It’s winter in Paris and what else can you do but enjoy the snow, frozen Eiffel Tower, and all! There are plenty of activities to keep you busy this winter. This list shows some of my favorites:
Go Shopping at the Markets
The markets in Paris are great places to shop for antiques and vintage items. They’re open all year round, but you’ll find them at their busiest during spring and summer when there are more tourists around.
Get Your Hands On Some Fancy Fashion
The best part about Paris’ winter is that you can wear your favorite winter clothes. While it may not be as warm as summer, there are still several places to go shopping in Paris and find some amazing fashion items!
- Marais: Located next to Notre Dame Cathedral, this neighborhood has been around since the 13th century. It’s full of boutiques and cafes where you can enjoy delicious food while browsing through racks of cute clothing or bags that would make any girl happy.
- Saint Germain des Prés: Located nearby Marais, Saint Germain des Prés is one of the most popular neighborhoods for tourists because it has so many shops selling high-quality designer brands at affordable prices (and often on sale!). There are also plenty of restaurants serving traditional French delicacies like escargot au vin rosé or steak fries!
Visit the Street of Vintage and Antique Shops
The Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré (Rue Faubourg Saint Honoré) is a street in Paris that houses many antique and vintage shops. It’s also the location of some of the most beautiful restaurants around, so you can’t go wrong if you’re looking for somewhere to eat while exploring this area!
The best way to spend your time on this street is by walking down it from end to end.
Have a Cup of Hot Chocolate at Angelina
If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a hot drink and some delicious food, look no further than Angelina. This famous Parisian hot chocolate shop is located on Rue de Rivoli, just a few blocks from the Louvre Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral. The perfect place to unwind after exploring these world class attractions, this café serves up mouthwatering treats like crepes filled with sweet cream cheese or custard, Tarte Tatin (a flaky pie crust topped with apples), croques monsieur sandwiches made from ham and Gruyère cheese melted into a brioche bun (with optional wild mushroom sauce), as well as other savory options such as eggs Benedict served on English muffins instead of toast!
Watch a Holiday show at Folies Bergère
The shows at Folies Bergère are great for families. They’re in French, English, and Spanish. If you’re more of a visual learner or if your kids need to practice their language skills, there are also shows in Italian (theater instructor friendly), German, and Russian!
If you have time to kill before checking out these attractions, check out the shops on boulevard de Rochechouart.
Art in Paris’s Museums
You can visit the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay and Musée Rodin during winter.
The Louvre is open every day of the year except on December 25th and January 1st.
The Musée d’Orsay is closed from November 15th through March 31st each year. It is then reopened for an additional three months through April 30th before closing again until May 20th, at which point you can revisit it until June 10th before being closed until September 5th before reopening again on September 6th and staying open all year long (except for Christmas).
The Eiffel Tower and What it has to offer in Winter
The Eiffel Tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Paris, and it’s also open year round. It offers a 360 degree view of the city, so you can see everything from up there! You can even take pictures from inside the glass elevator that goes directly to its top floor.
Go Skating near the Eiffel Tower
You can skate near the Eiffel Tower. There are two ice skating rinks near the landmark, one at the Trocadero and another at Jardin des Tuileries. Both are open from December through March, so you can enjoy some winter fun until then!
If you’re looking for more than just a quick spin around on skates, make sure to check out our list of the best things to do in Paris this winter (and summer).
Walk through the Jardin des Tuileries
The Jardin des Tuileries is one of Paris’s most beautiful public gardens, and it’s also the largest. It’s located between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde, along with several other museums and monuments.
The Jardin des Tuileries offers many activities that will help keep you entertained while enjoying this special spot in France:
- Animals You’ll find birds from all over Europe here (including some rare ones), as well as rabbits living within its borders! You may even come across some reptiles if you’re looking closely enough at their habitats…
- Events There are many festivals throughout the year held here including Jazz at Night concerts every month on Wednesday nights starting June through September.
Spend an Evening at La Sainte Chapelle
If you’re in Paris for more than a day, you should visit La Sainte Chapelle. It’s one of the most stunning buildings in all of France and it’s located right next door to Notre Dame Cathedral, making it easy to get there on foot or by public transportation (the Metro will take you there).
Notre Dame has a lot to offer in Winter as well!
The Notre Dame cathedral is a popular tourist attraction, and it’s no surprise that this famous Parisian landmark has something to offer in winter as well!
This Gothic style church was built between 1163 and 1345 under the orders of King Louis IX. The cathedral’s architecture is stunning, with soaring stained glass windows that have become an iconic symbol of French culture throughout history.
The best part about visiting Paris in the winter is that you have plenty of time to experience the city’s museums and attractions. Make sure you check out these events before they sell out!