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
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.
Other beautiful covered passageways o discover:
- Passage des Panoramas – has a train restaurant
- Passage Choiseul – full of Asian restaurants
- Passage Verdeau
- Galerie Vivienne
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!
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.
4. Aquarium de Paris
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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