In my opinion, visiting Paris is magical anytime of year but given how much I enjoy the season of Fall, I am partial to Autumn in Paris. A trip to Paris in Fall often means you’ll be blessed with beautiful weather, less tourists and a quieter, slower pace than Spring & Summer offer.
For me, strolling through Paris during the Autumn months offers an even more idyllic, cozy and romantic feeling than any other time of year. If you plan to travel to Paris this Autumn, this post has been freshly updated and should help you in planning your time – all curated by myself, the founder of Paris, Perfected.
Paris is always a good idea but Paris in Fall happens to be exceptionally good and truly is one of my very favorite times to visit. So, what should you do when visiting Paris in Autumn? I’ve got you covered.
What to do in Paris in Autumn
Visit the Parks.
Parisian parks are always a favorite way to spend my time when in the city of lights but particularly in Fall when the leaves have started to turn and the groundskeepers have installed beautiful florals in seasonal colors. The famous Jardin du Luxembourg and the Tuileries are particularly lovely in the Fall on sunny days. And the Luxembourg Gardens in particular are a wonderful spot to people watch or enjoy an afternoon reading session.
Go up the Eiffel Tower.
Once the trees have changed colors it is so fun to see Paris from above. The Eiffel Tower makes the perfect vantage point to see the Fall trees in the French capital.
Indulge in French food.
I love French cooking year round and primarily eat French dishes when in Paris no matter the time of year, but I find Fall a particularly good time to enjoy certain classic French dishes like bouef bourguignon and coq au vin.
Embrace the rain.
Sometimes autumn in Paris can mean the weather in Paris is a bit extra rainy. But fear not! I’ve got you covered in my What To Do in Paris When It Rains guide. Rainy days in Paris can actually be my favorite at times. The city is so quiet and romantic. Just don’t forget to pack a great travel umbrella, too.
Utilize an expert to maximize your time.
Overwhelmed by how to spend the days you have in Paris? Hiring an expert can help you prioritize your time and really maximize what you’re able to accomplish while in the city of lights. If you’d like me to help you plan. your trip, head to ParisPerfected.com to get started booking a Plan with me!
If you plan to visit the Rodin Museum and the D’Orsay, be sure to get their bundled ticket for 21 Euros for admission to both. You can buy it online in advance and once printed, you’ll be able to use the line for ticket holders at the Musee d’Orsay which can be a huge time saver. The Rodin museum is wonderful year round but I enjoy the gardens in the Autumn as well.
Into contemporary art or love special exhibitions? No matter your art preference, Paris has over 100 museums to keep you entertained.
Drink the Beaujolais Nouveau.
Every November, the French celebrate the release of the “Beaujolais nouveau” wine. It is consumed immediately after harvesting and is beloved for its affordable price tag and easy drinkability. Nouveau is different to almost every other French wine and doing a wine tasting in Paris at one of its many wine bars is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening. I have some wonderful wine bar recommendations I make for my Paris, Perfected clients.
Visit Le Clos Montmartre.
Did you know there is a secret vineyard in Paris? La Vigne de Montmartre is the oldest vineyard in the capital. It consists of the the most classic varieties of the wine-producing regions of France and is a great spot to visit for wine lovers! In the Fall, if your dates align, you can even attend the Montmartre Grape Harvest Festival.
Attend Nuit Blanche.
Nuit Blanche is an annual all-night arts festival in Paris. All across Paris on this night you will find concerts and exhibitions at cultural institutions including museums in Paris open and free of charge. I’ve had the chance to take in Nuit Blanche on a couple occasions and it is such fun to experience the French capital come so alive at night.
Take a cooking class.
On a day where the weather may be less than stellar, head indoors to my favorite cooking school in Paris: La Cuisine Paris. Their croissant class is particularly good in the Fall but you can’t go wrong with whichever class you take. (And if you can’t get to Paris, take one of their online courses!) My Paris, Perfected are treated to a special discount for all La Cuisine Paris classes.
Go on a self-guided coffee tour.
Paris coffee culture has much improved over the years and there are so many spots you can get cozy at over a good cup of coffee. Here are some of my favorite coffee shops in Paris.
Enjoy café culture.
My favorite pastime in Paris is to take a good book to a café and just sit outside enjoying a glass of wine or a coffee while reading and people watching. I get chills thinking about the joy this brings me. Better yet? Put your phone on airplane mode and totally tune out.
Indulge in hot chocolate.
No better time to drink thick, creamy French chocolat chaud than in Fall (and of course, Winter). I love the hot chocolate at the famed Angelina but also at Laduree (whose ambiance I prefer. Their Saint Germain location is my favorite). But my very favorite hot chocolate spot is reserved for my Paris, Perfected clients!
You’ll be greeted by far less tourists and the weather should allow you to still enjoy both the palace interiors and the spectacular gardens. I sell a Paris, Perfected guide to Versailles which offers all my best tips and tricks for visiting as well as where to eat and how to get there from Paris!
Tour the Palais Garnier.
I love Montmartre in the Fall because so many of the homes and buildings are covered in leaves that begin to change creating a scene that feels out of a movie set. It’s utterly cozy and romantic to wander its streets during Autumn. If you happen to be in Paris in early October, you may get lucky and be able to visit the Fête des Vendanges – an annual grape harvest festival.
Visit The Catacombs.
One of Paris’ spookiest spots, The Catacombs holds the history of many Parisians. Head underground and get a dose of fright in the city’s underground maze of stories known and unknown. As they are a little spooky, Fall (and especially October) makes for an especially good time to take a tour below ground.
There’s no better city on earth to stroll with no real destination in mind than Paris and Autumn is a particularly beautiful time of year to do it. You’ll take in the city’s many sights but also see it as the colors change and as businesses embrace seasonal decor.
Take in some jazz.
For any Paris, Perfected clients going to Paris in October, I always recommend Jazz Sur Seine. It’s an annual festival usually over two weeks with loads of jazz shows at venues all over the city. Doesn’t get much better than a crisp night with cool jazz spreading over the city of Paris.
Catch a walking tour.
If you feel overwhelmed with discovering Paris and its various neighborhoods, a walking tour is a great way to explore. Guides are so knowledgable about French history and also how the various neighborhoods had changed. Fall is a great time for good weather in Paris often so a walking tour is a great reason to be outside. I have some wonderful tour guides I recommend to my Paris, Perfected clients.
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You’ll be hard pressed to make any wrong decisions when it comes to spending your time in Paris in Autumn but these are certainly my favorite ways to spend my days in the city during this time of year.
Have you been to Paris in the Autumn? I’d love to hear about your trip!
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