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Paris is said to be the most visited city in the world, and for good reason. There are so many independent and individual places, it's almost overwhelming. The city's constant and beautiful Haussmann architecture should not be mistaken for sameness throughout: the city is full of a variety of cultures if you know where to look. The centre is home to the world-renowned, majestic art galleries and typical 'Parisian cafés', with their high ceilings and art deco decor; the Latin Quarter is full of old and quaint shops. Montmartre is renowned for its little shops, although tourist prices prevent most people shopping there too regularly... For the younger, more lively Paris, Canal Saint Martin, Bastille and Pigalle are packed with budding bars, cafes and restaurants, serving all sorts of world cuisines. The streets surrounding the Gare du Nord and further north offer a more ethnically diverse range of shops than most parts of the city. Down south, Butte aux Cailles feels like a little village atop a cobbled-stone hill - a great place for dinner and a drink in a choice of small places. Sift through our guide to discover much more...
Day by Day is the first bulk buy chain in France with 35 shops in cities across the country, three of which are in Paris.
Rooted in the heart of the Marais, a natural and sustainable brunching spot has sprung. WILD & THE MOON teaches us something about eating well.
The ‘Maison du Zéro Déchet’ opened in Paris in July 2017 as a space for discussion on all things zero waste. Workshops, conferences and screenings are on offer, and a shop is equipped with everything you need to start reducing your environmental footprint.
Marie Blandin is the woman behind the organic soap brand Terra Lova. We met up for a a chat in her workshop in Les Grands Voisins, the community space housing several startups and initiatives in Paris.
Poiscaille is a young French startup creating a new way of supplying fresh, responsibly sourced and reasonably priced fish. We spoke to Igor, a member of the team, about the importance of knowing where the fish we eat comes from.
Founded by a Romanian coffee enthusiast and a Palestinian chef, Ibrik is the first Parisian coffee shop to showcase the art of oriental coffee making.
We talk to Cathy Poirson, of Ibrik in Paris, about the art of Oriental coffee making and the challenges of starting a business in France.
For a wide selection of loose-leaf tea and ethnic gifts, Thé Bleu is a true infusion heaven situated in the 5th arrondissement in Paris.
Hervé runs possibly the best African restaurant and takeaway in Paris. Buried in the Marché Saint Quentin, a listed covered market two minutes’ walk from Gare du Nord, his cosy hub is perfect for lunch or an early supper.
KB café is a cosy coffee haven on the less touristy side of the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre, situated just where Paris’ 9th and 18th arrondissements meet.
A cheap, cheerful, and abundantly supplied Chinese supermarket in Strasbourg-Saint-Denis, in the 10th arrondissement of Paris.
An unassuming vintage clothes boutique in Paris’ 9th arrondissement, a stone’s throw from Notre Dame.