Metro: Rambuteau (line 11)
Make a dream come true for doll lovers by taking them to the Musée de la Poupée in the Marais. Imagine finding over 500 of the finest French dolls, from 1800 to today, on display in their best finery and accessories! Admire the furnished miniature dollhouses. From baby dolls to Barbie, learn about the evolution of the doll and understand why she is your little girl’s eternal best friend.
As mentioned in our Guide to After School and Weekend Activities and 15 Indoor Activities for Children in Paris on Rainy Days!
If you love some of INSPIRELLE‘s portraits and Paris photos, turn to professional photographer Alexis Duclos. One of our most fervent supporters, Alexis is an experienced award-winning photographer and video cameraman who can capture your individual and family portraits for business or personal use as well as produce corporate videos to enhance your company websites.
To consult his versatile work visit his website: http://www.alexisduclos.com
The American School of Paris (ASP) in Saint Cloud, a western suburb of Paris, is a great place for families to find innovative activities and holiday camps in English. Through its Extension Program the private, international school opens its world-class facilities to external students aged 4 to 18 during school vacations as well as Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the school year.
Camps and year-round activities led in English include basketball, tennis, soccer, coding, science, fashion design, filmmaking, theatre and more. Kids looking to improve their English skills have a choice of English immersion classes and even intensive workshops to prepare for the English BAC exam or the SAT American college entrance exam. At ASP, there’s bound to be a camp or workshop right for your child.
Check out their WEBSITE for all the details!
Metro: Rambuteau (line 11)
Try Riad Nejma in the heart of the 4th arrondissment of Paris for a hot, cold and sugary brunch buffet Middle Eastern style. Buffet means you can try all the delicious offerings from Barh’il (thousand hole crepes) to Seffai (sugared semoule with almonds and raisins, and briouats (flake pastry filled with tuna, cheese or chicken) as well as a variety of salads.
For more brunch recommendations, read our article: “15 Best Weekend Brunches in and Around Paris”!
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (line 1)
The Centre Danse du Marais offers over 40 different dance disciplines for children and adults, from beginners to the most advanced dancers. Choose from Classical ballet, African, Bollywood, Balinese, Belly dancing, Tap, Flamenco, Salsa, Tango, Hip Hop, Martial arts, Pilates, Yoga and much more. English is spoken.
Get more ideas about after-school and weekend activities in our ultimate guide to kid’s activities!
Metro: Arts et Métiers (lines 3 and 11)
It’s not often that you walk into a restaurant that looks like you’re in a shabby chic, Parisian apartment; but when you do, you’re in for a real treat. Here, you’ll find guests drinking, dining and flirting in the bedroom, living room, dining room or boudoir, making themselves quite literally “at home”. There’s even a Ping-Pong table and a smoking room hidden behind a mirrored wardrobe… très chic.
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (line 2)
If you are looking for an artisanal ice cream shop that still makes ice cream by hand and is run by one of the best ice cream craftsmen in France, then Une Glace à Paris is the place for you! With flavors like Smoked Vanilla Bean from India, Avocado, Baba au Rhum and Thé Vert Matcha, one has a hard time choosing !
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11), Châtelet (lines 1, 4 and 7)
You’ll find all your costume and party supply needs in this jam-packed little gem in the heart of the Marais district, just beside the BHV department store. Look through their online catalogue first, then go imagine yourself dressed as a banana at your next side-splitting party!
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (lines 1 and 11)
We could spend hours in one of Paris’s original department stores, where you can find everything from high-end art supplies and stationery to an eclectic selection of lighting for your home, to curtains and doorknobs, or specialty items for home maintenance, decoration and repair, to clothing, shoes and accessories for the whole family. And in the summers you can enjoy evening drinks on the rooftop at the Perchoir Marais (entrance at 37 rue de la Verrerie)
Metro: Arts et Métiers (line 3)
A wonderful little museum exhibiting over 2,400 inventions, from scientific instruments to energy to communication and transportation. Guided tours and numerous demonstrations and workshops are organized regularly throughout the year.
Metro: Hôtel de Ville (line 1)
Italian ice cream in Paris! If you are craving fantastic gelato without the train trip to Italy, POZETTO is the place to go! You order from a counter outside while practicing your Italian pronunciations, then pay inside where you can either sit down or take it to go to further wander through the streets of the enchanting Marais, one of the oldest parts of Paris.
The same team that brought us Deco-Smart, now offers this online shopping portal exclusively for lighting products. It’s that beautiful lamp, above all, that gives your rooms that ambiance and tone you desire when choosing your interior design.
A boutique luxury consultancy based in Hong Kong and also operating in Paris & Shanghai. With an international crowd, founder Emilie Joulia conducts made-to-measure projects while keeping an eye at new trends. The team brings a French artistic direction and uses its expertise to organize memorable moments and original strategies. At the core of Paris Art Ltd is the strong belief that art and fashion are the ideal vehicle to make a real impact for an occasion or a unique present. The marketing expertise gets inspired in Paris!
Planning a visit to Paris for yourself, or someone who needs a bit of extra TLC? This unique Parisian tour operator makes the City of Light an accessible travel option for seniors and people who may have mobility or health issues by working with you to create personalized and comfortable travel plans.
Paris for Seniors will ensure you have a blast while helping you avoid cobblestones, curved staircases, uneven surfaces and maniacal drivers.
Alannah is passionate about demystifying the world of website creation. She runs workshops to show ordinary, not especially technical people how they can create their own website or blog. Her books are available on Amazon (her latest, Create Your Own Website The Easy Way, will be out in Spring 2016) and you can visit her website at http://www.alannahmoore.com.
Gymboree, which some of you know from other locations abroad, is a great place for kids from 0 to 6 years old and their parents to have fun together while allowing the little ones to develop their motricity, English, gymnastic and musical skills in a colorful, padded play area. It’s also a fun birthday party venue. Ask for a FREE trial session!
3 locations in Paris (10th, 15th and 16th arrondisssments) and one in Lille la Pilaterie.
Want to find out where luminaries like Josephine Baker, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis hung out during their heydays in Paris? Explore the rich cultural heritage of Black Paris through Julia Browne’s Walking The Spirit Tours.
They offer a full range of Black Paris & Beyond vacation and travel services that help share their passion for Black heritage and give travelers an authentic taste of traditional France and Europe.
Marie de Tilly is a business etiquette and a French savoir-vivre coach. She offers training courses, tailor-made workshops and individual coaching sessions to help both individuals and professionals gain the confidence they are seeking in their personal and professional life in France.
Madame de Tilly masters to perfection manners and French “art de vivre” and gives conferences all around the world. She demystifies and clarifies the meaning of true good manners by adapting them to modern life. She also teaches manners at the EIML in Paris (International School of Luxury Marketing), and is a regular TV host in Stephane Bern’s daily show on French television.
The Women of Success (TWS) is a network of professional women created by business and life coach Dawn Z Bournand (founder of Fabulously Successful). The network offers valuable peer support, shares tips, tools and techniques for creating a fulfilling life and business, and offers opportunities for members to help each other grow professionally and personally.
Telephone call center staffed with English-speaking volunteers, who are trained and supported by psychologists and ready to listen to your worries. It’s completely confidential and available from 3-11pm daily, either by telephone or Skype.
Joanne Archibald is a Paris-based life coach and writer. She is also a wife, mother, yogi, singer, patchworker, bookworm, Francophile, life-lover, and day seizer. She left the UK for France intending to stay just seven months and it’s now been 12 years… As a family coach and personal development writer, Joanne is dedicated to living life on purpose and helping others, particularly expat families in and around Paris, do the same.
For face-to-face, Skype or telephone coaching sessions in French or English, contact email@example.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @joarchibald
Read her article on INSPIRELLE, The Motherhood Diaries: Living with Chronic Fatigue.