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Paris on a Rainy Day

Unfortunately, Paris in autumn or in winter comes with the rain. Sometimes lots of rain. We know that you did not book any rain for your trip to the City of Light but in winter there’s around a one in three chance of it raining in Paris when you visit. Fortunately, Paris is a city with lots of resources for visitors and locals and a rainy day in Paris does not necessarily mean staying at home /hotel with your favorite TV chain and a cup of tea.

Paris on a Rainy Day

So what to do in Paris in the rain, when the weather is not good for Paris sightseeing? You need a plan B, an alternative list of Paris things to do when the weather is not that nice. And that’s why we are here, with a list of ideas of things to do in Paris to keep you busy on a rainy day (or even enjoy the rain). From less known Paris attractions to quirky activities, there is something for every taste on our list. Enjoy Paris Like a Local, enjoy winter in Paris in the rain!

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1- Discover the history of Roman Lutetia, the origin of Paris, at Cluny Museum or at the Archaeological Crypt.

2- Drink the best “chocolat chaud” (=hot chocolate) in Paris at Angelina’s.

3- Enjoy the fascinating world of model railroading at Gare de l’Est’s underground halls (only on Saturday afternoon).

4- Treat yourself to a steamy Hammam at Mosquée de Paris.

5- Curious to know how locals do in Paris? Book the hilarious one-man show “How to become Parisian in one hour” (all in English), the funniest show in Paris since a long time!

6- Enjoy the beautiful architecture (and some nice shopping) of the Covered Passages, Paris.

Paris on a Rainy Day

7- Explore Paris’ Sewer System and learn about the history and evolution of water in Paris.

8- At night, enjoy amazing international attractions, can can girls and lots of bubbles in one of the best Cabarets in Paris (Moulin Rouge, Lido, Crazy Horse and many more).

9- Admire Monet’s stunning “nympheas” (=water lilies), even more beautiful with the sound of the rain outside.

10- Fancy a quirky afternoon? Learn all about vampires and other strange creatures at the Vampires Museum.

11- Swim some laps in the beautiful “Belle Époque” pools of Paris.

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12- Get ready for summer rock climbing at Blocbuster CNIT, La Défense.

13- A platter of aphrodisiac oysters + wine, sun or rain, is always a good idea (well, only from September to March!).

14-Louvre Museum treasure hunt with friends or family, an alternative way of visiting the Louvre Museum.

15- Enjoy a glass of good French wine at Bercy Village (Paris 12), at the restored wine warehouses (XIXth century).

16- Have fun with the new Virtual Reality sessions (on Saturday) at Forum des Images, Les Halles (Paris 1).

Paris on a Rainy Day

17- Rain (and people) watching under the roof of a typical Parisian Cafe.

18- Visit one (or two) of the FREE Museums in Paris. Some of them are not well known but they are very cool!

19- Visit Paris’ historical “Grands Magasins” for beautiful architecture and exclusive shopping: Galeries Lafayette, Le Bon Marché and Printemps.

20- Head to La Rhumerie (Paris 6) for the best rum in Paris and a beautiful atmosphere.

21- Spend a quirky half day amongst beasts at Galerie de l’Evolution, in Paris 5.

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22- Attend a free reading session at Shakespeare & Company (check their upcoming events).

23- Enjoy Paris’ Food Festivals (the ones under a roof!), there is something for every taste all year round.

24- Wrestling in Paris, anyone? Tequilas and Open ring (with a funny Sumo foam suit) at La Lucha Libre.

25- Do a Paris Catacombs Tour (or check its local alternative), a quirky visit of underground Paris. Click here to book your Paris Catacombs Tour with special access.

26- If you live in Paris or you have rented a Paris furnished apartment, invite your new friends to a cool fondue dinner.

photo courtesy: Leila Victoria @leilavictoriam

27- Discover the world of perfumes, and buy your next favorite one, at little Fragonard Musée du Parfum.

28- Enjoy a night at the Opera at Palais Garnier or Opéra de la Bastille.

29- Discover the most fascinating Paris Underground Secrets.

30- Not very original but, why not? Most of the films at Bercy Village are in the original language, with subtitles in French.

31- Eat your weight in macarons, viennoiseries and other Paris sweet treats.

32- Have a walk along the Seine and sing in the rain. After all, this is Paris!

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  • Megan Jerrard
    02/08/2018 at 1:02 am

    Sitting in the middle of Australian summer right now, on a rural property, we could do with the rain! Lol so send some our way 😀 I usually enjoy museums on a rainy day when I’m traveling, and Paris does have some great ones! Though I do love the idea of a steamy Hammam at Mosquée de Paris. Or enjoying a good glass of wine in a restored wine warehouse. Thanks for these ideas – proves that you don’t have to have great weather to have a fabulous time!

    • WorldInParis
      02/15/2018 at 3:53 pm

      Could not say it better than you: so many cool things to do when the weather is not that nice 😉

  • Suruchi
    02/06/2018 at 1:01 pm

    Paris is high on our list and we want to explore it in offseason. So, guess winters is going to be the apt time for us. I am sure rain in winters will be adding some more charm and now we have a huge list of things to do too. Awesome!! Gonna bookmark it.

    • WorldInParis
      02/15/2018 at 3:54 pm

      Well, rain is not that charming for Parisians. But yes, you have there some cool things to keep you busy during rainy days 😉

  • Nick Wheatley
    02/05/2018 at 10:26 pm

    What a handy list! We were actually in Paris this past December and sure enough it was raining!

    We still managed to have a great time and even did a few of the things on this list – wandered through the Louvre, toured the Paris sewer museum, and admired the Water Lillies at l’Orangerie. We weren’t able to make it to Angelina’s for hot chocolate though. Is it really as good as everyone says?!

    We used several posts from your site to help plan our last trip to Paris (thanks!), but somehow I missed this article. I’ll make sure I remember it for next time in case the weather chooses not to cooperate!

    • WorldInParis
      02/17/2018 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks for your kind words and happy to know my posts were helpful to plan your trip to Paris. Still many handy posts in the pipeline, there is a general lack of time! 😉

  • Hannah
    02/05/2018 at 7:41 pm

    I love this list! I have done many of these things when being rained upon in Paris – people-watching in a café is one of my favourite pastimes, in the rain or otherwise. I love the suggestion of the free museums too. I never seem to mind the rain in Paris, perhaps my rose tinted glasses cover being wet and bedraggled in Paris too 😉

  • Bella WW
    02/05/2018 at 4:38 pm

    It seems that Paris is a good idea even in the rain. Love all the ideas and all the photos. You made me a craving for some macarons 😀

  • Danila Caputo
    02/04/2018 at 6:24 pm

    I’m one of those who believe Paris can be very romantic also with the rain, but you’re right, you can’t go sightseeing when the weather is horrible! I think I’d definitely love the hot chocolate alternative at Angelina’s!

  • Debbzie Leksono
    02/03/2018 at 7:26 pm

    Both of my visits to Paris was during winter. So yeah, it was cold and gloomy and wet but it didn’t stop me from exploring this city *grin*. I can’t agree more with the idea of having the best hot chocolate in the world at Angelina’s. I’ve also done the Paris Catacombs tour which was amazing!. Next would be visiting the Vampires museum. Thanks for giving me such an ample ideas for plan B in Paris 😀

  • Niina
    02/03/2018 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks for reminding how badly I need to return to Paris! We missed our scheduled catacomb tour by 3 minutes and weren’t allowed to catch up the group. Luckily, it’s only one of the million reasons for me to return. The Vampires Museum also picked my interest 😉

    • WorldInParis
      02/17/2018 at 8:20 pm

      Oooh, so sad to read about your Paris Catacombs tour :-(((

  • Anu
    02/03/2018 at 1:43 pm

    On a rainy day, Museums are my best options. There is nothing to distract you as you spend time with the past. But I never thought of going to Hammam or a spa on a rainy day – that is also a perfect option. Opera also sounds like a good idea.

    • WorldInParis
      02/17/2018 at 8:20 pm

      So some more ideas to have in mind when visiting Paris 😉

  • Vasu
    02/03/2018 at 12:34 pm

    So many indoor things to do in Paris. I mean it could be a perfect rainy-days vacation and one would still not be bored 🙂 For me it is quite difficult to choose what I like most. I would probably start with the VR session because it did not exist when I went there last!