Jardin des Plantes
May 1, 2016
Paris can get pretty wet and cold in the winter and sometimes it is nice to be able to seek refuge inside. One of our favourite city adventures in the winter time is a visit to the Jardin des Plantes. It is one of Paris' largest parks (which does not mean a lot ;)) and also ...
The greenhouses of Auteuil
October 28, 2015
Today I'm so happy to introduce you to my friend Lara Brehm, who is sharing a wonderful place in Paris with you (together with beautiful, inspiring photos and gorgeous bookplates/gift-tags that she especially designed for us!) xxx Esther Hello friends, I'm Lara, a German graphic designer based in Paris, France. I met Esther by pure ...
Chateau Vaux le Vicomte
April 15, 2015
This weekend, there were a lot more smiles in Paris than usual - spring has finally arrived! The trees are starting to look just a little bit greener and the thermometer is slowly reaching 21 degrees - the magic number when it is possibly to sit outside in a T-shirt. The terraces of all the ...
Context Travel - Tours around Paris
September 18, 2014
This weekend we went for a little adventure around Paris -- the sun was out and it was the perfect day to discover Montmartre. It is ironic how, when you live in a city, you sometimes know less about it than all the tourists who visit! We were delighted when Context Travel invited us for a ...
La Mercerie Parisienne
September 3, 2014
One of my favourite shops in Paris is not a shoe shop or a fancy food shop (though there are many). It is actually a beautiful, little haberdashery shop in the Marais: L'Entrée des Fournisseurs is full of ribbons, buttons, fabrics and wool, just like in the good old days. It also stocks some of my ...
A day trip from Paris - Versailles
July 29, 2014
Living in this lovely city of Paris is great... but it is easy to forget all the great things to do and visit just outside the city. A couple of weekends ago we jumped with some friends on a commuter train (the RER B) and within 40 minutes we had arrived in front of the stunning chateau ...
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! ...
Kids and the City
May 23, 2010
If you have any spare time between the 3rd and 5th of June and happen to be in Paris, do check out the children's fair "Kids in the City" on rue Francs Bourgeois in the 3rd. The fair was put together by the lovely Estelle who also runs Nordinary -- one of my favourite webshops ...
Parc de Belleville
May 13, 2010
The Parc de Belleville used to be just a normal city park, nothing to write home about. But thanks to strict safety laws, the play area in the park had to be closed down and it re-opened last year with a completely new play structure that is worth a visit, especially if you have boys ...
May 13, 2010
A girlfriend of mine came to visit us in Paris with her 2 boys who were 8 and 10. I was at a complete loss on how to entertain them. Playing with my girls entertained them mildly, but when their mother and I suggested hitting the shops we had a bit of a mutiny on ...
Butte de Chaumont
May 9, 2010
FINALLY we have been having a few days of sunny weather here in Paris. And as we live in a typical Parisian apartment with no outdoor space, the main thing I have been yearning for is a spot of grass I can plop myself and my 2 girls on to enjoy some rays of sunshine. ...
April 26, 2010
Just around the corner from me is a little collection of about 8-10 little brocantes shops which, surprisingly, not that many people know about... and they are fabulous. I think about 90 per cent of all the furniture I have bought in recent years comes from there. Each shop is owned by someone different, with ...
April 19, 2010
If you are ever in the 11th arrondissement in Paris, rue Keller is a great street to visit for a little bit of off-the-beaten-track retail therapy. is lined with loads of cute autonomous boutiques, reasonably priced lively restaurants and bars, and little art galleries. Anne Willi, the adult and children's clothes designer, has her flagship ...
April 19, 2010
Wandering the streets of Paris, on my never ending quest to find fun and stylish kids' clothes, accessories and furniture, I stumbled across Petit Pan. Petit Pan specializes in vintage furniture and old-style fabrics which have been out of print for generations. Their articles are produced in China by ethical companies using traditional methods, so ...
New Bonton store
March 6, 2010
It is hard to believe but Merci, one of Paris' most fashionable concept stores has been out-trumped by a kid's store. Just a stone's throw away from Merci on the corner where the boulevard Beaumarchais turns into the boulevard Filles du Calvaire, Bonton has opened up a 800 M² new flagship shop. It is absolutely ...
Antoine et Lili
January 8, 2010
The Antoine and Lili flagship stores must be some of the cutest rows of shops I have ever seen. I was walking past them today and they were so bright and cheerful on a grey winter's day! They can be found along the canal St Martin, an area which, for a long time now, has ...
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 ...
October 27, 2009
I have been trying to travel a bit further a field, leaving my usual habitat of North-Eastern Paris, to try and discover new places for Babyccino. On one of my trips I met up with Estelle from the lovely e-shop Nordinary and she took me on a whistle-stop tour of the 17th arrondissement. One particular ...
Neuilly Swimming Pool
September 18, 2009
The summer is almost over, and we are trying to use every available ray of sunshine before the leaves start falling off the trees and the cool weather starts creeping up on us. Last weekend we headed off to the swimming pool and the aim was to go swimming outside and nothing was going to ...
August 13, 2009
It is that time of year again here in Paris: the right bank of the Seine has been taken over by lounge chairs, palm trees, sun and sand. If you happen to be in Paris for the month of August (most Parisians have left for the country and the city is spookily quiet) Paris Plage ...
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 ...
July 3, 2009
The concept of being chic starts early in Paris. As you can imagine even little girls have an innate sense of style, so their older sisters are off the chart! Luckily enough there is now a shop just catering to the 10-14 bracket. Soeur was opened by two sisters, one, the co-founder of Bonton and ...
Parc de la Villette
June 17, 2009
It is finally warm here in Paris and we are all loving getting out there amongst the action and not being cooped up inside. This is the first year that I have two mobile children who both want to explore the world, so I am getting to know the parks in Paris better and better. ...
Moi et ma fille
June 15, 2009
Receiving packages in Paris is a nightmare! The post is notorious for losing most packages. The other option is private delivery companies, but the delivery times are often between 8 am and 6 pm. There is no way that I can stay in my flat for a full 10 hours, so I always miss the ...