My Favorites in Paris

Favorite kid activities:
.Downloadable walking tours:
.In/around the Marais (my favorite neighborhood):
  • Place du Marche Sainte-Catherine -a timeless, charming little square. If I have my way, we will buy an apartment here someday!
  • The old Jewish quarter off Rue Rosiers and Rue Vielle du Temple. Fun for walking around and eating falafels.
  • Shopping along Rue de Francs Bourgeois that leads to the Place des Vosges.
  • Caron de Beau Marchais - a lovely and tiny boutique hotel in the Marais.
A few restaurants in the Marais:
  • Les Philosophes -this is our "regular" bistro - Decent food, but if you just need to sit down, it's a good place for a café or hot chocolate.
  • Le Caruso - great fresh pasta. I've only eaten outside (during nice weather), so I can't vouch for the atmosphere inside.
  • Au Bourguignon du Marais - try the namesake dish!
  • Mariage Freres Tea Salon - gorgeous tea shop. I'm not into tea, but this place could convert me.
Near the Latin Quarter:
  • Jacobine, tiny bistro, great food. (The Odeon Movie theater is a block away.)
Live Music:
  • Lapin Agile - Montmartre
  • Les Trois Mailletz - On edge of the Latin Quarter. Good piano and singing upstairs during dinner hours, but the food is just okay. The real reason to go here is for the incredible live music/show downstairs starting around midnight.
Helpful websites:
  • Visit Paris - the official tourism website for the Paris region
  • City of Paris - for information about family activities, summer camps, etc.
  • My Little Paris - because it's beautiful and full of great ideas
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Other recommendations:
  • Carré d'Artistes. Art gallery that showcases affordable and original art. They have several galleries throughout Paris.
  • Picard - If you live in Paris for more than a few weeks, you will want to stop in here. Delicious frozen foods to enjoy at home.
  • See also my Paris Transportation Tips and Links.