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”!
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
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!
Metro: Châtelet (lines 1,4,7,11), Hôtel de Ville (line 1)
In a cute house just a few steps from the Centre Pompidou art museum, you’ll find the friendly Happy Families, where everything is considered for your children no matter what their age. Relax and have a coffee while young bubs can play in a safe and secure soft playroom, and then order healthy kid-friendly snacks from their cafe, which is equipped with high chairs. Need a break from the little ones? Their friendly staff will watch them while you have a haircut, a manicure, or a massage — and your kids can get their hair coiffed too. It’s also a great birthday party venue, where they offer value packages for up to 10 children with special themes and a party leader.
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 (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!
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: 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)
Secrets of Paris was created in 1999 by American-born travel journalist and guidebook author Heather Stimmler-Hall to share the “hidden side of the City of Lights”. Heather and her team of handpicked guides enjoy breaking away from convention to offer private customized tours that reveal the city’s unknown historical past, visit hidden monuments, try new hotspots and explore French habits and social attitudes.
- READ Heather’s article: “Naughty Paris Expert: Why is Paris So Sexy?”
If you can’t lose weight without support, turn to I Love My Diet Coach, a personalized counseling service in French with a nutritionist over the phone once a week backed up by on-line advice, menus and recipes. It is the only diet regime available in France that is 100 % reimbursed by your health insurance Mutuelle.
If you, or your little Serena Williams or Rafael Nadal, want to perfect your serve, Tennis Action usually has openings all year long for players of all ages and all levels.
They offer weekly classes which run from October through May, as well as intensive stages during the major school holidays. You can also request one free trial class.
Bonus: You get FREE membership to all Forest Hill fitness centers and swimming pools at Aquaboulevard for the duration of your course.
8 locations in Paris, plus Nanterre and Meudon-la-Forêt.
Get your FREE 12-week fitness program – beginner, intermediate and “no time for fitness.” Learn from experts around the world how to achieve greater fitness and well-being with this informative website and community of women of all ages.
Check out their book too: “Lessons from France – Eating, Fitness, Family.”
Rita Golstein-Galperin is a multicultural expat living in Paris and a Career Makeover Strategist® for expat women.
She created Expat Renaissance to help women rediscover, reinvent and redefine their professional-awesome-self while thriving overseas! Combining her honed strategic problem solving skills and widely interdisciplinary background as lawyer, entrepreneur, public policy professional, economist and lecturer she helps women get unstuck and embrace new opportunities abroad, whether in the job market or starting (and growing) their own business.
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.
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.
Drawing from both professional and personal experience, Isabelle offers intercultural coaching that helps you better understand both French culture and administration, as well as focusing on improving language and communication skills. Isabelle lived 10 years in the United States before returning to Paris. She works closely with many international companies based in France to help their overseas staff adjust to their new French environment. She particularly enjoys helping individuals in private sessions.
Her bi-cultural coaching can make it easier and more rewarding for you to live and work in France!
An informal organization for the exchange of news and information. Provides a comprehensive directory listing of more than a hundred English-speaking service groups and associations in the Paris region.
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.
Founded by two cultural addicts, Artecase is a collectible design sourcing service working with individuals and interior designers. Whether you’re looking for specific pieces, types of items or groups of furniature (chairs, chimneys, lighting, etc…), they search, then organize their findings to share with you or accompany you around Paris to view the art pieces they’ve found.
Their focus is on 20th century and contemporary design and they bring passion and the highest level of scholarship and connoisseurship to clients looking to make this type of acquisition. Services range from the sourcing of single object to the development of a collection over time.
Learn more about Artecase here: Artecase: Parisian Treasure Hunters in Search of Collectible Design.
Young children from 0 to 6 will have fun discovering music, rythym and dance with percussion instruments, theatre songs, gymnastic movements and puppets at the Jack N’ Jill Music Club. All classes are run in English and are limited to small groups. They have locations in Paris (17th arrondissement) and in the suburbs near Disneyland Paris, and will soon be opening another location in Paris (15th arrondissement). Contact them for exact locations.
Find out all the scoop in our ultimate guide to kid’s activities!