Eating in style

bonpoint.jpgSince 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 and visited the legendary shop. It is quite incredible to visit, even if you don’t buy anything. There are rooms after rooms of exquisite (if expensive) children’s clothing from newborn to teenager.
BUT I am digressing as I actually went to Bonpoint to check out the restaurant in the basement; I have been desperate to write a review about a kid-friendly restaurant with charm. In true French style it is a good restaurant that happens to accommodate kids, as opposed to a restaurant catering to kids to which grown-ups can also go. But for that, it is exactly what you need.

The food is fantastic with Italian influences, and the environment beautiful. And, at the same time, they have highchairs and books etc. to entertain the kids. The big plus is the stunning terrace at the back of the shop in a shady courtyard (a rare thing in central Paris). Kids can get up and play, and their parents can enjoy their food and drink!
Not much to complain about that setup…..

– Emilie


Comments (8)

Belinda B
July 6, 2008

I was there last weekend with my cousin and her 6mth old and it is amazing! The shop is lovely and the restuarant is great – even if you don’t have children!!

July 6, 2008

Sounds amazing! I’ve heard the rumours about this shop!

July 7, 2008

Sounds lovely. In which branch of Bonpoint is it?

Carole MacLeod
July 7, 2008

Hi Emilie

In the way of introduction I was in Michela’s NCT class here in London and got to know Esther while she was living in the area. Thanks for all the family friendly advice but I was hoping you could suggest just the opposite for me and a group of 3 girlfriends who are planning to travel to Paris via Eurostar for just a day WITHOUT any small people in tow. Could you please suggest a little bistro in a pretty location for lunch that is sophisticated yet casual which would be perfect for a child free special day out. We would like to see the beach on the Seine and are not averse to doing something totally touristy provided the food and atmosphere is good.

Many thanks

July 8, 2008

Sorry about that, I should have added the address to the post! It is at 6 rue de Tournon in the 6th.

July 8, 2008

The resto is lovely– my one complaint is that the portions are hardly child friendly! Plan on splitting something with your little one, or having several kids share. My daughter was 2 when we went and she was overwhelmed by an enormous plate of pasta!

July 8, 2008

It’s such a beautiful store. Especially the window displays at Christmas time!! And they have an entire room filled with beautiful children’s shoes. Now, if THAT isn’t impressive, I don’t know what is!!

If only it was affordable…. 🙂

July 8, 2008

Thank you for the address!

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