Paris, the City of Love and the capital of France, is a popular destination for tourists during the summer months. With its mild climate, beautiful parks, and numerous outdoor cafes and restaurants, there is no shortage of things to do and see in the city throughout the year.
One of the most iconic things to do in Paris during the summer is to have a picnic in one of the city’s many beautiful parks. The Jardin du Luxembourg, located in the 6th arrondissement, is one of the most popular picnic spots in the city. The park, which was created in 1612, features beautiful gardens, fountains, and statues, as well as a large pond where visitors can rent small boats. The Jardin des Tuileries, located just steps away from the Louvre Museum, is another popular spot for picnics, with its long tree-lined pathways and formal gardens.
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Another popular summer activity in Paris is to visit one of the city’s many outdoor markets. The Marché des Enfants Rouges, located in the 3rd arrondissement, is the oldest covered market in Paris, and features a wide variety of stalls selling fresh produce, cheese, and other local specialties. It’s open Tuesday – Sunday from 8:30am and closed on Monday. The Marché d’Aligre, located in the 12th arrondissement, is another popular market that offers a mix of fresh produce and gourmet food items, as well as clothing and other items. Unlike Marché des Enfants Rouges, this is street market food shopping at its finest, everyday of the week (7am opening until 1:30pm [weekdays] – 2:30pm [weekends]) except for Monday.
You can’t go to Paris and not visit the Eiffel Tower. Whether it be summer or winter, the city’s most famous landmark is a magnificent sight. The tower, which was built in 1889 for the World’s Fair, is one of the most recognizable structures in the world, and offers stunning views of the city from its observation deck. Visitors can take the stairs or the elevator to the top of the tower, and there are several restaurants and cafes located at the top, where visitors can enjoy a meal or a drink while taking in the views. As of the writing of this article, it costs €17.10 for a ticket with access lift to the second floor or €26.80 to reach the very top.
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Another popular summer activity in Paris is to visit one of the city’s many museums. The Louvre, which is home to the famous Mona Lisa painting, is one of the largest and most visited museums in the world, and is a must-see for art lovers. Want to guarantee that you get into The Louvre? Pre-order your ticket online for €17, as only a limited number of €15 admission tickets will be available at the museum. However, 18-year-olds with an official ID as well as 26-year-old residents of the European Economic Area can get in free. The Musée d’Orsay, located on the banks of the Seine, is another popular museum, and is known for its impressive collection of Impressionist paintings.
Montmartre can’t be missed, as it’s one of the most iconic historic neighborhoods in Paris. Located in the 18th arrondissement, it’s best known for its winding, cobblestone streets and picturesque views of the city, as well as being home to the famous Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur. This neighborhood was once a village outside of Paris, famous for its vineyards and windmills. Today, it is a must-see destination for tourists, and is home to a number of art galleries, cafes, as well as quaint restaurants. The Place du Tertre, located in the heart of the neighborhood, is a popular gathering place for artists, who set up their easels and offer to paint portraits of tourists.
Of course, no trip to Paris would be complete without trying some of the city’s famous cuisine. From traditional French dishes like coq au vin and escargots, to more modern fusion cuisine, Paris has something to offer for every palate. The city is also home to a number of Michelin-starred restaurants, where visitors can experience some of the finest dining in the world.
When you have just 24-hours to spare, there is plenty of Paris to see and there is no better time to visit than during the winter, spring or summer months.