Paris Paris "Mon Amour"... an iconic city of the world.
What to see? The quintessence of it architectural landmarks of the Eiffel Tower, le Louvre and it Jardin des Tuilerie, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Sainte Chapelle, , and the Basilica of Sacre Coeur on Montmartre. But let's not forget it fashion, Arts and of course it Gastronomie. There are numerous of "must do"in Paris so to make the most out of your traveling to Paris during the winter time, follow these tips.
Weather in Paris during November, December & January
If you travel to Paris in winter time, be prepared for a chilled weather. Cold and wet winters are common in Paris. So if you are lucky enough within the mild freezing weather you might catch a scenic Paris under snow to make it even more romantic. The average highs for winter temperatures are about 5oC with grey skies and rain. Despite December is considered to be one of the coldest months in Paris, it's still very much crowded. Especially if you are planning to do your Christmas shopping on Boulevard Haussmann where historic department stores Galerie Lafayette and Printemps Haussmann, compete to display incredible animated windows for Christmas that illuminated my childhood.
Don't Miss out :
Printemps Christmas window opening Tues, November 7th at 18:00 with Nicole Kidman
With over 160 Christmas trees displayed in the department store and 70 puppets within 11 windows dressed up for the occasion by the set designer Spiros Halaris
and numerous brands such as Jimmy Choo, David Yurman or Bonpoint. Printemps Haussmann went extra miles this year to offer you the magic of Christmas season in Paris.
What clothes to Pack
Ultra light down – Very light and compact to carry. Can go under any coat to keep your elegance intact. It’s not just about looking good. Being warm and comfortable is a necessity to enjoy the city in winter time. While you are visiting the hidden street of St Michel or the hipster neighborhood of Abbesses, a warm jacket is ideal for the chilly winter season.
Jean – Jean are comfortable, warm and versatile. Easy to pair and low maintenance ( no ironing after the suitcase). Pack a couple pairs of your favorite jeans for taking strolls in Paris, visits and other shopping activities.
Warm boots and wool socks – When you are walking around in the rain and cold, keep your feet warm. If you are staying in Paris for several weeks, make sure to keep your feet super warm by bringing along the amount of wool socks you need. Worse come to worse you can always get some good basics at Uniqlo.
Best shopping address for Menswear :
Along the Canal St Martin after a ride on a canal barge ( it will be less touristy than the classic Bateau Mouche) Make sure to check out : Rue Beaurepaire / Rue de Marseille / Quai de Valmy
Agnes B Homme, Le Monde des Hommes, Balibaris, Sandro, Paul Smith, Homecore, The Kooples. APC and last but not least, make sure to not miss "Centre Commercial" my favorite.
Cashmere – Cashmere is your best friend, soft and comfortable for winter weather in Paris. During the cold, biting weather a cashmere and jacket is the perfect choice. A high quality cashmere assist with heat retention, the soft material is breathable, classic and elegant. You don’t have to choose between style and comfort.
Skinny jean – When you are in the city of love, your goal is to maintain a comfortable look at all times. Bring along a few of your jeans to give you a comfy, elegant look.
Black Winter Stockings – Black full length stockings are practical and most importantly, they are ideal for protecting your legs against the cold winds in Paris. Black stockings are versatile. They can be worn with any color skirt and gives you full coverage.
Best shopping address for Womenswear:
Hard to choose as Paris is one of the most fashionable city where women can shop pretty much at every corner of the street.
In the Marais : Rue des Francs Bourgeois / Rue Veilles du temple / Rue de la Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie / Rue du Bourg Tibourg
Haut Marais : Boulevard Beaumarchais / Rue de Bretagne / Rue Commines
Etienne Marcel : Rue Montmartre/ Rue Etienne Marcel / Rue Croix des Petits Champs
What other essential things to bring
Paris is the City of life, love, and fashion. For a first timer, Paris offers famous landmarks, museums, and exciting strolls that you will enjoy with your entire family. You don’t have to pack a lot of clothes. Only focus on the essentials for spending winters in Paris.
Winter Accessories – Will help you a long way but in order to free up space in your luggage, wear them. These may consist of a glove, scarf or hat and if you become overheated during your flight to Paris, these accessories can be easily stored away in your jacket or a shopping bag.
Camera Charger – When you are taking pictures of the beautiful sights in Paris, a camera charger is essential. A charger is easy to carry along with your camera. On your Paris vacation, you can be assured that your camera will always be ready to capture beautiful images.
Flight pillow and Eye Mask – If you will be on a long flight, a portable travel pillow will provide you a great neck support and help you rest and avoid jetlag.
How to get around in Paris
Traffic is a nightmare in Paris so I can only recommend to find comfort in the warm underground named METRO.
The METRO has been transporting Parisien across the city since 1900, it's one of the oldest underground in the world and I must say it's the easiest and reliable way to go around. There's a few option to optimize your costs.
DAY PASS PARIS VISIT: If you are planning to travel intensively you can buy the 1-5 Day pass at 12E/Day ( I wouldn't recommend this "tourist"option as it works out quite pricey for the actual travel you are going to do)
MOBILIS: It's the day pass for locals at 7,5E/day
This a good option if you are planning to move a lot around Paris, more than 5 journey within the day.
Last but not least, start booking your trip to Paris with Eurostar.com
Try to take the Line 6 from Bir Hakeim to Trocadéro, the metro is crossing La Seine on a suspended bridge that offers one of the most scenic view of the Eiffel Tower.
Instead of the classic Bateau Mouche, try out the Batobus. It's a taxi boat that's connecting over 9 major Parisien landscapes : Jardin des plantes city de la mode / Hotel de Ville / Notre de Dames / Saint Germain des Près / Le Louvre / Musée D'Orsay/ Champs Elysée / Eiffel Tower and ends at Beaugrenelle. www.batobus.com/en.html
Written with Love by Minute & Azimut's Team.