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Planning a wedding in France? Here’s your one-stop shop for everything to help make the day your prettiest yet! Experts in party supplies, with three locations in central Paris, this suburban location has all the themed materials for your fête, plus a huge selection of unique and beautiful items to deck out any wedding venue.
Visit their website for detailed driving directions from in and around Paris.
Metro: Porte de la Villette (line 7)
Inside this modern Museum of Science and Industry you’ll find permanent exhibitions on the universe, mathematics, transportation and more, plus regularly rotating temporary exhibitions. Inside this big sister to the Palais de la Découverte, families will also love the fabulous Cité des Enfants, a totally hands-on science adventure playground with hands-on exhibits including a water zone, mock recording studio, construction zone and much more. There are two distinct areas, for 2-7 year olds and 5-12 year olds, so parents with kids in two different age groups better bring another adult! Reservations highly recommended.
Love science? Get an annual Universcience pass to visit both the Palais de la Découverte and Cité throughout the year.
Metro: Corentin Cariou (line 7)
A large, banquet hall-style restaurant offering a wide range of traditional Chinese dishes, from classic seafood and meat courses to gastronomic specialities like abalone and sea cucumber, as well as some Thai and Japanese dishes.
Metro: Porte de Pantin (line 5)
This is the 3rd largest park and represents one of the largest concentrations of cultural venues in Paris. It houses Europe’s largest science museum (Cité des Sciences et l’Industrie), 3 major concert venues, and a 360 degree cinema.
Metros: Riquet (line 7) and Stalingrad (lines 2, 5, 7)
The unique and vibrant Centquatre (104) Paris, a multi-purpose hub of arts and culture (including cinema, culinary, dance, music, theatre, video, digital and urban art) whose Maison des Petits is a modern space dedicated to little ones up to 5 and their parents. You can sign up for FREE artistic activities en famille on Wednesday afternoons, as well as a variety of artistic workshops for kids 6 to 12 during school holidays.
Metro: Marcadet Poissonniers (lines 4 and 12)
Adults and kids from 7 to 12 years old can learn how to cook the French way at Cook’n with Class. Classes range from market cooking to foie gras and wine and cheese pairing, to classic French desserts.
And here’s the icing on the cake: Cook n’ with Class is one of the few schools in Paris that offer cooking classes in English. They’ll even organize private family classes in the kitchen with a translator in Spanish, French, Italian or Chinese!
Metro: Porte de Clichy (line 13 and RER C)
Located on the largest public school campus in Paris, Lycée Honoré de Balzac offers, in addition to the traditional classes, international sections open to students who speak fluently and write in one of the following languages: Spanish, German, English, Arabic, Portuguese or Italian. Within this dynamic, culturally enriching international environment, these students pass one of the French general baccalaureate programs, with an international mention (Option Internationale Baccalaureate).
Entrance exams in the student’s “mother tongue” are required in order to ensure their language level is high enough to meet the rigors of the additional hours and subjects taught in these special international sections.
Metro: Abbesses (line 12)
This cozy restaurant in Montmartre serves up refined, traditional Peking-style healthy cuisine in a friendly and zen atmosphere. Emphasis is on mostly steamed dishes prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients, no MSG, and less oil. Try their Mijoté de Poulet à la Marmite (Chicken served in a Tibetan stone pot) and Dao, assorted vegetables in five colors.
Metro: Pont de Levallois Bécon (line 3)
Did you know you can learn to fish in Paris? Here’s a unique place where kids and adults can learn more about their local aquatic and natural environment, located on the outskirts of Paris, on the Ile de la Jatte in the Seine. Built and maintained by the City of Levallois, the Maison de la Pêche et de la Nature is a buzzing centre of nature-based activity. They have a museum/aquarium where you can learn about the fish and biodiversity of the Seine, with a small pool where kids can pet and feed carp and sturgeon fish. There’s also a nursery where you can observe dragonflies, plankton and freshwater shrimp and a 360 degree Aquarama of the Seine which houses 18 aquariums. Their Nature and Biodiversity Centre regularly hosts individuals and school groups who come to learn all about the local flora and fauna, the birds and animals of the Seine region. And, there’s even a Fishing School for kids and adults from 7 and up.
They have a year-round schedule of weekly fishing courses, nature discovery workshops (ateliers) and holiday camps (stages). You can also organize fishing or nature-themed children’s birthday parties here for kids 4 and up!
Metro: Blanche (line 2)
Hop onto Le Petit Train to weave through the picturesque streets of the charming Montmartre neighborhood, once home to the likes of Picasso and Modigliani. It’s a 40-minute guided tour from the Moulin Rouge to the Sacré-Coeur, with fabulous views of Paris.
To make the most of your tour of Montmartre, visit the Espace Dali museum and travel into a world of fantasy. One of the biggest artists of the 20th century, Dali’s more than 300 works are displayed here.
If you have a little gamer at home, why not enroll them in a class on how to create their own apps, computer games, music and cartoons with simple coding skills, so that they learn a new skill which is increasingly important in a numeric world?
MAGIC MAKERS offers classes from New Scratchers to Minecraft Coding and Drone Making for kids from 8 years and up in multiple locations in and around Paris. They can also host a coding workshop birthday party!
Language: Most workshops are in French, but during school holidays, some of their locations offer selected workshops in English.
DON’T MISS THESE ROUNDUPS: Ultimate Guide to Kid’s Activities and 15 Indoor Activities for Children in Paris on Rainy Days!
Metro: Pont de Levallois Bécon (line 3)
Located on a tiny island 5 minutes by car from Étoile in Paris, this spacious loft style brasserie is housed in a 19th-century building with a dinosaur skeleton suspended above the entire dining room. They also offer a weekend brunch menu with freshly squeezed juices, mini viennosseries such as “feuilletée au Nutella” for chocolate lovers, an appetizing selection of antipasti and Italian desserts.
Read about this and more weekend brunch spots in our weekend brunch roundup!
Metro: Pigalle (line 2), St-Georges (line 12)
Café Marlette is an adorable, quirky place where you can find homemade BIO food, gluten free cakes and delicious coffee. They also do incredible BIO breakfasts, brunches and lunches as well as snacks for l’heure du goûter
Read full review here of gluten-free bakeries in Paris by INSPIRELLE contributor Chloe Martin.
Metro: St-Georges (line 12), Pigalle (line 2 and 12)
When INSPIRELLE recommends breakfast at Hotel l’Amour or “Hotel Love”, it should be a late romantic breakfast for two. In fact, why not get away for a weekend with your partner and reserve one of the intimate hotel bedchambers?
FIND MORE brunch recommendations in our: “15 Best Weekend Brunches in and Around Paris” article
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: Place de Clichy (lines 2 and 13), Rome (line 2), Europe (line 3)
An attentive English speaking dermatologist who specializes in esthetic surgery (botox and laser) to erase those imperfections such as moles, freckles, and tatoos.
Metro: Anatole France (line 3)
As a nonprofit association, the American Hospital receives no funding from either the French or American governments. They have been providing the best in French and American medical practices for the health of patients of all nationalities since 1906.
Metro: Anatole France (line 3)
At her office in the American Hospital of Paris, American-born and educated, Dr. McGinnis, is an OB/GYN well-known in the Anglophone community for many years. She periodically offers her expertise in women’s health through special talks sponsored by AAWE and Message anglophone women’s groups.