Metro: Saint Paul (line 1)
Hand rolled ice cream is the new trend in ice cream and a fun experience on a hot day! Ice Roll has developed a special chilled plate to which they add your favorite base before forming it into ice cream before your eyes! The neat thing is that it is scraped into curls before being placed in a cup for a really beautiful design — then, you have a choice of any toppings you’d like.
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An authentic American diner serving breakfast all day, juicy hamburgers, homemade chile con carne, bagels, and much more!
READ MORE IN OUR “Top 15 Weekend Brunches in and Around Paris” article!
Founded in 1995 by Françoise Dorget in the Marais district, Caravane’s collection are a mix of bohemian and modern. The furniture along with the lighting, handcrafted objects and textiles are a source of inspiration for everyday interiors.
Offering a large selection of American grocery store favorites, including kitchen and baking accessories. At Thanksgiving time, they sell fresh turkeys, hams, cranberries, homemade desserts and other seasonal treats.
Metro: Pont Marie (line 7)
Stop by the Musée de la Magie for a tour from a wizard or one of the museum’s favorite magic shows. Located in the Marais, this quirky museum is full of amazing artifacts illustrating the history and magic of the art of illusion. Examine antique magicians’ props and gadgets, learn about stunning optical illusions and how to stump your friends with a slight of hand.
As mentioned in our Guide to After School and Weekend Activities or in 15 Indoor Activities for Children in Paris on Rainy Days!
Metro: Chemin Vert (line 8) Bastille (lines 1, 5 and 8)
A one-stop shop for all your child’s birthday party supplies and costumes. This store is 100% dedicated to children’s-themed parties. From Snow White and Cinderella to Spiderman or Ninja Turtles, they have something to suit almost any children’s theme. Visit this Paris location or order everything online!
Metro: Chemin Vert (line 8), Bastille (line 1, 5 and 8), Bréguet Sabin (line 5)
Part of the family of Viva Fiesta stores, this location offers 150m² of pure fantasy when it comes to finding your favorite disguise. Whether it’s for that special adults only soirée or your child’s birthday party, you’ll find plenty of options here. Order online for home delivery (4.99€, or free for purchases over 40€) or pick-up in the store.
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (line 1)
Italian ice cream in Paris! If you are craving fantastic gelato without the train trip to Italy, POZETTO is the place to go! You order from a counter outside while practicing your Italian pronunciations, then pay inside where you can either sit down or take it to go to further wander through the streets of the enchanting Marais, one of the oldest parts of Paris.
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (line 2)
If you are looking for an artisanal ice cream shop that still makes ice cream by hand and is run by one of the best ice cream craftsmen in France, then Une Glace à Paris is the place for you! With flavors like Smoked Vanilla Bean from India, Avocado, Baba au Rhum and Thé Vert Matcha, one has a hard time choosing !
Metro: Pont Marie (line 7)
The ice cream shop where you hear La Vie en Rose playing in the background as you enjoy a scoop (or two!) on the picturesque bridge connecting the two islands, Ile Saint Louis and Ile de la Cité. All of the flavors are delicious, if you actually manage to choose from the incredible selection chez Berthillon!
Metro: Pont Marie (line 7)
Grab a refreshing gourmet popsicle at La Paleteria on Ile Saint Louis in one of their really fun flavors like chocolate cherry, clementine, mojito, and even speculoos — those delicious, spicy French biscuits !
A concept store created by the founders of the BONPOINT, the children’s fashion label, launched in 2009 to fill a need in Paris to bring together the best of the world of fashion, design, and household goods in one place. A real “destination” store, it includes a Used Book Café with 10,000 books to choose from, a cinema café with a classic film projected on the wall, and a lunch canteen offering a balanced and healthy lunch everyday.
This large chain with 250 stores in France and around Europe, offers a huge variety of styles for all your home decorating needs. Whatever your preference the Maisons du Monde’s own team of furniture designers imagine their exclusive and unique collections of furniture and decor each year in 3 different catalogues – indoor, outdoor, and junior.
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11)
We could spend hours in one of Paris’s original department stores, where you can find everything from high-end art supplies and stationery to an eclectic selection of lighting for your home, to curtains and doorknobs, or specialty items for home maintenance, decoration and repair, to clothing, shoes and accessories for the whole family. And in the summers you can enjoy evening drinks on the rooftop at the Perchoir Marais (entrance at 37 rue de la Verrerie)
Homesick Brits love this popular, English style bakery-cafe with four establishments around Paris serving a wide variety of homemade cakes, scones, quiches and fresh bread. A favorite treat is the carrot cake with icing made from organic quality ingredients. They also serve organic salads and soups and brunch on weekends. The original Rose Bakery is located on the rue des Martyrs in the 9th arrondissement, a street made popular by its numerous resident artisans and specialty shops.
For more brunch recommendations, read our article: “15 Best Weekend Brunches in and Around Paris”
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11), Châtelet (lines 1, 4 and 7)
You’ll find all your costume and party supply needs in this jam-packed little gem in the heart of the Marais district, just beside the BHV department store. Look through their online catalogue first, then go imagine yourself dressed as a banana at your next side-splitting party!
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Gymboree, which some of you know from other locations abroad, is a great place for kids from 0 to 6 years old and their parents to have fun together while allowing the little ones to develop their motricity, English, gymnastic and musical skills in a colorful, padded play area. It’s also a fun birthday party venue. Ask for a FREE trial session!
3 locations in Paris (10th, 15th and 16th arrondisssments) and one in Lille la Pilaterie.