Restaurants in Paris for family with two girls, 7 and 10?
We are going to Paris with our two daughters, ages 7 and 10, for a week over New Years. Can you recommend some good restaurants suitable for kids who are fairly sophisticated eaters? We are not looking for haute cuisine, but would like high quality food. This is their first time in Paris, so we would like to do some classic bistros and brasseries. Any suggestions?
Chez Flottes, previously named Brasserie Flottes, on rue Cambon, is across the street from Concorde metro station. They have great croque sandwiches w/ frites. Aligot, the ultimate in mashed taters, is always available. An informal place; your kids will feel right at home. Check out the menu on-line.
For bistros and brasseries:
Bistrot du Dome (Montparnasse and Bastille)
La Fontaine de Mars
For a very unintimidating and friendly one-star: Les Ormes.
Just a few off the top of my head . . . .
Depends where are you staying? We took our daughter the last two years when she was 7 and 8 to Paris. In the Marais we ate at Chez Janou, near Luxemburg Gardens we ate at Les Papilles, in the 7th Les Cocottes and Cafe de l'espanade, Jean-Paul Hevin chocolatier and upsatirs lunch room is divine for kids on rue Saint Honore. If you want them to see how artisans in Paris create their crafts, baked goods etc. try the meetingthefrench.com site as my daughter loved the atelier for Gerard Mulot which showed how they make macaroons by hand and of ciourse with free samples.
I had lunch today at Printemps department store, in the Brasserie (in the Mode store), Bd. Haussmann. It is a stunning room under a colored-glass dome. There were scores of children having lunch and enjoying themselves, running around etc. The food was good standard French fare. The menu is 25 euros, but I'll bet they have a children's menu as well. It seems to be affiliated with Angelina's and so you can order their fabulous hot chocolate and pastries.