In winter the city of Paris shows another side of its personality: the snow accentuates the romantic aspect of the city, the cold forces Parisians and tourists alike to take refuge in the heat of the cafes and with the approaching year-end holidays the city is adorned with bright colorful decorations. If you are staying in Paris at this time remember that there are many activities available to you! Check out our selection that will be sure to please young as well as old.
Go drink one of the best hot chocolates in Paris
Drinking a hot chocolate is one of those little pleasures you can enjoy when the gloomy weather rears its head. Seated in the warmth of a café near the window to admire the hustle and bustle outside a steaming mug in your hands… What more could you ask for? The best addresses in Paris of course! And no you don’t find the best hot chocolates on every street corner. At the top of our list is Angelina a Belle Epoque tearoom located on the Rue de Rivoli, in the 1st arrondissement. Here, you can enjoy a hot chocolate “à l’ancienne” served with a bowl of whipped cream, a financier (a small almond-based cake) and a glass of water. You can also go to Un dimanche à Paris the concept store dedicated to the world of chocolate where you are serve a delicious hot chocolate made rich with a bit of cream, vanilla and cinnamon. At Chez Mamie Gâteau you will take a leap back into the past: checkered tablecloths, pastries, hot chocolate served in a porcelain bowl… It’s like going back to have a snack at grandma’s house!
Angelina – 22- rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Un dimanche à Paris – 4/8 cour du commerce Saint-André, 75006 Paris
Chez Mamie Gâteau – 66 rue du Cherche-Midi, 75006 Paris
For lunch or dinner
In winter gone are little salads or grilled fish on the patio. The cold and snow make us all want cheese and hearty dishes. To remedy this go to the Rue Mouffetard in the 5th arrondissement of Paris known for its many restaurants serving Savoyard fondue a melted-cheese dish straight out of the French Alps. You can also have a drink at the Chalet, a brasserie located in the 16th arrondissement which resembles a little alpine chalet.
Le Chalet – 63 rue de la Pompe, 75116 Paris
Put on skates
After such a big meal how about a little exercise? In winter the city of Paris provides 2 outdoor ice skating rinks. The first (and largest) is located in front of the Hotel de Ville in the 4th arrondissement near the quays of the Seine which offer great views of the Notre-Dame towers. The second one smaller and less well-known to tourists is located in front of the Gare Montparnasse train station. No need to be the king of skates or be able to do acrobatic figure skating to go there, children and parents beginners and experts alike can come down and have fun.
Free entry – Skate rental €5
Walking around Paris
As we were saying Paris changes its look in the winter so why not take advantage of this and walk around the streets to rediscover the city dressed in its winter coat? You can start with a stroll of the Champs Elysées to contemplate the holiday lights where the department stores rival each other to decorate their windows with originality. Lastly to see a snowy Paris from high above you can admire the panorama from the Sacré Cœur. On your way down you can stop in one of the many little squares to make a snowman or have a snowball fight (reserved for families or big kids)!
Square Suzanne Buisson-7 rue Girardon, Paris 18e
Even in the snow Paris is still the city of lovers. Check out our selection of romantic activities for you and your better half for an unforgettable stay in the most beautiful city in the world! Also consider a furnished rental!