Make the Most of Your Summer Trip to Paris


Make the Most of Your Summer Trip to Paris

It's the perfect time of year for exploring the city’s rich cultural heritage. Here's how to make the most of your summer trip to Paris...

Paris, the City of Love and Light, is like no other. It’s one of the dream European destinations for many travellers. The summer in this part of France brings long, sunny days and pleasant evenings, perfect for exploring the city’s rich cultural heritage, world-renowned art, delightful cuisine and vibrant festival scene.

If you’re considering your first trip to Paris or thinking of returning for another luxury vacation in France, here’s how to make the most of your summer vacation in the French capital.

How to Make the Most of Your Summer Trip to Paris

Take in the culture

There’s only one way to start a visit to Paris: its iconic landmarks. The Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral and Arc de Triomphe are staggeringly beautiful and must-sees for any traveler.

Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Take a leisurely stroll along the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe, absorbing the sights and sounds of Paris in all its summer glory. Don’t forget to visit Montmartre, the historic district famous for its stunning Sacré-Cœur Basilica, quaint cobbled streets and rich artistic heritage.

Each neighbourhood in Paris has a wonderfully unique charm. Le Marais is one of the oldest and trendiest in the city today. Its magnificent architecture and historic Jewish quarter are the perfect backdrop for wandering through narrow streets to discover hidden courtyards and quirky boutiques.

The Latin Quarter is another vibrant district, offering a lively atmosphere with its cafes, bookshops and the stunning Pantheon.

Experience the art

Paris’ art galleries and museums are some of the best in the world. The Louvre is famously home to the iconic Mona Lisa and a plethora of other masterpieces. You can easily spend an entire morning or afternoon exploring its vast collection beside the Seine.

Similarly, the Musée d’Orsay features an impressive collection of paintings, photography, sculptures and decorative arts from the likes of Monet, Van Gogh and Degas. It’s another architectural wonder, housed in a former railway station.

For a taste of contemporary art, visit the Centre Pompidou. Its bold architecture and extensive modern art collection provide something refreshingly different.

Indulge in French and Parisian cuisine

You’re never far from a truly mouth-watering experience in Paris. Culinary adventures in the city often begin with a traditional French breakfast of croissants and café au lait. Later in the day, savor classic dishes like escargot, coq au vin and boeuf bourguignon at a cozy bistro or high-end restaurant. Be sure to try steak frites, a local Parisian favourite.

Experience local flavours and ingredients at one of Paris’s food markets. The Marché d’Aligre and Marché Bastille offer a tantalising variety of fresh produce, cheese, charcuterie and baked goods.
The Marché des Enfants Rouges is the oldest covered market in Paris and is certainly something to make time for.

The city’s patisseries are world-renowned for their exquisite pastries and desserts. Treat yourself to a selection of colourful macarons, some iconic French crepes or Napoleon’s pastry, the delicate mille-feuille.

Immerse yourself in music and festivals

Summer is festival season in Paris. Its streets come alive with spontaneous performances and organised events. The Fête de la Musique, held on June 21st, is a national celebration with live music performances in every corner of the city.

The Paris Jazz Festival takes place in the Parc Floral, featuring jazz performances every weekend from June to September. For a unique cultural experience, enjoy an outdoor movie screening at the Cinéma en Plein Air festival in the Parc de la Villette.