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T’Xuan – Little China in Paris

Almost everyone who dreams about coming to Paris, pictures himself sitting in one of the famous Parisian cafés, slowly sipping espresso and eating a macaroon. However, when living in Paris, many quickly realize that most of the cafés are very similar. Although every local loves this intrinsic part of the Parisian lifestyle, it happens that we crave something different from time to time and T’Xuan is responding to that need. Via: T’Xuan T’Xuan (糖轩) was founded in 2015 by Yuelin Cui and Pierre-Henri Boissavy right in the center of Paris. This extraordinary Chinese tea room offers a broad variety of Chinese desserts and tea as well as a few entrée-sized traditional dishes. If you visit the tea room during Chinese festivals, you can also order special festive foods like moon cake or zongzi. Aesthetics plays a big part in T’Xuan: tea flowers float in the teapots while little porcelain koi…

Kitsuné – brand of many faces

Some people have so many passions and ideas that it’s impossible to abandon any of them when it comes to choosing their career path. That was the case for Gildas Loaëc and Masaya Kuroki who both love fashion and music. During their trip to Japan, they had an idea to create a company that would be involved in both areas. Image via: Kitsuné Kitsuné is a French company founded in 2002 by Loaëc, Kuroki and London-based design company Åbäke. The word kitsuné (written きつね or 狐) itself means “fox” in Japanese and is a reference to the company’s diversity. According to Japanese folklore, foxes are believed to have the power to change their appearance. This ability to shapeshift represents different faces of Kitsuné – fashion, lifestyle and music (described here). Rashida Jones for Maison Kitsuné Parisien collectionImage via: Kitsuné Maison Kitsuné is a fashion label that intertwines Japanese minimalism and…

The Crêpe of your Dreams -Marche Ou Crêpe

Inspired by the French title <Marche ou crève> of Stephen King’s novel <The Long Walk>, Marche ou Crêpe is arguably one of the best crêperies in Paris. Having more than just the smart touch of words play, the lovely and welcoming couple who run this small restaurant in the 20th arrondissement take their crafts seriously. I once witness a gentleman, a regular in a joking mood, get “yelled” at when he called the crêpe a fast food. Located in a lively family neighborhood instead of a busy touristic site, Marche ou Crêpe provides an alternative to the time/money consuming fine dinning, while preserving an authentic Parisian favor. Salty or sweet, this vegetarian friendly crêperie has a largely varied menu, whoever visits will sure find a custom made crêpe that speak to his or her hungry heart! Opens from Wednesday to Sunday, Marche Ou Crêpe is just one minute’s walk away…

Thai food around the corner – Street Bangkok Roast & Beer

If there is something that every food lover should put on a bucket list, it’s definitely the famous Thai street food. Thanks to Street Bangkok Roast & Beer you have an opportunity to experience it in Paris! Hidden from bustling Boulevard de Sébastopol, Street Bangkok is different than any other Thai restaurant. Guests of this unique rotisserie are welcomed by a big neon senile Asian man smoking a pipe in the back. Bright, vivid lights contrast with raw concrete walls covered in graffiti mixed with old pictures and ads from Thailand. Just like on the street: people dine together gathered by long metal tables near a rack where roasted ducks are hanged before being served. The menu is not long but certainly full of surprises. Street Bangkok Roast & Beer serves three types of dishes: roast meat (served with rice and vegetables), street wok (including some vegetarian options) and noodle…

Savory Saturday – La Epicerie

If they say heaven is a place on Earth, that this place in heaven is where love comes first, then we are convinced that La Epicerie, adjoined to Le Bon Marche, is that place. Between the wine cave on the basement floor, the bakery, the deli, the jam section, the water selection, and the variety of chocolates from around the world located in Aisle Never Leave (the unofficial name of the aisle given by us), La Epicerie is a gourmet gourmand’s final destination. Stocked full of foods and food good specialities from France and across the world, the sister store of Le Bon Marche is as high end as it gets. It is the Neiman Marcus of noodles, the Saks Fifth Avenue of salt, the Barney’s of your breakfast muffins. Yet there are mid-priced goods here which make for fun and adorable treats to pick up on a trip or…

Boat Bar Hopping: The Hottest Bateauxs on the Seine

A picnic on the Seine is a great way to wind down a day, but a rooftop bar on the Seine may be even better. Here are our top three choices for the best boat bars on the Seine (in the Port des Invalides/Quai d’Orsay area) that you must check out this summer before they float away from the 7th arrondissement and your rosé préférée is gone to be replaced by mulled wine. 1) Rosa Bonheur Sur Seine: an offshoot founded by the team behind the Rosa Bonheur situated in the Parc Buttes-Chaumont, this immensely popular floating barge bar is packed to the brims with people. While it seems like the sides of the boat are bursting with action, it’s actually the dancefloor inside that has all the main attractions. With an eclectic lineup of music going from hip hop to blaring wedding music in one swoop (don’t be…