Burnt umbers, golds and ruby red leaves carpeting the cobbled roads. I mean, could the scene be any more picturesque?! The wind whips, even more, leaves are thrown into the sky and thoughts of being cold are soon forgotten. Paris may well be one of the most beautiful cities in the World… But even Paris becomes more beautiful come fall! And if this scene hasn’t already convinced you, maybe these 10 reasons to visit Paris in the fall will!
Okay, can we just stop and talk a moment about how pretty fall colours are?! Maple reds, orange hues, is any season more lovely than fall?
Is there anywhere more chic than Paris? And as the cooler nights draw in, you can really start to make the most of fall fashion, layers and scarves all the way! And besides, how often do you really get to go out dressed in duvet-like clothes!
Read more: Why you should always dress like a Parisian.
Parisian parks have never been lovelier!
Although it’s often said that compared with a city like London, Paris is severely lacking in green space, this most definitely isn’t the case!
The thing about Paris is that you have to really look for parks and green spaces to visit. It doesn’t mean that they’re not there, it just means that you have to search a little harder to find them!
Read more: Parc Monceau, hidden gem of the 8e
Coffee, expresso & Hot Chocolate
The iconic tree-lined boulevards and bursting with colour and it’s time to switch your sandals for scarves. There’s no better time to pick up a warm drink and people watch from one of the many terraced cafés that litter France’s capital. You could order a spiced wine, a standard espresso (for as little as €1), a herbal tea- the possibilities are endless!
Besides, any season that gives you a good excuse to head to one of the many Parisian coffee shops littered throughout the city has to be a good one, right? Think: creamy hot chocolates, generous helpings of cake and a chic atmosphere.
Grab Brunch with Friends
And while we’re on the subject of food and drink, what about all the amazing brunch places that are re-opening after summer?!
Paris is a celebration of food, wine and life. As such, there’s no end to the brunch possibilities has to offer. Fancy a traditional French brunch? A vegan brunch? Brunch at a cat café? Yep, Paris really does have it all!
Read more: Café Oberkampf Review
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When the weather gets colder and the rain more frequent, why not take yourself to one of the dozens of museums that Paris has to offer?
With over a hundred museums to choose from, you’re sure to find one that you like!
Read more: 10 most unusual museums in Paris,
See the city as a local
Now that tourist season’s over, there are fewer people than ever in the city of lights. You’ll get a feel for what it’s really like to be a local in the city of lights. Not only this, but a large proportion of shops, businesses and cafés shutter their doors and go on holiday for a month in August. You only have to walk around a less touristic area to realise that no boulangeries are open!
By the time October/ November rolls around, the city is back up and running like clockwork!
Sunrise is actually at, like, an acceptable time.
No more setting your alarm for 4am. No more excuses for not brushing your teeth! In the Autumn, sunrise in Paris can be as late as 7:30 A.M. This means that it’s incredibly easy to see sunrise every day (and hopefully capture a fantastic one). Getting up for sunrise rather than heading somewhere for sunset means that you’ll likely miss all the tourists that flock to touristic sites as soon as breakfast is over!
My go-to spot in Paris for capturing la dame de fer at sunrise is Trocadéro. Raised on a platform and eastward facing, it’s the perfect place to watch the sun rise up above the horizon and behind the Eiffel Tower.
If you don’t feel like checking out the Eiffel Tower, then there are plenty of other places to catch sunrise from. What about Notre Dame or the Sacré-Coeur instead?
Taking day trips has never been better!
Paris in the fall happens to be one of the best times to experience day trips from the city like a local. Versailles without the crowds, no crowding on the public transport and fruit picking in rural France, Autumn is not a bad time to visit.
And the best part of all this? Fewer queues! In the summer, you can spend up to four hours queuing to enter the Château of Versailles. For this reason, alone, I definitely prefer Paris in the fall! As a bonus, it’s also worth mentioning, for the most part, fewer crowds mean lower prices! Think: cheaper accommodation and cheaper restaurants!
Just make sure that you check the opening times of an attraction/ château before you visit! Many places close at earlier hours or are completely closed on more days throughout the shoulder season.
Over to you.
Planning a fall visit to Paris? Why would you want to visit Paris in the fall?