In this article, we’ll provide some tips on what to do and see to make the most of a rainy day in Paris!
Museums in Paris
There are more than 100 museums in Paris, so if you find yourself in the city of lights on a rainy morning, take this as an opportunity to explore some of the amazing art the city has to offer! We’ve selected 3 different museums to visit on a rainy day that focus on art from different periods, so you can choose for yourself which museum appeals to you the most.
- The Louvre Museum
The Musée du Louvre is the most visited art museum in the world, and an absolute must-see landmark when you’re in Paris, rainy day or not! The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, and stretches 60,600 square meters (652,300 square feet).
- Musée d’Orsay
If you’re a fan of impressionism and post-impressionism, the Musée d’Orsay is the place for you. The museum is housed in a Beaux-Arts former railway station, and offers an impressive collection of paintings by impressionist and post-impressionist painters such as Cézanne, Degas, Van Gogh, Manet, Monet and Renoir.
- National Museum of Modern Art (Centre Georges Pompidou)
The three museums we’ve highlighted here are among the most popular in Paris, but of course there are also countless other museums well worth a visit. For more interesting museums, such as the Quai Branly Museum, see our blog article about Non-western Art at Paris’ Quai Branly Museum.
And if you’re staying in Paris with kids, the Musée Grevin (wax museum), Catacombes, Musée d’Histoire Naturelle or Palais de la Decouverte are all great alternatives.
Paris Cafes, Bistros and Restaurants
Check out our Foursquare list of our favorite cafes in Paris for some lunch ideas. If you just want to grab a quick bite and a hot cup of cocoa before continuing to explore Paris, you can also try a famous French crepe at one of the many Paris creperies.
Shopping in Paris
Another large shopping center is the Printemps Department Store, which is located right next to the Galeries Lafayette on Boulevard Haussmann. At Printemps, you’ll also find the latest in fashion, as well as products such as perfumes and cosmetics.
Other great shopping destinations on a rainy day include Rue de Rivoli, Carousel du Louvre (perfect after a visit to the world-famous museum of the same name!) and Les Halles.
French Dinner in Your Vacation Rental Apartment
After a busy day of exploring Paris in the rain, there’s nothing more relaxing than coming home to a nice warm apartment where you can even cook your own dinner.
If you want to stay in after dinner you can watch a French movie on your own TV, or enjoy some quality time with friends or family. If you do want to venture outside in the rain again, there’re also many indoor things to do in Paris in the evening, such as seeing a movie or going to the theater or cabaret!
Movies, Theater & Cabaret in Paris
There are many movie theaters in Paris, and several of them also show movies in English. For independent movies you can try Le Reflet Medicis in the Latin Quarter, which often shows classic Art Noir films and American classics. Another option is Le Grand Rex, which is the largest movie theater in Paris, and has a beautiful Art Deco style.
Paris is of course also home to famous cabarets such as Moulin Rouge or Folies Bergeres that’ll make for a fantastic night out.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our tips on what to do in Paris when it’s raining!
For more ideas on what to do and see in Paris, see The Top Five Things to Do on Your First Trip to Paris. What’s your favorite thing to do in Paris?