What to do in Paris in November

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What to do in Paris in November

November starts the shoulder season and I think it is a great time of year to visit especially if you have flexibility with your schedule. I have been to Paris during a few Novembers and had really great trips. The city is a bit quieter due to fewer tourists and if you arrive towards late November, you will hit the beginning of the holiday season and Christmas markets. This post will give you some great ideas on what to do in Paris in November and hopefully encourage you to book a trip to Paris.

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Paris Weather in November

While October weather can be beautiful with sunshine and warmer temperatures towards the end of the month, expect the weather to turn in early November. The average temperatures during the day are in the 50s and in the evening it could get down close to the 40s.

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What to Pack for Paris in November

You will want to pack a hat, gloves, and scarf for wandering around the city. A warmer wool coat is strongly recommended instead of just a trench coat. Pack an umbrella in your bag. Your hotel or apartment rental should have umbrellas but they may not be small compact ones, expect a larger umbrella. You can see this full post on what to pack for Paris in the autumn. Also, my PDF packing list is here. 

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Holidays in November

Just a few things to keep in mind, there is a public holiday on November 1. Depending on how it falls in the calendar along with school breaks, there could be a lot of French kids and families out and about. The holiday is All Saints Day and while some shops, museums, and restaurants might be closed, you will still find places open. Armistice Day is November 11 which is also a national holiday.

Check in advance for museum opening times and plan your day accordingly. You might find it easiest to keep this an easy travel day and check out the parks or explore a different neighborhood. I am loving the 9th these days (you can see my guide here) and there is so much to see between the 9th and Montmartre.

The third Thursday of November is Beaujolais Nouveau. You will see signs around Paris for this celebration. Pop into a wine bar or café and participate. The wine is made of the Gamay grape and is produced quickly after harvest usually 6-8 weeks. It is a more fruity and light wine that should be served cold. It won’t be the best wine you have tasted but if you are in France during this time, it is a great time to try it with other locals. This is the official kick-off to the festive season.

Paris Gardens to Visit

Luxembourg Gardens is located on the Left Bank of Paris. You will find the same green chairs around the city in different Parisian parks. Grab a baguette sandwich from a local boulangerie or grab something from Bread and Roses, La Parisienne Madame, or The Smiths Bakery. Set up a little picnic in the park. There are tons of kid friendly areas in the park here as well.

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Tuileries Garden is located just in front of The Louvre museum and very popular with tourists and locals. I love grabbing a coffee at Café Kitsuné just across the way. You can easily take the metro here and get right off in front.

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Parc Monceau is located in the 8th arrondissement and more of a destination location and not in the heart of postcard Paris. It is definitely worth a visit and one of my personal favorites. The gold gates will let you know you have arrived. Soak up the Parisians and people watch in this magical park. Try the boulangerie Emile et Jules close by.

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Palais Royal is located tucked away behind the Louvre. It was a bit off the radar for many until recent years with Emily and Paris and Instagram it has gained popularity. Palais Royal is a personal favorite of mine and where I got engaged. The columns in black and white are what has put it on the map but keep walking further for the garden. The trees are bare right now but if you come back in the spring or summer, they will be filled. Roses and dahlias fill the inside gardens for pops of color and magnolia trees bloom in the spring.

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Paris Attractions to See in November

Everyone always puts the Eiffel Tower on the top of their list. I personally love seeing it from the top of the Arc de Triomphe which also has some great views of the city.

Palace of Versailles is definitely a day trip. I wouldn’t try to squeeze it in for half a day. November is a perfect time to visit because the crowds will be lighter. Keep in mind the first half of the month there are holidays and kids will be out of school so a weekday may be just as busy as a weekend. I have been to Versailles in November and was lucky to have a foggy and rainy day that allowed me to have the palace almost all to myself.

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The grounds are quite large and I would recommend biking or having some sort of transport around. I did a bike tour in Versailles last year and had the best time. The town of Versailles is adorable and there is a market where you can grab cheese, wine, and a boulangerie for baguettes. If the weather is decent, you can make a picnic on the palace grounds.

Salon du Chocolat is October 27-31 which features over 500 chocolate producers and pastry chefs. It is located at Porte de Versailles which can be accessed via the metro station.

Christmas at Disneyland Paris starts in November. If you have kids, this may be something that you could add to your trip. I haven’t been to Disneyland Paris to speak to any details.

Rosa Bonheur at the Musée D’Orsay museum along with the French impressionists. This exhibit runs from October 2022 – February 2023.

You can skip the line at the Paris museums and major monuments with the Paris pass which you can order in advance.

Christmas Markets

The Christmas Markets will start to set up towards the end of November going into the beginning of December. Streets will be covered in holiday lights and Christmas decorations and definitely something to see. The decorations will be up until early January just in case you are curious if you can catch these during a January visit. Ice-skating rinks will be around in certain parts of the city and that is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays. I will share more holiday details in an upcoming post.

Place Vendôme is one of my favorite spots to see the Christmas lights and down Rue St Honoré.

Visit Galleries Lafayette and Bon Marché to see their Christmas windows and decorations.

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galleries lafayette christmas in paris by rebecca plotnick

Paris Rainy Day Activities

Expect to come across some rainy days during your trip to Paris. On my most recent trip in October, a majority of the days were rainy. While it can get you down and slow you down a bit, the city can be romantic and beautiful in the rain.

People watch at a café for the afternoon with a good book and a glass of wine. French culture allows you to hold a seat for as long as you like if you order a drink or food. The waiter won’t rush you off so you have time to soak up the scene and relax. You will most likely have to request the bill with “l’addition s’il vous plaît”

what to do in paris in November

Visit the Louvre museum for an afternoon to see the Mona Lisa and other famous works of art. To warm up, I recommend a stop at Angelina for a cup of hot chocolate. If you have little ones, this is a great activity to keep them busy if it is cold and rainy. There is a location on Rue de Rivoli across from The Louvre. Expect a bit of a line depending on the time of day. The hot chocolate is thick and decadent. Don’t miss the whipped cream on top. If there is too long of a wait, pop into a neighboring café for chocolat chaud (hot chocolate).

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More Rainy Day Paris Activities

Pop into Galeries Lafayette to escape a rainy day if you are over museums. Check to see if the rooftop is open, it is a great place to see a view of the city and the Paris monuments.

You can also hit Bon Marché if you are on the Left Bank which is one of my favorite department stores. Their food market called, Le Grande Epicerie de Paris is something you have to see. Kids might like browsing here as well and you can pick up some food souvenirs for home. The prices tend to be a bit higher than your usual grocery store so be warned of sticker shock.

Take a food tour with La Cuisine Paris and learn about the culture and French traditions. They will take you to some of the best places for baguettes, cheese, and charcuterie in the city and you will meet a few visitors in your group. If you are traveling solo, this is a great time to meet people. La Cuisine offers more than just food tours, you can also sign up for one of their cooking classes. I recently did their croissant class on a rainy day and had so much fun!

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  1. I’m going to Paris the last week of November so I’m looking forward to hitting some of these spots. Thanks for the post!

    • Hi Ashley,

      Your welcome! I hope you have the best trip. Keep me posted on how it goes.

      Safe travels,

  2. Great post! Been thinking of going. Toulouse Letrec and Degas exhibit I would Iike to see. Great information. Thanks.

  3. I stumbled on your blog by accident. I’m returning to Paris, in one week, after 15 years. This is a great blog for finding the latest on what’s happening now! Thank you!

    • Hi Karen,

      I am so happy you found me! I hope you have the best trip to Paris. October is a great time to see Paris. Let me know if you need help with anything 🙂