Known as the City of Lights, Paris attracts millions of visitors from across the globe to witness the elegance and sophistication of the city. In addition to the lights, romanticism is abundant in the capital of France. Getting lost in its beautiful streets, gazing at the Louvre’s galleries with countless works, such as Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, and climbing the Eiffel Tower are the exhilarating things to do when the sun shines. But what happens when your visit forecasts stormy weather? Is it possible to still see Paris? The answer is definitely, yes. Here are some top recommendations for what you can do in Paris on a rainy day!
1. Visit the weird museum named Musée de la Poupée
Traveling with children on a rainy day can be challenging. However, paying a visit to the weird looking museum, featuring a collection of hundreds of dolls, is a great option. Called Musée de la Poupée, it’s not as spacious as Paris’ famous art museums yet the homey ambience with uncomplicated décor filled with French dolls would be enticing for children, especially girls. There is also a storytelling workshop always held every week on Wednesday at 2 pm.
Musée de la Poupée
Address: Impasse Berthaud 3e Paris
Price: from 3.19 USD to 8.5 USD / from 4 EUR to 8 EUR
Opening Hours: 10 am to 6 pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Website: Musée de la Poupée
2. Be spooked at Le Musée des Vampires
Feeling dread and horrified is probably avoided by many travelers, but a particular experience in Paris can provide these feelings. Le Musée des Vampires is a great place to get goosebumps and chills. There are some peculiar, creepy, and spooky objects inside the small, private museum. The purpose of building the museum was to showcase how vampire tale emerged in French culture. Some real mystical objects that are well received are a mummified cat, some devices to kill vampires, and eerie masks. Please ensure you book in advance to avoid disappointment!
Le Musée des Vampires
Address: 14 rue Jules David Les Lilas 93260
Opening Hours: 12.30 am to 8 pm
Access: Metro: Porte des Lilas
Contact: +33 1 43 62 80 76
Website: Le Musée des Vampires
3. See water animals at Aquarium Tropical de la Porte Dorée
Those travelling as a family need to make a stop at the Aquarium Tropical de la Porte Dorée to see diverse aquatic animals for a great learning experience. The aquarium is actually the basement of an exhibit hall constructed in 1931 named Palais de la Porte Dorée. You can see the showcased under water biodiversity, which consists of approximately 5,000 animals from 300 species such as Asian fish, and African and American marine creatures. Don’t miss your chance to see the shark and piranha show.
Aquarium tropical de la Porte Dorée
Address: 293 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris, France
Price: from 5.31 USD to 7.43 USD / 3.5 EUR to 7 EUR
Opening Hours: 10 am to 5:30 pm (Tuesday to Friday), 10 am to 7 pm (Saturday and Sunday), closed on Mondays, Christmas, January 1st, May 1st
Contact: +33 (0) 1 53 59 58 60
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4. Have a creepy experience in Catacombes de Paris
Another goosebumps inducing and chilling experience is offered by Catacombes, Paris’ underground cemetery located in a tunnel. It’s categorized as the world’s largest cemetery since more than six million dead bodies were buried in the site. Catacombes refers to Rome’s Catacombs, an ancient graveyard that is located near the Appian Way. It was initially created to dispose of remains away from the public cemetery in an abandoned excavation. Now it functions as a museum to grab people’s attention.
Catacombes de Paris
Address: 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France
Price: from 12.70 USD to 16.94 USD / 10 EUR to 16 EUR
Opening Hours: 10 am to 8 pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Contact: +33 1 43 22 47 63
Website: Catacombes de Paris, in French
5. Play board games in a bar
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Gulping down a bottle of beer while being seated comfortably on a bench sounds familiar when having a night out in a bar. Le Charlus offers a different perspective for pubbing as you will enjoy a series of live entertainment like comedy show performances by talented actors and most importantly, playing board games to hone your French grammar. Meanwhile, Le Vieux Léon, a pleasant little bar has been completely equipped with free concerts and a tricky quiz with nice champagne to challenge you on your music knowledge.
Le Vieux Léon
Address: 18 Rue de la Grande Truanderie, 75001 Paris, France
Price: under 10.5 USD / ~10 EUR
Opening Hours: 11.30 pm to 2 am; Sunday, closed
Contact: +33 9 51 79 66 97
6. Enjoy the Nymphéas at Musée de l'Orangerie
If you are a mural admirer and don’t know where to go during a downpour, stop by the marvellous Musee de l'Orangerie. You will be captivated by Monet’s phenomenal art work called “Nymphéas” (Water Lilies). Located in the Tuileries Gardens, near the Louvre, the lovely museum presents both impressionist and non-impressionist paintings. It’s also home to amazing collections of inspiring works created by famous artists such as Pablo Picasso and Paul Cézanne.
Musee de l'Orangerie
Address: Jardin Tuileries, 75001 Paris, France
Price: from 9.5 USD / 9 EUR
Opening Hours: 9 am to 6 am
Website: Musee de l'Orangerie
7. Discover Paris from a different perspective: Musée des Égouts de Paris
Paris is absolutely home to unique attractions. One such attraction is Musée des Égouts de Paris, the Paris Sewer Museum, which is a historic underground path developed by Hugues Aubriot. It exhibits several machines and mannequins of sewer workers as well as informative galleries, providing details of how sewer workers used techniques in water treatment and how sewers were designed and built. You can also book a sewer tour held twice in a month, where you can ride in either a boat or a wagon.
Musée des Égouts de Paris
Address: Pont de l'Alma, rive gauche, 75007 Paris, France
Price: from 3.81 USD to 4.66 USD / ~3.50 EUR to 5 EUR
Opening Hours: 11 am to 5 pm (Saturday to Wednesday)
Contact: +33 1 53 68 27 81
8. Enjoy the best coffee at Cuillier coffee shop
Paris is also home to cozy coffee shops to relax in. Cuillier on Rue de Grenelle is a perfect option for your afternoon coffee time. The lovely space is filled with nice wooden benches, coffee brewing machineries, modish lamps, and elegant decore. Try the selection of worldwide coffee beans yielded from Latin America and Africa. If you crave French dessert, Cuillier serves numerous lemon cakes and quiches to satiate your appetite.
Cuillier coffee shop
Address: 68 Rue de Grenelle Paris 75007
Price: from 2.65 USD to 5.3 USD / approximately 2.50 EUR to 5 EUR
Opening Hours: 8 am to 6 pm (Monday to Friday), 9 am to 6 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
9. Get lost inside Galerie Vivienne
One of the unique ways to explore Paris is taking a walk inside an artistic arcade, called Galerie Viviene, in the heart of downtown Paris. Art lovers will be mesmerized with its graceful ceiling, paintings, and sculptures along the gallery, as well as the ornamental details on the floor and short plants in pots organized elegantly. You can go shopping, dine out in French restaurants, drop by Jousseaume bookstore, and purchase stylish apparel inside the covered passage.
Address: 4 rue des Petits-Champs 2e Paris
Opening Hours: 8.30 am to 8.30 pm
Website: Galerie Viviene
10. Enjoy fancy French dining at Restaurant du Palais-Royal
Are you dreaming of fancy French dining on a restaurant’s terrace? Make your daydream into a reality at Restaurant du Palais-Royal. Situated at the arcades of the Palais-Royal, this trendy restaurant offers an exquisite and charming ambiance surrounded by trees. You can order some magnificent delicacies such as Bourgogne aligoté, risotto with broccoli and shellfish, and roasted pink lobster.
Restaurant du Palais-Royal
Address: 110 galerie Valois 1er Paris
Price: from 23.45 USD to 42.34 USD / approximately 21.70 EUR to 40 EUR
Opening Hours: noon to 2 pm, 7 to 10 pm (Monday-Sunday)
Contact: +33 (0)1.40.20.00.27
Website: Restaurant du Palais-Royal
Enjoy Paris, come rain or shine!
Paris is beyond what everyone on this planet thinks. The unusual array of attractions totally creates the latest unforgettable experiences for those who are in the search of French excitement. Feeling spooked in a creepy museum, seeing diverse sea animals in a huge aquarium, playing pleasurable board games in a bar, getting lost in a big sewer, and enjoying classic French meals are exclusive activities you can do in Paris on a stormy day.
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