Eating out in Paris with kids

Old Aug 18th, 2005, 05:27 AM
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Eating out in Paris with kids

Can anyone recommend a restaurant, brasserie, bistro in central Paris which my four year old son might really enjoy (for lunch or dinner)? I have access to so much information about places my wife and I would love, but I want at least one meal to be fun for all of us!
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Old Aug 18th, 2005, 05:54 AM
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Hi D,

Tell us about your son, otherwise we have no idea of what he likes.

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Old Aug 18th, 2005, 07:22 AM
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I don't know if this is what you're looking for, but our older kids liked the 'food court' under the Louvre. They have a good selection of food and drinks for adults and kids. Plus it's such an informal place that you won't be worried about a toddler making noise or not wanting to sit still.
Otherwise, there are so many little places all over Paris where you can get sandwiches and picnic makings, that you won't have a problem. Enjoy your trip!
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where will you be staying? He'd probably like quiche or croque(?) madame. Most cafes even have ham sandwiches and lots of frites. There are always yummy crepes filled with everything from sugar and butter to ham and cheese.
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We took our kids to Paris in 2004. They were a bit older than your son, but here is what I posted after our trip:

While in Paris, we tried two of the chain restaurants that are described as "family friendly" in the various guidebooks.

Hippopotumus - I would not recommend this one, although our kids liked it. The decor is fun - portraits of various characters/occupations as hippos, and they give out very very cool swirly balloons. My girls ordered cooked from frozen chicken nuggets, which they liked. BUT, the overall quality of the meal was like going to Denny's, for which we paid around $98 for our family of 5. Not a good value.

Bistro Romaine - We paid virtually the same amount for our meal as at Hippopotamus (still quite expensive for a run of the mill meal)but the food was much better. Although the kids menu pleased our picky, non-adventurous eaters, the rest of us ate decent, French-ish food. I would recommend this one for families with kids.

Overall, the dining experience with kids was more difficult than I thought it would least the menus are posted outside all the restaurants. I thought that we would be able to get roast chicken or steak frites just about anywhere, but that wasn't the case.

The kids loved crepes off the street. Also, the chwarmas in the Latin Quarter were loved by all.

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Here's a thread that will give you lots of ideas:
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