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One of the most romantic cities in the world is perfect to enjoy winter, perhaps more so when snuggled up inside a big coat, heading across the cold waters of the Seine to step into a warm café to see people pass.


But then... what?

Here we have made a selection of fun, romantic, interesting and exciting things for you to do this cold season in Paris.




Drink a nice "Chocolat Chaud" & "Vin Chaud"

We adore sipping on delicious Chocolate Chaud with a good book in a café while waiting for snow (or rain to pass). We wrote a whole article on where to find the best hot cocoa in Paris!

To add fresh Crème Chantilly with your hot chocolate (typically made at the restaurant instead of squeezed out of a can) you have to ask for a Chocolat Viennois.

Its amazing quality will make those with a sweet tooth swoon in delight.

The Vin Chaud or Hot Wine is most commonly served at charming sidewalk carts or in the christmas markets. It has a spicy, cinnamon-like flavour and could be compared to a wintery version of sangria and a wonderful way to keep the body warm during a cold winter evening.



Museum hop

The summer's can be a very busy time to tour the museums with lots of people searching for air conditioning. While in winter museums have less visitors allowing travellers to soak up the paintings without the crowds around and if you're lucky almost in private!


The big museums like the Louvre and the Musee D'Orsay may have visitors year-round but the Musée Rodin and L'Orangerie can be explored practically empty on weekday mornings in winter.






Window shop 'til you drop


The windows in Paris are known for their elaborate displays. We love the most fancy and less know department stores like Le Bon Marché, La Samaritaine or the BHV.

Although Galeries Lafayette and Galeries Printemps are also great but usually always full of clients at al times. The winter sales will end this year 2023 on February 7th, and you'll be sure to find great deals in all this places.


The best shopping streets to find the most boutiques with elegant displays are Avenue Montaigne (8 Arr.) and Rue Saint. Honoré (1Arr), Rue Faubourg Saint. Honoré (8Arr).



Ice Skating

Ice skating is a wonderful activity to do during the holiday season, indoors or outdoors, some Christmas markets, like the one at the Tuileries Garden and the Hotel de Ville offer a this activity. But once the holidays are over, we still have wonderful places to ice skate the rest of the winter.

Montparnasse Tower: This is the highest skating rink in France. It will stay at the summit of this skyscraper from 4 February to 5 March 2023. Perched on the 59th floor of the Tower, this 230 m² synthetic ice rink invites young and old to lace up their skates, while having a wonderful view towards the Eiffel Tower, Sacré Coeur or La Défense.


Pailleron: Their ice track awaits you to discover or relive pure sliding sensations. A landscaped area allows time for rest and discussion. Around the ice ring, circulate easily to enjoy the spectacle of arabesques for young and old.




English Opera

When Benjamin Britten produced his first opera, Peter Grimes, for the reopening of Sadler’s Wells in London in 1945, its success was both immediate and resounding. Drawing inspiration from a poem by George Crabbe, the British composer did more than simply set to music the text by his compatriot. This character is one of the most fascinating in the operatic repertoire. Invited to the Paris Opera for the first time and a fine connoisseur of Britten, Deborah Warner preserves all the mystery of this complex work, whilst emphasising the conflict between the group and the individual – a particularly burning issue.

From 23 January to 24 February 2023 in the Opera Garnier.




Drawings of Mathias Augustyniak

Temporary Exhibit at Orsay Museum


Mathias Augustyniak evaluated the Musée d'Orsay in 2021, not only its halls but also its storerooms and graphic art and photographic cabinet. The artist sat there for hours with a sketchbook. During his voyage, he developed and traced an alphabet book, in which each letter of the alphabet correlates to a meeting with an artist in the collections. For the first time ever we can enjoy seeing his drawings that will be on display in the Orsay museum until the 12th of March 2023.




La Chandeleur (festivity)

Every year on the 2nd of February, people all over France get crepes to celebrate this holiday.

Formerly named Chandeleuse, Candlemas derives from the term "candle" and the Latin expression "festa candelarum" which means "festival of candles". On this day, a candle blessing was held. Candlemas is associated with several superstitions: The pancake is a gift to the gods, without whom wheat would not grow: peasants prepared pancakes for Candlemas to assure a bountiful crop and healthy finances.



There are many legends surrounding this Roman holiday, our favourite is that a successful flipping of the crepe promises a good year!


Remember that the crepes are originally from the northern region of Bretagne, but in Paris we have some recommendations for you:

- La Crêperie de Josselin

- La Pointe du Grouin

- Krügen



Le Colors Festival (Street Art)

If you are interested in street art and emerging talent, this activity is for you!

Starting the first week of February, Le Colors Festival is returning for a third stunning exhibition. Over 80 street artists and 4500m2 of space to explore the art. Come see the most colorful exhibition of the year, with everything from street art to painting and photography. Porte de la Villette is an interesting location that offers many other activities including a large park that are accessible year round.






Reopening of the Lido


The cabaret Lido has been offering performances since the aftermath of World War II. From 1946 until May 2022 when it was suddenly closed. After a period of extensive renovations it has reopened this winter ready to start a new chapter. The boss of the place, Jean-Luc Choplin chose the mythical musical, "Cabaret". Forget the feathers, the magazines, and the dinner show. It is the original 1966 version of the "musical", which will be presented, in English. The story of a young American writer's encounter with a Kit Kat Klub singer in 1930s Berlin.




Candlelight Concerts

Enjoy a host of candlelit concerts performed live by musicians in some of Paris' most iconic venues during the candlelight concert series.

A truly amazing experience, all ages gather to listen to these music that can be from a tribute to ABBA ,to Jean-Jacques Goldman or to Muse... to a 80' Rock Concert!


So much wonderful music in the best settings!





Private tour

While Paris is beautiful at any season, doing a private tour is specially practical during the winter. This because during a private tour your guide can adapt the stroll to you (and your party) according to the weather. Our guides are Paris experts and can take you to those hidden places that only locals know and where you can find shelter while discovering something new and interesting at all times.




We hope that you can take good advantage of these original ideas for your trip to Paris in winter. And remember that if you wish a local expert to help you put together a personalised plan for your next visit, we will be happy to be your Trip Planners! Click here to book the best time and date to schedule your online meeting and get things started!


See you in Paris!


Written by Julia Orr and Pamela Breit



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Updated: Dec 26, 2022


As temperatures drop and holiday lights twinkle on the street, we invariably turn our kindness to the classic Christmas tradition: Gift-giving. But finding that special someone something they actually love does not need to be reserved only for Christmas. gift giving can be a pleasure all by itself.


If you happen to be in Paris or wish to make a Paris related gift, we offer you

8 great gift ideas to please even the pickiest Francophile.



1- Officine Universalle Buly

For the beauty connoisseur and home spa lover


This store was founded in 1803 as a beauty apothecary for Paris' elite. Over 200 years later, it is still one of the most elegant places to pick up anything from luxurious body oil to a shaving kit fit for the finest of gentlemen. It has kept its old-world charm with the top quality products for personal hygiene and relaxation. The bottles, bars of soap, combs, and really all the products (even their toothpaste!) are so beautiful, it gives a normal bathroom at home the air of a chic French powder room from the 1800s. Oh, and don't forget that anything can be personalised with calligraphy or engraving for your loved one.


There are 3 different individual shops where you can purchase this in Paris and one counter at the Bon Marché. Our recommendation is to check out the one in the Marais (19 rue Vieille du Temple 75004) and ask for Caroline, the friendly shop manager!


2- Angelina

For the chocolate lover


Angelina is a Paris institution. Created in 1903 by Anton Rumpelmayer and his son René, it became the essential meeting place for the Parisian aristocracy. In its salons, Proust, Coco Chanel and the greatest French couturiers met. Today it still serves high quality hot chocolate and other tasty treats.


For an easy and delicious present, we recommend the "Coffret Les Emblématiques" which holds a sampling of the hot chocolate, a spreadable chocolate paste (basically fancy Nutella 😉), and thin wafer cookies coated in chocolate.


For the younger crowd, get the hot chocolate mix so they can taste the magic of Paris in their home year round. Truly a sweet tooth's dream!



3- A Portrait from Montmartre

For the art lover


Tucked away in the hills above Paris, on a winding road behind Sacré Coeur, you will find a small square called Place du Terte. Here you can choose from a number of willing artists who await outside even on the coldest days to paint or draw your portrait. But you can also bring a picture of your loved one and these talented artists will be happy to draw it too!

These portraits are beautiful and one of a kind, allowing the city of Paris and its spirit of the arts to travel home with you.




4- Custom Fragrance at Fragonard

For those that love to hear 'wow you smell so good!'


Looking to smell even better than the royals did? Head to none other than the infamous Fragonard Workshop to create your very own Eau de Cologne. Perfect as a truly timeless souvenir from Paris. And you can tell your admirers that you did it yourself! So much better!


The 1.5h session is led by a perfumery expert and takes place in the Musée du Parfum's workshop. After this activity, you will head home with your creation presented in an elegant, personalized 100 ml bottle and pouch, a diploma signed by the teacher and your perfumer’s apprentice apron.


The expert perfumers can help you devise the perfect fragrant notes that do all the talking, with a French accent, of course.




5- A StrollsParis Experience

For the adventurous, the traveler, the explorer at heart


The best gift are those that leave unforgettable memories. Having a local expert and private guide can really make a difference when exploring such an interesting city as Paris.


Now you can gift this experience to your loved ones with just a couple of clicks: Just go to our site www.strollsparis.com. In our "Custom Services" section select our "Hire a guide" offer and click on the "buy as a gift option", choose between our three options:


  • Full day (8 hours)

  • Half Day (4 hours)

  • Essential (2 hours)

Then select the size of group before proceeding to the payment, and that's it! You will receive a gift certificate that your loved one(s) can redeem next time they visit the city of light!



6- Repetto

For the (aspiring) ballerina 🩰


If you are a dancer, there is nothing better than the Repetto store. It was in 1947 when Rose Repetto created her first ballet shoes, in a workshop located just steps away from the elegant National Opera de Paris, at 22 rue de la Paix 75002. It didn't take long until the brand became a famous among the Parisian and international dancers!


With 4 boutiques in Paris each offering a different window display centred on an iconic ballet, there is a selection of leotards, ballet flats, pointe shoes and tutus that could satisfy any prima ballerina. You can even match mother and daughter by getting items like the ballet flats in both their sizes. They even have baby shoes which can match the chicer adult styles!




7- French Football/Soccer t-shirt

For the sports fan


France is famous for their great football players and team that gave the second place in the recent World Cup 2022 and the first place in 2018 and 1998. You can easily please a football fan with the official t-shirt of the FFF (French Football Federation) that you can get in the official site or directly in Paris at 87, boulevard de Grenelle, 75015. France's most famous player is currently Kilian Mbappé who wears n°10.


If you wish to gift a Parisian football t-shirt you can get a Paris St. German's team t-shirt N°30 representing Lionel Messi, considered one of the best players of all times, but also Mbappé and Neymar Jr. Multiple styles and colors are available to choose the best option for that special person.




8- Shakespeare & Co.

For the the bookworms


This English-language bookshop was founded by American George Whitman at 37 rue de la Bûcherie 75005, near Paris' Kilometer Zero: the point at which all French roads begin, steps away from Notre Dame Cathedral and the Seine river. It is located in a 17th century building, which was originally a monastery. Since opening in 1951, it’s been a meeting place for anglophone writers and readers, becoming a Left Bank literary institution.


While there occasionally is a line to get into the main store, the storefront directly next to the line, confidently between the original store and their cafe, holds first-editions and other such treasures sure to make for a memorable present. Who doesn't want a signed copy of their favourite novel? But if you cannot come to Paris you can still get their books stamped. Click here to find their best sellers and get them shipped home.




We hope no matter how you celebrate the holidays, the spirit of giving and showing love for the people we care about surrounds you. From the whole StrollsParis team to all our readers around the world: we wish you a very merry holiday season and a happy new year!


Written and edited by Julia Orr and Pamela Breit F.

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Paris is known as one of the art capitals of the Western world. From artists painting in Montmartre, to the Mona Lisa in the Louvre museum, the opportunities to experience seeing art are incredible!


But... have you considered taking to the winding streets to see graffiti?


The benefits include not waiting in line, no entrance tickets, no crowds... you will find some of the most extraordinary art right on the street, completely free, just look up, behind or around and you will spot it!




Street art was invented during the 1970s in New York City, when young artists such as Keith Haring would take spray paint and create work on walls, using the city as their canvas.


When Haring came to Paris he made his work in original places like the Hôpital Necker-Enfants malades (children hospital).



It became so famous that it was even used for an original post stamp in 2014!








You can even find a piece of Keith Haring in the form of a golden altarpiece inside the church Saint Eustache!












Today, Paris has a thriving street art scene which is easily spotted when looking at almost any street in town. There are certain districts or areas that are graffiti artists favourites:



The 13th Arrondissement

Place for monumental frescoes, just look up and be amazed!


From the 1960s, this industrial district saw its facades covered by artists who wanted to embellish their living space. With the support of the town hall of the 13th arrondissement and the action of art galleries, certain areas have transformed in recent years into veritable street museums! Evidenced by the boulevard Vincent Auriol, which hosts no less than 26 monumental works. In 2013, the district was in the spotlight with the Paris 13 Tower , completely painted and opened to the public before being demolished.


A film and documentary project was made by Thomas Lallier. See the trailer below:



Click HERE to find a wonderful map from the street art available in the 13th Arr de Paris and HERE to get an automated Street Art tour on your smartphone.



Oberkampf

Festive, young and cosmopolitan


Located in the east of Paris, the Oberkampf district has a festive, young and cosmopolitan atmosphere. The streets Oberkampf, Jean-Pierre Timbaud and Parmentier are very lively - especially in the evening! While at the Atelier des Lumières you can enjoy spectacular immersive exhibitions, on the streets of the neighbourhood you can find lots of street art.



The Association M.U.R. offers urban artists accustomed to taking to the streets a privileged setting at the corner of rue St Maur and rue Oberkampf.


Provided that they have a link with the urban artistic logic, all techniques and modes of intervention are welcomed. Graffiti, Street Art, Diversions, Installations, In Situ, the contributions are completely free to access and extremely diverse.



On rue de la Fontaine-au-Roi, you can admire works by some twenty artists!


If you go to 11 rue des Trois-Couronnes you will discover the 3 Couronnes wall, runned by the Collectif 3 Couronnes that brings together people from the street or local residents, from all walks of life.


They came together to develop what was an urban wasteland make it something more, working with the aim that it becomes a place of welcome and solidarity.

Truly it is a participatory place open to the neighbourhood !




Ménilmontant

From former modest village to a trendy district



At 1 rue des Maronites, the impressive fresco painted by Hopare surveys the neighbourhood while slowly disappearing behind other artists work.



In the surrounding area, several other walls serve as a canvas for pop-up works, such as the wall of the Pavillon Carré de Baudoin (121 rue de Ménilmontant) or the wall of square Henri-Karcher (165 rue des Pyrénées) just steps away from the Pere Lachaise cemetery.


Both are expressive media for an artistic program managed by the Art Azoï organisation.




The Villette District

Art along the water


In the 19th arrondissement of Paris, and particularly the surroundings of the Bassin de la Villette and the Canal de l'Ourcq, is one of the essential districts of Paris where to see street art.



From small interventions hidden between the bridges, buildings and boats all the way to massive frescoes that can be seen from afar.




Every year a street art festival called "Ourcq Living colors" is organized by the association Cultures Pas Sages. Supported by the graffiti artist dAcRuZ, this association aims to strengthen the social fabric of this multicultural neighborhood on the move by organizing collaborative cultural events.



To discover this area you can walk, but given the long distance we recommend that you rent an electric boat or bikes.


Below you will find a wonderful map created by Tourisme93 which will allow you to find the most interesting creations along the canal.


Paris Center

Steps away from the highlights, but hidden from the average tourist



Steps away from the Louvre, the George Pompidou center, the Seine river, Notre Dame Cathedral and the city hall you can stroll the narrow streets of Beaubourg and find many small interventions from the famous Invader and many other that have decided to leave their trace without asking for permission.


But you can also find incredible frescoes like the ones from OBEY and Jef Aérosol! At the Place Igor-Stravinsky by the very beautiful and colorful fountain designed by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint-Phalle! (currently under renovation until 2023)




And that's not all! In case it is a cold winter day you can also find street art in museums and galleries!


In the north of Paris is Art42 (17th Arr.), the first French urban art museum.

While la Fab. by agnès b. is in the south (13th Arr).

The Fluctuart boat near the elegant Alexandre III bridge. by the Seine river!


Some galleries also offer a street art programme, with rich and diversified exhibitions



Mathgoth (13th Arr)

Brugier-Rigail (3rd Arr)

Openspace (11th Arr)

Artistik Rezo (11th Arr)

Backslash (3rd)

Celal (1st Arr)

Itinerrance (13th)

Wallworks gallery (10th Arr)

Magda Danysz gallery (11th).





Since for several decades now, art has appropriated the largest museum in the world: the street, the Paris administration has decided to bring it all together by putting on an exhibition

(From October 15th to February 11th inside the beautiful Hotel de Ville)


Through the creations of more than 70 artists - Invader, Miss Tic, André, Swoon or Banksy - the exhibition "CAPITALE(S)" draws up for the first time in France a rich and sharp panorama of this movement, and of the importance of the Parisian scene in its development over more than sixty years!



You must make your reservations online ahead of time in the official website (here) and select a date and time.

(The last entrance to the exhibition will be at 5:45pm, except for Thursdays, where you can enter as late as 8:15pm!)


Below you will find some of the photos that we took during our visit to this interesting and fun expo that includes de art of over 70 different talented artists that have left their trace in Paris.


Now that you know where to find the best Street Art in Paris, maybe you want to consider a new way to discover the city!


Next time you are in Paris remember that at StrollsParis we love street art and during our strolls there is lots of it around! This is perfect for kids and teens that enjoy finding this creative art pieces specially in our Montmartre's Charm and our Eclectic Marais tours.


Join our Instagram account at @strollsparis to enjoy the pictures we post from the street art during our private strolls and stay connected for more fun and useful information for your next trip to Paris!






We would love to know what are your thoughts on street art?

Are there also specific areas where artists get specially creative in your town?

Let us know in the comment section below 😉✏️



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Written and edited by Julia Orr and Pamela Breit



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