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Are you ready to experience the magical sights and sounds of Paris in November? Wander the picturesque streets, linger at a corner café, indulge in delicious French gastronomy, and uncover hidden gems. Paris in November is just before the holiday rush. With fewer crowds, a relaxed pace, and cheaper airline tickets, there is no better time to explore Paris. Pack your bags and get ready to enjoy roasting chestnuts and fall colours in November in Paris.
Travel Planning For Paris France In November
Book your airline tickets with my favourite platform, Skyscanner.
Book a transfer from Charles de Gaulle or Orly airport with Welcome Pick Ups.
Reserve a car (not for Paris) but for a road trip in France
Reserve train tickets for further travels in Europe with Trainline (my go-to)
Read ahead on how to use the Paris métro.
Paris In November Weather
November weather does not hinder a visit to Paris (just look at those fall colours!) but many people want to know, “Will it be cold in Paris in November?” The answer is, “Yes and No!” Windy. Chilly. Sunny. Rainy. Blustery. The November weather is a mix! Be prepared for all kinds of Paris weather in November!
The average temperature in Paris in November ranges from daytime highs of 51 °F (11°C) to evening lows of 42 °F (6 °C). November in Paris receives less rainfall than in October with an average of 0.87 in (22mm).
Visiting Paris in November, travellers will notice the days are short with an average of 9.3 hours of daylight! Sunrise in Paris at the beginning of November is at 7:36 a.m., while sunset is at 5:30 p.m. Sunrise in Paris at the end of November is at 8:20 a.m., while sunset is at 4:57 p.m.
Paris In November What To Wear?
The key to dressing for Paris in November is layers. Bring clothes that can be mixed and matched with a similar colour palette. Bring long-sleeved T-shirts or blouses that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
Paris in November What to Wear:
- A Coat: Opting for a wool coat to ensure warmth is a good idea. A lined trenchcoat that is easily layered will also work well.
- Jeans: essential. Add in a dark pair.
- Dress or skirts: Must fit the colour palette and can be dressed up or down
- Layers: Definitely pack several sweaters. Add in a blazer.
- Scarf: A scarf can add warmth and style to any outfit.
- Casual Runners: Comfortable runners are great for strolling in Paris
- Short Boots: November in Paris is the perfect time of year for short boots!
- Umbrella: You just never know in Paris! Pack a compact umbrella that can be easily carried in your day bag.
- A cross-body bag. This one is for men and women. This purse is a travel anti-theft shoulder bag. There are multiple advantages of a crossbody bag, but especially to tuck it under your arm for safekeeping on the Paris métro.
Paris In November: Where To Stay
November in Paris is low season but it is still highly recommended to book your accommodation well in advance.
Find other Boutique hotels in the Marais.
- Hôtel la Comtesse with an Eiffel Tower view
- Chouchou Hotel with an eclectic vibe
- The Hotel Bourg Tibourg in the Marais.
- Hôtel de Joséphine Bonaparte in the heart of the Marais
- Hôtel des Académies et des Arts in Saint-Germain des Prés (the left bank)
Prefer staying in an apartment? Here are some fabulous Paris apartments:
- Portrait of Splendour literally filled with portraits, in the Marais
- Joyau de Marais
- The Panthéon Pageantry
Paris In November 2023: The Holidays
School Holidays: School holidays start in Paris and the rest of France on October 21, 2023, and run until November 6, 2023.
November 1, La Toussaint (All Saints’ Day)
November 1 is the Catholic holiday called All Saints’ Day. On this public holiday, the French visit graveyards bringing fresh flowers to the gravestones of the dearly departed.
November 11, Armistice Day (WWI)
With one minute of silence at 11 a.m., France commemorates the armistice signed on November 11, 1918, to end the fighting of WWI. Look for military parades, wreaths laid at war monuments and church services to honour the soldiers lost.
Celebrations And Events In November In Paris
Disneyland: Hallowe’en at Disneyland Paris: October 1 to November 5, 2023
Christmas at Disneyland Paris: November 11 to January 7, 2024
If you visit Paris in November at the beginning of the month, you’ll catch the tail end of Disneyland Paris all decked out for Hallowe’en.
By November 11, Disneyland Paris will become an enchanting Christmas wonderland.
Read all the details on how to make the most of Disneyland Paris.
Salon du Chocolat: October 28 to November 1, 2023
The world’s most famous chocolate event, Salon du Chocolat, runs from October 28 – November 1, 2023. Calling all gourmands… for someone who loves pâtisseries, an event dedicated to chocolate and cocoa is essential.
Paris Photo Exhibition: November 9 to 12, 2023
From November 10-13, 2022 Paris Photo exhibits up to 200 photographers from around the world. If the photographic medium is dear to your heart, this 24th year of Paris Photo, held at the Grand Palais Ephémère, is definitely one not to miss.
Tous Au Restaurant: November 15 to 19, 2023
Participating restaurants offer prix-fixe menus, or reduce prices (two for the price of one) to encourage dining out. Get on the mailing list to see which chefs and restaurants are participating.
Beaujolais Nouveau: November 16, 2023
Fall in Paris is always marked by the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau. Make note of the third Thursday of November. This is the release of the new batch of Beaujolais Nouveau. Order it at a bistro or buy a bottle to share at home.
Salvador Dali Light Festival: November 16, 2023 to January 21, 2024
This November in Paris at the Parc de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement, is an enchanting and surreal light show dedicated to Salvador Dali. Created in nature, this outdoor light show is sure to have us pondering life from a different perspective.
Jardin des Plantes: November 22, 2023 to January 21, 2024
In the 5th edition of the Festival of Lights in the Jardin des Plantes, the magical and rather playful evening stroll introduces us to the ecosystems of the jungle. The unexpected sculptures that are created for the light show in the Jardin des Plantes make for a truly memorable experience.
What To Do In Paris In November
1. Be At The Arc de Triomphe On November 11
Armistice Day in France is on November 11 and marks the day when the Treaty ending WWI came into effect. Stand on the Champs Elysées and watch the military parade file past or position yourself closer to the Arc de Triomphe to witness President Macron lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
There is one minute of silence at 11 a.m.
Read More | What To Expect on Armistice Day in France (November 11)
2. Visit The Calvaire Cemetery
One of my favourite things to do in Paris in November is to partake in Toussaint on November 1. This is the only day of the year that the Calvaire Cemetery is open to the public. Tucked in beside St Pierre de Montmartre, the oldest cemetery in Paris is well worth the visit. Take the guided tour in French and hear stories of who is buried in the Cimetière du Calvaire while the bells from neighbouring Sacré Coeur Basilica are tolling.
Read More | How to Visit Calvaire Cemetery
3. November In Paris: Take A Cooking Class
Taking a cooking class is the perfect way to spend a chilly November day in Paris. Learn with a French chef and come away ready to cook something new and delicious!
I took a cooking class at the Ritz Escoffier Cooking School located in the Ritz Hotel in Paris. It was amazing and the perfect gastronomic Paris experience!
4. Sweat It Out At The Hammam
On a cool, rainy in Paris in November, why not head over to the Grand Mosquée in the Latin Quarter? For women only, the Hammam at the Mosque is the perfect way to treat yourself. Sit in the steam room, and have a gommage (a scrub with black soap) and a massage. You will step back out into the Paris streets just relaxed and glowing.
Read More | The full experience at the Hammam at the Paris Mosque
5. Visit The Kings Tombs At Saint Denis Basilica
Have you ever wanted to explore the resting places of French kings? If so, a trip to the Basilica at Saint-Denis is in order. Located just north of Paris, this church is famed for its royal necropolis, where many Kings and Queens from centuries gone by have been laid to rest. Immerse yourself in French history and stroll past the tombs of French royalty.
Read More | How To Visit The Basilica at Saint-Denis
6. Have A Cocktail At The Hemingway Bar
Why not have a cocktail and pay homage to the iconic American writer, Ernest Hemingway on your visit to Paris in November? Located in the Ritz Paris Hotel, the Hemingway Bar has been a sanctuary for literary enthusiasts and cocktail lovers since its opening in 1921. Sit back in one of the leather chairs, admire the Hemingway paraphernalia and choose an unforgettable drink from the Hemingway Star cocktail menu.
Read More | The Hemingway Bar Experience
7. Celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau
November 16, 2023, is a fun day for wine enthusiasts and novices alike! Beaujolais Nouveau, a unique French treat, is released today with much-anticipated fanfare. The arrival of the young wine made from Gamay grapes grown in the Beaujolais region means it’s time to stop by a Parisian café and sip a glass or two of Beaujolais Nouveau! Experience the new vintage produced six weeks after picking in the vineyards of southern Burgundy each year.
8. Wander Through Père Lachaise Cemetery
This enchanting spot is one of the world’s most visited burial grounds and November is a great month to stroll through. For Toussaint, families clean up their loved ones’ graves and leave flowers so Père Lachaise Cemetery is looking its best in November in Paris.
Search out the final resting place of some of the greats. From well-known musicians like Jim Morrison to renowned authors such as Oscar Wilde – this graveyard serves as both a tribute to remarkable individuals and interesting cultural phenomena.
Read More | How To Visit Père Lachaise Cemetery
9. Flâner In Paris In November
To flâner is to wander, to stroll and to observe life. Paris is the perfect city to flâner, no matter the weather. Sit at a café, linger on the Pont des Arts, and turn down a tiny Paris street with an interesting name. You just never know what you might notice. Some of the best neighbourhoods to flâner are le Marais, Saint Germain des Prés and Montmartre.
10. Spend Time At A Paris Museum
Paris is full of marvellous exhibitions and often new ones start in the fall. November in Paris, with fewer crowds, makes the perfect opportunity to visit the two most popular museums in Paris, the Louvre Museum and the Musée d’Orsay.
November in Paris is also ideal for visiting a smaller museum like the Musée Marmottan Monet, or the Musée Jacquemart-André. How about visiting a very unforgettable museum like the Paris Catacombs? Passionate museum-goers will love the 2,4, or 6-day Paris Museum Pass.
Read More | My guide to 20 Paris museums.
November 2023: Don’t miss the Van Gogh exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay nor the Modigliani exhibition at the Musée de l’Orangerie.
11. Paris In November: Look for Hidden Gems
It’s one thing to see the major monuments in Paris but uncovering hidden gems is always a treat. Here is my list of 25 hidden gems in Paris.
12. Take A Day Trip to Versailles
Best days trips from Paris are just not complete without a journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Palace of Versailles. The lavish 2000-room Château de Versailles is beautifully maintained and the world-famous gardens and fountains are unforgettable. Be amazed by the Hall of Mirrors and wander through Marie Antoinette’s “Petit Trianon” past donkeys and chickens, rent a bicycle and investigate the expansive gardens or book a ticket to watch the musical fountain shows.
Read More | How to plan your day trip from Paris to Versailles. Or, here are 7 organised day trips to the Château of Versailles. All include a skip-the-line ticket and each is a little different from the rest. Some include a bike ride from Paris (for the energetic traveller), others include a golf cart tour of the gardens, while others include lunch.
13. November In Paris: Christmas Lights
Christmas lights in Paris start twinkling in mid-November through the first week of January. Paris is already a magical place to be and then top it off with over a hundred streets decorated for the Christmas season. From the magnificent display on the Champs Elysées to Place Vendôme and Avenue Montaigne, Paris Illuminations (as they are called in French) are unforgettable!
Read More | Christmas Lights in Paris (the best places to go and be dazzled)
14. Browse The Christmas Markets
November in Paris is the kick-off to the fantastic Christmas Markets in Paris. The first to open, on November 18, 2023, is the Tuileries Garden Christmas Market. This “Magic of Christmas” market is lively with a mix of artisanal goods, a funfair with carnival rides and games, and regional food specialities to savour. There is a small skating rink and even a champagne igloo! How very French!
Read More | Christmas Markets in Paris (7 you won’t want to miss!) How about visiting the most famous Christmas Market in Strasbourg? It’s been going strong since 1570 and is the perfect day trip from Paris.
15. People Watch In November In Paris
Part of the Paris experience is to slow down and soak up the vibe. Find a terrasse. Either have lunch, simply have a coffee, a mulled wine, or an apéritf (known in France as an apéro), and settle in. It’s part of the Parisian culture and it makes for exceptional people watching.
November in Paris: 6 Terrasses To Try
Chez Prune by Canal Saint-Martin, a very hip and local bistro
Café Charlot in the Marais; excellent people-watching
Le Pick Clops in the Marais; live music on Sunday afternoons until 6:30 p.m.
La Maison Sauvage in St Germain des Prés
Rosa Bonheur sur Seine in the 7th arrondissement; a lively barge on the Seine
Café Varenne on rue du Bac
I hope you have enjoyed Paris in November as much as I have. Paris is always a good idea!
Until next time,
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