Metro: Chemin Vert (line 8) Bastille (lines 1, 5 and 8)
A one-stop shop for all your child’s birthday party supplies and costumes. This store is 100% dedicated to children’s-themed parties. From Snow White and Cinderella to Spiderman or Ninja Turtles, they have something to suit almost any children’s theme. Visit this Paris location or order everything online!
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Metro: Chemin Vert (line 8), Bastille (line 1, 5 and 8), Bréguet Sabin (line 5)
Part of the family of Viva Fiesta stores, this location offers 150m² of pure fantasy when it comes to finding your favorite disguise. Whether it’s for that special adults only soirée or your child’s birthday party, you’ll find plenty of options here. Order online for home delivery (4.99€, or free for purchases over 40€) or pick-up in the store.
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.
A concept store created by the founders of the BONPOINT, the children’s fashion label, launched in 2009 to fill a need in Paris to bring together the best of the world of fashion, design, and household goods in one place. A real “destination” store, it includes a Used Book Café with 10,000 books to choose from, a cinema café with a classic film projected on the wall, and a lunch canteen offering a balanced and healthy lunch everyday.
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!
Offering a large selection of American grocery store favorites, including kitchen and baking accessories. At Thanksgiving time, they sell fresh turkeys, hams, cranberries, homemade desserts and other seasonal treats.
22 Rue Saint-Nicolas, 75012 Paris, France 0 km
Founded in 1995 by Françoise Dorget in the Marais district, Caravane’s collection are a mix of bohemian and modern. The furniture along with the lighting, handcrafted objects and textiles are a source of inspiration for everyday interiors.
Metro: Pont Marie (line 7)
Stop by the Musée de la Magie for a tour from a wizard or one of the museum’s favorite magic shows. Located in the Marais, this quirky museum is full of amazing artifacts illustrating the history and magic of the art of illusion. Examine antique magicians’ props and gadgets, learn about stunning optical illusions and how to stump your friends with a slight of hand.
As mentioned in our Guide to After School and Weekend Activities or in 15 Indoor Activities for Children in Paris on Rainy Days!
10 Boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris 0 km
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: Filles du Calvaire (line 8), Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9)
For a traditional circus, the Cirque d’Hiver is an institution in Paris. Watch lions and tigers, elephants and clowns in an authentic, round, high-top arena. The Bouglione Circus has been dazzling audiences with its shows for over 170 years and brings you new thematic shows each season.
You can also rent out their space for medium to large-scale private events such as corporate parties, meetings and concerts.
Check out more family activity ideas in our guide to 15 Indoor Activities for Children in Paris on Rainy Days!
Metro: Filles du Calvaire (line 8)
A small Mexican restaurant in the third arrondissement where the lack of space (and maybe the strength of the frozen margaritas) means that you naturally get to know your neighbor. There is even a small speakeasy hidden at the back of the restaurant behind a white, unmarked door.
Metro: Parmentier (line 3), Oberkampf (lines 5 and 9)
Another hip and must-visit gluten free bakery in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. Their pastries are to die for and you just have to try their famous rectangular bread!
Read full review here of gluten-free bakeries in Paris by INSPIRELLE contributor Chloe Martin.
Metro: République (lines 3,5,8,9,11)
Once you step into the exotic surroundings of Les Cents Ciels, with it’s sensual ambiance and Morroccan décor, you’ll be transported to a land of “The Hundred Skies”. At this traditional hammam, every detail ensures your complete relaxation and serenity. Bliss out and try one of their Rituels du Hammam packages, which allow you access to their steamy hammam, sauna and pool for about one hour before your treatment.
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: 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: 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!
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