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Top Things to do in Paris this Summer

Paris might not be the first place you think of if you’re looking for somewhere to bask in the summer sun, but the city of love does have numerous opportunities for al fresco fun even though it’s nowhere near a beach. Whether you’re an active globetrotter, a coffee loving people watcher, or looking for family fun in the sun, Paris has something to please every kind of traveler.  Here’s our Top Things to do in Paris this Summer.

 

Enjoy the parks and gardens

There’s nothing quite like lounging in a park on a summers day, picnic spread out in front of you and fresh air filling your lungs. Paris has a dozens of parks where you can do this but Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is a popular choice with both locals and tourists as it has a lake and rocky island that makes for a great view. Alternatively head to Jardin des Plantes, the main botanical garden in Paris which also has a zoo to keep both kids and adults amused for an entire day.

 

Hire a Vespa

If you fancy a spot of shopping and want to go wizzing round the city in the sunshine, hire a Vespa from Left Bank Scooters to do it in style. You can also go on a Vespa tour with this company if you want to see the city using an alternative form of transport.

 

Top Things to do in Paris this Summer - Moped Vespa Paris

 

Watch a movie at the open air cinema

For one month each summer Parc de la Villette puts up a free open air cinema which has different films on most nights and several of which are in English. This is the perfect way to enjoy a summer evening, and be sure to take a blanket or chairs along with a bottle of wine and French delicacies to nibble.

 

Take a day trip

Paris itself is of course exquisite, but there are a number of spots just outside the city that make for a great day trip. Hop over the Versailles to check out the Château de Versailles and stunning gardens, or take the train to Giverny, the home of impressionism and where Monet lived and worked.

 

Top Things to do in Paris this Summer - Eiffel Tower Paris

 

Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower

A simple yet effective suggestion – going to the top of the Eiffel Tower is a must-do in Paris, but the view on a summer’s day is the best there can be. Avoid peak times to not be swamped by tourists, and make sure to take a camera for those iconic panoramic views.  I had a very emotional experience the first time I saw the Eiffel Tower in person.  There is nothing quite like seeing it for the first time!

 

Go to Disneyland Paris

The sun is shining, the kids are happy, and the smell of cotton candy is in the air – you must be at Disneyland Paris. This is the ultimate family-friendly experience in the area, located just 20 miles outside the city center. It will amuse you and your children for an entire day, giving you a nice break from the sometimes tiring aspects of the big city.

 

Top Things to do in Paris this Summer - Ponts des Arts Paris

 

Have a picnic on Ponts des Arts

Just outside the Louvre there is a pedestrian bridge named Pont des Arts, and on summer nights you will find it filled with Parisians drinking wine and eating cheese. It’s an exceptionally romantic spot, so much so that a tradition has developed whereby lovers attach a padlock with their name on to the railings of the bridge and throw the key into the River Seine below. The bridge is known to be popular amongst the artistic folk of Paris, and often holds al fresco exhibitions.

 

Go to a festival

As with any European cities, there are a number of festivals going on in Paris during the summer. La Fête de la Musique or ‘street music festival’ is a popular summer event as the city celebrates its buskers and al fresco music scene. July 14th marks Bastille Day, France’s national day of celebration with a military parade down the Champs-Élysées, and fireworks in the evening.

 

Top Things to do in Paris this Summer - Cafe Paris

 

Hang out in cafes

Paris has thousands of cafes that have outside seating spilling onto the streets. In the summer these are always filled with locals and tourists, and if you fancy a simple couple of hours or afternoon, why not join them and watch the world go by.  It helps that some of their food is to die for!

 

Go to the beach

So there might not be any natural beaches in Paris, but that doesn’t stop the citizens making their own. For a month every year, usually from the end of July, the government create ‘Paris-Plages’, three artificial beaches that pop up along the River Seine, complete with sand, deck chairs and giant umbrellas. Swimming in the Seine is not permitted of course, but sometimes the city also adds a floating swimming pool where visitors can take a dip.

 

What Top Things to do in Paris this Summer have we missed?

 

8 comments

  1. You have a lot of great tips and ideas for Paris! Maybe it’s just me, but I had a hard time really getting to the whole Paris vibe. I loved the coastal cities of France more!
    JR Riel recently posted…Visiting a Traditional Village in Viti Levu, FijiMy Profile

  2. Where do I sign-up? I’m looking forward to when we finally travel to Paris and all of your ideas look like good ones to check out. I can’t wait to ride a Vespa through Paris. I think I’ll pass on Disneyland though. I’ve been to the one here enough times now.
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  3. Ahhhh Paris! I have never been, but it’s always been somewhere I’d love to visit.
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  4. I love Paris and have been there many times, but the last time was our “babymoon” as I was 5 1/2 months pregnant. We did a lot of walking and seeing the sights as my husband had never been. We drank wine (I didn’t get drunk or anything), ate cheese, explored Notre Dame and walked Champ Elysees. Overall a wonderful time. You pretty much covered everything to enjoy there!
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  5. Great blog guys! And love this Paris post. I just wrote a post on the story behind the padlock bridge on our blog (magontheblog.com)
    Keep up the good work!Cheers!
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  6. Delightful post! There are so many wonderful things to do in Paris – I would add bookstores and flea markets. While there are amazing bookstores throughout the city, the Left Bank is a treasure trove for bibliophiles. Shakespeare and Co., Gilbert Joseph and countless little rare bookshops and book binders can be found scattered throughout the district.

    And few things are more fun (and free) than browsing through the city’s flea markets. They pop up on both sides of the Seine, and are filled with everything imaginable. One of the most well-known is at the Porte de Clignancourt and known to locals as Les Puces – The Fleas. Over the years I’ve picked up old wall hooks, cufflinks, glass eyes, and all sorts of eclectic bits. A great outing and a fun way to experience another side of the city.

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