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Top 10 Best Things to do for Mother’s Day in Paris

May 26, 2015

By Florian


Mother’s Day is one of those special days where it’s nice to do something with your mother or the entire family. Most countries in the world celebrate Mother’s Day, but dates vary. Some celebrate it on the fourth Sunday in Lent, others on the second Sunday of May. The French celebrate it on the last Sunday of May. So if you are in Paris and want to spoil your mother for one day, here is our top 10 best things to do in Paris for Mother’s Day.

Eclair de Génie

Take a classic French pastry—the éclair—and transform it into something exceptional, pleasing both the mouth and the eyes. If your mother has a sweet tooth, than take her to l’Eclair de Génie and share a couple of the delicious homemade éclairs. Knowing that all these pastries were created by pastry chef extraordinaire Christophe Adam, it simply cannot go wrong!

Find out more on l'Eclair de Génie right here

Jean Paul Gaultier

Is your mother really into fashion? Or has she already admitted she loved Madonna’s eccentric clothes? In this case, nothing would make her happier than going to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition. Not only is this the first exhibition dedicated to French couturier icon Jean Paul Gaultier but it is also highly animated with talking mannequins. And to top it off, she will be able to see Madonna’s costumes up close.

Have a glimpse at the Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition here


The Fragonard Perfume Museum (Musée du Parfum Fragonard), is a small museum situated in a beautiful 19th-century mansion that retraces the history of perfume, its manufacturing process, and its accessories. Once you have seen the museum, make sure you purchase a little something for your mother on your way out.

Discover what the Fragonard Perfume Museum is all about here


The Musée d’Orsay is a great way to get to know the impressionist painters, but if your mother really wants to get up-close and personal with them, and especially Claude Monet, take her to the charming village of Giverny. Visiting Monet’s house and his famous water lilies pond is something she will always remember.

Read more about the town of Giverny, Monet’s house and the impressionism museum here

Marin d'Eau Douce

“All hands on deck?”… “Aye, aye, Captain!” Have you ever heard your mother say these kind of things? If so, then bring her down to the Bassin de la Villette, and rent one of Marin d’Eau Douce’s small electric boats. They are easy to steer and are a perfect way to spend a relaxing and wonderful Mother’s Day along Paris’ northern canals. Don’t forget a bottle of rosé, a baguette and some nice cheese and cured meat!

Check out Marin d’Eau Douce for more details here

Royal Monceau

If your mother expects nothing less than the best on a Sunday at noon, we could not offer a better recommendation than the Mother’s Day Brunch at the Raffles Royal Monceau. It’s the trendiest of Parisian 6 star hotels (palace) and their food is simply to die for. If you are on a family trip with young children, they’ll be able to attend a fun workshop while you enjoy your meal.

Brunch costs 140€ / adult, the workshop for kids is free

Should you want to stay overnight, there is a special €890 package including a 1h spa treatment.


Has your mother ever dreamed of going to a restaurant and ordering only dessert? If that is the case, than it is your duty to bring her to Dessance, a restaurant where sweetness is the guest of honor. Your taste buds are in for a surprise, as everything here is sweet: starter, main course… With a trendy décor and a lively ambiance, she might even call this restaurant paradise!

Take a look at what Dessance looks like now.

Jardin d'Acclimatation

Located in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne, the Jardin d’Acclimatation is more of an amusement park for children with an emphasis on leisure and instructional purposes. During Mother’s Day, the French company Bonne Maman (cakes, deserts, jams…) will be animating a workshop and have both kids and adults learn how to make a delicious chocolate mousse. Make sure you visit the Fondation Louis Vuitton after that!

You’ll find other details on the Bois de Boulogne and the Fondation Louis Vuitton here

Paris Shopping Tour

When shopping in Paris, everyone knows where to find Chanel, Dior, and Saint Laurent. But what about those little vintage boutiques or new designer ateliers? Trying to find them would take a long time. This is where Paris Shopping Tour steps in. With several off the beaten path shopping tours, covering emblematic Parisian neighborhoods, Paris Shopping Tour will definitely put a large smile on your mother’s face.

Find out more on Paris Shopping Tour here


Angelina is home to Paris's most scrumptious desserts - all served in the faded grandeur of a belle époque salon just steps away from the Louvre. But should we have to choose only one of Angelina’s specialties, it would have to be the “Africain” hot chocolate: a velvety potion so thick that you’ll need a spoon to “drink” it. The kind of place where you whished every day were Mother’s Day!

What you need to know on Angelina is right here.

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