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February Things to Do in Paris

Posted February 7, 2014 by

Some might say that February in Paris isn't an ideal time to be there. There can be a chill in the gray air, before the city turns the weather corner and becomes the beautiful city Paris is when its in full bloom.

However, Paris is always Paris. There is beauty in the city year-round, and the late winter can be one of the best times to visit. Touring the city at this time of year means you'll get a better sense of the 'real' Paris - the one full of locals.

With that in mind, we've come up with a list of of our very favorite things to do in Paris during this time of  year. Here are just a few:

1) Head indoors! Paris is full of museums. In fact, according to Wikipedia, there are 153 of them! Just think, you could visit a different museum - every single day - for 6 full months and never visit the same one twice. More than 10 of them offer completely free admission. Is there any city on the planet with as many viable museums to explore?

2) Art. Paris is an art lover's dream. From galleries, to exhibits, to the very metro stations that inhabit the city, there are countless things to explore. Here is an interactive list of 75 of the most famous art galleries in Paris to help you get started, brought to us by our friends at FranceToday.

3) Shakespeare and Co. Perhaps the most famous bookstore in Paris, Shakespeare and Co is the city's largest bookstore that caters to English speakers. Long a meeting point for expats and visiting authors, the bookstore's famed Left Bank location was frequently visited by famed authors like Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein during their 20's expat days. Hemingway actually references the shop in his legendary ode to Paris, A Moveable Feast.

4) Cafes. Cafes. Cafes. Cafes abound on nearly every corner in Paris. A favorite for locals and visitors alike, cafes are truly an intrinsic part of Parisian life and a wonderful way to spend a day in Paris. Order a cafe noir and a pain au chocolat to refresh after a morning of wandering the streets of Paris.

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