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Paris in November [2021] Quick Guide by a Local


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08/27/21

November in Paris [2021]

Paris in November is calm, a resting month before the start of the Christmas or festive season. November in Paris is the beginning of the low season, almost the only time of the year without many tourists. This means that you will see a more authentic city if you decide to visit Paris in November.

In Paris, November comes with shorter or no lines, lower prices, and more hotel availability. However, the weather in November in Paris is not at its best, with more chances of rain. There are not many seasonal festivals or events either.

All considered, November in Paris can be a great idea for a cultural trip or a weekend getaway to change of air. Here is our guide to making the most of your time in Paris in November 2021.

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Is Paris in November Busy? Crowds Forecast

Paris in November is calm, and if you don’t like the crowds or waiting in line to visit museums or monuments, this is definitely the best month to come!

However, beware that in 2021 kids will have school holidays from 23 October to 8 November (Vacances de la Toussaint). Commonly, families from other parts of France like to travel to Paris in November for a cultural trip.

The 11th of November (the Armistice of WWI) is also a holiday in France. This year the 11th of November falls on Wednesday, and some people may take a couple of days off for the last mini-holiday in France or abroad before the Christmas holiday.

If you decide to visit Paris in November during one of these two weekends, start booking things right now, especially if you need train tickets from /to Paris.

November Weather in Paris

How is the November weather in Paris? The weather in November in Paris is hard to predict. With a bit of luck, November can have some first days still warm and sunny, but by the end of November, Paris takes a wintery aspect, and it is usually cold.

If we stick to the statistics, the average temperature in Paris in November is 12C maximum and 7C minimum with a 15% probability of rainfall.

If you decide to visit Paris in November, you can still consider day trips from Paris to explore the countryside, but we recommend having a B plan if it rains.

What to Wear in Paris in November 2021

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What to wear in Paris in November 2021? The key to dressing in Paris in the fall is layers. During the day, you are likely to be ok with long sleeve tops or a light, mid-season jacket, but later it can be cold, and you probably will need one more layer.

What to pack for Paris in November 2021? The weather in November in Paris calls for good walking shoes, closed-toe and waterproof,  scarves, a cardigan, and a foldable umbrella.

For a more local look, have a look at our Fall /Winter packing lists for men and women:

Before leaving home for Paris, it is a good idea to check the weather forecast (temperatures and rainfall) and review your Paris packing list.

Best Tips for Visiting Paris in November

If you visit Paris in November – around the 1st of November or 11th of November – plan and book everything in advance because the 1st of November is a holiday in many places in Europe (France included). The 11th of November is also a holiday day in France.

Always have a B plan for the rainy days in Paris. If you need some ideas, check out our list of fun things to do during a rainy day in Paris.

A week before the departure, have a look at our Transportation Strikes in Paris post, which is always up to date. Just in case . . .

Around the second half of November in Paris, the first Christmas Markets in Paris start to open, and some streets start to dress up for the festive season. This is a good opportunity to enjoy a bit of Christmas in Paris without the crowds (and the higher prices).

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Best Things to Do in Paris in November 2021

If you plan on visiting Paris in November for the first time, you may want to tick some of Paris’s top tourist attractions off your bucket list. The itineraries below are thought for people visiting Paris for the first time, and they are planned around the main attractions and the most interesting neighborhoods in Paris:

Apart from all these places, you may want to add some seasonal activities for your Paris November trip. These are some cool things to do when you visit Paris in November 2021:

VISIT A CEMETERY

Pere Lachaise Cemetery Paris

In France, on 1st November (La Toussaint) we honor the dead. This is a Catholic tradition, and also a national holiday in France, and people like to go to the cemeteries to visit the graves of their relatives.

Paris boasts beautiful cemeteries spread all around the city, which are quiet places perfect for a stroll. Some cemeteries (Saint Vincent in Montmartre), are more intimate while other cemeteries (Père Lachaise) are monumental and attract the tourists.

If you can, try to visit one of the cemeteries of Paris in November right after La Toussaint. The cemeteries of Paris are gorgeous under the fall colors, and the flowers on the graves have been renewed.

WALK THE COVERED PASSAGES OF PARIS

Covered Passages Paris

Paris in November is the perfect time to visit some of the most beautiful covered passages of Paris, a labyrinth of covered commercial passages built during the 18th century across the city. These covered passages, all bathed in natural light, are decorated with beautiful mosaic works and iron latticework.

After some years of abandonment, the covered passages of Paris were restored to its former glory, and they are today real Art Nouveau / Neoclassical architectural gems.

If you know where to look, you will find delightful ancient boutiques, cute cafes, and other curiosity shops.

TAKE A FOOD TOUR IN PARIS

French Pastries

Food tours in Paris are a good option when the air is fresh, but it is not too cold to wander outside. Discover the best food in Paris and some good addresses to eat or buy while learning fascinating historical facts and anecdotes about the neighborhood that you are exploring.

The most popular neighborhoods for food tours are Le Marais, Saint Germain-des-Prés, and Montmartre. Saint Germain, is also very reputed for its pastries and chocolate tours, like this popular, top-rated Saint Germain Pastry and Chocolate Walking Tour.

GET INSPIRED DURING THE MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN PARIS

Paris Nightlife Photography

In Paris, November is the month of Photography, and there are numerous fairs and exhibitions to honor the world of cameras, pictures, and great photographers.

In the second week of November (10 – 14 November 2021), the Salon de la Photo (Paris Photography Fair) occurs at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles.

Then it’s Paris Photo (10 – 14 November 2021), the world’s biggest photography fair, which takes place under the glass-domed roof of the Grand Palais. Plus there are always many small photo exhibitions, free or for a small fee, where photography passionates can admire the work of some of the most iconic photographers but also new talents.

CELEBRATE THE ARRIVAL OF THE NEW BEAUJOLAIS

Wine Tasting in Paris

In November, Paris and France celebrate the Beaujolais Nouveau’s arrival (this year, on Thursday 18 November 2021),  when it is possible to taste this wine’s latest vintage everywhere in the city.

This tradition seems to be more popular abroad than in France (we are not particularly fond of this wine…), but it makes just another excuse to toast and celebrate with friends and family. Cheers!

HOT CHOCOLATE AND PEOPLE WATCHING IN A TERRASSE CAFE

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When the air gets crisp, it is a good moment to cozy up with a good book and a steaming cup of hot chocolate somewhere picturesque.

The neighborhoods of Le Marais, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, or Montmartre are some good places to find picturesque cafes, but there are pretty cafes all around Paris.

If the weather is good, enjoy lounging at one sidewalk terrace café in Paris for people watching. It’s as simple as that.

DO THE GRAND TASTING

Wine Tasting in Paris

The Salon Grand Tasting is THE event for wine lovers in November in Paris.

From TBD – TBD November 2021, explore the best of France’s wine regions, and perhaps buy some bottles, in this festival of Great Wines held at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris.

TIP: Don’t forget your wine suitcase or wine tote bag to bring your best findings back home!

HAVE FUN AT THE LANTERN FESTIVAL

Lantern Festival Paris

Feel like experiencing a magical moment in Paris in November? Then, head to the Parc de La Villette on Saturday, 27 November, for the Lantern Festival, a beautiful celebration of magic, love, and hope.

Light up your handmade lantern and join the lantern parade along with musicians Zalindê and Doubayabi. After the lit parade across the park, the celebration will wrap up over some spicy tea to warm up.

EXPLORE THE FIRST CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN PARIS

Paris Christmas Markets

Around the second half of November, the first Christmas Markets in Paris start to open, and some streets start to dress up for the festive season.

If you like the idea of getting a glimpse of Paris at Christmas time in November without the crowds, have a look at the best Christmas Markets in Paris 2021 to see their opening times this year and program.

CHECK OUT THE TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS IN NOVEMBER IN PARIS 2021

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At the end of the summer, the new cultural season starts in Paris, usually with many temporary exhibitions in the main museums or art galleries.

There’s not much information on cultural events for Paris in October 2021 yet. Keep clicking for the latest updates.

Botticelli at Musée Jacquemart-André, from 10 September 2021 to 24 January 2022.

Dalí, l’Énigme Sans Fin (Dalí, the endless enigma) at Atelier des Lumières, from 12 February 2021 to 2 January 2022.

The World of Banksy: the Immersive Experience at Espace Lafayette Drouot (44 rue de Faubourg Montmartre, Paris 9), from 1 June 2021 to 31 December 2021.

Picasso-Rodin, a Giants’ Dialogue, mega exhibition in two sites – Musée Rodin and Musée Picasso -, from 19 May 2021 to 2 January 2022.

NEED MORE IDEAS FOR NOVEMBER IN PARIS?

No problem! Have a look at our articles about October in Paris and also December in Paris, some of the activities proposed in these articles are also a good idea for Paris in November.

Where to Stay in Paris in November

We recommend Booking.com for booking your hotel in Paris. They have a wide variety of accommodation of all kinds and good rates. In addition, they propose the option to cancel for free, most of the time up to 24 hours.


SLEEP WITH EIFFEL TOWER VIEWS

If you have the budget, why not treating yourself with the pleasure of waking up with an amazing Eiffel Tower balcony view?

Some of the best hotels in Paris also come with awesome views of Eiffel Tower, especially beautiful during its night show!

Check out the best hotels with Eiffel Tower Views

The good news is that a cozy room with Eiffel Tower views is not exclusive to the best hotels in Paris. If you are looking for a more local experience, there are also beautiful, fully equipped apartments to rent with amazing Eiffel Tower views

Check out the best apartments with view of Eiffel Tower


HOTELS AT LE MARAIS IN PARIS 4

Le Marais is a central neighborhood in the Seine’s Right Bank perfect to set your base in Paris, especially if you are visiting Paris for the first time. It is beautiful, well connected by the metro, and with many beautiful cafes and restaurant options.

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HOTEL DE JOSEPHINE DE BONAPARTE, Paris 4, $$$$

Located in a former convent, this charming hotel is inspired by Napoleon’s wife, Joséphine de Bonaparte. Its unique decorated rooms are elegant and romantic and its cozy saloons are the perfect place for a last glass of wine.

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HOTEL FRANCE LOUVRE, Paris 4, $$$

Hotel France Louvre is a typical Haussmaniann-style hotel located in Le Marais. The rooms are small but cozy, all elegantly furnished in Louis XIV style. Some of them have lovely views over Hôtel de Ville and Tour Saint Jacques.

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HOTELS AT SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS

The neighborhood of Saint-Germain, in the Left Bank, is a great place to put your luggage down in Paris, especially if you are visiting Paris for the first time. It is picturesque, central, with many entertainments, beautiful cafes and restaurant options.

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XRELAIS CHRISTINE; Paris 6, $$$$

This hotel is set in a 16th-century private mansion in the heart of Saint Germain-des-Prés. Its rooms are unique, designed in different styles. Guests can enjoy elegant common spaces, a garden, a spa, and a fitness center.

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HOTEL CHAPLAIN PARIS RIVE GAUCHE: Paris 6, $$$

This chic and modern hotel is located only a few meters from Luxembourg Gardens is one of the best mid-range hotels in Saint-Germain. The rooms are fancy and colorful. We especially like its chic dining area and floral courtyard, where you can take your breakfast or a drink.

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We hope you enjoyed this Paris in November 2021 quick guide and it helped you plan your November in Paris. Bon voyage!

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