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.
2 Boulevard de la Madeleine, 75009 Paris, France 2.87 km
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: Charles de Gaulle Étoile (lines 1,2, and 6, RER A)
Open daily 24 hours. International team of multilingual pharmacists located in Publicis building next to the Arc du Triomphe. All their staff speak English.
Alexandre de Paris always said, “Every woman is a queen in my chair” and indeed at this luxurious salon near the Grand Palais, you can enjoy a relaxing moment while being pampered. You can even pick up one of their beautiful hair accessories while you’re there.
Insider’s Tip: our friends love Vietnamese hairdresser PHUC, especially for weddings.
Metro: Opéra (lines 3, 7, 8) Auber (RER A)
A pharmacy with products generally only found in the USA and the UK. They offer translations from French medicines to anglo-saxon medicine names.
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”
Their new collection strives to return to the fundamentals while taking you into the timeless world of creation. The clean lines and curves, the natural materials and colors represent the best in the French way of life and interior design.
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.
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: 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.
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: Opéra (lines 3, 7 and 8)
Craving Peking duck? This quintessential dish (order in advance) is served here over three courses: starting with the duck skin you wrap with a plum sauce in thin rice pancakes, then as a main course sautéed with vegetables, and finally as a delicious soup. It also has a decent dim sum (Chinese dumplings and hors d’oeuvres) menu, available for lunch and dinner.
Metro: Madeleine (lines 8, 12 and 14)
Christopher Mesnooh is an American attorney from New York who has lived in Paris since 1989. Specializing in American investments in France, he was educated at Columbia (BA) and Yale (JD). He has dual qualifications to practice law in both France and the United States. Christopher is frequently called upon by both the French and international media to decrypt legal, economic and political issues involving France, and has appeared on all French television stations as well as the BBC, SkyNews, NBC, Bloomberg, Reuters and the New York Times.
Metro: George V (line 1), Franklin D. Roosevelt (lines 1 and 9)
This beautiful spa in the heart of Paris’ golden triangle features 1,400 m2 of tranquillity, sophistication, beauty and comfort, hidden in the lower level of a Haussmannian building. Book a relaxing massage or facial and you can use their divine indoor swimming pool. Want to get fit? Get a membership at their fitness center, which offers aqua fitness classes as well as pilates, yoga, zumba and boxing. After working out, grab a drink at their juice bar and chillout on a comfy lounge chair around the pool.
Metro: Pont de Levallois Bécon (line 3)
The Maison de la Pêche et de la Nature is a buzzing centre of nature-based activity. They have a museum/aquarium, a nursery, a Nature and Biodiversity Centre, and a Fishing School for kids and adults from 7 and up. Be sure to check out their 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: George V (line 1)
A professional tax services firm providing US and French tax advice. They have a team of 4 CPAs, who together have 20 years of experience in Big 4 accounting firms.
Metro: Opéra (lines 3, 7 & 8)
Just a few meters away from the beautiful Opéra Garnier, the Grand Hotel serves a delicious hot chocolate in its adjoining restaurant and bar, Café de la Paix. You can ask for the chocolate to be fort en goût (very strong) or touché delicate (delicate touch) depending on your preference. Hot chocolate is served all day and even late into the evening, so it’s perfect for that late night craving. It’s another pricey venue but the place itself is stunning and the hot chocolate is wonderful.
Read The Hot Chocolate Challenge for other great spots to satisfy your chocolate craving.
Metro: Alma-Marceau (line 9), CDG Étoile (lines 1, 2, 6 & RER A)
Ever feel like you just need to explain an ailment in English? Find the help you need in your native tongue at this centrally located pharmacy just steps away from the Arc de Triomphe.
Metro: Franklin D. Roosevelt (lines 1 and 9)
Part of a big international chain, this full service beauty salon and spa is pricey (107 – 157€ for a women’s cut and blowdry), but you will walk out feeling like a well-coiffed glamour queen. We love chilling out in massage chairs while getting our tresses washed.
Metro: Grands Boulevards (lines 8 and 9), Le Peletier (line 7)
Wondering whether you really have space in your closet for another Halloween party costume? No need to worry. Just rent it for the night! Au Fou Rire has two floors packed with costumes and accessories to get you dressed to impress for almost any theme. Or, if you want to add another costume to your collection to whip out for the next fancy dress party, you can shop online and have everything delivered to your home. Rental for adults, sales for kids and adult costumes.