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Paris in January: Winter is the best time to visit the City of Light [2024]

Did you know that one of the best times to visit Paris is in January? People think that the summer season is the most ideal time to go to Paris (and it does have its perks) but I would argue that it is winter. I feel it is one of the best months to experience the city. Mists of cold engulf the City of Light, and while it can rain or snow a bit, for the most part, the sky is clear and bright, and the air is crisper too.

The perfect weather for all that creamy luscious chocolat chaud!

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January in Paris is mid-winter, so there is less holiday hustle-and-bustle, “la magie de noël” including the festival of lights and seasonal treats last into January making your winter trip a great way to chase winter blues.

And there is a bit of romance in the air (French people use their mistletoe on New Year’s Eve and day rather than Christmas!). Romance that will simmer until it reaches St. Valentine's Day and then blooms with the spring flowers that come April and picnic season starts.

Paris in Winter Eiffel Tower
Wintertime sunrises and sunsets are gorgeous!

But I digress (as usual!)

Why is January the best time to visit Paris? Well, if you prefer fewer tourists, private romantic strolls, big Paris winter sales, lower prices, and artsy things, this is the month for you.

Ask any traveler which city in the world they would like to visit the most, and I know Paris is going to be in the top three choices. There’s just so much to love about the City of Light and the City of Romance – gorgeous architecture, awesome culture, the art scene, the world-class cuisine. The city embodies the best that travel has to offer.

And January is the perfect month to go. My experience of visiting Paris more than 50 times in all the months and all the seasons means I can provide you with a complete guide for this first month of the year.

Why should you visit Paris in January?

The Louvre in January

There are a few reasons why I think January is the best time to visit Paris. With the tourists gone, you can explore the real Paris, meet Parisians, learn their culture, and live like a local, plus it’s cheaper.

The truth is, that the holiday season (from late November through Christmas until the end of the year) has a big influx of tourists. You notice them everywhere. Somewhere in this crowd, Paris's essence is lost, but that's not the case with January; Paris in January is entirely yours to taste and explore!

I have been to Paris in January many times. Mainly because my birthday is in early January and Mr. Misadventures and I often spend the holidays in our favorite city in the world and then extend into January. As long as you have packed the appropriate clothing for the winter, and are bundled up correctly, the city is wonderful at this time of year!

You avoid the tourist crowd

Paris is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. During summer, the city is inundated by tourists from all over the world (although with a lot of the Parisians exiting their annual vacances, it is not as crowded as it could be!).

During high season, every single popular site, major attraction, café, museum, and building is filled with people. You’ll have to contend with long lines and crowds. You’re often so stressed you don’t get to experience what Paris is all about.

But the good news is in January, which is considered the off-season, there are significantly fewer tourists. As the holidays come to an end, tourists start to go back to their homes; companies are busy, schools reopen, etc. Paris in January is pleasingly quiet and Paris-ish. You’ll get to enjoy the city and truly immerse yourself.

Getting that ticket to see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum and then maybe doing a little shopping at the Carrousel du Louvre is entirely possible! Having the top of the Arc de Triomphe to yourself can happen! It's not a dream! I know because I've done it. And more than once!

Weather You Experience In Paris

January is still winter in Paris. It is typically the coldest month of the year. But with today's crazy weather patterns, in recent years it isn’t always as cold as you would think. There’s a good variance in temperatures in Paris that you will experience. Some days offer all the winter feels and others are sunny days when it’s just nippy.

Winter months in Paris still have that cold-breezy aura, not too cold but just enough to let you enjoy ice skating, dinners by candlelight, picture-perfect snow sceneries, etc. It is also perfect for leisurely walks along Paris’ city streets (great for exploring the Latin Quarter or Le Marais) or the Seine River.

The weather is usually nice enough for you to sit outside on cafe terraces and watch Paris street life. And strolling in a park is not inconceivable, especially when you can grab a cup of hot chocolate in either the Tuileries Garden or the Luxembourg Gardens.

Do remember that the variance in temperatures can get a little extreme sometimes. While the average temperature is 41 degrees Fahrenheit/5 degrees Celsius, it can go as low as below zero or be warm enough that you can remove your scarf or your heavy jacket, so do pack the right clothes.

And it isn’t only blue skies. January’s rain may have you hiding under an umbrella but will give you plenty of opportunities to wear the typically Parisian long trench coat and to try some indoor activities. Like live music at the famous Moulin Rouge or taking in the indoor shopping mall, known as a passage (there are MANY of them in Paris).

Paris weather in January

Weather patterns these past few years are very unpredictable, so I want to share the averages and then what we have seen in the last few years. (I used World Weather Info as my source of information.)

Weather in January in Paris:

  • The temperatures in January in Paris: It can get low temperatures as low as 37 degrees F (3 C) and a high temperature as high as 45 degrees F (7 C).
  • Sunrise and Sunset: You can expect sunrise at around 8 AM- 8:30 AM and sunset at 5 PM-5:15 PM.
  • Rain: Not too much rain.
  • Snow: It happens! But the snow melts faster at this time of year.

It snowed in January the week of January 15th – a rarity!

Average Daytime Temperature446
Average Nighttime Temperature404
Days of Rainfall
(From light rain or drizzle to a storm)
Average Daytime Temperature4515
Average Nighttime Temperature437
Days of Rainfall
(From light rain or drizzle to a storm)
Average Daytime Temperature446
Average Nighttime Temperature415
Days of Rainfall
(From light rain or drizzle to a storm)
Average Daytime Temperature436
Average Nighttime Temperature404
Days of Rainfall
(From light rain or drizzle to a storm)

It's cheaper and flights are less expensive

If you want to maximize your travel budget, January is the best time to visit Paris because airline fares are at their lowest during the off-season. With the holiday season over, prices drop. Besides airfare, just about everything will be cheaper, travel expenses, tour guides, hotels, and warm clothes.

The low season has its own merits. You can funnel what you save on more visits to restaurants or shopping. That’s a win-win situation right there.

I think the only things that aren't cheaper are restaurants as I don't see much fluctuation from month to month when it comes to eating out. VAT adds a lot to your restaurant check, so be cautious (one of my tips for your first visit to Paris)! Mr. Misadventures and I try to make lunch our main meal and then gather picnic supplies for dinner. 

What can you do in Paris in January?

Paris is virtually your playground when you visit at this time of year. As I’ve mentioned, the lack of tourists means you can go just about anywhere and not have to worry about crowds. Here are my recommendations.

Visit Museums

Empty Orsay Museum
I love the Musée d'Orsay in January!

Paris is known all over the world for being the global center for art. The city is filled with museums, and it is home to the world-famous Louvre, the Orsay, and hundreds more.

During the touristy season, it’s so hard to enjoy a visit to the museums because of the crowds outside AND inside. You won’t get the time to linger around a favorite art piece because you’ll be pushed by the constant influx of people. January is the perfect time to soak in the exhibits in museums. You can take more time admiring the works of the masters without worrying that you’re hogging the space.

You can even spend a whole day in a single museum (especially if the weather is bad), if you want to, and be able to cover more ground because there are just fewer people inside.

For specific exhibits and events in January, see my list further down.

Salon Retro Mobile

Cold weather is the perfect reason to spend the day indoors drooling over the vintage cars at the Salon Retro Mobile which takes place at the expo center at Porte de Versailles. The Misadventures family loves checking out these babies, in particular, the Citroën 2CV and the VW bus, and exploring the history of cars in France and all over the world.

For 2024 the show takes place from January 31 through February 4th.

Exhibitions occurring in January 2024

  • Centre Pompidou Exhibition on Gilles Aillaud (through Feb 2024) showcases this painter's work in a wonderful display of man and nature.
  • Grand Palais exhibition on the history of urban art (L’art urbain à l’ère numérique) through July 2024.
  • Festival des Lumières is a must-visit winter light festival at Jardin des Plantes with extraordinary giant light sculptures with moving parts and changing colors. (Through Jan 21, 2024.)
  • Disneyland Paris launches its new Symphony of Colours on January 8, 2024. [Also, the refurbished Disneyland Hotel re-opens on January 25, 2024!]

Visit the Passages of Paris

Most Paris passages are empty in the early morning!

Many arrondissements in Paris boast beautiful covered passageways that are also called “passage,” “galeries,” or “arcades”. These passages were built during the 18th and 19th centuries and are home to many quaint boutiques, tearooms, bookshops, restaurants, and other specialty shops like poster shops and antique toy stores.

These galleries have been painstakingly restored to their old-world glory – it’s like being transported back in time to the Paris of a bygone era. These places have lovely mosaic floors, marble pillars, and glass rooftops that constantly let the sunlight in.

Some of the most popular galleries that you should visit are the Galerie Colbert, Galerie Vivienne, Passage Jouffroy, and Passage des Panoramas. I have written an entire post on the passages in Paris which includes every single one so you can locate them for your visit.

If you are more interested in the passage than the stores inside, a really good time to visit is before they are open, early in the morning, however, be aware some of them are locked until the stores open. Also, while they may be a respite from the rain, most of the arcades are still cold as they are generally not heated, depending on the passage itself!

Enjoy the cafes

Paris Cafe in Winter

A core part of the Parisian culture is lounging around in cafes. It is practically part of the soul of Paris. With fewer crowds to contend with, you can just spend the whole day hopping from one café to another and taking your sweet time to just admire Paris and watch its inhabitants go about their lives.

You may catch warm weather and it may even be agreeable enough for you to be able to sit outside to get that real Paris experience. [Don't count on any heat waves though!]

Stroll around the city

January is a great time to just walk around Paris to admire its architecture and culture without being distracted by an endless throng of people. You’ll be able to see the subtle nuances of the city.

It's a great time of year to be a flâneur! (But is there any bad time?!)

January also means that a lot of the Christmas decorations and lights are still on in many buildings and shops, it’s like extending the Christmas spirit past December 25, and that can be a treat in and of itself. The neighborhood Christmas markets are still open as well so you can still get some of the holiday treats and bring home last-minute gifts to friends and family.

Go shopping for bargains

Paris in Winter Eiffel Tower

Since Paris is not yet in its tourist season and it’s just after the Christmas holidays, it is the best time to shop. Why? Because shops and department stores will be offering their usual post-holiday discounts.

Plus, the winter sales in Paris start on January 10th through February 6th (for 2024). The official sale season (les soldes) happens twice in France, once in summer and once in winter (January) and they can be quite tempting!

Every shop has the ‘soldes‘ sign with a 30-40% discount, and most of the things are on sale including clothes, pottery, furniture, etc. If you are a fashionista, do visit the French capital in January because you can get the best Parisian pieces (along with other items) at a huge discount.

Shopping is also nice when there is bad weather outside. You can spend hours in the large department stores in the Boulevard Haussmann area (9th arrondissement near Palais Garnier) like Galeries Lafayette and Printemps (in early January they still have their Christmas lights displays). There is also an indoor mall in this area across from Printemps in the Haussmann St-Lazare RER station.

And if you are on the other side of town closer to the Eiffel Tower, but in the 15th arrondissement, try the Centre Commercial Beaugrenelle. If the weather improves head to one of my favorite parks close by, Parc Citroën. I went on the tethered Ballon Generali in the winter. It was cold but awesome!

Ballon Generali in Parc Citroen in Paris

Go ice skating

During the winter season in Paris, temporary ice-skating rinks are set up all over the city. Visiting in January means you’ll still get to see them before they’re dismantled. What could be more romantic or more fun than ice skating at the Eiffel Tower?

Here are some spots:

  • Grand Palais des Glaces: The biggest rink in Paris continues to operate until January 9th.
  • Champ De Mars is a small “village” near the Eiffel Tower. You can skate there until the end of January.
  • La Defence: It opens in winter and stays up until January 14th.
  • Hôtel de Ville: skating in front of Paris' City Hall is a lot of fun and is usually open until March!

Paris Fashion Week

The fashion week that most people are familiar with is the women’s haute couture version that usually takes place in February will be January 22 to 25 for 2024.

Tickets are not easy to come by but it sure is fun to people-watch during this week in the area around the Palais de Tokyo.

If you are interested in French men's fashion, here's my take.

Maison & Objet Show

This interior design event that takes place at the Paris Nord Villepinte is dreamy. If you are a design lover this is the show for you! It’s a show for household goods, furnishing, and decorations. The 2024 show is set to take place January 18-22.

Chinese New Year

Depending on the year and when the Chinese New Year falls, the celebrations can take place at the end of January. There are parades, entertainment, and food feasts across Paris, and in particular in the 13th arrondissement.

For 2024, it will be Feb 10th. Read my article on how to celebrate Chinese New Year in Paris.

Traversée de Paris

Mr. Misadventures and I love this one because we cannot get enough of vintage cars, especially Citroens! As the name suggests the cars cross (traverse) the city and end up in the parking area of Château de Vincennes. We prefer to see it at the chateau as we can see more cars are once. (We also love the Peking to Paris car event in October)

For 2024, it will be January 14th.

French Ice Hockey Cup

photo of 2 people playing ice hockey

Bet you weren't aware that hocket even existed in France. Well, it does! And the French Ice Hockey Cup championship game takes place in Paris on January 21 for 2024. See it (if you can get tickets!) at the AccorHotels Arena (8 boulevard de Bercy in the 12th arrondissement).

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Culinary Delights of January in Paris

A trip to Paris is never complete without experiencing the culinary traditions of the city. Paris is foodie heaven – try the awesome pastries produced by the city’s bakeshops, book a reservation in one of the many quaint French restaurants to experience some haute cuisine, have a bottle of wine, and gorge yourself on delicious cheeses at the wine bars.

There are just so many options you can choose from, there is something for every taste and in the last decade every food category including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, you name it and it isn't as tough to get in Paris as it once was.

January is also a great time to take a cooking class. My personal favorite is La Cuisine Paris, I have taken several classes there including bread baking.

What to eat in Paris in January

Paris Marche in Winter
The marchés are open all year round.

Food in Paris is always expensive (way higher than the rest of France) but is it worth the price? Yes and No. If you choose a restaurant, think about the time of day you go – fancier restaurants often have really great, and more affordable, lunch versions of their menu. I absolutely love a picnic, but it is a little bit harder to do in the winter.

Many restaurants offer seasonal menus so it is always good to know what is actually in season! Paris has many tastes to experience, but during the winter there are some seasonal specialties. If you visit the marchés (farmer's market) you will see many of these items listed below.

  • Fruits in season: apples and pears are still widely available.  In restaurants look for desserts featuring apples (pommes) and pears (poires). Oranges and clementines are a holiday treat that is still available in January.
  • Vegetables in season: cabbages, carrots, potatoes, leeks, fennel, and endive. In restaurants look for starters with leeks (poireau) and endive. From my beloved Brittany, cauliflower (choux fleur) is in abundance in January. Our favorite lettuce in the Misadventures household is called mâche, a winter lettuce widely available in January also.
  • Pumpkins (potiron) are used to make winter soups that you will often see as a starter. Truffles are in season and sometimes you will get a slice or two on the soup, but you will most definitely see truffles in the traditional omelet and pasta dishes.
  • Seafood is wonderful in January! This is what is in season: (look for these dishes in restaurants) are cod (artic variety) (cabillauds Artiques); yellow Pollack or (lieu jaune),  anchovies (the only winter month you can get them fresh), oysters, calamari, scallops, sea bass, sole, mullet (Rouget-Barbet), bream (dorade) and skate (raie). 
  • The French don’t eat turkey at the holidays but rather a smaller, gamier bird called a pintade, poularde, or capon (or chapon).
  • You will see slow-cooked meats turned into stews (pot au feu or daube) on many bistro menus.
  • Did you know that there are seasonal cheeses (fromages)? It’s true! Look for Mont d’Or” (vacherin), Abondance, Salers and Laguiole (spring and summer cheeses that have aged by winter), Munster (very creamy in winter); Ossau-Iraty (Basque); all the cheeses used for fondue: Comté, Emmenthal, and Beaufort (here are my recommendations for the best fondue in Paris); and the blues: Bleu du Gex (Mr. Misadventures and I used to live not too far from this town!) and Fourme de Montbrison.”
  • Hot Chocolate: Of course, you can get chocolat chaud any time of year, but I think it tastes best in the winter! La Chocolaterie de Jacques Genin and Angelina are world-famous for their exceptional hot chocolate during the cold weather. 



One thing is for sure in January you should NOT miss tasting the Galette des Rois, a traditional cake made to celebrate Epiphany.

The day is celebrated as a memoir of the 3 Wise Men bringing gifts to Baby Jesus. Parisians and the whole of France commemorate this day with a bottle of champagne and a King's cake (Galette des Rois). This cake has a small porcelain figurine called “la feve” hidden inside. When the cake is cut, whoever finds the figurine is given a golden crown (and is supposed to have good luck for that year) and they then wear the crown for a day.

Although Epiphany is officially on January 6th, you can still taste the King's cake through the end of the month if you want to. Yes, on any January day you can be king…or queen!

Paris Cocktail Week

Like a restaurant week but for dazzling drinks! Loads of Parisian bars take part in this week where we celebrate all things cocktail: special concoctions, mixology classes, competitions, and pairings!

Fête de la Coquille de St. Jacques (Scallop Festival)

Mr. Misadventures and I attended a scallop festival in Brittany at the end of April, but in Paris, it is held in January and takes place in Montmartre (18th arrondissement). I love scallops in all their forms! My favorite sashimi is sliced scallop (Hotate) and my all-time favorite dimsum is scallop dumpling from Yank Sing in San Francisco.

You probably won't find those 2 items in Paris but lots of great and original scallops, delicious nonetheless.

Important tips to remember


Before you book that flight to Paris during January, there are a few more things you need to be aware of. Take it from me, these tips can make your stay in Paris more enjoyable.

New Year's Holiday

Every year Paris welcomes the New Year with a dazzling spectacle, captivating crowds with a mesmerizing fireworks display exploding over the iconic Champs-Elysées at midnight.

This breathtaking experience, free and open to all, promises to create memories that will last a lifetime. Be prepared for a vibrant and energetic atmosphere, as thousands gather to celebrate under the Parisian sky.

To learn more about the actual New Year's Eve and New Year's Day holiday in France, check out this post. January 1 is a national holiday and things will be closed.

Pack the right clothes

As I’ve previously mentioned, the weather in Paris in January can be a bit unpredictable so pack the right clothes to cover any contingencies. Since you may experience rainy days, make sure to pack a raincoat so you won’t get wet, bonus if your winter coat is waterproof. Dressing in layers is a must.

You should also account for the cold weather by bringing a couple of thick sweaters, scarves, thick socks (or thin Merino which are good warm socks too), a pair of gloves, a hat, and a good pair of shoes (consider waterproof shoes) that are comfortable enough for those long walks in the city. Packing an umbrella is also a good thing to remember, although some hotels do provide one if you ask for it.

While the crisp air whispers the tales of centuries-old streets, Paris in January requires thoughtful preparation to ensure comfort and style. Parisian winters, characterized by mild coldness, demand layers that are as fashionable as they are functional. Here's your essential packing list to navigate the Parisian winter with ease and elegance.

  1. Silk Undergarments: Start with a good base layer to keep warm.
  2. Long-sleeved Shirts or Blouses: Ideal for layering.
  3. Sweaters or Cardigans: Wool or cashmere are perfect for warmth and style.
  4. Warm Trousers or Jeans: Opt for thicker fabrics for extra insulation.
  5. A Heavy Coat or Jacket: A must-have for the Parisian winter. A stylish wool coat or a down jacket works well.
  6. Dress or Skirt with Tights: For a chic evening out.
  7. Scarf, Hat, and Gloves: Accessories are not only stylish but necessary for the chilly weather.

Navigating the cobbled streets and grand boulevards of Paris in January demands footwear that is as practical as it is stylish. The city's winter weather, while not severe, calls for shoes that can handle the chilly temperatures and occasional dampness with ease.

  1. Waterproof Boots: Preferably with a good grip for walking on potentially slippery cobblestone streets.
  2. Warm and Comfortable Walking Shoes: For exploring the city.
  3. Sturdy Dress Shoes: For more formal occasions or dining out. Thin heels are not advised!

Choosing the right bag is a crucial yet often underappreciated aspect of your Paris packing list. In a city where fashion meets functionality, your choice of bag can define your travel experience. Here are the perfect companions for your Parisian escapades!

  • Waterproof tote bag: You'll fit right in as a local and you can carry bags inside your bag should you shop. I recommend water-resistant or waterproof!
  • Small cross-body bag: Keep your most important items in a small bag that can be worn close to you and under your winter coat.
  • Two-sided coin purse: You will have a lot of coins and nowhere to put them. I prefer the 2-sided ones so I can separate coins from bills.

For a full list of what to pack for Paris in the winter, check out this post.

Prepare an itinerary

Make your trip to Paris efficient. Prepare an itinerary before your trip so you can maximize your time in the city. List the places and attractions that you want to see and group them by location/arrondissement.

This way you can cover more ground on any given day. Nothing is as frustrating and expensive as crisscrossing the city going from one location to another because you didn’t plan your trip well enough.

Here is my Paris Arrondissement Guide to help you figure out where you want to spend your time. Remember, your itinerary should be a guide. The weather changes, heck your mood may change as well, so have options.

But ALWAYS, always leave time just to wander!

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Transportation through Paris in January

There are many public transportation methods to rely on in Paris throughout the day and night. These include RER trains, metros, tramways, regional trains (Transilien), buses, Noctilien (Night buses), taxis, etc.

  • Metro: There's nothing faster and more convenient than the metro. You can get anywhere in Paris by metro. Metros start to operate at around 6 AM and stop at 12:45 AM. Unless it's the weekend (Friday-Saturday), the metro runs an hour longer until 1:45 AM on weekends. [Here's my full Paris Metro guide]
  • Buses start at 7 in the morning and continue to provide services until 8:30 PM. Some are also available from 8:30 PM to 12:00 AM. Although keep in mind, buses can be time-consuming, they wait around 5 minutes at every stop for passengers.
  • Night Buses: (Noctilien) Yes, you can travel at night as well with these buses! They start at around 12:30 AM and operate until 5:30 AM.

You can find maps in the metro stations and near ticket counters, along with line directions at the platform's entrances and exits.

Is January the best time to visit Paris?

Mais oui! Even if you have visited Paris many times in the summer, revisit Paris in January, It is a whole different experience. Whether you travel solo, with your family, friends, or your partner, you will appreciate Paris during this month where the chilly weather in January in Paris can be appreciated by sipping gallons of hot chocolate! 

One of the most important things to do after reading this article is to also check out my Paris Travel Guide: What to Expect for 2024!

Have you ever visited Paris in January? What was your experience? Did you enjoy small crowds, frosty trees, and the lights of the city? Do share!

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Andi Fisher

I am married to a French man, lived in France for 3 years, and have been to Paris more than 50 times. I am always a tourist so the information, tip, and tricks I share are created to help you!

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  • Flights
    • Look for fares using sites like Skyscanner or Expedia.com
    • For France (Paris) coming from the West Coast, I typically fly Air France or United. From the East Coast, I typically fly Air France or Delta.
    • If you travel frequently, consider investing in a Priority Pass for airport lounge access. Not only will you have a spot to relax before your flight and charge your devices, but you can eat and drink for free (without paying crazy airport prices!)
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
    • For rental car agencies, try Rentalcars.com. When traveling in Europe, I use AutoEurope to make reservations. They find the best rates and allow you to compare different car rental agencies. I typically book with Sixt.
    • For transportation from the CDG airport to anywhere within Paris, consider pre-booking with Get Transfer. It is one way to be stress-free and you can request an English-speaking driver.
  • Tours + Atractions
    • I book tours with companies like Viator and GetYourGuide. Both have a wide variety of activities for every travel style. Other companies to look at include Tours by Locals and Withlocals.
    • If you’re visiting a city with multiple attractions, be sure to check out a discount pass, such as CityPASS or Go City.
    • Context Travel is another option and they offer more educational-based activities.
    • If you are looking to buy tickets to attractions, check out Tiquet.
  • Don't Forget Travel Photos
    • One of my favorite things to do is to get photos taken of me while on vacation. Flytographer is a great option with photographers all over the world.
  • Peace of Mind
    • It’s important to have some type of travel insurance to cover any unforeseen accidents, illnesses, threats, or cancellations. I always travel with insurance and would recommend SafetyWingSquareMouth or Travelex Insurance are good options.
    • Should you have any trouble with flight delays to the extent you feel you deserve compensation, I encourage you to check out and use AirHelp. I used them and for 1 claim I got compensated (transparency: a 2nd claim did not, but I was still glad I tried!).
  • Planning

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  1. I love going to popular destinations in the “off season” but had never given Paris a thought for January! It looks like it’s a great time to go with a lot of activities still on.

  2. melissa chapman says:

    You made a great case for visiting Paris in January and any other month it seems so romantic. I hope to go someday and I will file this in my memory.

  3. I never thought to go to Paris in the winter! However, I would love to go WHENEVER!!

  4. I’d love to see Paris in person one day. I’ve seen it in so many movies and travel shows, and I’ve always thought it was a beautiful city.

  5. Amber Myers says:

    I would love to be in Paris at any time of the year. Paris in January sounds like fun. I hope I can make it there over the summer.

  6. Paris is one of my favourite cities, but I’ve never visited in January! It sounds like the ideal time of year to visit for a more authentic Parisian experience without hoards of tourists! I’d love to visit the covered passageways, they look beautiful and I’ve not seen them before. Thanks for the great guide and tips!

  7. I live a couple of hours south of Paris, and visit often. I definitely agree with you that these off season times are good for lack of crowds, and that crispness that winter brings in Europe. I don’t find the food in Paris expensive particularly – you must be eating in the wrong arrondissement 😉

  8. I’ve never been in the winter! Would love to see it without as big of crowds.

  9. Nikki Wayne says:

    Thanks for the tips. I’m gonna keep these in mind,in case someone asks about Paris. Hehe

  10. Paris is always a good idea! January looks ideal just based on less crowds alone! I can’t wait to come back. I need no other convincing!

  11. Paris is my number one place I want to visit some day. I think it would be so beautiful to see. I’m glad to hear this would be a great time to visit too.

  12. Mama Maggie's Kitchen says:

    Oh wow! Paris has always been one of the places that I love to go to. I agree that going here in January is a nice time. Thanks for shsring this.

  13. I wish we could visit and spend a romantic week at Paris. I always wanted to watch fashion shows. Enjoy the place with my loved ones. Great read! I already feel like I’m in Paris by this.

  14. I prefer to visit big cities when are less tourists around. All my winter vacations were memorable. Maybe we need to visit Paris during winter to discover the real Paris heart!

  15. I would love to go in the off season . I can’t wait to go to Paris . Hopefully in 2022 , I’ll get there .

  16. Katherine says:

    I’ve only ever visited Paris in the summertime, but your guide makes a January visit a very tempting prospect! I guess Paris always seems romantic, no matter when you visit.

  17. Ahh Andy, you’ve just reminded me of the things I love the most about January in Paris: “galette des rois” and “les soldes d’hiver!”. I wish I could just teleport myself and get a bag full of galettes!

  18. I’ve visited Paris in spring and fall and the weather was so beautiful that I always felt guilty spending a day inside a museum. Winter would probably be a better time to see the museums. And they’d be less crowded!

  19. Your photos have me wanting to jump on a plane and experience cold and beautiful Paris!

  20. Jennifer Nilsson says:

    First…you are adorable. Second, what a beautiful post. Winter in Paris? Mais oui!

  21. Wow- I hope to come back and visit again one day. I think you’ve convinced me January is the best time to go! 🙂

  22. Sandra Whitmore says:

    I have been to Paris twice in summer but never in winter although I almost did a French river cruise in December. The only problem is the cold. I did Christmas Market river cruises on the Danube and Rhine and all I remember is how cold I was! No, not true. I remember all the fabulous things I did and saw so maybe…

  23. Love this post. I agree that an off-season month, like January, is the best time to capture the essence of the city without the impact of sooooo many tourists. Plus the many art museums and galleries are PERFECT indoor activities to enjoy without the crowds. Another I would add would be the Paris opera and ballet, whose seasons are likely in the winter.

  24. My favorite city in the world! This is such a great post. You’ve hit so many highlights!! Ah I want to go back!

  25. MagicandBliss says:

    I wish I could travel to Paris right now and straightaway go for ice skating. I usually visit places in off season to avoid tourist rush and to make the most of my bucks 🙂 Great read!

  26. How amazing! I love Paris but never visited in Winter. I cannot wait to schedule a trip and use these amazing recommendations once travel is back up

  27. Paris is amazing all year long! But the Galette des Rois is definitely a good argument for January !!! <3

  28. Omggg Paris is wayyyy too cold for me in winter *cry emoji* buuuut you do make a good point about fewer crowds. It would be nice to explore a few of the museums without having to elbow through hordes of other tourists haha. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll give it a shot

  29. Great post! Makes me excited to visit Paris again one day hopefully soon!!

  30. I have yet to visit Paris. I have actually planned with a friend that when the pandemic finishes and things go back to normal, we will take the Eurostar and go have lunch in Paris, no matter the season. 🙂