During the dreary winter months, Paris can seem to hibernate. Locals burrow down in their favorite cafes and the chilly atmosphere is echoed in the desolate streets. So where is everybody?
Insider Sabrina is opening the door and sharing some of her favorite secret spots for winter in Paris.
Museè de la Vie Romantique
A tribute to 18th-19th French Romanticism and to the artist George Sand, the Museum has its permanent collection with witnesses of Romanticism life and art in France. It specifically focuses on paintings and the style of romantic gardens.
Its location at the foot of lively Montmartre in a hotel called Scheffer-Renan, which was in fact the residence and studio of artists, if of interest itself.
Address: Rue Chaptal 16, Paris (9th arrondissement)
Museè Nissim de Camondo
Moïse de Camondo was a rich Parisian banker and a serious collector of French furniture and objects of art from 18th century France. In 1911, he hired an architect to build him a house worthy of his art collection and suitable for his family. The Musée Nissim de Camondo is fully preserved in its original condition as aristocratic house-museum with the entrance and gardens around bearing the elegance of Versailles .
Moïse de Camondo intended to pass the rich house and art collection down in his family, but his son was killed during World War I. He decided to leave his property to the Arts Décoratifs in memory of his son, Nissim.
Address: 63 Rue Monceau, 75008 Paris (8th arrondissement)
Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture
The Petite Ceinture is a 17-mile railway near central Paris was built in late 1800 to connect the railway stations of Paris (little belt railway). It fell into disuse during the 1930’s with the Paris Metro and is relatively unknown today
It is a retreat from the city, and a home for underground culture, rich in graffiti where young writers can explore their arts freely, and wanderers can explore the luxurious flowers beds and historical abandoned buildings. It is an incredible walk to look upon an antique Paris.
Address: Between Auteuil and train station La Muette, 75016 Paris (16th arrondissement)
Clubs in Paris
Looking for something upbeat in the winter months? These are diverse selections of boites parisiennes.
LE REX CLUB (5, bd poissonnière 75002 Paris; 2nd arrondissement) – The veteran of the Parisian clubs and techno electro pole of Paris.
La MACHINE du MOULIN ROUGE (90 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris; 18th arrondissement) – One of the hit boites in Paris, the queue outside is longer than the one of the club next door, Le MOULIN ROUGE!
LE BATOFAR (11 quai Francois-Mauriac, Paris; 13th arrondissement) – The place for open and private parties for the alternative Parisian, a peniche (barge) anchored at Quai Francois Muriac.
LE BADABOUM (2 bis Rue des Taillandiers, 75011 Paris; 11th arrondissement) – Brought the clubbers back to the Bastille area. Half cocktail bar, half club with sophisticated cocktails and house music.
LE ZIG ZAG (32 rue Marbeuf, Paris; 8th arrondissement) – Near Champs Elyseès, an enormous place where you will see beautiful girls doing lap dance and boys slamming, making noise while dancing!
LA BELLEVILLOISE (19-21 Rue Boyer, 75020 Paris; 20th arrondissement) – Restaurant, bar, market – a place where you can eat, dance, go food shopping and listen to music.
This post first appeared in the Winter 2015 Magazine . Check out our magazine archives for more great stories.
By Sabina, US-born Italian that has lived in Australia, Belgium, South Africa, and Brazil. She’s taking a sabbatical in Paris with her daughter and though it’s colder, the beautiful sun reminds her of Rome.