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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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Passarito Mon Amour
If I am being perfectly honest, I probably visit Passarito, a Portuguese cave à vin in the 11th arrondissement, way too often. Full disclosure: it is almost a stone’s throw from my apartment. Putting the convenience aside, I have even better reasons for my frequent visits.  As a serious design lover, I want to be ...
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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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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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Family friendly brunch at Polpo Brasserie
Polpo Brasserie is a little outside Paris but it is one of those places definitely worth going the few extra miles. It is such a beautiful and cosy green oases on the Seine river! Exactly what you need to relax and enjoy a slower pace on a week-end morning around brunch for example! My husband ...
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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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Welcome Bio's Bazar
Welcome Bio started as an organic groceries shop in 2013. The team continued by opening a little restaurant in 2014 and finally, the Bazar at the end of 2016. All three are located in the same street of the 11th arrondissement of Paris so you could enjoy a quick lunch at the restaurant, shop a ...
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Holiday Café
Holiday Café is a teeny tiny, typically Parisian café and restaurant in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. It was inaugurated by Frank Durand, the French art-director behind the reedition of the American magazine since 2014. It is one of those fashionable places you would rather think of avoiding with kids… but let me tell you: you would miss ...
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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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Auteuil Brasserie
On the edge of the 16th arrondissement, close to the Greenhouses of Auteuil and Roland Garros tennis courts, lies a restaurant dear to my heart. Growing up in Auteuil, I have seen this place change owners and concepts a few times over the years and I can say it's actual version is my favorite. Auteuil Brasserie is the ...
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Folks and Sparrows coffee shop in Le Marais
If you are strolling through Le Marais, you will love stopping by Folks and Sparrows, be it for coffee, cake and tea or a quick lunch! Everything looks and is delicious! Located close to other favorites like Merci, Maison Plisson, Bonton and Aesop, the coffee shop makes you instantly forget the crowded boulevards of Paris and feel ...
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Maison Plisson
On the Boulevard Beaumarchais, just down the road from some of our favourite shops, be it the famed Merci, the lovely children's shop Bonton or Soeur, you will find one of my current favourite places: Maison Plisson a restaurant, bakery, and deli all in one. The products are without exception fabulous. Mostly local, it is ...
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Family life in Paris
I often am asked what it is like to bring children up in Paris and what I like and don't like about it, so I thought it could be fun to write down some of my experiences! These are just random things that I have personally observed.. Playgrounds and Parks: There are not many and ...
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Café Gourmand
There is a new fashion in restaurants in Paris that I cannot get enough of: it's called a café gourmand. We all know that having a dessert after a big steak could be viewed as slightly indulgent, so to get around any guilt that a huge slice of cake might entail, the Parisians have come ...
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5TH ARRONDISSEMENT
Le Bonbon au Palais
I am one of those rare people who doesn't like sweets and chocolate (unlike Courtney, who has a chocolate box full of fabulous looking chocolates which comes out after every dinner).  It has never occurred to me to wander down the sweet aisle in a supermarket... but my daughters are very, very different from me! ...
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14TH ARRONDISSEMENT
Chez Bogato, a patisserie just for kids
You would think that in a city like Paris the patisserie market would be saturated. But there was one thing missing -- a patisserie specializing in kid's cakes! Now we have Chez Bogato, a fabulous kids bakery that makes the best birthday cakes ever! Castles, crowns, tigers and shoes...there is nothing they cannot make into ...
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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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3RD ARRONDISSEMENT
Marché des Enfants Rouge
Courtney and her family were over in Paris visiting from London and we wandered around the North Marais, doing a bit of shopping, people watching and coffee drinking. It really reminded me about how much I love this little area. I want to write a thousand and one posts on all the lovely little places ...
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4TH ARRONDISSEMENT
Le Loir dans la Théière
I had a coffee with the lovely Kirby from Petite Alma this morning in one of my favourite cafés and I suddenly realised that I have never written a post about it! It is called Le Loir dans la Théière on 3 rue des Rosiers in the Marais (Tel : 01 42 72 90 61). ...
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10TH ARRONDISSEMENT
Du Pain et Des Idées
I stumbled across the Michelin's top ten bakeries in Paris report recently and was almost disappointed to see my favourite bakery in Paris listed as the first of the top ten. I thought it was my little secret that no one knew about! Though Du Pain et Des Idées is a tiny, unassuming bakery, the ...
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6TH ARRONDISSEMENT
Rue Vavin
Just south of the Luxembourg Gardens you can find the Rue Vavin, a mom's dream of a shopping street. Along the rue Vavin and its side street, the rue Brea, you will find some of the best Parisian children's shops. From the affordable -- a great DPAM baby shop-- to the more expensive -- Jacadi ...
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3RD ARRONDISSEMENT
Pink Flamingo
My favourite pizza place in Paris goes by the original name of Pink Flamingo. The first outpost was out by the Canal St Martin, but a new venue has just opened, in the middle of the Marais. Why do I like it so much? The pizzas are great -- the Pink Flamingo crew has decided ...
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Chirp chirp! These fingerprint cards are super easy and quick to make so if you are in need of a last-minute Easter card read on. ⭐️ You will need: Yellow water colour paint (water and a paintbrush to mix) Plain white card folded in half Black felt tip pen Orange felt tip pen (We found water colours worked great but any yellow paint will do). ⭐️ Mix up some yellow water colour paint, dip a finger into the paint and then place firmly onto the front of a folded piece of card. Repeat and cover the whole card with yellow fingerprints leaving some gaps for the feet and beaks. ⭐️ Once the paint has dried add some little black legs and feet, a dot for the eye and an orange beak. The beaks look great all pointing in different directions. ⭐️ What we love about these cute cards are their randomness. It’s such a simple idea that children of any age can get involved. Anything goes here, long legs/ short legs, big beaks/little beaks!! We guarantee they’ll look great in any style and they will definitely bring a smile to a loved ones face. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #eastercards @soloskates
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Hoppy paper doll bunnies from @laraoflondon were super easy. Just accordion fold a long strip of white paper and cut out! Then add ears, eyes, and a few accessories of course! #babyccinocrafts #babyccinokids #paperdolls #easterbunny
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Decorations that don’t waste too many precious cooking ingredients... yes please! We love this simple salt dough recipe!🧂 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 1/2 cup water 1. Preheat the oven to 120 °C and line baking tray with baking paper. 2. Mix flour and salt in the bowl then gradually add water, stirring until combined. 3. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, roll out until about 7mm thick and transfer to baking tray. 4. Then all you need is an egg-shaped cookie cutter, which is easy to find at this time of the year. Cut them out and make a hole in each about a centimeter from the top edge. Bake on 120C for about three hours turning them once after about 2 hours. 5. Now paint both sides with one color or each in different and wait to dry completely. 6. After about an hour you can draw your favorite designs on the eggs (again, one or both sides). 7. Leave for about 12 hours or overnight to dry and finish them with glossy varnish. (Clear nail polish works nicely.) 8. Now just string the twine or a fishing line through holes and you’re done! 9. Place on branches or hang around the home. 10. Enjoy! 🥚🧂 More Easter ideas in our bio! #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #eastercraftsforkids #saltdoughornaments
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Paper, glue, scissors... make your own sweet bunny ears to create more fun for your Easter at home. It’s a 5 minute craft and 100% recycled scraps friendly! See @laraoflondon ‘s idea in the bio and customise the colours for your little ! #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
2 days ago
Hello Easter! We have over ninety crafts, recipes & blog posts (yes, that’s 90!) for this season we adore. So click on the bio link and get inspired. And stay tuned as we share all week — natural egg dyeing, making edible egg nests, cakes, salads, cards, decor, and more! #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats #babyccinocrafts #easter
3 days ago
Schedules? Routines? We have pointers from week three of being indoors. More on today’s blog. @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids
4 days ago
How can we manage worrying information around our children? Today’s blog post looks at these ‘unprecedented’ times. With news reels, articles, conversations, not only between adults but children too that are hard to ignore. It is impossible to shield our children from the worries and events of the wider world, and important to share some truths with them about what is happening. We are, as Maria Montessori put it, “Citizens of the World” and our children will be the ones to inherit it. Being in lockdown, (hello to everyone at home!) can make for a really good environment to nurture discussion, as we have time to drip feed explanations, observe reactions and unpick tricky questions. There are some simple ways we can help stem and support the flow of information, manage anxieties and make sense of the world around us all. So today we have tips in our bio, so click on the link and share with loved ones. And please stay safe. #babyccinokids #explainingcoronavirustokids @themontessoristudio
5 days ago
The Dictionary of Difficult Words by Jane Solomon is a great hit. It is filled with over 400 whimsical words which continually amaze us ... words like ‘bumbershoot’, ‘spaghettification’, ‘hurdy-gurdy’ and ‘ombudsman’ are carefully described and fantastically illustrated by Louise Lockhart. I mean how cool is the word ‘hurdy-gurdy’?! Read more about the book on today’s blog. #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads @vanessa_wild_flours
6 days ago
Art for everyone... Julie from @famillesummerbelle shared this beautiful print for colouring in fun. Print out available in our bio. Enjoy. ️ @estherbabyccino @famillesummerbelle #famillesummerbelle
6 days ago
We’ve had a full-on week with home learning (as you all have I imagine) and managed to survive (just) the week in the house together. But this morning I felt we all needed a little time out from the work and we did maths through baking by making these delicious cookies. They were out of the oven just in time for a mid-morning brain break. I think we’ve tried every recipe for chocolate chip cookies but this is our favourite and today I thought I’d share it with you. I must warn you, they are not the healthiest, but during these times I think we are all in need of a little treat. Thanks to @vanessa_wild_flours for this idea ... and click on our bio for her yummy recipe! #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
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Here’s a video of our latest ShopUp in East London (shot and edited by our lovely and talented friend Nadine Brandt). It encapsulates the ShopUp atmosphere really, really well, and it makes us so excited for the next one!
1 year ago
Our beautiful new book, '9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy' for the family to share, is AVAILABLE NOW! You can order it here: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
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Check out our new book! 9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
3 years ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
3 years ago
Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
3 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
3 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
3 years ago
Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
3 years ago
This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
3 years ago
Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
4 years ago