Top 6 things to do off the beaten track in Paris with your family
There are so many well-known sites in Paris, which we are sure you and your family will love. But in tripAbrood form, we want to give you a few of the less well-known options to explore as well. Paris is one of our favourite places in the world – we hope you enjoy being inspired by these tips and tricks for your next trip-a-brood to Paris.
1. The Abbey Bookshop:
We absolutely love this oldy worldly bookshop tucked away on one of the streets in the Latin Quarter. It’s packed to the ceiling with both children’s books and adult’s books. In fact, there wasn’t a well-known children’s book that we couldn’t find in this magical bookshop. If you have child that likes to read, we think they will be in heaven! You can always combine a visit to the bookshop with a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants in the Latin Quarter.
2. Funicular at the Sacre Coeur
When you visit the Sacre Coeur, there is a funicular (or tram) that takes you and the kids up the hill to the top where the church sits. It’s tucked away on the side of the steps leading up to the church. We imagine it may be one of the shortest tram rides in the world (!) but so worth it.
3. Children’s portraits:
In the Place du Tertre, behind the Sacre Coeur, you will find a square full of portrait artists. You wouldn’t know it was there unless someone told you about it. This square is somewhere I used to go when I was a young girl and the portraits the artists did for me still grace the walls of my parent’s house. On our last mummy-daughter trip to Paris in February 2020, we also visited this square to get a portrait done of my daughter. She said it was the highlight of the whole trip. And now to continue family tradition, her portrait now graces our own walls back home. We strongly recommend a visit!
4. Café des chats:
If you have cat lovers in the family, this one is ideal for you. You can have a tea & a bite to eat whilst your kids get to stroke the 12 friendly cat residents of the café. There are some rules that people visiting have to abide by (wash hands, don’t touch cats whilst they are sleeping etc). Ideal for non-toddlers.
A little way out of the city centre are the catacombs. Most suitable for older children. The Catacombs of Paris is an underground tomb or ossuary which hold the remains of nearly 6 million people. It’s earie and thought provoking, but one of those activities slightly older children will remember for a while to come.
6. Visit a flea market:
If your children are anything like mine, they love a souvenir! There are plenty of flea markets in Paris but one which is slightly off the beaten track and well regarded is Marché du Livre Ancien et d'Occasion. Why not pick up a little memento of Paris for yourself too.. you know you want to!