Offering a large selection of arts & crafts in stores all over France. Great for home decorations and craft projects for all levels of expertise.
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You know Zara Women’s and Men’s affordable clothing stores so visit the chain’s home furnishings boutiques throughout Paris. Discover attractive collections of small furniture, decorative objects for the bathroom and kitchen and a textile selection (bed linen, tablecloths, towels, throw covers).
Metro: La Muette (line 9)
A compact nail bar and esthetic salon located off rue de Passy in the 16th arrondissement that is open Sundays and closed Saturdays. Treat yourself, often, to a double whammy manicure/pedicure treatment or a relaxing facial for 55 euros each. Perfect for the busy woman managing a budget.
READ MORE in our Perfect Sunday Pedicure article!
Right in the heart of the Passy area, you’ll feel transported to Thailand at Ayada Spa, where you can get a Thai massage from smiling masseuses trained at the famous Wat Pho in Bangkok. Or sit back in a comfy armchair and give your feet a sensory treat with a 30 or 60 minute reflexology treatment. If you have more time, they also have a small hammam.
Metro: La Muette (Line 9)
An elegant Chinese restaurant hidden on a small street near the busy rue de Passy. We love their crispy Peking duck lunch (98€ for 2 people), which features a yummy variety of dim sum, half a crispy duck per person, served 3 ways, rice, and dessert. And, unlike most other restaurants, there’s no need to order the duck in advance!
With more than 15 shops across 4 continents, Maison de Famille furniture and decor are a fusion of classic, ethnic and modern styles. This blending of new and old, local and exotic immediately wins over a clientele of all ages and styles.
Other locations in Morocco, Italy, USA, Russia, and Japan.
Metro: Victor Hugo (line 2)
For an amazing facial by Kristina, who has been practising skincare for 26 years, visit her home salon in the heart of the 16th arrondissement near the Arc de Triomphe. Her soothing treatments, all designed to help the anti-aging process, include relaxation facials, oxygen facials with collagen, glycolic acid peels, and lymphatic drainage treatments.
Acne problems or other skin problems on the face in general? She can help!
Finish up with dazzling eyes with her eye treatments and eyebrow designs or a parraffin treatment.
Metro: Rue de la Pompe (line 9), Trocadéro or Passy (line 6), Ave. Henri Martin (RER C)
Institut de la Tour is a private Catholic school offering an Anglophone section with over 500 students in the collège and lycée programs. Teachers and administrators aim to help their students develop intellectually, personally and spiritually employing their philosophy of “s’élèver ensemble” (raise them together).
See website for details on the Anglophone section application procedures, which begin in October for the following school year.
They also offer Wednesday afternoon English immersion programs for primary and pre-primary (maternelle) aged children.
Coming from three generations of Italian hairdressers, Cristina and her staff are very friendly and great with kids too. You can even get your nails done while getting your tresses colored, and it won’t break the bank.
Metro: La Muette (line 9) Boulainvilliers (RER C)
Situated in what once was the “Passy La Muette” train station, in the heart of the 16th arrondissement, La Gare is an impressive spot for brunch. In nicer weather, you can enjoy sitting in one of its two lush outdoor terraces. On weekends, they have an all-you-can-eat buffet spread and entertainment for the little ones. It’s also an elegant spot lunch or dinner on Monday thru Saturday, too!
For more brunch recommendations, read our article: “15 Best Weekend Brunches in and Around Paris”!
Metro: Passy (line 6)
The ISP is the only school within Paris offering all three International Baccalaureate programs. From nursery school to high school, the educational program combining academics, arts and sports is designed to motivate students to become well rounded, sociable and open-minded. Classes are kept small (18-20 students) to encourage exchange between teacher and students. Its motto: “Where the World Goes to School”.
Through their popular ISP Plus programs, also open to non-ISP students, they offer innovative and educational language and activity camps led in English on Saturdays during the school year and over the major school holidays.
Metro: Trocadéro (line 6)
INSPIRELLE’s favorite dentist in Paris! Advanced dental studies at the University of Washington. Dr. Leclercq and/or his staff speak English, French, Spanish, Portugese, Russian, Japansese, Arab, and Maldavian.
Who doesn’t like to bowl? There are several bowling alleys in Paris for great family fun, from the Bowling Mouffetard to Bowling Foch near the Champs Elysées or try La Quille’s “mini” bowling lane off rue Oberkampf, or the child-friendly lanes at Front de Seine in the 15th arrondissement which has lightweight balls for little ones 5 years and up.
Bowling is a great birthday party option as well. Check the lanes nearest you for their party packages.
Bowling Mouffetard:73 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 31 09 35
Bowling Foch:2 Avenue Foch, 75016 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 00 00 13
La Quille:111 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 55 87 21
Front de Seine: 44 Rue Emeriau, 75015 Paris
Tel:+33 (0)1 45 75 35 37
Bowling de Champerret: 2 Rue du Caporal Peugeot, 75017 Paris
Tel: + 33 (0)1 43 80 24 64
Metro: Charles Michels (line 10) Other ways to get there: CLICK HERE
Underground parking and valet parking available.
The spanking new Beaugrenelle shopping center is one of our favorite one-stop destinations in central Paris: a 50,000m2 modern shopping center and cinema complex in the 15th arrondissement. Shoppers, You’ll find some of your favorite brands. Hungry? Try the food court which offers a range of family-style restaurants.
A multiplex Gaumont Pathé cinema offers online bookings with your choice of seating–including love seats for snuggling up to someone.
Want to drop off your kids while you shop? Viens Jouer à la Maison offers workshops and an indoor playroom with regular activities to keep your little ones busy on Wednesdays and weekends!
Look for more activity ideas in our Guide to After School and Weekend Activities or in 15 Indoor Activities for Children in Paris on Rainy Days!
When Parisian Cecile Birgand Ayasse couldn’t find original workshops for her own four kids, she set up Apprends et Rêve (“To learn and dream” in English) to create her own solution. From singing lessons with a coach from “The Voice” to Flamenco, computer coding or graffiti art, they offer imaginative weekend workshops and holiday camps where children aged 3 to 15. Activities are taught in French at various locations around Paris.
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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.
Ecole Internationale Bilingue (EIB) Paris is a network of bilingual schools which welcomes international students of more than 70 nationalities in its co-ed and secular campuses around Paris. EIB offers a bilingual education to students from preschool (maternelle) through high school, according to the British, American and IB qualifications.
EIB’s four campuses in the 8th, 16th and 17th arrondissements follow the official program of the French Ministry of Education (hence it is sous-contrat with the government e and tuition is partially subsidized), with daily lessons in English at various levels.
EIB Victor Hugo follows an English-language, international curriculum, with daily French lessons, from pre-school through high school. Students can earn an internationally-recognized High School Diploma or IB Diploma.
Contact individual schools for further information.
Madura creates collections with the aim to give pleasure and to make interior design easy, enjoyable and approachable. Together with their vast range of textiles, they also offer a wide selection of lamps, blinds and other accessories.
Numerous locations in Paris, around France, Europe and New York City.
Once known as the original American diner in Paris, Coffee Parisien now boasts 3 restaurants, with talk of a fourth opening! Count on American staples like eggs benedict, bagels with cream cheese and lox or French toast with grapefruit. For a French touch, enjoy a big cup of café au lait.
FIND MORE brunch recommendations in our: “15 Best Weekend Brunches in and Around Paris” article!
Metro: Trocadero (lines 6 and 9)
Escape the rain and plunge into the water world at the Aquarium de Paris, located in the Palais de Chaillot at Place de Trocadero. Its darkly-lit rooms create the perfect ambiance for a mysterious tour of the large, underwater tanks with more than 100,000 species including clown fish, puffers, sharks and stingrays. With two cinemas screening documentaries and cartoons, as well as live entertainment on weekends and holidays, there’s plenty to keep you entertained for a couple hours.