PARIS: EAT SEE PLAY SHOP SLEEP TIPS OUT OF TOWN
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Marlon, a Californian restaurant in the heart of Paris
Marlon is a cute easy-going restaurant in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. It has a contemporary minimalistic style yet twisted by a little boho vibe. The long benches are decorated with lovely kilim cushions. A big fiddle-leaf fig tree and several cactuses make for a lovely green touch. The menu is quite different from the ...
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Passarito Mon Amour
If I am being perfectly honest, I probably visit Passarito, a Portuguese cave à vin in the 11th arrondissement, way too often. Full disclosure: it is almost a stone’s throw from my apartment. Putting the convenience aside, I have even better reasons for my frequent visits.  As a serious design lover, I want to be ...
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The Hoxton, Paris
The brand new beautiful Hoxton Hotel, Paris opened in the 2nd arrondissement just a few weeks ago. It is set in an 18th century hotel particulier (a.k.a. gorgeous Parisian houses owned by one family back in time) and is the biggest Hoxton in the series up to date. After entering the hotel and passing the double-height lobby ...
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A SUPER Café
According to my four-year-old daughter and her best friend, the playroom at SUPER Café is “super cool!” And as I am a big fan and a frequent visitor to the recent crop of dining spots in Paris which cater for the little ones (meaning I am a credible critic of playrooms), I'm going to have ...
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Family friendly brunch at Polpo Brasserie
Polpo Brasserie is a little outside Paris but it is one of those places definitely worth going the few extra miles. It is such a beautiful and cosy green oases on the Seine river! Exactly what you need to relax and enjoy a slower pace on a week-end morning around brunch for example! My husband ...
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Bontemps - delicious pastries in the Marais
Located on rue de Bretagne, not far from Marché des Enfants Rouges, Bontemps is one of those places you enter and like everything you see! The family run pastry shop is small and sweet with a clean aesthetic and beautiful patterns all over. Their own patterns adorn the walls and a beautiful tiled floor gives ...
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Les Niçois - A Restaurant With Year-Round Vacay Vibes
  When friends meet up for brunch with the little ones on the weekends I have a regular rotation of kid-friendly joints I usually insist on. Les Niçois is high on that list. It has everything you could possibly dream of and more for weekend brunch with kids. First off all it’s spacious, so you ...
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Welcome Bio's Bazar
Welcome Bio started as an organic groceries shop in 2013. The team continued by opening a little restaurant in 2014 and finally, the Bazar at the end of 2016. All three are located in the same street of the 11th arrondissement of Paris so you could enjoy a quick lunch at the restaurant, shop a ...
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Holiday Café
Holiday Café is a teeny tiny, typically Parisian café and restaurant in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. It was inaugurated by Frank Durand, the French art-director behind the reedition of the American magazine since 2014. It is one of those fashionable places you would rather think of avoiding with kids… but let me tell you: you would miss ...
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Hotel Molitor
Reopened a few years ago as a luxury hotel and spa, Molitor has not always been the same. Yet, regardless of its primary function, this amazing space was, is, and will probably always be a Parisian institution. First opened in 1929, the avant-garde Molitor was Paris' most famous swimming pool for 60 years, turning into ...
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Auteuil Brasserie
On the edge of the 16th arrondissement, close to the Greenhouses of Auteuil and Roland Garros tennis courts, lies a restaurant dear to my heart. Growing up in Auteuil, I have seen this place change owners and concepts a few times over the years and I can say it's actual version is my favorite. Auteuil Brasserie is the ...
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Folks and Sparrows coffee shop in Le Marais
If you are strolling through Le Marais, you will love stopping by Folks and Sparrows, be it for coffee, cake and tea or a quick lunch! Everything looks and is delicious! Located close to other favorites like Merci, Maison Plisson, Bonton and Aesop, the coffee shop makes you instantly forget the crowded boulevards of Paris and feel ...
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Maison Plisson
On the Boulevard Beaumarchais, just down the road from some of our favourite shops, be it the famed Merci, the lovely children's shop Bonton or Soeur, you will find one of my current favourite places: Maison Plisson a restaurant, bakery, and deli all in one. The products are without exception fabulous. Mostly local, it is ...
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Family life in Paris
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 ...
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Café Gourmand
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 ...
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5TH ARRONDISSEMENT
Le Bonbon au Palais
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! ...
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14TH ARRONDISSEMENT
Chez Bogato, a patisserie just for kids
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 ...
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Eating out in France
I am often asked about family-friendly restaurants in Paris. Try as I might, I am 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 a highchair when you enter a restaurant ...
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3RD ARRONDISSEMENT
Marché des Enfants Rouge
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 ...
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4TH ARRONDISSEMENT
Le Loir dans la Théière
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). ...
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10TH ARRONDISSEMENT
Du Pain et Des Idées
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 ...
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6TH ARRONDISSEMENT
Rue Vavin
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 ...
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3RD ARRONDISSEMENT
Pink Flamingo
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 ...
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The year of positive change! A belated Happy New Year to all of you!! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays, and the first weeks of 2020 have been good for you. For Courtney, the year has had a rocky start. The devastating fires in Australia have been keeping all of our minds occupied. Thankfully rain is on its way, and hopefully the fires will be under control soon. But the destruction has taken place and the wake-up call has been heard and noted. We have to act now! Let's make 2020 the year of positive change. Simple changes can be made on a personal level. Maybe, after reading this newsletter, we can all take a bit of time to act or reflect? Here are some ideas you can start thinking about: 1. Let's try to drive less! Walking or using a bike are better for our health as well as our planet. Taking public transport is fun! Or drive electric. Fly less: have your meetings virtual and go somewhere local for your holidays. Or take the train, instead of the plane! 2. Eat local and seasonal. Become a flexitarian (or even better, a vegetarian). Eating less animal proteins has a direct impact on your carbon footprint. 3. Repair, re-use, recycle and refuse. If you can, shop responsibly (ethical, green and sustainable). Respect what you already have, mend, pass on to others. 4. Replace fossil fuels (oil, carbon, natural gas) with renewable energy sources. Switch to a 'green' energy provider, perhaps install solar panels. Be more energy efficient. Turn the heating down a notch, wear woollens and blankets to stay warm. 5. If you have funds, invest them wisely. (Not in companies related to the fossil fuel industry, for example, but in 'clean' organisations instead.) When it's time to vote, vote! And vote wisely. Don't feel that one person or one family can not make a difference. Social scientists have discovered that if we see our peers take environmental action, we adjust our beliefs and actions accordingly. So it's worth the effort! Thanks as always for following and reading. xxx Esther
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Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
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Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
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Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
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Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
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This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
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Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
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