Oh, Paris. This city is one of the big guys when it comes to bucket list destinations in breathtaking Europe. It can definitely be the perfect destination for a fun-loving family with older children ready for adventure, too. To prepare, here are a few tips to ensure your Parisian experience is breezy, beneficial and beautiful.
Before You Go
Keep things simple when traveling to a major urban destination. Yes, Paris can be a fashion capital, but clean and well-kept clothes can easily help you and your crew blend in just fine. Pack simple layers of shirt and pants for the kiddos, and keep attire simple for you with maybe a few fun accessories.
Plan out a few activities and landmarks ahead of time as well. Obviously you’ll want to see the major sights and museums and hit up the best cafes. One way to tackle your must-do list is to spend time strolling and exploring freestyle at popular times during the day, and save major attractions for the off-times. Maybe let the tweens and teens sleep in some mornings so you can stay up and enjoy the Louvre during late night when it’s a little less busy. Check out online ticket options for some shows or things to see ahead of time to avoid long lines. This is also a tactic to receive discounts on things like pre fixe menus and seasonal events.
Where to Stay
From cheap hotels in Paris to beautifully luxurious boutique hotels, your brood will settle in comfortably. Note that many Paris accommodations are smaller and personal, so choosing carefully based on your child’s needs is important for a good experience. One great choice is the Sofitel Paris La Defense Hotel for affordability and luxury in a great location. For something even closer to icons like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum, try the Hotel Champs Elysees Mac Mahon, which has some options with kitchenettes.
Culture Tips and Tricks
Right away, kids will notice how French is widely spoken in Paris, even if many people who work in tourism and at restaurants also speak English. Have a mini lesson to go over fun phrases like hello, thank you and possibly even an emergency phrase like “I’m lost!” Cuisine is often familiar with great pastries, proteins with simple sauces or produce. Parisian children are well integrated into adult environments, so cluing in your little ones on how to embrace quiet time and personal space can help things run smoothly. Teens and tweens will enjoy Paris fashion and might delight in some shopping trips to check out local trends.
Who Will Love Paris?
There is something for everyone, young and old, in the beautiful city of Paris. Babies can be introduced to the art of strolling, as this destination is a great walking hotspot. Toddlers and kids will swoon over oodles of sweets and giant outdoor spaces to explore. Older children and teenagers will embrace the cool and laid back lifestyle.
Let us know if we can help in achieving your travel goals, we love to offer personal tips and advice – ask away. This post was created in partnership with the #HipmunkCityLove project. All opinions are our own and we only promote destinations we’ve experienced first hand (unless it’s on our bucket list!)