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35+ Things to do on a Rainy Day in Paris (Not just Museums!)

A rainy day in Paris doesn’t have to ruin your visit to the City of Light! Escape the weather with over 35 Fun Indoor activities in Paris (that aren’t just museums – but there are quite a few to go at if that’s your thing!)

Paris when it rains can be absolutely magical, romantic even. But for many, it is simply an inconvenience.

As the rain pours, you can say goodbye to sipping delicious French wine on epic rooftop terraces or wandering the prettiest streets in the city to scout for Parisian movie locations. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of indoor activities to help you make the most of your stay.

We all know that Paris has some of the best museums in the world, which are great places to wait out the rain. But what about when you are museum-ed out – or museums just aren’t your idea of a good time? You may be wondering what else is there to do in Paris on a rainy day? Well, don’t worry as we have you covered.

From exploring ornate churches and covered passageways to going underground at the catacombs or simply relaxing above ground in a cozy cafe drinking luxurious hot chocolate and eating delicious Parisian pastries. We’ve got over 35 different ideas and indoor activities in Paris to keep you entertained in the City of Light when the sun doesn’t want to shine. Because regardless of the weather, Paris is always a good idea.

And if visiting during December or January – the rainiest months in Paris – be sure to pack an umbrella – you’ll need it to dash between the different indoor Paris attractions.

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Fun Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Paris

Head to a Museum (There are over 130 to choose from)

Pyramid at the Louvre Museum This wouldn’t be a list of the best things to do on a rainy day in Paris without mentioning the many museums in the City of Light. But as we mentioned in the title – they are not the only rainy-day activities and so we’ve included them at the top so you can scroll on by if they are not you’re thing.

For those who do like museums – and wouldn’t limit them to bad weather days – here are our top suggestions of the best museums in Paris. And if you plan to visit several museums or top landmarks in the city be sure to pre-purchase the Paris Museum Pass – it will save you so much money!

  • The Louvre – Wait out the rain in the home of the famous Mona Lisa, Venus Di Milo, and a vast collection of art.
  • Musee D’Orsay – featuring an extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces.
  • Museum of Modern Art @ The Pompidou Center
  • Musée de l’Orangerie – known for its impressive display of Monet’s Water Lilies series.
  • Musée Rodin – showcases the works of the renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin.
  • Musée de l’Armée – housing a comprehensive collection of military artifacts and armor.
  • Musée Picasso – dedicated to the life and works of the iconic artist Pablo Picasso.
  • Petit Palais – stunning 1900 building, housing eclectic fine arts dating from the Renaissance to the 20th century.

These museums are just the tip of the iceberg – and we recommend that you buy your tickets in advance (if not purchasing the Paris Pass – and if you are, booking your time slot where necessary). Scroll down to discover more unusual museums in the unique things to do in Paris in the rain section, below.

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See a Performance or Take a Tour of the Palais Garnier

Ornate Hall in Palais Garnier The Palais Garnier (sometimes referred to as the Opéra Garnier or the Paris Opéra), located in the 9th arrondissement, is one of the most iconic landmarks of Paris and a symbol of the city’s artistic and cultural heritage.

Completed in 1875 during the reign of Napoleon III, the opera house was designed by architect Charles Garnier, who won a competition to create a building that would reflect the glory of the Second Empire. The result is a grand structure that combines classicism and ornate decoration, with its iconic facade adorned with marble columns, sculptures and friezes.

The interior of the Palais Garnier is equally impressive, with its lavish foyers, grand staircase, and the famous Chagall ceiling, which depicts scenes from famous operas. The auditorium is renowned for its rich decoration, including gold leaf and plush velvet seating, and can accommodate over 2,000 people.

Over the years, the Palais Garnier has been the setting for many important cultural events and has hosted some of the world’s most famous performers. Today, it continues to be one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world, attracting visitors from all over the globe who come to admire its beauty and attend its world-class performances or to take a guided tour.

Sainte Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle Stained Glass Windows Sainte Chapelle, located in the 4th arrondissement, is a magnificent Parisian landmark that never fails to impress visitors with its beauty. Constructed in the 13th century, the chapel was built to house a collection of Christian relics, including the Crown of Thorns.

The chapel was commissioned by King Louis IX of France, who wanted to create a space that was worthy of the precious relics it would contain.

The Sainte Chapelle is renowned for its stunning stained glass windows, which cover almost every inch of the upper chapel’s walls. The vibrant, jewel-toned glass depicts scenes from the Old and New Testaments, and the intricate patterns and designs are truly breathtaking.

The chapel has survived numerous threats throughout the centuries, including damage during the French Revolution and World War II.

Today, visitors can marvel at the Sainte Chapelle’s beauty and learn about its history through guided tours and audio guides. The chapel is located on the Île de la Cité, in the heart of Paris, and is a must-see landmark for anyone interested in Gothic architecture and religious history.

Note: Saint Chappel operates a timed entry system, so be sure to book your slot before you turn up as visitors numbers are restricted per entry time.

Explore the Covered Passages of Paris inc. Galerie Vivienne, Passage Choiseul & Passage des Panoramas

Passage des Panoramas The covered passages in Paris are significant remnants of the city’s rich history and architectural heritage. Dating back to the 19th century, these passages served as bustling commercial hubs, housing shops, cafes, and theaters.

Today, they offer a glimpse into Parisian life from a bygone era, characterized by ornate ironwork, glass ceilings, and charming storefronts.

Each passage exudes its own unique charm, offering a blend of nostalgia, culture, and hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, and we’ve listed a few of our favorites below.

  • Galerie Vivienne, in the 2nd arrondissement, is a hidden gem that transports visitors to a bygone era. This enchanting covered passage, built in the early 19th century, exudes timeless elegance with its mosaic floors, intricate glass ceilings, and ornate storefronts. Visitors will discover a treasure trove of unique shops, boutiques, and charming cafes. The ambiance is captivating, with natural light streaming through the glass roof, illuminating the beautiful architectural details.
  • The Passage des Panoramas (pictured above) also located in the 2nd arrondissement, is one of the oldest covered passages in Paris and is known for its charming atmosphere and diverse dining options.
  • Passage Choiseul, again found in the 2nd arrondissement, is a passageway is known for its beautiful glass ceiling and unique boutiques.
  • The Passage des Princes, located in the 2nd arrondissement near the Opéra Garnier, it is home to various toy stores and shops, making it a popular spot for families.
  • The Galerie Véro-Doda, situated near the Louvre Museum in the 1st arrondissement, is a historic passage admired for its beautiful design and antique shops.
  • Passage Brady: Found in the 10th arrondissement, this passageway is known for its Indian restaurants and shops, offering a vibrant multicultural experience.

Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur Bascilica under a blue sky with white clouds The Sacrécœur Basilica is a famous landmark located in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. It is a stunning basilica that sits atop a hill in the Montmartre neighborhood.

The building was constructed between 1875 and 1914, and its unique architecture features both Byzantine and Romanesque elements. It was designed by architect Paul Abadie and is made of white stone that gleams in the sunlight.

The cultural significance of Sacre Coeur is profound, as it is one of the most important religious sites in Paris. The basilica attracts millions of visitors every year who come to marvel at its beauty and to experience the peaceful and spiritual atmosphere of the church.


Catch a Cabaret (Moulin Rouge, Paradis Latin, Crazy Horse)

Moulin Rogue lit up at Night Paris is famous for its cabaret shows, and no visit to the city is complete without experiencing the glitz and glamour of a live performance. The most famous venue is the Moulin Rouge, but there are a couple of other options to choose from, including Paradis Latin and Crazy Horse (which is the only cabaret with full nudity).

All have incredible singing, dancing, and acrobatics making these shows are a true spectacle and a memorable night out. Be sure to grab a ticket that comes with a glass (or half a bottle!) of Champagne for the full Parisein experience (although we’d probably skip the dinners offered at Moulin Rouge and Paradis Latin).


Go Shopping: Galleries Lafayette, Printemps, Les Halles, La Grande Epicerie etc.

The shopping in Paris is unrivaled, from luxury department stores to small boutiques, historic covered passageways dedicated to different types of stores – to the tourist traps selling trinkets. If you want to spend money, Paris will be happy to help you lighten your wallet!

Here are our top suggestions for stand-out stores and shopping centers that shouldn’t be missed.

Galleries Lafayette Haussman

Ornate Dome of Galleries Lafayette The Galeries Lafayette Haussmann is a popular shopping destination and historic landmark in Paris, located in the 9th arrondissement.

Founded in 1894, the luxury department store is known for its impressive Art Nouveau dome and ornate balconies.

The store has been expanded over the years, adding new buildings and features, such as the stunning stained glass dome and the rooftop terrace, which offers panoramic views of the city (although is best avoided in the rain!).

The Galeries Lafayette has become an emblem of French elegance and luxury, attracting both locals and tourists alike.

Les Halles

Les Halles Shopping Centre in Paris Les Halles is located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, and it has a rich history dating back to the 12th century when it was established as a marketplace.

Over the centuries, it grew in size and importance, becoming the central market for food and produce in Paris. However, by the mid-20th century, the market had become overcrowded and unsanitary, leading to its eventual closure in 1971.

After its closure, the area was redeveloped into a modern shopping and dining district, with the creation of the Forum des Halles shopping center and the addition of new pedestrian zones and green spaces.

The redevelopment project was met with controversy, as many criticized the new design and lamented the loss of the historic market. However, Les Halles has become a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, with its trendy shops, diverse cuisine, and vibrant atmosphere.

Culturally, Les Halles is significant as a symbol of Parisian commerce and gastronomy, as well as for its association with the city’s history and heritage.

La Grande Epicerie

La Grande Épicerie in Paris is a haven for food enthusiasts and those seeking refuge from the rain. Originally nestled within the iconic Le Bon Marché department store, and now located in the adjacent building, it offers a delightful array of gourmet delights, from artisanal cheeses to freshly baked pastries.

With its inviting ambiance and diverse selection of gourmet products, it’s the perfect place to explore and indulge in culinary delights while staying dry amidst the Parisian rain.

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Facade of Printemps Paris Printemps department store in Paris offers visitors a luxurious haven to escape the rain while indulging in world-class shopping experiences. Its elegant architecture, adorned with ornate details, provides a stunning backdrop for exploring the latest fashion trends, upscale boutiques, and gourmet delicacies.

From designer labels to chic accessories, Printemps boasts an array of offerings to suit every taste and style. Visitors can wander through its opulent halls, marvel at the dazzling displays, or unwind with a gourmet coffee amidst the refined ambiance.

With its expansive selection and shelter from the elements, Printemps promises a delightful respite for travelers seeking refuge from Parisian showers.

Notre Dame Cathedral (When it re-opens in late 2024)

Notre Dame de Paris Notre-Dame de Paris, located in the 4th arrondissement, is undoubtedly one of the most famous landmarks in Paris, with a rich history and cultural significance.

The cathedral’s construction began in 1163 and took over 200 years to complete. It was a feat of medieval engineering and was one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Its intricate facade features stunning carvings and sculptures, including the famous gargoyles that adorn its rooftop.

The cathedral has played an important role in French history, from hosting royal coronations to serving as the backdrop for Victor Hugo’s famous novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

Unfortunately, the cathedral suffered a devastating fire in 2019, causing significant damage to the roof and spire. The incident sparked an outpouring of grief and solidarity from people around the world. The French government launched a major fundraising campaign to restore the cathedral, and work is underway to repair and rebuild the damaged parts of the building, which is expected to reopen in late 2024.


Watch the World go by at a Cozy Cafe

Paris Cafe with Amelie poster on the wall Paris is famous for its delicious pastries, and a freshly baked baguette, macaron, or croissant is a must-try.

The French have truly mastered the art of pastry-making, and the classic French croissant is no exception. A good croissant should be flaky on the outside and tender on the inside, with a buttery flavor that is simply irresistible.

Some of the best places to try a croissant in Paris include Du Pain et des Idées, Pierre Hermé, and Boulangerie Julien. Pair your croissant with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate for the perfect breakfast or mid-morning snack.

And if you are trying to hide from the rain a little longer, there are worse places to be than sitting in a Parisian café enjoying afternoon tea as you watch the world go by. Now, pass the macarons!


Explore the Center Pompidou

Pompidou Centre The Centre Pompidou, named after former French President Georges Pompidou is located in the 4th arrondissement. It was inaugurated in 1977 and quickly became a symbol of the modern and avant-garde cultural identity of Paris.

Designed by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, the building features an exposed skeleton of brightly colored tubes, escalators on the exterior, and a panoramic view of the city from the top floor.

The Museum of Modern Art’s collection is one of the largest of modern and contemporary art in Europe, with over 100,000 works by artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Warhol, and Pollock.

In addition to the permanent collection, the Pompidou Centre regularly hosts temporary exhibitions, performances, and workshops for all ages.

The Centre Pompidou has been credited with democratizing access to contemporary art and culture, making it accessible to a wider audience. It is also one of the most visited cultural institutions in France, attracting millions of visitors each year.

The building itself has become a cultural icon, a testament to the power of design to create a landmark that has become an integral part of the Parisian skyline and identity. It is free to enter the building itself, and there are enough things to do inside that it makes a great place to hide from the rain.


Pantheon in Paris The Panthéon is an iconic neoclassical monument located in the Latin Quarter of Paris, in the 5th arrondissement.

Originally built as a church dedicated to Saint Genevieve, it was later converted into a secular mausoleum housing the remains of France’s greatest citizens, including Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, and Marie Curie.

The Panthéon is known for its impressive dome and grand interior, which features beautiful frescoes and sculptures.

While the building has undergone various transformations throughout its history, it remains a significant cultural and architectural landmark in Paris, and is a great place to escape the rains in Paris.

Eat at a Michelin Starred Restaurant


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Paris boasts a wealth of Michelin-starred restaurants – 136 to be exact – offering unparalleled culinary experiences for visitors and is a perfect rainy day activity.

For the pinnacle of gastronomic excellence, establishments like Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée and Guy Savoy offer exquisite French cuisine with standout dishes like truffle soup and artichoke and black truffle soup, respectively.

For those seeking a more budget-friendly option, establishments like Septime and Le Chateaubriand offer innovative menus at a fraction of the price, allowing visitors to savor inventive dishes without breaking the bank.

And for those looking for specialty dining with a view, you can’t go past L’Oiseau Blanc (pictured above with the Eiffel Tower in the distance), or Le Jules Verne located inside the Eiffel Tower itself.

La Conciergerie

La Conciergerie Building on the Banks of The River Seine La Conciergerie is a historic building located on the Western end of Île de la Cité, on the banks of the River Seine, in the 1st arrondissement, of Paris.

Originally a royal palace, it later became a prison during the French Revolution, with many famous prisoners held within its walls, including Marie Antoinette. The building is known for its stunning Gothic architecture, including the iconic clock tower and the Salle des Gens d’Armes, a grand hall that once served as a royal banquet hall.

Today, visitors can explore the building’s history and learn about its role in the French Revolution, as well as admire the intricate stonework and impressive medieval architecture.

Go Underground at the Catacombs

Wall of Skulls in the Catacombs of Paris Beneath the streets of Paris lies a network of tunnels and catacombs, where the bones of over six million people are laid to rest. While this may sound macabre, the Paris catacombs are a fascinating historical site, offering a glimpse into the city’s past. Be prepared for a dark and eerie experience, as you descend into the tunnels, but the sense of history and mystery is well worth it.


Unique Things to do in Paris in the rain

Musée des Égouts de Paris (Paris Sewers Museum)

Paris Sewers Museum What better place to hide from the rain than under the ground?

Delve into the hidden underworld of Paris at the Musée des Égouts de Paris, a secret spot that reveals the city’s fascinating sewer system. Located in the 7th arrondissement, this unique museum offers a glimpse into the intricate network of tunnels and channels that run beneath the streets of Paris.

Learn about the history and engineering behind the sewers, explore interactive exhibits, and gain a newfound appreciation for the infrastructure that keeps the city running smoothly.

Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature

Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature Tucked away in Paris, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (Museum of Hunting and Nature) is a hidden gem dedicated to the fascinating world of hunting and nature.

This offbeat museum showcases a captivating collection of historical hunting artifacts and thought-provoking art installations, revealing the intricate relationship between humans and the natural world.

From ancient weaponry to intricate taxidermy and immersive dioramas, each exhibit room provides a unique glimpse into the traditions, rituals, and evolution of hunting throughout history.

The museum also highlights the beauty and fragility of nature, inviting visitors to contemplate the diversity of the animal kingdom and our connection to it. With temporary exhibitions, workshops, and educational activities, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature offers an immersive experience for all ages.

Take a Cooking Class

Taking a cooking class in Paris not only offers a hands-on experience with French cuisine but also provides a delightful escape from the rain. It allows you to immerse yourself in the rich culinary heritage of the city while staying cozy indoors.

Learning from skilled chefs in a warm kitchen environment, you can master the art of creating classic French dishes like coq au vin or crème brûlée.

Plus, it offers a unique cultural insight into French gastronomy, making it a memorable and rewarding activity, especially when the weather outside is less than ideal.

Choose from Cooking lessons with professional chefs, including market visits or even ending with a 3-course meal (that you cooked yourself, of course!).

Oh, and if you want to get a bit more specific, you could take a bread-making class or indulge your sweet side with a macaron making class (which even gives you a to-go box to take home!)

Musée du Chocolat (Chocolate Museum)

Chocolate confectionery selection The Musée de la Chocolaterie, or Chocolate Museum, is a true paradise for chocolate enthusiasts, offering a captivating journey into the world of chocolate making.

Located in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, this off the beaten path museum takes visitors on a delightful exploration of the history, craftsmanship, and artistry behind this beloved treat.

Discover the secrets of chocolate production through interactive displays, learn about the origins of cocoa beans, and marvel at the intricate chocolate sculptures created by master chocolatiers. Indulge your senses with the rich aromas and delectable samples as you immerse yourself in the sweet and fascinating world of chocolate.

Go Wine Tasting

If you like wine, getting to taste multiple delicious French Wines during a wine-tasting workshop run by a sommelier would be an exceptional idea. And as these are often held inside, whether it be a fancy restaurant, caved wine cellar or even in the Musée du Vin itself, you can be sure you’ll be sheltered from the rain.

Also, some of the wine tasting experiences in Paris include cheese pairings or lunch, which are a great idea if you need a little sustenance to soak up the alcohol! And failing that, just find a cozy wine bar and settle down for a couple of hours for a spot of people-watching with a glass of whatever takes your fancy.

Atelier des Lumières (Workshop of Lights)

Atelier des Lumières (c) The Atelier des Lumières (Workshop of Lights) is an extraordinary art exhibition venue in Paris that offers a captivating and immersive experience through digital projections and mesmerizing light displays.

Located in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, this former foundry has been transformed into a cutting-edge space where renowned artworks are brought to life on vast screens and projected onto the walls, ceiling, and floor.

Visitors are enveloped in a world of art, surrounded by moving images and synchronized music, creating a truly unique and immersive artistic journey. With its innovative approach to showcasing art, Atelier des Lumières is a hidden gem that will leave visitors awestruck and inspired.

Maison de Victor Hugo

Maison de Victor Hugo Maison de Victor Hugo, located in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, is the former residence of the renowned French writer Victor Hugo. This historic house has been transformed into a museum that offers a fascinating glimpse into the life and works of the literary icon.

As you step into the rooms where Hugo once lived and created his masterpieces, you’ll be immersed in the ambiance of the 19th century. Admire the carefully preserved furniture, original manuscripts, and personal belongings that provide insights into Hugo’s creative process and his significant contributions to French literature.

From his iconic novel “Les Misérables” to his powerful poetry, Maison de Victor Hugo offers a captivating journey through the life and literary legacy of this esteemed writer.

Enjoy Iconic Parisian fashion at the Dior Gallery

Paris is considered one of the fashion capitals of the world and the Dior Museum offers a glimpse into the renowned fashion house’s history.

Situated in a picturesque mansion, it showcases Dior’s iconic designs and couture pieces. Visitors can explore the brand’s evolution and creative process through carefully curated exhibitions.

For fashion lovers seeking shelter from the rain, it’s a compelling destination to learn about Dior’s influence on the industry.

Musée de Montmartre (Montmartre Museum)

Montmartre Museum Musée de Montmartre, located in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, is a captivating museum that pays homage to the artistic history of Montmartre.

Housed in a charming villa, this museum invites you to embark on a journey through the bohemian past of this iconic neighborhood. Immerse yourself in the world of renowned artists like Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Suzanne Valadon, who once called Montmartre home.

Explore the collection of paintings, photographs, and memorabilia that beautifully capture the spirit of this artistic haven. As you stroll through the museum’s rooms and gardens, you’ll feel the creative energy that has inspired generations of artists.

From the historic studios to the panoramic view of the surrounding neighborhood, Musée de Montmartre offers a glimpse into the artistic soul of this enchanting corner of Paris.

Pamper Yourself at a Spa

Paris offers a plethora of luxurious spas perfect for a rejuvenating spa day and are a great pick-me-up when the weather is grey and miserable.

Among the top recommendations are the Spa My Blend by Clarins at Le Royal Monceau, known for its personalized treatments and serene ambiance. Another standout is the Spa Valmont pour Le Meurice, renowned for its exclusive Valmont treatments and opulent setting. These spas specialize in a range of therapies, from signature massages to rejuvenating facials.

Ideal for couples seeking a romantic retreat or individuals romanticizing their own life in the City of Light, a spa day in Paris promises relaxation and pampering.

Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil

Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil The Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil, located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, is a true oasis for nature lovers. This enchanting botanical garden invites visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty of its lush greenery and vibrant plant life. The garden is renowned for its stunning collection of greenhouses, which house a diverse array of plant species from around the world.

Stroll through the picturesque pathways, marvel at the exotic flowers and towering palms, and take in the soothing ambiance of this indoor botanical haven.

Musée de la Chanson

Step into the enchanting world of French chanson at the Musée de la Chanson (Museum of the Song), located in the Ménilmontant neighborhood. This unique museum celebrates the rich history and artistry of French songs, offering a captivating journey through the country’s musical heritage.

Explore the exhibits that showcase the evolution of chanson (song), from its humble beginnings to its influential role in shaping French culture. Immerse yourself in the melodies and poetic lyrics that have touched hearts for generations, and gain a deeper appreciation for the art form’s significance.

With its intimate setting and immersive displays, the Musée de la Chanson is a must-visit for music enthusiasts and those seeking to discover the soulful rhythms that resonate throughout the streets of Paris.

Montparnasse Tower (Tour Montparnasse)

View from Montparnasse Tower over Paris Montparnasse Tower, also known as Tour Montparnasse, is one of the best-kept secrets of Paris. Located in the 15th arrondissement, it is the only skyscraper outside of the CBD, rising 210 meters above the ground. 

Its construction was controversial due to its impact on the city’s skyline – but the incredible view from the top (pictured above) can easily asway any fears people had.

Today, visitors can take the fastest elevator in Europe to the top floor for stunning panoramic views of the city – from an indoor and outdoor viewing platform – and despite initial criticism, the tower has become a cultural icon of Paris and attracts millions of tourists each year.

Musée de la Vie Romantique (Museum of the Romantic Life)

Musée de la Vie Romantique Musée de la Vie Romantique, or the Museum of the Romantic Life, is a delightful museum located at 16 Rue Chaptal in the 9th Arrondissement of Paris. It pays homage to the Romantic era, showcasing a collection of art, objects, and artifacts from the 19th century.

The museum is housed in a former residence that once welcomed renowned artists and writers of the Romantic period.

Visitors can explore the carefully curated exhibits, including paintings, sculptures, and personal belongings of famous figures such as George Sand.

La Cité de la Mode et du Design (City of Fashion and Design)

La Cité de la Mode et du Design - City of Fashion and Design Uncover the hidden world of fashion and design at La Cité de la Mode et du Design (City of Fashion and Design), a secret spot nestled along the banks of the Seine River in Paris.

Located in the 13th arrondissement, this contemporary cultural hub showcases the latest trends and innovations in the fashion industry. Explore its modern architecture, discover cutting-edge exhibitions, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of creativity and style.

Maison de Balzac (House of Balzac)

Maison de Balzac Maison de Balzac is a captivating museum that offers a glimpse into the life and literary contributions of the esteemed French writer, Honoré de Balzac. Located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, this historic building was once the residence of Balzac himself.

Today, it stands as a tribute to his legacy, showcasing a collection of artifacts, personal belongings, and manuscripts that provide insight into his creative process and literary genius.

Musée de la Curiosité et de la Magie (Museum of Curiosity & Magic)

The Musée de la Curiosité et de la Magie, located in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, is a captivating museum dedicated to the world of magic and illusions. The museum houses a remarkable collection of magical artifacts, showcasing the rich history of magic and the art of illusion.

Explore the intriguing displays of vintage magic props, antique automatons, and optical illusions that will leave you spellbound. Delve into the secrets behind famous magic tricks and illusions, and uncover the stories of renowned magicians throughout history.

Musée de la Poupée (The Doll Museum)

Doll Museum Paris The Musée de la Poupée (The Doll Museum), located in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris, is a charming museum that celebrates the world of dolls and dollhouses. The museum houses an extensive collection of dolls, showcasing their evolution throughout different eras.

From antique dolls with delicate porcelain features to modern-day favorites, visitors can explore the rich history and craftsmanship behind these beloved toys. The museum also displays a variety of intricately designed dollhouses, capturing miniature worlds with meticulous attention to detail.

Musée Nissim de Camondo

Musée Nissim de Camondo Musée Nissim de Camondo, located at 63 Rue de Monceau in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, is a captivating museum that showcases an extraordinary collection of decorative arts within a meticulously preserved 18th-century mansion.

This remarkable institution pays homage to the artistry and craftsmanship of the period, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the grandeur and elegance of the past. The museum’s rooms are exquisitely furnished with period furniture, stunning tapestries, delicate porcelain, and intricate artworks, creating a truly immersive experience.

Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Museum of Decorative Arts)

Museum of Decorative Arts Building Paris Located in the prestigious Palais du Louvre, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Museum of Decorative Arts) showcases a remarkable collection of decorative arts spanning various periods and styles. From exquisite furniture and ceramics to fashion and jewelry, the museum offers a captivating journey through the world of design and craftsmanship. Delve into the intricate details of each exhibit and immerse yourself in the rich history of decorative arts.


And that’s a wrap. We hope our guide to the 35+ best things to do on a rainy day in Paris has inspired your next (or first!) trip to the City of Light. And that with all our suggestions a little bit of rin won’t stop you from exploring Paris and enjoying Paris to its full potential. 

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