Paris with kids
We will be in Paris with our family in a couple of weeks, and would like some recommendations for where to eat. We are staying in an apartment in the upper Marais,
The kids are young, 4, 7, 9. They can sit in restaurants, but not for many hours. They are adventurous to a point, for Canadian kids, but certainly not up to European standards.
We are looking for casual type dining, where we can have a nice meal, mainly at lunch time. We figure by dinner, they will be too tired, and so perhaps we will just get takeaway food of some sort, or something simple (any suggestions are welcome!).
Money isn't an issue per se, but I don't want to take them to a fancy place and have it wasted on them.
We will have one night with no kids, so we can experience a fine dining choice then (suggestions??)
Breizh Cafe for crepes, Cusine du Bar for open faced sandwiches, Grazie or Pink Flamingo for pizza, L'As du Fallafel or chez Marianne for falafel's are all good Marais places. Cafe des Musees is good for a more tradional lunch. Le Marche des Enfants is a great covered food market where you can buy prepared food and eat there. Also getting a picnic and going to Place Des Vosges is a nice option. Bastille Market is another good spot (I think they are open Thursday and Sunday). There's been lots of threads on this topic, so you might want to do a search. For a nice meal we enjoyed Les Enfants des Rouge and Le Taxi Jaune in the 3rd and in the past we have enjoyed Metropolitian restaurant in the 4th.
I will second the recommendation for Metropolitain in the 4th as a lovely restaurant, very reasonably priced, excellent and attentive service, and good food. One of the best desserts in my life! And I've heard many people say that Pink Flamingo is a great spot for kids, although I always thought it was more in the Canal St. Martin neighborhood, as opposed to Le Marais, but I could be wrong on that.
The Haut Marais and some adjacent neighbourhoods are trendy but surprisingly family-friendly. For high quality takeout for eating at home or a picnic on the Square du Temple, the Marché des Enfants Rouges and its mini-restos as well as shops along the rue de Bretagne are magic. The very neighbourhoodly open-air Popincourt market on the boulevard Richard Lenoir between the rues Oberkampf and J-P Timbaud on Tue and Fri mornings is an easy stroll... probably much reduced in Aug but still worth a browse and usually some stalls with "plats cuisinés"/ ready-to-eat. If the kids get fed up with unfamiliar French food, la Briciola on the rue Charlot has excellent pizza and pasta and Nanashi on the rue Charlot for all sorts of Asian and other noodle dishes. If you are not hypersensitive to smoke, the terraces of the the Le Progrès and Le Charlot cafés on the rue Bretagne are fine for hanging out en famille... lots of peoplewatching for both kids and parents.
An often overlooked museum, the Musée des Arts et Métiers on the rue Réamur @ rue St Martin is an awesome space that every kid I know adores... lots of interactive exhibits... and a very decent café.