It’s less touristy.
A quieter vibe descends upon the city once the high summer season is over. While there are long queues to enter iconic attractions, they tend to be shorter in autumn as compared to the summer. However, there might still be a queue at the fromagerie. Remember, in France, eating cheese is always in season.
Feel like a local.
September is also the time when Parisians return from their vacations and children head back to school, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the culture and the city’s activities. Walk among the Parisians picking up their fresh baguettes in the morning, or fashionable mesdames running errands in the Marais. An undeniably authentic way to experience a city and its local vibe.
The gardens are gorgeous.
If you’re looking for a perfectly framed autumn picture, make your way to the Jardin du Luxembourg, Jardin des Tuileries or Jardin du Palais-Royal. The sunny weather and the golden colours make these gardens look exceptionally good. Indeed, the most photogenic season of the year!
Discover the city through its events.
Did you know that there is a tiny vineyard atop the hill of the Montmartre? Montmartre is not only famous for the Sacré-Coeur, but also reputed for its Grape Harvest Festival that will take place from 10th-14th October. The area welcomes wine-samplers young and old every year in October.
Plan to stay up late on the night of the first Saturday in October, for Paris will blossom into a harvest of art, music, and theatrical events, that will be free and open to the public to access.
Indulge in hot drinks!
There’s something about the weather in fall that makes you want to indulge in something rich and decadent. There is no better way to chase the chills than by sampling some delicious cocoa creations. Take your pick from the good old-fashioned cuppa of hot chocolate at Angelina’s or drink yours with a pâtisserie au chocolat at Jean-Paul Hévin.