20 Mar 18

Still Singing in the Rain: Rainy Days in Paris

Singin In The Rain

Rainy Days in Paris

Paris may be called the City of Light but sometimes her sparkling best is replaced by pelting rain that can put more than a damper on your  holiday.

Instead of staying indoors all day or running for shelter from the deluge and wondering if those skies will ever dry up, we've got some tips on how to spend those rainy days in Paris.

QUIRKY MUSEUMS

We all know and love the big three Paris museums - the Louvre, the Centre Pompidou and the Musée d'Orsay. Ticking them off your list is a must.

But there's so much more to the city's museum scene than these tourist-heavy pillars of Paris.

Don't follow the crowds. Strike out on your own and enjoy a rather more bizarre side of the city. From police and eroticism to skulls and sewers, Paris has it covered.

 

Musée de Le Poupee

Your young daughter will love you for life if you take her to this small private museum of 500 dolls. She'll enjoy the story telling sessions and workshops (making dolls clothes for instance or food for the dolls houses set up there).

10am to 6pm Tues-Sunday.
Impasse Berthaud, 75003 Paris.
Métro Rambuteau.

 Rainy Days in Paris

Galerie-Musée Baccarat

Since 1764 the House of Baccarat has been supplying the world's elite (think Prince of Wales to Josephine Baker and Indian Maharajas) ornate crystal luxury items. In this neo-rococo fairytale secluded in the former mansion of the Vicomtesse de Noailles, this museum showcases 1000 stunning pieces. Don't forget to book ahead for lunch or dinner in the Cristal Room.

11 Place des Etats-Unis. 75016 Paris.
Open 10am to 6pm Mon+ Wed to Sat.
Free for under 18s.
Métro: Boissiere 

Others favourites:

The Catacombes, Musée Carnavalet, Musée Fragonard, Musée de la Préfecture de Police, Musée des Egouts , Musée Valentin Hauy

Paris may be called the City of Light but sometimes her sparkling best is replaced by pelting rain that can put more than a damper on your holiday.

Instead of staying indoors all day or running for shelter from the deluge and wondering if those skies will ever dry up, we've got some tips on how to spend those rainy days in Paris.

BARS WITH BOARD GAMES

What better way to make new friends in Paris than over a brain-teaser or two washed down with a verre de vin.

Whether it's Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble or Monopoly, pop into one of our favourite spots for a game.

 Games

L'Oya

L'Oya offers 500 board games from around the world. For five euros you can have a drink and play the game of your choice, add 3 euros for each new game. The games are also available to buy.

25 rue de la Reine Blanche, 75013 Paris.
Métro Les Gobelins.

 

Le dernier bar avant la fin du monde

Dernier Bar Avant La Fin Du Monde

Embrace your inner geek at this fantastical bar with cartoon and life-size figurines and references to famous cult flicks such as Star Wars, Star Trek and Indiana Jones. The big friendly bar, comfortable couches and tables fill up early with pop culture fans. A library, board games and science fiction books nestle alongside Star Wars memorabilia. You can chill out here, play games or enjoy the Japanese-inspired menu and cheap drinks.

19 avenue Victoria, 75001 Paris.

   Other favourites: Le Fumoir, The Apparemment Café , and Le Vieux Léon which hosts a weekly quiz.

 

LES PASSAGES COUVERTS

Discover some of the hidden passages that are the real architectural gems of the city.

There's only half a dozen or so left in Paris now and all fairly close to each other so it's easy to jump from one to the other without getting wet.

Created in the 18th and 19th century Paris for residents to shop, dine or spend a hour in the arms of a lover in one of the little rent a rooms under the glass domed ceilings.

But you won't find high street shops here with many stores dating back to yesteryear, making them delightful places to browse for hours.

Passages Couverts

Galerie Vivienne

is one of the most beautiful with mythology-themed mosaics and a gorgeous tea room as well as a great wine bar.

 

Passage des Panoramas

was built in 1800 and was the first public area in Paris to be lit by gas in 1817. Already brimming with places to eat, stop by the new Café Stern in dimly lit 16th century rooms for a great coffee, well-priced lunch or just a glass of wine.

Pass Jouffroy

To while away a real good few hours, Passage Jouffroy and its continuation Passage Verdeau were both built in 1847 and it's here you'll find the waxwork museum Musée Grévin and cute yesteryear style boutiques selling everything from precious stones to stamps, jewellery and antique cameras. 

Other favourites: Passage du Grand Cerf, Passage du Bourg-l'Abbé, Galerie Choiseul, Passage du Caire.

SHOP TIL IT STOPS

Rain means there is no better excuse for doing what the Parisians do best - shop. But head away from the big two departments stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps where thousands of tourists spill out of monstrous tour buses on the hour, every hour.

Instead, step over the Seine to the Left Bank and go it alone disappearing into a world so beautiful you'll find it hard to breathe. It's called Le Bon Marché and it's where all of Paris' well-heeled residents go to indulge in almost everything from fine silks to luxury lingerie, high-end home wares and designer labels.

Once you've recovered from the heavenly offerings, head down to the just re-opened épicerie for lunch. You'll be hard pressed to leave this incredible level filled with every conceivable (and so many inconceivable) products from around the world.

 Le Bon Marché

Open Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 9pm
24 Rue de Sevres, 75007 Paris.
Métro : Sèvres-Babylone

SCRUB THOSE GREY SKIES AWAY.

Visitors don't often realise how ethnically diverse Paris is. If you fancy dipping a toe in another culture while in Paris than how about using those rainy skies to your advantage.

In Paris, going to a hammam (steam bath) is a fairly standard way of relaxing during the long winter months. There's a lot around, but not all of them good so here's our tried and tested favourites.

 O'Kari

Okay, this one is just for the girls but wow, you won't even notice the rain once you leave O'Kari. An Arabian spa fusing the best of traditional hamman practices with a western spa style sensibility, you'll enjoy mint tea and dates before treatments which include handmade, hydrating Alep and black soap.

O Kari Hammam

You will enjoy the thorough exfoliations right down to your cuticles but don't be shy because you'll have to get used to wandering around with other paper-thonged (disposable paper g-string underwear) guests.

22 Rue Dussoubs, 75002 Paris.
Métro : Etienne Marcel or Réaumur Sébastopol.

 

Hammam at the Mosquée de Paris

Hammam Mosquee

Built in the 1920s this hammam is one of the most famous and most beautiful but also be prepared to share your space with plenty of others who also make it part of their weekly ritual. It's probably one of the cheapest ones to go to so spending an afternoon there won't break the bank and the best bit? A tearoom to enjoy some sweet mint tea to bring you back to the real world after your treatment as well as a dining room for couscous and tagine.

39 rue Geoffrey Saint-Hilaire 75005 Paris.
Métro : Censier-Daubenton

Other favourites: Les Bains du Marais, Hammam Medina Center, Hammam Pacha, L'Escale Orientale.

This entry was posted in   Savoir Paris,   Shopping,   Things to Do in Paris by   Ella Lombardi.