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: La Motte Picquet Grenelle (lines 6, 8, 10)
One of Paris’ oldest Anglophone associations bringing together expats, new and old, through year round cultural, educational and social activities and events. WICE keeps the mind sharp, the body active and the spirit alive. Join the internationally known writer’s workshop, book club, learn a language or participate in an art class, walking tour or wine tasting.
Metro: Charles de Gaulle – Étoile (lines 1,2,6 and RER A)
Step into a haven of tranquility and escape the hustle of the city at the first Spa My Blend spa by Clarins, which boasts 1,500 sq m of space to offer a full range of exclusive beauty treatments, as well as a fitness room, hammam, laconium room, sauna and a 23-meter infinity pool — all housed inside the luxurious Hotel Royal Monceau. Free access to the Spa for all appointments of over 2 hours. Club membership packages also available if you want regular access to their fitness and spa facilities.
6 Rue Dupont des Loges, 75007 Paris, France
4 Rue Papillon, 75009 Paris, France
Specialist children’s hairdressers with TVs at each seat, a playroom for waiting, and a small toy when finished. They’ve been a fixture in the 17th near Parc Monceau for 15 years and are now in the 7th and 9th arrondissements . Also, the owner recently designed her own children’s clothing line which is available for purchase in the salons.
Métro: Rennes (line 12), Sèvres Babylone (lines 10/12)
Step into this oasis of eternal spring and you’ll feel all your tensions melt away. As the first fragrance day spa in Paris, every treatment Free Persephone offers – from manis and pedis to facial treatments and full body massages – is around fragrant themes: aromatic, citrus, or floral, depending on your mood.
Bring a friend, get treated like goddesses, then linger in their salon du thé. You can even privatize the space for a bachelorette party, birthday or other private event.
Prices: 18€ for a 10-min mini-massage; 34€ and up for manis/pedis; 96€ and up for facial and body treatments.
Read our review of Free Persephone HERE!
It’s party time! This is one of our favorite sites when we need to find special touches to make a celebration fabulous. Whether you need materials to make fabulous fondant decorated cakes, or balloons and themed tableware to mark a special occasion, you’ll find it all here on this one-stop online shop. You can order everything from personalized candies and cake toppers to themed party decorations and loads of ideas for adult and children’s celebrations, from baptisms to weddings. They have fast and reliable delivery service too!
ZI Des Ebisoires, 12 Rue Paul Langevin 78370 Plaisir
Here’s a place where you can let your kids run wild, jump and climb to their hearts’ content without attracting nasty glares from people around you. Acrochats runs two indoor adventure playgrounds just outside of Paris (Thiais and Plaisir), with climbing frames, ball pits and obstacles for kids up to 12 years old. You can also privatize their themed cabins for a birthday party and sit back and relax with a book in their café complete with wifi.
Acrochats Thiais Village
Tel: + 33 (0)1 56 70 60 10
Tel: +33 (0)1 34 89 98 73
Metro: Quatre Septembre (line 3)
For a fabulous haircut that falls naturally without fuss, book with YUJI at his hair salon embedded in the Japanese quartier in the heart of Paris. Yuji worked at two of the city’s most prestigious coiffeurs before opening up his own Zen inspired salon. It’s a bit pricey but if you think your hair is worth it, you definitely won’t be disappointed.
Hidden away in a real greenhouse, you can admire the beauty of 40 different species of butterflies. It’s a wonderful new experience for your nature-loving children where you can witness the egg-laying, hatching and the metamorphosis of these beautiful insects.
The merveilleux (marvelous) is a small cake that originated in Belgium and is now found in France and some US cities. Baker, Frédéric Vaucamp, fell in love with the cakes at an early age. His famous cakes are now sold in 5 locations in Paris as well as numerous other locations across Europe and in New York City.
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.
Right in the heart of the Passy area, you’ll feel transported to Thailand at Ayada Spa, where you can get a Thai massage from smiling masseuses trained at the famous Wat Pho in Bangkok. Or sit back in a comfy armchair and give your feet a sensory treat with a 30 or 60 minute reflexology treatment. If you have more time, they also have a small hammam.
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.
Metro: Dupleix (line 6)
For their next birthday party, kids 6 and up can invite their friends to become patissiers for 90 minutes as they don chef’s aprons and learn to bake bread. They leave with the yummy fruits of their labor and a diploma in hand.
Wednesdays – Sundays
7 Rue Gustave Courbet, 75116 Paris, France
46 Rue de Sablonville, 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Once known as the original American diner in Paris, Coffee Parisien now boasts 3 restaurants, with talk of a fourth opening! Count on American staples like eggs benedict, bagels with cream cheese and lox or French toast with grapefruit. For a French touch, enjoy a big cup of café au lait.
FIND MORE brunch recommendations in our: “15 Best Weekend Brunches in and Around Paris” article!
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!
Meet the savviest eSafety expert we know: Elizabeth Milovidov – an American lawyer and foremost European consultant on Internet safety who shows children, parents and educators how to get the most from the Internet, safely.
On her website, Digital Parenting Coach, you will find free tips and information about workshops and downloadable guidebooks for parents who want to learn about the benefits and risks of Internet, social media and technology.
She is also a dynamic speaker on Internet safety issues, a part-time eSafety consultant at European Schoolnet and an independent expert on children’s rights and Internet for the Council of Europe.
Read her story: “Meet a Cyberspace Cop Protecting You from Internet Abuse” and find her biography and articles written for INSPIRELLE HERE
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.