Paris With Small Kids

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  • Paris

  • Arts & Culture

  • Family Travel

  • Entertainment

  • Kid-friendly

  • Architecture

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Curator’s statement

Paris is always a great option, and it can be very exciting to re-discover it with small children. The city of lights is also a city filled with hidden parks and carnival fairs. It's a city that allows you to enjoy the most delicious hot chocolate and crepes while walking and watching the Eiffel Tour. Its a great place to fuel your child's imagination thru different architecture, museums and artists. It's never a bad time to visit Paris.

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Where to stay in Paris

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Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris

This luxurious retreat on avenue Montaigne, Paris' premier fashion destination, is famed for its glamor, exquisite French cuisine, unbeatable views and impeccable hospitality.

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Le Meurice

Paris' 18th-century palace with regal service and an ornate design that extends from the restaurants to the suites.

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Hôtel Lutetia

One of the best-known hotels on the Left Bank, Hôtel Lutetia is an architectural gem and luxurious Parisian sanctuary.

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Things to do in Paris

Kids making paper boats and placing on water

Skip the Louvre till the kids are older and instead head to Le Centre Pompidou. It's Galerie des Enfants is a favorite of French kids. It changes twice a year, representing one the museums artists and its always a great stop before following on to the rest of the exhibitions. Don't miss Brancusi's sculpture atelier just outside the main entrance.

The Foundation Louis Vuitton is worth a visit just to see the great building designed by Frank Gerhy. Kids would love to see the views from the rooftop where they can enjoy and ice-cream during summer or a hot chocolate during winter, as well as the waterfall from the basement. This museum is spacious enough to let the roam freely. Pro Tip: Your ticket grants you access to the Jardin d'Acclimatation, Paris greatest amusement park.

Both the Picasso and Rodin Museum are great size/spaced for kids. Pro Tip: Rodin Museum holds and epic Easter egg hunt.

After lunch head to Le Jardin de Luxembourg, where your children can enjoy a puppet show. Then they can go pony-riding through the park or race their own boat in the main square.

Book a private boat tour along the Seine. Parents can enjoy a well-deserved bottle of champagne.

No one does fashion like the French. Kids fashion is no exception. Schedule some shopping time.

Summer and winter holidays mean it's time for the Fete des Tuileries, and old style carnival full of games, rides and best snacks of the city.

Grab a picnic and head to Canal Saint-Martin. If you visit during the summer, take advantage of their swimming hours.

Places to eat & drink in Paris

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Monsieur Bleu offers not only great views of the Eiffel Tour and access to the Palais de Tokyo, but it also hosts the best kid-filled Sunday brunch in the city.

Not to be missed: Chocolate Mousse at Chez Janou. You might want to take a stroll after near Place des Vosges.

Hot Chocolate at Carrette, don't forget to order creme Chantilly on the side.

Breizh Cafe has thee best crepes and galettes.

Bambini is a great place to grab a pizza.

Visit the Worlds Best Pastry Chef: Cedric Grolet. Stay at Le Meurice and enjoy his sweets daily, or you can pre-order them and skip the queue at his Opera Pastry

Stop at any cafe and just take a break while people watch! You can always have a coffee, ice-cream, juice or viennoiserie.

While the parents have a drink at Cafe de Flore, the kids can order a Chocolat Liegeois or Chocolate Sundae.

Grab a coffee at Cafe Kitsune and enjoy a stroll around the Palais Royal while admiring the Daniel Buren and Pol Burry's artwork.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Artemis Koutsogiorgas’s guide, Foodie's Guide to Paris, France.

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