5 of the best children's boutiques in Paris Bonpoint

5 of the best children's boutiques in Paris

Don't start sight-seeing until you and your little ones are dressed the part: in these eclectic boutiques you can start a life-long love affair with French fashion.

When in Paris, how you dress your children is as important as how you dress yourself. The training for the ever-elusive French style best begins young; with mothers dressing their little ones in the finest clothes from the word go. When in Paris, keep up with the natives and head to the chic junior-retail havens that local mummies adore. Whether you opt for the upmarket Bonpoint or the rather more accessible yet still swish Boutchou’ at Monoprix, you will find plenty of options to dress your children in the very best French styles.

Bonpoint

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Probably the city’s most chic and beautiful children’s store, Bonpoint has a reputation as the ‘chi chi’ brand in which to dress the little ones. The store in Rue Tournon in Saint Germain des Prés is especially lovely thanks to its setting across 1,000 square metres, with eight beautiful, fairytale-style decorated rooms overlooking a formal French garden. Even if you don’t have children, it’s worth a walk through for the incredible aesthetics: from the daydreamy log cabin to the princess-worthy dressing room. Even better, you’ll find an outlet of hip Japanese influenced restaurant, Nanashi, tucked away in the back, where kids and adults can munch on healthy bento boxes, veggie soba or Onigiri rice balls. www.bonpoint.com

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Bon Ton

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Not to be confused with Bonpoint, BonTon is another of the Parisian in-crowd’s favourite kids’ clothing stores. Apparently Catherine Deneuve's daughter, actress Chiara Mastroianni, is a fan. A slightly edgier look, preppy yet hip French style, the BonTon boutique on Rue de Grenelle is the one to go to, especially as it’s also home to the surplus and ‘bazaar’ if you’re keen on a picking up a few bargains, and not fussed about having the very latest collection. What’s more, there’s even a kid’s hairdresser in store! www.bonton.fr

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Il Gufo

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After its success in Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome, New York, and Dubai, Italian children’s brand Il Gufo recently opened a store in Paris. Joining the finest in St Germain, the airy and light boutique is a natural haven designed by Antognoni and Ezio Orio, Luigi Vettorazzo featuring plenty of natural woods, birds and fluffy clouds. The colour schemes vary from orange peel to hot chocolate and neutral shades, pastels with touches of reds, winter roses and chic greys. To keep the kids warm, Il Gufo offers Fleece Couture, alpaca knitwear and technowool, as well as edgy neoprene. Just the thing to keep out the Parisian winter... fr.ilgufo.com

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C de C

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The brainchild of Cordélia de Castellane (hence the initials) who worked once worked for Emmanuel Ungaro, C de C is the Parisians new favourite boutique for cute kids apparel. Original, pretty and with a pleasing blend of affordable, yet traditionally French looking and contemporary designs, these clothes ooze French style and plenty of ‘cute’ factor without breaking la banque. With inspirations ranging from Versaille to Luxembourg, covering kit for babies to 12 year olds, it’s hard to come out empty-handed. www.cdec.fr

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L’Oiseau du Paradis

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If you want to keep the kids quiet, as well as looking smart, it’s worth investing in a new toy or two... L’oiseau du Paradis is known for its classic eco-friendly pieces such as the Green Toys, imported from California (100% recycled) or its personalised name frames. Other toyshops worth popping into are the legendary Au Nain Bleu, the city’s oldest, or the vast toy department at the Galleries Lafayette, or, if you can bear the crowds, the Disney store on the Champs Elysees, is always a hit with the small ones despite its distinct lack of charm. www.loiseaudeparadis.fr

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1 Bonpoint
2 BonTon
3 Il Gufo
4 C de C
5 L’Oiseau du Paradis