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Planning a Trip to Paris with Kids

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Thinking of taking your kids on a vacation trip to Paris? It could be difficult to understand what there is to do. Here are 10 things to do when you plan vacations to Paris with kids.

1) Take a stroll along the Seine 

vacation trip paris kidsWith a majority of famous monuments of Paris located in close proximity to the river, the Seine is a magnificent area to take a stroll with kids. You can see the la Tour Eiffel, le Musée d’Orsay, Place de la Concorde, le Louvre, le Pont Neuf, l’Hôtel de Ville, Notre-Dame and La Sainte Chapelle. If you find yourselves walking along the Seine, near the Musée d’Orsay, the Invalides, and Place de la Concorde, you will find an area by the Seine called les Berges. Les Berges offer a numerous amount of outdoor play structures, outdoor games, and rest areas for kids.

2) Disneyland

vacation trip paris kidsAs the most visited theme park in all of France, Disneyland Paris is an adventure to bring kids to. Disneyland Paris is composed of two parks: Disneyland Park et Walt Disney Studios Park. Allow for at least one day at Disneyland Paris because both parks are filled with restaurants, charming experiences, and rides including Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast.

3) Bateaux Mouches

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Another way you can explore Paris with kids is by riding on a Bateaux Mouches. This outdoor tour boat is a wonderful way to relax for an afternoon, and not miss out on one of the must see sites. Bateaux Mouches also offer cruise lunches and dinners for an additional cost. Keep in mind that there are also discounted prices for kids.

 

4) Museums 

Paris, being a historical city, there are several museums to visit! In addition to the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou has interactive exhibitions for kids. The Musée de la Poupée is enchanting for little girls and Grévin is a wax museum where kids can take pictures with famous wax figures like Barack Obama, Brigitte Bardot and the queen.
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5) Les Invalides

Les Invalides houses the biggest collection of the nation on the history of the French army and the remains of Napoleon housed in an extravagant tomb. This is the ideal place for kids who are a little older (teenagers) interested in weapons of war and history.
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6) Champs Elysées

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For an ideal shopping session, or for a stroll on a beautiful Parisian day, go towards avenue des Champs Elysée. At the Champs Elysée there are stores that everyone loves. From high-end luxury boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Chanel, to less expensive options like Banana Republic, Marks and Spencer, and Levi, there is a store for everyone to shop at!

7) Restaurants 

vacation trip paris kidsAll parents know that kids can be difficult at times, especially when they are hungry! No need to stress. Paris has very accommodating restaurants pour kids. Here are some of our recommendations: Angelina, La Boule Rouge, Le Grande Café, and Pizza Pino.

8) Luxembourg Gardens 

vacation trip paris kidsThere’s no better place to let out a little energy than the Luxembourg Gardens. Initially commissioned by Marie de Medici, this park holds more than 2000 trees, 100 statues, monuments, and fountains. It is the setting of various pieces of famous literature including the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables. The Luxembourg Gardens is a fantastic spot to bring the family for a picnic and after, to rent mini wooden boats for boat races in one of the fountains.

9) The Vincennes Zoo

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In Paris, there are several zoos and aquariums to visit, but the most popular, the Vincennes Zoo, is a success for kids. There are five principal natural environments (bio zones) that make up the zoo. The Vincennes Zoo allows you to have breakfast with giraffes, special encounters with animals in the animal park, and provides guided tours.

10) Versailles

The majestic Palace of Versailles is a place where you shouldn’t miss seeing when planning your tips to Paris with kids. Located on the outskirts of the city if Paris, Versailles is the most exquisite palace of all of France. After having gone through the palace, make your way to the gardens to see the fountains. If you’re lucky, you might see the water show! You can bring a picnic here, stay in the gardens, make your way to the little pond, or take a little train to discover the Grand Trion and the house of Marie-Antoinette. Be sure to give yourself a lot of time for Versailles, as there is a lot to do and see.
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10 Things to Do in Paris

When visiting Paris choosing from the various attractions and beautiful sights is the biggest task of all. From all the Parisian gems and experiences we’ve chosen the 10 things to do in Paris you should not miss.

 

1. Visit the Musée de l’Orangerie

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A must-see: Monet’s water lilies in the Musée de l’Orangerie. Situated in the Jardins des Tuileries, it is one of the favorite museums of Parisians and visitors. Built in 1852 as a winter shelter for the orange trees in the Tuileries Garden, it accommodates today the masterpieces of Monet and many other works of impressionists like Cézanne and Gauguin. From the 20th century you’ll find 12 pieces by Pablo Picasso as well as 10 Matisse and many others. A great way to spend your afternoon in Paris!

Musée de l’Orangerie – Jardin Tuileries 75001 www.musee-orangerie.fr (site in French)

 

2. Have Falafel in Rue des Rosiers

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For all food lovers Paris holds many attractions but one particular can be found in the middle of the famous area Le Marais. The Rue des Rosiers in the 4th district holds the most famous Parisian Falafel joint: L’As. A tasty experience to try!

L’As – 34, Rue des Rosiers 75004 Tel.: 01 48 87 63 60 

 

3. Stroll through Shakespeare and Company

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The famous American bookshop in Paris is located on the left bank next to the river Seine and opposite of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Its great history originates from the gathering of famous expat writers of the 1920’s like Hemingway, Stein, and Fitzgerald. Today it still accommodates one of the largest English book collections in Paris and is itself an interesting place to visit.

Shakespeare and Co. – 37, Rue de la Bûcherie 75005 Tel.: 01 43 25 40 93 www.shakespeareandcompany.com

 

4. Enjoy an evening in Le Crazy Horse

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Besides the well-known Moulin Rouge a second cabaret has become all the rage: Le Crazy Horse. In 1951 the cabaret opened its doors at the prestigious 12 Avenue George V and has continued to dazzle visitor with their creative and glamorous shows up until today. You can enjoy the show with champagne or dinner before hand. In any case a fabulous evening entertainment is guaranteed!

Check out some more information about Le Crazy Horse here.

Le Crazy Horse – 12, Avenue George V 75008 Tel.: 01 47 23 32 32 www.lecrazyhorseparis.com (site in French)

 

5. Check out the Jazz clubs of Paris

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For all Jazz lovers Paris holds some precious gems. In the area of Saint-Germain-des-Prés you can still experience the ambience of the days of Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, and Kenny Clarke. Three of the major Parisian Jazz Clubs include Le Caveau de la Huchette, Le Duc de Lombards, and Le Sunset.

Le Caveau de la Huchette – 5, Rue de la Huchette 75005 Tel.: 01 43 26 65 05. www.caveaudelahuchette.fr (site in French)

Le Duc de Lombards – 42, Rue des Lombards 75001 Tel.: 01 42 33 22 88. www.ducdeslombards.com (site in French)

Le Sunset – 60, Rue des Lombards 75001 Tel.: 01 40 26 46 60. www.sunset-sunside.com (site in French)

 

6. Spend an afternoon in Montmartre

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The vibe of the artist “village” in the north of Paris still lies in the air. When visiting Montmartre you can check out the main touristic attractions like the all-white Basilica and the Place du Tertre with the caricaturists and the crêperies, but Montmartre also holds other beautiful corners like the Allée des Brouillards or the rue Lepic where you will pass by charming bars and cafés with the very special Parisian touch.

 

7. Sunday shopping spree in Le Marais

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A typical Parisian Sunday includes an after-brunch shopping spree in Le Marais. This area comes most alive on Sundays with all shops and cafés open and joyful Parisians and visitors walking the streets of the popular Jewish area. In this old part of the city you can discover romantic places like the Place de Vosges and all the small side streets with little shops and restaurants. Definitely a must on the list of 10 things to do in Paris!

 

8. Have a drink on one of the amazing rooftops of Paris

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To truly feel the Parisian vibes it is a good idea to look at the city from above. We have gathered for you the three of the most special rooftop experiences in the French capital. Georges in the Centre Pompidou offers a high-class restaurant in a modern setting with a beautiful view over the city. For a French “Aperó” we suggest Le Perchoir on top of the BHV mall in Le Marais. A less crowed rooftop with a Brooklyn-like vibe can be found on the 7th floor of the Terrass” Hotel in the 18th district.

Find more rooftop bars in Paris here.

Georges – Palais Beaubourg, Place Georges Pompidou 75000 Paris Tel.: 01 44 78 47 99 www.restaurantgeorgesparis.com

Le Perchoir – 33, Rue de la Verrerie 75004 Tel.: 09 77 40 14 00 www.bhv.fr/actus/perchoir-du-bhv-marais/ (site in French)

Terrass” Hotel – 12-14, Rue Joseph de Maistre 75018 Tel.: 01 46 06 72 85 www.terrass-hotel.com (site in French)

 

9. Spend time at the Eiffel Tower

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The main Parisian landmark is always worth a visit but instead of the obvious viewpoint at place du Trocadero you can have more private views on the romantic Tower from places like the Rue Saint-Dominique in the 7th district, Pont de Bir-Hakeim connecting the 15th and the 16th district, or the rooftop of the Galleries Lafayette in the 8th district.

 

10. Have French Pastries

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Last but not least on the list of 10 things to do in Paris: have French pastries. If there is one thing you cannot leave Paris without then it is tasting the delightful pastries in one of the Parisian “Boulangeries”. The Pâtisserie Stroher exists since 1730 in the Rue Montorgeuil and won a price for best éclairs au chocolat. Who would like to taste the delicate macarons should try Ladurée on the Champs-Élysées or in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. A very special pastry shop is La Pâtisserie des Rêves (several in Paris, one in the 16th district). They have specialized in bringing childhood memories alive and making your (pastry) dreams come true.

Pâtisserie Stroher – 51, Rue Montorgeuil 75002 Tel.: 01 42 33 38 20 www.stroher.fr (site in French)

Ladurée – 75, AV. Des Champs-Élysées 75008 Tel.: 01 40 75 08 75 / 21, Rue Bonarparte Tel.: 01 44 07 64 87 www.laduree.com

La Pâtisserie des Rêves – 111, Rue de Longchamp 75016 Tel.: 01 47 04 00 24 www.lapatisseriedesreves.com (site in French)

 

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