From children’s menus to paper table cloths for drawing on, there are plenty of ways that restaurants in this gourmet city cater to little ones. Paris has a reputation for being one of the gastro capitals of the world and rightly so, but it doesn’t mean that it is all “haute cuisine” and “snooty” waiters that would turn their nose up at a table with children – here are some of the best child friendly eateries across the city.
If you’re looking for a traditional French bistro after some sightseeing, then Brasserie Thoumieux is the perfect place to stop if you’re going to be visiting the Eiffel Tower. Within walking distance of the tower, this cozy little gastro pub welcomes children and is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. It is the place to go if you are looking for a slightly more “upmarket”, adult friendly dining experience where you won’t feel out of place with children.
79 Rue Saint-Dominique 75007
Popular with the locals, this pretty red bistro is very friendly and has a wide range of options on the menu, all great value, traditional French dishes and even the fussiest of eaters should be able to find something that they will love. Open from 10am until late, you can just pop in for a coffee or sit down for lunch or dinner. If you like exploring the less touristy side of destinations then stroll down from the Butte de Montmartre and soak up the atmosphere and local vibe. They have a separate children’s table set up for drawing and reading so you don’t have to worry about hot coffee spillages!
26 Rue Duhesme, 75018
Breakfast in America
There are two branches of this popular American themed diner in Paris, both open from 8.30am until 11pm. Breakfast is served all day, whilst lunch and dinner menu starts at midday. You can choose from a wide range of traditional American dishes like pancakes, burgers and milkshakes, all served up in a fun atmosphere. Children will love this diner and it is perfect if you have fussy little one that want a taste of home.
17 Rue des écoles, 75005 and 4 Rue Malher, 75004
If it’s crêpes that you’re after, then this traditional Breton café is one of the best in the city. They source all of their ingredients from sustainable farms and use organic ingredients wherever possible. They have a seasonal menu that includes fresh seafood, organic honey and cider, and they even have a vegan friendly menu, including chocolate pancakes! This little slice of Brittany in Paris is perfect for health conscious families.
11 Rue Gregoire de Tours, 75006
This is the only cafe in the whole of Paris that is dedicated to children’s entertainment and runs a whole program of music, arts and crafts for children up to the age of 16. It is a great place to head for a rainy day in the city. The café is open from 10am until 7pm and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times – entry costs €2.50 which includes a drink and snack food.
92 bis Quai de la Loire, 75019
Les Trois Arts
This eclectic cafe is the ideal place to go if you fancy something a bit different, slightly older children will love it and will definitely tell all their friends about at school. This quaint café is the haunt of jazz musicians, singers and story tellers, so you’re guaranteed a unique night out here! Entry is usually free, but if not then it is never more then €5 for whatever entertainment they put on and the food here is traditional and unpretentious. Expect huge portions, cheese boards and sharing platters, ideal for a fun, family supper after a lunch out.
21 Rue des Rigoles
Maybe not the best place to go if you have a pushchair, as the seating area is very small, this crêperie is always bustling and the queues at the door are justified by some of the most delicious pancakes you have ever tried. Staff will fuss over the children here and you can choose pretty much any topping you can think of for your pancakes. They serve food all day, so it is a great option if your little ones can’t wait until the later dinner time of the average Parisian.
67 rue du Montparnasse, 75014
If you are heading to Paris with the family then you will be spoiled with choices in places to dine out, the locals welcome children and there are plenty of cafes that are strategically placed next door to parks and playgrounds, to burn off some of the excess energy before lunchtime. Traditional French dishes like crepes, steak and chips and omelettes will appeal to most youngsters so you won’t have to worry about fussy eaters either!
Emma is a destination marketer for Paris with lowcostholidays.com and loves writing about hidden gems in the city. Being a keen baker and cook, she especially loves finding new places to eat and drink, from street stalls to quirky wine bars.
Photo 1: Paris City view by Mikaspics (Flickr)
Photo 2: Restaurant L’Etoile de Montmartre by Zagreusfm (Flickr)