The past month in Paris has been some of the coldest times I have ever experienced in the city, and this California girl has been having a hard time adjusting to the weather. I cannot say that it was all bad though, because for the first time I saw Paris covered in snow! Seeing the city painted white has truly become my all time favorite memory from living here. It is already widely known that it is beautiful here, but somehow the snow multiplied the magic and beauty of the city by ten. And it was not only me who felt this way. The amount of smiles and increasingly positive attitudes I saw from Parisians was enormous. It was as if everyone had become children again and all we wanted to do was play in the snow. What made everything special this year was the amount that was actually sticking, so how could I have not taken advantage of it.
Normally with cold weather it takes about 5 layers of clothes to get me to leave my house. The bone chills are just not something I can deal with, but the snow gave me so much motivation to go out and explore the city like never before. Everyday after my French class I headed to a different part of the city to take in all I could before my feet became frozen blocks of ice. I had such a fascination with the snow, I wanted to share my top 4 places to enjoy a Parisian winter wonderland.
1.) PARC MONCEAU
Parc Monceau was by far my absolute favorite spot to enjoy the snow. It is a beautiful park located between the 17th and 8th arrondissement and walking through the many snow covered trees was breathtaking. The park is pretty well known amongst locals and not so much tourist so it did not feel overcrowded like some of the other locations did. If you ever get a chance to see the park under snow, I suggest getting off at the metro stop Courcelles instead of Monceau. This way you can walk down the street, which is lined with snow covered trees on both sides. The natural beauty that I saw there was so gorgeous that I went back almost everyday for a week just to take it all in.
2.) MONTMARTRE & SACRÉ COEUR
We cannot talk about the best places to see Paris in the snow without mentioning the Sacré Coeur and Montmartre. The Sacré Coeur is a church situated atop of the highest point in Paris in the neighborhood known as Montmartre. With that being said it’s a no brainer it is one of the best places to go when it snows since the snow will hit this point first. It is the only place in Paris with some pretty big hills and lots of stairs so be sure to wear good shoes. I completely ignored my own advice and was slipping and sliding all over the place. Although it is extremely beautiful, it is also extremely touristy so go early avoid the crowds and the ugly slushy and slippery snow. I went here the first day it started snowing so the snow was not sticking to the ground yet.
Seeing the Eiffel Tower covered in snow was a must for me and the best place to do that was at Trocadero. The terrace in the center overlooks the gardens and fountains of the Jardins du Trocadéro, with one of the best view of the Eiffel Tower. On this day the snow was really starting to come down. In the photos below you can see it whipping by and sticking to everything in site.
4.) Jardin des Tuileries & Palais-Royal
Since I was obsessed with seeing bare trees dipped in snow I thought Jardin des Tuileries would be a perfect place to go. Unfortunately when I went there it was closed to the public. I have still included it in this list because seeing the untouched white snow was amazing and made for some beautiful photos. Since the park was closed, a great alternative were the gardens of Palais Royal. Luckily it was only a five minutes walk away and was open.
All in all Paris in the snow is an absolute must. It pretty much impossible to organize a trip around such weather, but if you ever find yourself in the city during a snow storm be sure to explore some of these places!