I’ve been to Paris in spring, summer and winter. Undeniably, Paris is one of my favorite places in any season. Paris is adorned with gorgeous blooms in spring. The weather is a bit chilly in the evenings still but perfect when paired with your favorite scarf and light sweater. Summer offers a lot more sunshine but also gets very crowded. I have not gotten a chance to visit in the autumn but can only imagine how romantic it is when the leaves turn. Winter months in Paris is chilling, frosty and utterly beautiful in the rain. With much less crowds, you won’t have to wait at your favorite restaurants or museums like in the summer months.
Holiday seasons brings in holiday markets with unique gifts, beautiful lights lining the Champs Élysées, the cozy feelings of Christmas, roasted chestnuts, and warm cups of vin chaud. Vin chaud is hot mulled wine with smells of orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and other festive spices. There are many holiday markets in Paris. And many more if you don’t mind hoping on a train to Strasbourg, another charming city to spend the holidays. Some of my favorites things to do while in Paris is to leisurely walk the city, sit at a cafe for hours, listen to passing street performers, browse the local farmers’ markets, visit my favorite museums and the Opera when it rains and look out on the city to city the streets glistening and people bustling. But there are several options from shopping at Galeries Lafayette or ice skating in front of the Hôtel de Ville. Though it rarely snows, your best bet is to visit in January or February to find Paris covered in white frost.
Winter in Paris is one of the best time to try out local favorites that get to crowded in the summer! Here of some of my favorites, but I’ll elaborate in another post.