Just the other day I was in the center of Paris looking for a nice spot to have lunch with my friend, her newborn baby, and her two young children. After entering a colorful, visually kid-friendly café we realized that this restaurant was actually not at all what we had in mind. Not only were there no high chairs, but the staff was not very warm in greeting us and making us feel happy to dine with kids. It’s amazing how many times that this situation can occur especially when dining in a big city.
What are the main criteria that we have when looking for a spot to have a coffee or drink or having a meal with kids? Overall, we want to feel welcome and we want to relax and have a good time. If the adults are able to enjoy themselves than the kids can do. This goes hand in hand! In order to make life easier, here are a few of our favorite Paris spots for meeting up with friends and bringing our kids in tow! Bon appetite!
5 Rue du Cloître Saint-Merri, 75004 Paris
01 40 29 89 99
A centrally located café that is ideal for young kids and babies. Ideally situated near the centre Pompidou, this 450 square meter café offers parents time to themselves while kids are supervised by an experienced staff. Parents can participate in workshops and also get a manicure or hair cut while kids also have special workshops and playtime.
22 Rue Gerbert, 75015 Paris
01 73 70 62 31
A shop, café with adorable staff. You can read more about Elisa & Dax and their café here.
Le Renard & l’Entonnoir
12 bis, rue de la Villette, 75020 Paris
A book shop and a café. Perfect for grabbing a tea and a snack. This café also offers ateliers, expos and activities for kids including making your very own puppet.
92 bis Quai de la Loire, 75019 Paris
Tél: 01 42 38 26 37
This café functions as an association for kids ages 0 to 16 years old. The Cafézoïde allows for the community to volunteer and contribute services to the café. With various activities including games, exhibitions, shows workshops, classes, and extremely affordable meals, kids are well taken care of here!
Pavillon des Canaux
39 Quai de la Loire, 75019 Paris
01 73 71 82 90
You may have already seen us on Instagram eating in the bathtub! This spot is kid friendly and makes us feel at home. The self service restaurant cooks quick and easy to eat meals. There are several activities for grown ups and also theme nights including a dance club for kids. There are also board games and fun interior design to feel at home.
36 Rue de Paradis, 75010 Paris
09 66 87 11 20
This spot is recommended for older kids with a foosball table and traditional arcade games. The menu includes traditional diner style food including pizza and burgers.
39 avenue Simon Bolivar, 75019 Paris
01 42 39 34 20
An ideal brunch spot with the family. The Pavillon Puebla organises regular events for kids including musical and theater entertainment and delicious food. It is also conveniently located in the Buttes Chaumont Park.
Here a few other spots that I have not yet tested, but they are on my list to try:
Un Air de Famille
26, rue du Château Landon
13 rue des Récollets 75010
09 83 22 32 17
4 Cité de l’Ameublement 75011
Métro Faidherbe Chaligny, ligne 8
01 53 27 33 61
I’ve wanted to test this restaurant for a while now! It has a large indoor jungle gym area adapted for kids up to age 12 years old including a foosball, a ball pool and a dance area.
Une Mère Une Fille à Paris
43 Boulevard garibaldi
09 54 04 04 80
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