1. Quite simply Paris is at it's most beautiful in the Winter, with the snow falling the picturesque streets are more enchanting than ever, and those gas heated terrace cafes keep you warm and toasty as you watch the gorgeous street scenes unfold.
2. The best of French cuisine takes place in Winter. Think Fromage (Cheese) Fondue, l'Onion soup, rich Beef Bourguignon, cheesy potatoey tartiflettes and steaming Cassoulets MIAM!
We highly recommend: Le Fontaine du Mars brasserie (pictured below) for the best Cassoulet and Beef Bourguignon in Paris in a classic cozy setting ideal for lunch or dinner.
3. Winter Fashion. Think faux-furs, long classic coats, the trademark scarf, and beanies, as you strut out of a museum under snowflakes. Or peel them off as you sit by a fire in a local brasseries or cult cafe.
Our favourite cult cafes with beautiful atmospheric interiors or with windows large enough to watch the outside world go by are....
Laduree Rue Bonapartre (pictured right)
Address: 21 Rue Bonapartre 75006 MAP
Cafe les deux Magots
Address: 6 Place St-Germain-de-pres 75006 MAP
Cafe de flore
Address: 172 Boulevard St-Germain 75006 MAP
4. There are GREAT DISCOUNTS in the Winter season including select Petite Paris B&Bs and apartments that are on Sale from November - March each year. Such as B&B Apartment Lisette in Montmartre (pictured below) our superb 2 bedroom apartment is REDUCED to 120euro per night for 1 or 2 guests and 140euro for 3 or 4 guests!
Click HERE to see it on our website in full detail or to check availability and BOOK
6. Christmas in Paris is magical. The city lights up even more as Christmas brings a surreal magic to the city. It's the season for walking the streets while sipping Vin Chaud (hot wine) and being dazzled.
Inside you will find where all the festivities are, Christmas markets, beautiful light displays, ice skating rinks, recitals, gourmet walking tour, where to have lunch on Christmas day and more.
Our favourite spot to enjoy the Christmas cheer and markets is the artists village of Montmartre - get off at Abbesses Metro and make your way up to the famous Place du Tertre and the Sacre Coeur Basilica.
7. Shorter museum lines and metro lines/crowds. Thank dieu!
8.Catch stellar shows with amazing seats at the Opera or Ballet www.operadeparis.fr. Best seats at restaurants too - no booking.
9.The second week of January starts the SOLDES (Sales) lasting 5 weeks. Starting with 20% off and gradually increasing each week, by February you can score soaring bargains - up to 90% off local boutique designers and in the major department stores like Galleries Lafayette and Printemps.
10. Feel Less Like a tourist!!! At les cafes as you will be surrounded by locals and gas heaters.
TIP: Dress for the weather: Bring a lined raincoat or heavy coat, waterproof shoes, warm socks, a hat, gloves, a scarf and the key is to pack layers. a thermal undershirt takes up very little luggage room and will come in handy.