Paris in winter: the weather, what to do for Christmas, shopping and advice
Why Paris in winter
Trendy shops and fun
Markets and skating rinks
We talked about houses and markets. Wandering through Paris in winter there are many opportunities to stop and enjoy theChristmas atmosphere. In different parts of the city: leaving the historic center one of the most interesting is the one found in the modern district of Defenseat the foot of Great Arch.
It is reached with the line 1 subway and collects 250 chalets on the great esplanade: his full name is Village de Noël Parvis de la Défense. Another Christmas village is located near one of the symbols of Paris: the tour EiffelL. A short distance from its base, in the gardens of the Champs de Marsmeet about a hundreds of boxes which then continue, taking the name of Marché de Noël de Bir Hakeimnear the metro station of the same name up to avenue de la Motte Piquet.
Montmartre and the Grand Boulevards
If, on the other hand, you will be granted a visit to the neighborhood of Montmartre allow yourself a stop in place des Abbesses where there are food stands from different regions of the France. A sort of tour among the markets around the country. It is also the right place for a mulled wine with which to fight the cold.
But in general, if you want to see Paris in winter, you cannot remain indifferent to one of its most classic and greatest attractions: that of the shop windows Department stores and gods shops most important. Just to name a few let’s think about Galeries Lafayettein boulevard Haussmannwhere the windows are a show of lights, toys and automata, without forgetting the gigantic tree under the dome of the department store. The tree comes to life every half hour. And it’s not just the kids who are amazed.
At this point the perfect idea is to treat yourself to a lunch in one of the luxurious brasseries which are located in the area of the Grands Boulevards to then continue the tour among the shop windows, stopping in front of the Magazine Printemps, still on Boulevard Haussmann. Behind the colorful glass a fantastic story unfolds while inside they sparkle 180 Christmas trees. Not to be missed, after a period of closure, are the windows of the Samaritaine Paris Pont Neuf where, in addition to the street, special spaces have been prepared with a huge advent Calendar.
Museums and brasseries
Of course, all this does not prevent you from carving out moments to visit the great museums in Paris which in addition to the warmth of their rooms offer the wonder of unique masterpieces. And from Louvre to the Orsay Museum it will be possible to stop in front of the most famous works without having to elbow as in other peak season periods. But do you spend the holidays? No problem. If after Christmas and New Year would you like to go and enjoy the many surprises of Paris in the winter you will not be disappointed.
Robust lunches and balances
Finished i fireworks and toasts hotel prices drop, the confusion decreases and you can go looking for new ideas in the different neighborhoods. Perhaps by going off the more predictable and obvious paths, looking for the most suitable flavors for the cold season. Yes, because with the snow, which often falls around January, a good idea is to try the restaurants that offer hearty mountain dishes. Like those that offer Italian cuisine Savoy or gods Grisons, tasting raclette or fondue.
And, if you’re real fashion victims hold on and wait for January. When you can go wild with shopping at special prices. THE winter salesin fact, they start on second Wednesday of January and last for a month. Bargain hunters can find stores that deliver discounts up to 70%. Bargain prices in the fashion capital of the world: what more could you want? And if it’s cold it’s better. You will feel at peace with your conscience by buying a extra sweater or jacket.
Three addresses to try:
Traditional restaurant in the 9th arrondissement of Paris with mountain specialties: raclette, Bourguignonne fondue, Savoyarde tartiflette.
52, rue de Douai
Happy Comme Alexandre
In the heart of the Latin Quarter, not far from the Pantheon. Good choice of cheeses as well as fondue bourguignonne and pierrade, or grilled dishes served on stone.
13, rue du Pot de Fer
In the heart of the 11th arrondissement, a restaurant with authentic Savoyard cuisine, hearty but at the same time refined. A way to bring mountains into the city.
58, rue de Charonne