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Winter wanderings in Paris: where to go when it's cold outside

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It is easy to wander the streets of Paris aimlessly. Even without direction, you would still see some of the most beautiful architecture in the world. From the Louvre to the cobbled streets of Montmartre, it is natural to fall in love with the city of love, which is especially alluring in the winter. Yet sometimes the cold winds and rainy days can draw you away from the boulevards and avenues.

To escape the city chill, these are some of the best places to go.

1. La Felicità, 13th Arrondissement

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Considered Europe’s biggest food market, La Felicità is a giant food market offering authentic Italian food and an astonishing array of cocktails.

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La Felicità is open for lunch and dinner services, and you can head here with friends to grab a table before browsing the options on offer. There are pizza and pasta and everything in between. In the evening, there are often fun events going on such as karaoke or, if you prefer, you can drink cappuccino or cocktails on Felicità's beautiful garden terrace.

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2. Treize Bakery, 6th Arrondissement

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If you are looking for some heart-warming, delicious, home-style baking, then visit the Treize Bakery in the 6th Arrondissement.

The staff are the kindest people and speak English, which can be refreshing after struggling through with GCSE-level French. One of the owners is from South Carolina and brings with her the homemade delights from there, such as melt in the mouth pancakes with apple butter, American biscuits (kind of a scone but so much better), and mac’n’cheese.

Their ingredients are locally sourced where possible and everything is made in-house, so you can feel good about the produce whilst eating. Treize is perfectly located opposite the Jardin du Luxembourg park, which is the perfect place for a stroll after eating. This area of Paris is beautiful and can be very busy, and pickpockets are known to be active in metro stations around this area, so be careful with your personal belongings!

 

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3. Le Pain Quotidien Saint-Lazare, 8th Arrondissement

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Okay, so anyone who has been to London, or even passed through St. Pancras International, will know that Le Pain Quotidien exists in the UK. However, I would still recommend Le Pain Saint-Lazare as an excellent choice to grab a bite to eat or have a coffee when wandering around this area of Paris. Not too far from Saint-Lazare train station is the famous Boulevard Haussmann, which is home to department stores such as Galaries Lafayette and Printemps. These department stores, whilst incredible to visit, are super expensive, as are the tourist restaurants in the surrounding area. Therefore, Le Pain Quotidien, which is located just a street behind Boulevard Haussmann, offers a great alternative at a much more reasonable cost. From avocado on toast, to a liege waffle with melted chocolate, you really will be spoilt for choice here.

 

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4. Angelina Paris, 1st Arrondissement

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There’s nothing quite like a hot chocolate to warm the soul on a cold winter’s afternoon, and Angelina is where luxury meets deliciousness in the form of a ‘chocolat chaud’. The hot chocolate isn’t the cheapest on offer in Paris but I think it is a must do experience, especially in the winter. There are a few Angelina tea rooms located across Paris, but the Angelina Rivoli is the most picturesque (read, instagrammable). It is very close to the Louvre museum, so when you’ve had time to visit the Mona Lisa you should then visit Angelina.

 

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Paris is an amazing city to visit all year round, and the food experiences are endless! I’ve detailed here just a few of the great places you can escape the chill whilst it's still nippy, so get planning for the perfect trip.

Check out travel advice from the FCO so you know before you go.

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