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The Baby Café Map

 

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Sadly many baby cafes have permernantly closed like the famous Le Poussette Café, Happy Families, Pendant que les enfants jouent as well as the Le Petit Café du Monde Entier. Especially the last one was very beloved by us. We are, like all other parents constanly looking for a baby cafe. Let´s be honest, if someone offers a good coffee, a a piece of cake and a kids corner we are already over the moon! Easy said but hard to find! We tried to map the baby cafes we know and that should be still existening for now (February 2017). But if you find another one, please let me know, the other mums and I will be grateful!

Btw in case you are just looking for a kids corner while it´s pourring down and you are not in need for coffee and cake, alsmost every quartier has a  Maison Verte  or Ilot Bébé. Both welcome parents and their children 0-3 years old. You will find a kids corner, some other parents and most likely a nurse/doctor or therapist if you feel like you need to talk to someone. It´s supposed to help young parents out of the isolation. Another place where to meet if you already know some other parents its the public library, they have a kids corner too.  Öffentliche Bücherei

Mobini  Little boutique with a cafe and a kids corner for the little ones to play. For older children and parents there are some workshops available. They also organise birthday parties for up to 12 kids. Tuesday to Saturday 10.30-19h.

Une mère, une fille à Paris  Again boutique with cafe and kids corner. The tea salon is meant for kids up to 12 years. There are Workshops like English corner, baking and styling available (20€/h) Organises birthday parties for up to 12 children. Tuesday to Saturday 10-18.30h.
A. Lacroix Pâtissier  Fancy Patisserie close to the Notre Dame and by appointment they open the backroom for meetings with kids. On tuesdays there is a english speaking mums meeting with Meetup.

SUPER Café   Super Cafe is pretty cool, but not 100% super. Great concept, huge restaurant with a terrace and a extra playroom in the back. It´s cozy and nice and a great place to meet for a coffee. But can´t recommend to eat here, meal of the day, rice with veal sauce took 65min. It was not a busy day and some families had ordered before us and were served after us! The owners didn´t seem to care to help the chef or waitress. Sad, cause it´s a great place, nice decor, great concept thus go for coffee but skip the meal. Wednesday to Monday 10.30-19.30/21.30h meal of the day 11,90€ / set menu 13,90€ / burger 16€ / children´s menu 7€

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Poule Mouillette : Ute cafe with little boutique where you can find toys and Accessoires. Meals and cakes change weekly, good quality, in gerannt organic and tastes well. For the up to 3 years old there are “Workshops” like story telling, music etc and for children up to 6 they organise bithday parties. 12€/30 min z.B. to listen to stories / 295€ birthday party / open daily, changing hours.

Cafézoïde im 19.ten: Das Cafézoïde ist von der Atmosphäre her völlig anders, das Konzept ist auch ein anderes, es geht darum, Jugendlichen aus problematischen Vierteln eine Perspektive zu geben. Das Café wird von einem gemeinnützigen Verein geleitet und man kann dem beitreten und dann umsonst dort essen. Ansonsten gibt es  einen günstigen Mittagstisch und ein “Formule” ab 2,50 Euro (für kinderreiche Familien gibt es Sonderpreise) mit einem Heissgetränk und einem Crêpe oder ein Stück Kuchen bekommt. Das Ganze ist allerdings sehr viel improvisierter als Poule Mouillette und die Qualität ist eher so, wie man sie von Schulfesten kennt. Allerdings gibt es auch hier einen grossen Spielbereich und diverse Workshops, alles jedoch hier auch mit sehr viel improvisierterem Charakter. Es lebt davon aus Mitglieder Workshops anbieten und so gibt es ein grosses Angebot. Die unmittelbahrer Nähe zum Canal lädt zu einem Spaziergang ein.

Les 400 Coups im 12.ten: Restaurant mit einer Spielecke für Kinder von 0-8 Jahren. Es gibt ein paar Bücher und ein paar Spielsachen, könnte aber besser gestaltet sein. Die “Formules” ab 6,90€ – 15€.  Tagesgericht 13,50€  , das Essen ist saisonal und vorrangig bio, vorallem Nudeln, Sandwiches, Suppe, Quiche und Craft Beer (Das Ingwerbrot wurde mehrfach gelobt, aber wir haben es noch nicht probiert.) Ausserdem gibt es Workshops für Kinder ab 3 Jahren – 12€/Kind. Der Bercy Park mit Spielplätzen und Rosengarten liegt vor der Tür und das Museum für Kino und Film ist gleich nebenan.

Cozette im 18.ten: Hipster at it´s best! In hellem Holz gehalten mit Obststegen und Fotografien findet sich hier: Juice Bar, Café, Co-working und Spielecke mit Maltisch und Spielteppich. Zu Essen gibt es alles Frisch, klar zur Zeit ganz trendy Avocados und frisch gepresste Säfte. Vegetarische Snacks und Cookies und Muffins. Der Hit für alle Mamas die Cocktails vermissen, hier gibt es alkoholfreie Cocktails die auch schmecken! Montags-Donnertags 9-19.30 und Freitags und Samstags bis 21h Samstags Brunch.
Saft: 4,95-5,75€ Cocktails : 6,95€ Vegetarische Snacks: 6-8,95€

Petit Pois im 18.ten: Nettes, kleines Familienrestaurant, perfekt um mit den Kleinen auszugehen, es gibt einen Wickeltisch, Hochstühle und Bücher etc. Alles ist hausgemacht und frisch. Brunch liegt bei 18-25€.

Les enfant du Danube im 19.ten: Hier fehlen uns noch Infos, also es ist da und scheint ein gemeinnütziges Projekt zu sein wie das Cafezoide. Wer schon mal da war, sag uns doch bitte Bescheid, wie es Euch gefallen hat. Danke!

  • Hier gibt es genau Infos zu PMI, Maison Verte und Ilot Bebe. Hier könnt ihr andere Eltern und Kinder treffen.
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Best coffee in Paris

So, yes France has to offer so many delicious things and we all praise the French for their good taste in food and fashion but when it comes to coffee, the palate of rest of the world and the French do differ utterly! Most of the time it just tastes burnt, sometimes acid. And leaves you wondering how after such a sublime meal someone can serve you this brown juice?! The moment you wish you would be in London, Berlin, Bangkok, Rom, Sidney or New York is when you get your coffee after your meal. But the last years here and there some coffee shops are popping up trying to change the French palate. Thanks to the baristas of all over the world good coffee is finally arriving in the City of Light too.

On this list, I just put those coffee shops I can remember even a year later for being so good. There are many nice coffee shops with good cakes and a coffee you can´t say anything against but that would be a different map.

For those of you who need good coffee at their breakfast at home, I highly recommend checking out my favourite coffee roaster Guiraud Pascale (Metro Dugommier or Daumesnil). (Also if you are looking for a coffee grinder this is the place to look and ask- and buy! On another note: Don´t just ask for advice in order to buy it online- it´s so sad to see all these little shops close down because people come and ask for advice but buy it online for 2€ less- seriously?!) Personally, we love our  Aidodo Burr Coffee Grinder- it´s a like morning meditation to grind coffee and if it´s too much you can keep the lower part in the fridge. Perfect.

The list:

Nanashi We did not only have a fantastic healthy lunch here but the coffee after was was so good, we ordered a second one! Nice to know, there is a little kids corner.

Café Chilango This little Mexican coffee shop is serving tacos and a really good coffee! Very chillaxed!

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Delirio The coffee was really good, I had a cortado and it was how it´s supposed to be and even well presented. They have a big choice on coffee styles, they also do empanadas, lunch and cakes. In the basement they have this huge wallpaper of a forest that makes it pretty chill and many little rocking chairs. (Perfect with children) Apparently they also do offer workshops and  you can buy some coffee beans (Columbian Arabica) there too. Pricing is normal for quartier when it comes to coffee. The only drop of bitterness was that we had asked for a little bit of extra milk foam for the baby and we got billed 4€ which is surprising and was a real downer. Usually in Paris it´s free or sometimes they charge you 50Cent or 1€, but 4€?!? I should have ordered one of their fancy passion fruit smoothies instead. 😉  (Picture above)

The beans on Fire This is one of these new hip cafe/coffee roaster places. It´s very upscale, don´t go if you are on a budget but the coffee is really good and there is a little parc just opposite the street. Hello sunshine! (If you ar looking a a piece of cake to go with it I´d rather recommend the bakery Broken Biscuits or the café Chez moi ou chez toi , it´s kind of next door.)

Cafe CC also called Coffee is the new black: It´s a cute ,little coffee shop, nothing fancy but nice. They are serving the coffee from the roaster “Belleville Brulerie” and it´s really good.

Cafe Spoune This little street has been changing a lot of the last years and is now occupied with many good eateries, libraries, wine shops etc. Cafe Spoune is one of the coffee shops serving good coffee and cookies. The backroom is nice and space with a little library-bring a book – take a book. Or just bring books. (Btw enough space for a stroller.) Another cozy cafe down the street is Folks and Sparrows.

Les Carottes sont cuites is a cute, warm tea salon serving homemade delicious cakes and lunch. Decent coffee and books for kids.

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Chambelland is a gluten free bakery with a nice sunny terrace- perfect for a good coffee and a delicious, low-sugar  moelleux au chocolate. (Picture above)

Coffee roasters:

Guiraud Pascale This is my coffee roaster of trust! It´s not one of these hipster places that are popping up all over Paris the last 12 months. No, Mr. Guiraud and his wife have been there for decades providing the most delicious coffee beans from all over the world. And teas and jams, honey and rare finds like tonca beans. You need to bring some time cause a chat about good food and coffee is obligaorty. PS: For pregnant or breastfeeding Mums: the decaf is delicious here, has nothing to do with the acid tasting and full of sulphite coffee from the supermarkets!

Terres de Café Tiny shop (no seating) serving coffee and selling coffee. When you are shopping on the farmers market and you need a quick good coffee to get going this is perfect.

 

Recommended by Gesine:

Bears and Racoons is serving gluten free food and good coffee.

Mokonuts  Cafe und bakery with delicious cookies, cakes, coffee and lemonade. Warm, welcoming place. Only open during the week though.

Le Poutch : Espressso latte, filter coffee, homemade pastries and juices- all you need for breakfast. For lunch they serves quiches, salad and soups. Typical cool coffeeshop in a hip area/street.

Kind of next door: Hollybelly around since 2013 known for their pancake breakfast they do serve too coffee from “Belleville Brulerie”. The menu is changing monthly.

Lomi – have a coffee or start a training as a barista!

 

 

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