10 Things To Do On A Rainy Day In Paris

10 things to do in Paris on a rainy day

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.

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Above Le Louvres

1- MUSEUMS

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

  • Galerie Vivienne

  • Passage du Grand-Cerf

  • Galerie Colbert
  • Passage Choiseul

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Galerie Lafayette

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.

READ: BEST THINGS TO DO IN PARIS IN WINTER

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.
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Nina’s Paris

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.

READ: PROS AND CONS OF VISITING PARIS IN WINTER

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!

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Notre Dame on a not so rainy day

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.

8-  GREENHOUSES

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
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Inside of Fontainebleau’s Castle

9- CASTLES

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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Enjoy,
Lyne

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38 Comments

  1. 09/06/2018 / 19:57

    So many great ideas! Paris is one of those cities that is beautiful and magical no matter what the weather is. A bit of rain actually makes the city feel kind of romantic 🙂 The museums and food are my go-to when it’s raining. I haven’t been to the covered passages yet, so I’ll have to check them out next time I’m in Paris!

    • Lyne
      Author
      13/06/2018 / 19:32

      That’s true, rain really change the atmosphere! You should, they’re really charming 🙂

  2. 09/06/2018 / 20:36

    This is a lovely list. I hope it doesn’t rrain when I visit Paris
    Nevertheless I will keep this list handy for if it’s does

    Thanks for sharing

  3. 09/06/2018 / 21:33

    Wish I had this on my last Paris trip! Saving this post for when I go next time 🙂 ! But I can vouch for Versailles on a rainy day – that place is always stunning!

    • Lyne
      Author
      13/06/2018 / 19:31

      It is a truly amazing place!

    • Lyne
      Author
      13/06/2018 / 19:30

      Thank you 🙂

  4. 10/06/2018 / 05:04

    Happy I came across your post since I will be visiting Paris next month. These are great ideas rain or not, but they will definitely be useful if it rains while I am there! Sometimes I like when it rains though because then I can get shots of the wet, shiny streets! So your #10 Seize the Moment is a definite!

    • Lyne
      Author
      13/06/2018 / 19:33

      You can also get great puddlegram ahah :D!

  5. 13/06/2018 / 20:11

    What a fun post! I happen to love rain. I’ve only been to Paris once – and that was years ago. But after reading your post, I’m wondering if I wouldn’t enjoy a return visit. I may watch the forecast for rain, haha!

  6. 13/06/2018 / 21:10

    Great list ! I really love this city. I’ve been to Paris many times trying to uncover more layers of the city on each visit. I remember the first time I went there, I spent the day wandering among some of the main tourist attractions, stopping for café lattes and macaroons, shopping in the boutique stores and generally loving every corner of this gorgeous city ! And when it rains the atmosphere is completely different but the city is still charming and there are so many things to do…

  7. 13/06/2018 / 22:16

    I think maybe I don’t love Pairs because I had not read your post. I have been twice but never visited many of these places. I have always meant to explore the underground but never have, and I certainly have never shopped or eaten desserts.

  8. atruthfultraveler
    13/06/2018 / 22:41

    It rained one of the days I was in Paris, and I spent the afternoon exploring Le Louvre. When we were done our museum tour we exited to sunny skies again. There is so much to do in Paris, rain or shine!

  9. 13/06/2018 / 23:09

    Wonderful ideas. I loved the covered walkways when I was there on my own. Would always love to return to explore the catacombs and underground. The greenhouses are a brillant idea too. Thanks!

  10. Nerdy Nads
    13/06/2018 / 23:10

    I wish i read this like a year ago!! But its such good info for the next time i go to Paris. Love the pics!!

  11. 14/06/2018 / 02:00

    Such a great post. It’s always nice to find a post that gives things to do in the rain. I didn’t know about the undergrounds, so that’s a great option!

  12. 14/06/2018 / 15:01

    Aone great tips here for exploring on a rainy day, you can forget how limited you can be exploring in bad weather. Would you believe I’ve not been to Paris yet, but will certainly be saving these tips.

  13. radoycheva
    14/06/2018 / 17:21

    So cool. I was lucky and the weather was sunny during my trips to Paris. However, I’d love to see the city in a rainy day. Great tips!

  14. 14/06/2018 / 18:02

    I have been fortunate that the 5 times I have been to Paris I had read weather (yes I know very lucky indeed). However, you have really pointed out some great sights to see and how to stay dry for when that bad weather does come. Also there is a couple of spots on here I still need to see- read excuse to go back!

  15. 14/06/2018 / 19:58

    I love the idea of strolling through Paris’s covered passages on a rainy day. Thanks for the idea and the route!

  16. 14/06/2018 / 21:01

    I just came back from Paris. I wish I had seen this post earlier 🙂 This is going to help me plan my next trip! Fontainebleau’s Castle looks beautiful

  17. 27/06/2018 / 00:24

    I LOVED this post so much girl! It’s actually amazing because there’s so many places you listed that I never even heard of before. I’d love to eat desserts and go to a greenhouse with you soon! 🍃❤️

  18. 26/08/2018 / 13:08

    Nice post! I definitely think that the best thing to do in Paris is eat- rainy day or not! I’d swap out the desserts for cheese though 🙂

  19. 01/09/2018 / 15:30

    I so wish I had of read this before going. It rained non stop for the first few days. So many beautiful things to do in all weather.

  20. Cat
    01/09/2018 / 23:55

    I love this city but haven’t done half of these things yet! I think it’s time to go back 🙂

  21. 19/09/2018 / 14:48

    Haven’t been to Paris yet but heard so many wonderful things about this city. It seems that everyone I’m meeting is loving it, I guess it’s time to start looking into tickets too 🙂

  22. Sage Scott
    19/09/2018 / 14:59

    #5 sounds perfect! If the rain is going to try to put a damper on your trip to Paris, beat it by eating desserts! 🙂

  23. Opposite Tourists
    19/09/2018 / 16:22

    Some great attractions here. The Louvre is still one of my favourites to do in Paris

  24. 19/09/2018 / 16:23

    I am dying to go back to Paris and do the Catacombs but there is just so much more than I realized! Great post!

  25. Sarah Wilson
    19/09/2018 / 18:23

    Some great ideas here. I love Paris! Fortunately the weather has always been great for us but heading back late November, so I will keep this list handy just in case!!

  26. 19/09/2018 / 21:53

    I think I could spend all days in museums and eating sweets. 🙂

  27. 19/09/2018 / 21:54

    Lots of great ideas! I’ve been to Paris many times and never did any of the underground things you mentioned except for the crypt in Notre Dame. Just another reason to go back.

  28. venturingventuras
    20/09/2018 / 14:54

    I would love to go to Paris! I think if I got caught in the rain I would probably just eat all of the delicious food all day!

  29. pinkcaddytraveloguegmailcom
    20/09/2018 / 15:47

    What a great idea for a post! Rain can be so inconvenient but it doesn’t have to ruin your trip. These are great ideas – though the way desserts one sounds dangerous! 🤣

  30. thegetawayjournals
    20/09/2018 / 18:01

    There’s so much to do and see in Europe on rainy days because all the architecture is so beautiful! The Galerie Lafayette looks incredible! I would love to see it in person one day <3

  31. Shareen
    10/11/2018 / 14:37

    What a great list! Paris is amazing rain or shine and these are some awesome suggestions for when dealing with the rain.

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  32. Madhu
    08/06/2019 / 19:43

    Great ideas to utilise your time during the rains.thanks for sharing the list. I am saving it for later

  33. 08/06/2019 / 21:19

    What a fabulous idea for a post, rainy days can be great discovery days

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