Inspired by Paris Fashion week and the three fashion capitals of the world, I’ve spoken to four hip mamas who have revealed their favourite places, secret hideaways and places of interest for a fun and fashionable day out with the children in this fashionable capital.
Some you may be lucky enough to have been to Paris or live near the city of Love, others may be ideas to keep for future holidays and family day-trips to Paris. Either way you will be one step ahead of the crowd just knowing these hot addresses!
FASHIONISTA: Pauline Goodchild, blogger at The French Maman
CATWALK: Amiens, near Paris – but now lives in Suffolk
MUSES: Arthur, 2 1/2 and Constance 5 mths
1) Disneyland Paris
Of course, I had to mention this first! Although, Disneyland Paris for me is not really Paris – there are probably fewer French people there than in London! In fact, I think we should just take out the “Paris” at the end and just call it Disneyland. But when you have children, it’s a must-visit. It’s a magical and beautiful place. And they will love it!
Read more at Disneyland Paris
2) Musée Grévin – The Art of Make Believe, 10 Boulevard Montmarte
An amazing museum where you can find all of those favourite celebrities in one place – made of wax! They really look natural and so realistic and new wax characters are regularly added to the Museum. There is even a children’s corner – featuring over 250 waxworks as a 3D history lesson. Don’t miss it!
Read more at Grevin Paris
3) Angelina’s Tearoom, 226 Rue Rivoli
Not somewhere for everyday – but for a special treat or birthday this tearoom is a must. Opened in 1903 and infamous for it super thick hot chocolate (as well as amazing pastries) this is a hotspot during fashion week – and any week to be honest!
Read more at Angelina
4) Musée National D’Histoire Naturelle, Latin Quarter
If you are looking to organise a day out with your family that’s educational and amusing, then this is the place for you. The zoo (Menagerie) is one of the oldest in the world – it used to host the animals of the Ménagerie royale of Versailles (or confiscated fairground entertainers). Nowadays, bears, wildcats, reptiles and many more have joined the family. Be sure to stop and look around the vivariums and monkey houses and admire the endangered animals.
Read more at Museum of Natural History
5) Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde
This is one of my favourite places in Paris – it’s just beautiful. I am not going to give you some historical facts about the Jardin – you just need to know this place has a lot to offer. Long walks, admiring Maillol’s, Rodin’s and Giacometti’s sculptures, taking beautiful photos near the ponds..I could go on.
The Musée de l’Orangerie is where you can see some of Monet’s finest art too – it’s situated south west of the park. And, between June and August children can enjoy some candy-floss and a few rides on the carousel for the Fête des Tuileries. A perfect family day out.
Read more at Tuileries Garden
**Part of a four-series special**