Best places in Paris during the summer
If you are coming to Paris during the summer, you will have plenty of chances to enjoy the sun. A lot of Parisians leave the city during the summer, so you will be able to take their place in the streets, cafés and parks! So, let’s have a look at some of the best places in Paris during the summer where you can go to during your stay.
Champs de Mars to celebrate with Parisians “the Fête nationale”
On July, 14th, it is the national celebration of France. We celebrate the Bastille’s taking during the French revolution in 1789. This day commemorates the beginning of the French revolution and the start of the French struggle for democracy.
On the morning of this day, you can go to the Champs Elysees to see the great military parade, from 10 am to noon. The cortege starts at the Arc of Triumph, on the Etoile Square, where the main statesmen stand.
Though the place is usually crowded at that time, it can be interesting for foreigners to discover this big French tradition. Also, a remarkable firework will be projected above the Eiffel tower around 11 pm from the Trocadéro’s gardens.
The fireworks give a very enchanting vision of Paris, especially if you go on the Champ de Mars to admire them. But, note that this event is very popular, so it is better to arrive early in the area if you want to enjoy the fireworks as much as possible.
Jardin des Tuileries to enjoy a fun fair in Paris
One of the best places in Paris during the summer is the Jardin des Tuileries. Why? Apart from being a wonderful garden to spend a relaxed afternoon and to enjoy the sun. The Fête des Tuileries is happening from June, 21st to August, 25th and you wouldn’t want to miss it! Believe me.
Fête des Tuileries is a fun fair happening from June, 21st to August, 25th. It has a strong family and traditional atmosphere with lots of fair ground attractions and many fun rides for children! Many of us have this idea of fun fairs made up by the cinema industry without even going to one. Well, this time you get to live it for real. Have fun in a true Parisian fun fair with your lover, your friends, your family. Fun is guaranteed. You also get to try the best fun fair traditional sweets and dishes like cotton candy, “Pomme d’amour” (candy apple, in English), crepes, waffles, churros, and many more! Yummy!
Along the banks of the Seine river
One thing I love to do is to ride my bicycle along the Seine. Check this article to learn more about biking in Paris. You can rent a Velib’, which is a service of bicycles provided by Paris City Hall, and ride it on the banks of the Seine river.
If you want to rent it for one day (24 hours), it will cost you 5 euros. If you want to rent it for a whole week, it will cost you 15 euros. You and your friends and family can get up to five bikes for the same price. For five euros, five bikes can be used simultaneously. Riding on the banks of the river provides a stunning perspective of Paris landmarks. You get to experience Paris in a different way! Especially if do it as the sun sets. To watch the city’s greatest landmarks as the sun and its vivid colors reflects on the water of the Seine River will be the opportunity for you to live one of the most charming moments in Paris.
Some festivals to party with the Parisians
Summer is also the time of festivals in Paris. If you are an amateur of jazz, the Paris Jazz Festival will take place in the Parc Floral, near Bois de Vincennes. The festival starts on June, 30th and ends on July, 22th. You can check the program here. The tickets are not expensive at all. Plus, there are also free concerts in the afternoon during the weekends!
Another great festival during the summer is Rock en Seine. During the month of August, during three days, from the 24th to the 25th, Paris will be completely Parisian-free. Why? They will all be at the Domaine national de Saint-Cloud for the Rock en Seine Festival! And I hope you also will be there! The line-up is quite amazing! The Cure, Jorja Smith, Foals, Agar Agar, Jungle, Two Door Cinema Club are just some of the artists performing during the festival. Hurry up to buy your tickets because it will soon be sold out!
Parc de la Villette to watch a movie outdoors
From the 17th of July to the 18th of August, there will also be a festival of outdoor cinema in Parc de la Villette. There, you can watch a variety of great movies for free. All the movies will be broadcasted in their original version subtitled in French on a giant screen.
Sitting on the lawn or in a deckchair, you will get to watch from classic movies to best releases from recent years! Not that renting a deckchair will cost you 7 euros. But this is definitely one of the best places in Paris during the summer. It is so relaxing and cool!
Terraces and parks
A good thing to do in Paris when it’s sunny is obviously to have lunch or dinner at the terrace of a restaurant. At the top of the Quai Branly Museum, which is an interesting museum about primitive art in a modern setting, you can eat some refined meals with a very beautiful view of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. In this restaurant called “Les Ombres”, prices are quite high, but it is worth it!
If you have a smaller budget, try going to Chez Gladines on the Butte aux Cailles, located at 30 rue des Cinq Diamants. Their terrace is established in a peaceful street, and they have specialities from the south-west of France for very good prices. It is the ideal place to end a hot day in Paris.
The best places in Paris during the summer are also its parks and gardens. Me and my friends usually prepare a lunch and have a picnic together at Parc Monceau, Parc des Buttes Chaumont or at Jardin du Luxembourg. Paris has many marvelous parks and gardens, but these three are my favorites!
An exhibition to freshen up
If the days are too hot, and you’re looking for an inside activity to get in the shade and to freshen up, attend some exhibitions. This summer, very promising exhibitions are happening in Paris and they are really worth a visit. Every true parisian attends exhibitions from time to time, so you should also do it, to fully live the Parisian experience. This year’s exhibitions are very interesting, so there definitely is an exhibition for every taste and for every age! You can read all about the exhibitions of 2019 in Paris here.
Another great places for you to enjoy during the summer in Paris are art galleries! These quiet places are definitely the best if you want to experience the Parisian lifestyle and get more familiar to the culture of the city. You will find the best ones in the Marais neighborhood. There are countless art galleries in the Marais!
My suggestions of some of the best places in Paris during the summer is now over! But there are so many more! For instance, I also recommend you to go to Aquaboulevard, an amazing waterpark. It has so many attractions and activities, you will have so much fun! Enjoy your summer in Paris!