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What Time Is It in Paris?

Wondering what time is it in Paris? The answer is: The time comes courtesy of the Time & Date website, which is great. While you’re here, I hope you’ll take a look around this website, which is written by me, a travel writer living between Paris and the U.S. I write a weekly newsletter about France, which I hope you might like to subscribe to. My most popular posts include: A running list of all the best places to eat and drink in the 3rd arrondissement Pickleball in Paris: Everything We Know Seven castles near Paris My favorite books involving World War II and Paris A really thorough investigation of where to play pickleball in Paris A running list of the coolest places in Paris “11 Ways Your Paris Airbnb Might Go Extremely Wrong,” A year of photos tracking the blooming seasons in Paris The best spring picks from Princesse Tam Tam Are Veja sneakers comfortable? An investigation Paris is six hours ahead of New York (and Eastern time), seven hours ahead of Chicago (and Central time), …

A Running List of the Best Places to Eat and Drink in the Third Arrondissement

1. Le Progrès The whole neighborhood’s here on a perfect summer night. And a chilly fall night. And the dead of winter. The terrace is the place to see and be seen, but don’t sleep on the warm, buzzy, convivial interior. 1 rue de Bretagne 2. Mmmozza Peerless mozzarella-centric sandwiches — I dream of this place when I’m away. Look for the line out the door at lunchtime, and consider going early if you (like I) get nervous that they’ll run out of baguette (it happens). Also the cannolis!!! 57 rue de Bretagne 3. Bouillon Pigalle A newish outpost of this stylish reinvention of the cantine concept: cheap, good food, for the masses. The original is, as the name suggests, in Pigalle, but this one is just as large, stylish, and fast. Come here for the Frenchest of French foods, at killer prices: œufs mayonnaise (€2.50!), magret de canard with sauce à l’orange and pommes paysannes (€12.80), steak frites with sauce au poivre (€12.60) — I couldn’t love this place more. Delivery available to heat-up-at-home via …

I Know Why Everyone Hates The Tortured Poets Department (And I Love It)

I am a Taylor Swift fan but not a Swiftie. I have a ticket to see the Eras tour, but only because I was able to purchase one at face value. I have tried to convince a boyfriend, in Paris, that we should dance ’round the kitchen in the refrigerator light, while listening to Taylor Swift sing about doing exactly that, an exercise in imitation that I do not recommend, not least because how is this done? How does the refrigerator door stay open, so that it might shed its light? Do you stand there with one hand on the door and the other hand on your partner’s waist? Do you prop it open with a broom? Do you do this in time for the line to play while you are still dancing, rather than only figure it out in time for “22,” which is a completely different vibe, and not at all appropriate for dancing in a mostly dark kitchen in Paris? I did not seek out the leaked Tortured Poets Department tracks, or even stay …

25 Ways to Spend Taurus Season in Paris

Paris is made for Tauruses: It’s beautiful, serene, home to a meadow of two, and the capital of luxury and fashion. (Also butter.) As my fellow Taureans know, there’s no better combination. Below, a variety of ways to satisfy a Taurus’s truest wishes:

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A Running List of the Coolest Places in Paris

What is cool! Everyone’s cool is different from everyone else’s — so when I say this is the list of the coolest places to go in Paris, I definitively mean that it is my list. Ergo: more bookstores than restaurants, more shops than bars. Your list will be different from mine, but I stand by all these picks. Le Pavillon des Canaux: the sunniest, basin-side café/live music venue in the city. 39 quai de la Loire, 75019 La Recyclerie: Basically the same thing (a combo art space/café/brunch experience), but in the 18th, just below the flea markets at Saint Ouen. 83 bd Ornano, 75018 La Bellevilloise: Maybe one more? A live music/art space with more of a nightclub vibe than the two spots immediately above. 19-21 rue Boyer, 75020 Le Perchoir: This brand has four super-style-y cafés/bars — I love the rooftop one in Menilmontant, but I’m very interested in seeing the new one in the 15th at Porte de Versailles (pictured above), not far from the new Mama Shelter hotel, Mama West. Menilmontant: 14 rue Crespin …

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Pickleball in Paris: Everything We Know

I’ve lived in Paris longer than I’ve played pickleball in Paris — but after two years on and off in the US, pickleball has weirdly become one of my favorite activities, so I’ve become dedicated to figuring out where to play it here.

A Year of Blooms in Paris

Paris changes radically depending on its weather, and what’s blooming — or not. Here, you’ll find a quasi-chronological look at the city over the span of seven years, for an anecdotal take on when you’ll see cherry blossoms, fall color, and brilliant flowers at the Jardin des Plantes (noted here as the JDP). While the dates are chronological, the years are all messed up, so you might see cherry trees blooming in late March or mid-April — it just depends on the year. Something I really noticed is that with sunshine, fall is beautiful here — without it, wow. No one does dreary like northern Europe! If cherry trees are your thing, I have created a 5.5-kilometer, roughly hour-long walking tour through the very center of Paris (at the bottom of the page), with lots of opportunities for seeing them in bloom.  And if you like roses, there’s nowhere better than the Roseraie du Val-de-Marne, just outside Paris in L’Haÿ-les-Roses, and absolutely spectacular when they’re in bloom. Scroll down, or you can jump to the …

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11 Big Problems With Your Paris Airbnb

Planning to rent a Parisian Airbnb this summer? Coming for the Olympics, or the art, or the food? Parisian Airbnbs come with their own specific set of challenges: size, access, and more. Here, a run-down on a few of the most common concerns for living à la française — from burglars swooping down from the rooftop to seven-floor buildings without an elevator in sight. (Here’s a link to the Airbnb shown above.) 1. Am I Going to Be Burgled? Violent crime is rare within Paris’s city limits, at least compared to similarly sized American cities, but property crime is not. (My building, with nine apartments and in a very nice part of town, has had nearly a half-dozen break-ins in the past 18 months.) This problem is most apparent in late summer, when Parisians go on vacation and thieves…do not. Keep valuables well out of sight and always close and lock your windows when you leave — and don’t assume (as I did) that a top-floor apartment means you’re out of danger, since many break-ins are …

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How Do French People Eat Olives? Aude de Vathaire Has the Answers

Many of the finer points of French culture elude me, even after living there for nearly a decade — so for the nuances of etiquette, manners, and elegance, I reached out to life coach and therapist (and French more expert) Aude de Vathaire, who’s amassed a sizable online following for her pointed, refined counsel. She was kind enough to respond to a selection of my queries — and I recommend following her for more insight and advice on Instagram and YouTube. For a truly deep dive, note that she also offers a masterclass on summoning an elegant spirit, as well.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Aude de Vathaire (@frenchelegance.and.more) The French culture is renowned for its elegance worldwide. Do you think this reputation is deserved, or is it simply mystique? Elegance is part of our essence as a human being, so it is present in each one of us on Earth, ready to be expressed more thoroughly in our personal lives. In all cultures, there is a notion of …