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Things to do on a Rainy Day in Paris

Paris is a beautiful city, filled with a variety of activities for lots of different people to enjoy, but even Paris has rainy days. But never fear, there is still a lot of great things to do on a rainy day in Paris.

This article will help you to find the best things to do on a rainy day in Paris, because believe it or not, there are a lot of options! If you are visiting the city of love for a holiday, don’t worry, you will still have a packed day of activities available to you, no matter what the weather!

Shakespeare and Company

Paris is scattered with book stores, with both French and English books, but the best one to visit is Shakespeare and Company by far. Shakespeare and Company is a historical book store, first opened over one hundred years ago on Paris’ left bank. This book store holds mostly books written in English, and is filled to the brim with a variety of writers and genre. When walking around the book store you will realize that you could spend hours amongst the stacks and exploring the different rooms and floors, especially if you find the infamous cat, who is usually looking out from the upstairs front window. Located on the left bank across from the Notre Dame, you will know you have found Shakespeare and Company when you see the shelves and stacks of books outside of the store. You may also see buskers and poetry writers outside the book store (if the rain doesn’t stop them), adding even more aesthetic and ambiance to the experience of this intelligent, historical book store. You will leave the store wishing to spend more time reading the backs of books and piling up a stack that you want to buy. We recommend visiting Shakespeare and Company on a Friday or Saturday, because the store does not close until ten on those days and you will be able to take you time exploring and reading if you arrive in the afternoon. Aside from books, you will also be able to check out their visiting authors, which are listed with dates throughout the store. Once entering and realizing what a big fan of the book store you are, it is possible that you may also walk out with a Shakespeare and Company tote bag or pin. No matter what you buy or don’t buy, and no matter which genres you enjoy, you will definitely find something of interest to you at Shakespeare and Company.

French Cinema


Another great thing to do on a rainy day is watch a movie! Yes, movies are a great idea anywhere no matter what the weather, but while in Paris, and without the opportunity to explore streets and parks, going to the cinema is a great way to stay sheltered from the rain while continuing to experience French culture. There is a wide variety of French films available to watch around Paris, for France is known for its heart wrenching, artistic films. The best part about this option is that you don’t need to understand French in order to enjoy the films you wish to see! Many French films have subtitles in English, making it very easy for English speakers to understand. One company specifically that you should definitely take advantage of if wanting to see a French film but also be able to understand it is Lost in Frenchlation. Lost in Frenchlation is a company that screens French films with English subtitles in an effort to bring French cinema to a wider variety of people. It is a great tool to take advantage of if wanting to see a French film but also be able to understand it and we highly recommend that you take advantage of it.


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Museums are at the heart of French tourism, and for good reason. France, and specifically Paris, offer many different museums and art galleries that you can take advantage of, and are a perfect way to escape the rain. It is true that some museums in Paris can be overwhelmingly big, and it may seem impossible to attempt to see anything. On the contrary, you can have the chance to see a wide variety of art and historical content if you focus on what is of interest to you. For example, instead of wandering the entire Louvre museum, read about the various options before you go, and then head to what you would like to see. There are also other museums, such as the Musée de l’Orangerie, that are much smaller, yet still filled with great art, and able to be seen within a few hours. You can check out our blog post on Museums in Paris for more information. All in all, museums are an excellent option to get your museum visits in while in Paris, and what better way to take advantage of a rainy day?

We hope that you found this article helpful. Sometimes it can feel as though there is nothing to do when it is lashing rain outside, but never fear! Luckily, Paris still has many options for you to take advantage of that will still leave you feeling fulfilled and satisfied with your trip.

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Top 5 Rainy-Day Activities in Paris

If you’ve ever been to Paris in the winter, you’ll know that it can be cold, rainy and even pretty miserable. The Eiffel Tower is beautiful but do you really want to stand in the pouring rain and lashing wind while on a walking tour or stand at the top of the Arc de Triomphe, freezing and unable to see anything?   We didn’t think so, and that’s why the team at Paris by M have compiled together a list of our favourite rainy-day activities in Paris so that you can stay warm and dry while enjoying the best sights and attractions that our city has to offer.

1. The Catacombs

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The first on our list of rainy-day activities in Paris is something a bit different and potentially slightly unnerving.  The Catacombs in Paris were created when they ran out of space for the living, so they had to relocate the dead.  As you wander along the endless underground passages, previously used as stone mines, you will learn a bit about the history while being surrounded by the remains of more than six million people.  Perfectly sheltered, deep underground the city, this is an interesting activity which will keep you safe from the rain showers in the world above you.

2. The Louvre and Musée d’Orsay

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The Louvre and Musée d’Orsay are second in our list of top 5 rainy-day activities in Paris and are sure to make for a rainy-day activity with something for everyone.  When the rain starts to pour, these two museums are obvious escapes from the miserable weather.  You can easily spend a day in the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay with their endless and enchanting collections of art and historical artifacts.  If you wish for something a bit more structured and informative, why not organize a private guided tour around one of the museums? ParisByM will be more than happy to help facilitate this rainy-day activity.

3. Shopping

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Of course, when the rain pours down, a good choice of activity in Paris is to visit some of the best shopping locations in the city.  To begin Galeries Lafayette and Le Bon Marché can easily take up a good part of your day, as you can wander around them for hours, admiring the beautiful items on sale.  There are cafes within and around both and the ambiance and experience in itself is enough to tempt you in from the rain.  If you’re a lover of shopping, Paris in the rain is the perfect opportunity.

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4. Teatime

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The rain is pouring and we think you deserve a well-earned repose in one of Paris’s finest tearooms or cafes.   Where better to shelter from the rain than in one of our most famous tearooms: Café Angelina.  Well-known for being one of Coco Chanel’s favorite spots in the city and renowned for its wondrously rich hot chocolate, Café Angelina is utterly self-indulgent and completely necessary for a rainy day in Paris.  Even if it stops raining, you won’t want to leave!  If you are after something a bit different, Fringe Café is extremely popular.  It intertwines the art of great coffee and delicious food with that of photography.  This provides a perfect hangout on a rainy-day in the city.

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5. Covered passageways in Paris

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Created in the 18th and 19th century, les passages couverts (covered passageways) were created around the area of the Les Grands Boulevard in Paris.  Since then they have provided a delightful selection of boutiques, cafes and, most importantly, a shelter from the rain. Like an old-fashioned shopping mall, these passageways provide an enchanting alternative to the high-street shops you are used to. One almost feels like they have stepped back in time. Passage des Panoramas is well-loved and Galerie Vivienne is extremely pretty and has a lovely café. A perfect hideout for a rainy-day in Paris.

As you can see, there are many things to do in Paris when you are seeking shelter from the rain. The final suggestion we have is that you grab an umbrella and explore the city because Paris is still beautiful, even in the rain.

Furthermore, ParisByM is here to help you organize your time in Paris, to make it as easy and stress-free as possible. We can organize your tickets for any exhibition or museum you wish to visit, arrange guided tours and restaurant recommendations and provide endless services and customer care while you are here. The options are infinite.  Please visit our website to check out our package and tailor-made holiday options.

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