Esther from Babyccino recently asked me for a few family-friendly restaurant suggestions in Paris. As I started to respond to her message, I thought this information could be fun to share with everyone! Here are a few of Yoyo Mom’s favorite spots to dine in Paris for parents and kids together. The idea is to share a good meal in a stress free environment without any other clients giving mean glares because we all know what it’s like to have a kid, or two, or three! My main criteria for finding a family restaurant is good food, relaxed yet charming environment, and at least 75% kid-friendly.
If you are visiting Paris, perhaps French food should be on the agenda! There are several amazing brasseries and bistros that pride themselves on good service (often around the clock). A few favorites are the beautiful Le Train Bleu, Bofinger, or Bouillon Pigalle.
Le Train Bleu
tél: 1 43 43 09 06
5-7 Rue de la Bastille
tél : 01 42 72 87 82
22 Boulevard de Clichy
tél : 01 42 59 69 31
EATING IN A PARK OR OUTSIDE
Loulou – Maybe a bit pricey and chic, but the beautiful outdoor terrace is conveniently located between the Louvre museum and the impressively manicured Tuileries Garden. There is plenty of space for kids to roll around or play hide-and-seek while parents are still dining.
Musée des Arts décoratifs
107 rue de Rivoli
Pavillon Puebla – The Buttes Chaumont Park is full of fun for all ages. There are 3 restaurants in the park and they are all kid and family-friendly. The Pavillon Puebla and Rosa Bonheur are our favorites! Pavillon Puebla also often organises brunches with activities for kids.
Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Avenue Darcel
tél : 01 42 39 34 20
Eataly – The new hotspot behind the BHV department store is always nice to discover before anyone else. Eataly actually exists in over 37 locations across the world and sells the delicious, authentic Italian food. This place is pretty much like an Italian shopping mall for food. However, I must say that when in Paris, one of our favorite ideas for any meal especially during summer months is a picnic along the Seine or in a park. So why not hop on over to Eataly, pick up a few yummy items and have a picnic along the Seine or in a nearby park (place des Vosges for example). This will be a surefire way for kids and adults to be very happy!
37 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie
tél: 01 83 65 81 00
Ground Control– the perfect place to be with family and kids. Young trendsters also frequent this spot full of food trucks and a variety of indoor and outdoor vendors. There are a few retro video games, a foosball court, space to run, an indoor airplane, etc. Once in a while there are also events for kids including a “boum” or dj dance party, as well as arts & crafts workshops and yoga classes.
81 Rue du Charolais
Marché des Enfants Rouges – Ideally situated in the Marais, the Marché des Enfants Rouges offers not only the oldest Farmer’s Market in Paris (est. in 1615!), but a variety of outdoor eateries including delicious Japanese, African and Italian cuisine, as well as a crêperie called Chez Alain Miam Miam, that is to die for! If the lines are too long, you can also visit the café Chez Alain Miam Miam just outside the market at 26 rue Charlot. We also like to stop by and visit the neighbourhood vegetable and plant garden located at the east end of the market.
Marché des Enfants Rouges
39 rue de Bretagne
HOMEMADE NOODLE SOUP
Happy Nouilles – Another restaurant in the Marais neighbourhood that my kids absolutely love is Happy Nouilles. This restaurant is situated not far from the Centre Pompidou and the Marais area off a couple streets that make up Chinatown in the 3rd arrondissement. At Happy Nouilles the staff is friendly,t hey make their own noodles, and with a big family, the service is fast and the price is right. In Paris, there are also two other Chinatown neighborhoods. The main Chinatown is in the 13th arrondisement, where I recommend eating at almost any Chinese or Vietnamese restaurant that has a small crowd. You will surely not be be disappointed.
95 Rue Beaubourg
tél: 01 44 59 31 22
GOOD OLD AMERICAN CUISINE
Coffee Club – When Carrie Solomon, your good friend and also excellent chef is responsible for the menu here, you can’t resist enjoying a delicious meal at this restaurant that is just a few steps away from Luxembourg gardens. The cuisine is American with fresh seasonal products. Don’t forget to try the Caesar salad and yummy cheesecake!
87, RUE D’ASSAS
La Felicità -This is an enormous Italian eatery by the Big Mamma team. There is a bar, a gelateria and quite a few other spots to dine.
Kids love La Felicità because there is pasta and pizza and a large open space where sound blends in with the environment. Parents love La Felcità because there are high chairs for babies, and every second Sunday of each month, there are kid friendly days, where parents dine on their own while kids play with experienced sitters in a special kid designated zone.
5 Parvis Alan Turing
MY KIDS FAVORITE SPOT TO EAT
Le Pavillon des Canaux – conveniently situated along the Canal de l’Ourcq, just on the side of Paris Plage, this casual restaurant is good for lunch. There might be a lot of action, as there are boats, and a swimming pool for kids etc. The idea is to go early, sign up for some activities (usually this starts at 1PM) and hopefully, find a spot for at least two kids to eat in the bathtub. Of course, this is every child’s (and adult’s) dream!
Pavillon des Canaux
39 Quai de la Loire
tél : 01 73 71 82 90
DINING JUST OUTSIDE OF PARIS
Mob Hotel – If you are interested in visiting the well known Marché Saint Ouen, then a stop at the Mob Hotel for a meal could be handy!
4-6 Rue Gambetta
tél: 01 47 00 70 70
Dock B Pantin – A new hotspot in Pantin (a.k.a. the new “Brooklyn” of Paris) is the Dock B. The Dock B offers easy dining on a large terrace along the canal de l’Ourcq. This is a light stroll or metro ride just outside of Paris, however, a visit with the family can be worth it. During July and August, from 2PM onwards there are boats and paddle boards available for kids and adults just in front of Dock B. There is also a very interesting free exhibit about the future of love (however, this may be more appropriate for adults) except for the last part by Nick & Chloé. 😉
Dock B Pantin
1 Place de la Pointe
tél: 01 41 71 49 69
Bon appétit !
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