Discover daring design and gorgeous clothes at the decorative arts and fashion museums, then explore a hidden park.
Walk along rue de Rivoli to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (1,107 rue de Rivoli), a collection of furniture and tablewares housed in a wing of the Louvre palace. Best for kids are the toy collection; time capsule – like period rooms; the thematic galleries that mix different eras – perhaps a historic throne next to a modern armchair, a plastic doll’s tea set next to porcelain – and the modern galleries in the tower. To view the latter, take the elevator to the ninth floor and walk down from the 1940s to the present. Have fun deciding which pieces you’d like to take home, or which chairs look like the most uncomfortable to sit on. Fashion-conscious kids will also like the clothes on show at the Musée de la Mode in the same building. Cross rue de Rivoli, turning left onto rue de Rohan to reach place André Malraux. Take a look at the métro entrance (2) in colored glass baubles and aluminium before entering the Palais-Royal, a former royal palace with a tranquil park in back. Children enjoy climbing on the black-and-white striped columns (3) in the courtyard and looking at their reflections in the shiny steel spheres of the fountains. Then explore the quirky shops under the arcades that surround the gardens, ranging from avant-garde fashion boutiques to shops carrying tin soldiers – check out the music boxes at Anna Joliet (9 galerie de Beaujolais). Leave by place du Palais-Royal, turning left onto rue Saint-Honoré. Perch on a bar stool at Scoop(4, 154 rue Saint-Honoré) for homemade ice creams (try the pecan and banana flavors), thick milk shakes, and Popsicles.
Metro Station : Louvre-Rivloli (line 1), Palais-Royal (line 1, 7)