It’s ?back to school time in Paris and believe me when I say that September has so many things to do – not just for the kids! But also for us “grands” ?aka (grown ups) too. ?Whether you’re coming back from vacation, or for all you folks visiting Paris for the first time; ?here’s how you’ll get an insider / local experience this time.
The weather is surprisingly still mild. We have yet see our typical Indian summer (emphasis on yet!). So it’s actually still a great time to do many outdoor activities, especially?along the Seine River and wander off in various neighborhoods on a velib (the Paris rental bikes).
Here are some of the things, places, exhibitions, restaurants and??bars you’ll be excited to discover this Fall 2015!?
Close to Gare du Nord offers a unique take on French cuisine using local produce made in their wooden ovens. Not to mention is a cool place to hang out for an apero or enjoy a cocktail.
There are many places to grab a drink in Paris but one of my favorite streets is on Rue Faubourg Saint Denis. For its chaotic vibe and array of French, Turkish and Indian restaurants. Mauri 7 is just across the street from Chez Jeanette it?s a cool (dear I say somewhat hipster) ?hangout. I’ve spent way too much time loosing at the baby foot table and The Family Guy pinball machine is so much fun!
The Terrass hotel is Paris’ new addition to the 18th arrondissement with a super view of the Eiffel Tower. Book your stay now as our guess is you?ll have to wait a while as new/ renovated
hotels are so rare and in demand in Paris. They also have a hearty brunch on Sundays for 39 Eu.
Address:?12-14 Rue Joseph de Maistre, 75018 Paris
Phone:01 46 06 72 85
The central Les Hales area of Paris ( close to the Lourve) is still under massive construction that will transform the underneath mall and above ground space and surroundings. But the playground and garden sections have now?finalized renovations. It’s also great place to picnic on the grass for a little birthday party or have the kids climb the many games.
Speacial Event: Discover the Mandela Garden ?from the 26th at 2pm to 7pm and then the 27th at 11am to 7pm
With lots of activities proposed by the city hall of Paris: Guided tours , workshops, concerts and food tasting?
NELSON-MANDELA GARDEN / Playground ?(used to be LES?HALLES GARDEN)
1 RUE PIERRE-LESCOT
Discover the colorful world of the well-traveled luxury bag designer Caroline De Marchi on Rue Saint Honore.
There is a new high-end beauty?space upstairs the Bon Marche that offers the best in beauty care products for the entire body, with a Hair and Nail bar set amidst a loft style decor.
L?Air Geant ends on the 13th of September at Parc de la Villette and promises to be gigantic?with inflatable works from international artists. Free entry.
In all its colors continues at Fondation Cartier
?Modern painting in the Congo in the 1920s -?Taking as its point of departure the birth of modern painting in the Congo in the 1920s, this ambitious exhibition will trace almost a century of the country?s artistic production.?
Tattooed and Tattoo
Continues at Quai Branly Musuem uns until November 15th
?The exhibition returns to the sources of tattooing and presents?the renewal?of this phenomenon in its now permanent and globalised manifestation.?
At Musee Art Ludique -??All about video games from the 26th of September to the 6th of March ?2016
Mus?e Art Ludique
34 Quai d’Austerlitz
75013 Paris 13
Not to be missed
1. Journ?es?du?Patrimoine 2015?
One time of the year where Paris really opens up some of the most beautiful spaces and buildings to the public.
Fondation Louis Vuitton – This year we also have the Fondation Louis Vuitton opening their doors free to the public on Sept 19th. See the Franck Gehry masterpeaice and enjoy the collection inside. Other locations worth visiting – Invalides, Palais de L’Elysee, Musee Carnavalet, L’hotel de Ville ( blew my mind last year!!!) and the Banque de France will also be open!?
Back with all the talented ?international Jazz ?musicians on the scene such as Melvin Van Peebles and ?Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)
3. Techno parade
The Electro music scene will be in full swing this week with the Inox Festival also happening! Start time for the parade is at 12 noon at Place de la Nation. ?Participate or watch from the sideline.
6,7 km?km long race for the woman in Paris and is the biggest in Europe!
As a part of the?celebration of the French basketball championships (the?4th to 20th?) with tons of activities for the family.
Special Event: For the weekend of the 5th and 6th ? Port de Solf?rino at the foot of Passerelle L.S.Senghor
Metro line 12 Assembl?e Nationale
2pm to 6pm
From 6 years old
6. Festival Ile de France
Celebration of Paris and all its diversity in lots of concerts at various venues? see program here. Excited to see Youssou Ndour Sept 26th.
8 to 12 September. Free ? but must sign up for a ticket. Open door on the 8th without reservation
Address: Le Carrousel du Louvre, 99 Rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris
From the 14th to 29th Sept, local produce is put on a pedestal from the Paris and Ile de France. During this 16 day celebration you can appreciate the French culinary culture from the region with tons of participation from bakeries, butcheries, and cheese shops.
Special Event: The big event takes place on the 21st and 22nd from 10 to?7pm along the Berge de Seine ( between pont de invalids and pont de l?alma) for the Fabuluese Fete du Manger Local. Filled with many food tastings, demos and activities?