Paris is a city of lovers, where lovers of all kinds converge to experience the best moments of their life. Lovers of architecture, lovers of art, lovers of gastronomy, lovers of haute couture, lovers of history and of course, the romantic lovers! The cosmopolitan city is at the confluence of all European cultures and offers the best of culture, heritage, and history with 37 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. More than 89 million tourists visited France in 2017 ranking it among the top tourist destinations worldwide. It’s a city for all seasons and eternity, with the Eiffel Tower beckoning travelers from all corners of the world.
What makes Paris in September a must-visit?
Paris turns slightly chilly at the turn of September when the leaves start to change colours, but the flowers are still in bloom. The weather gets a bit unpredictable but the long sunny days still shine through. It is also when the crowds are dwindling away, and the Parisians are back to their homes from their holidays. September is the best month to experience Paris as a local would do!
There are many festivals, events, exhibitions and concerts that still go on to celebrate summer. But it is also when the cultural season in Paris starts with classical music concerts, ballet, and dance theatre events. Except for the odd rain showers, the cool climate is suitable for day trips and long walks in the city. Ideal for romantics, September is just the right time to become a Parisian!
Paris Weather in September
Paris in September changes colors from bright greens of summer to golden autumnal colors. Paris in September sees a large variation in temperatures - from 17°C during the day to 23 °C at night. While an average rainfall of 54 mm is expected through the month, sunny and bright days are far more.
Visiting Paris in September : Things to do
Revisit Romance At The Eiffel Tower
Of course, there is no ‘right’ season to visit the Eiffel Tower. It’s one of those classic and evergreen landmarks that make an impression on you any time of the year. But the play of weather from bright and sunny to cloudy and brooding, offer the perfect backdrop to capture the different moods of the Eiffel.
Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France,
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Catch the Night Fountain show at Versailles
Not enough words can capture the magnificence of the Palace of Versailles and its gardens which showcase the grandeur of the golden period of the French royalty. The Palace and its gardens are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and more than 6 million tourists visit each year. In the summer evenings, the gardens come alive with the fountains that dance to the rhythm of the music.
Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles,
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Louvre Museum - In Society
Louvre often beats the Eiffel in terms of visitors who come to pay a visit to the famed ‘Mona Lisa.’ The world’s largest art museum has permanent of almost 38,000 objects that will keep you busy for days! The museum though has several temporary exhibitions that showcase rare works and the ‘In Society’ exhibition is on during September which features exquisite pastel works of the 17th & 18th century.
Musée du Louvre, 75001 Paris,
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Orsay & Musée de L’Orangerie - Picasso Blue & Rose
Musee D’Orsay has the best collection of French art, and the Musee de l’Orangerie has a vast repository of the world’s best impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. In the first of its kind of event, both the museums are collaborating to present ‘Picasso. Blue and Rose’ an exhibition featuring unseen and remarkable paintings and sculptures of Picasso of the period 1900-1906. You can view this exhibition starting 18th September 2018 at the Musee D’Orsay.
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris
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Enjoy a Seine Dinner Cruise
The ‘City of lights’ comes to life at night when all its monuments and attractions are lit up in a spectacular display. This view is particularly breathtaking from the banks of the River Seine which winds through all its important landmarks. Enjoy a 1.5 hr cruise on the Seine snug in the heated Batobus and dig into a delicious three-course meal.
Port de la Bourdonnais, 75007 Paris
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Day Trip to Champagne
The Champagne region of France is the ideal day trip destination from Paris. From vineyards to historic cathedrals, there is a lot to explore in the area. You can go on a day trip to see the Reims Cathedral and tour champagne houses in Montagne de Reims. September is traditionally the harvest of grapes, and if you are lucky you might see a harvest yourself!
Visit Mont St Michel
The medieval Gothic style abbey of Mont St. Michel is an architectural marvel. Rising above the flats off the coast of Normandy, the abbey has seen the tides of time change St. Michel from a monastery to a prison. Perfect for a day trip, Mont St. Michel is one of the most popular attractions in France and is also a UNESCO Heritage Site. The long days of September will give you more time to explore this unique island commune.
Paris in August : Events to Look out for
Concert at the Eiffel Tower
Date: September 21 – October 5, 2019
Imagine listening to the rousing music of classical maestro Vivaldi as you gaze over the twinkly lights of Paris, from its most famous landmark – The Eiffel Tower! Come September, you can attend an exclusive classical music concert on select days, at the Salon Gustave Eiffel, an intimate event space within the Eiffel Tower. The concert ticket includes an entry ticket up the elevator to the first floor and access to the second floor. It’s hands down the best way to visit the Eiffel tower free of crowds.
Le Grande Classique – Paris to Versailles Run & Walk
Date: September 29, 2019
The best way to celebrate great weather is to be outdoors and what better than participating in one of the world’s best long distance races! Le Grande Classique is a 16 KM race starting from the base of Eiffel Tower to the Palace of Versailles. More than 25,000 runners participate in this grand event celebrating the beautiful city of Paris. It is conducted every year on the last Sunday morning of September.
European Heritage Days in Paris
Date: September 19 – 20, 2020
The European Heritage Days are one of the best tourism initiatives worldwide. Pioneered in France back in 1984 it has been adopted as a cultural event for all of the European Union states. These days are a celebration of European heritage and marked by concerts, events, and workshops. The most incredible days are the ‘Open Door Days’ when visitors can enter any museum/attraction for free! So from the Louvre to Musee D’Orsay, you can soak it all in for free on the weekend of 19th and 20th September.
Date: August 28th - September 5th, 2020
The Butte du Chapeau Rouge Park in the 19th arrondissement of Paris transforms into a theatre every year in August-September. It hosts the Silhouette Festival, among the world’s largest short-film festivals. A tradition since 2002, the festival has become a permanent fixture on the calendar of Parisian events. The festival is attended by over 20,000 visitors who watch over a 100 films from across the world. The films are also awarded based on professional and audience juries. It is a fantastic way to experience the artistic Paris.
Concerts at La Sainte Chapelle
Date: August 1 – December 31, 2020
Witnessing a classical music concert at the Sainte Chapelle in Paris will be one of the most uplifting experiences of your life. The 13th-century cathedral known for its exquisite stained glass art rings with the exhilarating classical music of maestros like Mozart, Vivaldi, and Bach during special concerts held in September. Get there early to watch the last rays of the sun stream in through the stained glass, to create a multi-hued magical experience.
Paris Design Week
Date: September 3-12, 2020
The 8th annual Paris Design Week will take place during September 3-12, 2020. Quickly becoming a cultural anchor in the Parisian calendar, the Paris Design Week has been raising the bar for design across the world since its inception. With some of the world's most creative minds in the fields of design, decoration, fashion and art meeting up in Paris during the week, PDW 2019 is something you shouldn't miss while visiting Paris in September.
Paris in September - 5 Day Itinerary
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5 Days in Paris Itinerary
September witnesses the colors of Paris changing from bright greens of summer to the golden autumnal colors. The average temperatures range around 15 degrees C and while rain is to be expected you can also get lucky with bright and sunny days. With climate change looming, Parisian weather has been quite unpredictable over the years.
Where to Stay
Paris is a tourist city and has a range of accommodation options fitting every budget. Here are some of the best places to stay in Paris –
• 5 & 4 star hotels – Maison Souquet, Le Bristol Paris, La Reserve Paris, The Peninsula Paris
• 3 star hotels – Le Relais des Halles, Hotel 34B – Astotel, Hotel de Londres Eiffel, Cler Hotel
• Budget hotels – Nouvel Hotel, Hotel d’Argenson, Hotel L’interlude, Hotel Darcet, Hotel de Flore
• Hostels – Les Piaules, Le Regent Montmartre, Le Montclair, St. Christopher’s Canal, Generator Paris
What to Pack
The weather in Paris is unpredictable and hence it’s best to pack a bit of both summer and rainy season clothing. Carry an umbrella and rainproof shoes as well as light jackets and coats. Ensure you bring a good pair of walking shoes as no matter which weather, Paris demands a lot of walking! Also carry sunscreen and a hat/cap for those bright and sunny days in between.
Getting Around Paris
Paris and its suburbs are divided into 6 zones, which are traversed by many modes of transport.
• Metro – The cheapest & most convenient transport runs almost all-day long
• RER and Tram – Hyper-local transport options, easy for last mile connectivity in the suburbs of Paris
• Buses – A wide extensive network that runs parallel to the metro and helps in last mile connectivity
• Night Bus Service – The saviour of night crawlers and party hoppers, it runs from 12:30 AM to 5:30 AM
What to Eat
The French have mastered cooking with wine and the Coq au vin or ‘Rooster in wine’ is a quintessentially French dish. With rustic origins, this dish finds itself in fine dining restaurants today and is mostly a chicken braised with wine, lardons, mushrooms and a host of seasonings like salt, pepper, thyme, bay leaf, and parsley.
This salad is literally ‘summer in a bowl’! The crunchy salad originated in Nice, and the recipe includes fresh tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, anchovies, Nicoise olives in olive oil dressing. Even the celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay approves of it and calls it ‘The finest summer salad of all’!
This famous, buttery, light French delight is extra tasty when eaten with a chocolate filling, and even more so when had for breakfast. Try it out at Des Gâteaux et du Pain or at Du Pain et des Idées to be truly satisfied.
Even the vegans will approve of this classic French dish – Ratatouille. It is a lovely vegetable stew that is often has a side dish or baked or stuffed in other dishes like crepes. The recipe uses a variety of vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers and is seasoned with spices.
Soufflés are fluffy little delights that melt in your mouth. The egg-based dish is made in both sweet and savory versions and often served in individual servings. The desert soufflés are famous and include recipes with chocolate, jam, berries, banana, and lemons.
Tips to Visit Paris in September
- For those who love arts of all kinds – theatre, music, dance, film and visual – the Festival D’Automne is a great opportunity. Starting on 13th September 2018, the festival is conducted at over 40 venues in Paris including Theatre de l’Odeon and Centre Pompidou.
- The Paris Design Week is a one of its kind event that focuses on the work of designers, from product design to interiors, and fashion to food! If you love design, then you should be there from 6th to 15th September 2018.
- Events in Paris are never conducted on a small scale! The Fete de La gastronomie is a city-wide festival held to celebrate the ‘French Gastronomic Meal’ which is a part of the UNESCO list of Intangible heritage. This year it will be conducted on 21st, 22nd, and 23rd September 2018 and will include food walks, workshops, tastings, food markets, street food stalls, exhibitions and much more!
- If you thought Paris was only about classical music, the Techno Parade would leave you pleasantly surprised. The Techno Parade is a one-day event when thousands of fans take over the streets to celebrate electronic music. There are open-air DJs, crazy floats and it’s just one big party out on the streets.
- You don’t have to worry about missing out on the famed summer blooms of Paris, as the Fetes des Jardins or the Garden Festival will more than make up for it. More than 150 parks and gardens of Paris will be thrown open to the public for free on 22nd and 23rd September. All the green thumbs can rejoice as there will be gardening workshops, walks, and more fun events!
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