A Winter Getaway à Paris – Vida Magazine Malta

Paris.

That one word says it all. Just thinking of Paris conjures the smell of fresh baguettes and pungent fromages, the vivacious open-air marches, the lights of la tour Eiffel. The distinct Parisian style and attention to detail, parades through every corner of the city – from the beautiful typography on the street signs to the impeccable French cuisine. As cliché as it is, Paris is the city of love and there is nowhere else in the world like it.

As one of the top three visited cities in the world, winter is an especially magical time to visit Paris – the tourism off-season when the flights are cheap and there won’t be any long lines into the Louvre! Although it will certainly be chilly, during the winter it rains far less than in spring and the chance of snow is delightful.

Bundle up and stroll the winter streets of Paris, indulge in hot chestnuts, gooey crêpes, and vin chaud (hot wine) from street corner to street corner. Parfait, n’est-ce pas?

3 DAY GUIDE TO EXPLORING PARIS IN THE WINTER 

DAY 1

GRAB BREAKFAST AT A LOCAL PÂTISSERIE

Paris can be expensive. Skip eating out breakfast at a sit down restaurant and head straight to the local pâtisserie. Choose from quiches, éclairs, croissants, baguettes and all other French pastry galore. Save a few for the road and head to a local café for a hot coffee before starting your day.

THE LOUVRE

Spend a day at the Louvre (or one of the many amazing museums in Paris like the Musée d’Orsay or the Centre Georges Pompidou).

The Louvre

LUNCH IN THE CITY CENTRE OF PARIS

Treat yourself to a delightful lunch out in the city centre of Paris.

NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL

Don’t miss the famous Notre Dame Cathedral – one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Attend mass or have a stroll around the park.Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

THE MOULIN ROUGE

End your day with a Parisian night or even better, enjoy the cabaret at the Moulin Rouge in the Montmartre district of Paris. The Moulin Rouge’s fascinating history and iconic architecture, make it a sight not to be missed even if you won’t be attending the show. If you do want to see the cancan, book your tickets to the Moulin Rouge at least three months in advance!

The Moulin Rouge 

DAY 2

SACRÉ-COEUR

The Sacré-Coeur is a popular landmark, located at the highest point of the city in Montmartre. Take in the panoramic views of Paris bathed in morning light and stroll inside the breathtaking church.Sacre Coeur, paris

MONTMARTRE

After a day of intense sightseeing, it’s nice to slow it down and spend a day purposely getting lost. Montmartre is the historically bohemian district of Paris where you can spend a nice day watching the artists paint, checking out the museums (don’t miss the Salvador Dalí gallery!), getting a caricature or portrait done, enjoying a hot French onion soup and of course souvenir shopping.Montmartre, Paris

DAY 3

LES PUCES DE SAINT-OUEN

Les Puces is one of Europe’s largest flea markets near Paris that hosts 15 different markets of 2500 stalls bringing together antique dealers, designers, artisans and artists. There’s no better place for treasure hunting than the Les Puces flea market. Start your morning with a crêpe at one of the many stalls selling crêpes and hot wine before getting lost in the labyrinth of stalls.

Les Puces De Saint-Ouen

LUNCH AT PARISIAN STREET SIDE RESTAURANT

After a morning of treasure hunting, enjoy a long lunch at a traditional Parisian street side restaurant. Since Les Puces is out of the citycentre you will find quality traditional French cuisine at, well, normal prices.

Street Side Restaurant

THE EIFFEL TOWER

Finalement – The Eiffel Tower. By this point, if you’ve never been to Paris you’re itching to see the Eiffel Tower. Go just before sunset and if you’re lucky, you will catch the Eiffel Tower in magic hour light. Starting at sunset, the Eiffel Tower’s lights sparkle for 5 minutes every hour on the hour.

STROLL ALONG THE RIVER SEINE

Before heading to the Champs-Élysées take a romantic night stroll along the river Seine.

CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES & ARC DE TRIOMPHE

Finish your day shopping along the Champs-Élysées whilst taking in the Arc de Triomphe. Don’t miss the flagship Louis Vuitton store.

 

My three day guide to exploring Paris was originally published: A Winter Getaway à Paris – Vida Magazine Malta © 2017 – VIDA Magazine 

Sasha

Writer and Founder at DO YOU EVEN TOURIST?
Passionate traveller. Sea gypsy. Digital Nomad.