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9 Reasons to Visit Paris in November

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Paris in November has it all! Smaller crowds, cooler temperatures, and beautiful fall foliage colors across the city, you really can’t beat Fall in Paris.

November also marks the kickoff of festive preparations, with enchanting Christmas lights beginning to twinkle across the city. It’s also the perfect time to indulge in Parisian culinary delights without the long restaurant queues or having to make reservations if you want to get in anywhere.  

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Savor croissants and hot chocolate in cozy cafés (likely, without having to wait for a table) in between exploring the city’s most iconic sights and charming neighborhoods. Enjoy quieter museums and art galleries, and actually be able to get some good pictures of the many Paris landmarks without having 10000000000 people in the background. 

Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, or simply seeking a romantic escape, Paris in November promises an unforgettable adventure! Here are the 9 reasons why visiting Paris in November is the best time to go.

1. Shorter Lines

Who wants to stand in a queue for half a day to just get into the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower, never mind having to wait around for people to clear so you can see the views or the art work inside. In November, there are still quite a few people in Paris but nowhere near the crowds you’ll find in the summer months. If you want to see the sights and probably be able to enjoy them a little bit more, November is ideal for your visit!

2. Fall Foliage

Everywhere looks better in a blanketing of fall colors, and Paris is no different! The otherwise picturesque city gets even more charming with orange and red hues that line roads, fill gardens, and further enhance sights like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.

3. No Waits or Reservations at Restaurants

We didn’t have to wait a minute at a single restaurant in Paris, whether it was for lunch or dinner, near the most popular sights or out in the local areas. It was fabulous! We got right to a table, ordered, and had our food within 15 minutes at most establishments – which was perfect because by the time we actually went anywhere to eat, we’d be ravenous! I couldn’t imagine standing around and waiting for an hour just to get a table.

We even went to the TikTok-famous Poni restaurant for dinner one night (no wait) and drinks the next day (no wait) and it was definitely worth the hype (the steak is fantastic)!

4. Fewer Crowds

Similarly to point number one on the list (shorter lines), you’ll find that there are almost no crowds in Paris this time of year. Whether you’re trying to get the perfect picture in front of the Louvre or at the top of the Eiffel Tower, you’ll be able to snap a few perfect pictures without feeling rushed and may even have a moment to soak it all in without being engulfed in a sea of people. It made for a much more pleasant experience!

5. Cozy Weather

If you love cozy weather and dressing in layers, then Paris in the fall is perfect for you. Sport your chicest coat, throw on a warm scarf, and take on the city, or warm up with a cup of hot cocoa or coffee in a neighborhood cafe. The cozy fall vibes in Paris are immaculate!

6. Holiday Lights

The Eiffel Tower isn’t the only thing that sparkles in Paris this time of year! The city transforms with shimmering lights mid-November and through the holiday season. See the Champs Elysées in all its glittering glory, and enjoy the lights at the Tuileries Gardens and Place Vendôme.

7. Off-Peak Pricing

With fewer tourists, you’re likely to find more reasonable prices for accommodations and activities. Take advantage of off-peak deals and discounts, allowing you to experience Paris without breaking the bank.

8. Romantic Atmosphere

Paris is known for its romance, and November adds a cozy touch to the city. Enjoy romantic walks along the Seine, take in the view from Montmartre, and revel in the quiet charm of the city with your special someone. With so few tourists, we were able to sit at one of the benches right in front of the Eiffel Tower at night with virtually no one around, seeing it sparkle and feeling like we had it all to ourselves was such an amazing memory that I’ll always cherish!

9. Wine Tasting

Fall is harvest season for French vineyards. Take advantage of the opportunity to savor exquisite wines and perhaps attend a wine tasting event, or tour one of the close-ish vineyards on a day-trip out of the city. For more day trip ideas (including the best areas for wine tasting), see our recent post on 15 Amazing Day Trips Out of Paris.