Metro: Corvisart (line 6)
Your kids can get limber, keep fit, gain confidence and improve their personal and physical expression while learning traditional circus arts like juggling, balancing, and walking across tight ropes. Cirqu-Aouette works with many schools around Paris and offer courses throughout the year at their center in the 13th arrondissement, as well as workshops during school holidays. For kids from 2 and up, and adults too!
Find out about more after-school and weekend activities in our ultimate guide to kid’s activities!
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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.
Metro: Alésia (line 4)
This chocolate shop has got that extra special something. Chloé Doutre-Roussel is extremely passionate about chocolate, offering not only delicious hot chocolate but also chocolate tours and chocolate tasting lessons! Her hot chocolate is from Bolivia and is melted in hot milk before sugar is added. It is 85% pure elixir that is one of the most refined hot chocolates I’ve ever tasted. Since Chloé’s is such a unique place, appointments must be made before you can taste her one of a kind hot chocolate.
Read The Hot Chocolate Challenge for other great spots to satisfy your chocolate craving.
Metro: Porte de Choisy (line 7 and T3)
One of the oldest Chinese canteens in Paris, this family-style restaurant continues to be popular with locals. You come here for quick service and a vast array of soups, dim sum delicacies, BBQ duck and rice plates at a good value. It’s big, noisy and often crowded, but very kid-friendly and perfect for weekend brunch en famille.
Metro : Denfert-Rochereau (Lines 6, 4 & RER B)
Using the Palo Alto systemic model, Alexia is there to help you resolve your most troublesome life or work problem. She is an expert problem solver whose passion is to get people unstuck. Through laser-focused questions, discussion of an alternative vision and a strategic mindset, together with your own expertise on how the problem recurs, Alexia will help you design your own totally customized plan to get yourself out of that seemingly insurmountable rut.
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Metro: Porte de Choisy (line 7 and T3)
An authentic Chinese “dim sum” restaurant that’ll transport you back to the big banquet halls of Hong Kong, with pushcarts that circulate the dining tables offering dozens of dainty, traditional bite-sized delicacies for you to choose from. Try steamed, fried or stuffed. Rely on old favorites like: steamed shrimp dumplings (Har Gao), steamed pork brioches (cha siu bao), stuffed raviolis and sticky rice in lotus leaves. It’s noisy and crowded, but definitely kid-friendly!
For more brunch recommendations, read our article: “15 Best Weekend Brunches in and Around Paris”!
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
Metro: Vavin (line 4), Raspail (lines 4 and 6), Port-Royal (RER B)
Oh My Princess! is every little girl’s fantasy brought to life. Picture dazzling silk gowns in every color, Alice in Wonderland-inspired porcelain tea sets, and a pink dressing table fit for a princess – all set within the magical Le Petit Boudoir in Paris’ 6ème arrondissement. But it’s not just about looking pretty, Oh My Princess also hosts unique leadership workshops for young girls, to reinforce their self confidence. Activities are led in English or French.
Metro: Vavin (line 4)
A fixture in the expat community in Paris since 1949, AWG Paris is the longest standing organization of American women in France. It welcomes all English-speaking women of any nationality. With a mission to foster and encourage social, educational and cultural activities among English-speaking women in France, whether you will be in Paris for a month, a year, or a lifetime, AWG Paris could be the place for you!
Metro: Vavin (line 4)
Founded in 1973 as an international, non-partisan association with members in 46 countries. Advocates on vital topics that affect overseas Americans such as: taxation, absentee voting, citizenship, representation, Social Security, and Medicare.
Metro: Cardinal Lemoine (line 10), Place Monge (line 7)
A cultural and education center providing a vision and profile of the personality of Ireland. Offering student accommodations, events and activities in the heart of Paris.
Metro: Vavin (line 4)
Imagine sipping your café au lait and reading your Sunday newspaper quietly in one of Paris’ most iconic and legendary Art Deco brasseries. Known for being frequented by politicians, artists, the literati and glitterati over the years, La Coupole is a popular tourist stop, but mornings are a tranquil time to go for a traditional French breakfast of coffee, juice and a basket of fresh croissants and pains au chocolats. English menus and wi-fi are a plus.
FIND MORE brunch ideas in our: “15 Best Weekend Brunches in and Around Paris”
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!
Metro: Odéon (lines 4 and 10)
This beautiful park, located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, covers 23 hectares and is known for its lawns, tree-lined promenades, and flowerbeds. The model sailboats on its circular basin will keep the kids busy for hours. For children, there’s an enclosed playground (small entry fee), a famous carousel with brass ring game, tennis and basketball courts, and pony rides.
Lights, camera, action! Follow in the footsteps of James Bond, Audrey Hepburn and Carrie Bradshaw as you walk through the streets of Paris! Hollywood lovers will relish visiting Parisian locations featured in their favorite films and TV shows, including Midnight in Paris, a View to a Kill, the Hunger Games, the Da Vinci Code, Amélie, Sex & the City and many more. Set in Paris offers a variety of walking, car and bus tours to help you re-live famous scenes from your favorite films, while exploring the City of Light in a unique and fun way.
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: Pasteur (lines 6 and 12)
Created and run by American opera singer Valerie Beatson, Kid Jam offers an introduction to singing for babies and children in a fun and bilingual (French/English) environment. Children and their accompanying adults learn international songs, lullabies and finger-plays while expressing themselves with percussive instruments, props and musical games.
En plus, KidJam’s classes are open to all children, even those with special-needs. New classes like BodyJam, taught by movement specialist Corinne Ott, allow these kids to get their much-needed social activities and integrated therapy. And with the help of Association SPRINT France, psychologists volunteer to come shadow (aid, in France, they are called AVS (Auxiliaire Vie Scolaire) these kids in music and movement classes, for an optimum experience.
READ ABOUT KIDJAM in our Ultimate Guide After-School and Weekend Activities!
Metro: Cluny-La Sorbonne (line 10), Saint-Michel (line 4)
Sometimes you just crave a good bowl of Chinese noodles. Mirama is the place to go for the best shrimp wonton noodle soup, roasted duck and BBQ pork in the heart of Paris, just steps away from Notre Dame Cathedral. Open daily till 10:30 pm.
Métro: Rennes (line 12), Sèvres Babylone (lines 10/12)
Step into this oasis of eternal spring and you’ll feel all your tensions melt away. As the first fragrance day spa in Paris, every treatment Free Persephone offers – from manis and pedis to facial treatments and full body massages – is around fragrant themes: aromatic, citrus, or floral, depending on your mood.
This unique space, with a salon du thé and small perfumery, was created to allow women to escape from the “wintery underworld” of life’s daily grind to rediscover spring any time of the year. Bring a friend, get treated like goddesses, then linger over delicate teas and friendly conversations. You can even privatize the space for a bachelorette party, birthday or other private event.
Prices: 18€ for a 10-min mini-massage; 34€ and up for manis/pedis; 96€ and up for facial and body treatments.
Read our review of Free Persephone HERE!