I'm happy to host Camille, the founder of Baby'tems in Paris, for a guest post today. Camille offers insider's tips for a day of family fun in Paris especially with toddlers. As the founder of Baby'tems, baby equipment rental service in Paris, Camille knows all about Paris and all about toddlers. Here are her tips:
1) Go to Le Poussette Café to have a delicious breakfast.
Parisian young parents know very well this address, the Poussette Café, one of the first
100% baby-friendly Paris.
Whether you’re staying in Paris for few days or few weeks, enjoy a break there. You’ll
find out there meals and drinks (of course!), but also a play corner for your toddler,
high chair and changing mat for the youngest one, and your stroller will fit the strollers
Ages: all ages
2) If you’re lucky and weather is sunny, go bellyful to the best (hidden) Public Garden -
Square de la Roquette
Besides 15 large parks, Paris offers more than 400 public gardens that Parisian parents
love to visit with their children. Square de la Roquette in Rue de la Roquette, on the way
between Bastille and Cimetière du Père Lachaise, is an 18,000 square meter garden.
With its gate, its sinuous paths leading to a fountain and its children's playgrounds (one
for young children from 2 to 6 and another for older children), the Square de la Roquette
is our favorite on the east part of Paris. Quick recommendation: in summer, don't forget
sun hats for everyone as there are few shadows, especially on the playgrounds.
3) If you aren’t : Cineaqua located in the Jardin du Trocadéro (facing the Eiffel Tower),
Cineaqua (aquarium) is an ideal place for a family outing.Visitors will enjoy 43
aquariums (including one gigantic one!), a shark tunnel, touch pools, shows, and more.
Ages: all ages
4) Then, have a break for lunch at the best Baby-Friendly Café : Les 400 Coups
Les 400 Coups, located on top of Butte Chaumont, is the perfect place for a break after
running and climbing in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont. This child-friendly cafe and
restaurant offer homemade organic food (with a children's menu), wifi, newspapers
for parents, and a reading corner for children. Workshops are also offered in French
throughout the year. The cafe is open Wednesday to Sunday, and the staff speaks
English. More information at their website (French only).
5) If you still need a snack, savour a delicacy and enjoy an ice cream at Berthillon with tea at Ile Saint-
Louis. More than 30 tastes of ice creams and sorbets.
Finally, it’s time to have a rest in family in your hotel room or where you reside in
And remind about this six commandments during your perfect day:
- DO come. French Parisians will welcome you and smile at your baby!
- DON’T come overloaded with baby stuff!
- DO visit museums. Transporting a baby in a baby carrier will make it easy; many
museums provide strollers for free!
- DO take the bus. Bus are easier to travel with.
- DON’T take a taxi without having reserved one with a baby car seat!
- DO plan some “baby-dedicated” breaks during your stay in Paris!