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Top 10 things to do in Paris when it rains

Top 10 things to do in Paris when it rains

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You want to make the most of your day even though it’s pouring? We got you covered (pun intended).

Our Paris experts tested every single thing you can do in Paris when it is raining and selected the very best.

From shopping under beautiful arcades or visiting quirky museums, find out the best things to do in Paris when it rains.

  • Holy relics, legendary stained glass, and stunning architecture. A must see.
    • Most beautiful stained-glass windows in the world.
    • Re-popularized in recent years by Dan Brown’s best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code".
    • Price: €10
    • Area: Notre-Dame
    • Our Expert's Tips: To avoid the crowd, plan to visit between 9:30am and 11am
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  • Kids will love this place. Adults will too, don't worry. Their educational and exciting exhibits are sure to entertain everyone!
    • 4 floors, each presenting a different theme.
    • A perfect stop when in Paris with kids.
    • See extinct animals.
    • Fun for adults.
    • Price: €8
    • Area: Latin Quarter
    • Our Expert's Tips: To avoid the crowd, don't go on Wednesdays and Weekends
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  • If you're looking for some of the best shopping in Paris (and you don't mind a few crowds), I believe this is the place for you.
    • Major department stores of Paris like the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps for Fashion and Citadium for streetwear.
    • Many big brands like Uniqlo, Zara and H&M.
    • Area: Opera
    • Our Expert's Tips: To avoid the crowd don't go on weekends or after 6pm
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  • Trust me, the interior is just as spectacular as the exterior.
    • 2 floors.
    • Main entrance and crypt below.
    • Resting place of Victor Hugo.
    • Area: Latin Quarter
    • Price: €10
    • Our Expert's Tips: After your visit, have a drink on the super cute square Place de la Contrescarpe a few steps away
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  • Back in the day, kings and their courts would shop here. That's how you know it's awesome. Plus, it's a unique indoor shopping adventure.
    • Pedestrians only.
    • Glass-ceilings and natural light.
    • Excellent shopping opportunities.
    • Highly ornamented and decorated.
    • Area: Opera
    • Our Expert's Tips: You can go from one passage to another and avoid the rain
  • Our ancestors from all around the world were actually really good at art. Who knew?
    • Specializes in tropical primitive arts.
    • 3,500 works of art.
    • Extremely close to the Eiffel Tower.
    • Lights always dimmed because light damages work.
    • Price: €9
    • Area: Eiffel Tower
    • Our Expert's Tips: To avoid the crowd, avoid Wednesdays and Weekends
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  • Wax statues: midly creepy, supremely cool.
    • Beautiful building built in 1882.
    • 3 floors.
    • Multitude of famous French and International celebrities.
    • Price: €24.5
    • Area: Opera
    • Our Expert's Tips: Plan a visit to the Covered Passages before or after. They are steps away
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  • There's so much more than the Mona Lisa! If it's there, you know it's world famous.
    • Largest museum in the world.
    • Originally built as a royal palace.
    • Iconic.
    • 35,000 showcases.
    • Venus de Milo.
    • Nike.
    • Price: €15
    • Area: Louvre
    • Our Expert's Tips: To avoid the crowd, plan to visit early in the morning and avoid weekends
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  • Awesome shows, exotic fish, big sharks, and a popular "touching tank." Everything a great aquarium needs.
    • 10,000 fish.
    • 500 species.
    • 43 basins.
    • Excellent for children.
    • Has a restaurant.
    • Touch pool.
    • Price: €20
    • Area: Eiffel Tower
    • Our Expert's Tips: To avoid the crowd, don't go on Wednesdays and weekends
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  • Stars and galaxies, optical illusions, and interactive exhibits make this one of the most electrifying museums in Paris.
    • IMAX and planetarium.
    • Ticket valid the whole day so can come and go.
    • 11 different sections.
    • Highlights: light, genetics, rocks and volcanoes and space.
    • Price: €9
    • Area: North East of Paris
    • Our Expert's Tips: To avoid the crowd, don't go on Wednesdays and weekends
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