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Paris Baby

Paris 8/10 (We love Paris. The only drawback was that we had to carry the BBV everywhere since the transit system is not stroller-friendly.)

A stroller is not as useful in Paris unless you have a small umbrella stroller since we find you need to take the Metro to most places and most of the metro lines involve going up and down a lot of stairs. As well, on busy lines it can get quite crowded so strollers would be a nightmare during rush hours. In fact, the only stroller-accessible metro line is (?metro line 1) so unless you plan on walking everywhere, which would limit you to a small part of Paris, bring a good baby carrier or umbrella stroller.

Again, most restaurants were pretty accommodating to have a baby in a car seat on a chair or bench. Most of the small restaurants though would not be able to fit your stroller unless it collapses. We always tell people when we make reservations that we have a baby and we did not have a problem at any of the four restaurants that we visited. There is however so much delicious food in Paris that if you have accessibility to a kitchen, eating-in is a good option too. Try the chain Picard which might look odd since it sells only frozen foods, but the duck confit is particularly good and most of the items are easily cooked or microwaved.

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  • 1 Camille // Oct 15, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Happy to read you enjoyed your stay in Paris.
    And yes, you definitively need to come with an umbrella stroller (you’ve probably pointed out that most parisians have this type of stroller !).
    Other way of travelling is to take the bus (you can even get in through the rear door and there’s a specific area for stroller in each bus).

    Restaurants: there’re now several baby friendly cafes/restaurants in Paris (but slightly out of very touristic areas) like Poussette Cafe, les 400 coups, le petit bazar, Bonpoint cafe, Merci… (with play area, high chair, changing mat, etc…).

    …for your next trip to Paris ! 😉

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