The Best Time of the Year to Visit Paris

Eiffel Tower in summer in Paris

The Best Time of the Year to Visit Paris

Paris is often considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it’s one of the top destinations for international tourists! Therefore, you probably have put Paris high on your travel bucket list, and you want to know the best time of the year to visit Paris! As a local, I have written this article to help you choose the best time to go to Paris depending on your needs and your interests!

The ambiance in Paris can change a lot depending on the season, but Paris will seduce you all year long! Read further to discover when you should go to Paris!

Spring is a fantastic season to visit Paris, especially if you like flowers!

The first reason why you should come to Paris in Spring is to chase the cherry blossoms and other blooms! If you choose this season to travel to Paris, you will in fact be rewarded by colorful flowers all around the city! Paris is blooming from February to June, and each month offers many beautiful blooms (magnolias, cherry blossoms, wisteria, roses…): it’s a feast for the eyes!

If you want to know more about it, read my guide about Spring in Paris!

Additionally, Spring is a very good moment of the year to visit Paris because the temperatures are getting warmer and the days longer.

Why to visit Paris in Summer

Summer is a great time to come to Paris if you like the sun and enjoy all the outdoor activities! In summer the weather is usually warm in Paris, and it will be a pleasure to walk around town! Strolling in beautiful parks and gardens during the day, having lunch and dinners sitting at the terraces of the charming Parisian restaurants and doing evening sunset walk along the banks of Seine, all the more reasons why summer can be the best time to visit Paris!

If you come to Paris in summer, you can also celebrate with the locals! Hereafter are the 2 most important dates for summer festivities in Paris. Firstly, la Fête de la Musique celebrates the summer solstice on the evening of the 21st of June. To this occasion big concerts and smaller music gigs are organized all around the city and Parisians are partying until dawn! Secondly, on the 14th of July France celebrates the “Fête Nationale” also called “Bastille Day” or “14 Juillet” with the oldest and largest military parade in Europe, barbecues, and fireworks!

If you are coming to France to visit Paris in summer, you might consider staying a bit longer and going to the French Riviera or Provence. These regions are amazing to visit at this time of the year!

Why to visit Paris in Fall

During fall season Paris takes the most beautiful orange colors! The fall foliage and the carpet of dead leaves on the ground create an enchanting environment in Paris! I have written for you the list of all the best places to take photos in fall in Paris. All the photos will convince you that fall can be the best time of the year to go to Paris!

If the weather is getting colder, you will have the opportunity to spend more time in one of the pretty Parisian cafes! And you might enjoy some good days if you are lucky. I have experienced some surprisingly warm days in September and October in the last years in Paris (what we would call an Indian summer)! Last but not least, fall is off season, so you might find some good accommodation deals. Therefore, you should consider visiting Paris in autumn!

Why to visit Paris for the holidays (Christmas & NYE)

Paris is nicknamed “the City of Lights” and it takes on its full meaning in the festive season! There are many good reasons why you should come to Paris at the end of the year. First of all, you will be able to enjoy all the pretty Christmas decorations in the streets: the ambiance is magical with all the Christmas lights and Christmas trees! Also, all the famous Parisian department stores offers some beautiful decorations in their windows and their interior for the enjoyment of adults and children! If you like Christmas markets and ice-skating rinks, Paris will also not disappoint! I have written for you the list of all the best places to see Christmas decorations in Paris. This will prove to you that the holiday is one of the best times of the year to visit Paris!

Lastly if you decide to stay there until New Year’s Eve, Paris will offer you some amazing festivities! For example, you can enjoy the free show from the Arc de Triomphe, with a music concert, fireworks, and a countdown before the start of the New Year. Or you can have dinner in a fancy restaurant, go to one of the iconic cabarets, party in a club or treat yourself with a New Year’s Eve dinner cruise!

Why to visit Paris in Winter

Is winter in Paris a good idea? Yes! If you want to see Paris covered with snow, you should travel to Paris in winter! Seeing this stunning city under a white blanket is simply magical!

If it’s difficult to plan when and if it will snow in Paris, it usually happens in January and February. But even if it’s not snowing, there are plenty of good reasons to visit Paris in winter! Firstly, you can explore all the museums and other art galleries in Paris. For example, you can spend hours (even days!) in the alleys of the Louvre, the biggest museum in the world! Secondly, Paris is a very interesting destination for shopping and fashion: so why not treat yourself?!

Last but not least, you will have a good excuse to indulge yourself at the table of the famous Parisian cafes and restaurants! Find here some of my best addresses: Best Brunch and Breakfast in Paris, Best Places to enjoy a Dessert in Paris, Best Coffee Shops in Paris, Best Chocolates to try in Paris and Best Vegan and Gluten Free Restaurants in Paris. And if you want some bespoke restaurant recommendations you can hire me as your food concierge in Paris!

What is the weather like in Paris

As a Parisian blogger, this is the question I get the most, especially on my Instagram: what is the weather like in Paris?! I might not be a weather expert (or a psychic) to tell you how the weather will be on the dates of your trip, but I can share with you the average temperatures and rainfall by month 🙂 .

I also recommend you download the local weather apps, like Météo France, or check the weather apps on your phone (the one on the Iphone is usually quite accurate).

What is the weather like in Paris in January?

  • The temperatures in Paris in January are on average between 1 and 7 C degrees (33 and 44 F) – but it can go below 0 C degrees (below 32 F). January is the coldest month in Paris.
  • Rainfall: 9 days

What is the weather like in Paris in February?

  • The temperatures in Paris in February are on average between 1 and 8 C degrees (33 and 46 F) – but it can go below 0 C degrees (below 32 F).
  • Rainfall: 8 days

What is the weather like in Paris in March?

  • The temperatures in Paris in March are on average between 3 and 12 C degrees (37 and 54 F).
  • Rainfall: 8 days

What is the weather like in Paris in April?

  • The temperatures in Paris in April are on average between 5 and 15 C degrees (41 to 59 F).
  • Rainfall: 9 days

What is the weather like in Paris in May?

  • The temperatures in Paris in May are on average between 9 and 19 C degrees (48 to 66 F).
  • Rainfall: 9 days

What is the weather like in Paris in June?

  • The temperatures in Paris in June are on average between 12 and 22 C degrees (53 to 72 F) – but it can be warmer around 30 C degrees (86F).
  • Rainfall: 8 days

What is the weather like in Paris in July?

  • The temperatures in Paris in July are on average between 15 and 24 C degrees (59 to 75 F) – but it can be warmer around 30 C degrees (86F).
  • Rainfall: 8 days

What is the weather like in Paris in August?

  • The temperatures in Paris in August are on average between 12 and 24 C degrees (53 to 75 F)– but it can be warmer around 30 C degrees (86F).
  • Rainfall: 7 days

What is the weather like in Paris in September?

  • The temperatures in Paris in September are on average between 11 and 21 C degrees (51 to 70 F).
  • Rainfall: 6 days

What is the weather like in Paris in October?

  • The temperatures in Paris in October are on average between 9 and 16 C degrees (48 to 61 F).
  • Rainfall: 8 days

What is the weather like in Paris in November?

  • The temperatures in Paris in November are on average between 5 and 10 C degrees (41 to 50 F).
  • Rainfall: 9 days

What is the weather like in Paris in December?

  • The temperatures in Paris in December are on average between 2 and 8 C degrees (35 to 46 F) – but it can go below 0 C degrees (below 32 F).
  • Rainfall: 10 days

What is the best month to visit Paris?

If you consider the pleasant temperatures and the longer days, June and July are the best months to visit Paris! The high season in Paris is actually from June to August, July being the most touristy month in Paris. The second half of December is also very touristy with the visitors coming for a festive getaway.

I especially recommend the shoulder season to visit Paris: April/May and September/October. For the best prices, you can target April and October.These months offer pleasant temperatures and a beautiful seasonal décor: April for cherry blossoms and October for fall colors.

If you want to know the best moment to visit Paris without the crowd, the low season is between November and February. You will enjoy cheaper hotel deals during this period (except in December because of Christmas and the weeks of the Fashion Week – more info in the detail by month). Therefore, these months are the best if you travel on a budget!

Additionally, here are some extra pieces of info for you: in France the summer school holidays last for 2 months in July and August and many companies are completely closing for 2 weeks at the beginning of August. As a consequence, a lot of locals go on vacation between July 15th and August 15th. Paris is especially quiet on the last week of July and the first half of August: expect way less traffic on the roads and less Parisians in the streets! But keep in mind this also means that many cafes, restaurants, and boutiques might be closed.

Visit Paris in January

January is a good month for shopping as it’s the month of the winter sales (soldes). And you can eat the yummy Galette des Rois for the epiphany!

On the downsides of visiting Paris in January, it’s rather cold. But you might see some snow if you are lucky!

Keep in mind that it’s the month of Fashion Week for Men Fashion (3rd week of January) and Haute Couture (4th week of January) so prices of accommodation might be more expensive.

Visit Paris in February

If you come to Paris in February, you can celebrate Valentine’s Day in the City of Love! Have a look at my article about the most romantic places in Paris <3 !

And it’s the beginning of the blooming season with plum blossoms.

On the downsides of visiting Paris in January, it’s rather cold. But you might see some snow if you are lucky!

Visit Paris in March

In March we are officially at the beginning of Spring, and you can enjoy the magnolia blossom and the beginning of the cherry blossoms in Paris! It’s a real pleasure to see pink and white flowers taking over town!

Keep in mind that it’s the month of Fashion Week for Women Fashion (1st week of March) so prices in hotels might be more expensive.

Visit Paris in April

April is THE month for cherry blossoms in Paris: you can see them in their full bloom and it’s very enchanting! In parallel the days are starting to get quite long.

The Paris Marathon usually runs beginning of April so keep the date in mind as it will have an impact on the price of the accommodations.

Visit Paris in May

In May you can see the wisteria in bloom: it’s such a dream! May is also a special month for the culture buffs as you can visit the museums by night during the European Night of Museums.

There are a few bank holidays in May, amongst them the 1st of May (Labor Day) when you can expect all the shops and many restaurants to be closed.

Visit Paris in June

Roses are blooming in June in Paris! The weather is usually nice and it’s the beginning of the picnic season.

June is also a great time to visit Paris because you can enjoy the concerts and other festivities for la Fête de la Musique (Music Day) and the Pride, not to forget the famous Tennis tournament Roland Garros.

Keep in mind that it’s the month of Fashion Week for Men Fashion (3rd week of June) so prices in hotels might be more expensive.

Visit Paris in July

In July the weather is usually nice for any outdoor activities. And you can enjoy Paris Plages: the beach is coming to Paris with some sunbeds, sand and palm trees set up along the banks of the Seine. You can enjoy the festivities for the 14 Juillet (Bastille Day), and the Firemen’s balls on July 13 and 14. If you like cycling, you can see the arrival of the Tour de France in Paris.

As it’s the summer sales (soldes) it’s a good moment for shopping.

Keep in mind that it’s the month of Fashion Week for Haute couture (1st week of July) so prices in hotels might be more expensive. But the Fashionista will have many good reasons to visit Paris in July!

Visit Paris in August

In August the weather is usually nice and can enjoy the outdoor activities and Paris Plages.

A good reason to come to Paris in August is that very few Parisians are staying in Paris during that month. Therefore, the city is quiet, and there is no traffic!

But for that reason, expect many shops and restaurants to be closed for annual leave. Also, there are way less Uber drivers in town as most of them take some time off for summer. I would recommend getting a cab in the street rather than ordering an Uber, or you might have to wait for a long time before getting a driver (if they don’t cancel your trip).

Visit Paris in September

Fall is in the air in September! You can enjoy some pretty colors and fall foliage around Paris!

Because Parisians are back, there is more ambiance in the bars and restaurants and more cultural events are organized. For example, during the European Heritage Days mid-September you can visit many iconic cultural sites in Paris that are not usually open to the public!

Keep in mind that it’s the month of Fashion Week for Women Fashion (last week of September and 1st week of October) so prices in hotels might be more expensive.

Visit Paris in October

You can enjoy the fall foliage all around Paris in October! There are a few interesting events taking place like the Nuit Blanche at the beginning of the month with art installations, exhibitions, concerts performances, the yummy Salon du Chocolat at the end of the month. And of course you will find some Halloween parties!

Keep in mind that it’s the month of Fashion Week for Women Fashion (last week of September and 1st week of October) so prices in hotels might be more expensive.

Visit Paris in November

November marks the end of the fall colors and the leaves are falling. But the Christmas decorations are set-up mid-November in the city and in the famous department stores!

It’s getting cold but you can enjoy all the indoor activities (museums, cafes and restaurants, covered passages…).

Visit Paris in December

In December, you can admire all the Christmas decorations (Christmas trees, Christmas windows, Christmas lights), enjoy the ice-skating rinks and get into the festive ambiance!

Also, what about celebrating NYE in Paris?! It would be a nice way to end the year and start the new one!

As it’s a touristy month, except higher prices for your accommodation.

In Conclusion…

Now you have all the cards in hands to decide the best time to visit Paris for you! I like Paris all year long because its magic has a lot of different faces depending on the season.

What would your favorite time of the year to visit Paris and why?

In case you don’t know which season to choose, you have a good excuse to visit Paris several times!

If you want to immortalize your visit to Paris, you can hire me as a photographer! You will find here my photoshoot portfolio.

If you have any questions regarding the best time of the year to book your trip to Paris, ask me in the comment section below! You will find all my local Paris tips in the Paris section of my blog 🙂 !

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Hello! I am Ophélie, an avid traveller, photographer and foodista. I am French and I live in Paris.

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