Montmartre: Exploring the New, Hip & Delicious in One of Our Favorite Paris ‘Hoods

 

After living in Montmartre for several months, I would like to think that I know the area well. But even the small village around metro Abbesses is constantly evolving with new cafés, restaurants, and shops opening all the time. If you find yourself in the 18th arrondissement visiting Sacré-Cœur or the Moulin Rouge, make sure to stop by some of my favorite places that have opened recently:

SyLon de Montmartre

SyLon de Montmartre is a newly opened café located on rue Piémontési alongside the famous potelets by Le CyKlop, which are painted with the faces of renowned artists who lived or worked in Montmartre. With a wooden facade that you cant miss, and leather couches inside, SyLon de Montmartre is a cosy café perfect for enjoying a flat white or a slice of delicious carrot cake. Owner Carine is passionate about coffee and offers speciality brewing methods such as AeroPress, Chemex, and V60.

 

HiP Paris Blog covers what's new in Montmartre

Continue reading “Montmartre: Exploring the New, Hip & Delicious in One of Our Favorite Paris ‘Hoods”

The Big Mamma Group: Trendy, Fresh, Authentic Italian Dining in Paris

The Big Mamma Group was started by Tigrane and Victor, two Frenchmen with a love for Italian food. They opened their first restaurant – Mamma Gorda – in the south of France but quickly aspired to break into the Parisian dining scene. While Italian restaurants are a-plenty in Paris, the Big Mamma Group brought something different to the table: ‘a 100% Italian trattoria, with fresh products brought in from Italy, and a 100% Italian staff’. They even rented 20 apartments to house their staff!

The Big Mamma Group opened their first restaurant – East Mamma – in the 11th arrondissement of Paris and quickly found people lining up at the door, a now common sight at all of their restaurants. They soon opened their second restaurant, Ober Mamma, this time including a fun cocktail list featuring Italian liquors and a huge wood-fire pizza oven for their Neapolitan pizzas. In order to make fresh, authentic Italian dough, they opened Mamma Primi, specializing in primi piatti. Then, they decided to create a real Italian caffé in the form of Biglove, serving up 100% gluten free pizzas, brunch with an Italian twist, and coffee all day.

HiP Paris Blog examines the success of the Big Mamma Group
Pink Mamma

Continue reading “The Big Mamma Group: Trendy, Fresh, Authentic Italian Dining in Paris”

The Closing of Colette: A Paris Fashion Institution

Colette, which has been described by Forbes as The Trendiest Store In The World’, is a Paris institution. Chanel designer Karl Lagerfield famously declared that its the only shop he visits because they have things no one else has. But Colette is not only for the rich and famous; tourists, locals, young and old, trendy and not-so-trendy, everyone can find something that amuses or inspires at Colette.

Located on the fashionable Rue Saint-Honore, Colette opened in 1997, founded by name-sake Colette Rousseaux. The three level shop, which is largely credited as inventing the concept store, contains a range of products, from designer clothing to street-wear, art books, jewelry, beauty products, electronics and toys. The downstairs Water Bar’ is a popular lunch spot with over 100 different types of bottled water.

Colette concept store, Paris

Continue reading “The Closing of Colette: A Paris Fashion Institution”

Café Oberkampf’s petit frère: Café Méricourt

 

Café Méricourt, Café Oberkampf’s petit frère cafe, has opened just around the corner from the local favourite’s first location.

Café Méricourt is intimate yet light, fitted out with classic blonde timber, green accented window frames, lovely straw lampshades, and gold painted columns for a touch of bling.

When I visited, I sat solo at the bar where the super friendly staff chatted with me as I waited for my meal.

Cafe Mericourt, Paris

Continue reading “Café Oberkampf’s petit frère: Café Méricourt”