We tell you the 8 places that you should not miss, when your are right now in Paris.
Go around, have a look and enjoy, while you work, walk and love the city.
- Berges de Seine: The newly-opened quays of the Seine along the Left Bank of the 7th from the Musée d’Orsay (Pont Royal) to the Musée Quai Branly (Pont Alma) have replaced a noisy speedway with floating gardens, a climbing wall, picnic spots, cafés, bars, kids activities (tipis for birthday parties), open-air concerts, yoga sessions, and many other things to keep pedestrians entertained (the evening seems livelier than daytime, at the moment). Open year-round.
- Paris Plage: The Paris “Beach” opens July 20-August 18 on the Right Bank of the Seine from Hôtel de Ville to the Pont de Sully (4th arrondissement) and at the Bassin de la Villette (19th), with sand, beach chairs, parasols, misters, kiddie pools, live concerts, drink and food stands, and activities like Tai Chi, sand volleyball, dancing, or paddle boats (at the Bassin de la Villette). Live concerts will be broadcast on a big screen in front of Hôtel de Ville Friday and Staurday night. Open daily 9am-midnight. Check for the full schedule online.
- Tuileries: The Paris Fun Fair (Fête Foraine) is open in the Tuileries Gardens (1st) through August 21st, daily 11am-11:45pm (until 12:45am on Friday and Saturday). Free entrance, but you’ll need to buy tickets for each ride on the usual carnival attractions, or have cash for cotton candy and the games where you can win prizes. The Ferris Wheel has excellent views over Paris!
- Parc de La Villette: Despite its location on the outer northeast edge of Paris (19th), this park hosts some of the best summer activities, including: the best outdoor film festival (July 24th-August 28th, free entry); the Scènes d’Eté international cultural festival of concerts and
- Festival du Canal de l’Ourq: This section of the canal running through the Parc de la Villette (19th) all the way into the suburbs is hosting a summer festival through August 25 with boat rides, paddle oat and canoe rental, Zodiac rides, and “bals dansants” for dancing along the water. The black and white portraits hanging along the Ourq are of anonymous people who work on or along the canal. This is also a great place to go running if you like urban landscapes and graffiti spotting.
- Bercy Village: This charming pedestrian village (shops, cafés, movie theatre, and a big park) in the 12th is hosting free live music concerts every Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm through August 29th. The program is eclectic, with a mix of pop, jazz, punk, blues, folk, soul and rock performers from around the world.
- Parc Floral: The bandstand of the botanical gardens in the Bois de Vincennes (12th) hosts several music festivals this summer, including the Paris Jazz Festival (every Saturday and Sunday through July 28th, entry to the gardens €5.50) and the Festival Classique au Vert (every Saturday and Sunday August 3rd through September 15th, entry to the gardens €5.50). The Parc Floral botanical gardens also has playgrounds, a butterfly house, and gorgeous floral displays, of course!
- Paris Rive Gauche: There is always something going on along the stretch of the Left Bank quays, from open-air dancing every evening in the Square Tino Rossi (Quai St Bernard, 5th) to the nightclub péniches moored along the Quai de la Gare and Quai François Mauriac (13th) such as Le Batofar, La Dame du Canton, and Le Petit Bain. Most of the boats have set up summer terraces on the quays with music, drinking and dining from lunch through the night (especially on weekends). This stretch of the Seine is also home the Josephine Baker floating swimming pool and the club-bar-restaurant-cinema-etc. new hotspot, Wanderlust, on the Quai d’Austerlitz (aka “Le Truc Vert”). Bercy Village and the MK2 Bibliothèque are nearby.