and events, there’s no better time to visit Paris than during the Christmas season.
In this article we’ve covered the most interesting and exciting events in the city, so be sure to let us know what you think!
Holiday markets along the Champs Elysées are a great place to pick up last-minute gifts. Photo: Steve Shupe.
A city in a snow globe, there’s nothing more romantic than roaming the holiday markets in Paris as crisp winter winds ruffle artfully placed hats. Although little markets spring up all over the city, these are some of our favorites.
- As the most iconic street in Paris, the Champs Elysées is a prime attraction during the holiday season. In fact, it’s the only street that makes our list of the Top 10 Must-See Sights in Paris! The Christmas market at the Champs Elysées consists of one hundred chalets from the Vosges region. This arts and crafts market offers a wide selection of gifts and holiday food, including everything from arts and crafts to mulled wine and crepes. It runs from November 14th through January 4th, and be sure to stop by at night to see the Big Wheel illuminated. Read the entire story here…»