July in Paris always sees the new wave of Francophones entering the city, just as the us local Parisians start to pack for our summer vacations when we empty out the city for the south or generally warmer pastures. The rues of Montmartre and Montparnasse are still yours for the picking with lots of new cool places to discover, and of course I couldn’t do a paris city guide without including some of the old charm now could I?
To get us started – L’ete , summer as the french call it is best enjoyed outdoors ladies and gentlemen and we’ll do just that with a few celebrations like the annual Bal , or rather Dance of 14th of July where all the Pompiers, or rather Fire Stations in every neighborhood open up for the entire night of party for the whole family with live music or djs and street food. My favorite is the one in the 10th and 19th close to Canal de L’ourcq.
20 – 23 July
Don’t miss FNAC LIVE – the massive Free live concert in the center of Paris with top French and international acts such as …
Lianne Lahavas, Jungle, Fakear…Line up here
SUMMER LIST of previous articles worth reading
2 – 20 July
Cycle enthusiasts won’t be disappointed as the Tour de France comes around.
13 July – 21 Aug
Open Air Cinema will take place this year from the 13th of July to the 21st of August.
Free – bring some wine, mat and some friends.
Includes cult favorites like Mon Oncle, The Shining, La Garçonnière , Last Days….etc
18 July – 21 Aug
KIDS – take the little ones out to Paris plages – Paris is quite funny with its fake sand along the Seine River – if you can’t escape the city.
EAT – The Marché des Enfants Rouges will always be one of the best places to discover the diversity of pairs in an old (the oldest in Paris!) Market setting with the hipsters of the marais, Breton stripe wearing Parisians and tourists alike. You can enjoy the most authentic Italian, Moroccan and Korean food from the stalls that have a few seats scattered. When the weather is nice it’s one of the best places to eat then go for a walk or coffee close by at Cafe Pinson, Fondation, The Broken arm or even for an old cafe vibe try Cafe Charlot.
Address: 39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
The Hood has this super chill music and coffee shop vibes at 100% – new to Rue jean Pierre Timbaud.
STAY – Hotel Providence is the new boutique hotel that’s at a charming cul de sac close to Republic,, has transformed a shabby old hotel into one of the most in demand neighbourhood terraces to people watching – seen and be seen.
DRINK – Artisan Bar in South Pigalle, “So Pi” is the perfect place to pick up a pre-dinner cocktail or something else (wink wink)…also has a great wine selection
Address: 14 Rue Bochart de Saron, 75009 Paris