2023 retrospective: the editors' favorite places and concepts to discover with the whole family

Published by Margot de Sortiraparis · Photos by Margot de Sortiraparis · Published on December 30th, 2023 at 02:25 p.m.
As 2023 draws to a close, it's time to take stock: for us too, which is why we've put together a selection of our favorite places, concepts and outings that we've loved discovering throughout the year.

This year, the editors have explored, scoured and discovered hundreds of places, outings and other activities to do as a family, and above all, with children. From toddlers to teens, and kids in between, the capital is kid-friendly, and one thing's for sure in Paris: you can't get bored with little ones. So, here are our favorites of the year, places and concepts that are well worth a visit, to spend an hour, an afternoon or the whole day with your little ones.

Unusual outings

These are the ones that definitely stand out from the crowd, and leave a lasting impression because they were so intense and rich in emotion. Some are reserved for special occasions, while others are open every weekend. Here are the out-of-the-ordinary outings we discovered and loved this year.

Le chemin de fer des Chanteraines - nos photos - image00010Le chemin de fer des Chanteraines - nos photos - image00010Le chemin de fer des Chanteraines - nos photos - image00010Le chemin de fer des Chanteraines - nos photos - image00010 Unusual: board a vintage train on the Chanteraines park railroad (92)
Parc des Chanteraines, located in the towns of Villeneuve-la-Garenne and Gennevilliers, is one of the largest green spaces in the Hauts-de-Seine department. As an added bonus, the park also boasts a railroad, where you can board an old-fashioned train on certain days of the month. [Read more]

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Would you like to spend a night among the animals in their dens? If you too have always dreamed of living this adventure (or offering it to your children, grandchildren...), it's possible at Thoiry Zoo in the Yvelines, by spending the night in a den close to the animals, without disturbing them. Would you like to join us? [Read more]

Le Moulin jaune - Hanami 2023 -  A7C1890Le Moulin jaune - Hanami 2023 -  A7C1890Le Moulin jaune - Hanami 2023 -  A7C1890Le Moulin jaune - Hanami 2023 -  A7C1890 Le Moulin Jaune on a Pink Hanami weekend in its sublime Remarkable Garden
A pink whirlwind awaits us on April 20 and 21, 2024 at the Moulin Jaune. Slava, the clown's remarkable garden in Crécy-la-Chapelle (77), opens its doors to us once again. Come celebrate spring and see life in pink this April weekend, in the heart of Île-de-France's most Instagrammable garden! [Read more]

La Coulée Verte du Sud Parisien - image00066La Coulée Verte du Sud Parisien - image00066La Coulée Verte du Sud Parisien - image00066La Coulée Verte du Sud Parisien - image00066 From Paris to Versailles by bike: itinerary for an easy ride on the Véloscénie
Did you know? La Véloscénie, the long-distance cycle path linking Paris to Mont Saint-Michel, provides a link between Paris and Versailles. Let us take you on a 30-kilometre bike ride! [Read more]

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Did you know that a long cycle path runs along a large part of the Canal de lourcq? From the Bassin de la Villette to Meaux (check), via Pantin, Bobigny, Sevran... Discover the bucolic side of Seine Saint Denis! Whether you're a family, a group of friends, a sportsman or a solo rider, the Canal de l'Ourcq has the immense advantage of being very well served by a cycle path, passing through both industrial and wooded areas. [Read more]

Family venues par excellence

Found throughout the capital and its suburbs, family concepts are as essential to parents as they are to children. Combining play areas, cafés and early-learning or creative activities, they're the perfect formula for Parisian families.

Ô Tipi, le magasin de jouets, café et lieu d'ateliers pour enfants et parents - 20230203160021 IMG 3523Ô Tipi, le magasin de jouets, café et lieu d'ateliers pour enfants et parents - 20230203160021 IMG 3523Ô Tipi, le magasin de jouets, café et lieu d'ateliers pour enfants et parents - 20230203160021 IMG 3523Ô Tipi, le magasin de jouets, café et lieu d'ateliers pour enfants et parents - 20230203160021 IMG 3523 ÔTIPI Saint-Placide, the family-friendly toy store in the 6th arrondissement of Paris
ÔTIPI, the must-visit neighborhood toy store in the 15th arrondissement, is expanding and will open a new address in September 2023, in the Saint-Placide district (6th). [Read more]

TRIBU, le café récréatif des familles dans le 9e - image00013TRIBU, le café récréatif des familles dans le 9e - image00013TRIBU, le café récréatif des familles dans le 9e - image00013TRIBU, le café récréatif des familles dans le 9e - image00013 TRIBU, the recreational café for families in the 9th arrondissement
Located on rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, TRIBU is a kid-friendly venue in the 9th arrondissement, with a great program of activities for young and old all week long! [Read more]

Poppy for kids, l'aire de jeux familiale et pédagogique du 17e - image00018Poppy for kids, l'aire de jeux familiale et pédagogique du 17e - image00018Poppy for kids, l'aire de jeux familiale et pédagogique du 17e - image00018Poppy for kids, l'aire de jeux familiale et pédagogique du 17e - image00018 Poppy, the family and toy library for 0-10 year olds in the 17th arrondissement
Just ten minutes from Parc Monceau, in the heart of the 17th arrondissement, Poppy for kids welcomes parents, children, grandparents and nannies all day long to its open-air play area, perfectly suited to kids aged 0 to 10. [Read more]

Pomme, la maison de famille du 19e - image00012Pomme, la maison de famille du 19e - image00012Pomme, la maison de famille du 19e - image00012Pomme, la maison de famille du 19e - image00012 Pomme, the family life space for parents and children in the 19th arrondissement
In the Laumière district, a stone's throw from the Bassin de la Villette, it's a kind of cocoon, a bubble where parents can take refuge to unwind, a caring place where children are invited to develop at their own pace: Pomme is the oasis for families, and definitely a must for the whole district. [Read more]

Rosechou, le café des jeunes parents à Issy-les-MoulineauxRosechou, le café des jeunes parents à Issy-les-MoulineauxRosechou, le café des jeunes parents à Issy-les-MoulineauxRosechou, le café des jeunes parents à Issy-les-Moulineaux Rosechou, the café-boutique that boosts parents' morale in Issy-les-Moulineaux - permanently closed
Rosechou is the place where moms, dads and all parents-to-be can come to recharge their batteries with their newborns. With a wide range of workshops to help the little ones get off to a good start and support their parents, the place also offers a café and a boutique. In short, it's a family concept that has everything to please young and future parents! The place has closed for good. [Read more]

Môment's, le family concept de Versailles - 20230211121741 IMG 3600Môment's, le family concept de Versailles - 20230211121741 IMG 3600Môment's, le family concept de Versailles - 20230211121741 IMG 3600Môment's, le family concept de Versailles - 20230211121741 IMG 3600 Môments, the family spot where to spend the afternoon in Versailles
In a small street adjacent to the RER and Transilien station of Versailles Chantiers is Môment's, a family concept where to take refuge in summer and winter with children of all ages. [Read more]

Kid-friendly restaurants

Going to a restaurant with the family is great, but when there's entertainment for the kids, it's even better! So here are our favorite places to go with the whole family - and where you won't be judged for bringing the little ones.

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Here are some great ideas for a family brunch that's sure to please young and old alike! [Read more]

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If you'd like to spend some gourmet moments with your children without feeling the disapproving gaze of your neighbors, discover these great family restaurants, with children's menus for the youngest! [Read more]

restaurant enfantsrestaurant enfantsrestaurant enfantsrestaurant enfants Restaurants with entertainment and children's play areas in and around Paris
Because going out to eat with the kids is not only a hassle, but can also be a pleasure if you find the right place, the editors of Sortir à Paris have found the best places where you can eat with peace of mind, enjoy gourmet menus and let the kids live their best life by taking part in the entertainment or playing in the play areas set aside for the purpose. [Read more]

Children's areas in Paris museums

More and more Parisian museums are offering family tours, children's workshops and other activities adapted to the youngest visitors: here are the kid-friendly cultural spaces that have stood out this year, with some great proposals for awakening toddlers and children to art.

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During the 2023 Christmas vacations, from December 22, 2023 to January 7, 2024, the Musée d'Orsay is once again organizing its flagship event for each school vacation period: Holidays at the Museum, with a great program for children. [Read more]

La Maison des Petits du Centquatre - Visuel enfantLa Maison des Petits du Centquatre - Visuel enfantLa Maison des Petits du Centquatre - Visuel enfantLa Maison des Petits du Centquatre - Visuel enfant La Maison des Petits, a free artistic space for children aged 0 to 6 at the Centquatre
Le Centquatre is the art venue you'd like to visit every day: with its free or affordable exhibitions, its beautiful play areas and its omnipresent creativity, it's hard to imagine a more suitable venue for all audiences. For families, the Maison des Petits is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 2.30pm to 6pm. [Read more]

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Want to go to the museum but with your family, things get complicated: the kids get bored, you can't run around or let off steam, the exhibition doesn't interest your youngest ones...So, don't worry, the Centre Georges Pompidou has created an exhibition space specially designed for the little ones, so they can discover modern and contemporary art with activities just for them! [Read more]

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From April 6 to September 1, 2024, the Rodin Museum is reinstalling the Atelier Rodin, to introduce budding sculptors to the work of the French sculptor. A great family outing in the museum and gardens! [Read more]

Studio 13/16, le coin de ados au Centre Pompidou - IMG 5201Studio 13/16, le coin de ados au Centre Pompidou - IMG 5201Studio 13/16, le coin de ados au Centre Pompidou - IMG 5201Studio 13/16, le coin de ados au Centre Pompidou - IMG 5201 Studio 13/16, a creative and artistic place for teenagers at the Centre Pompidou
Museums are cool, but with teenagers, it's not always easy: while some are passionate about the exhibitions of the moment, others get bored after ten minutes. So, let's go to studio 13/16, the place by and for teenagers at the Centre Pompidou. [Read more]

La Maison des Histoires - IMG 3014La Maison des Histoires - IMG 3014La Maison des Histoires - IMG 3014La Maison des Histoires - IMG 3014 La Maison des Histoires, an immersive museum for children aged 0 to 7, hidden in a bookshop
Behind the Chantelivre bookshop lies a fun-filled children's museum for the very young! La Maison des Histoires immerses the whole family in the literary worlds of l'École des Loisirs, between Cornebidouille and the Maximonstres! [Read more]

The ideal parks to let off steam

For some of you, this may not be a new discovery, but for us neither is it, and yet these parks are among our favorites for a family outing: playgrounds, picnic areas and discovery spaces, they have it all for an afternoon in the fresh air, right in the heart of Paris.

Le parc Georges Brassens, pour se croire à la campagne dans le 15e - image00052Le parc Georges Brassens, pour se croire à la campagne dans le 15e - image00052Le parc Georges Brassens, pour se croire à la campagne dans le 15e - image00052Le parc Georges Brassens, pour se croire à la campagne dans le 15e - image00052 Georges Brassens Park, a bubble of countryside in the 15th arrondissement
It's not - by far - the best-known of our major Parisian parks, not very popular compared to giants like Parc de la Villette or Parc des Buttes Chaumont. And yet, the Parc Georges Brassens is particularly exotic, bucolic and poetic, and is always worth a visit. [Read more]

Le parc de Belleville - image00041Le parc de Belleville - image00041Le parc de Belleville - image00041Le parc de Belleville - image00041 Belleville Park, a green bubble on a hillside in the 20th arrondissement
In the Ménilmontant district, right in the heart of Belleville's Chinatown, you could almost miss the eponymous park, so hidden is it that it's almost a secret. So we're taking you to discover it with us! [Read more]

Le parc de Belleville - image00009Le parc de Belleville - image00009Le parc de Belleville - image00009Le parc de Belleville - image00009 The most beautiful outdoor playgrounds for children in Paris
It's the easy way out, so practical and requiring no organization: a delight for children and parents alike, outdoor playgrounds are all the rage among little Parisians. Here are our favorites! [Read more]

Le parc de la Haute-Île à Neuilly-sur-Marne - image00003Le parc de la Haute-Île à Neuilly-sur-Marne - image00003Le parc de la Haute-Île à Neuilly-sur-Marne - image00003Le parc de la Haute-Île à Neuilly-sur-Marne - image00003 Parc de la Haute-Île, a magnificent wild green space in Neuilly-sur-Marne (93)
Just a few kilometers from Paris, take the RER A towards Marne-la-Vallée and discover the Parc Départemental de la Haute-Île in Neuilly-sur-Marne: with its beautiful playground, wide paths for jogging and observatories, it's one of the most beautiful parks in the area! [Read more]

Le Parc forestier de la Poudrerie à Sevran - image00011Le Parc forestier de la Poudrerie à Sevran - image00011Le Parc forestier de la Poudrerie à Sevran - image00011Le Parc forestier de la Poudrerie à Sevran - image00011 Parc de la Poudrerie, a listed green nugget in Sevran (93)
Fifteen kilometers from the Bassin de la Villette, along the Canal de l'Ourcq, lies a lovely 137-hectare forest park in the Seine-Saint-Denis municipalities of Livry-Gargan, Villepinte, Sevran and Vaujours. Combining remnants of the area's industrial past with immense tree-lined avenues, it's one of the green spaces not to be missed for a bike ride, family outing or jogging session... in the 93. [Read more]

Le parc de l'Île Verte à Chatenay-Malabry - nos photos - image00553Le parc de l'Île Verte à Chatenay-Malabry - nos photos - image00553Le parc de l'Île Verte à Chatenay-Malabry - nos photos - image00553Le parc de l'Île Verte à Chatenay-Malabry - nos photos - image00553 A stroll on the Île Verte, a romantic promenade classified as a remarkable garden in Chatenay-Malabry (92)
To get to Chatenay-Malabry, just take the RER B towards Robinson, and get off at the terminus. It's here, between the towns of Sceaux and Chatenay, that you'll discover exceptionally rich green spaces, full of charm and remarkable century-old trees. [Read more]

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