Ultimately whenever we visit a city we all hope for the weather to be the best possible or at least that it doesn’t rain. And let me tell you that rain is a thing here so you’re better off planning what to do by knowing those 10 things to do on a rainy day in Paris.
However, now you can’t plan ahead on which day it’s going to rain so even if you looked at the forecast in advance you might still be greeted by the rain during your trip. And this can happen whilst you visit Paris.
Luckily there are ways to make the most of your visit even during the rain. And then again maybe you’ll find that taking a walk in the city of love under the rain is quite romantic. Here is what to do in Paris when it rains.
10 Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Paris
Undoubtedly when it comes to activities to do on a rainy day, it’s all about the indoors activities. Luckily for you, Paris has a good deal of indoors activities thus you’ll still be able to make the most of your visit.
You knew about this one; it’s the most obvious. Paris is a city full of history that was home to hundreds of artists during the nineties and more. You can find no less than 206 museums in Paris with plenty of various theme and exhibit.
The most famous one has to be Le Louvre. Le Louvre is one of the biggest museums in Paris so be sure to check out these top tips to prepare your visit to Le Louvre!
Followed close by Le Musée d’Orsay which not only has a lot of pieces of art but used to be a station and has a beautiful clock inside and is also one of the most significant museums in Europe.
You can also find museums such as:
The Centre Pompidou
- Musée des Arts Décoratifs
Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
Musée du Quai Branly
Musée National du Moyen Age
If you’re wondering if the Paris Museum Pass is worth it then check this out as this can definitely help you out to make your mind if you would like to buy it!
2- COVERED PASSAGES
Paris has plenty of covered passages which shows you a glimpse of the past, as it feels like stepping right into it when you walk into those galleries.
Here is a list of all the most beautiful passages you can find in Paris
Those are all located within the 2nd arrondissements of Paris so you can easily walk from one to another!
- Passage des Panoramas
Passage des Princes
Passage du Grand-Cerf
- Galerie Colbert
3- GO SHOPPING
I know, I know, you can also do this at home. So that’s why you shouldn’t go shopping anywhere Paris has some pretty fantastic shopping malls with brilliant architecture and decors from the beginning of the century.
One of my favourites is Les Galleries Lafayette where the architecture of the building in itself is a masterpiece but also change its decoration nearly every season (the most beautiful set up is usually on Christmas)
Another well-made shopping centre located close by is Printemps Haussmann; it also offers a free rooftop view on Paris!
Obviously, there’s much more shopping centre than those two in Paris, but I believe those are the most interesting to visit not solely for shopping but also enjoy the architecture and decorations.
4- VISIT THE UNDERGROUND
And no by underground I don’t mean the public transportations, it’s the Metro here by the way.
There’s a lot more going on beneath your feet than what you may think in Paris. So visiting the underground on a rainy day is a good idea.
- You can explore the sewers of Paris – ok it’s not the most glamorous activity to do, but you can learn a lot about Paris’ history there – I promise!
- Take a visit to the Catacombs – a little more glamorous? ok not really but you can explore a part of the catacombs (only 1.7km which represents only 0.5% of its surface, imagine how vast it is)
- Go under Notre-Dame to visit the crypt – a lot of people think about visiting Notre-Dame, but not many people think of exploring under the cathedral.
5- EAT DESSERTS
Paris and France, in general, is very famous for its excellent food and especially its dessert therefore if the weather is making you feel down why not comfort yourself with some yummy food and a hot (or cold) beverage.
Of course, if you fancy some macarons then you need to head to La Durée; however, there’s more than La Durée when it comes to Macarons so that’s why you should check out Elisabeth’s list of the best Macarons in Paris.
Another famous spot for desserts you can check out is Angelina.
Little bonus if you like tea and cake you can go to Nina’s Paris to drink delicious tea brew with flowers directly picked from Versailles’ Garden.
6- PALAIS GARNIER
Located in the 9th Arrondissement of Paris is a gorgeous neo-baroque Opera, now the good thing is you don’t need to appreciate the Opera to enjoy the beauty of the architecture and elegant decoration of the building. Which are both stunning from both the outside and the inside.
Of course, if you want to go and watch an Opera, you can do it as well!
7- CATHEDRAL AND CHURCHES
Another activity you can do which is perfect on a rainy day is to explore Paris’ numerous Cathedral and churches. With their fine architecture and beautiful stained glasses, they’re a pleasure for the eyes.
Here are some you can visit:
- Notre-Dame – I couldn’t possibly make a list without including the beautiful Notre-Dame – however, be careful the queue can be quite long. So not the best when it’s raining.
- Sainte Chapelle – Behind Notre Dame, you can find a cute Chapelle, less visited.
- Basilique du Sacré-Cœur – located near Montmartre stands the Basilica, you can also have a great view of Paris there.
- Paroisse Saint-Eustache – a lesser-known church in the 1st arrondissement of Paris.
Greenhouses are good options if you enjoy discovering some new plants from all over the world and educate yourself on the subject.
Besides, they’re usually delightful to visit, a bit of nature in a concrete jungle can never hurt.
Here are the three main and most beautiful greenhouses you can find in Paris:
- Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil
- Serre du Jardin des Plantes
- Serres du Sénat in the Jardin du Luxembourg
Paris isn’t exactly famous for castles, unlike La Loire, however, you can still find some unique and fancy castle to explore to avoid the rain.
- Chateau De Versailles -> I probably don’t need to introduce this castle as it is perhaps one of the most if not the most famous castle in France!
- Chateau de Fontainebleau -> A less known castle than Versailles’ if you want to know more about Fontainebleau check out this post.
- Chapeau de Chantilly -> if you go up North from Paris you can find the stunning castle and domain of Chantilly!
10- SEIZE THE MOMENT
Ultimately there’s one more thing you can do if it rains in Paris, just embrace it. Just as Gil said in Midnight In Paris.
Can you picture how drop dead gorgeous this city is in the rain?
While you may think exploring in the rain isn’t pleasant, you’d be surprised how much the storm can change a city; it can be a charming experience. So grab your umbrella put your hoodie on and explore. As cheesy as this sounds, you may fall in love with a side of Paris you’d have never expected to see.
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10 THINGS TO DO ON A RAINY DAY IN PARIS