If you’ve chosen to visit Paris in September, then you’ve picked a good month. The crowds that fill the city come July and August start to dissipate and all of the Parisians are back from their month long break (many stores and cafés close up shop for at least part, if not all, of August). There’s still a summer vibe in the air, but the weather is cooler, making it the perfect time to explore the city.
Let’s start with one of the most important aspects of visiting Paris in September: the weather. Although not as cold as October, the average temperature in the city of light is still a cool 15 degrees, meaning that a Fall wardrobe is essential. Paris is a city best on foot and the warm, yet not too hot allows for the perfect temperature to wander around the city.
What to wear in Paris in September
The thing about Paris in the shoulder seasons (ie any months in spring or autumn) is that it has the potential to be very hot. It also has the potential to be very cold. And the problem is, you have no idea which one it will be until you arrive! The weather is pretty unpredictable in September, and you’d best be served by packing plenty of layers. I’d also recommend taking an umbrella and some semi-waterproof shoes in case of showers. Things like jeans, cardigans, and fall dresses worn together with little ankle boots work well in this kind of weather.
What to do in Paris in September
European Heritage Days. The third weekend of September signals the European Heritage Days weekend. This is a Europe wide weekend whereby many cultural places of interest and heritage open up their doors for free, or at a reduced price. Also known as Journées du Patrimoine in French, there are plenty of free museums to visit, galleries to see and interactive workshops. You can find more information on the website here.
Paris Design Week. Starting during the Friday of the second week of the month, Paris Design Week is a celebration of all things creative. Food, fashion, and architecture are all praised within 180+ exhibitions found throughout the city. You can find more information on the website here.
Techno Parade. Held annually near the end of the month, the Techno Parade Paris is a celebration of all things techno music. In 2017, it will be held on the 23rd September. You can find more information on the website here.
Take a day trip from the city. Fewer crowds mean fewer tourists. September makes the perfect time to explore many of the Châteaux in the Île de France region. After all, many museums and castles, as well as other attractions still operate at summer opening times, only without the crowds. Some of my fall favourites are Fontainebleau (pictured below), Chantilly and Senlis.
Best Brunch Spots in Paris I’m loving this month!
Though many of my favourite brunch spots may be closed in August, they’re all open again for the start of Autumn. Here are some of the best brunch spots in Paris (after all, brunch is the best meal of the day!):
Café Oberkampf. 3 Rue Neuve Popincourt, 75011 Paris, France. Sitting on a road of the same name, Café Oberkampf is easily one of the best brunch spots in Paris. And, after a month of closure for holidays during the month of August, it’s reopen for business.
Liberté Ménilmontant. 39 Rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris, France. Popular among Parisians and visitors alike, the eatery at Menilmontant is open early each day, ensuring that you can get your morning coffee as early as possible! Want to learn more about coffee culture in Paris? I’ve prevously written an article on The art of Ordering Coffee in Paris.
Le Pavillon des Canaux. 75019, 39 Quai de la Loire, 75019 Paris, France. Ever imagined drinking a cocktail in the bath (in front of everyone?). No, me neither. That was, until I visited Le Pavillon des Canaux, a quirky eatery alongside the Quai de la Loire. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a coffee, or even a small bite to eat. The place gets pretty popular, even in September, so make sure to visit early to secure te best seats.
Best Rooftop Cafés and Bars in Paris I’m loving this month!
September is not synonymous with chilly. There’s still plenty of time to soak up the last of the summer rays and enjoy some wine with friends en plein air. Here are my favourite rooftop bars in the city:
Le Perchoir Marais. 33 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris, France. Located in the very heart of the city, not far from Île de la Cité, Le Perchoir offers magnificent views over all of Paris. Open daily ’til late, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy a glass of wine.
Nüba. 36 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris, France. Club by day and with a DJ at night, this bar is located along Quai d’Austerlitz and is regularly cited as being one of the best bars in Paris, if not all of Europe.