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How to enjoy Paris in the rain

The best things to do in the French capital when the weather ain’t playing

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If you’re as clumsy and inattentive as us, dodging the pointed ends of umbrellas and puddles along the narrow Paris pavements can feel incredibly perilous. Faced with a light pitter-patter or an ominously grey sky, you may opt to stay at home and snuggle up under the duvet with Netflix and a warming cup of tea instead.

Which is always sensible and stuff, sure, but if you’re visiting Paris, this may feel like a bit of a waste. So that’s why we’ve come up with a short list of ideas of things to do in the city that involve minimal or no interaction with the outdoors. Enjoy!

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What to do in Paris when it rains

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Bars with board games
Bars and pubs

Bars with board games

What’s your poison? Get involved in everything from brain-bending French dictation to Star Wars-themed sushi.

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Les Catacombes
Attractions

Les Catacombes

‘Stop! This is the empire of death.’ So reads the welcome sign to these public burial pits which overflowed in the era of the Revolutionary Terror.

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The best coffee in Paris
Restaurants

The best coffee in Paris

Paris has always excelled when it comes to café culture. Now, a new generation of artisanal coffee bars has opened up all over the city.

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Les passages couverts
Shopping

Les passages couverts

In 18th and 19th century Paris, the area around today’s Grands Boulevards was packed with these glass-roofed shopping galleries.

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Quirky museums
Museums

Quirky museums

These weird and wonderful little-known gems are all well worth an hour of your time.

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The 100 best shops in Paris
Shopping

The 100 best shops in Paris

Bad weather provides the perfect opportunity to seek out some of these 100 essential boutiques, reviewed and ranked by our editors.

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Rainy day kids’ activities
Kids

Rainy day kids’ activities

Our pick of the 50 best things to do with the kids in Paris in the rain. First stop: the aquarium.

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Art deco museums
Museums

Art deco museums

The five museums listed here all pay homage to the 1920s and 30s movement with rich collections of art deco art and furniture.

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Museums for kids
Museums

Museums for kids

Families are well catered-for in Paris with dozens of museums offering regular kids’ activities.

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Music, Film & Digital Art
Music

Music, Film & Digital Art

Get to grips with the boundary-pushing Paris museums that mix art, music and technology.

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