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10 reasons to visit paris in the fall
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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!

Fall colours

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?

how to spend three days in paris

Fall Fashion

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.

10 reasons to visit paris in the fall

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

10 reasons to visit paris in the fall

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.

Read more: Café Delyan, How to order in a Parisian Restaurant

delyan cafe

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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Museum Culture

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

sophie nadeau in the louvre museum

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!

10 reasons to visit paris in the fall

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?

Read more: If there’s one thing you see in Paris, make sure it’s this!

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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.

Read more: Fontainebleau, an autumnal day trip from Paris


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  • Reply
    22nd July 2018 at 4:23 pm

    I’m so glad i saw this, I’m going to Paris in November and can’t wait!
    Beautiful pictures!

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    18th December 2017 at 7:34 am

    Great article. Read it in one breath. Here is my two cents. I love Paris, its like a pretty woman who doesn’t care what to wear. She’s always beautiful, that’s why it doesn’t matter when you visit Paris.

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    Ken Toong
    11th February 2017 at 8:24 am

    I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles.
    I follow the footsteps of the Lost Generation and visit and dine in the haunts of Hemingway.
    Also, an ardent fan of Edith Piaf and Mirelieu Matthieu-the new Edith Piaf..

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    Jan Michael
    2nd November 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Paris looks very colourful during Fall but i prefer to visit Paris for the first time during Spring time. 🙂 anyway, i think this city is an all year round destination.

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    Maja | Mexatia
    2nd November 2016 at 7:57 am

    Hahaha sunrise at the acceptable time – I love it! Autumn is such a wonderful time of the year and it is so romantic – we chose it for our wedding day also (even though my husband says it is only cold and nothing else lol)! I would love to visit this romantic city in autumn to make it even more romantic! And to have more excuses to drink hot chocolate in those cute cafes. 🙂

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    Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life
    1st November 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I agree with you and recommend Paris in the fall. Way to many tourists in the Spring over Easter and in the Summer, completely overcrowded. I love Paris and one thing I would like to do is to go to the Paris Fashion Week.

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    Rashmi & Chalukya
    1st November 2016 at 7:11 pm

    We have visited Paris couple of times and we completely agree with you that in fall Paris is beautiful and also as you mentioned it’s less crowded which is the best part.

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    1st November 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I love Paris it’s great, so much to see and do. It would be nice to visit in autumn with fewer tourists and I could cope getting up to watch sunrise.

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    Soumya Nambiar
    1st November 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I just did a post last week on how Paris is gorgeous in the rain and how I fell in love with it. I guess Paris is always gorgeous. I wouldn’t mind going to Angelina for a cup of hot chocolate anytime.

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    1st November 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I love travelling anywhere in fall just because its not as busy! Your pics are amazing. I just love the colors and those late sunrises!

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    Sara Essop
    1st November 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Paris in the fall sounds amazing. It’s been a while since I was last there. And the food looks delicious too.

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    1st November 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Love all the fall colors! We don’t have fall foliage where I live, since it’s 70 degrees year round and no change in weather from month to month. I visited Paris in the fall a few years ago, and it wasn’t nearly as pretty as this!

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    31st October 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I’ve never been in Paris during fall, but it looks wonderful! Maybe next year… the see the change of colors in the city of lights!

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      Sophie Nadeau
      3rd November 2016 at 9:40 am

      I would definitely recommend it! Then again, I’d recommend Paris in any season 😛

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    the adventurer
    31st October 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I studied abroad in Paris in the fall and have to say it was the best time to live there =o) I loved the changing of the colors and the weather was always just right =o)

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      Sophie Nadeau
      3rd November 2016 at 9:39 am

      It’s definitely the best time of the year. And I totally know what you mean; somehow the light is always perfect for taking photos! 🙂

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