A European Winter | Paris
Paris is always, always, always a good idea. It's my 3rd time in this amazing city and everything about it still has me awestruck. Winter transforms Paris into an entirely different world than it is in the summer. Basically the city is way less crowded and WAYYY more cold.
What To Do In Paris In The Winter
1. Bundle Up
First and foremost, BUNDLE UP. Why? Because, trust me, it is COLD in Paris during their winter months. It's obviously not as cold as Northern Europe would be during the winter. But you have to remember that you'll be out walking around all day and the warmth of the Givenchy store on
Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is only a temporary comfort. It reaches that really fun level of cold where you feel like you've lost all feeling in your fingers and toes and they can, at any moment, freeze right off of your body. So make sure you're equipped with a good jacket (for lightweight layering warmth I highly recommend a Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket) and some beanies, scarves, and gloves!
2. Christmas Markets
Christmas Markets in Paris are a sight to see. Imagine the already grand Avenue des Champs-Elysées lined on both sides with cute little snow capped, twinkly light adorned, pop up wooden shops complemented by a steady flow of bundled up people sipping carefully on their cup of hot spiced wine. So what can you do at a Christmas Market? Tons! You can buy handmade products like soap, knitwear, jewelry, toys, and ornaments. You can eat hot foods and sweet desserts. You ice skate in a mini ice rink, ride miniature horses in a mini yard, get a mini thrill on a mini roller coaster...see a mini pattern? You can even find fresh cheeses and meats at a Christmas Market! And of course you can drink hot spiced wine, a literally hot commodity I have yet to see in Los Angeles, California. The only side note I have is don't expect the prices at a Christmas Market in Paris to be comparable to basically the rest of Europe. Everything will cost you at least around 2 Euros more. But hey, you can't put a price on a priceless city!
3. Ice Skating
Paris takes ice skating to a whole new level. Like, seriously a whole new level (PS. see what I mean by watching my vlog!) Le Grand Palais usually hosts a Le Grand Palais des Glaces every winter. The space is transformed into, not so much a winter wonderland, but more of something inbetween an ice skating rink and a club at 2am on a Friday night. For 27 Euros I got entry into the rink, ice skate rentals, and the best time of my life!
You can't go to Paris and not, at least, take one quick peek into a store. The decor and window displays in the department stores, Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, are totally worth gawking at. Of course shopping streets like the Rodeo Drive of Paris, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, and les passages couverts in the Grand Boulevards area also get all dressed up and glittery for the holidays. These are definitely Instagram worthy spots. In addition, to ornate decor and playful window displays, the shopping corridors of Paris hosts the best sales and offer crazy deals during the holiday season. That sweater you've been eyeing? Well now its 90% off.
5. The Louvre
Visit The Louvre is on every single Paris To Do List you will ever find. It's the largest museum in the world and it would take you days, weeks, months, maybe even years to actual take in everything The Louvre has on display. And yes, if you haven't heard the Mona Lisa calls The Louvre her home. I'm telling you to visit this amazing museum in the winter because during the winter months there are substantially less people who are visiting Paris and thus The Louvre. You won't feel claustrophobic or sweaty, which in the summer months is inevitable.