Things to do on a rainy day in Paris

Our suggestions for things to do in Paris, on a rainy day.


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(Closed until 2020) 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!

Angelina Rivoli Member

Tea room
226 rue de Rivoli, Paris, 75001

For more than a century, the Angelina tea room has been a landmark for gourmet Parisian cakes and pastries, etc. The decor, by......

Catacombes de Paris Member

1 avenue du colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, 75014

This Parisian ossuary, covering 11,000 m² of underground space is called the Catacombes in reference to the Catacombs of Rome.......

Le Manoir de Paris Member

Guided tours
  • Opéra - Grands Boulevards

Presenting the first haunted show in France, the Manoir de Paris retraces the steps of 17 Parisian legends in the prestigious......

La REcyclerie

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment
83 boulevard Ornano, Paris, 75018

The REcyclerie is located in the former Ornano train station, entirely renovated for the occasion and located just a few steps......

Le Comptoir Général

80 quai de Jemmapes, Paris, 75010

The Comptoir Général, a bar, restaurant, art gallery and shop rolled into one, defines itself as a museum dedicated to ghetto......

Aquarium tropical Member

Zoo & aquarium
Palais de la Porte Dorée - 293 avenue Daumesnil, Paris, 75012

The Palais de la Porte Dorée is an incredible Art Deco building, classed as a historic monument. Situated on the outskirts of the......

Jardin des serres d'Auteuil - Jardin botanique de Paris

Park, garden, promenade
3 avenue de la Porte d'Auteuil - 1 avenue Gordon Bennett, Paris, 75016

The Jardin des serres d’Auteuil in the Bois de Boulogne is one of the four botanical gardens maintained by the City of Paris. Its......

Musée des égouts de Paris

Pont de l'Alma - Face au 93 quai d'Orsay, Paris, 75007

You can follow the history of the sewers, from the days of Lutèce to the present day, through a 500m underground path. A unique......