Picture perfect Paree is a city that’s eternally beautiful, especially so in the summer months when the days remain long and lazy evenings can be spent enjoying time among friends or simply strolling along the River Seine. Here’s your insider guide to Paris in July, a summer in the city edition…
Paris weather in July
The summer months bring them the promise of little rain and plenty of long and hot days. As such, July is the perfect weather to enjoy Parisian café culture, where bar seats and striped chairs spill out onto the wide boulevards and the scent of coffee is ever wafting onto the street.
For the month of July, Paris weather tends to fluctuate between 16 and 25 degrees Celsius, with an average of 20 degrees C, providing the perfect weather for exploring everything the city has to offer.
What to wear in Paris in July
Visit Paris in July and you can expect to enjoy all of the sun, as well as the cool evenings en terrasse. As such, make sure to pack plenty of sun cream, a hat for the hotter days and plenty of light and easy to wear clothing. Sun-style dresses, sandals, and shorts are all perfect for this kind of weather. When it comes to the cooler evenings, you’ll want to pack a shawl or lightweight cardigan in case of breezes.
With this in mind, however, it’s also important to note that July is also the heaviest rainfall month of the summer and so be sure to bring an umbrella along (as well as some waterproof, comfortable shoes and perhaps a wind jacket).
Summer sales at shops across the city mean that you’ll also want to leave a little room in your suitcase to bring home a couple of souvenirs. Known as ‘les soldes,’ sales in France are actually state regulated and can only be held twice a year; once towards the end of July, and once just after Christmas.
What to do in Paris in July
Enjoy a Parisian-style picnic: If you’re looking for one of the very best things to do in Paris during July, then you simply must enjoy a picnic at some point. While many (wrongly) say that Paris is lacking in green spaces in comparison with its other European capital counterparts, there are plenty of places to go, if only you know where to look. Otherwise, head to the supermarket to pick up some supplies and head to Canal Saint Martin or along the Seine to enjoy your food along the water’s edge.
Bastille Day: July 14th marks the beginning of the French Revolution and the birth of France as we know it today. Known as La Fête de la Bastille, celebrations include a vast array of firework displays, summer festivities, and a whole range of special events.
Discover the Paris Plages: During July, artificial sandy pop-up beaches spring up all around the city, notably along the Seine near Notre Dame, as well as Bassin de la Villette. However, unlike most beaches in France, topless sunbathing isn’t allowed, and swimming in the River Seine (for safety reasons).
See a screening at the open-air cinema: If you’re looking for a true taste of summer, Parisian style, then head to the 19th district based Parc de La Villette from mid-July onwards. Open-air film screenings take place on a daily basis and films are shown in their original language (with foreign films set to screened with French subtitles). Free for everyone to go along and watch, movies start at dusk and are a great way of seeing another side of Paris.
Take a day trip from the city: If you’re looking to see another side of France but have a limited amount of time in l’Hexagon, then day trips via public transport from the city could not be easier. While some towns become incredibly busy, other less-touristic destinations still offer a tranquil and calm escape. Meaux, Senlis, and Compiegne all have fewer crowds than the likes of Versailles or Provins.
Admire artworks at the Giacometti Institute: Located in the 14th arrondissement, a Parisian district known as ‘Montparnasse,’ the Giacometti Institute opened its doors for the first time this summer. Part educational centre, part gallery, part museum, this place of learning which showcases the work of Swiss-born artist Alberto Giacometti
See the secret village in Paris: Summer in Paris is incredibly busy, especially so towards the end of July when schools are out for the holidays and tourists tend to descend on the city en masse. So, if you’re looking for a little peace and quiet, then I highly recommend heading to Butte Aux Cailles or Cité Florale for some leafy scenery and an oasis of calm.
Where to stay in Paris in July
If you’re looking for summer accommodation in the city, then it’s worth bearing in mind that prices can be a little higher than in the shoulder and peak seasons as it’s much more in demand. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of places to stay in Paris, as well as options for every budget. And if you’re looking for some quiet pockets of the city in which to explore
The Hoxton Paris: Opened in mid-2017, the Hoxton Paris is one of the newer offerings from the chic and boutique hotel chain. This pretty place to stay is where you should go if you love a great bar serving fantastic cocktails. Situated in the 2e arrondissement, it’s not far from iconic sites such as the River Seine, the Louvre, and Île de la Cité.
Hôtel Fabric: This beautiful boutique hotel is so-called because it’s located in a former textile factory in the heart of the 11th arrondissement, a Parisian district well-known for its great nightlife, quirky eateries, and independent bars. As this area of the city is a little more residential, it will offer more respite from the crowds during the summer.
Le Pavillon des Lettres: While some rooms offer stunning views of the Eiffel Tower, the main draw of this Parisian accommodation is its focus on Paris as a literary city. After all, if you’re a bibliophile, you’ll love that room decor is focused on various literary works and authors.