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Need a plan: Paris, 5 days, 2 kids, 1 hotel...

I've scoured through previous postings but would really appreciate some tips...
We're going to Paris week after next with two boys (8 & 10) and are staying in a hotel near the Jardin du Luxembourg. I am now worried about feeding the family! Breakfast will be in the hotel (they aren't charging for the kids). Then, after site seeing, I thought we could have a late lunch / early evening meal out, with ham / cheese / baguettes to picnic on later, either in the park or by the Seine. Is Monoprix a good place to pick up supplies? There's one near the hotel.

Apologies if this posting is too vague in its request...just looking for sensible places to go to with the kids - we don't mind if it's full of other tourists as long as the waiters are friendly!

(Yes, probably should've booked an apartment, but didn't and can't change it now).

Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. Have you read the two recent posts which ask the same question and contain lots of great advice - chowpups is one.

    One piece of advice is that most places in Paris keep fairly standard hours, lunch is 12 to 14:30 and dinner is 19:30 to 23:00. There are places that serve during the day but Chowhounds wouldn't usually darken their doors.

    is fine, but far from the best, if you want convienience great, but if you want to sample the better options then you should go to specialists. Depends if you simply want to fuel kids or eat very well?

    1. I agree with PhilD. There have been excellent recent posts re dining with children. They are detailed and informative. Not wanting to risk making useless recommendations, may I ask in what ways you found those recommendations unsuitable ?

      Hotel stay is not ideal for dining with kids. Do consider picnics, esp when you will be in Paris in (hoptefully) warm picnickable weather. You can look up the many posts on market days and hours for the markets near you. I recommend the Maubert market. You can get great cold cuts, roast chickens that are as a rule better than standard resto ones, cheeses, good breads and pastries. Maubert is also right between your hotel and the Seine.
      Another great picnic spot is the Les Arènes de Lutèce. And of course the Luxembourg garden, and the Jardin des Plantes.

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      1. re: Parigi

        Thanks for those replies...
        No, the previous recommendations were not at all unsuitable and I shall spend some more time taking note of the details.
        Thanks also for the market suggestion.

        1. re: kayenne40

          What was wrong with them? It is a subject often discussed and it woukd help to understand why previous advice misses the mark. Try to search for "Lulusmums" threads (I think) she took her daughter to Paris earlier this year and had a great time and reported back I detail.

            1. re: wally

              Just to reiterate: Nothing was wrong with them. I apologise if I've wasted your time; thanks for all your suggestions.

              1. re: kayenne40

                Sorry my fault I missed the double negative and read "unsuitable"

                1. re: PhilD

                  Not at all! My fault for using a double negative...
                  Thanks again!

                  1. re: kayenne40

                    I also understood as Phild. Only after reading your penultimate post did I reread o I don't know how many times and spot my mistake. :-)

                    1. re: Parigi

                      I feel really bad now! I'll keep away from such grammatical monstrosities in future...!

                      1. re: kayenne40

                        Not your fault. My brain - and eyesight - was fried byt he Mediterranean sun.