Remember last year we introduced our selection of the best things to do with kids in Paris. Recently, we’ve been asked several times: what about teenagers? Youngsters from 13 to 18 years old are typically a quite demanding category of visitors. How to please them and get them to discover a destination while finding “cool” things to do matching their taste? Follow our recommendations while in Paris!
1. Alternative city tours!
Paris is now filled with alternatives to the classic bus tour: find an original walking tour theme such as mysterious Paris or Paris Street Art.
And if you are familiar enough with the city, opt for an electrical bike or scooter and explore the River banks or the trending neighbourhoods in the 9th, 10th and 11th district by yourself!
2. Pick the right museum
Your kids are not excited by 16th-century religious paintings or classic European art? No worries. There are plenty of exciting, yet arty alternatives in Paris! Find a trending exhibition: for example, this summer, the Tutankhamun treasure is on special display, coming right from Egypt. And the Philharmonie theatre is proposing the first exhibition on the “French touch”, this super popular French electronic music movement!
You can also head to smaller, yet fascinating museums such as the Cité des Sciences in La Villette, packed with scientific discoveries and high-sensation theatre. Or very contemporary experiences in the iconic Louis Vuitton Foundation, whose architecture itself will interest anyone!
3. Interactive Experiences
Beyond exhibitions and museums, youngsters (and adults) are often thrilled by experiences where they get involved: cooking classes, wine tastings, outdoor painting activities….Don’t just see Paris, experience it for what it’s famous for!
One of the latest trends in the capital, extremely popular with Parisian: escape games! The concept? You are locked with a few friends, about 6 people in total, in a theme room where you have to solve mysteries and riddles in order to get out. Each game takes about 2 hours and is themed around the Paris subway, Paris murder stories, Assassin’s Creed or a French cabaret, and many more exciting stories! A great way to learn and make unforgettable memories!
Our favourite? The breathtaking escape game that recently opened within the Opera Garnier itself! And guess what? Yes, it’s available in English!
5. Shopping but different!
Shopping is also fun with teenagers, with the perspective of bringing back some special souvenirs….How about gourmet food items from Paris’ best department stores? Or beautiful antics from neighbourhood antics and flea markets?
Hipster neighbourhood such as the Marais, the 3rd and the 9th district or are filled with cool, alternative concept stores, clothing and accessories shops that will make any walking tour in these places really nice with the family!