Paris in the summer – what could be better? The nights are warm, the city is buzzing, and there’s something to do around every corner. If your ticket’s booked and your bags are packed, let us help you with your itinerary. While the iconic monuments are always a must-see for any first-time visitor, these are the activities that even a native Parisian would enjoy experiencing.
Louvre Museum + Wine Tour
This activity is where fine wine meets fine art. Skip the crowds at Paris’ most popular museum and enjoy an evening tour led by a guide. With over 3,500 pieces of art, the Louvre can be overwhelming to say the least. Your docent will highlight the Louvre’s most notable pieces of art in a 2.5-hour tour. After the tour, follow your docent to a nearby wine bar, Les Caves du Louvres, and enjoy a tasting of a French wines, charcuterie and cheese.
Get ticket: HERE
Musée Yves Saint Laurent
The Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris exhibits the couturier’s body of work on the legendary premises of his former haute couture house. There are a number of shows on at any given time. The one we’d like to see this summer is Inaugural Display. This show addresses the couturier’s creative genius through a selection of 50 couture designs that cover all the major themes in Saint Laurent’s work.
Get ticket: HERE
5 avenue Marceau
75116 Paris, France
Goût de Brioche
Chef Guy Savoy’s eponymous restaurant is one of Paris’s most famous dining spots, with three Michelin stars and an all-star guest list eager to sample the exquisite cooking. Its delectable creations are art forms constructed of mushrooms, Parmesan, pink pralines, candied fruit and much, much more.
Goût de Brioche, 54 rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris, +33 (0)1 4046 9167
Palais Garnier, Place de l’Opéra
For a romantic night at the ballet, get tickets for Jean Dauberval’s La Fille Mal Gardée. The first version of this ballet – which is one of the oldest action ballets – was staged shortly before the onset of the French Revolution, and depicts a love story between humble peasants. Layered with humor and subtlety, Frederick Ashton’s successful vision is manifested through the superb Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris, featuring music from Louis‑Joseph‑Ferdinand Hérold arranged by John Lanchbery.
Visit the Opera de Paris website HERE
For a non-Eiffel-Tower photo in Paris that’s equally as Instagram-worthy, go to Rue Cremieux. This charming cobbled backstreet is a colorful and fun addition to any itinerary.
Le Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil
The Serres d’Auteuil is a little slice of the jungle in the city that’s located on the edge of the Bois du Boulogne. The plant houses in the park are open and free to the public and contain some of the most beautiful tropical plants that you will ever see.
Christian Louboutin Beauté boutique
Christian Louboutin’s dedicated beauty boutique in galerie Véro-Dodat is a must-see for beauty aficionados or those looking for a beautiful souvenir from Paris. The brand’s 100th boutique is a shrine of sorts with small alcoves cut into the wall to highlight the products. Both the nail polishes and the lipsticks have been designed to reflect the brand’s iconic stiletto spike.
Christian Louboutin Beauté, 8 galerie Véro-Dodat, 75001 Paris, +33 (0)1 5300 2059
Want to see some of our other favorite summer activities? Check out our summer 2017 list!