Paris Weather January Averages, France
What's the Weather Like in Paris in January?
January is the coldest and wettest month in Paris, France. But it's also one of the cheapest months to visit with better deals on flights and accommodation. It's a quieter, less crowded month when it will be easier to explore the city's attractions.
How Cold Is Paris In January?
The average temperature for the city is 5°C, with average highs of 7°C and lows of around 3°C at night. The highest temperature recorded for Paris in January is 16°C, with the lowes being -12°C.
Does It Rain In Paris In January?
With an average of 18mm of rainfall divided over an average of 14 days, you'll probably experience a shower or two on your trip.
Does It Snow in Paris in January?
Paris has an average of two days of snow in January when it is most likely to occur around the 31st, although the overall probability of snow lying on the ground is very unlikely.
Average Sea Temperature
At a bracing 9°C, the average sea temperature for Paris' closest coastal location is far too cold to go swimming, even for those who consider themselves to be hardy swimmers.
How Sunny Is Paris In January?
Paris enjoys an average of four hours of sunshine each day in January, a number which can vary greatly according to how dense the cloud is.
Paris Hotels in January
Grand Hotel Francais
The Grand Hotel Francais is a luxury hotel set in the heart of Paris, close to several metro stations, Place de la Nation, Place de la Bastille, Places des Vosges and Pere Lachaise Cemetery. Accommodation comes in the form of standard, superior and privilege rooms, plus suites.
Each guestroom features flat-screen TV, minibar with free drinks, free WiFi access and private bathroom with shower or bath and hairdryer. Suites are decorated with friezes, lacquered ceilings and sandstone floors. Onsite services and facilities include lobby bar, breakfast room which serves traditional continental breakfast buffets and free WiFi access throughout.
Hotel des Arts
If you'd rather stay in Montmartre, check out the Hotel des Arts. Located in a small street in the popular village within walking stances of Place du Tertre and Place des Abbesses, this three-star hotel provides guests with single, double, twin, superior, romantic and Eiffel Tower rooms. Each guestroom features flat-screen TV, free WiFi access, iPod socking station and private bathroom with hairdryer.
Superior rooms are larger, whilst romantic rooms offer street views, champagne, flowers, chocolates and bathrobes. Eiffel Tower rooms simply come with a view of the Eiffel Tower. Within the hotel you'll find a basement stone dining room where breakfast is served, free Wifi access throughout, nearby paid parking and airport shuttles.
Eiffel Saint Charles
The three-star Eiffel Saint Charles is ideally located for sightseeing, only a ten-minute drive from the Eiffel Tower and the Porte de Versailles. Accommodation comes in the form of 33 modern single, double and triple rooms, each of which features air conditioning, flat-screen satellite TV and private bathroom with shower or bath and hairdryer.
Onsite amenities and services include breakfast room where breakfast is served between 7am and 10pm (guests can also enjoy a continental breakfas in their room), bar open 11am to 11pm and free Wifi access throughout. Note that small pets are permitted.
Hotel Design de la Sorbonne
Art lovers should consider staying at the Hotel Design de la Sorbonne. Situated on the Left Bank, just a few minutes' walk away from the Pantheon, Notre Dame and the Luxembourg Gardens, this hotel offers newly-decorated rooms complete with bright designer wallpapers and colourful fabrics, divided between classic, superior, deluxe, top floor and romantic categories.
Each of the guestrooms features air conditioning/heating, free WiFi access, TV with DVD player and private bathroom with bath or shower and hairdryer. Top floor and romantic rooms are set under the eaves and offer superior furniture and decor.
Within the hotel you'll find free WiFi access throughout, photo exhibitions on each floor, breakfast room which hosts breakfast buffets and the option to have breakfast served in your room. Note that no parking is available.
Hotel de l'Arve
When it comes to central accommodation in Paris, Hotel de l'Avre is a top pick. Situated between the Invalides and Montparnasse, close to the Champs de Mars Gardens and the Eiffel Tower, this hotel provides accommodation in the shape of single, double and triple rooms.
Each guestroom includes free WiFi access, satellite TV and private bathroom, with some rooms also boasting access to a private garden. Within the hotel you'll find breakfast room which hosts continental breakfasts, free WiFi access throughout and paid public parking nearby. Although onsite services and facilities are limited, shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants are in abundance nearby.
Bars and Restaurants
The dining and drinking scene in Paris is simply world-class, and you'll be spoilt for choice in the Ville Lumiere, with a staggering array of restaurants, cafes and bistros to choose from.
If you're looking for classically French cooking with a stylish modern touch, then head to Seb'on. This friendly restaurant is located in the Montmartre neighbourhood and features a mouth-watering selection of Parisian favourites that win over locals and tourists alike. This place packs out quickly, so ring ahead and book a table in order to avoid disappointment.
Another Montmartre eatery which definitely deserves its reputation is Soul Kitchen. Tucked away among the steps towards the summit of the hill, this cosy and eclectic bistro bustles through the day and serves a satisfying menu of French home favourites. You can stop for coffee in the morning, visit for a light lunch or make your way over in the evening for a heartier meal.
Pizza Julia is the place to go if you're in search of tasty Italian cooking at affordable prices. Within easy walking distance of the Place de la Bastille, this small-but-cosy eatery boasts some of the best pizzas in town, which are made in front of your very eyes by resident chef Giovanni. The restaurant has won a number of awards for excellence, and the place buzzes throughout the week with satisfied diners.
For evening drinks, head to Candelaria. This Mexican-themed speakeasy bar is situated in the Marais district and its staff mix up a comprehensive list of drinks. There's also a pleasing selection of tapas and bar snacks to choose from if you're feeling peckish.
As far as cocktail bars and evening hangouts are concerned, Moonshiner certainly qualifies as one of Paris' best kept secrets. Living up to its name, mystery and discretion are the order of the day in this atmospheric Prohibition-themed bar. It might not be the city's easiest watering hole to find, but once you're in, the the top-quality drinks selection and inviting interior will make it difficult for you to leave.
Things to do in Paris in January
January is a very cold time to visit Paris, when the weather tends to be wet and the temperatures low, so you're best off planning plenty of indoor activities. If you're holidaying with adults or older children, don't pass up the opportunity to visit HintHunt.
This challenging game is suitable for small groups of three to five people and involves many puzzles and mysteries which must be solved in one tiny room in order for the participants to escape. Visitors have only 60 minutes to work together to figure out the answers, solve the puzzles and escape the room. The rooms book up weeks in advance, so make a reservation as early as you can in order to avoid disappointment.
Art lovers won't want to miss the chance to visit the Musée Rodin. Set inside the Hotel Biron, this monographic museum in conjunction with the museum at Meudon was opened in 1919 is home to the largest collection of sculptures created by French sculptor Rodin. Here you'll find 8,000 drawings, 6,600 sculptures, 7,000 objects d'art and 8,000 photographs.
Some of the most iconic pieces include the Thinker, the Gates of Hell and the Kiss. In addition to artwork created by Rodin, the museum is also home to a room dedicated to Camille Claudel, as well as paintings from Renoir, Monet and Van Gogh which were collected by Rodin.
The Champs-Elysees is one of the most famous streets in the world and is definitely worth a visit during your stay in the city. This area is even more noteworthy in January, when the shops and boutiques which line the street hold their January sales with loads of discounts and bargains just waiting to be snapped up.
In addition to the seemingly never-ending line of shops, the Champs-Elysees is also home to a great selection of cafes, bars and restaurants where you can stop for a coffee and a pastry.
A trip to Paris isn't complete without stopping by St Germain. This area is linked to the historic centre of French intellectualism and is known for its winding streets, fantastic cafes and university life atmosphere. Thanks to the wealth of bookshops, museums, design boutiques, churches, art galleries, cafes, boutique hotels and restaurants found here, St Germain provides hours of entertainment.
Similarly, any visit to Paris wouldn't be quite right without an excursion to Versailles. Easy ranking as one of the most magnificent palaces in the world, Versailles is a sight to behold and welcomes tourists throughout the year.
You could easily spend hours wandering through the various suites of the palace and its grounds, which give you an insight into the prestige and privilege of the French aristocracy. There's a lot to pack in during your visit to the town, so it's worth putting a full day aside to really appreciate the place.
Paris is also known across the world as one of the great centres of fashion, and the shopping on offer in the city is phenomenal. Visit Boulevard Hausmann (near Champs Elysees) to experience the classic department stores Printemps and Galeries-Lafayette, or head to the Left Bank for quirky thrift stores and antiques.
January events in Paris
La Grande Parade
1st January 2020
On January 1st each year a parade takes place along the Champs Elysees, between 11.30am and 1pm. With floats, costumes, singing, dancing, confetti and more than 600 performers from over ten circuses, this parade is great fun for the whole family.
8th January 2020 to 8th February 2020
After Christmas, almost all the shops in Paris have huge January sales. with the grands magasins (department stores), boutiques, and designer outlets kicking off their annual winter sales. By law, clearance sales are regulated by the French State and are held only two times during the year, in summer and winter. This is French retailers' only chance to clear out inventory from the last season. Youâ€™ll find deals and offers all over the place, from small designer boutiques to the cityâ€™s huge department stores.
Bijorhca Fashion Jewellery Event
17th January 2020 to 20th January 2020
This international jewellery show attracts 2,000 buyers to meet more than 300 designers, suppliers, manufacturers and service providers. It's the only international trade show dedicated to jewellery and all sectors of the industry in France for all the latest news and goods in fashion jewellery, fine jewellery, watches and fashion accessories.
International Festival of the Circus of Tomorrow
30th January 2020 to 2nd February 2020
The International Festival of the Circus of Tomorrow is held in the Pelouse de Reuilly at the end of the Bois de Vincennes, close to the Daumesnil Lake. The festival features international jugglers, balancing acts, acrobats and contortionists who perform together in the worldâ€™s largest circus tent in front of astounded audiences.