We adore this charming, chalet-style restaurant and event space on its own island in the Bois de Boulogne in the West end of Paris. The voyage there itself is unique – you can row, yes we said row, your way across the lake. Or, you can park and then take a ferry from the public parking area (free for restaurant goers, 1,50€ round-trip for island hoppers). On fine days, you can pack a picnic and find a spot of grass to spread out. Or, you can book a brunch at their elegant restaurant.
For more brunch recommendations, read our article: “15 Best Weekend Brunches in and Around Paris”!
Metro: Victor Hugo (line 2)
For an amazing facial by Kristina, an esthetician who has been practicing skin care for over 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: Passy (line 6)
The International School of Paris (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: “Educating for Complexity”.
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.
Established over 40 years ago as an independent and not-for-profit organization, all of their teachers hold AMI (Assoication Montessori Internationale) diplomas. The school offers a unique bilingual Montessori education, at 3 locations in the heart of Paris, for children from 2-9 years old.
Metro: Iéna (line 9)
Ear nose and throat specialist for children and adults. Office hours at the reputable American Hospital in Neuilly Sur Seine and at his office in the 16th arrondissement.
Metro: Exelmans (line 9)
Based in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, Club Atheon offers adults and children a wide variety of sports and fitness courses throughout the year, including martial arts, pilates, yoga, zumba and more.
During school holidays, they hold one-week multi-sports, dance and English class workshops (only during school holidays) for kids aged 7-15 at Stade Jean Bouin in the 16th arrondisement.
As mentioned in our ultimate guide to kid’s activities…
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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
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: Iéna (line 9)
The first Chinese restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star in France, this is the place to splurge on special occasions when you want to treat yourself to fine, Cantonese cuisine in a refined, elegant setting. Chef’s recommendations include: BBQ Iberian pork with honey, sautéed sole filet with XO sauce and Lobster prepared any one of eight ways. Thinking of their Peking Duck has us drooling, and we love their dim sum lunch, with two set menus for 52€ or 72€. Savor. Every. Morsel.
Metro: Argentine or Porte Maillot (line 1), Neuilly-Porte Maillot (RER C)
Cute little shop located near Porte Maillot offering all of your party supplies. Check out the wide selection on their website before you make a visit.
Remember campfires, patches, leadership training and plenty of fun workshops and lifelong friendships? The Paris overseas branch provides a community filled with activity for American girls living abroad. It’s one of the USA Girl Scouts Overseas chapters that are located in 90 countries around the world. More than 5,000 girls living in the Paris region have joined the ranks since its start in 1949.
Metro: Iéna (line 9), Trocedéro (lines 6 and 9)
You never have to feel alone or do it alone. AAWE is one of the longest running non-profit volunteer associations of (mostly) American women based long-term in France. Their varied social activities include: US-themed children’s parties, book groups, cultural outings, community fundraisers and much more.
Apart from its community gatherings, the association works diligently to remain the recognized leading resource for bilingual and international educational information in France. Their publications include: “Beyond the Bac: Higher Education in France and Abroad” and “Guide to Education in France, 8th Edition.” These are must have guides for international families living here with children in school.
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).
Eurécole was founded in 1989 and offers a pre-school through secondary level of tri-lingual education. Following the French national educational curriculum, the experience is strengthened through additional activities such as sports, music, history of art and others. They offer language tuition every day from pre-school in French, English and Spanish or German.
Metro: Porte Maillot (line 1 and RER C).
Parking: Palais de Congres
On weekends, this hotel restaurant serves an all-you-can-eat buffet brunch, featuring a wide selection of traditional breakfast pastries, salmon and scrambled eggs, salads, seasonal meat and fish, cheese, fresh fruits and desserts. Professional entertainers also keep the kids busy so parents can enjoy chatting over a leisurely brunch.
For more brunch recommendations, read our article: “15 Best Weekend Brunches in and Around Paris”
Metro: Charles Michel (line 10)
Known for their manis and pedis, My Color also has a Beauty Bar where you can get 30-minute flash facials, which include a remise en beauté to touch up your hair and make up before you head out for a night on the town. They also do waxing (épilation).