Family life in Paris
January 7, 2014
I often am asked what it is like to bring children up in Paris and what I like and don't like about it, so I thought it could be fun to write down some of my experiences! These are just random things that I have personally observed.. Playgrounds and Parks: There are not many and ...
July 21, 2010
There is a new fashion in restaurants in Paris that I cannot get enough of: it's called a café gourmand. We all know that having a dessert after a big steak could be viewed as slightly indulgent, so to get around any guilt that a huge slice of cake might entail, the Parisians have come ...
Le Bonbon au Palais
May 23, 2010
I am one of those rare people who doesn't like sweets and chocolate (unlike Courtney, who has a chocolate box full of fabulous looking chocolates which comes out after every dinner). It has never occurred to me to wander down the sweet aisle in a supermarket... but my daughters are very, very different from me! ...
Chez Bogato, a patisserie just for kids
November 14, 2009
You would think that in a city like Paris the patisserie market would be saturated. But there was one thing missing -- a patisserie specializing in kid's cakes! Now we have Chez Bogato, a fabulous kids bakery that makes the best birthday cakes ever! Castles, crowns, tigers and shoes...there is nothing they cannot make into ...
Eating out in France
September 8, 2009
Michela and I are often asked about family-friendly restaurants in our respective cities. Try as we might, we are hard pressed to come up with good suggestions. There is a huge North/South divide in Europe regarding the obvious signs of child friendliness in restaurants. In Northern Europe you will more often than not be offered ...
Marché des Enfants Rouge
July 30, 2009
Courtney and her family were over in Paris visiting from London and we wandered around the North Marais, doing a bit of shopping, people watching and coffee drinking. It really reminded me about how much I love this little area. I want to write a thousand and one posts on all the lovely little places ...
Le Loir dans la Théière
May 30, 2009
I had a coffee with the lovely Kirby from Petite Alma this morning in one of my favourite cafés and I suddenly realised that I have never written a post about it! It is called Le Loir dans la Théière on 3 rue des Rosiers in the Marais (Tel : 01 42 72 90 61). ...
Du Pain et Des Idées
May 16, 2009
I stumbled across the Michelin's top ten bakeries in Paris report recently and was almost disappointed to see my favourite bakery in Paris listed as the first of the top ten. I thought it was my little secret that no one knew about! Though Du Pain et Des Idées is a tiny, unassuming bakery, the ...
April 13, 2009
Just south of the Luxembourg Gardens you can find the Rue Vavin, a mom's dream of a shopping street. Along the rue Vavin and its side street, the rue Brea, you will find some of the best Parisian children's shops. From the affordable -- a great DPAM baby shop-- to the more expensive -- Jacadi ...
January 29, 2009
My favourite pizza place in Paris goes by the original name of Pink Flamingo. The first outpost was out by the Canal St Martin, but a new venue has just opened, in the middle of the Marais. Why do I like it so much? The pizzas are great -- the Pink Flamingo crew has decided ...
October 25, 2008
I really could not decide what to recommend as my Parisian try and buy'. It was such a tough choice but in the end I reckon the macarons from Ladurée win! They are a must try, not only because they are so delicious; but also because they are delicate, beautiful, retro and soo Parisian. You ...
L'Apriori tea room
October 20, 2008
In Paris there are very few obvious kid-friendly restaurants. However, when you start scratching the surface a little bit, there a lots of little places tucked away that are first and foremost friendly; and so, by default, good for kids. One of such places is the L’Apriori lunch and tea room in the Galerie Vivienne ...
Sweden in Paris
October 10, 2008
While the girls were in Paris this past weekend I dragged them to one of my favourite kid-friendly eateries in Paris, and I realised: I had not blogged about it yet! The café in the Centre Culturel Suedois, based in a Hotel Particuler on rue Payenne in the heart of the Marais, is a little ...
Ice Cream Island
October 2, 2008
In our family the Ile St Louis is known as 'ice cream island'. Nestled between the Ile de la Cite and the right and left bank of the Seine, the Ile St Louis has none of the famous buildings that inhabit its bigger brother but instead has a definite attraction for kids and grown ups ...
July 6, 2008
Since I have been living in Paris, Courtney has been nagging me to visit one of her favourite shops, Bonpoint. I have always resisted... too far to go I have been saying and just not my style! But a couple of days ago I got my act together, got on a bus, crossed the river ...