Things to do with Teenagers in Paris near Hôtel Plaza Athénée
For the romantic and the cultured, Paris has long been considered a dream destination. But given its youthful spirit, artistic verve and effortless style, the city also offers plenty for even the most travel-wary teenager. Young explorers looking to maximise their time here have no shortage of flea markets to visit, trendy tours to take, and cool clubs to enjoy with this two-day itinerary.
Start the day at the Palais de la Découverte, 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel.
Palais de la Découverte
This vast science museum housed in the majestic Grand Palais, invites visitors to learn more about physics, astronomy, mathematics, and beyond. With a host of interactive exhibits, an impressive planetarium, and fascinating live experiments to observe, the Palais de la Découverte should prove engaging for even the most museum-averse teenager.
Continue your day out with a trip to the Parc de la Villette, 20 minutes away by taxi or 30 minutes on the metro.
Parc de la Villette
A cattle market and abattoir in the 19th century and a concert venue hosting the likes of the Rolling Stones in the 20th century, today the Parc de la Villette is a verdant 55-hectare park. In addition to the green spaces, the park is also home to an impressive suite of artistic, cultural and scientific institutions, and hosts events and performances throughout the year.
From the park, take a taxi for the 20-minute drive to rue Saint Maur.
Atelier des Lumières
Bringing art to life, the Atelier des Lumières holds vast immersive exhibitions where over 100 projectors and a state-of-the-art sound system throw moving image versions of great art on the vast blank canvas walls of this old industrial foundry. Often sold out this is one of Paris’ most engaging shows.
Then, take a 20-minute drive to get to Verbe by YEEELS for dinner.
Verbe by YEEELS
The vibe at this upmarket restaurant, bar and nightclub is fresh, young and undeniably stylish, with décor straight from the pages of the Great Gatsby; all shimmering gold walls, black marble and beautiful people. A meal here is as much about the experience as it is the menu, though dishes like prawn tempura with wasabi mayonnaise and a truffle-topped pizza are designed to please.
Take a 10-minute taxi ride to get to Dupleix Metro station, the meeting point for the Paris Night Bike Tour.
Paris Night Bike Tour
This four-hour evening excursion from Fat Tire Tours offers a unique way to see Paris. Soak up the best city sights on two wheels, from the vibrant nightlife of the Latin Quarter to the beautiful Île de la Cité. A mid-cycle dessert comes in the form of ice cream from Berthillon, and the evening finishes up with a boat cruise along the River Seine, complete with complimentary juice or wine.
To get back to the hotel at the end of the evening, take a 15-minute taxi ride from Dupleix Metro.
Start the day with a visit to the flea market in Saint-Ouen, just 20 minutes from the hotel by taxi.
Saint-Ouen Flea Market
A busy weekend or Monday morning can be spent perusing the seven-hectare expanse of the Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, one of the world’s largest flea markets. Across fourteen sections are antiques, posters, vintage clothes, shoes and everything in between. Teenagers will be tempted by thrift finds, as well as by the chance to admire a more local view of Paris.
From Saint-Ouen, head to the pre-arranged pick up point for your Citroën 2CV tour of the city. Your guide will meet you anywhere in central Paris.
2CV Paris Tour
One of the most beloved French classic car models, the Citroën 2CV still turns heads 70 years after its first production. Visitors can channel retro Gallic charm by renting one for the day, or, for those who don’t fancy navigating the narrow Parisian streets solo, book a driving tour of the city’s most famous sightseeing destinations with a 2CV Paris Tour.
After your tour, head to Galeries Lafayette.
A fashion institution and an architectural wonder, Galeries Lafayette is a department store with panache. Every Friday afternoon from 3pm, a half-hour fashion show takes place on the fourth floor – an ideal way for burgeoning fashionistas to get a taste for the industry. The venue is well worth a visit any day of the week, however, with 3,500 brands to peruse for men, women and children.
For the penultimate stop of the day, take a 15-minute taxi ride to the district of Le Marais.
Shop Le Marais
One of the city’s most historic districts, Le Marais is brimming with museums, bars, restaurants, and a dense collection of art galleries. Popular with a young and creative crowd, the neighbourhood proffers plenty of shopping opportunities as well, from stylish brands like The Kooples and Sandro to vintage boutiques and concept stores.
Take a 25-minute walk over the Seine, or a 10-minute taxi ride, to reach the final stop of the day, Le Foodist.
Cooking Class at Le Foodist
Feed a teenager Parisian delights during their trip and they’ll be happy for a day, but teach them to cook and suddenly the future looks very bright (and filled with macarons). Le Foodist offers morning and evening English-language cooking or baking classes that are hands-on, fun and could even include a market visit.
The hotel is then a 20-minute journey by taxi from Le Foodist.
All journey times are approximate and subject to variation.