Our selection of kid-friendly Michelin-star hotels
8 July 2019
Michelin-star restaurants have a reputation for not being particularly kids-friendly places. There is, however, a revolution in the sector as an increasing number of gourmet restaurants now offer kid-friendly menus. Ready to enjoy a unique culinary experience with your family? Then let yourself be tempted by our 2019 selection. Enjoy your meal!
Many people combine gastronomy and a 5-star stay. The discovery of new flavours and textures titillates our taste buds and takes us on a journey into an unknown world. To be able to enjoy small dishes with your whole tribe, we have selected several renowned kids-friendly addresses. This way, you no longer have to deprive yourself of a good gourmet meal during your family getaways.
L’Océan – Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
Nestled in the heart of the Basque Country, the Michelin-star L’Océan restaurant offers gourmet and inventive French cuisine inspired by seafood and Basque traditions. Chef Alexandre Soulier has been at the helm of the establishment since 2018. The 31-year old chef faces a real challenge with his new menu: to keep the star of L’Océan and maybe get a second one. Among his signature dishes, we highlight the scallop pan with grilled salsifies. L’Océan is open from Tuesday to Saturday evenings and welcomes families with pleasure. Something extra: there is a special menu dedicated to children, with the Chef regularly taking into account the opinions of the little ones when creating his menus.
In addition to overlooking the sea, L’Océan is also located in a renowned hotel: the Grand Hotel Thalasso & Spa. Built in 1900 and recently renovated, this 5-star hotel is a jewel of Art Deco architecture. Its elegant pink facade and chic decoration make this kids-friendly hotel a must visit destination in the seaside resort of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. The children upon their arrival receive a welcome gift. The “Petit Chipi” kids-club also welcomes kids from the age of 3 to 16 during the summer holidays. It is worth noting that pets are also allowed.
L’Atelier étoile of Joël Robuchon – Paris, France
The capital of France is known for its many gourmet restaurants. Among them is L’Atelier Etoile by the famous chef Joël Robuchon, a totally kids-friendly Michelin star restaurant located next to the Champs Elysées. From the moment of arrival, customers are welcomed in an elegant and friendly setting. Prepared by chef Thierry Karakachian and designed by Joël Robuchon, the menu offers the restaurant’s great classics, as well as recipes inspired by seasonal produce. Gourmands can choose between a small or large portion depending on their appetite. It should be noted that Atelier Etoile also has a children’s menu. Menu.
To enjoy your stay in the capital of gastronomy, we propose the Napoleon Hotel*****, located at 5 minutes by foot from the Michelin-star restaurant. This romantic hotel steeped in history seduces families looking for luxury and comfort. 39 rooms and 57 carefully decorated suites are available for guests. In addition, some rooms can be connected for families to enjoy a private space. Furthermore, don’t miss the jazz concerts organised every Thursday from 7.30 pm.
Le Chantecler – Nice, France
Are you ready to taste a new type of cuisine? Let’s meet at Chef Virginie Basselot’s Chantecler. Regarded as the best table in Nice, the two-star Michelin restaurant offers a menu inspired by Provence. Sourced from local producers, the fresh products and vegetables are carefully selected. For the record, Virginie Basselot became the restaurant’s chef in 2018. This is the first time in the history of Chantecler for a woman to take the helm. A challenge that Virginie Basselot is poised for. We recommend the chef’s signature menu, which includes, among other things, a smoked Puglia Burrata in tartar and a delicious lamb fillet served with smoked eggplant caviar and grilled vegetables. The Chantecler, with its cellar and 15,000 bottles, also appeals to wine lovers. Children are also not left out, as there is a special kids menu available.
The Chantecler is hidden in the heart of Europe’s most emblematic palace, the Negresco *****. Inaugurated in 1913, this 5-star hotel proudly sits along the equally famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice. A must for any escapade to the Côte d’Azur, Le Négresco boasts 100 rooms and 24 suites. Staying in this hotel also means enjoying a good time and discovering rooms inspired by the mythical periods of French art. In particular, it features an important collection of original furniture, paintings and sculptures. Moreover, young residents in Negresco are well served. They enjoy welcome gifts, children’s menus, small pedal cars, adapted cosmetics… So, are you ready to board for “Nissa la bella”?
Shisen Hanten – Sentosa, Singapore
Emerging as a true gastronomic destination, Singapore has recently become home to a beautiful array of Michelin starred restaurants. Among them is Shisen Hanten. Historically, this traditional family establishment was founded in 1958 by Chen Kenmin who is considered to be the “father of Szechuan cuisine” in Japan. Today, Shisen Hanten is a chain of 14 establishments located in 6 cities in Japan including Tokyo and Yokohama. Singapore’s Shisen Hanten is the first facility launched outside Japan. Led by Chef Chen Kentaro, a third generation chef, the restaurant’s typical dishes focus on the seven flavours of Szechwanese food: sour, spicy, hot, sweet, bitter, aromatic and salty. A menu that appeals to gourmands, as confirmed by the two Michelin stars awarded to it. Don’t miss the Chef’s speciality, the famous “Chen’s Mapo Doufu”, a stir-fry of tofu with Szechwan pepper and its spicy meat sauce, served with Hokkaido rice. The restaurant also offers a children’s menu. Menu.
What better way is there to unwind after a gourmet meal than by the pool? We recommend the very sumptuous Capella Singapore hotel. Tucked away in the heart of Sentosa Island and located 15 minutes from downtown, this establishment is a haven of peace. One can only admire the two majestic 19th century colonial villas that blend skilfully into the modern architecture of the rest of the hotel. With 112 rooms, 15 suites and 38 villas, Capella Singapore is an address that appeals to parents and their children. Its ideal location makes it easy to explore one of Singapore’s many excursions, including the Universal Studio theme park, the South East Asian aquarium, the Adventure Cove Water park… Stop hesitating and take off for this new and heavenly destination.
Anne-Sophie Pic – Lausanne, Switzerland
Pic, a well-known name in the very exclusive world of French fine cuisine. In fact, chef Anne-Sophie Pic is the third generation of the family to obtain 3 stars in the Michelin guide. She is also the only female chef in France to hold the three precious stars. A great achievement! Gourmands can taste her cuisine at the Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant in Lausanne, Switzerland. Opened in 2009, the restaurant offers a Swiss inspired menu. Relieving the management of the restaurant to chef Paolo Boscaro, Anne-Sophie Pic nevertheless makes sure to renew her two menus over the seasons and according to her inspiration. To accompany the dishes, guests can choose from among the 75,000 bottles of wine in the cellar, one of the largest in Europe. Menu.
This gourmet restaurant is located in the luxurious Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne. Bordering the Swiss shores of Lake Geneva, this hotel, built in 1861, is part of the very closed circle of the most beautiful palaces in Europe. A deserved title when you consider the subtle blend of modern and classic architecture. The four-hectare garden and the presence of the port Ouchy below makes this establishment a perfect place to spend a family holiday. Children are indeed kings at Beau-Rivage Palace. Welcome gifts, children’s menus, outdoor playground, treasure hunt, pastry classes, creative activities… Your little blond heads will always be entertained.
La Grande Table Marocaine – Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech is a city that makes you dream. With its countless alleys, its traditional mint tea, fabulously coloured mosques… one of Morocco’s largest cities rolls out the red carpet to the many curious people who visit it every year. Among its many assets, Marrakech is home to a restaurant where Moroccan cuisine can finally be appreciated for its true value. La Grande Table Marocaine is an emblematic establishment that revisits the flavours of Morocco’s ancestral cuisine. Michelin’s 3-star chef, Yannick Alléno, has been offering innovative and creative menus since 2008. Food-loving families choose the Aaïly menu (which means “family sharing”) and are seduced by the lamb shoulder in mechoui, as well as by chicken and lemon tagine confit with marigha salt or royal mansour orange pearls. The cuisine is not the only excellent thing. The setting of La Grande Table Marocaine leaves you stunned. High ceilings, original works of art, designer linen… Everything is designed to provide a real culinary experience. Menu.
To extend your stay in the Red City, we advise you to unpack your bags in the fabulous oriental palace Selman Marrakech. Honoured with three prestigious Awards, this luxurious address is a fine example of oriental Moroccan architecture. Its 80-metre swimming pool, splendid palm grove, impressive stables and complimentary kids-club appeal to families looking for a change of scenery and tranquility. There are also other exclusive activities on offer, including photo shoots, horse-drawn carriage rides, a trip in a classic car or a quad tour. It is understandable why this hotel was voted “Best Hotel in Morocco” by the TripAdvisor website.
Have a great tasting!
Emilie, 21 years old, lover of literature and travel, from Liège, Belgium