We had the most fabulous babymoon in Paris. It was a dream come true and absolutely one of the greatest trips we have ever taken. But we almost didn’t go! Pregnant in Paris? No wine or cheese?! No point in going right?
Wrong. I almost made the mistake I am sure countless other pregnant women have made…skipping out because you think you’ll be left out. Well, no more! I have created the ultimate guide (the guide I wish I would have had) perfect for any expecting traveler in Paris: non-alcoholic drink options, healthy treats, and safety tips every adventurous mama wants to know, with a few Daddy tips thrown in too!
Babymoon in Paris – Non-Alcoholic and Tasty, Drink guide:
- Water with an assortment of flavored syrups (mint,rose etc)
- Hot Chocolate or Chocolat Chaud (prounouced “Chockolat Show”)
Many restaurants also serve non-alcoholic cocktails that are displayed on the menu (you won’t have to explicitly ask) at a discounted price. Don’t worry that there won’t be anything fancy for you to enjoy! Check out this fancy drink they served me in the Latin Quarter very close to Notre Dame.
Safety Tip: Outdoor seating is for smokers (there are tons in Paris) so if you want to avoid the fumes grab a seat inside by the window to enjoy people watching.
Daddy tip: Many beers in France are great, but definitely try La Vieille Mule, a brewery from southeastern France. Really tasty!
Babymoon in Paris – Cheeses
In France, pregnant women still enjoy soft, non-pasteurized cheeses but us American gals haven’t jumped on the bandwagon. Not to fret, France has many hard cheeses and both pasteurized and non-pasteurized cheeses (The rumor that there is no pasteurized cheese in France is false and I found many cheeses available to me both in specialty shops and local grocery store chains!)
My favorite hard cheese that I tried on our babymoon in Paris:
Mimolette from La Fromagerie (Address: 31 Rue Cler, 75007 Paris, France) you can find many different types of cheese here. The clerk was especially helpful in helping me pick out pasteurized cheeses while my husband got help picking out a soft, stinky soft non-pasteurized cheese to go with our baguette. Pick up all your picnic items here located only a few blocks from the Eiffel Tower!
Safety Tip: Don’t keep any items in your pockets as pick-pockets are notorious in Paris and especially around the Eiffel Tower
Daddy tip: Try the Camembert. It smells like broccoli to me, but man is it good! Better yet, try all the cheese. Don’t miss Davoli, also on Rue Cler. (34 Rue Cler)
Babymoon in Paris – Healthy and Indulgent Treats:
Nobody comes to Paris to munch on celery but on a babymoon in Paris we have to be mindful of what we eat. After all, we have to make sure we are are giving adequate nutrition to our growing babies. Luckily, Paris is the perfect place to eat decadently but also eat well. The list of great food could be a mile long, but here are places we absolutely loved on our babymoon in Paris!
- Breakfast: Try Omelettes, Fresh Orange Juice and Tartlettes at Coquelicot. (Address: 24 Rue des Abbesses, 75018 Paris, France)
- Lunch: Try Falafel Sandwiches at L’As du Fallafel (Address: 32 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris, France)
- Dinner: Go all out on a delicious handmade pizza at Iovine’s. We suggest making a reservation! (Address: 7Bis Rue du Colonel Driant, 75001 Paris, France)
- Treats: Jewish bakeries in the Jewish quarter on Rue des Rosiers. Hot chocolate at Le Café Richelieu in the Louvre.
Safety Tip: In Paris, the tap water is very clean, free at restaurants (naturally), and safe to drink so it is okay to fill a water bottle from the tap.
Daddy Tip: Remember to keep your wife hydrated throughout the day! Take it slow, let her take as many breaks as she needs. Paris is huge, but just make a plan before you head out each day. Stay flexible!
Babymoon in Paris – Maternity Shopping
We highly recommend Nataly’s near the Jewish Quarter or Place de Bastille (Address: 32 Rue Saint-Antoine, 75004 Paris, France). Really nice selection and good prices!
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