Summer in the City: Paris Edition
It’s that time of year! School is almost out, summer is here and everyone who’s headed to Paris drops me an email to ask what’s new...
If you’ve been following the blog you know that Écluse in my new favorite wine bar, however, you clearly can’t sit at a wine bar all day (or can you? HA!). Assuming not, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite things to do in Paris in the summer months to keep you outside and taking in the view as much as possible!
1. Parc Monceau & Musee Nissim de Camondo
Parc Monceau is my favorite park in Paris for its sheer beauty and unusual architectural features (in France at least), including an Egyptian pyramid, a Chinese fort, a Dutch windmill, and Corinthian pillars. What most people don’t know, however, is the beautifully intimate Musée Nissim de Camondo, a former mansion that sits just off the park itself. Built in 1911 by the Comte Moïse de Camondo and today owned by Les Arts Décoratifs, the house has been maintained over the years as if still a private home preserved in its original condition. With a tragic family history as part of its story, it’s worth a visit to learn more about its heritage and view the pristine collection of eighteenth-century French furniture and art objects.
2. Paris Plages
This is exactly what it sounds like…the beach comes to Paris! From July 8th to September 3rd, certain points along the Seine are transformed into full-on beaches, complete with sand, umbrellas, lounge chairs and palm trees! Each “beach” has its own attractions but you can do everything from swim in suspended pools over the Seine to kayak or just take in some rays. You will find the first beach on the right bank of the Seine, stretching from the Pont Neuf (near the Louvre) to the Pont de Sully (near City Hall). The second beach is the sandy one, along the stretch of the right bank quay known as the “Voie Georges Pompidou." The third major beach runs along the picturesque Bassin de la Villette in the 19th Arr. I mean, how fun is this?!
3. Rodin and The World Dance
I love the Rodin Museum for not only its magnificent sculptures, but also the breathtaking grounds which are perfect for a summer stroll. Currently running through July 22nd, the museum is also featuring an exhibit, “Rodin and the World of Dance,” highlighting Rodin’s late-in-life passion for the world of dance and featuring a selection of works including sculptures, photographs, drawings and antiquities, some of which were never shown during the sculptor’s lifetime. A special visit indeed.
77 Rue de Varenne | 75007 Paris
World of Dance Exhibition Dates: 7 April - 22 July, 2018
4. Le Chalet des Iles
Accessible only by boat and located on a small island on the lake of the Bois de Bologne (16th Arr.), this is known to be one of the most charming places for Sunday brunch in Paris. Sit outside, eat super well and rent a rowboat after brunch for the perfect summer Sunday afternoon.
Le Chalet des Iles
14 Chemin de Ceinture du Lac Inférieur | 75016 Paris
5. The Hotel Raphael Rooftop Terrace
There are many places to enjoy an outdoor terrace in Paris, but few exist on rooftops with panoramic views of the city and the Eiffel Tower. Open May through September, this rooftop terrace is one of the best kept secrets of Paris!
The Raphael Terrace
17 Avenue Kléber | 75116 Paris
6. Le Piaf
Ready for a fun night out? The newly re-opened Le Piaf has you covered! Go for dinner but be prepared to end the night dancing on the table and singing along with the pianist who belts out both classic French and American songs. If you don’t know the words, don’t sweat it: just grab another glass of champagne and wait for the next one. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
38 Rue Jean Mermoz | 75008 Paris