When it rains in Paris, you do just as you would anywhere else: you put outdoor activities on hold and do classic indoor things like go to the cinema or play a board game at home. However, there are plenty of things to do in Paris even when it is raining!
As the rain beats on the window panes, you could be tasting one of the best hot chocolate drinks in Paris, in the belle époque decor of the Angelina tea rooms. Or strolling around at the REcyclerie or the Comptoir Général – two places that mix an eating area with second-hand goods, exhibitions, DIY workshops, theatre, concerts, special events for children, clothes swapping, etc., all in a trendy but family-friendly atmosphere.
You could also be browsing around animals: a bear, giraffe, life-size baboon, etc. at the renowned taxidermy shop Deyrolle – one of the most amazing places in Paris. To continue in this ‘cabinet of curiosities’ spirit, you could follow this up with a visit to the Aquarium tropical de la Porte Dorée, the Tropical Hothouse at the Jardin d’Auteuil or the ones in the Jardin des Plantes; and then finish off with the Evolution Gallery at the Museum d’histoire naturel.
Have you ever thought of wandering through the thirty or so covered shopping arcades that escaped demolition by Baron Haussmann in the 2nd arrondissement? Or going to visit the Catacombes de Paris and paying tribute to historic figures that rest there, such as Rabelais, Racine, Blaise Pascal, Montesquieu, the Perrault brothers, Danton and even Robespierre? Another underground option, a visit to the Musée des égouts de Paris will enable you to shine at dinner parties as you explain the history of the sewer system dating right back to the 13th century.
If you enjoy a fright, book a trip to the Manoir de Paris, a huge house with 23 rooms where you’ll rediscover the most chilling of Parisian legends, such as the Phantom of the opera house, the paid assassin of the Médicis, or the bloody baker.
So, even if it’s raining in Paris, you will have plenty of ideas for things to do!