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Your guide to luxury Paris with the kids

If you don’t think about Paris for your next luxury travel adventure with kids, here are four good reasons to help you reconsider your plans! From top-class accommodation to fashion and gastronomy, luxury professionals are turning Paris into a playground for families. Come and join the game! 1. Nothing says ‘luxury’ like a Parisian Palace hotel… Paris’ palace hotels, a title granted only to the city’s most luxurious destinations, have come up with some superb offers for families looking for something a bit special, including connecting rooms, children’s menus and goûters fit for a king. Le Meurice organises treasure hunts within the hotel itself. La Plazza Athénée has a fun range in kids’ linen, plus dressing gowns and slippers. Children always get the full VIP treatment at the palaces, and are bound to be given presents and surprise goodies that will remain a very special memory for them. 2. Kids on the catwalk Iconic French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier – the enfant terrible of the fashion world – launched his exclusive ‘prêt-à-porter’ luxury children’s brand Junior Gaultier in 2009. Stylish and trendy gear for the boys and a bit of princess chic for the girls, but all of it a classy, subtle cross between high fashion and something a bit more edgy. Maybe not such an enfant terrible after all! 3. The art of the sweet tooth The children can eat with their eyes as well as their taste buds by experiencing the magnificent colours and subtle flavours created by Hermé, nicknamed the “Picasso of Pastry”. They will have a chance to sample the joys of his famous macaroons with their exotic, quirky flavours, and see his amazing displays. Anyone visiting France is obliged to join in for a goûter, and there is nowhere better in Paris than Angelina on rue de Rivoli, a favourite of the local élite since opening in 1903 (Proust and Coco Chanel used to meet there). After more than a century, it remains one of the ultimate Parisian hangouts. For a real taste of luxury, try the famous hot chocolate that comes with a pot of delicious whipped cream! 4. Toy paradise The 2nd arrondissement is a home to real hidden gem. The Passage des Princes is nestled between the Boulevard des Italiens and the rue Richelieu. It is a stunning arcade that has been completely rebuilt with all the hallmarks of the iconic style of Baron Haussmann, who redesigned the city in the 1860s. A children’s wonderland, the arcade is home to a toy village, with nine shops dedicated to selling toys and games – you’ll find wooden toys, doll’s houses, board games and much more! Magali Déchelette is CEO at Family Twist. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

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