Whenever anyone asks which season I prefer – for an outing to the city – often my answer is two-fold. Summer and spring work perfectly, that is if you’re looking for a lovely summer breeze, blossoms. . . and the overwhelming hordes of tourists.
Now Paris in fall, on the other hand, will leave each visitor with a more mysterious and calming feeling – creating a thrilling guise of new things to try and amazing places to see.
So why do I love the fall months?
The fall in Paris is lively and frankly more Parisian. While the summer month may create in Parisians the habit to jump through hoops in order to appear more energetic – most of the actual locals are off on their own long holidays. Because of this issue of there being more tourists than locals, there are sometimes fewer unique and major exhibitions. Also are the rarities of unique films or other events (albeit other than the greater summer festivals).
Visiting in the fall will certainly be a distinguishing experience – where a fall travel will make the city of Paris feel specifically Parisian. As well, you’ll manage to avoid the myriad of not-so-Parisian tourist traps which crop up during the summer months.
Often, you’re going to spend less money. As early as October, high priced train tickets and airfare begin to cost less – especially travel packages. The better hotels become less crowded, causing availability and affordability – this is because owners must begin trying to lure more travelers to them, and so drop prices throughout the not-so-busy months and Paris in Fall is a great time to visit the city of love.
Is your trip taking you on a train from continental Europe or the UK? My opinion is that your best prices to book for high-speed rail is via Rail Europe – check online for details.
Enjoy the wonderful colors. Admittedly the fall season will be wetter, windier, and colder. However, something about the fall is magical, and on a bright and crisp fall morning, or even a late afternoon, some of the most breathtaking sights take place. Sunsets you will never see anywhere else. Mornings that whisk you away into dreams. To say nothing of the changing trees, and the ambiance they create and lend to warm cafes and winter scarves and little hats.
What to do while here in Paris in fall?
Walk about and admire the emblazoned foliage in many of these cultural and historic gardens & parks.
Warm up to a good book and a good cup of coffee in an excellent location. Preferably somewhere very picturesque or happily down-at-heel but adorable. Explore the quite Parisian cafes & historic brasseries. Or even in early fall it’s often still bright and warm enough to take a thin jacket and lounge at one or several of the many terrace cafes in Paris.
Go adventuring and have a drink at some of the city’s most renowned and alluring clubs, bars, and even cabarets.
Sample the local and warming wines when you join in on the colorful and traditional autumn festivities of Montmartre which is found at the annual wine harvest festival Vendanges de Montmartre.
Spoil Yourself in Holy or even Design perspectives by discovering the splendor and secret nature of some of the most beautiful cathedrals & churches. Especially take a visit to the neglected but quite marvelous Cathedral Basilica of St Denis, which makes itself home to the burial places of dozens of France’s previous monarchy.
Are There Negatives to Visiting Paris in the Fall?
It can get cold and dark quick in Paris in the fall. Fortunately, a multitude of activities indoors are provided for the days where being in the cold seems impossible. There are so many indoor attractions; you will never run out of new ideas and new places.
At this time of year a few tourist attractions close their doors. Year-round Paris’ monuments, major museums, and tour companies keep their doors open to the public, though a few rare ones are in fact more seasonal. If you’re traveling with something specific in mind to do, make sure to check online websites and detailed schedules to avoid any seasonal disappointment. There are even a few numbered restaurants which shut up during the lower tourist season of fall in Paris.
Locals have been referred to as ‘gloomy’. Indeed, some visitors have made the pointed observation that many Parisians don’t appear their most cheerful throughout the long late fall and blustery winter. Certainly, this is not always true, and may just be a matter of opinion. Though, you tell me, whenever were Parisians highly acclaimed for their toothy-grins and cheery demeanor?