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One day in Paris with little children

This is a one-day-tour we have done with a 9 month baby and an almost 4 year old toddler. We had beautiful day with the kids soaking up the beauty of Paris by strolling through the Marais and taking a boat trip on the Seine. If it´s the first time you are visiting Paris this tour gives you a pretty good overview and orientation of the city.

We started 10ish at Bastille and were back home for a nap around 5pm. The walking distance were just fine for a 3 years old child. (The baby was carried or in the stroller.) We took a hot chocolate break at Le Voltigeur and lunch at Bistro Beaubourg after checking out the street artists at Centre Pompidou and the fountain by Jean Tinguely. And with the Paris St.Germain shirt we bought for the little one he was a big hit in the bistro later.

There are way too many great places and buildings to see in the Marais, same goes for shops and bars thus just stroll around, get lost in the streets and discover your own little Paris. ( Or check out https://thewishingtable.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/a-very-hungry-caterpillar-in-the-city-of-light/ )

The boat tour will take you along of pretty much all major sights : Louvre, Tulleries Garden, Grand Palais, Eifel Tower, beautiful bridges, Musee d`Orsay, Notre Dame, Concergierie etc.

For us it was a perfect day, all parents and children were happy!

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Baby-friendly restaurants in Paris

This map features baby-friendly restaurants (some with changing table or high chairs) as well as some ideas what to do with children in Paris. We never had any problem dining out with our baby, the French are very baby friendly, actually a baby is the perfect icebreaker here. Also breastfeeding was never a problem, I never had any bad reactions in public or in a restaurant, quite the opposite, some people encourage you and tell you how beautiful it is that some Mums still decide to breastfeed. And even most places have no changing table or high chair people were relaxed about the baby and we always found a solution for the nappy change.

Red markers: baby friendly restaurant / bistro (no changing table/ no high chair)

Blue markers: restaurant with changing table available

Yellow markers: restaurant with high chairs available

Green markers: things to do or see with kids

Lemon green markers: playgrounds

 

 

A very hungry caterpillar in the City of Light

Here the complete map of my favourite places in Paris 2013/2014. I will do an update with new discoveries from 2015/2016 soon. For details click no the marker as usual! Happy New Year!

The Italian Wishing-Table

Oh, Italian food… Italy, this place of nostalgia and estival dreams contributes the world with a truly delicious and diversified cuisine. Uncountable varieties of dishes with tomatoes and garlic haul out a yum of everybody´s mouth! I basically grew up with Italian food, till today my Mum makes a mouthwatering lasagna when we kids come home. That´s properly why Italian dishes make me feel homy. But I truly admire the variety of their cooking. Here in Paris my favourite places are Acquolina in Bocca where you should try the sardines with slow cooked onion rings and raisins. The pumpkin ricotta mushroom lasagna was also very remarkable. La Dispensa is my find of 2015. The menu changes all the time, they focus on umbrian cuisine. Both serve organic wines. Just this weekend I stumbled across a new place close to Place des Voges where I had the most delicious pizza with truffles and the best panna cotta with limoncello sauce ever in Paris. I will quickly add the place to the map.

Il Goto / Metro Dugommier

New upscale Italian, bit cold deco but nice food in a food desert area. High quality ingredients cooked with a twist, you will find dished like pasta with goat meat and mint leaves or black polenta with scampi on the menu. No pizza or lasagna 😉

Acquolina in Bocca ♥  Metro Saint-Ambroise

Delicious organic, homemade food, main courses under 15€! With terrace and boutique. Safe bet!      CLOSED!!!

La Dispensa ♥  Metro République 

Oh my god! This little joint is just awesome and in the run to become my favourite place of the year 2015. Food is delicious, made with love, wines are organic, decor is great, prices are fair and the service is kind with a big smile. What else can you ask for? (A dish comes for less than 15€.)

Café Martini ♥  Metro Bastille or Chemin Vert

After renovations a cosy place with Moroccan lamps and a typical Italian counter where I have had one of the best”creme deca” (coffee) in Paris. Nice atmosphere with people taking their espresso at the bar. If you are having lunch you can sit down on one of the tables. I tried an amazing pizza with black truffles for 8€ and the best Panna cotta with limoncello cream I have had in town. starters/tapas and desserts come for 7-13€ and main are between 18 and 25€. I was happy with 1 tapas plus 1 dessert. Absolutely would recommend this place, even the service could be bit quicker and attentive… especially when you are with kids. Not that they are not nice but you got the feeling they are still rookies in the business. 😉

Le Camion a Pizzas / 104 / Metro Riquet 

Great pizza for 10€

L`Osteria dell Anima  Metro Oberkampf

Homemade fresh pasta, great food, but moody service, does´t take reservations for more than 4.

Il Prezzemolo  Metro Filles du Calvaire

Nice for a sundowner, good antipasti, but packed with people. More a bar than a restaurant. Space for big groups.

I Cugini Metro Poissoiniere or Gare du l´Est

Cosy place and no disappointments, pasta, pizza and wine good and affordable, good for a lovely evening with friends or a date. Only drop of bitterness: the tiramisu wasn´t made with mascarpone.

La Gondula  Metro Oberkampf

Homy, cosy , rustic pizza & pasta place, good for lunch. Good with kids too. Pizza with Pistazzio was super good.

IMG_7678 IMG_7680 Pizza with truffle and Panna Cotta with Limoncello cream at Café Martini

The Thai Wishing-Table

Thai cuisine is brilliantly complex tasting and known for it is amazing balance of sour, sweet, spicy, bitter and salty. Every dish is supposed to balance these flavours therefore you find a pinch of salt in your mango juice and even something is burning hot there might be the sweetness of peanuts or the fresh lemon to balance the spiciness. When you eat with Thai people you should not be surprised to talk about food the entire dinner, maybe just about one dish. I have witnessed hours of discussion about the perfect fish head soup from which are the right ingredients to who does it best his grandmother or this restaurant or someone at the table. There is a genuine enthusiasm in Thai culture for food and cooking that is just adorable. And Thai cuisine offers a wide range of fresh and surprising dishes that you get tired trying more. But after living a year in Thailand I got very picky and too often I am disappointed how the chef adjusted the dish to the western tongue… fair enough as he has a business he needs to keep going but sad for my palate. No, actually it´s sad for everybody, Thai cuisine is delicious and people should open up to the fireworks of spices on their tongue. So about once a week I make a Thai soup or Thai curry at home from scratch. And when I say from scratch I mean it, I´d never use a Thai curry paste from the shop. If I don´t have the time yet long for some hopefully exciting food I might go to one of these places:

Nom Nom  Metro Richard-Lenoir

Little old thai lady serving fish in banana leaves, chicken curry, sticky sticks and yummy coconut balls. Expect 4-6 euro for lunch.

Doi Suthep (traiteur)  Metro Richard Lenoir

Delivers the food to Doi Suthep Restaurant (No.36) down the street but here you pay less and have bigger portions. Expect 5-10 Euro including drinks.

Lao Siam  Metro Belleville

Try the “crying Tiger” if you like it spicy!Tthis place has good food, nice staff and is always busy. Make an reservation if you don´t wanne queue for dinner.  Good place for dates or with a bunch of friends. Approx. 20€ p.p.

Madame Shawn  Metro Jacques-Borsengent

Upscale Thai if you need to pamper yourself in a nice setting. But a tasty curry without rice will cost you 12-15 Euro. Not easy on the wallet. Approx. 30 € p.p.

The French Wishing-Table

 

Juveniles Metro Palais Royal- Louvre / Pyramides/ Opera

My favourite French place and my “safe place” for food when I am in need of an uplighting meal- which I was a lot during my pregnancy! French-scottish family restaurant. Everything is good but the chefs strong suit is the main dish. I have been there at least 10 times and every time I was happy and surprised of how a classic dish can be presented with a new twist without going crazy fusion. Mains are always a yes and for dessert the hot crumble with caramel whipped cream is also mouth watering. Lunch set menu: main + wine + coffee for 16,50€ or 20-28€ main dish , starters and dessert 7-11€. For wines talke to Margaux. Make a reservation if you wanna be sure to get a table! And don´t be scared of dogs if you are planning on lunch or dinner here.

L’ Epi d`Or Metro Louvre-Rivoli

Oh what a steak! Great for a romantic dinner and a satisfying dinning experience with kind service, cosy interior including candles on the table. Count about 25 for a main dish, thus 40-50 per person with drinks and dessert.

Bouche B  Metro Hotel de Ville

French cuisine trying to be not too heavy in a Berlin style stetting, 35€ the set menu. Every time I had dinner there I left happy. It´s famous for brunch, but I never made it…

L’ Estimet  Metro Ménilmontant

French countryside feeling thanks to the decorations, great food. My favourite was poached egg in Fois gras soup.  Nice place for a date. 70-80 € for 2 including wine.

Bistro Beaubourg 25 Rue Quincampoix / Metro Rambuteau / Hotel de Ville

Classic French bistro – think steak tartar, lamp chops and so on with fries, starters like leek in vinaigrette , hareng or eggs with mayonnaise and homemade mouse au chocolate and tarte tartin (upside down apple pie). Can it get any more traditional? Keeping the pricing fair and down in an otherwise expensive tourist area. Ok with children.

Cafe Truc – Cuisine de bonne femme 8 Rue Froment / Metro Breguet Sabin

Think your French grandmother is cooking. Traditional family cooking, very good, nice service and decoration. Great cheese and ham selection. 25-35€ per person.

Les Niçois  Metro St Ambroise

Sitting outside in the sun for lunch having South-French lunch and a perfect coffee! What more to ask for? Petanque in the basement. 14 Euro 2 courses for lunch. Sunday evenings: BBQ

Le Pas Sage Metro Etienne Marcel

French cuisine, surprising presentation , fresh good products. Menu du degustation 55 Euro or starter 10-15€, main 22-29€ and dessert 9 -11€

Le Comptoir de la Gastronomie  Metro Etienne Marcel

A French classic in the heart of Paris, I myself find it a bit pricy but fair enough for the corner. Solid french cooking. 8-25 Euro a dish. Think fois gras ravioli and duck breast dishes…

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