If you were as obsessed as I was with the film Midnight in Paris, you’ll be very familiar with the phrase “Paris is the most beautiful in the rain”. Whilst I love the film, I disagree with this quote. Paris for me, is the most beautiful in August when majority of the popular take off toward the coast and countryside retreats.
I don’t think I’ll ever completely under the logic behind why the French all decide to take holidays during the same month. You just end up vacationing in areas as busy as Paris in September (isn’t the point of a holiday to escape the hussle and bussle of everyday life?). Anyway, I must admit I’m happy this tradition exists because it’s the ideal time to make the most of Paris.
Besides small congregations of tourists around main monuments and sites, the city is calm. Hot but calm. It’s the ideal time to make the most of all Paris has to offer and revisit areas you weren’t particularly a fan of in the past because of the crowds.
From rooftop bars to open-air cinemas, tranquil parks to amazing exhibitions, there is so much to see and do in Paris this August. Here are 5 things I recommend you do in Paris before summer ends!
5 Great Things To Do In Paris Before The Summer Ends
Feel like a child again at the Palais de Tokyo’s latest exhibition, Enfance. This uniquely wonderful exhibition is open from midday to midnight every day, except Tuesdays, until the 9thof September. Make sure to get a few snapshots inside the giant doll’s house as you enter the exhibition.
Enjoy a glass of champagne with 360° views of Paris at the Jardin Suspendu. This rooftop bar is situated in the south of Paris on the top floor of parking garage. With live music and lots of reclined chairs to chill out in, you won’t want to miss this.
BBQ lover, rejoice, there’s a new XL sized garden in Paris and yes, the BBQ is its specialty! Until the end of September, head to the Hippodrome de Longchamp and make the most of winter’s last days at Le Petit Pré. With cocktails, bbqs, live music and plenty of space and fresh air, this is the place to be this August.
Not to be missed, is of course, the Tuileries Funfare. Located right in the heart of Paris, this funfare has been running year after year for the last two decades. It’s a fun place to visit for kids of all ages and also a great spot for some Instagram worthy photos.
See a classic Swedish film under a moonlit sky. This September the Swedish Institute in Paris’s 3rdarrondissement, proposes two nights of open-air cinema in their charming Parisian garden. Entry is free so be sure to secure your spot early.