Our favorite tips for families in Paris!
Having been to Paris a few times with and without kids, we’ve summarized our favorite places in the city for you in this post. Our city guide is a healthy mix between sightseeing and immersion in the real Paris. That’s why you’ll find tips for nice cafes and restaurants where kids feel welcome, green oases in the city to take a break and playgrounds that you wouldn’t find anywhere else in the city center.
Paris, in our opinion, is an open-air museum. There’s something to discover on every street corner and that’s why we prefer to be on foot and the kids on their scooters. A travel companion that we can’t do without on any city trip. We cover longer distances by subway or bus.
Sustainable travel: In the TGV to Paris with children
It goes without saying that traveling without a plane is becoming more and more popular. We jumped at the environmentally friendly chance to take the TGV directly from Munich to Paris. The children were eagerly awaiting the trip, because after all, you don’t travel on the fastest European train every day. The 5-hour journey starts in the morning. In the large armchairs and plenty of room to stretch your legs, you can once again close your eyes.
For entertainment, the kids have packed their children’s headphones from POGS and can listen to their music and audio games either alone or together. We have already presented the headphones to you several times on Instagram and we are still thrilled with the quality and longevity of the batteries. After a short visit to the board restaurant, it’s also time to get out. We have never been so relaxed when arriving in the middle of Paris.
Eating out with children in Paris
It’s hard to get past the fresh croissant-scented boulangeries in the morning. You can find them on almost every street corner and you can’t go far wrong. If you want to be sure of a warm pain aux chocolats, head to the family-run Josephines Bakery in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. With a delicious breakfast in hand, you can head straight out to explore the popular neighborhood. Because especially in the morning there is still relatively little going on.
For an extensive breakfast, the cafés of Le Pain Quotidien are an absolute recommendation. Although the bakery is originally from Belgium, but bakes fresh every day in Paris. There’s everything your breakfast heart desires. From freshly squeezed juices to homemade muesli, avocado toast and croissants. By the way, the famous department store Le Bon Marché is only a few meters away from the branch in Varenne. The bus to the Eiffel Tower also leaves directly from there.
At lunchtime and in the evening, there is a wide choice of restaurants and almost all of them receive you with kids. But there is one restaurant we can recommend absolutely. It is called Georgettes next to the Jardin du Luxembourg. Since we lived in France ourselves, we always used the website The Fork. You can make reservations at numerous restaurants and usually get between 20% and 30% off your meal.
Paris is also a city that invites you to picnic in all sorts of places. Here is an idea for a picnic with fine cheese on the Seine.
Relaxing for adults and exciting for the kids at the Jardin du Luxembourg.
An afternoon at the Jardin du Luxembourg is a must in Paris with kids. In the city’s green oasis, you can make yourself comfortable on the familiar green chairs, watch the little boats on the water basin being pushed back into the middle of the pond by children with sticks, and enjoy the food trucks with crepes and ice cream in between. But that’s far from all. The fun and games on offer in the park for children are worth a separate article. You can read it here.
A break from sightseeing at the playground in the Jardin Nelson Mandela
At least once, all families are drawn past the Louvre Museum and the Palais-Royal. What luck that we discovered a playground around the corner where you wouldn’t expect one. In the Jardin Nelson Mandela near Les Halles, there is a place to romp and relax.
While the fenced playground for children between 2 and 6 has plenty of toys to develop motor skills, there’s an age-appropriate paradise for older kids next door. However, different rules apply here. Admission is once an hour and limited to 55 minutes. In this article you get an extra good mood tip for the kids near the playground.
Bad weather program in Paris with children
What to do if it should rain in beautiful Paris? While certainly many rush to the museum and the queues get even longer, the family café Petite Forêt is a real insider tip. Healthy food for all members of the family and a delightful play corner are a real feature. Everything has been thought of, from stroller parking to children’s toilets. Parisians come to the café with their children also for creative and musical classes.
Museums worth visiting in Paris with kids
Visiting museums is not everyone’s cup of tea. However, the two museums we can recommend will definitely give your kids something fun to do. It’s worth booking tickets in advance. The Grande Galerie de l’Évolution museum at the Jardin des Planes (here are more tips for visiting in the park) and the Musée d’Orsay were housed in former train station buildings. While at the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution (Natural History Museum) you can discover all about animals and their origins, at the Musée d’Orsay you can view masterpieces of Impressionist art, sculptures and more. Apparently, there are also painting activities for children.
The extra shopping tip
For all moms who also like to make a shopping stop in Marais, go to the store Merci. A small boutique looks different, but here you can find a hip selection of clothes and interiors from small and big, old and new brands. The birthday gifts for girlfriends or for yourself can be found in Merci with great pleasure. In the basement there is a café with hot chocolate. There, the rest of the family is sure to wait with pleasure. Just a few meters away, the Bonton brand has opened a beautiful children’s store. By the way, you can find both stores in our Google Maps map of Paris with kids. You can find the link at the bottom of the post
Staying overnight in Paris with children
A difficult task is the cost of accommodation in Paris. The more central, the more expensive! This is true not only for hotels, but now also for apartments. We opted for a family room at the Hotel Royal. Nothing special, but the rooms were not too small, nice and clean. Also, the connection to the train station and numerous sights is great with the metro 2 minutes away. The Parc du Luxembourg is also within walking distance.
Last but not least, we have saved all of our favorite places for you on Google Maps. With a click on the link, you can directly embed the places in your own Google Maps app and use them on the go. Practical, isn’t it?
We were certainly not the last time with the TGV in Paris and look at the same time already diligently, where else you can travel well by train. You have tips for us? Write us and tell us about it!