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

kayenne40 Jun 26, 2012 03:55 PM

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.

  1. PhilD Jun 26, 2012 04:26 PM

    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. Parigi Jun 27, 2012 03:24 AM

      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
        kayenne40 Jun 27, 2012 03:23 PM

        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
          PhilD Jun 27, 2012 03:48 PM

          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: PhilD
            wally Jun 27, 2012 09:56 PM

            That is Lulusmom.

            1. re: wally
              kayenne40 Jun 28, 2012 02:47 AM

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

              1. re: kayenne40
                PhilD Jun 28, 2012 04:18 AM

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

                1. re: PhilD
                  kayenne40 Jun 28, 2012 06:31 AM

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

                  1. re: kayenne40
                    Parigi Jun 28, 2012 06:40 AM

                    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
                      kayenne40 Jun 28, 2012 06:52 AM

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

                      1. re: kayenne40
                        Parigi Jun 28, 2012 07:02 AM

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

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