So, you’ve decided to visit Paris in the summer. And who could blame you? The city is alive with people visiting from all over the world, a lot of actual Parisians are gone, and it’s a perfect time for outdoor activities! Paris is the perfect summer (and spring, and fall, and heck winter too) destination.
It's a city that (almost) never sleeps, always has something to do and see, and will have you feeling like you're living in a postcard.
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You can enjoy all-day-long activities without worrying about getting back home before dark because there is so much light outside. And you don't need to hurry back to your hotel (or apartment) because the nightlife is even more lively and filled with people, music, Parisian bars, and restaurants. The food tastes better when eaten outdoors, or is that just me? J'adore a picnic!
If you are looking for a summertime adventure, Paris should be your first stop.
Officially, summer runs from around the 20th of June to the 22nd of September (I have included information on visiting Paris for all 4 months) and I've got the breakdown of the best things to do in Paris each month including season events, seasonal foods, and more.
Paris in June
The cool thing about the late spring/early summer months is that you have all the usual indoor activities and outdoor sites PLUS all the seasonal programming that takes place in the parks, gardens, and streets. The weather stays warm enough for visitors but cool enough that you can still do activities like biking or walking around outside.
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Paris in July
The month of July is a very popular time to visit Paris. The city is a little less crowded with Parisians, the weather is warm and the days are LONG. There are always things to do on any given day. And with the sun shining outside until midnight, you're never short on activities.
The French people love to celebrate July 14th, better known as Bastille Day. It's a national holiday so everything is closed and all the festivities are outdoors. Fireworks, dancing in the streets, outdoor concerts… there's no way you will be able to miss it! Paris also hosts a lot of summer festivals around this time. There's nothing better than enjoying a concert with your toes in the grass or sitting by the Seine listening to live music.
Get all the details: activities, events, seasonal foods, and tips for traveling to the city of light in my Paris in July post.
Paris in August
August is a great time to visit Paris. It's not as hot as July and you're not going to spend all day running from shady spot to shady spot. It's still warm enough for outdoor activities, but there is also such a thing as shade! The city gets even livelier now because everyone has taken their summer vacations and now it's time to party! There are festivals every weekend now, and many people will be on vacation so seats at restaurants are easier to get, IF the restaurant is open!
Get all the details: activities, events, seasonal foods, and tips for traveling to the city of light in my Paris in August post.
Paris in September
September is definitely my favorite time of year to visit Paris. The weather starts getting chilly, but it's still warm enough for outdoor activities if you dress right. There are no more crowds so everywhere you go is easy to get into and navigate around. It's the perfect time to just walk around and enjoy the city.
Paris is also full of fashion during September because all of France's fashion weeks are at this time (fall/winter collections). The shows start in mid-September and run until early October. You'll get to see some of your favorite designers' fall lines on the runway, but you may have to pay for it
Get all the details: activities, events, seasonal foods, and tips for traveling to the city of light in my Paris in September post.
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What to wear in Paris in summer
Clothes are always a difficult thing to figure out. You want to pack the right clothes, but that means bringing more than you need just in case something happens, which is never fun. But there are some things I would recommend bringing to Paris during the summer months. I have a separate post dedicated to what to wear and packing for Paris in the Summertime with a packing list! I have a free printable packing list for summer in Paris.
Paris in the summer is a great time to visit. There are always things to do, head inside when it's too hot, take advantage of the cooler evenings to check out outdoor events and festivals. If you're thinking about visiting Paris this time of year, make sure to check out the seasonal suggestions I have detailed for each month. You'll have an amazing experience no matter what month you decide to visit.
How about you? Have you been to Paris in the summer? What was your favorite thing about it? Do share!
I am married to a French man, lived in France for 3 years, and have been to Paris more than 50 times. I am always a tourist so the information, tip, and tricks I share are created to help you!
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- Look for fares using sites like Skyscanner or Expedia.com.
- For France (Paris) coming from the West Coast, I typically fly Air France or United. From the East Coast, I typically fly Air France or Delta.
- If you travel frequently, consider investing in a Priority Pass for airport lounge access. Not only will you have a spot to relax before your flight and charge your devices, but you can eat and drink for free (without paying crazy airport prices!)
- I use Expedia.com, Booking.com, and Hotels.com to find lodging. Always check the reviews on TripAdvisor before booking!
- For rental car agencies, try Rentalcars.com. When traveling in Europe, I use AutoEurope to make reservations. They find the best rates and allow you to compare different car rental agencies. I typically book with Sixt.
- For transportation from the CDG airport to anywhere within Paris, consider pre-booking with Get Transfer. It is one way to be stress-free and you can request an English-speaking driver.
- Tours + Atractions
- I book tours with companies like Viator and GetYourGuide. Both have a wide variety of activities for every travel style. Other companies to look at include Tours by Locals and Withlocals.
- If you’re visiting a city with multiple attractions, be sure to check out a discount pass, such as CityPASS or Go City.
- Context Travel is another option and they offer more educational-based activities.
- If you are looking to buy tickets to attractions, check out Tiquet.
- Don't Forget Travel Photos
- One of my favorite things to do is to get photos taken of me while on vacation. Flytographer is a great option with photographers all over the world.
- Peace of Mind
- It’s important to have some type of travel insurance to cover any unforeseen accidents, illnesses, threats, or cancellations. I always travel with insurance and would recommend SafetyWing, SquareMouth or Travelex Insurance are good options.
- Should you have any trouble with flight delays to the extent you feel you deserve compensation, I encourage you to check out and use AirHelp. I used them and for 1 claim I got compensated (transparency: a 2nd claim did not, but I was still glad I tried!).