Paris is exciting enough on any day of the week, but the city holds an especially quaint charm on a calm Sunday afternoon. Here are our favorite ways to make the most of your Sunday fun-day in Paris. While many shops will often close their doors for business, you will never find yourself without something to do. Below you will discover what our favorite things to do are when the city of lights and romance slows down at the end of the week.
1. Enjoy One Of Paris’s Many Street Markets
Paris is teaming with street markets, most of which are open several days out of the week, including Sundays! Here you can find, depending on the market, anything from fresh fruits and vegetables, clothing, antiques, art and much more.
Take a late morning stroll gazing at all the colorful market stalls on the Rue Mouffetard, or maybe, sit down after a long morning of shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables on the Marche Edgar Quinet, and enjoy a delicious crêpe with some friends. The possibilities are truly endless.
Rue Mouffetard Market
Open: Tuesday-Saturday (9am-4pm)
Reduced Hours: Sunday (9am-12pm)
Marche Edgar Quinet
Open: Wednesday (7am-2:30pm)
Extended Hours: Saturday (7am-3pm)
Closed: All other days
For more information on Paris’s many market places… click here!
2. Discover One Of Paris’s Many World Famous Museums
Paris, a city as old as the artwork it houses, is teaming with a plethora of cultural treasures. Naturally, this is a great way to spend your Sunday Fun-Day in Paris. Check them out at one of Paris’s many museums. Entrance is often free on the first Sunday of each month during the winter time, making it a perfect day to immerse yourself in some of France’s most popular attractions. But arrive early… lines can be long.
The Louvre is, of course, Paris’s most famous museum, and for a good reason! Even if you are caught in line… the outside of the Louvre is a wonder to behold in and of itself. One could easily spend hours and hours exploring its vast collection. Check out the Winged Victory of Samothrace or catch a glimpse of Da Vinci’s masterpiece, the Mona Lisa. Make sure you don’t limit yourself to just the Louvre; the Musée d’Orsay and Centre Pompidou are just two more of Paris’s limitless list of fantastic museums!
Open: Daily (9am-6pm)
Extended Hours: Wednesday and Friday (9am-10pm)
3. Have A Picnic In One Of Paris’s Many Scenic Green Spaces
Paris and its many scenic parks will never leave you wanting for more. Of course, no day in the park is complete without a picnic blanket, a baguette, a bottle of wine, and a few of your closest friends. Unwind, after a full day exploring the city, by kicking back in one of Paris’s many idyllic gardens that are open any day of the week, even Sunday! The Champs de Mars, the Jardin du Luxembourg and Jardin des Tuileries are just three of your many options. Does Sunday fun-day in Paris even get better than this?
Champs de Mars
Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin de Tuileries
4. Visit A Mass At The World Famous Notre Dame
Notre Dame, while not the largest Catholic cathedral in the world, is arguably one of the most beautiful. Nestled in the heart of the Île de la Cité, alongside the banks of the river Seine, Notre Dame has been attracting spectators for a very long time, and there is no expectation of this changing any time soon.
This famous French cathedral holds services every day of the week. But the Sunday service is particularly special. Services start, in accordance with old biblical practices, the Saturday night before and continue on throughout the following day. Catholic or not, the magnificence of Notre Dame is not to be missed!
5. Shopping Spree On The Champs-Élysées
Need We Say More? There is no street more iconic in Paris, perhaps even in all of France, than the Champs-Élysées. With shops open every single day of the week as of only recently, this is the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon. You’ll even have an amazing view of the Arc de Triomph!
Treat yourself and splurge on a chic, trendy, new outfit, or indulge yourself and buy the latest stiletto by Vuitton. After all, when’s the next time you will be in Paris? Why not splurge and go all out!? At least this one time. When you get back home, all of your friends and family members will be jealous of your stylish new wardrobe.
6. Stroll Alongside The Seine River On The Berges de Seine!
For a lively, exciting atmosphere, head on over to the Berges de Seine, located on the left bank of Paris’s 7th district! Here you will find five floating gardens, play grounds, public exhibitions and several cafés to be enjoyed. You can even do like the French and ride your bike or roller blade here!
This exciting, relatively new addition to Paris, will not slow down on Sunday’s ensuring that you will leave this picturesque city with many exciting stories to tell. So kick back, relax with a glass of wine and take in the sights, sounds and smells of Paris on the Berges de Seine… It won’t disappoint.
7. Finally… Just Get Out There And Explore
Paris is truly an ancient and magnificent city. The city is dripping with culture and jaw-dropping sights. No matter the day of the week, sometimes the best thing to do here is just pick a direction and walk. You never know what you might stumble upon.
One could easily spend a week here in our beautiful city and still you would only have scratched the surface. Sometimes the best way to spend your time in Paris is to just go with the flow and allow the city’s charms to do the rest. Who knows what will happen? In a city as vast, alive, and beautiful as this one… anything is possible!