PARIS IN WINTER (PARIS IN THE RAIN)
Unfortunately, Paris 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.
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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RAINY DAY IN PARIS: WHAT TO DO IN PARIS WHEN IT RAINS
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.
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.
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!).
15- Enjoy a glass of good French wine at Bercy Village (Paris 12), at the restored wine warehouses (XIXth century).
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.
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.
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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