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Discover Paris with kids

Paris is surprisingly child friendly. From mayor Anne Hidalgo’s move to make the city’s transport free for under-11s, it’s got easier and cheaper to visit for the whole family. Here are some of the best tips if you travel with kids.

Rollercoasters and a petting zoo

The Jardin de l’Acclimatation has 41 attractions, including rollercoasters and a petting zoo, as well as an 18-hectare park to stroll through and spot some of the 400 animals that live here.

Jardin de l’Acclimatation

Carrefour des Sablons, Bois de Boulogne

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Museum with a planetarium

The city’s museums also have plenty to keep the little ones entertained, like the Palais de la Découverte (“The Discovery Palace”) devoted to science. Hidden inside the Grand Palais, it showcases permanent scientific exhibitions from astronomy to physics. There’s also a planetarium and a circular room known as the “Pi Room” inscribed with 707 digits of the number pi.

Palais de la Découverte

Avenue Franklin Delano Roosevelt 75008, Paris

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Coffee place perfect for kids

Cafézoïde is a self-proclaimed coffee shop for kids, with fun workshops and activities all day long, and the bright, airy Super Café with a tricycle-friendly terrace and lots of games to keep the little ones busy.


92 bis quai de la Loire 75019

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Have a playful brunch

The sleek Grand Central restaurant, tucked inside culture hub Le 104, also serves brunch with kid-approved options at the weekends and has a large playroom next door.

Grand Central

Brasserie Restaurant du 104, 5 rue Curial, 75019

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Concerts and circus performances

Take the little ones to a show at the Zèbre de Belleville, a cabaret with concerts and circus performances that invite kids to take part.

Zèbre de Belleville

boulevard de Belleville 75011

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Movies for kids

On rainy days, go and see a movie at the Studio des Ursulines, one of the oldest cinemas in Paris, which shows films for kids every day.

Studio des Ursulines

10, rue des Ursulines 75005

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