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Family Restaurants in Paris
Eating with Children in Paris
Dining in Paris, as in the rest of France, usually happens much later in the day than in non-European countries. It is usual for dinner to start at 8pm and to carry on until after 10pm. Although most restaurants will welcome children at any time in Paris, there are places that are deemed to be more family friendly, and have menus and dinner hours that cater to younger families.
Enjoying the culinary delights of Paris
If you’re staying in Paris with younger children but want them to sample the delights of French cuisine, making a few adjustments to your schedule can ensure that you all have a tasty trip. Everyone can enjoy a croissant and a cappuccino or, for tiny children, a babyccino (foamed milk). At lunch there’s Croque Monsieur, endless soups options, frites with sauce, sandwiches with a huge range of fillings, or crepes.
Typically French children will eat a smaller portion of what the adults eat. What you won’t tend to find in French restaurants is a ‘children’s menu’ offering cheeseburgers, fish fingers, and chicken nuggets.
Picniking in Paris
Visiting Paris during the warmer summer months means that you and your family can take advantage of Paris’ abundant green spaces and eat in the open air. In central Paris there are spots along the Seine where you can spread out a rug and graze over delicious market finds. It’s even worth taking a trip out to the Odeon area of Paris just to stroll through the food market, picking up roasted chicken, fromage, jambon, petit pain, and pate then enjoying your finds in the Jardin du Luxembourg.
There’s always a fussy one
As much as you try to encourage your kids to be adventurous with food and try what is on offer, there’s always one that won’t budge. Luckily, there are family restaurants in Paris that will serve familiar food. Every good city in the world has a Hard Rock Café where kids won’t be scared by the menu. Past visitors who have dines in Paris with children also recommend the Cremerie Restaurant Polidor which serves a menu of traditional French food and openly welcomes younger diners. Another great family restaurant in Paris which opens for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is Angelina where children will definitely get excited about the huge range of chocolate desserts on offer.
Snacks and Quick Bites
A city that sees its population triple in summer with the number of tourists in residence can cause some pretty obvious hunger pangs. When you’re out sightseeing famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur, and Notre Dame Cathedral those little tummies are bound to rumble.
Customs and Etiquette for Children
Although French restaurants will be more than happy for children to dine in their restaurant, they will be expected to behave accordingly. Check out the section on French dining etiquette for more information. Also, it is worth noting that teenagers in France will often drink a small glass of wine so don’t be alarmed if your teen points out that they would also like a glass of Burgandy to wash down their Escargot.