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Stuck for things to do in Paris when it rains? A guide to rainy Paris!

by Eleanor
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It seems that Paris is even more beautiful when it rains. Even when there is no sun in sight, there are still a lot of things to do in Paris. To help you out, have a look at this list for inspiration.

Eiffel Tower in Paris: clouds and rain
Eiffel Tower in Paris: clouds and rain


The Louvre Museum: Greek Antiquities
The Louvre Museum: Greek Antiquities

The French capital is full of cultural sites and museums, it would be a shame not to take advantage!

Choose from Musée des Beaux-Arts, Musée du quai d’Orsay, Musée Grévin, Musée Picasso and many others… there is one to suit everyone. They, therefore, make great places to hide from the rain whilst admiring beautiful artwork.

What’s even better is that there is no need to get rained on in the queue for the Louvre as there is an entrance inside the Pyramid.


Louxor Cinema
Louxor Cinema

In Paris, numerous cinemas can be found in all areas. Whether you’re looking for the big chain cinemas such as Pathé or the more hidden ones showing quirky authentic films, it’s hard to not find what you’re looking for.

So during rainy and humid weather, why not go to the cinema? Whether it’s alone, with your partner or with friends, the cinema is always a good idea. In front of a great film with your popcorn, you’ll easily forget the weather outside. Arty cinemas like Cinéma des Cinéastes or l’Espace 1789 can be found at Saint Ouen. Some unusual cinemas such as Le Grand Rex or le Louxor are equally worth a visit.


Themed restaurants, worldwide cuisine, blind restaurants… there is so much choice in Paris! Whether you want to eat in the dark, sip a cocktail on a hamac or try out a typical French bistrot, Paris has it all.

For all tastes and all budgets, treat yourself to a dinner that will excite your taste buds…


Paris Catacombs Visit
Paris Catacombs Visit

You must have heard of Paris’ famous Catacombs? It’s the perfect solution to a rainy day (not advised if you’re claustrophobic!).

Step into the underground galleries of the capital and get lost in the Catacombs. The site has an interesting history, one that dates back several centuries. So if you want to find out more, make sure you don’t miss out and go to the Catacombs!


Paris has long had a reputation for being the fashion capital: big shops, galleries, Champs-Elysées, The Louis Vuitton Foundation… Whatever you want to see and whatever your budget, find your fashion paradise and have a stroll around the boutiques lining the Parisian streets. When it rains in Paris, shopping seems to be a perfect option! Whether you choose Boulevard Haussmann, le Passage du Havre or Les Halles at Châtelet, there are so many shops covering all types of needs. Happy shopping!


To escape the rain, visit the covered passages of Paris and take a trip back in time. Galerie Vivienne, Passage Verdeau, Passage Choiseul are the remains of the 19th century and certainly don’t lack charm! The passages cover numerous shops and restaurants.


In rainy Paris, you could also go and see one of the many theatre shows or comedy shows currently being shown.

Le Casino de Paris or Le Théatre Mogador are the most popular places for a comedy night. Les Cabarets Parisiens also put on great, highly colourful shows.


Are you looking for something to do with your children too? What’s better than visiting one of Paris’ aquariums to hide from the rain? You’ll be surrounded by water but totally dry! You have two options:

The aquarium of Paris at the Trocadero is the biggest and most known with 43 different ponds, representing the different seas around the world.

The Tropical aquarium at Porte Dorée is less known and smaller but worth the detour. It was designed to be an educational site for children.

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