Thursday, September 22, 2016

Traveling to Paris with Kids - a Petite Family Guide!!

Traveling to Paris with Kids


As featured in the Sydney Morning Herald (Sept 2013), we're dispelling the myth that Paris in not a child friendly city. 'Au contraire' Paris IS a child's playground full or artistic and cultural fun for the little ones.
To begin, read our Top 10 practical tips to make traveling with kids a breeze in Paris, on our blog HERE

1.     Secret Garden: Jardin du Palais-Royale

5 mins from the Louvre, away from the street, read favourite kids books and enjoy a drink in peace. There's a lovely fountain, place to stroll under perfectly manicured trees, casual garden cafes, and ‘Daniel Buren’s’ striped columns are perfect for a game of ‘Tag’. 38 rue Montpensier 75001

2.     Magic Shows @ Musee de la Magique.

Artifacts and equipment used for magical purposes, optical illusions and special effects. 20euro entry includes 20min magic show. 11 rue saint Paul 75004. Open Wed, Sat, Sun 2-7pm

3.     Parks and Picnics

Pack a picnic and picnic blanket.  Across from ‘Au Bon Marche’ (Paris’ oldest department store) is a small secret garden through iron gates - a traditional French playground with a charming carousel. Or Jardin des Tuileries has a carousel, trampoline, water-well kids spin for hours, ferris wheel and pond with ducks (bring bread crumbs). Au Bon Marche garden 24 rue Sevres 75007

4.    Fun Eateries

Café Grenadine. Kids café with reading corner, play area with toys, arts & crafts and gourmet shop, creative workshops, baby massage and baby carrying classes. 161 Ave Maine, 75014

Les 400 Coups. With an indoor play area adjoining the main restaurant, a variety of activities, workshops for kids and a child-sized dining area complete with smaller-scale chairs, tables, meals are scaled-down versions. 12 rue de la Villette, 75019

5.     Kids Shops

1. Libellule et Coccinelle A kids book boutique and convivial space with fun creative workshops. 2 rue Turgot 75009. Open Tues – Sat 10am-7pm.
2. Un Zebra Au Grenier - Charming toy shop. Baby-wear, books and  pre-loved toys. 16 rue Villiers de L’Isle Adam 75020.

6.     Paris Beaches

Each Summer the Sein and Bassin de la Villette are transformed into a beach - complete with sand, deckchairs, ice cream sellers, and concerts. Play beach volley, take an aquagym class, kayak – or just enjoy.

7.    Museums

Musee Poupee – For the girls a private French doll museum. FREE. Open Tues to Sat 10am-6pm. 22 rue Beauborg
Cites des Enfants. A museum designed to help children develop/discover the world around them and introduce them to science/technology. 30 av Corentin-Cariou www.cite-sciences

8. See the Eiffel Tower at night


Head to Ave de Suffren, between Ave Octave Gréard & Quai Branly, to a small-unnamed alley leading to a small park directly below the Eiffel Tower. Spread out a blanket and watch the eiffel light show

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Classi cB&B in le Marais - BOOKING NOw for 2017

Classic B&B in Paris


From only 95euro p/night
for 2 guests including breakfasts

It doesnt get homier, cosier, or more authentic than this inviting Paris family home. Our classic B&B is run by the most professional kindest Parisian; Marie-Christine LOVES to meet & host travellers & share her home & city secrets. She is a registered qualified B&B hostess with Paris Tourism Bureau.

MAP location of this home


This is a REAL home & REAL cultural experience. Located in the heart of the city, the Marais, 5 mins walk to the seine & all attractions at your door, 2 double guestrooms with ensuites overlooking the Marais rooftops.

Breakfast is served daily lavishly & the lounge is free for guests to enjoy & chat with Marie anytime. Feel at home in Paris!

CLICK HERE to see this B&B online

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sweet Petite - Studio in heart of Paris! BOOKING NOW!

A Studio in Paris
fr. 85 euro p/night

SPECIAL Weekly rate: 560euro

A sweet, simple and charming self contained studio apartment perfect for 2, for travellers who want to live privately just like a local in a typical Paris studio. in the heart of the city, the 9th arrondissement on Paris walking distance to much of Paris' main areas and attractions, with bedroom/lounge, fully equipped kitchenette, bathroom, free wifi, welcome bottle of wine on arrival.

BOOKING NOW for 2017

CLICK HERE to see this Studio on our website with more details

CLICK HERE to email us to Enquire or BOOK

Friday, September 9, 2016

Discover Paris - the REAL Paris, the hidden unspoken part of PARIS!!!!

Petite Pariscope
'Monthly Paris Tips'

DIY Walking Tour 13eme

The 13eme of Paris is an area that will enchant and surprise. Rarely spoken about it is a locals neighborhood with that old-world Latin Quarter feel mixed with a fresh Provincial country feel, particularly around the famous 'Butte aux Cailles' one of the other hilly neighbourhoods of Paris which we rate as the quaintest cosiest village in Paris, next to Montmatre. Quieter, less tourists, and untouched. It is also home to little Chinatown and surprisingly it is quite the nightspot with numerous bars, nightclubs and live music venues.

Enjoy secret nooks and gardens, small museums, historic churches and local bustling authentic gourmet markets and all the usual cafes, boulangeries, brasseries and bars.

9am Cafe Canon - begin with a coffee (after breakfast at your B&B of course), at a sunny corner cafe with plenty of street action. MAP

10am Butte Aux Cailles - take a walk around this gorgeous hilly village of hidden corners and dreamy homes, country freestanding mansions, and enjoy the street art this area is known for, get lost in its hidden streets and enjoy the village life with plenty of cafes and shops and do not miss the Paroisse Sainte-Anne church and the hidden Piscine Butte aux Cailles (if you feel like a dip) MAP - the main streets to see in the Butte aux Cailles are Rue de la Butte Aux Cailles, Rue des Cinq Dimantes, and Rue Bobillot.

11.00am Laurent Duchene - The most delicious patisserie/boulangerie in the 13eme. Most divine chocolate eclairs, and all the usual croissant, pain au chocolat and madeleines, done beautifully deliciously  MAP

11.30am Marche Auguste-Blanqui - Experience an authentic bustling local fresh food market in Paris, with all the smells of fresh breads, meats and cheeses, fruit and vegi's. Watch the locals go about their weekly shopping, taste-test, enjoy the atmosphere  MAP

12.30pm Chez Gladines - the best value of money Brasserie in all Paris, in a very intimate family style environment, classic red checked table cloth, rowdy and festive, dependable and delicious French fare and happy service, this is an iconic institution in Paris for locals who know where value lies and visitors in-the-know  MAP

1.30pm Parc de Choissy  - a lovely long lunch should be followed by a little stroll and relax in a beautiful Parisian green space. There is even one of the few remaining traditional outdoor Parisian Puppet theatres here MAP

2.30pm Quartier Asiatique - Immerse your senses in the largest cultural and commercial centre for the Asian community in Paris, in what is also known as Petit Asie, the triangle between Avneue d'Ivry, Boulevard Massena and Aveue de Choisy, numerous Chinese, Loatian and Cambodian supermarkets, take away and restaurants, markets and more. Try a few delights at Patisserie de Choisy - the Durian tarts are amazing and the Tartelette aux Ouefs are so good you will faint. MAP

4pm Manufacture Nationale des Gobelins - The national Tapestry museum and factory is impressive, and Tapestries are still made here and visitors can watch weavers at work. The 1912 Factory takes in the 18th Chapel and the Beauvais workshops  MAP

5.30pm Cite de la Mode et du Design - Head to the rooftop terrace for pre-dinner/sunset drinks with stunning views at the city of Fashion and Design, the site is immediately recognizable by the ultra-contemporary bright green exterior.  There are also shops and restaurants inside MAP

6.30pm Au Petit Marquery - A classy and classic French restaurant/brasserie with lovely atmosphere, the quintessential Paris feel, wooden and red leather benches, traditional French fare and fair prices, fixed price menus available.  MAP

8pm Petit Bain or dJOON - Petit Bain is a live music venue on a boat moored by the side of the Seine, featuring many local and international acts. Check website for shows - on deck enjoy drinks while watching the Seine river  at night. MAP
If dancing the night away to a nightclub with international DJS is more your thing, head to dJOON the hottest soul, funk, jazz nightclub in Paris - with stylish bars and sitting areas too MAP

10pm Late night wine - Or if you prefer another glass or two of wine in a more regular locals bar head back to Butte aux Cailles for a selection of cosy ones. We like Tandem, La Folie en Tete and Sputnik


Thursday, September 8, 2016

B&B Love from Paris xo

"Our time with Marie Francois was amazing. Her apartment, cooking for us and helpful tips made us feel so comfortable. We would recommend her without hesitation, a real gem. She made our 1st time in Paris an unforgettable experience. Cheers Lyn" ... 
MERCI Lyn, and MERCI to Marie-Francoise our host at this apartment in Paris (Latin quarter 1 bedroom balcony apartment) ... 
CHECK OUT this Petite Paris Apartment HERE on our website
EMAIL us to enquire or book:


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

SUPRISE SALE - Louvre B&B in Paris

Louvre Paris B&B! 

Our classic stylish old-world antique B&B right near the Louvre and Tuileries garden, NEVER BEFORE ON SALE, is reduced for Sept, October and ALL of Winter right through to April 2017! 

WAS 144euro p/night for 2 guests NOW only 115euro! 

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This classy home offers an entire private suite with 2 bedrooms, little balcony overlooking inner courtyard, guests bathroom and lounge areas, work space, TV with cable, free wifi, free kitchen use to prepare your meals, enjoying living in this authentic Paris B&B home walking distance to all of Paris! ON SALE! 

VISIT the webpage for this B&B HERE


Monday, September 5, 2016

Petite Paris Apartment REVIEW!!!!

Don't just take our word for it!
Petite Feedback

"We had such a wonderful time and we must credit you with organizing and recommending Lisettes apartment.

The location was fantastic! To have all those fabulous restaurants, bakeries and shops at our door step was excellent. We ate well every day, every meal. The little mini supermarket across the road was great and the young guy there got to know us well.  And having the station so close too. Fantastic. The locals got to know us well and waved whenever we walked by. That experience is exactly what we were looking for and I think that would be hard to find in most places. So thanks again.

The apartment was just as lovely as we expected. Very clean and super comfortable and so stylish too. My daughter loved having her own room and the highlight for her was opening her French Windows every morning & greeting us with "bonjour". Very cute!"


Apartment #458
* Location: 18eme - Montmartre
* 2 bedroom private apartment

* 149euro p/night for 1-2 guests including breakfast
* 169euro p/night for 3-5 guests