Paris in the summer: 11 Paris travel tips

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Imagine: It's over 25 degrees, you sit with your traveling companion on the steps of Sacré-Coeur, eat an ice cream and look over the city. In this article, I'll give you some great tips for Paris in summer - with attractions such as the city beach Paris Plages, swimming pool, beach bars, boat tour as well as hotel, restaurants, cafes and ice cream parlors. Everything for your holidays in France, whether for a weekend or a longer trip.

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A summer weekend in Paris

For the extended Paris weekend from friday to sunday it fit for me at the end of august. ). The flight I booked at Eurowings, for 110 euros round trip (only with hand luggage, see my packing list city trip ).

In August, many have Parisian holidays. Advantage: It is less crowded. Disadvantage: Some smaller shops and restaurants are too.

The summer in Paris is so beautiful: everyone is sitting in the cafes and parks, on the Seine river you will find restaurant boats and beach bars, people picnicking and playing street musicians.

The summer in Paris can also be strenuous at over 25 degrees: the trails become more arduous, shady spots are often rare and every breeze is reminiscent of a desert wind. That's why you should plan your trip to Paris well in the summer.

Planning tips for Paris in summer

When I prepare my city trips, I use different sources. Such as travel guides, blogs, Instagram or Pinterest.

I can recommend these guides to you on Bol.com:

Marco Polo travel guide Paris : Travel with insider tips. Incl. free touring app and events news
Paris City travel guide Michael Müller Publisher : Individual travel with many practical tips and web app
Lonely Planet travel guide Paris (German)

Further practical information:

Packing List City Trip : For printing checking off for your perfect city break
Paris Hotels on Booking.com - with price, location, reviews and photos
Paris city tour with duck to the sights insider tips

The best Paris tours and city tours

I usually book my tours and tickets via Get your Guide. Here you will find all Paris tours .

What I really like about it: For the most popular sights there are "tickets without queuing" . You will experience the Eiffel Tower , Louvre Museum or Palace of Versailles without annoying queues.

You want to discover many Paris attractions? Then maybe the Paris Pass is for you. It is valid for 2, 3 or 6 days. It gives you free access to more than 60 attractions (eg Louvre, Musee d'Orsay or Center Pompidou), discounts in restaurants and shops and can use public transport.

Plan for the weekend "Paris in the summer"

I had decided:

  • Visit to the city beach Paris Plages
  • Bathing boat Piscine Joséphine Baker on the Seine looking
  • A two-hour Paris city tour with the duck to the highlights and insider tips. Because the wind is cool! Here you can find the article about this Paris city tour .
  • A boat tour on the Seine
  • Finally go to the Eiffel Tower to enjoy the view from above - whether it would be worthwhile?
  • The luxury department store Galeries Lafayette, the view from the roof terrace is beautiful!
  • See the most romantic restaurant in the world, it's a real Instagram hotspot
  • In the café from the movie "The fabulous world of Amélie" try crème brûlée with cardamom
  • Find the best ice cream in Paris
  • Louvre, Sacré-Coeur Triumphal Arch say "bonjour"

Paris hotel: central, nice relatively cheap

The starting point of my explorations was my stylish hotel. On booking.com I chose this accommodation with the great rating of 8.9 (= fabulous): The COQ Hotel Paris (15 rue Edouard Manet) is located on the left side of the Seine (rive gauche) in the 13th arrondissement, 2.6 Kilometers from Notre-Dame.

The boutique hotel with its 50 rooms is relatively new and very nicely decorated. I also loved that it is well connected and still quiet.

Nice staff, Rituals toiletries and a fast Wifi are other pluses. You can leave your suitcase in a locked room on the arrival and departure days, I did that.

The breakfast was adequate and delicious. There were rolls, croissants, pain au chocolat, sausage, cheese, yogurt, eggs and freshly squeezed juice.

Incidentally, here's more Paris hotels on Booking.com - with price, location, reviews and photos.

Paris Plages: city beach on the Seine

The best invention of all is the Paris Plages beach, which you can use for free during the summer. I walked there from the Louvre Museum and took back the Notre-Dame Bridge.

In between, I strolled along the river, past blue, white and red umbrellas. Underneath were sun loungers, which stood on the heaped up sandy beach.

On Saturday afternoon at 15 o'clock all shade places were almost completely occupied. So better get there early!

At the Pont Notre-Dame I bought a delicious smoothie with peach, almond milk and banana in the small café . I sat in the shadows and looked at the Seine, very relaxing.

Unfortunately, you can not swim in the river, shipping is too strong. But there are water sprayers spreading fine and cool fog.

Paris in the summer: the best ice cream

You can also cool off with ice. At the Pont au Change bridge I bought a very good tangerine and raspberry sherbet.

By the way, I found the best ice cream at Berthillon (29 - 31 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Île). Caramel au beurre sale (salt caramel) tasted heavenly, as did pineapple roti basil.

Paris: Piscine Joséphine-Baker Beachbars

It sounded so good: a bathing ship on the Seine , six euro entry and only three metro stops from my hotel.

But when I arrived at the Piscine Joséphine-Baker, I already saw a crowd of people in front of the entrance. I could take a look inside: the small basin reminded of an aquarium with a lot of fish. Better not!

Then go to one of the neighboring beach bars and enjoy a cool drink while looking out over the river in a deck chair.

Batobus: Boat trip on the Seine, Paris

In the hot weather, I always found it convenient to stay by the river. Or drive on it.

I bought a 24-hour pass for the Batobus Seine shuttle boat . It stops at eight stations, including Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Notre-Dame. You can get on and off as often as you like during this period.

From the Eiffel Tower to Notre-Dame, the boat takes about 40 minutes. During this time you can enjoy - if you like me one of the shadow places - cool and light airstream.

The city with its magnificent buildings as well as other boats moved slowly past me. Again and again we drove under a bridge. Really nice!

The one-hour light boat tour at Get your Guide sounds great, too. You will see the "City of Lights" on a boat trip with one of the "Bateaux Parisiens" along the Seine. With music you will experience sights such as the illuminated Eiffel Tower and romantic bridges in front of the night sky.

Eiffel Tower: view from a lofty height

I had often seen the "iron lady" with her 324 meter height during my many visits to Paris, but I had never been in it before.

That's why I booked a ticket Eiffel Tower without queuing up . You can decide if you want to go up to the 2nd level or up to the top. You experience a tour in a group with a maximum of 20 people.

We met the English speaking guide (other tours are also German speaking ) for a short introduction. Then it went past the long queue on the 2nd floor, where we learned even more interesting facts.

Until 1930, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest structure in the world. Every year, seven million visitors come here.

The view was awesome with the great weather we had. However, there was too much of a crowd there, so that I drove back relatively quickly. You can also run down.

Incidentally, I have a fear of heights. Up in the top, however, I had no problems. Tricky was the elevator with glass walls. And the glass floor on the first floor with an unobstructed view down from 60 meters was difficult for me.

At the top, you can buy a glass of champagne for 13 euros. I preferred to go to the 58th Tour Eiffel Restaurant on the 1st floor. Looking at the city and the Seine, I ate a good two-course dinner for 22 euros.

Bon Appetit! Restaurants in Paris

It was very warm in Paris. That's why I always looked for shady spots: from sidewalks under trees to parks and restaurants and cafés.

In the Cafe d'Italie (2 Place d'Italie) near the hotel I sat in the cool interior. I ate salad with salmon, avocado and mint. Delicious!

Incidentally, the food in Paris was not very cheap. For my lunch, I usually paid around 20 to 30 euros, for a coke or an ice cream with two balls ever five euros.

I found the cafe of Deux Moulin (15 rue Lepic) in Montmartre from the movie "The Fabulous World of Amélie" great.

Decorated in retro style, with Latin American music, besides tourists also many locals and a delicious creme brulee with cardamom class! As I sat there, I kept watching the movie scenes in front of me.

The Au Vieux Paris d'Arcole (24 Rue Chanoinesse) is just around the corner from Notre-Dame. On Instagram I noticed, with the tendrils and flowers it looks very picturesque. Only a few steps away from the noise it was quiet, shady and the waiters were very nice.

More information about Paris in summer

  • Some women I have seen in the heat with fans and very much envied them.
  • I drank endless water. There are drinking water wells everywhere in Paris - very convenient.
  • If someone is too friendly and really wants to help you with the ticket machine: Keep a healthy dose of mistrust. I wanted a fraudster turn a more expensive ticket.
  • Macarons are delicious for example from Pierre Hermé. Since a Macaron costs 2.30 euros.
  • Café Gourmand is an espresso with a small selection of desserts - a poem!
  • I ran a lot this time and got blisters. The next time I visit, I take more comfortable shoes and blisters.

My conclusion to Paris in summer

How I liked it? I really like Paris, even in the summer. So I found some places that were very pleasant even in warm temperatures. And I liked that the city was relatively empty, with a more leisurely rhythm than usual.

What tips do you have for Paris in summer?

Note: I organized and paid for the trip to Paris, there were no cooperations.

Continue reading

Packing List City Trip : For printing checking off for your perfect city break

Marco Polo travel guide Paris : Travel with insider tips. Incl. free touring app and events news
Paris City travel guide Michael Müller Publisher : Individual travel with many practical tips and web app
Lonely Planet travel guide Paris (German)

All Paris hotels on Booking.com - with price, location, reviews and photos
COQ Hotel Paris

All Paris tours at Get your Guide
Tickets without queuing for Eiffel Tower , Louvre Museum or Palace of Versailles
Batobus Seine shuttle boat
One-hour light boat tour on the Seine

Paris insider tips of a local
Paris city tour with duck - to the sights insider tips  

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After one year trip around the world, I am now a full-time travel blogger. My friend Carsten and I like to spend my holidays with dog Buddy. Whether near or far, city breaks, road trips or veggie food - in the blog you will find travel tips, travel reports and real insider tips. I'll take you live via Instagram Stories.

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10 comments

  • reply
    Denise
    August 19, 2019 at 15:23

    Oh great tips. Thanks for that ♥.
    I have to remember the Deux Moulin's Cafe when I'm in Montmartre with my mum for a few weeks.

    best regards
    Denise

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    Ulrike
    May 13, 2019 at 07:02

    Great overview! Yes, well, that you can not swim in the Seine, I do not think so bad. You can sit wonderfully on the shore, lie on some surfaces, and look at the river and the boats. Very relaxing on a durchgetakteten sightseeing in Paris!
    LG
    Ulrike

    • reply
      Anja Beckmann
      May 13, 2019 at 10:43

      Hello Ulrike,

      Yes, I think so too! I think I have to go back to Paris soon. From the Rhineland it is not far by train ...

      best regards
      Anja

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    Caro
    September 8, 2016 at 14:32

    Hey Anja :)

    The Paris Plages are my absolute highlight in the summer - was really a pity that I lived in Paris from September to March and know the really hot time only from a weekend before: D Da was on the square in front of the Hôtel de Ville way Water sprayed over the walkers - pretty awesome!

    Very important, of course: sitting in the evening with friends on the Seine and drinking wine, etc. :) (But even in non-summer ...) ... or a picnic in the Jardin du Luxembourg!

    And on the subject of ice cream: This in the delicatessen department of the Galeries Lafayette is extremely delicious! Generally, I do not think ice cream in Paris is so great (especially because it's so incredibly expensive);)

    Very nice article, I get directly homesick again!
    Best regards,
    Caro

    • reply
      Anja Beckmann
      September 29, 2016 at 18:00

      Hello Caro,

      great that you liked my article! :)

      And thank you for your tips. A picnic on the Seine also sounds very tempting ...

      best regards
      Anja

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    Maria
    September 7, 2016 at 18:28

    I did not like Paris so much, but I was there late in the fall, and if I read that, I should give the city another chance - maybe not in midsummer ;-)
    But I also remember the locals as being very friendly - though you always hear the opposite ...
    Many greetings
    Maria

    • reply
      Anja Beckmann
      September 8, 2016 at 10:31

      Hello Maria,

      pity you did not like Paris so much.

      I like it a lot, but of course it's always a matter of taste.

      Many greetings
      Anja

  • reply
    Gudrun
    September 7, 2016 at 10:21

    I've been to Paris so many times, but I've always missed the beach, too bad! And the salt caramel ice cream is a poem! What I can recommend: a walk on the promenade plantée, near the Bastille.

    • reply
      Anja Beckmann
      September 8, 2016 at 10:26

      Thanks for the tip! I'll do that on my next visit to Paris. :)

      best regards
      Anja

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