Wow...that title sounds so clinical...however it does get to the crux of the matter ;-)
After too many years..(about 7) , I will be returning to Paris towards the end of March with my husband, my 15 year old daughter and will be 7 1/2 year old son in tow. We are renting an apartment for one week in the 3rd...Metro-Arts et Metiers, 5 minutes to the Musee Carnavalet and the Musee Picasso (which will sadly be closed for renovations...the 7 year old happens to think Picasso work is "cool"-because anyone who broke up the face and moved the parts around like he did...must be "cool".)
Last time we did take my daughter who was about 8 and we stayed in an hotel...however with the two of them...I am thrilled to have the kitchen...it will be great to be able to make coffee, get some bread, wine and cheese. I see us mainly eating breakfast in and we'll probably eat some dinners in as well-well bread and cheese kinds of dinners..;.-) or even sandwiches... purchasing from the markets...(which will not only be fun for me (I love to putter in markets)...but I think great for the kids to see...). I absolutely see us making dejeuner our primary meal of the day-eating out.
I have copies of both Edible Adventures in Paris and Hungry for Paris sitting here in front of me...and I've read a lot of John's posts (including his philosophy of dining with kids) which I concur with about 75%...there really are just some places regardless of how well they're behaved I probably wouldn't take them....well the 7 year old,...the 15 year old could handle anything.
I was delighted to find your experiences with your grandkids John,... It sounds as if you had a marvelous time...and I liked your suggestions...especially Breizh Cafe (which I'd be interested with or without kids...) and Le Souffle and Bofinger.
My daughter will eat anything and beautifully too- save offal, and my son is really very good for a 7 year old...not only is he pleasant, mellow and low key kind of guy...he will happily eat a steak, a piece of fish, vegetables and he has a wicked sweet tooth. He likes couscous-so I'd like to do some Morrocan-Chez Omar, 404? (he also likes sushi and Chinese food but we can too easily do that at home)...he'll be good at most of the places I'd choose...
Anyhow while I'm looking up to make a short list of places I'd like us to try...obviously no two or three star territory...(honestly I'm not even sure if we're going to hit one star...)
I'd like for all of us-especially mindful of the kids-coming away with a feeling of place and that they've see and done and eaten something different then they could have between NYC and DC...we live in Philadelphia...
So with that in mind...a list of some things I've been ruminating on...
Some easy & close options...
Breizh Cafe-for lunch or dinner
Cafe des Musees-just sounds reliable overall
L'as du Falafel (quick dinner) w/ Pozzetto for gelato and coffee nearby
Rose Bakery-(new location in 3rd...for possible take out to put away for evening)
Liza-Lebanese Restaurant -but also has take out/sandwich shop
For that "French" look/feel
Le Souffle-because where else can you get souffle anymore?
Chartier...(not as elegant as Bofinger...but period piece and an experience...)
L' Ami Jean
La Bastide Odeon
Le Buisson Ardent -but I read somewhere they don't allow children?
One of the Constants...either Cafe Constant or Les Cocottes
Le Pre Verre
Ze Kitchen Galerie (I just think this might push my little man's envelope-although I'd love it)
Frenchie-sounds good but maybe "precious" not sure if they'd be happy to see kids
Le Relais de L'Entrecote...again an experience and it's a steak w/ fries and a salad...how badly off track could you go?
I know I might get flamed for this but if I want to take them to a probabably overpriced salon du the for a pastry or chocolate chaud...
Angelina, Lauduree (Bonaparte) or Marriages Freres...
(I've also read that the tea room by the Grande Mosquee is a charming break...)
(This post has gone on a bit so I'll do another one- I'd love it if someone might have some good suggestions for markets and bakeries in the 3rd-or relatively near we are staying...)
Thanks so much for reading and any help,