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.
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: Champs Elysées-Clemenceau (line 1)
Immortalize your loved ones in a portrait captured in the iconic Studio Harcourt in Paris. With its distinctive black and white style, Studio Harcourt has been creating legendary portraits since 1934. If this studio is out of your price range, have your portrait quickly done in one of the two Harcourt luxury photo booths in Paris for 10€!
Harcourt Photo Booth: MK2 Cinema, 128-162 avenue de France 75013 or Franck et Fils department store: 80, rue de Passy – 75016 PARIS
Metro: Champs Elysées Clemenceau (line 1 and 13)
A hands-on science museum housed in the magnificent Grand Palais in the heart of Paris. Includes a planetarium, permanent and temporary exhibits and regular demonstrations and workshops. It’s also a sister museum to the Cité des Sciences, so you can get an annual Universcience pass to visit both museums through the year.
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.
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.
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: Franklin Roosevelt (lines 1 and 9)
Fiery-hot Northern Chinese food, smack in central Paris. Serves mainly Pekingese and Sichuanese regional specialities including soups, dumplings, seafood (marmite of spicy prawns) and poultry (try the crispy spicy chicken and their scrumptious Peking duck), meat dishes like Shanghainese lion’s head, water-cooked beef, and braised pork with vermicelli noodles. Casual atmosphere. Conveniently located near the Champs Elysées.
Metro: George V or Franklin D. Roosevelt (line 1), Saint-Philippe-du-Roule (line 9)
One of the most famous pharmacies in Paris, it was established in 1890 by an Englishman. Ideally located in the heart of the most beautiful avenue in the world and offering exclusive prestige brands.
A wide range of products are available both online and in the store, which amazingly for Paris, is open 24 hours/7 days per week!
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: Alma Marceau (line 9), Franklin D. Roosevelt (lines 1 & 9)
American Childrens Theatre is a theater company for children ages 3-16 with classes during the school year, camps (stages) during school holidays, and occasional specialized workshops. With a little acting, a little singing, a little dancing, a little silliness, your child will have a LOT of fun! They only use material that has positive values and messages. A highlight of the Fall and Spring sessions is performing in a professional theater here in Paris! The children get to experience the thrill of a real stage performance with lights, sound, effects, and a full audience. ACT can also bring their program into schools, birthday parties, and other events!
Metro: Miromesnil (lines 9 and 13)
“A place of peace and expertise where everything is for you.” Includes swimming pools, 8 treatment rooms, a Russian Banïya and a private couples suite. Leave the kids in the Kids Club while you have your treatment!
65 Quai d'Orsay, 75007 Paris, France 0.67 km
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.
Get ready to rock ‘n roll! What better way for kids and teens to develop their musical talents than to join a band? Musicians in grades 3 to 12 (or CE2 – terminale) can join Rock U, which holds practice sessions at the American Church. Guitarist and vocalist Matt Black, a familiar face at parties and Anglophone events, leads the Rock U. You can register for Fall, Winter, or Spring sessions, and everyone’s invited to the Rock U band’s concerts at the end of each session. Cost is 335€ per session.
Read about Rock U and other activities in our Ultimate Guide to After-School and Weekend Activities for Kid!
Founded in 1960 by a pioneer in bilingual education, Mrs. Patricia Lennen, this school welcomes children and their families from all over the world. With their staff of well-qualified and experienced teachers, they continue to adapt the concept of bilingual education affording children the skill to think and learn in both French and English from the beginning of their schooling – from ages 2 thru 11 years old.
Craving crumpets and scones, beer-battered fish and chips or Chicken Tikka Massala to take home? M&S now has 6 Food Halls in and around Paris to satisfy your British food cravings! After all the shopping, in some locations, you can enjoy a sample of the takeaway foods in their café/restaurant.
Metro: St-Phillipe-du-Roule (line 9)
A social and cultural club open to women who are, or who are married to, British or Commonwealth nationals. Their clubhouse in the heart of Paris includes a lending library of English books for its members, as well as space for their many regular weekly activities.
Make your own salads at Jour’s numerous locations in Paris including 8 shops in the 8th arrondisement (see all locations on their website). You can also order online for delivery.
Metro: Alma Marceau (line 9)
The Nicolaïte de Chaillot is a cultural and sports association which offers after-school activities such as football, gymnastics, judo, kung fu, tai chi and tennis, as well as camps during the school holidays. They also organize artistic, educational and sports activities and outings for kids from 6 to 17 years on Wednesdays and weekdays after-school at their Centre de Loisirs. Activities are in French.
Check their website for details and to enroll.
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.