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Traveling to Paris with kids?
Here’s an insider guide for what to do and where to go, tested by us and proven to be kid-friendly and cool.

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A SUPER Café
According to my four-year-old daughter and her best friend, the playroom at SUPER Café is “super cool!” And as I am a big fan and a frequent visitor to the recent crop of dining spots in Paris which cater for the little ones (meaning I am a credible critic of playrooms), I'm going to have ...
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A tour of Paris in a retro VW van | with Combi Paris Tours
Even though I love exploring neighbourhoods by foot, one of the best way to get an instant overview of a city is by a car or bus tour. In a few hours time, you have a basic understanding of the lay-out of the city. Plus, you have already had a first view of some of ...
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PLAY
Parc de la Villette
If you happen to be in the north of Paris do check out the great outside play park at La Villette. La Villette is the place you can find the fantastic Science Museum for kids. There are more than 10 different themed gardens at La Villette -- the one my kids loved is called "Jardin des ...
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Maralex, a Parisian family-run concept store
Maralex is a cute kids concept store in the district of Passy in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. It's history started as a shoe store almost a century ago, in 1920 in the heart of the 17th arrondissement. That first shop was launched by two sisters, Marie and Alexandrine, who wanted to reintroduce a little ...
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EAT
A SUPER Café
According to my four-year-old daughter and her best friend, the playroom at SUPER Café is “super cool!” And as I am a big fan and a frequent visitor to the recent crop of dining spots in Paris which cater for the little ones (meaning I am a credible critic of playrooms), I'm going to have ...
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EAT
Bontemps - delicious pastries in the Marais
Located on rue de Bretagne, not far from Marché des Enfants Rouges, Bontemps is one of those places you enter and like everything you see! The family run pastry shop is small and sweet with a clean aesthetic and beautiful patterns all over. Their own patterns adorn the walls and a beautiful tiled floor gives ...
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Les Niçois - A Restaurant With Year-Round Vacay Vibes
  When friends meet up for brunch with the little ones on the weekends I have a regular rotation of kid-friendly joints I usually insist on. Les Niçois is high on that list. It has everything you could possibly dream of and more for weekend brunch with kids. First off all it’s spacious, so you ...
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Marlon, a Californian restaurant in the heart of Paris
Marlon is a cute easy-going restaurant in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. It has a contemporary minimalistic style yet twisted by a little boho vibe. The long benches are decorated with lovely kilim cushions. A big fiddle-leaf fig tree and several cactuses make for a lovely green touch. The menu is quite different from the ...
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SEE
A tour of Paris in a retro VW van | with Combi Paris Tours
Even though I love exploring neighbourhoods by foot, one of the best way to get an instant overview of a city is by a car or bus tour. In a few hours time, you have a basic understanding of the lay-out of the city. Plus, you have already had a first view of some of ...
READ MORE
SEE
Marionnette Puppet Shows in little theatres across Paris
I cannot believe that I waited until my daughter was four to visit one of the Marionnette puppet shows. What a sweet effortless yet culture-rich activity for small children from one year old up to adults. We walked by the theaters in the Buttes Chaumont and the Jardin Luxembourg several times but I just couldn’t ...
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Bagatelle Gardens
Lara, our new Paris contributor, went for a stroll around the beautiful Bagatelle Gardens, located in the Bois de Boulogne. A perfect place to wander around on a hot summer day! "Le Parc de Bagatelle" is located in the Bois de Boulogne, one of Paris' two woods (the other one being the Bois de Vincennes). ...
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Jardin du Luxembourg
Located between Saint-Germain des Prés and the Quartier Latin, Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the most beautiful parks in Paris! I love how the Parisian architecture, the various ponds, fountains, pavilions, birdhouses and numerous statues coexist in perfect harmony. The park is divided in two main spaces: a French garden and an English one. ...
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PLAY
Parc de la Villette
If you happen to be in the north of Paris do check out the great outside play park at La Villette. La Villette is the place you can find the fantastic Science Museum for kids. There are more than 10 different themed gardens at La Villette -- the one my kids loved is called "Jardin des ...
READ MORE
SEE
Jardin des Plantes
Paris can get pretty wet and cold in the winter and sometimes it is nice to be able to seek refuge inside. One of our favourite city adventures in the winter time is a visit to the Jardin des Plantes. It is one of Paris' largest parks (which does not mean a lot ;)) and also ...
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The carousel at Jardin du Ranelagh
If you come to the Western part of Paris, the Jardin du Ranelagh is sure worth a little excursion with your children. It is one of those parks designed to make kids happy! Big lawns, playground, sandbox, poney riding, sweets shop, puppet theater, ping pong tables and of course the carousel! The Jardin du Ranelagh ...
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Exciting new space in Paris: Place de la Republique
For once I am giving the urban planners of Paris a cautious thumbs up: this summer not one, but two new public, urban spaces opened! And, to boot, they are great for the whole family. On the right bank, after being a massive building site for a long while, the new Place de La Republique ...
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Maralex, a Parisian family-run concept store
Maralex is a cute kids concept store in the district of Passy in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. It's history started as a shoe store almost a century ago, in 1920 in the heart of the 17th arrondissement. That first shop was launched by two sisters, Marie and Alexandrine, who wanted to reintroduce a little ...
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SHOP
Le Petit Souk, a fun bazaar-like children's shop
Le Petit Souk, literally "the little souk" is a fun and quirky small concept store for kids' toys, home decor and accessories. Mathilde, the owner, opened her first shop in 2005 in Lille. Her lovely selection of happy and fun objects for kids quickly attracted many customers. In 2008 she opened a second shop in ...
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Louis Louise
Louis Louise is a beautiful French brand, founded by Julie Meiler in 2006. Her style is modern with just the bohemian touch trendy moms will fall for! The brand aims to encapsulate a very Parisian attitude and mood where light skirts and baby bloomers mix delicate fabrics, golden trims and wisely used urban tones. Debuting at ...
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SLEEP
Cozy C.O.Q. Hotel in the 13th with delicious brunch
The C.O.Q. hotel is probably one of Paris' coziest hotels! With a family house in mind, Pauline d'Hoop and Delphine Sauvaget designed this wonderfully comfortable hotel in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. The layout really represents what you would typically expect when entering a family mansion: the entrance, the kitchen and dining room on the ...
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SLEEP
The Hoxton, Paris
The brand new beautiful Hoxton Hotel, Paris opened in the 2nd arrondissement just a few weeks ago. It is set in an 18th century hotel particulier (a.k.a. gorgeous Parisian houses owned by one family back in time) and is the biggest Hoxton in the series up to date. After entering the hotel and passing the double-height lobby ...
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Hotel Molitor
Reopened a few years ago as a luxury hotel and spa, Molitor has not always been the same. Yet, regardless of its primary function, this amazing space was, is, and will probably always be a Parisian institution. First opened in 1929, the avant-garde Molitor was Paris' most famous swimming pool for 60 years, turning into ...
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TIPS
Getting Around Paris
Getting around Paris is, contrary to popular belief, relatively easy. It is actually quite small, so a lot of sights and destinations can be visited by foot. Most main attractions are relatively close together, with the main ones aligned along the Seine. The banks of the Seine are now car free so they are now ...
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TIPS
Paris with kids
Summer's here and I thought it was high time to write down some random tips of what to do in my lovely city with kids. Paris is such a great place to visit and so easy to get around that it is a great destination with children, even young ones. But there are a couple ...
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TIPS
Handy Services
Here is a list of places and services you might find helpful if you are planning a trip to Paris, especially with the whole family. Complete Paris a fabulous concierge service which will organise as much as you need. Ali, the lovely owner, has children herself so she is very aware of the needs of families ...
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Eating out in France
I am often asked about family-friendly restaurants in Paris. Try as I might, I am hard pressed to come up with good suggestions. There is a huge North/South divide in Europe regarding the obvious signs of child friendliness in restaurants. In Northern Europe you will more often than not be offered a highchair when you enter a restaurant ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Contis-Plage, a family holiday go-to on the French Atlantic Coast
On the Atlantic coast of France, sometimes referred to as French California due to ongoing kilometers of beautiful sand beaches and very surfable (sometimes very big) waves, lies a tiny town called Contis-Plage a.k.a. Contis to the locals. It is one of the Landes region's best kept secret spot to spend an amazing family vacation. Located ...
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OUT OF TOWN
A weekend in Marseille
Living in continental Europe has the distinct advantage that our next adventure is probably only a few hours away by train. I love picking up a magazine and a coffee, waiting for our train to arrive, settling into my seat with a good book and seeing the French countryside flash by. Marseille, France's second largest ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Honfleur
Paris in the summer can get too much; it is hot, sticky, polluted and packed with people. The metro is unbearable and the boulevards become huge blazing heat tunnels, as there is nothing to block the sun. Luckily enough, the sea and the little harbour town of Honfleur is only about 2 hours (and what ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Arcachon - the perfect French beachside holiday
One of my favourite places in the world is the French Atlantic coast around Bordeaux. The food is amazing, the wine is plentiful and delightful ;) and the water is perfect – the waves are powerful enough to make you jump and spin you around, and the temperature is refreshing but not freezing. Basically I ...
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WEEKEND GETAWAYS
Weekend Getaway: France, The Stunning St.Pierre de Serjac
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LOCAL TIPS
Tips from a local: Mylène in Saint-Cloud
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Tips for you visit to Paris
Navigating Paris can give any newcomer anxiety — the city is so big, so spread out, and has so many wonderful and different neighborhoods which you’ll want to see… and if you add kids to the equation it becomes even trickier! Here are a few of the best ways to get around.
TIPS
Getting Around Paris
Getting around Paris is, contrary to popular belief, relatively easy. It is actually quite small, so a lot of sights and destinations can be visited by foot. Most main attractions are relatively close together, with the main ones aligned along the Seine. The banks of the Seine are now car free so they are now ...
READ MORE
TIPS
Paris with kids
Summer's here and I thought it was high time to write down some random tips of what to do in my lovely city with kids. Paris is such a great place to visit and so easy to get around that it is a great destination with children, even young ones. But there are a couple ...
READ MORE
TIPS
Handy Services
Here is a list of places and services you might find helpful if you are planning a trip to Paris, especially with the whole family. Complete Paris a fabulous concierge service which will organise as much as you need. Ali, the lovely owner, has children herself so she is very aware of the needs of families ...
READ MORE
TIPS
Eating out in France
I am often asked about family-friendly restaurants in Paris. Try as I might, I am hard pressed to come up with good suggestions. There is a huge North/South divide in Europe regarding the obvious signs of child friendliness in restaurants. In Northern Europe you will more often than not be offered a highchair when you enter a restaurant ...
READ MORE

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