How to spend Christmas in Paris

Paris is the perfect destination for a festive city break over Christmas. Having just returned from a wintery week in the city of lights (and love), I thought I'd write a little overview of the best things to see, do, and most importantly eat and drink!

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In terms of sightseeing and exhibition hopping, the Moulin Rouge is definitely one to cross off the bucket list. While you're there, take a wander around red light district for a bit of fun, Paris is the city of romance after all!

If you're looking for something to do that's affordable as your holiday here is guaranteed to be pretty pricey, then I'd recommend the Musée D'art Moderne. Admission to this stunning modern art gallery is completely free! You should also make time to explore the Centre Pompidou, a thriving arts hub full of fascinating exhibitions and activities.

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Next up, the shopping! In the original fashion capital, you're certainly spoiled for choice, but there are a few extra special places to add to your itinerary. If vintage is your thing, be sure to hit up Chinemachine for some amazing bargains, and the Kilo Shop for stylish garbs by weight! Alternatively, if you want the ultimate Parisian Christmas shopping experience, head to Galeries Lafayette, France's largest and most luxurious department store.

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Finally, the best part of a Christmas city break in Paris is undisputedly the food! For an authentic dining experience, pay Chez Papa's jazz club for a romantic candlelit meal of traditional French cuisine accompanied by live jazz music. If you're looking for something a little more cheap and cheerful, devour the delicous pastries, crepes and chocolat chaud in the countless Boulangeries in the Montmartre disctrict.

For drinking, there are some great bars for cocktails, including The Sailor Flash, The Frog, and La Panthere Osee, which are sure to warm you up with a great party atmosphere away from the cold. Want a little more festive fun? Try the Christmas markets around Le Marais for mulled wine and roast chestnuts.

Bon Voyage!

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Ruth MacGilp is an Edinburgh based student and blogger. She's a activist for all things ethical in the fashion industry, as well as supporting the #shopsmall and #shoplocal movements through her work.
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