What to Do in Paris When it Rains

If you are headed to Paris in any Season, expect to find rain in the forecast. I learned the hard way that May is the rainiest month of the year. I was caught in downpours more than once and was soaked down to my shoes. It is important to always carry an umbrella even when there is no rain in the forecast. A trench coat is versatile in the Parisian weather and highly recommended for your Paris packing list. 

what to do in paris when it rains

Walk the Paris Passages 

This is one of my favorite memories from living in Montmartre. You can easily walk from the 9th at the end of Rue des Martrys through Galerie Vivienne with only taking a few steps outside. This is a perfect rainy day activity. Last Spring, I found myself at a café for a glass of wine and it suddenly started to rain. I was just at the beginning of the passages in the 9th so it was great to walk through them again. You can dine inside or grab a drink and some of them have great shops.  

what to do in paris when it rains
what to do in paris when it rains

See A Movie 

Try one of the historical theaters in Paris such as Cinema de Pantheon or explore the basement of Sèzane which has a film screening room. 

what to do in paris when it rains

Wait out the Rain on a Covered Terrace 

The good thing about the rain in Paris is that it eventually passes. Grab a glass of wine or tea/coffee and wait out the rain. You will still be able to people watch for a bit while the storm clears. 

what to do in paris when it rains

Visit a Museum

I say skip the classic Louvre and visit one that is a little less known. One of my favorites is Musée Nissim de Camondo

Shop for Souvenirs

I always love stopping in Galleries Lafayette for gifts. You can spend an entire afternoon here between the restaurants and shopping. If you find yourself with a rainy day in the forecast while you are in Paris, take a little time to visit Les Grands Magasins (The famous departments stores). Printempts and Galleries Lafayette are right next to each other. If the rain clears, head to the roof for the beautiful view of the city. 

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what to do in paris when it rains

Do you have a favorite rainy day activity? Comment below and share! 


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Links I Love Week 12

This weekend, I booked a little staycation in the city of Chicago. This is my first solo staycation and I have to say, "Why didn't I do this sooner?" I cashed in on a hotel stay that was owed to me for over a year but I never found the right time to take it. In fear that it might expire, I decided to take it this weekend. I added on a photoshoot in the afternoon and then the rest of the evening was mine. It is beyond cold in Chicago, by that I mean it feels like 28 degrees. Staying in a warm comfortable bed with a book and a cup of tea is the perfect fix. I just got this one in the mail and I am loving it. If all goes well, I will still be sleeping when you read this in the morning. Comment below and tell me which article you loved or what you want to see more in the future. 

Thank you for reading! 

Style Notes: How to Dress Like A French Girl via Anthropologie Blog

My favorite waterproof boot now comes in a slip on sneaker. These are so comfortable and perfect for walking in the rain in Paris. I can't tell you how many shoes I have ruined by being caught in unexpected downpours. Plus they are under $100. I might need them in both black and grey.

 If you got the newsletter on Monday you may have noticed I put the wrong link (sorry!)

If you got the newsletter on Monday you may have noticed I put the wrong link (sorry!)


Have you checked out my Paris Print Shop yet? There is a once a year sale happening the weekend of April 1, if you want to get on the list you can sign up here.  I only put my work on Sale twice a year so you don't want to miss this one ;) 

 Image via Jessie Kanelos Weiner 

Image via Jessie Kanelos Weiner 

What to Do with All Those Pick Your Brain Requests (I Love this one!)

Cheap Wine in Paris. This may help convince you to book a trip. 

My Birthday countdown is on, how cute is this card from Paperless Post? You can send this to me and I will have a guaranteed smile. 

23 Advantages to Being an American in France

Grasse is on my Radar as I want to explore more of France, I love this article about exploring Making Scents of It All in France's Perfume Country

The new Spring Collection from Sézane is out and I am loving it. Now all we need is warmer weather. 


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Goût de France Sofitel Chicago

On March 21, over 3,000 restaurants in 150 countries will participate in the Goût de France/The Good France. Chefs from around the world will craft special menus to celebrate the Gastronomy of France. You can search on the website to find which restaurants in your city will be participating in the event. There are 4 restaurants in Chicago participating in Goût de France. I chose Café des Architects at Sofitel Chicago to experience their special menu

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I was welcomed by Chef Greg Biggers when I entered Café des Architects and he kindly went through the tasting menu with me. I was one of the first to try the menu before it's debut on March 21, I was honored. 

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I started with foie gras and pear which was absolutely delicious. I savored each bite while sipping a glass of champagne. An assortment of fresh bread was brought to the table with salted butter.

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I was completely honest with Chef Briggers when we spoke that I wasn't a big vegetable fan but he was able to slide a new one in that I actually enjoyed. My first time eating leeks and I liked them. Shh! If you only come for one dish out of the four, this one was my standout favorite. The Truffle Poached Alaskan Halibut with mustard cream, mussels and leek fondue. I am still dreaming about it a few days later. 

sofitel chicago gout de france

The Cheese course was complete with Cypress Grove Chèvre, mustard seed, gooseberry, and a rye cracker.

sofitel gout de france

My grandma taught me to always save room for dessert and especially when it involves chocolate. The Chocolate Twist with passion fruit crémeaux, chocolate ganache, and cocoa nibs reminded me of my favorite Pierre Hermè macaron. I enjoyed a cup of French Press coffee and I sat in the restaurant people watching for a little while after the meal. I loved the ambience of the restaurant and I can't wait to check out the newly designed bar on my next visit. 

sofitel chicago gout de france

This post was a partnership with Sofitel Chicago. All opinions are my own.