The month of November well and truly marks the middle of the fall. Leaves are falling from the trees faster than ever, while mornings are crisp, sharp and the days shorter. If you’re looking to see the city without the crowds and at much lower prices than in the summer, then now is the time to visit. Here’s a guide to the best of Paris in November.
Weather in Paris in November
There’s no denying that the weather in the French capital in mid-Autumn is far from great. Rain is commonplace, while misty mornings and short daylight hours are never too far away. As such, waterproof shoes and a rain jacket or umbrella are an absolute must.
The average temperature of the city is around 7 degrees centigrade, while rainfall accounts for around half the month. If you’re planning to visit the capital this month, then you’ll definitely want to plane some rainy day activities in the city prior to visiting (museums, art galleries, and shopping venues are all great places to start)!
What to wear in Paris in November
Colder weather and more breeze mean that you’ll want to wrap up warm. Be sure to bring along a scarf, hat, and gloves for those chilly mornings, as well as a warm jacket. When it comes to packing clothes, be sure to bring layers as while it’s cold outside, the metro, coffee shops, and the metro can all be pretty warm!
Why visit Paris in November?
If you’re looking to visit Paris without the crowds, then you’ve picked the right month! After all, this is a pretty quiet time in the City of Light. As such, you can expect shorter waiting times, as well as lower prices when it comes to airfares and hotel rooms.
Whether you’re wanting to visit a museum or take a day trip from the city, there are sure to be fewer tourists than in peak season (i.e. in the summer). Thanks to the shorter queues in the city, make the most of your time by checking out usually packed venues; the Palace of Versailles, Arc de Triomphe, and The Louvre Museum to name but a few.
Best things to do in Paris in November
Paris photo exhibition: Taking places between the 8th and 11th of November, this annual event has been taking place since 1997. Specialising in International Fine Art Photography, the exhibition takes place in the Grand Palais, steps away from the Pont Alexandre iii.
Drink some Vin Chaud: As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, cafés and bars begin to serve mulled wine. Some of the best places to go for chill walks prior to stopping at a brasserie include Le Marais and Montmartre. For a taste of Paris at home, try my Christmas Markets mulled wine recipe.
Toussaint: The very first day of the month is a national holiday in France, that of All Saints. On the day after Halloween in France, the traditionally Catholic celebration was originally intended to be a holy day for those saints who did not have one of their own.
Enjoy the last of the fall foliage: While October is arguably the best time to see the pretty autumnal tones in the city, November still presents a great opportunity to experience fall first hand. Some of the best places to go to experience autumn in Paris include Butte Bergeyre (one of the last vineyards in the French capital) and Buttes Chaumont (one of the most magical green spaces in Paris).
Salon du Chocolat: Having started in October, the Salon du Chocolat continues in November and is dedicated to all things chocolate related. Up until the 4th of November, the festival is comprised of 500 participants from over 60 countries. As a result, you definitely shouldn’t miss this 20,000-metre squared exhibition space if you’re a fan of all things chocolate!
Christmas decorations in Paris: Though it may feel like the festive season is still a way away, many of the large department stores begin their seasonal celebrations as early as November. Some of my favourite places to see sparkling lights in the city are the Dior flagship store and the Christmas tree at Galeries Lafayette. While at the iconic Parisian store, be sure to head to their rooftop terrace for some of the best views of the city (including that of the Eiffel Tower).