4. Where can I find the best patisserie or great family friendly restaurants & cafés in Paris?
Most of people around you would say that eating in Paris is easy because French have a great cooking. This is a bit cliché I know. What about if I reveal to you about the best places to eat a croissant or a macaron? What about a restaurant where you will feel at home because your kids will be taken care of with great child menu or even soft play areas. These places exist, you just need to know about them as they change so often and usually are secret places kept by the locals. We have listed our Top 5 Child-Friendly Restaurants in Paris before on BabyBreaks so feel free to try these places as well.
If you are looking to eat the best croissant in town, you need to go to Saint Germain district at La Maison d’Isabelle. The bakery is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 6am for early risers like me until 8:30pm. It is closed on Mondays because every baker needs to rest at least one day a week.
If you are keen to taste the best macaron, you already know about Ladurée or Pierre Hermé so maybe try other places like Gérard Mulot or be adventurous and go to the shop held by the Japanese pastry chef Aoki Sadaharu.
So let me expend the list with more local findings. If you are looking for a typical French bistro with great quality food on a little street in the old town, I would book a table at L’Enfance de Lard not too far from Saint Sulpice where you kids can eat a great chicken with mashed potato or get a starter like the famous Mimosa Eggs. The place looks authentic and the owner is very nice.
If you are looking for a morning or afternoon coffee shop not too far from the Eiffel Tower, try Mama’Lou. Your kids will enjoy a great soft play area while you sip your favourite hot drink. The place also has great facilities for young children with high chairs, baby changing room…The venue also organizes workshops in French and in English so visit their Facebook page to see their events.
If you are looking to impress your partner and your kids for a great dinner on a spring or summer day, let’s surprise them by going to the Chalet des Iles. This place is famous with Parisians because it can host a lot of tables outside. Advance booking is highly recommended and expects a bill above the average price. Once you are there, you feel like being in the countryside with great food to taste all evening. You can also try the restaurant for a Sunday brunch. Oh did I tell you that you need to take a ferry-boat to access the little island where the restaurant is? And why not spending the afternoon in the Bois de Boulogne, one of the biggest green area on the boundaries of Paris downtown.
Another place to treat yourself is Little Breizh where you will eat the best Crêpes (French pancakes) in the French capital. Located in the St Germain des Près district, this is a great restaurant for a nice family lunch or dinner. The place is small but very popular with travellers all around the word thanks to its glowing reviews.
With young kids in mind, you can also try the newly open restaurant called Garden Café on the West side of Paris. The venue has a great modern bistro feeling but also hides a secret kids dining room that will please all children under 5 (I know that even my older son would love that place). This kind of place should be replicated across all big capitals of the world to make Parents and Children Happy!
Am I missing something? Yes French Patisserie. French love their cakes and chefs all around the world come to Paris to be inspired by the rich culture of little cakes. One particular area to try these cakes is in the 9th district on the rue des Martyrs street. Maison Landemaine, Sébastien Gaudard, Maison Arnaud Delmontel or Fou de Pâtisserie will make you want to try every cake once you have entered the premises. Expensive cakes but so good!
That’s it! This is the journey that I would like to suggest to you on your next trip to Paris. You won’t regret it and I am pretty sure you will come back for a second visit maybe on a different season to explore more and see different sides of the Parisian life.
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