9 Things To Do Visiting Paris in Autumn
Paris is romantic, artistic, elegant and free, creative and inspiring – my favourite city to visit for a short few day trip. I have been to Paris at the different season of the year and autumn has been my favourite so far to do beautiful things in Paris.
I love spacious walks along the river, looking up at the Eiffel tower, pretty Parisian streets, buildings, charming cafés and bistros especially when it is covered in the golden seasonal glow.
Here are 9 things to do visiting Paris in Autumn.
The River Seine
The best way to explore Paris is on foot and this city is beautiful if you love walking.
My favourite walk is along the river Seine. I always find it relaxing. It is pretty quiet at any time of the day and you can really enjoy yourself. Loved by the locals and especially nice with all the colourful trees in autumn.
Walk by the river to the east and you will reach Notre Dame, the monumental cathedral in the heart of Paris, built between between 1163 and 1345, a true masterpiece!
Walking to the West you will see Eiffel tower, an iconic symbol of the city.
It’s a nice way to leave the traffic behind you, enjoy the river views while getting anywhere in central Paris.
On your river walks, you can’t miss the beautiful bridges of Paris.
They are very much romantic places with picturesque views, popular not just with couples in love but also by fashion and cityscape photographers.
Don’t just pass by, visit the bridges called Pont Des Arts, Passerelle Debilly, Pont-Neuf, Pont Alexandre lll to enjoy the views of Paris. The Eiffel tower shimmers like a diamond at night.
The square of Museum Louvre looks so impressive in the evening lights – something worth seeing!
If you ask me if it is worth visiting the Louvre museum, of course, but a great alternative is the Museum D’orsay.
Montmartre is a beautiful authentic village in Paris, just a few stops by metro and very popular with visitors.
Amazing views of the city and full of character throughout.
No wonder Montmartre has been loved by French artists, it is so unique and postcard pretty!
The famous movie Amelie was filmed here, you might recognise places if you have seen the film.
I discovered a small designer fashion boutique after walking through the streets of the district. I bought a chapeau, a French Barrette, in a bright autumn red to suit my style and a gold plated ring. Places like this are rare, where you can buy something local and unique at affordable prices. 🙂
If you love French wine and cheese, to finish off your visit in Montmartre, stop at Lux Bar for a glass wine to experience the towns vibrant culture.
This is one of my favourite districts in Paris, behind Notre Dame.
The aristocratic district of Paris with many outstanding historic and architectural buildings today has become a spot for hip art galleries, restaurants, and independent fashion shops with a trendy and vibrant atmosphere. The Rue des Francs-Bourgeois and Rue des Rosiers are especially lively without feeling touristy.
My typical day in Le Marais would be to visit my favourite Photography museum called La Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, buy a few candles from Durance and then go to my favourite café Le Voltiguer, where you can sit outside, facing the street and watch daily life of Paris.
Le Marais is famous for Jewish Falafel in the Rue des Rosiers. Delicious!
A historic district of Paris, on the southern bank of the river Seine, where the free thinkers and intellectuals used to gather in the cafes in the 17th century.
Today it is a smart and attractive area with exclusive boutiques and antique shops, tall terraced buildings, extremely narrow pavements and some good restaurants and bars.
I like to wander through Saint-Germain-Des-Prés and window shop before getting to one of my favourite French bistros in Paris Le Relais de l’Entrecôte with just one main course on the menu, a Steak with charlotte sauce, French fries and green salad with walnuts and French dressing.
Yes, it’s all very French! The queue seems long but with a bit of patience no more than 20 minutes wait. The profiteroles filled with ice cream will make it up for it!
A great tip for a hotel with great river views, good price in this superb location is Hotel Du Quai Voltaire. Within a walking distance of the Latin Quarter, Notre Dame and Le Marais.
The Latin Quarter is the oldest district in the city also called the Bohemian Paris.
On a sunny day walk up to square Place de la Contrescarpe for a coffee and down the street Rue Mouffetard with lots of food stores with a market feel busy with locals.
I feel Parisian walking down the street Rue Mouffetard with my crêpe suzette wearing my barret!
I love coming back to Paris, which never feels busy with crowds like the most capital cities. Instead a relaxed and lively atmosphere on the streets inspires me.
Be creative, explore and try 9 things to do when visiting Paris in Autumn, to simply feel that you also belong here.
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