One of the best things about Paris in winter are the lights at night. I spent a number of evenings walking along the Seine, the Champs Elysee, and to Place Vendome just so I could see the beautiful displays of light.
And during the day, there is nothing better than sitting at an outdoor cafe, drinking a vin chaud (here’s the recipe you can make at home: French mulled wine) and watching people go by.
Where do I like to sit outside (with a glass of wine if you can) and watch people go by?
- Terrace overlooking the Eiffel Tower, perhaps from one of the museums at the Palais de Chaillot
- Blvd St-Germain-from Deux Magots
- Cafe in Place St-Sulpice
- Boat on the Seine
- Jardin de Luxembourg
- Ile de la Cite
- Cafe Marly in the Louvre
- Jardin des Tuileries
- Musee Rodin
During 10 days in Paris in early January I also visited the Louvre at night, the free Sempé art exhibit at the Hotel de Ville, and the organic market (Marché biologique Raspail) at Boulevard Raspail and rue de Cherche-Midi. The weather was lovely, not too cold especially when the sun was out.