“Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant.”
―Honoré de Balzac
Ah, summer in Paris. When life congregates along the banks of the Seine, green park lawns fill with picnic blankets and balmy nights are spent cooling down with icy wine on restaurant terraces. As if you need any more encouragement to take that overdue trip to Paris, here are five things to do in Paris this summer.
Picnic in the park
With warm weather and sunshine in full swing, you can make the most of Paris’ green spaces and épiceries. Swing by the Terroirs d’Avenir on the Rue du Nil to equip yourself with baked goods and cheese before heading to Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square in Paris for a picturesque pique-niqué in the sunshine.
Explore Musée Rodin
Rise early and grab a coffee before heading over to Musée Rodin to enjoy the sculpture gardens and admire the works in peace before the crowds arrive. Take your time exploring both the gardens and house before moving onto lunch at the nearby bistro, La Fontaine de Mars.
Sunset on the Seine
Experiencing Paris from the water reveals the city’s familiar landmarks in a dramatic light, especially around the hours of sunset, when the City of Light can be observed in its full glory. Take to the water in style with a cruise along the river. Seine-Avenue offers a luxury service with a sleek private vessel and champagne toasts under the illuminated Eiffel Tower.
Cocktails with a view
Make your way to the ninth floor of Hotel Rochechouart to discover the dazzling rooftop cocktail bar. Enjoy a 360° view over Paris, including an up close and personal encounter with the Sacré-Coeur. It’s worth reserving a table ahead of time, as it can get very lively.
The storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 signalled the start of a new era for France. This day is commemorated each year with military parades, firework displays and festivities.