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This guest post was written by Camille Spanjaard of baby’tems where you can rent all your baby equipment needs while visting Paris.
Yes, Paris IS kid-friendly! As a Parisian mom and founder of baby’tems, I can guarantee families traveling with kids will have fun in the city. But of course, most of the addresses Parisian families visit are not in the travel guides. Here are my Top 5 100% family-friendly cafes in Paris, places where no one will look at you strangely when entering with a stroller or young children, where you’ll be able to relax, enjoy, take time and let your kids move and play!
Mombini, named by mixing (mums + bambini) that reflects the shared history of founders, is all at once:
- a pretty store of home decor furniture, cute baby gifts, toys and playful accessories for children.
- a family-friendly café where parents and kids can enjoy homemade lunch and cakes together with specialties coffees and teas; with of course highchairs, changing facilities and a play area: parents will relax and have time for a chat while children are playing nearby.
- a place for classes such as music discovering for children, gym, yoga, baby massage, story hours … (advance booking is mandatory).
Definitively a top place for a relaxing stop for the whole family.
Address: 22 rue Gerbert – 75015 Paris
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30am – 7pm
Super Café is located off the touristic streets in Paris but only 10 minutes from Père Lachaise cemetery. In summer, parents and kids can enjoy the terrace on a pedestrian square; when cold or rain returns, settle into its apartment-like decoration and you’ll just feel like at home. Kids will love the play room, the child books hut or the children-sized bar.
The team cooks homemade, fresh food and serves snack all day.
Super Café also organizes workshops for parents and child and shows. Check their Facebook page for events.
Address: 16 rue de Fontarabie – 75020 Paris
Open Tuesday – Sunday 10 :30am – 7pm (1am Friday & Saturday)
Poule Mouillette is another store + tea-room that welcomes families and children. Perfectly located a 5 minute walk from Gare de l’Est / 10 minute from Gare du Nord, facing a large kid-friendly public garden and just a few steps from Canal Saint Martin. It is the perfect place to stop and have a snack when strolling this lively area of Paris.
Enter the store: on ground floor, a colorful store offering toys, children’s room decoration, vintage toys, creative kits, you’ll find there all you need to make a gift or bring back home a French designer baby clothes.
On first floor, half of the space welcomes you with sofas and comfortable chairs to have a snack while the other half will allow kids to play and have fun.
Address: 13 rue des Recollets – 75010 Paris
Open Monday – Saturday, 10 :30am – 7pm (opening 1:30pm on Monday)
LES 400 COUPS
Located in “La Cinematheque” (film museum in Paris) Les 400 coups is the “film & food” place in Paris.
A large room, with space enough for strollers, high chairs, changing facilities, the place is made for families with children. On sunny days, the terrace, which in on a pedestrian area, is a great place to relax, let the kids run and play around.
In plates, you’ll enjoy simple home-made, seasonal, (mostly) organic food such as soups, torts, salads, desserts and pastries, fresh juices …
On weekends (and French bank holidays), join Parisian families for a break (kid menu and play area available on week-ends only; brunch on Sunday).
After the break, visit La Cinémathèque or enjoy the nearby Parc de Bercy with its vegetable garden, fountains, ducks, playground, etc...
Address: 51 rue de Bercy – 75012 Paris
Open Monday 11am – 3 :30pm / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday 11am – 8:30pm / Saturday 11am – 10pm / Sunday 11am – 7pm (closed Tuesday)
UNE MERE UNE FILLE A PARIS
Set up like an apartment, Une mère une fille à Paris ("A mother a daughter in Paris” – the café is managed by a mother and her daughter) welcomes warmly families with young children in a tea room – store – workshops concept. Of course, all equipment for babies and toddler is present (highchairs, changing facilities, bouncers, …); the “apartment” also includes a room dedicated to playing (when not privatized – on Wednesdays and weekends. Check the planning in advance on the website).
The owners describe Une mère une fille à Paris as place to "dream, play, create, design, lunch, brunch, snack, taste, chat, discuss, be a mom, be surprised, shout out, laugh, sing, dance”… it says it all!
Address: 43 boulevard Garibaldi – 75015 Paris
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 6:30pm
Travelling to Paris with a Baby or Toddler?
You can avoid lugging all that baby equipment! baby’tems makes travelling to Paris with baby easier!
baby’tems rents out and delivers all the necessary equipment directly to your doorstep. All it takes is a few clicks. The products and equipment rented are all recognized brands; they are all new and are kept in perfect condition. The founder of baby’tems, Camille Spanjaard came upon the concept during her travels, having come face to face with this sort of problem only to discover that this type of service actually exists in other countries, but not in Paris – one of the most visited cities in the world!
baby'tems also provide tips, activities and baby-friendly addresses in Paris on it's blog.
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