Things to do in Paris in September
Paris in September means: “C’est la rentrée!” for the Parisians. It’s the end of summer, the end of the holidays and it’s back to school time in Paris! September is the month marking the return of the Parisians to their city, to prepare for the “rentrée des classes”. Kids go back to school and grown ups back to work! Yet the atmosphere is not grim at all! The summer lingers while fall appears, and the weather is just mild. It is the perfect time to visit Paris, with the tourist mobs gone and the genuine Parisian spirit taking over the city. If you want to experience the city in September, you should know some of the things to do in Paris in September! Read on to find out!
Enjoy a cruise on the Seine river
It has always been one of my favorite time in my city, especially for outdoor activities. September is good time to enjoy a cruise on the Seine river, through the summer breeze and the secular bridges. Having a cruise on the Seine river is very romantic, funny and memorable. Discover Paris in a new different way! If you want to have an even more special and unique experience, try renting a boat!
Enjoy the European Heritage Days
An enlightening thing to do in Paris in September, and that Parisians love, is the European Heritage Days (Journées du Patrimoine). Monuments, government’s buildings, city halls and others, open their doors to everyone, for a unique discovery of the ordinary private fascinating places.
Don’t miss the home of the president (Palais de l’Elysée), the House of Parliament (Assemblée Nationale) and of course the City Hall (Hôtel de Ville). And the entrances are free! On top of that, exhibits, concerts, performances and other festive happenings usually accompany the visits. The European Heritage Days happen on the 20th and on the 21st of September.
Party on the streets of Paris
In a more festive note, one of the craziest thing to do in Paris in September is of course the Techno Parade! I bet you’ve never heard of it!
Walk around Paris and discover it! This outdoor festival is the biggest gathering of techno fans in Europe. In an electric atmosphere, Djs and performers from all over France and Europe, dance and sing along the streets, in the company of twenty floats, 150 musicians and dancers. Join all the youth and party-harders of Paris. The date for this year’s edition is on the 21st of September!
Have a taste of the royal lifestyle
It is marvelous, not only because of the palace but also because of the village of Versailles. The Versailles Palace is especially nice to visit in September because it’s a lot less crowded compared to other times of the year. Shopping, food markets and nice spring walks in Versailles are the best way to relax and get a nice reprieve from the hustle & bustle of Paris!
Taste the royal lifestyle and let us take care of everything! Check out our Get-Away options to Versailles!
Paris design week for art lovers
However, if you are more interested in today’s art, you will be fulfilled between the 5th to 14th of September, during Paris Design Week. The entire city becomes a meeting point for designers, architects, artists and design enthusiasts from all over the world.
The event was imagined as an itinerary through the city: each day, the celebration moves from one design district to another, allowing the participants to discover over 150 venues that open their doors on this special occasion. This week is the best way to understand the art market and culture in Paris! It’s definitely a must-do for art enthusiasts!
Enjoy one of the greatest views of Paris
The Montparnasse Tower is not very pretty to look at, nonetheless, it provides one of the greatest views of Paris! So, it turns out to be one of the things to do in Paris in September! Especially in September, because the weather is ideal to go up the tower. Parisians have hated it since its creation, but some of them have now discovered its benefits, which is to view Paris! And I can assure you this is one of the best angles to fully enjoy a view over Paris.
The Montparnasse Tower is far from being as popular as the Eiffel Tower, so the queue to get inside is much smaller.
Plus, it is also the only spot in Paris where you won’t be seeing the Montparnasse Tower! The ugly building destroys the views from anywhere else. You will be at the only place where you don’t see this gray and sad skyscraper. So, you can enjoy a wonderful view of Paris with the Eiffel Tower in it! I especially recommend going there for the sunset, when you can enjoy a changing landscape with bright colors before seeing all the lights of the city progressively lit.
If you need more reasons to visit the Montparnasse Tower instead of the Eiffel Tower for a great view, read this article.
Join a street art tour
Paris is one of the richest cities in the world in terms of Art. In Paris, Art cannot only be found in museums or galleries but all over the place!
Consider yourself lucky! In Paris, you can admire in museums and galleries the masterpieces that marked History, but also works of art in the streets that define Paris urban culture.
That is when Paris street art comes on stage! If you want to find out more about Paris street art, I highly recommend you to join our street art tour. You will discover everything about Paris street art! Whether you are a street art lover or a street art first-timer, the street art scene will no longer be a mystery!
Visit the Belleville neighborhood
Stretching over four different arrondissements, Belleville is quite the historic neighborhood. Once an independent commune, Belleville was the secret birthplace of communism. Nowadays, it serves as a multicultural, bustling neighborhood with open-air street markets, cheap eats, and eclectic street art. It’s definitely a neighborhood I recommend you to visit if you want to experience the truest aspects of the Parisian lifestyle! It is a little gem you will thoroughly enjoy, away from the touristy attractions of the city but just as fun and interesting.
I hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of things to do in Paris in September! Despite the fact that people are getting back to their daily life and routine, September is a very enjoyable month to come to Paris. It’s very calm and peaceful compared to other months of the year! Contact us for further information, we will make sure you spend the best time of your life in Paris! See you soon in our marvellous city!