Paris. That one word says it all. Just thinking of Paris conjures the smell of fresh baguettes and pungent fromages, the vivacious open-air marches, the lights of la tour Eiffel. The distinct Parisian style and attention to detail, parades through every corner of the city – from the beautiful typography on the street signs to the impeccable French cuisine. As cliché as it is, Paris is the city of love and there is nowhere else in the world like it.
As one of the top three visited cities in the world, winter is an especially magical time to visit Paris – the tourism off-season when the flights are cheap and there won’t be any long lines into the Louvre! Although it will certainly be chilly, during the winter it rains far less than in spring and the chance of snow is delightful.
Bundle up and stroll the winter streets of Paris, indulge in hot chestnuts, gooey crêpes, and vin chaud (hot wine) from street corner to street corner. Parfait, n’est-ce pas?
3 DAY GUIDE TO EXPLORING PARIS IN THE WINTER
GRAB BREAKFAST AT A LOCAL PÂTISSERIE
Paris can be expensive. Skip eating out breakfast at a sit down restaurant and head straight to the local pâtisserie. Choose from quiches, éclairs, croissants, baguettes and all other French pastry galore. Save a few for the road and head to a local café for a hot coffee before starting your day.
Spend a day at the Louvre (or one of the many amazing museums in Paris like the Musée d’Orsay or the Centre Georges Pompidou).
LUNCH IN THE CITY CENTRE OF PARIS
Treat yourself to a delightful lunch out in the city centre of Paris.
NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL
Don’t miss the famous Notre Dame Cathedral – one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Attend mass or have a stroll around the park.
THE MOULIN ROUGE
End your day with a Parisian night or even better, enjoy the cabaret at the Moulin Rouge in the Montmartre district of Paris. The Moulin Rouge’s fascinating history and iconic architecture, make it a sight not to be missed even if you won’t be attending the show. If you do want to see the cancan, book your tickets to the Moulin Rouge at least three months in advance!
The Sacré-Coeur is a popular landmark, located at the highest point of the city in Montmartre. Take in the panoramic views of Paris bathed in morning light and stroll inside the breathtaking church.
After a day of intense sightseeing, it’s nice to slow it down and spend a day purposely getting lost. Montmartre is the historically bohemian district of Paris where you can spend a nice day watching the artists paint, checking out the museums (don’t miss the Salvador Dalí gallery!), getting a caricature or portrait done, enjoying a hot French onion soup and of course souvenir shopping.
LES PUCES DE SAINT-OUEN
Les Puces is one of Europe’s largest flea markets near Paris that hosts 15 different markets of 2500 stalls bringing together antique dealers, designers, artisans and artists. There’s no better place for treasure hunting than the Les Puces flea market. Start your morning with a crêpe at one of the many stalls selling crêpes and hot wine before getting lost in the labyrinth of stalls.
LUNCH AT PARISIAN STREET SIDE RESTAURANT
After a morning of treasure hunting, enjoy a long lunch at a traditional Parisian street side restaurant. Since Les Puces is out of the citycentre you will find quality traditional French cuisine at, well, normal prices.
THE EIFFEL TOWER
Finalement – The Eiffel Tower. By this point, if you’ve never been to Paris you’re itching to see the Eiffel Tower. Go just before sunset and if you’re lucky, you will catch the Eiffel Tower in magic hour light. Starting at sunset, the Eiffel Tower’s lights sparkle for 5 minutes every hour on the hour.
STROLL ALONG THE RIVER SEINE
Before heading to the Champs-Élysées take a romantic night stroll along the river Seine.
CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES & ARC DE TRIOMPHE
Finish your day shopping along the Champs-Élyséeswhilst taking in the Arc de Triomphe. Don’t miss the flagship Louis Vuitton store.
© 2018 – VIDA Magazine – Sasha Shumaryeva