Top 7 Things to do in Paris in Winter

Top 7 Things to do in Paris in Winter

Hi Everyone,

There’s certainly something special about Paris. A certain magic in the air no matter what time of year you visit. Having said that it can get very cold in Winter – as with any other Central European city.

If visiting Paris in Winter it certainly pays to have a few contingency activities in place just in case it rains all day or simply becomes too cold to bear outside all day long.

This post is a brief guideline of the top 7 things to do in Paris in Winter. It mostly doesn’t include visiting the local museums as these days it is good to avoid crowds wherever you go. Despite the current pandemic major museums are still crowded in Paris.

Making sure you have the best stay ever in Paris, regardless of the weather!


Top 10 Things to do in Paris in Winter

Top 7 Things to do in Paris in Winter
  1. Discover the most beautiful covered passages in Paris.

The Covered Passages of Paris are true hidden gems. They uncover a world apart from the crowded tourist attractions or busy Grand Boulevards. Here you will find the true quaint shops such as special perfumeries, books, Christmas decorations, dolls house interiors and strange artefacts from all over the world plus a lot more.

Walking from one covered passageway to the other felt a little like being Christopher Columbus… Many of them are either interconnected or across the road from each other. My absolute favourite is Passage Jouffroy.

Top 7 Things to do in Paris in Winter

Other beautiful covered passageways o discover:


Top 7 Things to do in Paris in Winter

2. Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette is one of the most beautiful upmarket shopping centres in the world. A trip to it’s flagship store is on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement of Paris is a must for any visit to Paris. This is where you will find the famous glass dome – an architectural delight not to be missed!

Did you know that Paris is the city where Marie Antoinette used to spend heavily on fashion and where Coco Chanel invented the iconic Little Black Dress… no more excuses needed to include a spot of shopping into your Paris trip!


Top 7 Things to do in Paris in Winter

3. Champagne with a view at Cheval Blanc

Cheval Blanc is a new luxury hotel along the shores of the river Seine. Having just opened in it’s present state in 2021.

The top floor bar and restaurant are the perfect place for a glass of champagne with a view. See iconic sites such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame whilst casually sipping luscious French champagne.


Top 7 Things to do in Paris in Winter
4. Aquarium de Paris
Situated in the heart of Paris, right in the Trocadéro gardens opposite the Eiffel Tower the Aquarium de Paris offers an unforgettable experience for all ages. With over 7,500 sea creatures, including 50 sharks, all from the waters of France and its territories.
Discover one of the biggest shark tanks in France with 3 million litres of water. The Médusarium –  largest jellyfish exhibit in Europe (and the only one in France), with over 2,500 jellyfish in 15 tanks, is certainly not to be missed!


Top 7 Things to do in Paris in Winter

5. Iconic photo of the Eiffel Tower

The best place to get this photo of the Eiffel Tower is from the top of the Trocadero. There are plenty of travelling salesmen that will help you get the perfect perspective if this proves difficult.

My tip is to take the picture with your mobile phone. It is up to the person behind the camera to move to get the perfect photo – not the other way around – smile!


6. Best Farmers Market near Palais de Tokyo

After taking your Eiffel Tower photo, stroll down towards the PALAIS DE TOKYO  and saunter through the farmers market.

Tip – you never know what you might find. I bought myself the cutest bucket hat there for a mere EUR 10!


7. Visit the Louis Vuitton Foundation

There are always interesting art exhibitions to see at the Louis Vuitton Foundation but for me the visit was more about seeing the architecture and experiencing the amazing views from La Defense to Arc de Triumph.

The architect is Canadian born Frank Gehry, considered to be one of the 10 greatest modern architects of our time. He has designed a number of impressive buildings. The most famous being Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.




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Cheers from our favourite restaurant in Paris…


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Hi! I’m Yvonne, a 40 something (wink) Kiwi, living in Zurich. I love fashion, travel, shopping and food – believing chocolate will cure almost anything!

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  1. And I could go on and on about Paris because I love it very much thank you Yvonne for your lovely blog

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