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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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Top 5 Historical Monuments in Paris

There is no better way to discover the history and culture of Paris than by visiting some of its breathtaking historical monuments, which are scattered in and around the capital. With so many on offer in Paris, it is often difficult to know where to start, especially if you are here for only a short amount of time. To help you, we have narrowed it down to the top 5 historical monuments in Paris.

1. The Eiffel Tower

This is the first of our top 5 historical monuments in Paris, perhaps an obvious starting point. Designed and constructed by Gustave Eiffel for an international art festival, this must-see monument was intended to be but a temporary feature in Paris. Thankfully still with us, it is now one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Europe, if not the world. And it is for good reason that this is the case. Beautiful when sighted from a-far, astounding when seen up-close, you absolutely cannot miss La Tour Eiffel during your stay in the city. Alight at Trocadero (Metro line 6 or 9) for a breathtaking view of this historical monument, or take a trip in the lift to the top.

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2. Notre-Dame Cathedral

The historical monument is synonymous with Paris and, if for no other reason, should be on your list because it is completely free to enter! It is truly one of the most beautiful buildings in Paris, internally and externally, and celebrated its 850-year anniversary in 2013, a veritable Gothic masterpiece. We recommend going early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the long queues. Furthermore, there are regular services and all are welcome to attend the mass, especially if you enjoy choral music. One almost feels transported back in time at this hauntingly beautiful, historical monument.

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3. L’Arc de Triomphe

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Iconic in Paris and around the world, l’Arc de Triomphe commemorates the lives of all the French soldiers who fought and died in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Commissioned in 1806, inscribed with the names of French victories and generals, this historical monument is a must-see for your stay in Paris. One can approach the base of the arc wherein lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, buried after World War I, for whom a flame is rekindled every evening. This famous monument is fascinating for those interested in the history and culture of France as a nation. We also recommend that you make the climb to the top of the Arc, preferably at sunset, as it will provide you with a view of Paris like no other.

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4. Palace of Versailles

A short train ride away from the centre of Paris lies the astonishingly beautiful palace and gardens at Versailles. Commissioned and built during the reign of King Louis XIII and extended by his son Louis XIV, the Sun King, the palace encapsulates the glamour and wealth of the French Monarchy from the 17th century up until the Revolution. Be prepared however, the Palace and its gardens are vast, so make sure to set-aside a full day for your trip to Versailles. Incredibly luxurious and self-indulgent, a feast for the eyes, this historical monument is absolutely worth the time and money.

 

5. Basilica Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

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This is the last of our top 5 historical monuments in Paris. Designed by Paul Abadie in Romanesque-Byzantine style, the construction of this Parisian landmark began in 1875, desired by the conservative Catholics. It was both a movement against the Paris Commune, the rebelling Republicans, and a signalling of national penance after France’s defeat during the Franco-Prussian War. Entrance to the basilica is free and we recommend you take a trip there on a Sunday to witness the world-renowned organ, built in 1898, being played at Mass and Vespers. This historical monument is the second highest point in the city and a trip to the top is highly desirable. There is a charge to access the Dome but upon reaching the top, you will be treated to, arguably, the best panoramic view of Paris.

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There are, of course, countless historical monuments in Paris that are certain to impress the curious tourist. One need only wander around the capital to see that some piece of history lies around every corner. This list, although not comprehensive, provides an excellent starting point. These historical monuments are those that you simply cannot go without during your time in the Paris, and we hope you enjoy visiting and admiring each of them.

Tickets for these monuments, and many more, are included in our package deals which can be found here.

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Top 5 best brasseries in Paris

As you know, Paris is known for its brasseries and above all, its « terrasses », and you can not walk on a street without bumping into at least one brasserie. Here, at ParisByM, we have prepared a top 5 of the best brasseries in Paris. Don’t miss out those ones, which were (and are currently) famous for their history and menus (classification is neither increasing nor decreasing).

 

 
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1 – La Coupole

In the neighborhood of Montparnasse (14th district), the brasserie La Coupole is an emblematic and artistic place of Paris.
At la Coupole, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at prices varying from €11.90 to €59.00. What is better than eating well, feeling the artistic atmosphere of the place, in the heart of Paris? Founded in 1927, this brasserie has directly become a great success and personalities and artists such as Jean Cocteau, Man Ray, Georges Braque, Brassaï, Picasso, Edith Piaf, and even Ernest Hemingway, were regular customers.The artistic legacy of the place is also defined by the numerous interventions of artists who came to add color to the famous “pillars” of the restaurant and to paint. This brasserie is particularly frequented, especially by those who want to regain the atmosphere of the book “Paris est une fête” written by Hemingway .. You can click here for more information.

102 Bd du Montparnasse 75014 Paris

Access : Vavin (Metro line 4)

 

 

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2 – Bouillon Chartier

Classified as a historical monument, there is no doubt that Le Bouillon Chartier is a must among the best brasseries in Paris. Created in 1896, it has kept the same architecture of the XIXth century. It is a landmark in the history of Parisian brasseries. Everything has remained faithful, even the prices: the main course do not exceed €13,50 (from €8,50), the entries range from €1,80 to €6,80, and the desserts €2.20 to €4.00. Click here to check their website.

7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre 75009 Paris

Access : Grands Boulevards (Metro lines 8, 9)

 

 

3 – Le Bon Bock

Le Bon Bock is the oldest brasserie in the artistic and very parisian neighborhood of Montmartre. Also here, the greatest artistic figures such as Picasso or Apollinaire came to have a drink in this brasserie created in 1879. The prices are quite reasonable for a big parisian and historical brasserie, such as for example the starter Gratinée de Mamie à l’Oignon for 6,80 €. Find all the information here.

2 Rue Dancourt, 75018 Paris

Access : Abbesses (Metro lines 2, 12), Anvers (2), Pigalle (2, 12)

 

 

4 – Le Café du Commerce

This brasserie serving traditional food is leveled on three floors, in the middle of which you can admire a patio of plants, open sky over Paris. Le Café du Commerce was founded in 1921 and is one of the most trendy and best brasseries in Paris of the XXth century, just like the Bouillon Chartier. The formula Main course + Dessert + Coffee at 17.50 € largely worth it! Check the menus here.

51 rue du Commerce, 75015 Paris
Access : La Motte Piquet Grenelle (8, 10, 6), Avenue Emile Zola (10), Commerce (8)

 

 

5 – Polidor

This traditionnal brasserie located in the Latin Quarter (6th district) is a place full of history. Created in 1890, it welcomed street artists and very known writers, such as Paul Verlaine or Victor Hugo, the author of the Hunchback Of Notre Dame, who was a regular customer. The meetings of the Collège de Pataphysique were organized here in the 1950s. If you do not have to miss one of the best Parisian brasseries, this is THE one. There is something for every taste, from the classic « oeuf-mayo » (egg mayonnaise), to the blanquette de veau, or beautiful entrecôtes. More information on their website.

41, rue Monsieur Le Prince
75006 Paris

Access : Odéon (4)

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