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Can’t get to the slopes this winter? The W Hotel Paris – Opéra has a fun new twist on the standard sidewalk cafe. You can take a drink one of the three ski gondolas, set up in just inside a border of fern bushes on the sidewalk outside the W Lounge. Each gondola has a different decor inside, from flower overboard, to tiki lounge to velvet luxury.

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Yelp’s wordmap for reviews that mention the word “Hipster”, with hotspots in the East Village, Williamsburg and the West Village

We’ve got to hand it to Yelp for utilizing its vast database of reviews to create these fun Wordmaps that show the density of reviews that mention keywords like hipster, bacon, cheap, PBR and more. The tool is available in 14 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, San Francisco and Boston. The press, meanwhile, is having a field day of course.

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Starbucks opens in Montmartre at Place du Tertre Source: Starbucks France

A long-feared invasion of corporate America has arrived in the form of Starbucks in Montmartre at Place du Tertre. Although opening a Starbucks in Montmartre is a no-brainer since its one of the most visited places in Paris by tourists, it has been met with greater skepticism than the other 50 Starbucks locations in Paris. Parisians love to protest and according to NBC News(more…)

We forgot to mention in our photo slideshow of last night’s 2013 Dîner en Blanc at Trocadero and Eiffel Tower that it was filmed using a drone. Enjoy this video of the 2013 Dîner en Blanc, showing the event from an all new perspective and check out our still shots of the festivities here. The footage was filmed with a mounted Objectif Sunex Gopro HD DSL377.

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Someone told me on my first Dîner en Blanc at the Louvre and Tuileries (a location what was repeated tonight for some guests), that it never rains for the event, and this year was no exception. At 5pm, as we prepared for our fourth year at the Paris Dîner en Blanc, the sun peeked out of the sky. Rain and clouds threatened all day, replaced by sunshine, seemingly just for the event.

It’s a special year, marking the the 25th Anniversary of this pop-up dinner phenomenon that began humbly as a reunion when François Pasquier returned to France after living abroad. Now in 18 cities, the magic has spread worldwide, as far as Rwanda, Haiti, Australia and many cities in the United States, including  New York City. Tonight, the Paris Dîner en Blanc took place in two locations: at Trocadero, with a majestic view of the Eiffel Tower and at the Louvre(more…)

Macaron Day Untapped Paris

Tomorrow, March 20, celebrate spring (even if it doesn’t feel like it) with Macaron Day, an annual tradition started by Pierre Hermé in association with Relais Desserts wherein patisseries across Paris give away macarons to support a cure for cystic fibrosis. All they ask is that patrons leave a small donation in exchange for a macaron. Take this opportunity to try a new flavor like the absinthe macaron at Arnaud Larher or savor one of your favorites. This year’s participants include: Sadaharu Aoki, Laurent Duchêne, Pierre Hermé, Jean-Paul Hévin, Arnaud Larher, Christophe Roussel and Dalloyau. Click here for the official list with complete addresses.

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