While the fanciest Paris restaurants continue to accumulate accolades, I find that these days the best place to feel the city’s culinary heartbeat is its burgeoning neo-bistro scene. Like its forerunner, the bistro […]
Ah, the French: masters of the apéro. Fact is, a good chunk of any Frenchie’s nightlife in Paris is spent elbow to elbow with a group of friends enjoying a nice glass of wine around a tiny table. Moreover, the full-blown apéro experience features some sort of antipasti or deli platter to share on the side. Whether you’re just enjoying an after-work swig, indulging in a lofty apéro dînatoire or planning to segue into a big night out, this selection of apéro spots will point you to the perfect place to start practicing the art of mastering this French skill.
At most Paris restaurants, asking for a doggie bag to pack up the rest of a meal unfortunately still amounts to a culinary slap in the face. While the French have remained notoriously unwilling to adapt to […]
Who says that the right to boogie should come with a price tag? Turns out that even in one of the most expensive cities in the world, a cover charge isn’t a prerequisite to indulge in an evening of dancing. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of free but fabulous places (bars and boîtes, or nightclubs) to get your dance on. Our picks reflect the variety of nightlife in Paris and ensure that you can get your groove on gratuitement.
Bastille Day: a commemoration of the storming of the Bastille prison; a celebration of the first république; and, like many French festivals, fêtes and holidays, a real pain in the derrière if you’re out of the loop. Of course, Parisians make it look so effortless: a parade here, a picnic alfresco there—all while dropping by the Fête des Loges in the Tuileries, catching the fireworks and then casually strolling into a bal des pompiers (firemen’s ball). To ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the fun, we’ve concocted the perfect last-minute checklist for your Bastille Day sans stress.
It’s a fait accompli: whenever the Parisian sun gods grant the sun-deprived city dwellers a full day of blue skies, the entire populace seems to flock to the closest terrace to capitalize on the sunshine. It is with the warmest plaisir that we divulge yet another round of Paris secrets—this time the city’s best terraces on the right bank—to ensure that you, too, can partake in this sunny ritual. After all, you never know when the sun will bestow its rays on the City of (Nocturnal) Light again.
Paris offers a wide array of bars to woo every gal, from the diva to the hipster. To shed some light on the oft-overwhelming list of choices, we’ve compiled a list of our faves and organized them by whim—you never know what you’ll be in the mood for! Consider this your guide to nightlife in Paris to get you out and barhopping à la Parisienne.
A successful night out in Paris involves more than just looking up the nearest club, cover charges and closing times. In fact, nightlife in Paris requires a nuanced understanding of each venue’s clientele, dress code and atmosphere. This edition of our nightlife in Paris series proposes a selection of club and concert venues with equal amounts of swagger and fantasy. While some of these spots have become the darlings of the Paris nightlife scene, we’ve avoided the run-of-the-mill powerhouses that dominate other reviews. Two things to remember before heading out in Paris: dress to impress and avoid long lines by arriving before midnight.
After you experience a lot of nightlife in Paris, the glitzy barhopping starts to feel stale, leaving behind only a craving for an experience with less fuss and more edge. That’s why I decided to swap the usual debonair bar jam-packed with natty sophisticates for a laid-back evening at la Folie en Tête.
Contrary to common belief in Paris, the world doesn’t end at the périphérique. In fact, many people fail to realize just how many Paris secrets are itching to be discovered in the remoter neighborhoods along the city’s periphery. On a recent excursion with friends, who happen to live in Paris’s northern extremity, we uncovered the grunge-glam Marché de l’Olive, a laid-back […]
In a city where local cuisine has hogged the spotlight for centuries, things are finally a-changin’. Along with a number of other “simple” staples, such as burgers and bagels, pizza has flourished in Paris over the […]
After having divulged our favorite cafés in Paris on the rive gauche that offer Wi-Fi, we’ve compiled a list of the best cafés to lug the laptop to on the on the other side of the Seine. As before, the list features cafés selected according to their reliable Wi-Fi, yummy java and table space for working comfortably.
Having reached my quota of French food from Paris restaurants for the week, I turned to ZenZoo to reintroduce some balance into my recent overload on steak frites and cuisse de canard. Humbly wedged into the […]
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