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Where To Eat, Drink, Stay, And Play In Paris in Summer

City Guide September 29, 2023

 

Welcome to Paris during the most delightful season of the year: summer. As the sun casts its warm glow over the city and daylight lingers until late afternoon, Paris comes alive. Known for its rich culture, art, and delectable cuisine, the City of Lights urges you to embark on an extraordinary summer adventure.

To ensure you make the most of your visit, we have curated this comprehensive guide designed to inspire and guide you as you indulge in the finest dining and drinks with killer views, find the perfect accommodations, and immerse yourself in the vibrant array of activities Paris offers.

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Where to Eat

Indulge your taste buds at the finest restaurants, where culinary excellence takes center stage. Remember that Parisian dining is an experience meant to be savored. With this list, we ensure that your gastronomic adventures are truly authentic.

 

Fabula

Located in the beautiful gardens of the Musee Carnavalet, Fabula offers a beautiful terrace where you can enjoy a limited menu of cold plates by Michelin Star chef Julien Dumas and cocktails created by mixologist Remy Savage. It's the perfect spot for a date or girl's night out. Remember that it's only open seasonally, so take advantage and book your table online.

Address: 16 rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75004, Paris

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Price: €€€

 

Georges

Perched on top of the Centre Pompidou, Georges offers delectable cuisine and stunning views of the Parisian skyline. Indulge in modern French dishes while being captivated by the breathtaking panorama through the floor-to-ceiling windows of this iconic rooftop restaurant. Reserve online as it fills up.

Address: 6e étage du Centre Georges Pompidou Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris

Hours: Wednesday to Monday, from 12:00 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Price: €€€

 

Le Bon Georges

For an authentic Parisian dining experience, head to Le Bon Georges. This charming bistro showcases classic French cuisine and focuses on using locally sourced ingredients. From succulent steak frites to delicate seafood dishes, Le Bon Georges celebrates French gastronomy's rich flavors and traditions. And make sure to leave room for the decadent chocolate mousse as dessert!

Address: 45 rue Saint-Georges, 75009 Paris

Hours: 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Price: €€

 

Grandcœur

Summer means the opportunity to dine in the enchanting courtyard at Grandcœur. Housed in a former 19th-century coaching inn, Grandcœur exudes a rustic yet elegant ambiance. This restaurant combines contemporary culinary techniques with traditional French recipes. This upscale brasserie has a seasonal menu to ensure you get the freshest cuisine.

Address: 41 rue du Temple 75004 Paris

Hours: Monday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 7:15 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Price: €€€

 

Where to Drink

When it comes to sipping cocktails and enjoying the city's nightlife, Paris boasts a range of exceptional venues.

Faust

Located beneath the Pont Alexandre III, Faust is a stylish venue that seamlessly blends an electronic nightclub, bar, and restaurant. Enjoy an extensive selection of cocktails and dance the night away while enjoying the trendy atmosphere and the unique view of the Seine River.

Address: Rive Gauche, Pont Alexandre III, 75007 Paris

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Monday from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Price: €€€

 

 

Cafe A

Within the charming courtyard of a former convent, you can find Cafe A, a restaurant that offers a serene and artistic setting to enjoy drinks with friends. Savor a refreshing cocktail in the tranquil garden or inside the renovated industrial space, which houses a contemporary art gallery. The courtyard offers cozy seating and lights that are only available in the summer months.

Address: Maison de l'Architecture, 148 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010 Paris

Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Price: €€

 

Chalet Des Iles Boulogne

If you want a nature escape, retreat to the Chalet des Iles Boulogne. This hidden gem lies on an island in the Bois de Boulogne and offers a peaceful oasis surrounded by nature. To arrive at the restaurant, you have to get on a boat that’s included in the cost of your dinner. Enjoy a drink on the lakeside terrace or in one of the cozy wooden chalets while admiring the picturesque views.

Address: Bois de Boulogne, Embarcadère du Chalet des Îles Porte de la Muette Ceinture du lac inférieur du, 75016 Paris

Hours: Wednesday to Monday from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m., Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Price: €€-€€€

 

 

Perruche

A Paris rooftop bar with Eiffel Tower views. That’s it, that’s the description. I mean, what else do you need to know?

Ok, we’ll tell you. Situated on the rooftop of Printemps Haussmann, Perruche serves stellar cocktails and bites to accompany the drinks.

Enjoy one of their frozen cocktails in the blazing summer sun or one of their wines from their extensive wine list. This is one of the many rooftop bars in Paris you should visit this summer.

Address: Printemps De L'Homme, 2 Rue du Havre 9ème étage, 75009 Paris

Hours: Open daily, Lunch from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Price: €€€€

 

 

Folderol

The internet has been going crazy over this place, so while it’s no longer a hidden gem, there’s a reason it is now an exposed gem. Folderol combines two of nature’s most divine creations- wine and ice cream.

All of the ice cream made is artisanal and made in-house. There’s a wide range of flavors to appeal to all. Finish off your selection by picking a wine and bam. Instant happiness on a hot summer day in Paris.

Address: 10 Rue du Grand Prieuré, 75011 Paris

Hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Price: €€

 

Where to Stay

Finding the perfect accommodation in Paris is essential for an unforgettable stay. Paris is a huge city, and while you might think you need an Eiffel Tower view to get the most out of your stay, you’d be surprised to know that's not the case. Here are some neighborhoods that will give you the Parisian experience.

 

 

Montmartre

Stay in Montmartre's artistic and romantic ambiance by staying in this picturesque neighborhood. Home to the iconic Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Montmartre offers the feeling of a small French village in Paris. This is where many artists held residences back in the day, from Henri Matisse to Toulouse-Lautrec.

The area is currently pretty touristy but doesn’t distract from its charm. There are plenty of hostels and hotels in the area, but get the most by staying in a local Airbnb. This area is located in the 18th arrondissement, meaning it’s a bit north of the city's center, but fear not - it only takes about 25 minutes to get to the Louvre by metro!

 

Le Marais

If you want a fun and energetic vibe, you will want to stay in Le Marais. Situated in the 4th arrondissement, Le Marais is centrally located. The atmosphere here is vivacious, and there’s always something to do, from bars to small artisan shops for browsing.

This neighborhood is also the heart of the LGBTQIA+ community here in Paris. The area itself is on the more expensive side, so keep that in mind when you plan your trip.

 

South Pigalle

SO-PO, or South Pigalle, located in the 9th arrondissement, can be described as an area with hipster culture and bohemian charm. Filled with fusion restaurants and dive bars, the neighborhood has a unique element. The area is near attractions like Galeries Lafayette and the Moulin Rouge on foot.

When you begin exploring the area, you’ll notice its walls adorned with colorful street art and its establishments exuding a more creative vibe. You can find hotels and Airbnbs, but we suggest looking into some of the boutique hotels in the area. Discover many hidden gems if you decide to stay here!

 

 

Saint Germain des Prés

Located in the 6th arrondissement, Saint-Germain-des-Prés is the place for lovers of the city's rich history. This area is home to the main catalysts of the 20th-century cultural movements that occurred.

Here, you can find the cafes that Hemingway and Fitzgerald frequented. If you're craving the traditional French experience of sitting on a terrace and people-watching, this is the place for you. Remember to pack a book!

 

Where to Play

As you explore the city, indulge in some of the iconic experiences!

 

Disneyland

Originally called Eurodisney, a visit to Disneyland Paris is a must-do this summer. Home to two amusement parks, Disneyland Paris is sure to deliver a memorable adventure. Check out the new Avengers campus in Disney Studios Park with its state-of-the-art ride technology.

Disneyland Paris is one of the most beautiful parks, with its attention to detail and intricate castle. It takes about an hour to get to the park but is worth checking out during your stay in Paris if you’re looking for a day trip.

Location: Chessy (Seine-et-Marne)

How to get there: Take the RER A towards Marne-La-Vallée Chessy to the end of the line, and you’ve arrived!

Tickets: from €62

 

 

Sacré-Cœur

The Sacré-Cœur Basilica is a stunning masterpiece that sits on top of Montmartre. The church is stunning and worth checking out, especially after hiking up (there’s a funicular, don’t worry). While you’re visiting, take time to sit on the steps and admire the views of the city.

You’ll find people having picnics, sipping on some wine, hanging out, and having a good time. If you forgot to pack beverages, you’ll probably find street vendors selling cold Heineken’s, but we highly recommend bringing your own! The best time to visit is during a sunrise or sunset- and don’t wear pants you care about if you intend on staying long.

Location: Montmartre 18eme

How to get there: Take line B and get off at Anvers- from there, you can follow the signage

Tickets: Free

 

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Fête des Tuileries

This annual summer event will occur starting July 1st and last until August 27th. The Fête des Tuileries is an amusement park in the historic Tuileries Gardens. If you’re looking for things to do in Paris this summer, look no further.

Enjoy amusement rides such as Ferris wheels and bumper cars, and indulge in street fair food like cotton candy and candy apples. It’s the perfect outing on a hot summer day!

Location: Place de la Concorde - 75001 Paris

How to get there: Take line 1 and get off at Tuileries

Tickets: Entrance is free. Pay per attraction.

 

 

Canal St. Martin

Experience the delightful atmosphere of Canal St. Martin. This lovely waterway is home to trendy cafés, boutiques, and vibrant street art. Take your time walking along the canal's banks, picnic by the water's edge like the locals do, or sit and relax while watching the boats navigate the charming locks. The canal extends into the 10eme and 19eme, so you can find a place to sit even on the busiest days.

The canal is found along the 10 and 19eme. Louis Blanc station along line 7 is a recommended stop.

 

 

La Fête des Loges

Just outside of Paris, a short ride on the RER away is La Fête des Loges, a vibrant summer carnival that has taken place for over four centuries. The event is similar to Tuileries but attracts more locals. Partake in adrenaline-pumping rides, munch on sweet crepes from the food stalls, and test your luck in the game booths.

Amidst the excitement, La Fête des Loges offers cozy seating areas and live entertainment to sit back and relax as the fun comes to you. Summer is the perfect time for outdoor festivities!

Location: Carrefour des 6 chiens, Route des Loges (N184), 78100, Saint-Germain-en-Laye

How to get there: Take the RER A to Saint-Germain-en-Laye. From there, you’ll take a mini train to the fair.

Tickets: Entrance is free. Pay per attraction.

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