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What To Do in Paris with Older Kids

No matter what interests your teen may have, they can be met in Paris. In a city that is bursting with culture, there is absolutely no end to the number of activities that Paris has to offer for you and your family on your vacation to Paris.



If your child is interested in fashion or loves to shop, they are in for a wonderful surprise. With fashion museums across the city and hundreds of shops ranging from small vintage thrift shops to cute little boutique to ginormous, luxury department stores, there are many places to quench the thirst of a teen interested in fashion. Check out the Louis Vuitton Foundation to view hundreds of designs and timeless fashion pieces or take a walk though Galeries Lafayette to drool over $1,000 dresses that will make you want to sell all your belongings just to purchase one.



Paris is known as the art capital of the world. The Louvre holds one of the world’s largest collections of art and can be found in the center of Paris; however, the city is also home to hundreds of more collections in famous art museums such as Musée D’Orsay, Musée L’Orangerie, Musée Rodin, and many more. No matter how much time you spend in Paris, you will never find yourself running out of art museums to see. Your teen may also be interested not only in seeing the art of Paris but partaking in it. There are many art classes throughout the city, including art classes that allow you to work with brilliant instructors within the museums.




The city of Paris has been developing for a long, long, LONG time! The time marks of the city will be interesting to a child who enjoys learning about any period of history. Personally, I find the French Revolutions incredibly interesting. Visit the Place de la Concorde to see where the French executed hundreds of people including King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette by the guillotine, and make sure you go to the Concierge to see where the Queen was held prisoner by the revolutionaries before her execution. Paris’ bloody history is gruesome but very interesting and is sure to fascinate your teenagers.



As someone who loves all things books, one of my absolute favorite places to go in Paris is Shakespeare and Company. This English bookstore opened in 1951 by an American named George Whitman as “Le Mistral.” He changed the name in 1964 to recognize Sylvia Beach who had opened the original Shakespeare and Company in 1919 as a place where famous writers of the roaring 20s came together to discuss literature and philosophy including Joyce, Hemingway, Stein, Fitzgerald, Eliot, Pound and many more. Since then, the bookstore has served as a home to traveling authors in honor of Whitman’s life philosophy: “Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise.” The store holds generations of captivating stories that will stay with us for eternity. Furthermore, literary classics such as The Phantom of the Opera and Hunchback of Notre Dame have inspired millions to visit monuments such as the Opera House or the famous cathedral that bring to life the reader’s captive imaginations. You can even spend time in the house of famous author Victor Hugo.



Culinary Arts

French cuisine is famous around the world. French food has many influences from its surrounding cultures. It is also regarded as the basis for many foods that have allowed other cultures to add their own touches to the traditional meals that make them their own. The French strive to be the best in the culinary arts which lends a focus on flavor, color, smell, and creativity. By taking a French cooking class in Paris, your aspiring chefs will be able to learn about techniques that the French have mastered to ensure the most flavor no matter the meal. After your cooking class, be sure to check out some of the best restaurants in Paris to put your new found knowledge to the test by critiquing the chefs technique like a renowned food critic.

Children’s Museums Paris

Children’s Museums Paris

Paris is a hub for creativity. There are so many different museums and exhibitions to attend and while most of them are kid-friendly, there are plenty of places to bring your young children to ensure that they have the most memorable time in Paris.


Science and Industry Museum

The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris is both fun and educational! This museum is especially good for children as it has two sections of the museum strictly intended for children. One part of the museum is for young kids between the ages of 2 and 7. This space allows them to learn and play through different activities which encourage them to play with the other children. The other section targets an older age group, 8 through 12 with more advanced activities to engage the children and help them on their journey to loving science.

Children’s Museums Paris

Chocolate Museum

The Musée Gormand du Chocolat is the perfect place to go with children. Not only does the museum teach about the history of chocolate from ancient cultures to the role chocolate plays in the lives of modern people. The museum has informational videos that explain the process of making chocolate from harvesting the cocoa to the final transformation into your favorite desert. You can even see chocolate creations get made right in front of your eyes including chocolate cakes or pralines. There is even a section of the museum where you can try chocolate from around the world. Your kids will love being able to taste all these different treats while also seeing Parisian monuments crafted by chocolate as well as chocolate dresses created by actual fashion designers and worn by real models.


Wax Museum

Musée Grévin is another popular museum especially for children. This wax museum is home to over 450 wax figures and new ones are added each year. Bring your cameras to get selfies with all your favorite celebrities and historical figures. Your kids will be getting to fist bump Leonardo DaVinci and shaking hands with celebrities like Brad Pitt.  There is also a Hall of Mirrors and a light and sound show that is sure to be a fun experience for your little ones. For a tour of the museum, you can even get led around by an actor in costume pretending to be a famous person who can tell you the history and secrets of Musée Grévin.

Children’s Museums Paris

Modern Art Museum

Centre Pompidou is a famous art museum in the center of Paris that holds a great collection of artists including both modern visionaries and contemporary geniuses. While parts of the museum may not be entirely kid-friendly, the museum has an entire level dedicated to presenting art to younger kids through interactive programs. The mezzanine level of the museum has hours’ worth of activities for ages 2 and up to create things and have fun with one another. There are also many collections throughout the museum that your children will probably find especially interesting for their attractive colors and intricate designs.

Christmas in Paris, France

Christmas in Paris, France


Christmas is a beautiful time in Paris, France. The city is bright with festive lights making it the perfect place to spend a memorable holiday vacation. There are many activities that are fun for the whole family to enjoy during the winter season. Here are a few ideas to make your holiday season special.

Christmas in Paris, France

Special Holiday Dinner

Sit down to enjoy a delicious dinner that only Paris can offer you. Throughout the city, you will be able to find cute little restaurants with quaint holiday decorations, or extravagant, luxurious meals at 5-star restaurants. No matter what you are looking for, Christmas in Paris, France is unbeatable. Try a famously French hot dish like Raclette, French Onion Soup, or Beef Bourguignon to combat the brisk cold outside.

Christmas in Paris, France

Window Shopping in Paris

No matter what time of year it is, shopping in Paris is a must. This experience is only enhanced in the winter season. Walking by the various department stores is the perfect way to find a present for that someone special (yourself) while in Paris. Around the holidays, everything is more magical. One of the best Parisian holiday traditions includes walking by store-fronts and getting to admire the creative and beautiful window displays that captivate the city. So now, you can both look at delightful displays and get into the holiday spirit while shopping till you drop.



One of the most famous streets in Paris is the Champs-Élysées. Another great place to find presents, the Champs-Élysées is lined with stores and restaurants. However, during the winter season, this boulevard is regarded as the center of Paris’ holiday magic. The street is lined with trees wrapped in lights. It is definitely a must see on your Christmas trip to Paris.


Christmas in Paris, France

Christmas Markets

Although Germany is famous for their spectacular Christmas Markets, Paris’ are nothing to scoff at. Throughout the city, you will be able to find beautifully lit Christmas markets that make you feel nice and cozy in the chilling weather. The aroma of roasted chestnuts and hot ciders will surround you in a warm embrace as the candlelight welcomes you into the season.


Ice Skating

Ice skating is a worldwide holiday favorite. Whether you’re amazing and can show off to all of your friends or you need to hold on to your loved ones before ultimately bringing them down with you (oops), ice skating is a great tradition to stay active in the cold months. There are plenty of sites to ice skate in Paris which will be fun for the whole family, but for an especially romantic holiday experience, you can ice skate on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower and look over the beautiful city of lights from above.

Christmas in Paris, France

Notre Dame

No matter your religious beliefs, Notre Dame is the perfect place to spend Christmas Eve. You don’t need to be a practicing Catholic to appreciate the overwhelming beauty of this amazing cathedral during the holiday season. Attend a Christmas Eve mass to hear the enchanting Gregorian chants for a magical holiday experience. Be sure to get to the Cathedral as early as possible as it is one of the most crowded times of the year to visit.

10 Unique things to do in Paris

10 Unique Things To Do in Paris

If you are tired of doing the same old thing when you are in Paris, here is a list for you. We have compiled a list of 10 things to do in Paris that are not the everyday google responses!

10 Unique things to do in Paris

1. Parks

Buttes-Chaumont is one of the most beautiful and largest parks in Paris. With a lake and waterfalls, it is a wonderful place to explore and to escape the city. The park is located on a high hill which will be fun for the adventurer in you to walk and hike and find the hidden treasures of the park. Sit by the little lake and watch as the ducklings swim to the waterfall for the first time. Another park that is often overlooked is the Bois Boulogne, also a beautiful park located in Paris with open land and a beautiful lake. Take a picnic to relax and spend the afternoon rowing a boat through the park to witness the natural beauty that is preserved in the large city. Walk or ride the trails of the forest to become one with nature.

2. Tour Montparnasse

Most tourists coming to Paris are dead set on climbing the Eiffel Tower to get an amazing view of Paris. But what is an amazing view of Paris if you cannot see the Eiffel Tower in it? That is why I recommend going to the Tour Montparnasse. This skyscraper is the tallest building in Paris. The viewing deck is easier to get tickets to than the Eiffel Tower, and you get to see the beauty of the city with the Eiffel Tower still in the scenery which makes it all the better. Tour Montparnasse also has a restaurant similarly to the Eiffel Tower that also has an amazing panoramic view and amazing food.

3. Rent a private boat for dinner

A Seine dinner cruise is always a great option for a romantic evening in Paris; however, renting a private boat for dinner gives you more privacy and freedom. This boat ride will be able to bring you through the city as you marvel at the beauty of the buildings and monuments as the sun begins to set. I can’t think of a better atmosphere to eat dinner in Paris. However, this option is definitely targeted to those who are not afraid to spend a pretty penny on a luxurious activity.

4. Le Marais

Le Marais is a very fashionable district in Paris and not as commonly known as the Latin Quarter by tourists. The streets are full of restaurants, bars, and cute boutiques. This lively neighborhood cannot be missed when you are visiting Paris. Go in the afternoon and join the Parisians as they sit down for their after-work drink. You will love the atmosphere and never want to leave.

10 Unique things to do in Paris

5. Literature Tour

Walk off the beaten path with your guided tour about the literary landmarks that fill the city. You will stroll along the streets that were once walked by philosophers and see through the eyes of history’s literary geniuses the Paris that once was their inspiration. Let your guide bring you back in time to revisit the frequented cafes of Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald or stumble upon the breeding grounds of Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin’s greatest philosophies. This tour is especially special for all book-lovers but is enjoyable for people of all interests and a great way to see Paris.

6. Ateliers des Lumières

Ateliers des Lumières is one of our favorite art museum of all time. It is not a traditional art museum as the exhibition projects different paintings over the walls throughout a large room. The art work is paired with music that compliments the feeling of the painting. It is a really enjoyable experience and the exhibition changes often so it is never the same visit twice. We would definitely recommend going here!

7. Fontainebleau or Giverny

When most people come to Paris, they immediately think of going to Versailles for a day trip. Versailles is absolutely beautiful, so we do not blame them whatsoever; however, if you have already been there or you rather do something a little different, Giverny or Fontainebleau are two great options for you. Personally, Giverny is one of our favorite places. The gardens of Monet are absolutely beautiful and the small village around his house is charming for a nice afternoon stroll. Fontainebleau is also a great option, especially if you were looking forward to seeing a luxurious palace, way less crowded than Versailles!

8. See a movie in French

Seeing a movie in French is a great option for you to immerse yourself further into French and Parisian culture and it is not generally an activity people think about doing during their vacations. Several theaters in the area have special events where you can see a popular French film with English subtitles. There are sometimes even discussions before or after the movie where you may have the chance to meet someone new to learn more about their culture. This could be a great learning experience and a fun way to learn more about the city.

9. Perfume Creation

Perfume is a luxury item that has been associated with high class society and fashion for ages. Here in Paris you can discover your personal fragrance by creating your own perfume. Learn about the creating process by completing it yourself. With your expert teacher, you will learn how to design a signature scent by using a variety of ingredients and subtle techniques to compose your own tailored fragrance. Not many know about this kind of workshop, but it is always a fun time for all who take part in it.

10 Unique things to do in Paris


10. Louis Vuitton Foundation

When tourists are coming to Paris, they mainly look to visit the history and art museums. But in the fashion capital of the world, a lot of the fashion museums are overlooked by most people coming to Paris. That being said, so you don’t miss out on such an amazing experience of admiring Parisian couture, the Louis Vuitton Foundation is the perfect place to go if you have an interest in fashion. The collection is a combination of works both by Louis Vuitton himself as well as Bernard Arnaut. Not only does the foundation showcase the amazing design that have made the Louis Vuitton brand throughout the years, but the museum is also home to many modern pieces of art that make this a wonderful activity for your Parisian vacation.

Things to do near the eiffel tower

Things To Do Near the Eiffel tower

Finding things to do in Paris is easy since it is filled with culture and history. However, since the city is so large, it may feel like you have to travel thirty minutes to get from one place to another. That is why it is important to know which monuments and buildings are near each other, so you can be as efficient as possible while making your vacation itinerary. Here is a list of things to do near the Eiffel Tower for your day in the South-West part of Paris.

Things to do near the eiffel tower

Les Invalides

Just a few blocks away from the Eiffel Tower is Les Invalides. This complex array of buildings houses the museum of France’s Army, a Cathedral, the museum of the military’s history, and much more. Les Invalides has served many purposes throughout the years. In its earlier years, it served as a hospital and a home for veterans. Today, it mainly serves as the museum of war. Learn about Frances complicated past not only with outside countries but with its own people. You can even see the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte here. You can decide if he was really as short as history has deemed him to be.

Things to do near the eiffel tower

Musée Rodin

Not far from Les Invalides is the museum that holds famous artwork of Auguste Rodin. Here you can explore the home of famous Parisian artist and wander through his beautiful garden. He is known for being one of the most brilliant sculptors and as you roam through the maintained grounds as you will be able to look upon his well-known sculptures including “The Thinker” and “The Kiss”. Not only will you be amazed by the detailed works of art, your time walking though the garden is also a worthy sight of its own.




The Paris Catacombs is a site where more than six million remains are held underground in a massive cemetery. After a major plague that affected the city, bodies were moved to these catacombs which are a connected to the Roman catacombs. The catacombs is a maze of different passages that weave in and out of one another underneath the feet of the bustling Parisian life.  Upon seeing the rows and rows of hand placed skeletons, you will begin to imagine the history and personalities of all the remains that you encounter.


Things to do near the eiffel tower

Modern Art Museum

Palais de Tokyo is also just a short distance from the Eiffel Tower. At most, a ten-minute walk. Palais de Tokyo is one of Parisians many art museums. This beautifully built building is home to a large collection of modern and contemporary art. The exhibitions are truly fascinating and at nighttime the bar located in the museum is very lively and fun. This is both an remarkable place to check out during the day-time for the intellectual contribution to society as well as at nighttime when the mood shifts to a vibrant and exciting atmosphere.

10 Things Not to Miss in Paris

10 Things Not to Miss in Paris

There are so many places that you need to see in Paris. It’s difficult to have a set list of all the things you can’t miss. That being said, here is a list of some of my favorite things to do in Paris.

10 Things Not to Miss in Paris

Eiffel Tower Lights

The lights of the Eiffel Tower cannot be missed. I love watching the Tower light up each night. I will never get tired of hearing everyone gasp at its beauty when the lights turn on. It is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. I especially love sitting near the Seine underneath a bridge near-by and watching it sparkle.

10 Things Not to Miss in Paris

Musée d’Orsay

While everyone tries to go to the Louvre, I personally love the Musée d’Orsay. The collection of paintings is not quite as expansive as the Louvre’s, but there are hundreds of impressionist paintings which I usually enjoy the most. Check out the museum to see some of Monet, Degas, and Van Gogh’s most famous pieces.

10 Things Not to Miss in Paris


This area is especially beautiful. Sacre Coeur is placed at the top of a very large hill in Montmartre and has one of the best views of Paris. The inside of the church is especially pretty and you will be astonished by its size. You can pay 7 euros to climb to the top of the dome where you will get the most beautiful panoramic view of the city. After, you must explore the area for great food. I had escargot for the first time in Montmartre, and it was absolutely delicious!

10 Things Not to Miss in Paris

Tuileries Gardens

Whether you go in the Louvre or just look at it from the outside, it is an amazing building to behold. The sheer size of the museum is enough to overwhelm you, but you’ll never truly understand just how many works of art are located in the Louvre until you try to see the entire collection in one day. Spoiler alert: it can’t be done. You will definitely need more than one day if you are attempting to see the museum in its entirety. After seeing the Louvre, you have to walk through the Tuileries Gardens. The fountains, flowers, and statues scattered through the park are so beautiful. It is a great place to sit down with a good book and relax for a little while.

10 Things Not to Miss in Paris

Versailles and Giverny

If you can fit a few day trips into your busy schedule, I would definitely suggest going to see Versailles and the gardens of Monet in Giverny. These destinations are on different scales, but both incredible. Versailles is a lavish palace that would make anyone wish they were a King. Giverny, on the other hand, is a modest village where Monet spent year of his life painting his beautiful garden. Both places were some of my favorite places that I have been to during my time in Paris.

10 Things Not to Miss in Paris

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

If you’re looking for a relaxing walk through a gorgeous park, make your way to the 19th arrondissement. This park is one of the largest in Paris and is a great place to go for a Saturday morning picnic. Sit by the little lake and watch as the ducklings swim to the waterfall for the first time. The park is so big you could spend half the day just walking through it.

10 Things Not to Miss in Paris

Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées 

Climbing to the top of the Arc de Triomphe is also a great way to see a beautiful view of the city. There are also reading materials to understand the history of the Arc, which is interesting to read when you go to visit. After going to the top, spend some time walking down the Champs-Élysées  to window shop (or shop shop). Take a break and stop at Ladurée to eat a few of their famous macarons!

10 Things Not to Miss in Paris

The Markets

You can’t miss the markets if you are coming to Paris. The fresh produce is absolutely delicious and the flea markets are filled with interesting antiques and cool trinkets. Head to the north of Paris to Les Puces de Saint Ouen to explore the largest flea market in Paris. You are bound to find something special to bring home from your vacation.

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What To Do in Paris in Two Days

Although Paris cannot be fully seen in one weekend, it is better to get to experience some of Paris rather than not seeing any Paris. There are a few places that you must go if you will only be in Paris for a short time. Here is an idea of what you could do to accomplish as much as possible in two days in Paris.

What To Do in Paris in Two Days

First Day

Morning – Rise and shine. Try to get up as early as possible to get a full day in Paris. The sunrise is absolutely beautiful in the city as it reflects off of the Seine and the light hugs the soft corners of the beautiful buildings and the monuments. Waking up early will be worth it, to see the city in all its glory before the majority of the people in the city are awake. Next, you will have to find a nearby market. Fresh fruits and vegetables are everywhere throughout the city, and purchasing produce from these local stands is the best possible decision. Many markets will also have vendors that are selling fresh bakery goods which would be a great start to your day.


Afternoon – After roaming the markets, you’ll want to head to a museum for when it opens. I recommend heading to Musée D’Orsay to view Monet’s collection and artwork from Degas and Van Gogh. Musée D’Orsay is not as large as the Louvre, and it is easier to appreciate the museum’s collections in an hour or two rather than a whole day. Following your museum visit, you can catch a quick lunch in the Latin Quarter, which is a famous neighborhood in Paris with many cafes. After lunch, check out the famous Shakespeare and Company bookstore before heading to Sainte Chapelle and Notre Dame to view beautiful stain glassed windows and gothic architecture.


Night – At night, a Seine River Cruise is a must. Travel up and down the river as the sunsets is such a beautiful and peaceful experience. Most cruises also have food and drinks. It is also possible to plan a dinner cruise in the Seine for the full experience. After the boat ride, head to the Eiffel Tower to watch the monument light up every hour on the hour . It is so beautiful. I love hearing the collective gasp that happens when it first lights up.

What To Do in Paris in Two Days

Second Day

Morning – On the second day, you can sleep in a little bit since the day before was so busy. When you wake up though, grab a few bakery goods and fruits and head to a nearby park. Whether you go to Tuileries Gardens near the Louvre or Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in the 19th arrondissement, you will be pleased with the beautiful greenery and flowers.


Afternoon – After breakfast, schedule a bike tour to explore the city even further. A tour guide will be able to tell you all kinds of insightful facts about the city that will stay with you for a lifetime. I remember my first bike tour in Paris when I was 12, and it is still one of my favorite memories of Paris.


Night – After the bike tour, find a nice sit-down restaurant to eat some delicious French food. A yummy crepe or macron for dessert could be the perfect way to end your trip to Paris. However, if you feel awake enough, you can never see the Eiffel Tower light up too many times. Go to the Champs de Mars once last time to see the beauty of the city come alive one last time.


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Outdoor Activities in Paris

Outdoor Adventures in Paris

While museums are amazing, they can sometimes be a little bit stuffy. You can’t spend your ENTIRE vacation indoors. Everyone needs some Vitamin C. Luckily, Paris is one of the most beautiful cities especially during the summer. Here are some ideas of outdoor activities in Paris for when you need to escape.

Outdoor Activities in Paris

Explore Paris

The great thing about Paris is the outdoors are just as packed with art and history as the museums. The statues and monuments that are scattered through the city are innumerable and the natural beauty of the city in the summer time is unbeatable. Paris is by far the best city for romantic strolls. Take a walk along the Seine and stop to get a drink by the river or explore the exquisite grounds of the parks. During my time in Paris, I have personally found that walking is the best way to see and understand the layout of city. With the confusing and winding streets, it is very easy to get lost, but as you walk the entirety of the city, you will be able to get a better idea of where everything is. Paris is such a large city that you will never be at a loss for a place to take a nice walk and discover areas that you have never come across before. Did you know the perimeter of Paris is 35 miles? Try walking all of that and get back to us on how long it took you! We’d love to know.

Outdoor Activities in Paris

Take a Dip

In the hot summer sun, you may feel overheated as your walking through the city streets. Thankfully, there are plenty of pools scattered throughout the city. Outdoor swimming pools may be able to help you cool down and enjoy the warm weather while indoor pools are able to give you a break from the intense rays from the sun. These pools are a great way to let your family cool off while also admiring the city. You can also bring your younger kids to splash playgrounds around the city. The other day, I even saw a bunch of bouncy house water slides in the 19th arrondissement where toddlers escaped the current heat wave. And just across the park, teens and young adults were jumping into the Canal de l’Ourcq. Some were even jumping from the bridge that hovered over the canal.

Outdoor Activities in Paris

Roam through the Markets

If you came to Paris to shop, les puces are a must-do. Les Puces de Saint-Ouen is the largest flea market in Paris. From small trinkets to fur coats, you can find hundreds of different souvenirs here to take home for your friends and for yourself. If you are looking for expensive brands, the flea markets are the place to go to try and fetch a bargain. Since there is such a variety, you will need to rummage through somethings to find your diamond in the rough. It will all be worth it when you find that treasure that you can bring home to remember Paris forever.


These are just a few ideas of what is possible to do in Paris outside. However, there are so many things that you and those who you are traveling with are able to do when you come to Paris. If you need more ideas for your trip to Paris, contact us to help you plan your itinerary perfectly tailored to your interests.


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Entertainment Must-Sees in Paris

Paris is a hub for entertainment. The nightlife in Paris is indisputably world-class thanks to all the excitement happening in the city. If you are coming to Paris and would like to make sure you get the full experience, here are a few ideas for Paris performance that you can check out.

Paris Performance


Paris is famous for Cabaret. In the 1880s, Paris’ first cabaret, Le Chat Noir, was a place for artists-dancers, musicians, writers, and poets-to come together and share their creative works. A few years later, the opening of the iconic Moulin Rouge ultimately changed the nature of the cabaret turning it into the cabaret into a show for large crowds where they could see dance, theatre, music and circus acts while being astounded by beautiful lights and costumes. Even today, the cabaret does not fail to entertain. Montmartre has a variety of performances each with unique identities for whatever kind of experience you may be looking for.

Paris Performance

Fashion Show

While this idea might be slightly harder to accomplish, going to a fashion show in Paris is the ultimate dream. If there is any way for you to get a ticket, you can not say no. Some of the bigger fashion shows are pretty much impossible to attend, but maybe if you are lucky you will be able to weasel your way into a smaller, yet just as amazing, show.

Paris Performance


Seeing an opera in one of Paris’ famous opera houses is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Some of the most talented performers and composers of all time have filled these spaces with beautiful, heart-wrenching performances. The ornate decorations and luxurious architectural design are reason enough to attend a performance at one of these beautiful opera houses. If Opera doesn’t interest you, there are many other concerts, ballets, and recitals that you may be able to attend. However, I would say you have to at least try to attend one opera in your lifetime. What a better place to do it than in Paris?

Paris Performance

Comedy Show

Surprisingly, there are quite a few comedians interspersed throughout Parisian nightlife. These shows are especially great for tourists coming to Paris. Many comedians speak English and explain (make fun of) the French language. These shows are a great way to better understand the French language in a funny and entertaining way.

Paris Performance

Garden Shows

On a much smaller scale, the music and lights that create the basis of the garden shows can be a beautiful performance to behold. Namely at the palaces, such as Versailles, you can witness the natural beauty of the gardens at night while they are being illuminated and complimented by an entertaining lights and music performance. View the gardens and the palace during the day and stay at night to witness this masterful presentation.

Paris Performance


Going to see a movie on vacation doesn’t exactly scream “best idea ever,” but there are many options for you to immerse yourself further into French and Parisian culture by doing so. Many smaller theaters in the area have special events where you can see  popular French films with English subtitles. There are sometimes even discussions before or after the movie where you may have the chance to meet someone new to learn more about each other’s cultures. This could be a great learning experience and a fun way to learn more about the culture of Paris.

Markets in Paris

Markets in Paris

A great way to gain a deeper understanding of Parisian culture is to take part in traditional activities, such as going to one of the many markets across the city. With a little bit of searching, it is possible to find just about anything you might be looking for. Food and flea markets are located throughout the city on all days of the week. This is definitely something you need to do during your vacation. Here are a few potential markets to hit during your time in Paris.

Market in Paris

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Food Markets

Marché Maubert

Marché Maubert is a small market located in the Latin Quarter. If you are looking for a traditional experience, Marché Maubart is not considered a very touristy market and you will be able to find all kinds of fresh produce here. This market is easy to get to, and only a 10-minute walk to the Notre Dame. Grab a carton of delicious strawberries in the summer and go for a nice picnic on the Seine, you won’t be disappointed!


Marché Mouffetard

If you are dying to see the streets of Paris that Hemingway beautifully described in his many novels and short stories, you must wander down the cobblestone streets of the Marché Mouffetard. Also located in the Latin Quarter, Hemingway describe the “wonderful, narrow crowded market street” of Marché Mouffetard in A Moveable Feast. This market holds many stalls that sell tasty organic and fair-trade goods that will send your taste buds soaring.


Marché Président-Wilson

Marché Président-Wilson is an open-air market that runs the length of Avenue Président-Wilson. Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, this market is great for discovering all kinds of tasty things. You will be able to find foods from all kinds of nationalities, so you might want to take a couple of laps to make sure you didn’t miss any hidden treasures. Don’t miss a thing and see the sunrise from the Trocadéro then head to the market to be there right when it opens at 7 am.

Market in Paris

A sunny day at one of our city’s many markets.

Flea Markets

Les Puces de Saint-Ouen

Les Puces de Saint-Ouen is one of the largest flea markets in Paris. Les Puces, for short, is in northern Paris and easy to get to on the Metro. This is a great place to go for your idyllic Paris antique market. Marché Vernaison is a fantastic market to begin with. The entrance is on Rue des Rosiers and leads to alleyways filled with little boutiques. For the next few hours, dig and search through the 15 separate markets that make up the Puces. You are bound to find your diamond in the rough among all the specialty antique items.


Les Puces de Vanves

Here, you will be able to find affordable antiques and treasures of all kinds. As the second largest flea market in Paris, Puces de Vanves will shock you with its wide variety of trinkets. And if you don’t like the price, don’t be afraid to bargain with the merchants. If you and the merchant can agree on a price, you both win.


Les Puces de Montreuil

Les Puces de Montreuil is the most exciting flea market in Paris, as it is very hit or miss. While you might not always be lucky here, occasionally you will find an extraordinary antique or vintage piece. There are many different new and used objects here, but it may require a little bit more digging than in the markets previously mentioned. If you are looking for higher-end antiques, les Puces de Montreuil may not be the best place to look.


While these are just a few ideas for your next trip to Paris, ParisByM has many knowledgeable employees that would be happy to help you find the perfect market for what you are looking for. Contact us, so we can help you find the treasure of your dreams.


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Things To Do with Kids in Paris



The most amazing museums in the world are in France. Filled with beauty and history, it goes without saying that you must take advantage of your time in Paris and try to explore as many museums as possible. There are all kinds of activities to keep your kids entertained while you explore the museums and take in the city’s rich history, art, and culture. The Van Gogh Starry Night Exhibition is a great place to take your children to experience large as life art that immerses you in Van Gogh’s numerous works of art. Or, take your kids to the Catacombs and experience the resting places of over six million people – a very spooky experience! Of course, no trip would be complete without a trip to the Louvre, where countless pieces of art (and a treasure hunt) wait to engage your family!

Things To Do with Kids in Paris



Another must visit are the extravagant castles that cover the landscape of France. Palaces such as Versailles and Vaux-Le-Vicomte are great destinations to spend a day outside of Paris. The grandiose décor and immense gardens are the perfect playground for any age to explore. These palaces are wonderful for full day adventures and night-time journeys alike, as both places have beautiful nighttime experiences, such as Chateau de Vaux-Le-Vicomte’s candlelit gardens or Versailles night light and water shows. These destinations are very easy to reach from Paris by bus, car, or train. Also, if you travel to both of these and need more, you are in luck because there are plenty more beautiful palaces to visit in France.

Things To Do with Kids in Paris

Bois de Boulogne


Much like the palaces, the parks are a beautiful spot to sit in the gardens, have a picnic, and attempt to wear out your energetic child. Explore the legendary Tuileries and Luxembourg Gardens where there are cute cafes in the summer where you can sit back and relax while your kids explore the various fountains and statues that are peppered throughout the grounds. Explore Les Buttes-Chaumont to enjoy the natural beauty of the park, or go to Bois de Boulogne where you can rent boats for the lake and bicycles to go through the trails. Enjoy a tranquil afternoon or take an adventurous hike through the park.

Things To Do with Kids in Paris

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Amusement Parks

One more option is to take the hour train ride to Disneyland Paris. The two parks include the Hollywood Studios where kids can go to rock out on the Rock’n Roller Coaster, free fall in the Tower of Terror, spend the day in Fantasyland to travel through space on the Space Mountain, or float through the entire world in 5 minutes on the “It’s a Small World” boat ride. You and your kids can meet their favorite Disney characters and watch the exciting parade. With fun themed food and limitless possibilities, Disneyland Paris is sure to be a fan-favorite among your whole family.


Creating the perfect itinerary can prove to be difficult. Especially, when you are trying to make sure everyone is happy. Take the stress away from yourself and let us take care of your family’s vacation. By hiring the talented experts at ParisByM, you can rest easy that everyone will love Paris. By discussing your families’ interests, we can tailor-make your Parisian itinerary to fit your needs and expectations and take care of the reservations and plans. Book with us so we can help you have the most hassle-free vacation you have ever had.


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Out of the Box Activities to do with your Kids in Paris

There are so many things that you can do with your kids in Paris museums and boat or bus tours; however, if you are looking for a more hands on approach for your vacation, you might not know that there are also many other activities that you may have never even thought of doing. Let us give you some ideas!


Art Classes for Kids in Paris

Cooking Classes

In the land of culinary arts, it is never too early to learn how to bake delicious Parisian treats. Sign your children up for a cooking class where they will learn to make the perfect macaron or a scrumptious fluffy croissant. You can even join your little ones to learn how to make French menu items including cordon blues or fish croquettes. Other workshops include pizza days where your kids can learn how to make pizza from scratch. Be careful they might love cooking so much that they will want to start cooking your family dinners! Who knows maybe they will be the next Michelin Star chef!


Horse Back Riding

Horseback riding is something I never imagined to do in or around Paris. Little did I know, that I could trot through some of the most relaxing parks right outside of the city center. Take your family for an accompanied ride through some beautiful parks on a nice, sunny day in Paris. The calm atmosphere may be just what you need and not at all what you expected from a busy city like Paris. Roam former hunting grounds on the west part of Paris and live like the Kings of France as you discover lakes, waterfalls, ponds, and brooks.

Row Boats

In these parks, the lakes and ponds also often offer many fun activities for young children. Your kids loved the boat cruise down the Seine, now let them take the wheel (or ore). For just a few euros, you and your family can row up and down the lakes and witness beautiful, natural sights that are untouched by the rest of the city. This activity will pair nicely with a family picnic for a relaxing day away from the hustle and bustle of the city center.

Art Classes for Kids in Paris


Hot Air Balloons

Do you want to see an amazing aerial view of Paris but do not want to pay the exuberant fees of the Eiffel Tower? Take a trip on a hot air balloon! For just a small price of 12 euros, you can witness the beauty of the city of lights from a hot air balloon in the Parc André Citroën. This will be a great adventure for your little ones and could make for one heck of a Christmas card photo!


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Learn more about French culture including cartoons and architecture by taking an art class with your child or teen from ages 4 to 17 years old. We can help you find customized art classes for your family to learn Parisian techniques and focus on subjects such as traditional French architecture, nature, and more. Whether you are interested in drawing, painting, or mixed media, at ParisByM, we can help you find art classes for kids in Paris that will be fun for the entire family.



ParisByM can help you find the best activities for your family to make your time in Paris unforgettable. Contact us to find out how we can help plan your next vacation!



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Student Hostels in Paris

Hostels for Every Student Trip

Finding a reasonably priced hotel can be difficult in large European cities, especially for large groups. Hostels, however, are a great solution for you and your next class trip. Whether you are a group of University students backpacking through Europe or high school students on an educational adventure in Paris, there is reasonably priced accommodation for all ages at European hostels. But before you press that “Book It Now!” button, there are a few things you should know about student hostels in Paris.

Much like hotels, every hostel has their own unique identity. This being said, not all hostels are friendly to all ages. Your stay and experience can differ greatly depending on the atmosphere of the accommodation.  Some hostels provide a more quiet, relaxed environment, while others attract those looking to party.

Here are some of things to know before booking a hostel for your student group.  


For High School Students Traveling with Teachers: Ages 13 to 16

Student Hostels in Paris

Before booking your hostel, one thing you need to check is the age restrictions. Many hostels will not accept groups under the age of 16. Furthermore, hostels that do accept student groups at this age may have terms that your group must follow. For example, there may need to be a certain number of chaperones on the trip to make a reservation and they must all be present at check-in to ensure the group is adequately supervised. For groups in this age range, the hostels are more likely to be located in safe neighborhoods located near schools and neighborhoods saturated with families. These areas are safer for the younger students and offer more security for the groups. This type of hostel is quieter and more relaxed which allows students and teachers to enjoy the educational experience and provides the parents with a sense of serenity knowing their children are safe.

For University Students Traveling with Teachers: Ages 17-22

Traveling in groups at this age may also require a few verifications before booking. In student groups ages 16 to 18, a chaperone is required to complete the booking and to be present at check-in at most hostels. You will also have to make sure the hostel knows the number of students, between the ages of 16 and 18, coming on the trip or the hostel has permission to cancel the booking upon arrival. For groups over the age of 18, there fewer restrictions to complicate planning; however, it is important for teachers and older chaperones to know that many hostels will not allow adults over the age of 40 to stay in a shared room. When booking for this age group, hostels that are on the trendier side may be the most popular choice. These hostels provide nice and clean accommodations that are also sociable, yet respectful. They are also located in more local areas which can provide your students with an educational and authentic experience.

For University Students and Post-Graduate Students Traveling Together: Ages 18+

Student Hostels in Paris

Hostels are great, affordable places to stay when traveling from country to country with large groups of friends. The types of hostels best suited for these students are laid back and more rustic for young adults on a budget. The atmosphere entices sociable explorers to partake in an adventurous experience where they are able to meet other interesting and outgoing individuals.  There are not many limitations that these groups need to be made aware of, their job is to be focused on finding a hostel that will help them in their quest for an incredible journey. These hostels can be found in major cities with unbeatable prices at their unbelievably low rates.


How can you find the best hostel for your group?

As with most things, the internet is a great place to start your search for the ideal hostel for your group’s needs. Hostels can be found on many booking websites and reservations can be made online. Hostels can also be contacted directly by phone. Another option is contacting a travel agent to help you book your student trip. By explaining your situation, the travel agent will be able to use their industry expertise to find the hostel that best fits your group’s specifications with a pricing model that matches your trip’s budget. Your travel agent will ensure that your students get an educational and unforgettable experience at an affordable price under a safe and secure roof.




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Paris Metro Prices

Buying Group Metro Tickets for Student Trips

Transportation around Paris may seem difficult and expensive for large student groups, but knowing the tips and tricks to discounted Paris Metro prices is a great start to making your trip as stress-free as possible.

Here are a few things you need to know about purchasing your group Metro tickets at a discounted price.

Paris Metro Prices

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The first thing to account for is the size and average age of your group. The Parisian RAPT Group offers a 50% discount for train tickets which include access to the Metro, RER (although this does not include airport connections) and trains in the Île-de-France region. However, there are a few parameters that your group must meet in order to take advantage of this offer. The groups size is the most important factor. An adult or teacher with a group size of greater than 10 children can benefit from the discount. For every 10 children, 1 adult or teacher is able to also able to receive a reduced fare for up to 30 kids.

The age of the group is also important. The youth group may be comprised of either 10 year olds and younger or middle and high school students as old as 18 years old. For this reason, these discounted tickets are especially useful for student trips where there are many young people in one group.

In order to be able to get this price reduction, the adult that is accompanying the group must fill out a “youth group transport form” that will need to be validated by a station agent. These forms are able to be found at all Metro and RER stations and allows for immediate travel after validation. Be sure to continue carrying this form with you as you travel along with your Metro tickets. In the case that you are stopped by officials checking tickets, you will need both the ticket as well as the form in order to prove that you and your group are authorized to have a reduced fare ticket.

Paris Metro Prices

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Unfortunately, this discount is only valid for one way and round-trip tickets, so if you and your group are planning a trip more centered around Metro travel there may be better options for you.

The Paris Travel Pass is a good option for groups planning on spending multiple days in Paris. This pass allows for unlimited trips for either 1, 2, 3, or 5 consecutive days. This can be a better option for you than just getting a weekly pass since weekly passes follow the calendar week. Meaning, while you may purchase a weekly pass on a Thursday, you will have to repurchase one on that Monday for the next week. The travel pass also allows you to pick which zones you are most interested in, so if you are planning on staying in the center of Paris, this will also help you save money on your tickets. These tickets may be bought at the ticket desks and ticket machines


Furthermore, a travel agent is a great resource to aid you in this process. Because of their connections and expertise, they will be able to help you find the best possible mode of transportation for you and your group’s needs without the hassle of you having to try to find it for yourself. Using ParisByM will take care of the details for you, so you can sit back relax, and get excited for your trip!

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Morning Activities in Paris

If you are an early riser or just can’t imagine sleeping in the City of Lights, you may be disappointed that the Paris museums do not open when the sun rises. But do not worry! There are plenty of early morning activities in Paris that you can do to get your day as early as you are.


Morning Activities in Paris

Parisian Sunrise

If you love seeing the beautiful colors of the sky at sunrise, then you are in luck. Some of the best views in Paris are only made better by the pink sky in the horizon. Get your early morning coffee and sit on the Trocadero to watch the Eiffel Tower gleam while you listen to “La Vie en Rose.” I promise it will make for a very memorable morning. AND because sunrise is around 5:40 in the summertime, there will be far less tourists taking away from your experience. Go to the Louvre, sit in front of the Arc de Triomphe. The sky will be a sight to see, no matter where you are in the city.


Food and Flea Markets

Morning Activities in Paris

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After sunrise, the hustle and bustle of the city begins. It’s always a good idea to go to a market when you are in Paris. Since they generally open around 7 am all over the city, it is a great “next stop” for your early morning itinerary.  Browse the fresh produce and be amazed by the selection of cheeses, fish, and charcuterie. These markets are located all over the city on different days of the week, so it’s impossible to not find a market with delicious foods. Get a savory crêpe for breakfast and roam the cobble stone streets or buy food to make a yummy picnic for lunch.


However, while many markets may only have food, there are also many markets that also (or exclusively) sell new and used items such as vintage clothing or antique cutlery. Digging through these markets for a special souvenir is another great morning activity as the markets open relatively early. (And if you get there before everyone else, you have first pick on all the goods!)


Delicious Breakfast

If you rather sit and enjoy the scenery, there are many cute, delicious places for you to grab a bite. No matter what you are in the mood for, you will be able to find a quality restaurant that can satisfy your taste buds. If you are looking for something a bit more low-key, there are many boulangeries where you can sit to relax with an americano in one hand and a butter croissant in the other. This, especially, is a great way to start your day like a local. When in Paris, do as the Parisians do, right?

Stroll through the Parks

Although this may seem like a simple answer, you can not underestimate a walk through the park on a beautiful Parisian morning. Whether you go at sunrise or as the day is beginning, the beauty of the Parisian parks is unparalleled. There are limitless possibilities for you too. You could walk through a new park each morning of a one-week vacation, and not even come close to seeing all that Parisian parks have to offer. Stop and smell the roses, or you’ll get your 10,000 steps before it has even reached noon!

Morning Activities in Paris


For more ideas or how to find the best spots for the ideas mentioned above, contact us to create an individualized itinerary tor you. Also, check out our other packages and blog posts for more day-time or night-time ideas.

School Trips to France

Getting Your Kids Ready for Paris

Traveling to Paris with your kids is an amazing adventure, but its understandable that you might be worried that they won’t appreciate the rich history which pervades the city. In this article, we will discuss the different ways you can help your children learn more about the history of Paris before and during your upcoming trip!



Preparing your kids for your trip is an important, but often overlooked, part of the planning process. You need to instill a positive image of the country your visiting and begin to prepare them with interesting tidbits of history so they can make positive connections while on the trip that will increase their knowledge intake and enhance the enjoyability of the trip. By building a positive image of the country you will be visiting prior to your trip, you can enhance your children’s’ curiosity and inspire them to make connections, making the trip more enjoyable on all fronts.

Children’s books set in Paris are an excellent way to peak a child’s interest. History for Kids in ParisWith beautiful illustrations of famous monuments and interesting tidbits of Parisian culture, children’s books are a great way to introduce your child to the sights of Paris before you even leave. This way when your child sees the Arc de Triomphe in person, they’ll be excited and remember the importance of the structure because they remember seeing it when you read them Madeline.  Check out Goodreads for a Definitive List of Children’s Books Set in Paris.


YouTube videos and movies are also a great way to teach your children about Paris before leaving. There are billions of videos on the web for every topic you can think of including French history. Just search “History of Paris for Kids” on YouTube and you are destined to find videos History of Paris for Kidsthat can help educate your children in a fun and comprehensible way. Watching films is another great way to introduce your child to the Paris.  Animated classics like The Hunchback of Notre Dame or The AristoCats are a simple and enjoyable way to get your kids interested in the French culture and history of Paris. There are so many wonderful movies to get your kids excited and ready to go! Here are just a few examples of great movies for kids that are set in Paris.






Arriving in Paris

After getting your kids excited for the trip, the next step is to actually go! Luckily the fun doesn’t stop when you arrive in Paris. There are plenty of museums and activities for you to do with your kids in Paris. Many museums have interactive activities for your kids to keep them engaged in the learning.  For example, the Louvre has a guided treasure hunt to make the learning more interactive and fun. These activities are a great way to introduce new information to your kids. There are also many kid-friendly museums. No matter what they are interested in, you will be able to find a place that they will love.

The Chocolate Museum in Paris, for example, is a great place for any child (or adult) with a sweet tooth. The Palaces intricately decorated, and history-laden rooms will captivate your children. Stop in the Tuileries Gardens, which are the perfect spot for your active toddler to run around and chase birds while you admire the serenity and beauty of the park. You can even teach your child about modern art at the Musée en Herbe, which focuses on teaching young kids on how to approach modern art.  Not to mention, your kids can take an adventurous boat ride where they will love splashing through the Seine and learning about all of the famous buildings and monuments on the riverbank.


ParisByM can help you plan the perfect trip for you and your kids. With a vast knowledge of Paris and the opportunities within, ParisByM is able to custom make your itinerary to fit all your needs. Book with us to make the best, most educational and fun experience for both you and your kids.


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