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HomeTown Paris blog offers you a selection of articles devoted to the destination Paris, its news, culture, activities and of course, its people

Secrets

Insider tips: discover the Paris of Parisians

2 years ago - Pauline P.

During a first visit to Paris, there is of course the inevitable: the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees, Ladurée and the Lido. We have that tourist look because we are tourists, with a camera around our neck, a backpack ... But we would love to be there as connoisseurs and share with our friends those classified places, to play along as the expert that knows the capital like the back of his hand. For this, nothing is better than to make an appointment with a native: Parisians, the real Parisians! A species that often runs through the metro underground, or that zigzags along the boulevards in their Vélib, but who also loves their city so much that they act as expert ambassadors of it. Come and meet these people who put their time and passion into the city of Paris for the benefit of visitors and to guide travelers to discover their favorite spots... Greeters Paris, for strolls off the beaten tracks The Volunteers from the Association “Greeters Paris” are passionate people who will take you on a walk to their favorite areas of the capital. Here, we do not reserve a tour for a specific area, but give information about the interesting parts (architecture, gardens, history, shopping) to let our guide take us on a tour according to our preferences. A way to discover the real Paris of Parisians, in groups of 1 to 6 people! Ciwi, A network of generous Parisians and great places Ciwi which stands for “Can I Welcome You”, is the first network of Parisian ambassadors serving French and foreign visitors. All week, a meeting between Parisians and tourists is organized in a bar in the city, to exchange advice and "good tips". Group walks are also organized during local events like “Nuit Blanche” (contemporary art event throughout the city) or the Night of Museums. A digital city guide is also available on the website, with original routes, good deals and discounts in partner shops. Something to have to finally get to know Paris inside out! VizEat, A great deal to eat at a local’s house To discover Paris from the inside, nothing is better than to invite yourself to have dinner at a Parisians place! This is what the VizEat application offers; it connects visitors and residents willing to open their doors for an evening. A different way to discover French cooking, to share good ideas on the menu and for a convivial evening as well as a delicious one. VizEat also organizes market tours and cooking classes, to discover the French capital in another way... BubbleGlobe, Unusual activities to discover Paris in another way Visit Chinatown with a local, discover the best Paris rooftops, go around and visit the best Parisian pastries... many classified visits that are difficult to organize on your own. So follow BubbleGlobe, true experts of Paris, for a half-day or a full day of exciting discoveries. Get off the beaten track and experience Paris from the inside; your stay will be even more memorable!

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Insider tips: discover the Paris of Parisians

Insider tips: discover the Paris of Parisians

Kids

Family walks: the most unusual museums in Paris

2 years ago - Pauline P.

When going on family trips, its not easy to compose a sightseeing and walking program that appeals to everyone... The classical museums, very few for children, the rides and play areas, parents get tired quick ! To reconcile young and old, follow our guide to unusual museums of Paris: there is something for everyone! The Museum of Magic Nestled in the heart of the Marais, one of the most pleasant districts of the capital, the Museum of Magic should delight the whole family, young and old alike, amateurs and novices ... It offers a journey into the world of the great illusionists from the 18th Century to present: accessories, tricked objects, posters, optical illusions ... adjoin in the museum, where it is difficult to disentangle fact from fiction. A magic show ends the visit, to take your full attention and fuel up long family discussions! Opens: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 14:00 to 19:00 throughout the year, including July and August. Open daily during Paris school vacations (All Saints day, Christmas, winter and spring). The Musée de l’art ludique Newcomer to the Parisian culture, the playful art museum was inaugurated in 2013 in the new building of the Docks (cité de la mode et du design), the fluorescent green floating pavilion on the Seine in the 13th arrondissement. Manga, comics, animated films, video games ... It presents these new arts, an effective pathway to contemporary art. Parents and children can discover these masterpieces that make todays culture, through temporary exhibitions of high quality. After Pixar, Marvel and Blue Sky studios who is behind the Ice Age saga, it is now the Walt Disney studio that will be honored soon for a complete retrospective from the 1920s to present day and will engineer the creative genius of this iconic studio. Open every day except Tuesday, hours available on the website. The musée des arts forains     Children of all ages will have their eyes that shine while discovering the musée des arts forains, nestled in the Pavilions of Bercy. This dream world is full of rides, entertainment objects and rare items that are available to visitors in a truly enchanting place. It is a former antique dealer and broker, Jean Paul Favand, who gathered and staged this unique collection covering the history of the shows and the carnivals from the 1850s to the present. From his imagination this musem show is born without limits, which invites visitors to experience the excessiveness and the vibrant Paris of the Belle Epoque. A trip back in time! Open all year to individuals and groups with reservations. Le Manoir de Paris Sensitive souls refrain ! This is not for children but for teenagers and adults that have tough hearts that the Manoir de Paris caters to, a unique place described as the "first Haunted show in France". In a listed building of the 10th arrondissement, the Manoir de Paris offers visitors a dive in their worst nightmares: 35 professional actors, in makeup and costumes that are more than realistic, who scare during a visit of theses horror sights. Serial killers, zombies and horrific clowns await you on the other side of the gates of hell... Open all year round on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and on weekdays during school holidays. Not recommended for children under 12, you may find more information on the website.

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Family walks: the most unusual museums in Paris

Family walks: the most unusual museums in Paris

Gourmet

Sweet Paris: our selection of the best pastries in the capital

2 years ago - Pauline P.

Melted chocolate? Praline bites? Breathtaking éclairs exposed in glass stalls and other pastries? Mythical or more confidential, discover our selection of the best pastries in Paris, for a gourmet journey in the heart of the capital. The great classics Pierre Hermé, The pope of pastries Voted the best Pastry Chef of the world in 2016 and dubbed the "Picasso of pastry" by American Vogue, Pierre Hermé needs no further introduction, whose reputation is now international. With the "pleasure only guide", he revolutionized the codes of traditional pastry, and was for example, the first to imagine a cake with a renowned designer, Yan Pennor, and his creation "La Cerise sur le Gâteau." Macaroons, chocolates and pastries, his 10 Parisian stores are full of delight. Do not miss the macaroons of foie gras or the white truffles, deliciously subtle. His specialty: The ispahan macaron, of rose, raspberry and lychee flavors, so acclaimed that Pierre Hermé has now presented it in choux, cheesecake or saint-honoré flavors. Your gourmet starting point: Our apartment "Opéra Garnier" is not far from the beautiful boutique on rue Cambon. Philippe Conticini, The pastries of our dreams It bears well its name: ”La Pâtisserie des Rêves de Philippe Conticini”. This great pastry chef, inventor especially of the verrine glasses in the 1990s, revisits the great classics of our childhood and excels particularly in choux pastry: pièces montées, Saint-Honoré, or Paris-Brest are the best-sellers of his Paris boutiques or Tokyoites. His specialty: The Paris-Brest, a cake to die for! Your gourmet starting point: Our apartment "Jardins du Trocadéro” is two steps away from the “Patisserie des reves of Longchamp” and of his puffs choux bar! The rising star Yann Couvreur, From the palaces of Saint-Barth to the Xth arrondissement After having his classes in the most prestigious institutions (The Trianon Palace, Hyatt Park), and then taking the reins of pastry; of the Hotels Eden Roc in St. Barthelemy,  Burgundy and Prince of Wales in Paris, the young Yann Couvreur, at about age 30, opened his first shop, away from the gold of palaces and to the heart of the tenth arrondissement. His originality: Bringin out his desserts to the minute, just like in a restaurant, to respect the different tastes and ensure an optimal freshness. After the residents of the neighborhood, it's all of Paris who rushes into his shop, as they have a reason to! His specialty: The “mille-feuilles” with Madagascar vanilla, monté minute, produced only 50 per day. Your gourmet starting point: not far from Yann Couvreur’s gourmet shop is our apartment "Passage Vendome". The exotics YLG Pâtisserie, Parisian-Japanese pastries Yann Le Gall, his name could not be more French. Yet, it’s Japan with his roll cakes, angel cakes and tiny cubes, that he conveys in all of Paris. His wife; Noriko introduced him to  Japanese pastries, and since then he delights the taste buds of many Parisians with his sublte "Kawai" creations of: matcha green tea, yuzu and cherry that invite themselves in creams and cupcakes. Delights to be enjoyed in his “salon de thé” of the 2nd arrondissement.: “Les Souris Dansent”, order during the week for a Saturday delivery, or  have him cook in your own kitchen, for your own “salon de thé” right at home. His specialty: The tiny cube, choux à la crème… squared! Your gourmet starting point: 2 steps from the “Salon de thé, Les souris dansent”, our apartment "Square Emile Chautemps" is found. Sadaharu Aoki, Japanese master of macaroons No doubt the Japanese are gifted! The Chefs that have come from Japan have already conquered the Parisian kitchens for a long time and the bakers are not excluded. Leading the way, Sadaharu Aoki, who arrived in 1991 in France amazes us with his perfect aesthetic creations. Chocolates, macaroons, sweets... his window is mouthwatering and a real treat for the eyes. Asian-inspired flavors and top quality French products, the winning combo for this master of macaroons whose creations rivals those of larger creators. His specialty: tinted macaroons from Japan: matcha, black sesame, yuzu and more audaciously …wasabi! Your gourmet starting point: near the Vaugirard shop, our apartment "Jardin du Luxembourg" is in the vicinity.

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Sweet Paris: our selection of the best pastries in the capital

Sweet Paris: our selection of the best pastries in the capital