Paris with Kids – The Best Family Hotels

Updated: September 16, 2015

Paris with Kids - The Best Hotels

The 10 Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in Paris

Four Seasons Hotel George V – luxury

Four Seasons with Kids in Paris
One of the very best hotels in Paris. Good sized swimming pool, and great service and staff. Kids’ bathrobes, greeting gift (for young guests), and complimentary baby food and toiletries. Babysitting services with 24 hours notice. Kids eat for free at the hotel’s restaurants. Family Recreation Manager helps families plan their visit. Close to George V metro station. Hotel phone: +33 (1) 4952 7000

Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysées – luxury

Claridge Fraser Suites with Kids
Wonderful location right on the Champs-Elysées. Large 1 or 2 bedrooms suites easily sleep families of 4 or 6. All suites have kitchens. It’s a 2 minute walk to the George V metro station and 15 minute walk to both the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. Hotel phone: +33 (1) 4413 3333

Le Bristol – luxury

Le Bristol with Kids in Paris
Beautiful spacious rooms. Great indoor swimming pool. Children and families are not an afterthought here and are truly welcomed and pampered. There’s a good kids menu, a garden treasure hunt, and a supervised kids club and playroom. Hotel phone: +33 (1) 5343 4300

The Westin Paris Vendome – luxury

Paris Westin Vendome with Kids
Very close to the Renaissance (also kid-friendly) but here you exchange the swimming pool for a larger room and suites are larger still. The Westin has kid-friendly service and great restaurants both in the hotel and just out the door. Tuileries metro station is very close. Hotel phone: 33 (1) 4477 1111

Gardette Park Hotel – moderate

Good hotel for families in Marais
This is a great mid-range hotel and one of my favorites in Paris for families on a budget. The family suites have 2 single beds and a queen and are a good size for Paris. Across the street is a park with a playground and there are several good restaurants within a 3 minute walk. A great neighborhood but with few tourists so you feel like you’re really seeing Paris. Hotel phone: +33 (1) 4700 5793

Best Western Paris Louvre Opera – moderate

Best Western Paris Louvre with Kids
Family suites are 2 interconnected rooms each with twin beds. Fantastic location. Many restaurants nearby. Steps from the Pyramides metro station. Hotel phone: +33 (1) 4020 0110

Novotel Paris Tour Eiffel – moderate

Paris Novotel Eiffel Tower with Kids
Chain hotel that has clean simple rooms with friendly service. Nice swimming pool. Short walk to the Eiffel Tower. Close to Bir-Hakeim metro station. Hotel phone: +33 (1) 4058 2000

Best Western Premier Left Bank – St Germain – moderate

Left Bank Hotel with Kids
Great location in the center of St Germain. Triple rooms (2 twin and 1 sofa bed) and quadruple rooms (2 twin and 2 sofa beds). Steps from St Germain des Pres metro station. Hotel phone: +33 (1) 4354 0170

Holiday Inn St Germain Des Pres – budget

Paris Holiday In St Germain with Kids
Central location near Luxembourg Gardens and many shops and restaurants. The Holiday Inn has larger rooms than most mid-range Paris hotels. A great value hotel for the hip St Germain area. Very close to 2 different metro lines makes getting anywhere in Paris very quick and easy. Note: The Holiday Inn Gare de l’Est has larger rooms but I don’t like the location as much. Hotel phone: +33 (1) 4954 8700

Timhotel Palais Royal Louvre – budget

Paris TimHotel with Kids
Best budget hotel near the Louvre. Triple rooms with 3 twin beds are simple but good. Bourse metro stop is very close. Hotel phone: +33 (1) 4261 5390

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All of these hotels have triple, quad, or family rooms. The larger the room the earlier they seem to be snatched up – so book early.

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66 questions and comments

  1. Paris with Young Children

    Hi David,
    Amazing tips!!! Lovely boys!
    We’d like to go with a 2 year old and a 5 month old baby now, on October 2015.

    -How cold/wet could Paris be?
    -How pram-friendly is Paris? We’ll go with a double buggy (too many steps on the street…? Is there anyway besides the stairs to climb to Sacre Coeur?
    -I was planning to do children tourism in the mornings-noon (parks, playgrounds) and museums and grown up tourism in their nap time… ? Any better suggestions?
    -Is this trip actually feasible? Or we are just dreaming?

    Thank you very much!

    1. David Post author


      –In October you should be prepared for any type of weather but more than likely it will be a mix of clear sunny days and rainy overcast days. Nights can be quite chilly. Think layers.
      –Most parts of Paris are stroller friendly. There are sections with cobblestoned streets that are not. Metro typically has lots of stairs and narrow walkways that are difficult with a stroller. Buses are better. When you have a stroller you can board through the rear (everyone else boards through the front). There is an open space by the rear door that is just for strollers (perhaps, wheelchairs too).
      –Sounds like a great plan. Do it. You won’t regret it.

  2. Marais or Montmartre for a Family of 3

    We want to stay in a lively area of Paris, good restaurants, Paris life, central to the main attractions (except the Eiffel Tower which was saw on a day trip last year so no need to see again). We’ve been told by friends that Marais or Montmartre are the best neighborhoods for us to stay in. Which area would you recommend?

    Also, we’ve got train tickets to London on the Eurostar. When should we arrive before departure time? Do the train stations sell food that we can buy for the train trip?

    1. David Post author

      Marais, for sure. Not even close. Marais has a much more central location (walking distance to many top sites), a cool vibe, and lots of great restaurants. Montmartre is not terrible but very touristy, tacky, and lots of average (or below average) restaurants.

      Get to your London train with plenty of time to spare: 60 to 90 minutes before departure. There’s security and passport checks that can go slowly – and the train waits for no one. Also, check in for the Eurostar is upstairs. It’s easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. Do not go to the main train board and wait for your train to appear in the listing – it never will. The Gare du Nord has lots of food options. Buy food before you check in and go through the waiting area.

  3. Louvre with Kids – Books

    We’ll be visiting the Louvre with a 7 year old girl. Any recommendations for books that we can read in advance?

  4. Best Tour for Kids in Paris

    What is the best tour of Paris for a family of 3 (energetic 13 year old who’s very interested in Paris culture and history)? Any suggestions?

    1. David Post author

      Two great tours for kids are the Fat Tire Bike Tours and the Paris by Mouth Walking Tours. The bike tours start near the Eiffel Tower and make their way to Louvre passing some Paris’ top attractions along the way. There are explanations and a bit of history along the way – nothing too deep but it’s fun and about right for most kids (and adults). The Paris by Mouth tours are called food & wine (kids can have juice) and are a great introduction to whatever neighborhood you’re touring (there are tours of the Marais, Latin Quarter, and Saint Germain). You stop at a 5 or 6 different specialty shops as you walk and then sit down for a meal at the end. Both tours are great. Fat Tire also offers a bike tour of Versailles which is a must if you’re going there and much better for seeing the grounds than if you went on your own (plus you skip the lines at the palace).

  5. Military Discount for Families

    Hi David,

    Several of the posts have been quite helpful for my travel there next may. I have my family of 3 and another family of 4. I am a retired US military officer and I have heard of discounted hotels for military families, do you know of economical lodging for families this size, military?


    1. David Post author

      I have not heard of military discounts for families (outside of the US). I doubt there’s anything in France. is the best site to find cheap hotels in Paris – so look there if your search doesn’t turn up anything.

  6. Finding Taxi for Family from Airport to Paris

    Are taxis easy to get at the Paris Airport (Charles de Gaulle)? I’ve heard cabs can be hard to find.

    1. David Post author

      Follow the signs for “Taxi” to the designated area. If you can’t see any taxis queued up then look for a worker with an orange vest (like the photo below). They’ll call a taxi for you and it will arrive within a minute or two.
      Taxi at airport to downtown Paris for Family

  7. Good Hotel for Family with Toddler

    Hi David
    Great blog. We’re traveling to Paris with our 22 mo old next week and are scrambling to find a good hotel in a good location! I’m also pregnant with my 2nd so easy access to certain (but not all) touristy spots that can be done with toddler and areas with activities for toddlers would be great. Where do you think would be a good location?
    Thanks much!

    1. David Post author

      I would highly recommend the Gardette Park Hotel – good sized rooms, nice playground across the street, and not too expensive (for Paris). Bus #69 stops nearby and goes directly to the Eiffel Tower through the heart of Paris – it’s a great route and worth going out of your way to do.

  8. Paris at Christmas with Kids


    We are considering visiting Paris for the first time to spend Christmas this year. We are family of 6 (grandparents, aunt, parents and 3 and a half year old boy). I am worried that it will be too cold for my son as we would like to do sightseeing. Can you comment on the weather and if it would be a good time to visit with a young child? Also, since we would be there for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, any recommendations on where to stay and what to do on those two holidays?


    1. David Post author

      Paris at Christmas can be great with kids – though it can be cold, so be prepared for pretty much any kind of wintery weather. There are Christmas lights and displays everywhere. It’s a very fun atmosphere. The main Christmas Market is on the Champs Elysées, between metro Concorde and Rond Point. On Haussmann boulevard there are department store windows (and the tree Inside Galeries Lafayette) that are wonderful. There’s ice skating in front of the Hôtel de Ville and inside the Grand Palais (you can rent skates there).

  9. Paris at Night with Kids

    HI David,
    I am travelling with Family and visiting Disney for 2 days. I am coming to Paris around 3pm, what do you suggest to cover for the rest of the day from 4PM onwards, as the next 2 days will be visiting Paris Disney and will leave on 4th day early morning.

    1. David Post author

      I would visit the Eiffel Tower (check online to see if tickets are available for your dates) or a boat tour along the river Seine – or both.

  10. Apartment for Family of 6


    We are a family of 6 (4 children age 9,11,15,15) that will be staying in Paris for 4 night in October. We are looking for a place to stay, preferably an apartment hotel or similar. Do you have any good recommendations within the budget range of 250 euro per night.


  11. Where To Stay for Paris and Disneyland

    Hi! David,

    This is a most helpful blog/site. Really nice of you to share your experience.
    We are travelling to Paris for the first time, as a family, with our 3 tean-age boys. We are planning to do 2 nights at Euro Disney bang in the middle of our trip (12th June being a b’day!). The main focus of the trip is to get the boys to explore, get to know and enjoy the city itself. So the question is which is the best neighbourhood to stay in (B&B/Hostel/Aparthotel) so that we do not need to punctuate our stay.

    Any advice?
    Option 1 : Stay in a location that will be convenient to both locations and do day tours of disneyland.
    Option 2 : Stay in Paris arrondissement 6 (1st choice) and move out to disney and then move back into the same pension.
    Option 3 : Stay in the Disney area and do day trips to Paris. (Least attractive option)

    Looking forward to your response.

    1. David Post author

      Staying in Paris is the key to enjoying the city so I would do a variation of option 2 but with one suggestion: stay at different places for your first and second stays. You see and experience a different side of Paris depending on where you stay. So moving from the 6th to the 10th arrondissements (for example) might not sound like a big difference but you’ll get a very different feel for the city when you stay in multiple locations.

  12. Stay in Paris or Near Disneyland

    We are a family of two adults and a child of 5 years. Visiting Europe for the first time and choose to go to Paris. My daughter is very fond of Eiffel tower and Disney stuff. What is your recommendation, should we stay in one of the hotel in Disney location or it will be far away from other nice places. Plan to stay in Paris for three nights. We are not very good in terms of long distance walks :)

    Aleena Khan

    1. David Post author

      It depends where more of your interest lies. If you’re planning on spending 2 of your 3 days at Disneyland then get a hotel near Disneyland. If you want to spend 2 of your 3 days in Paris then stay in Paris. It’s fairly easy to get from Disneyland hotels to the Eiffel Tower. Get on the RER line A train and take it to Charles De Gaulle Etoile station (close to the Arc de Triomphe) then catch Metro line 6 to Bir Hakeim. The Tower is only a short walk from there.

  13. Paris with a 3 Year Old

    I am brining my 3 year old son to Paris mid-May. I would like to do a little shopping (for me, like a bag or a wallet) and then take my son to the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and a couple of museums. Any suggestions on a safe and kid-friendly hotel as well as some fun activities? Many thanks, Kate

    1. David Post author

      There are many areas of Paris that have good shopping so you have a fair bit of flexibility there. The Westin is a great hotel that is walking distance to shopping of the Champs-Elysees, some large department stores, and the Louvre, and easy access to the metro for getting around Paris. The Tuileries Garden is across the street and has lots of areas to burn off energy and there’s a play area, trampolines, a pond to sail small toy boats, and pony rides.

  14. 3 Nights in Paris


    We are family of 4 ( 2 adults, 15 year old and 19 year old) first time visiting Paris for 3 nights. We will coming in to Gare Du Nord from London. We are comfortable with subway/Metro in NYC so looking for a place ( hotel or an apartment) that is value hotel ( budget 150-200$ a night) and closes to any metro station. We wish to visit Eiffel tower, Louve museum, palace de versailes and may be evening in good neighboorhood with some shopping and good places to eat. Mostly we want to walk or rent a bike to move around. We also want to try illumination river tour…..Once we get out of the hotel, we wont be going back until late evening….so is Gare Du Nord or CDG airport hotels ok to consider ?

    Can you please provide your 2 or 3 choices.

    1. David Post author

      Gare du Nord area would be fine as there is a metro stop there with good connections around the city but you do not want to stay at the airport – you want to be in central Paris. The RER C Line is the one that goes to Versailles so being close to one of those stops (St-Michel Notre Dame, Champ de Mars/Tour Eiffel, or Musée d’Orsay) would be nice but certainly not a must. The real trouble will be finding a room large enough within your budget. 2 cheaper hotels (though still over $200) that would sleep 4 adults/young adults are the Hôtel du Palais Bourbon and the Midnight Hotel Paris – both with good locations near metro stations.

  15. Where To Stay in Paris?

    My family and I will be spending 5 nights in Paris. Where would you recommend we stay?

    Chris Niemand

    1. David Post author

      Paris is well connected by metro so choosing where to stay (as long as you’re near a metro stop) is not as vital as in some cities. Most areas can make great bases for exploring the city (Montmarte, Champs-Elysées, the Latin Quarter are all great) but if I had to choose one are in Paris for a family to stay it would be Saint Germain – very central, well served by metro, walking distance to many of the best attractions in the city, busy day and night, and home to lots of great places to eat.

  16. Beaches in Paris

    I’ve heard interesting things about the man-made beaches in Paris. Do you know when the beaches are open? Can you swim at the beaches? Is there a charge?

    1. David Post author

      I’m not sure what the dates for 2015 will be but for 2014 they were from 19 July to 17 August – so basically mid-July to mid-August. The beaches are free. There is not swimming in the Seine but some of the spots have a pool. There are mist showers, paddle boats, sand castles, play areas, ice cream kiosks. Lots of fun. The beaches are open from 9am to midnight.

  17. December or July Visit?

    We are trying to decide between a December, 2015 visit or a July, 2016 visit. We are coming from Australia and are a family of 4 (ages 10 and 12). Is it cold in December in Paris? Is it too hot in July? When would you visit? The dates would be July 1 to 20 or December 20 to January 10.

    1. David Post author

      They are both great times to visit but, of course, very different. In December, yes it can be cold and even snow. But it can be surprisingly pleasant too. The city lights up at Christmas time and becomes almost magical especially if you’re into festivities and ice skating (city hall has a huge ice rink). There are fewer visitors (specifically in early January) when the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and other popular attractions will have far shorter lines. In July it’s hot and sunny and green. You can picnic outside and go for walks (without gloves and hats) and enjoy outdoor Paris like you see in the movies. The city makes sandy beaches along the Seine that are a lot of fun and kids love. So, if I had to choose I would go in July but both have their appeal depending on what type of visit you’re looking for.

  18. Should We Stay Near Eiffel Tower?

    We have 1 week in Paris with a 9 year old. We are most concerned with the location of the hotel, not so much the quality. As long as it’s clean and in a good location we’re happy The one thing we have to do is go up the Eiffel Tower as my son is obsessed with it. We have promised him we can go up twice, once on the stairs and once on the elevators. These will be on 2 separate days. My question is: With such an emphasis on the Eiffel Tower should we find a hotel close to it or is it easy to get to from all points in the city? Is it easy to walk to the Eiffel Tower from the Latin Quarter?

    1. David Post author

      The Eiffel Tower is easy to get from nearly all central places in the city. As long as you’re near a metro station (and there aren’t many places not near a metro in central Paris) you’ll be fine. There is not a lot around the Eiffel Tower in terms of restaurants or busy/fun neighborhoods. It sounds like you’ll make 2 or 3 visits to the tower so I would not recommend compromising your location just to be close to it. Walking from the Latin Quarter to the Eiffel Tower is about 45 minutes. Perhaps a little more with a child and more again if you take the more scenic route along the river.

  19. Annie

    Here’s a little something I learned on my last trip to Paris: there’s a quiet little place inside the Louvre where you can escape the madding crowd and find a little quiet-time. Ask the info desk for the meeting place for guided tours. They will direct you to an area off the main lobby. As you enter, there is a desk to the left where people check in and get earphones. Turn right instead and there is a hallway with about ten little rooms where groups gather. The rooms are quiet, cool, dimly-lit and rarely in use. Settle in, have a snack, maybe even close your eyes. If people start arriving for a tour, find another room if you still need time to chill out.

  20. Best Playgrounds in Paris

    Here’s my cheat sheet for Paris’s Playgrounds–ones that are conveniently located next to principal monuments/museums:

    • Champs-Elysées-Jardins des Champs-Elysées
    • Eiffel Tower-Champ-de-Mars
    • The Louvre-Jardin des Tuileries
    • Marais-Place des Vosges or Square Léopold Achille
    • Montmartre-Square Suzanne Buisson or Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet
    • Centre Georges-Pompidou Jardin des Halles
    • Musée d’Orsay-Jardin des Tuileries
    • Notre Dame-Square Jean XXIII
    • See for opening hours and exact locations

    I’ve got more tips in a piece I wrote for the Guardian (UK), check it out if you have a chance:

    My other bit of advice is not to shy away from café culture while in Paris with children; I like to stop in the afternoon for a drink with my daughters when there are fewer people (between 3pm-6pm). They love Perrier menthe (sparkling water with sweet, mint syrup), a citron pressé (fresh, mix-it-yourself lemonade) or a hot chocolate. It’s a win-win for all––adults get their café fix without the time commitment a meal would typically require and the entire family shares a quintessentially Parisian moment together.

    Hope that helps! Thanks, Kim

  21. Kannika from Thailand

    I enjoyed reading your post and wish I have read it before we hitted the road to Paris. We drove from Italy(Trieste) to Paris with our 4 years old son. My husband had to work so I spent time alone sightseeing with my son around Paris. I did most things you have written here. We enjoyed very much our time in Paris although we got so much rain. Many friends asked me about tips of travelling with kids to Paris so I wrote them in my Facebook with some photos.
    I saw that you visited Thailand too;-). It was fun reading about your posts and also comments from your readers given that I am from Thailand but living in Italy. 😉

  22. Restaurants for Kids Birthday Party in Paris

    We are going to be in Paris on my daughter’s 6th birthday. Are there any restaurants or activities that you can suggest as a special treat/ “party” to celebrate her birthday? I thought it would be fun to find a restaurant that is known for their birthday celebrations.

      1. Fred

        Hate to say it but with the exception of Le Train Bleu, these are all terrible suggestions. Bad food, high prices. Any six year old girl worth her salt can go to an adult restaurant. If not, go to a neighborhood cafe and have steak frites. Or try any of the crepe places on rue Montparnasse. Chocolate and pastries at Angelina’s or Carette. You can do so much better than these chains.

      2. David Post author

        Fred, I totally get where you’re coming from. I didn’t suggest these for the quality of the food but simply because they’re kid-friendly restaurants that would be suitable to a party atmosphere. Personally I would go to a neighborhood cafe like yourself but these are found without any effort and so hardly need to be singled out.


  23. Elizabeth

    We have a month vacation time in France with our kids who will have just turned 4 and 6. Would you stay in Paris the whole time in one apartment or would you break it up and move around more?

    1. David Post author

      It’s a trade-off. The longer you stay in one spot (in this case, Paris) the better you get to know it and the more you explore the attractions that are off-the-beaten-track. Of course, the more you move around the more places you get to see – which also has its appeal. There’s no right answer.

  24. Best Area to Stay in Paris for a Family

    Ooh lovely! Great list of suggestions, and from your readers, too.

    A couple to add: We loved staying in the 10e – there are small playgrounds all along the canal, as well as great kid-friendly cafes and shops down the side streets towards f’bourg st denis. Bonus – not far to cité des enfants, an absolute must with pre-schoolers.

    Along boulevard st germaine, we picked up the most brilliant pop-up book about Paris, “mon livre animé: Paris” (publisher: Milan jeunesse). As you’d guess, it’s in French, but that hasn’t prevented our 3 (now almost 4) year-old from asking for it again and again – it’s become our guide for planning our next trip :).


  25. Tara Cannon

    I very much enjoyed reading your post before a trip to Paris with my two kids 5 and 8 this summer. Our family also enjoyed the playground at Luxembourg gardens very much. As a mother, I was thrilled that the park was fenced and that I could actually sit down for a moment. The little game on the carousel is pretty fun too ! The Jardin D’Acclimation, as mentioned above, was also a huge hit ! I have written about our adventure at

    Thanks for the excellent post full of great suggestions !


    Should you ever consider visiting Paris again, do let me know, I have a terrific list of playgrounds, literally scattered all over this town. In fact, we have a competition with our children each year we visit Paris – our record’s at 5 playgrounds (on one day alone, of course) and we make it extra challenging by never visiting one playground twice during a visit.
    It took me a good research to find out where precisely they hide those gems and – don’t be angry – they might have been right behind the next corner or behind an unsuspicious garden wall you have strolled by. They’re EVERYWHERE and really close by, no matter which arrondissement.

  27. Paris Metro with Small Children

    The Paris Metro is only free for little kids…under four and yours look a lot older than that. Half price tickets are available in a carnet (booklet) of ten for kids between four and ten. Do not cheat the system. If you do, you risk major fines payable on the spot.


    1. David Post author

      Good to know Fred. I’m sure you’re right (ticket info for Paris metro), but I will add that I bought tickets from the Gare du Nord station when we first arrived and it was there that they said the kids didn’t need tickets. Can’t remember if they asked their ages but if they did I’m sure I told the truth. On numerous occasions during our trip I had to ask for help buying tickets or for the ticket agent to let us through the gate and no one questioned whether they should have tickets.

  28. Tips for Paris with Kids

    Having a hotel near a subway station and buying Eiffel tickets in advance are both musts.

  29. Paris Tips for Families

    I love comments over me. A nice place with the best French bookshop (just for kids) in Paris: Le Dragon Savant.

    In the Louvre Museum there is small leaflet only in French with nice theme to discover the museum with kids. Even with a really low French level I think it is nice to have a look on it (or ask for it, as they keep them like precious document at the central information desk). You have to look for special painting (or…) about “eating”, “dragons”, and so on. The museum becomes a kind of “jeu de piste” (google translator suggests “hare and hound” or “paper chase”).


  30. Parks in Paris for Kids

    Have to say as a mum to three kids living in Paris for 7 years I would have to say my fave activity in Paris with kids is the Luxembourg Gardens hands down. (Well apart from family photo sessions with me of course!!)

    The Jardin du Luxembourg has that fabulous kids play area, the marionette theatre, carousel and so many areas to explore you just can’t go wrong. The only thing missing is good coffee. If someone could just start a decent coffee cart there they would make a FORTUNE!!

    Can’t wait to be back in the City of Light this Spring!

  31. Camille

    Great list for a few days stop in Paris. If you stay a bit longer, there’s a lot of things to do such as Jardin des Plantes (renovated glass houses, fabulous merry go round …kids will climb on prehistoric animals !), Guignol theater in many public gardens, hidden street in Butte aux Cailles, etc…

  32. Gwen

    Any idea what beaches are good along the north Atlantic coast. Just planning my trip (sort of last minute) for September for Paris and Belgium. Need a couple ideas if you can give me some.

  33. Angel from Vancouver, BC

    Cities like Paris are incredible and great for kids to experience. I went through Europe when I was a kid a few times with my parents. It was great and I still have memories and photos from those trips that I revisit pretty regularly. The stuff I remember most was it just “being different” than home. Refreshing. Illuminating. Mind blowing. The big tourist attractions I don’t remember much. The lake at the camp site with the German kids swimming. Ya, I’ll never forget that.

  34. Megs from New York

    I know it’s touristy but walking up the Eiffel Tower is always so much fun. (i suppose a little different if you have very young children in tow.) Get their early, of course. And visit as many bakeries as your tummy and wallet will allow. The bread and pastries are so much better than back home. We’d leave our hotel every morning at about 7am and wouldn’t return until 10pm, it’s such a fun city.

  35. Finding Playgrounds in Paris

    I am liking this too. And Paris is very good with children. I wish finding a good playground were easier. I like visiting New York City because the playgrounds for kids are everywhere but in Paris much more difficult.


      Not at all! I know more than two dozen playgrounds in Paris.

      In fact we have a scheme that saves both our nerves and those of our children.

      In the morning there are museums or sightseeing or a lovely stroll through St.Germain de Près, then comes lunch and THEN we pop in a bakery/cheese shop and buy a baguette and some gorgeous smelly cheese (and admittedly nutella for the youngsters), some fruit, and take a loooooong break at one of those countless playgrounds. The children play their fill and we (if we were lucky to find a Take-Away) sip our coffees, munch an éclair and later have an al fresco picnic in the sunset, marveling at that typical Parisian architecture that surrounds the area.
      LOVE THIS.

  36. Paris with My Children

    I live in Paris, sort of, short term arrangement that’s been extended for almost a year now. And this is a great page. My kids come over and visit and we’ve done most of these. The big glaring one missing (for me) would be the museum of natural history, particularly the evolution part, but I guess it depends what way your tastes run. My children love it. The kids love the boats on the Seine too, probably the highlight for them. And renting bikes.
    Thanks. I got 2 new ideas from this.

  37. Family Travelers

    Paris is the best city HANDS DOWN for families. Parents love it. Kids love it. We’ve been 3 times with the little ones (not so little now) and going back in September. We usually spend 3 or 4 days before plane or train to somewhere in southern Europe. Enjoy!

    1. Isidro

      There is nothing like Paris. The warm fnelieg, even when cold, surrounds you with all of its’ magnificent structures, restaurants and beautiful and majestic museums. I love the smell of the air, and walking down the narrow cobblestoned streets with a delicious French Baguette in hand. The croissants, the pate, the cheese I could just go on since in Paris you never run out of things to do or see! I absolutely LOVE Paris!


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