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I’ve always pictured myself as a laid-back mom who would coolly tote her baby along on café dates and to fine dining establishments. Since giving birth to our son last April, I do exactly that, often booking a table for three (with room for a stroller). But these days it’s more about a restaurant being baby-friendly than haute cuisine. This led me to discover several appetizing locales where there’s ample space for a growing family. Here are my top choices that feature baby amenities in the form of highchairs and changing tables, and even some with spaces dedicated to kids.
Treize au Jardin, across the street from the Luxembourg Gardens in Saint-Germain, has been a favorite long before baby came along. On sunny days their vast terrace invites for Southern American-style lunch or brunch with a side of freshly baked cake while the cozy interior feels like home. On the opposite side of the park sits Judy, cantine qualitarienne. Along with a healthy gluten-free menu, there’s even a bag of toys to pacify the smallest of diners. Over in the 15th, French Coco tempts toddlers with coloring books and toys.
When it comes to comfort food, Loulou in Saint-Germain serves savory Franco-Australian plates while the original Holybelly in the 10th dishes out American breakfast classics all day long. Their second location is more gourmand. Diner-style Schwartz’s Deli, with three locations in Paris, might also satisfy the appetites of older offspring.
For a family feast of traditional French cuisine, Art Nouveau restaurant Bouillon Julien was a favorite haunt of Edith Piaf and her boxer beau Marcel Cerdan. Nearby, vibrant Brasserie Dubillot in the 2nd arrondissement boasts a spacious terrace and stroller storage. The same group also welcomes all ages to Brasserie Bellanger in the 10th and their most recent addition, Brasserie Martin in the 11th district. Neighborhood bistro Le Café Central in the 7th is another hotspot for tots.
Several family-friendly dining options in the French capital even include children’s play areas and activities. Set in an old train station in the 18th arrondissement, La REcyclerie with its urban farm complete with henhouse and beehives raises kids awareness about an eco-responsible lifestyle. Other noteworthy addresses include Le MiniBar in the 9th, Pássarito and Le Grand Bréguet in the 11th, Ground Control in the 12th, Valma (formerly Fan de Carotte) in the 17th, Grand Central 104 in the 19th, and Super Café in the 20th. Meanwhile, every Sunday is kid’s day at sprawling food market La Felicità helmed by the Big Mamma group. What does that mean exactly? Stop by with the little ones and find out.
Treize au Jardin – 5 rue de Médicis, 75006 Paris
Judy, cantine qualitarienne – 18 rue de Fleurus, 75006 Paris
French Coco – 56 rue Balard, 75015 Paris
Loulou – 90 bd Saint-Germain, 75005 Paris
Holybelly – 5 rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris
Schwart’s Deli – 22 av. Niel, 75017 Paris & 7 av. d’Eylau, 75016 Paris
Bouillon Julien – 16 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris
Brasserie Dubillot – 222 rue Saint-Denis, 75002 Paris
Brasserie Bellanger – 140 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010 Paris
Brasserie Martin – 24 rue Saint-Ambroise, 75011 Paris
Le Café Central – 40 rue Cler, 75007 Paris
La REcyclerie – 83 boulevard Ornano, 75018 Paris
Le MiniBar – 20 avenue Trudaine, 75009 Paris
Pássarito – 10 rue des Goncourt, 75011 Paris
Le Grand Bréguet – 17 rue Breguet, 75011 Paris
Ground Control – 81 rue du Charolais, 75012 Paris
Valma – 34 rue Lemercier, 75017 Paris
Grand Central – Centquatre-Paris, 5 rue Curial, 75019 Paris
Le Super Café – 16 rue de Fontarabie, 75020 Paris
La Felicità – 5 parvis Alan Turing, 75013 Paris
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