A nice finding 2 steps away from the Canal Saint Martin. At the beginning, there was Anouchka, a children’s clothes designer. And then there’s her mum, a children’s toys professional. Together they funded La Maison DoDu DinDon, a concept-store dedicated to children.
You’ll find there DoDu DinDon children’s clothes (of course), but also a pretty selection of other French and foreign designers (Bbamie Création, Boumaga, Barnabé aime le café, Pöm, Maxomorra) ; but also a lot of toys, some “classical” ones (Vilac, Janod…) and some exclusive ones, found in France or abroad.
In a word, this is a great place to spoil your children ( and/or yourself )
La Maison DoDu DinDon
3 rue Alexandre Parodi
When staying in Paris for few days, most of you will have a trip to Versailles castle with kids, to enjoy castle and gardens visit.
Few steps away, have a break in Monument Café, cafe who claims to be “cafe for families, travellers and curious ones”, that is fully true!
A spacious soft-designed café, offering several self-service menus for lunch and snack. Its decoration is made of pictures of the castle and gardens, completed with a mural interactive model map.
And to welcome families this café is equipped with high chair, changing facilities and kid-toilets.
The staff also organizes city tours for everyone, in French or English.
1 rue Maréchal Joffre
- Chou Fleur: pretty shop and workshops
- La Baleine: café-restaurant for the family
- Le Jardin des Plantes
- New stroller available for rental
And discover our new partner: Mondizen, French products shop for expatriates and francophiles
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Sandrine founded in 2010 Mondizen, the e-shop that allows French expats and Francophiles to order and be delivered all the typically French products they like but cannot be found locally. A great idea that you can only enjoy when you live or have lived outside France.
Mondizen references about 1500 products of which everyday products, baby food, well-being products, school materials, books, toys …that can be shipped anywhere in the world.
And to simplify shopping (and reduce shipping costs for her customers), Sandrine added 2 smart services:
- Multi-Shop Service : easy to install (a single button to add to your navbar), it allows you to order on any website in France. Products are delivered to Mondizen who gathers and ships them all together to the customer abroad. Order is paid to Mondizen, no need to create multiple accounts.
Very convenient to simplify purchases on multiple websites, enable to buy even on websites who delivers in France only and reduce shipping costs.
- Mondizen clubs: allow to group purchases with members of the local club, all products are shipped in one delivery only to the club address. When shipping internationally, each member of the club saves radically on shipping costs.
You’re leaving abroad or know French expats abroad searching for products from France, let them know about Mondizen, they’ll thank you !
Learn more: http://www.mondizen.com
In the shop Chou Fleur, located in the 5th arrondissement – students and families area-, you’ll find many pretty things for children and baby: clothes from French and foreign designers, decoration, toys, birthday kits.
Chou Fleur also organizes on Wednesday and Saturday creative workshops for children from 3 year old in its dedicated room behind the shop. Booking is mandatory for the workshops. Check their website for next scheduled activities.
Looking for a child-friendly place for having a dring or lunch after shopping there, you may try La Baleine the family-friendly café-restaurant in the Jardin des Plantes (less than 10 mn walk from the shop).
21 rue Monge – 75005 Paris
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm
To go to restaurant in Paris with baby, you may:
- choose a family-friendly café or restaurant
- have baby in his stroller during mealtime, quite convenient with very a young baby, it can become tricky with a toddler
- or use a travel highchair and have your “grown-up” seated with you
Just because we had many times parents asking us how to manage in restaurants in Paris with their children when restaurants are not equipped with highchairs, we’ve added this travel seat to our range of baby equipment rental catalog.
Planing a trip to Paris with young kids? You usually do not need a travel chair? Add the Baby To Love seat to your baby equipment rental, we’ll deliver it to your holidays rental in Paris and you’ll be able to enjoy any cafes and restaurants with your toddler.
This seat is suitable for children who can seat unsupported and for a maximum weight of 16 kgs. This seat is designed to adapt to any standard chair and can be installed in few seconds only.
Staying outside Paris? You’ll be able to find family-friendly cafes welcoming you for a break or a workshop with baby. Good news.
It is the case for Café des Filoux, in Montrouge, few hundreds meters from Paris Porte d’Orléans only.
This charmly and family-friendly tearoom offers lunches, snacks and brunches (on week-ends).
Workshops for children and/or adults are organized there (check their schedule for themas and timetable).
This place is also fully to welcome baby and kids in the best condition, with changing facilities, bouncer, highchairs, etc…On groundfloor, children will enjoy a full playroom.
Advance booking is needed for week-ends brunch and workshops.
English spoken (check for each workshop if needed).
Café des filoux
54 avenue Henri Ginoux
I recently discovered this website dedicated to French children’s songs: Comptines.net
With its pretty colors, it offers a library of 200 texts and scores that can be uploaded in PDF, an audio section with about one hundred songs and traditional lullabies to be listened online, pictures-pages with sound and coloring pages, all these for free.
The website also shows an online-shop with many CDs of French children’s songs at very reasonable prices. And iPhone and iPad downloads, of which one with 140 French children’s songs you can listen anywhere – very convenient for traveling families!
When traveling to Paris with baby, downloading and listening all these French children’s songs could be a nice way to give a little touch of French atmosphere to your kids, don’t you think so?
Website in French only.
Very convenient, ideally located in the center of Paris, clean…and free!
This is the Forum des Halles “Espace Bébé” – changing facilities in Forum des Halles . Located in Rambuteau zone, level -1, follow the Rambuteau Toilets signage to reach it.
To know, toilets access is charged 0,50 € but “Espace Bébé” is free of charge.
It is equipped with a changing table, water and a micro-waves oven.
Good to know as well – for those who did not hire a buggy in Paris – the Forum des Halles shopping mall lends buggies for little tired legs (we’ve not seen any during our visit, do not hesitate to comment if you’ve taken advantage of this service).
Forum des Halles, Rambuteau stairs – facing 120 rue Rambuteau – 75001 Paris
17th arrondissement around square des Batignolles shows a lot a pretty shops for children. After the stores dedicated to children in Paris 17th we talked about here, have a short walk up to Le petit dressing, a concept-store dedicated to 0 – 10 year old children and mum-to-be with “new, second-hand, chic and funny” as the store website claims it.
Beside the (all pretty and in excellent conditions) smart-priced children’s clothes, you’ll find there a selection of children’s French designers (such as C’est Mon Mien ! for textile creations or AbracadaBroc for children vintage furnitures).
Le petit dressing
66 rue Legendre
01 46 27 31 40