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Finding Paris in Seattle

With a little imagination you can find Paris just about anywhere. On a recent visit to the States I found Paris in Seattle, Washington. I was transported countless times to the City of Light...
courtesy of Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

Best Chinese Restaurants in Paris: Shang Palace at the Shangri-La

Asian restaurants in Paris followed a different evolution from those in London or New York, because many of the Asians who immigrated to France during and after the wars that shook the country’s former...
L'Axel restaurant

L’Axel: Dining in Fontainebleau

Just an hour from Paris by train, Fontainebleau is a delightful overnight getaway from the French capital or an excellent stopping point for anyone traveling by car between northern and southern France. Flanked by...
Les Fables de la Fontaine, Paris

Dining in Paris: Les Fables de la Fontaine

Ever since it was founded by chef Christian Constant, who has a cluster of other popular restaurants in the same well-heeled Left Bank neighbourhood, including Les Cocottes and Le Café Constant, this intimate restaurant...
Prunier

Made in France: Caviar d’Aquitaine

Well-dressed people are gathered on the Rue de l’Odéon in up-scale Saint-Germain-des-Prés for the opening of Caviar de Neuvic, Paris’s newest gastronomic mecca totally dedicated to caviar. Dainty shell spoons surround an extravagant mound...
Restaurant Sylvestre

Where to Eat in Paris: Restaurant Sylvestre

Taking over a restaurant that was founded by another chef is always a delicate challenge for the incoming talent, since a certain part of the clientele will inevitably be flustered by the idea of...
Musée Archéologique Saint-Pierre

French City Discovery: Vienne, at the Crossroads of History

Over the last 2,500 years, the small city of Vienne in the Rhône-Alpes region has regularly found itself at the intersection of great forces in the history of France. However, during the last 100...
Le Grand Restaurant

Top Paris Dining: Le Grand Restaurant by Jean-François Piège

In addition to being one of the very best French chefs of his rapidly ascending generation, Jean-François Piège, 45, is also an aesthete with a remarkable talent, not only for cooking but also for...
Le Balcon, Paris

Le Balcon: The Restaurant at the Philharmonie de Paris

Whatever you think of Jean Nouvel’s science fiction-inspired architecture, the recently-opened, €1-billion Philharmonie de Paris in the 19th arrondissement’s Villette quartier has completely changed the geography of the city for music-lovers. Now that the much...
courtesy of Épicerie Générale

Epicurean Paris: Top Specialty Food Stores and Gourmet Grocers

A new generation of gourmet grocers is helping food lovers rediscover France’s far-flung gastronomic pleasures in chic, welcoming spaces that raise food shopping – and no-fuss dining – to the level of art. Upgrading...