Galette des Rois (King Cake) five-star recipe

What’s the big deal with the King Cake dessert? It’s that time of the year – no, not for making resolutions to eat healthier, silly. It’s the month of the galette des rois, or King Cake! What is it? Why, only an almond custard-y layer of heaven surrounded by light and buttery puff pastry. That’s[…]

Complete Guide: How to host an authentic French holiday dinner party

A complete A-Z guide on how to wow your guests with a perfect French meal Do you want to add a French touch to your holiday meals this year? The French can through some pretty epic dinner parties. Chic settings, great food, quality time and conversation… they seem to have it all just right. Let’s[…]

French holiday drink guide: 9 festive options to try this year

Cocktails and drinks to bring a Parisian touch to your holidays Do you reminisce endlessly about your time in Paris? Are you looking to make your holiday celebrations a bit more chic? And dare I say… a bit more boozy? Well, if the answer to any of those questions was yes, I am going to[…]

Paris in winter: 6 key facts you need to know

Don’t let the cold weather blues keep you from having a good time in Paris Are you visiting Paris in the winter? First of all: kudos to you. You’re avoiding the huge crowds! There are some things that are pretty important to know before you visit, though. So whether you’ve got a trip planned already[…]

2017 Paris Holiday Market Guide

Upated Paris Christmas Markets, everything you need to know: which markets are best, opening days, pros, cons, and a map Do you call it Marché de Noël? Christmas market? Holiday market? Christkindlmarkt? Well, whatever you call it, these little markets are an pretty fun part of winter in Paris. But there are so many of[…]

Get to know… Karen’s Paris

Your chance to get inside the brain of company founder Karen. It’s not every day that Karen – or any of our guides – get asked random questions about themselves. Random questions about Paris? Yes. Random questions about French history? Absolutely. But just fun thinker questions? That’s much more rare. We wanted to give everyone[…]

6 Juicy Versailles Secrets You Won’t Find in Guidebooks

It wouldn’t be a Royal Palace without a few hidden-yet-astonishing stories… we’ve dug them up. After centuries of royal habitation, you just know that Versailles has baggage. The history of the place is relatively well known – it started as a pretty frumpy hunting lodge. When Louis XIV, the awe-inspiring Sun King took power, he[…]

13 Stunning Eiffel Tower Alternatives if Tickets are Sold Out

Eiffel Tower tickets sell out months in advance. Didn’t get yours? We can help. So you go to the official Eiffel Tower website to get your tickets but, oh no, they’re totally sold out for the dates you’re in Paris! This is actually a very common occurrence because most travelers don’t plan out all their[…]

Planning a Paris Vacation? Avoid These 14 Common Mistakes

An expert’s advice in how to maximize your time (and money) in Paris by avoiding these mistakes . “Paris is always a good idea.” That’s a quote by Audrey Hepburn’s title character in the film Sabrina. Well, I certainly belive that, but I’ll add on a second part: “Paris is always a good idea… but[…]

9 (Surprisingly Easy) Ways to Avoid Tourist Trap Restaurants in Paris

How to avoid that 50 euro meal of stale bread and flat beer. Stale bread and flat beer, you may scoff. In Paris? Incomprehensible! But… though Paris is known for stellar food, there IS indeed a darker side to eating out in the Capital of Cuisine. Yes, I’m referring to the Paris Tourist Trap Restaurant.[…]

8 Cool Ways Paris is Going Green

Ecology in Paris is not an abstract idea, it’s our health, our quality of life, and the means of the future. That’s a quote from Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris. She’s been a big factor in Paris’ recent push to be less polluting and more ecological. Of course as the city that hosted the COP21[…]

Melting Chocolate-Caramel Minicake

For those days when you don’t give a damn about diets (aka those days when you’re French). Is it funny because it’s true, or sad because it’s true? The French certainly don’t seem to go on diets, generally keeping to their carb & cream with a side of wine ways. I’m sure they don’t eat[…]

2017 Complete guide to useful apps for Paris

Technology has your back for your next trip to Paris It can be overwhelming to travel to a new country, especially one that speaks a different language than you. But – joy of joys – technology really has your back. Most of you will be traveling with data plans, so apps are your friend while[…]

18 Unique Paris Gifts They Will Actually Thank You For

This holiday season, give them gifts they’ll actually thank you for. Enough with the keychains, notebooks, and cufflinks splattered with “I love you Paris”. Down with the Eiffel tower salt shakers, the Paris skyline magnets, the berets, lthe badly-translated wall art… This holiday season, gift something unique! Something your Paris lover will actually appreciate and[…]