A Parisian Summer 2016

August is here and the exodus (of Parisians) has begun. With several restaurants and shops closed for the holidays, August is notorious for tedium in the city, but this isn’t quite true. There are tons of things to do, and here are only a few ideas below.

Beer Garden

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Located just behind the St Germain church on 5, rue de L’Abbaye. You can now drop by from 11 pm and until midnight every day to enjoy a live performance from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Tel: 06 88 14 95 68

Second-Hand Market | Brocante

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On August 6, the Port Royal second-hand market is hosting hundreds of traders. If you are looking to buy an antique piece or just curious, head for Port Royal. RER Port Royal – 49 Avenue de l’Observatoire RER Port-Royal (RER B)

Antiquités, brocante Port Royal le samedi 6 août 2016 De 50 à 100 exposants de 7h à 19h Face au RER Port Royal – 49 Avenue de l’Observatoire RER Port-Royal (RER B) 

We also love the  Clignancourt Flea Market (Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen/Clignancourt (Paris)) adjacent to the 18th Arr. closest Métro stop: Porte De Clignancourt Saturday 10 am-6 pm, Sunday 10 am-6 pm, Monday 11am-5 pm

Museum Day!

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On your marks, get set, GO! It’s the first Sunday of the month and several museums are FREE! If you love learning and are curious about art, history (or even fashion history), but are on a budget or traveling with a large family, then take advantage of this opportunity while you are here. Mark your calendars! Wake up early to avoid the crowds and head for:

l’Orangerie, le musée des Arts-et-Métiers, le Centre Pompidou, le musée Picasso, le musée des Arts décoratifs, le musée du Moyen-Âge – Thermes de Cluny, le musée Eugène Delacroix, le musée Hébert, le musée Gustave Moreau, le musée Rodin, le musée d’Orsay, le musée du Quai Branly, le musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, le musée Guimet, and le musée d’Ennery.

Feast of the Assumption

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The Fête de’ Assomption brings pilgrims from around the world to celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. The two part religious festival includes an evening river procession along the Seine on the evening of the August 14th and a grand procession on August 15th through the Ile de la Cité.

Website: www.notredamedeparis.fr/spip.php?article1381

Open Air Cinema at Parc de la Villette

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Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.

Spend a beautiful summer evening in Paris outdoors at the open-air cinema at the Parc de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement. Each summer, the “Cinéma en plein air” festival presents movies from around the world, a selection of independent and blockbusters films, including films in English. Take your picnic basket along.

Website: www.worldeventlistings.com/en/paris/events/la-villette-open-air-cinema-festival-e-938710

Paris Plages (The Paris Beach)

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Every summer, Paris Plages transforms the quayside along the Seine into a beach resort complete with sandboxes where you can rent umbrellas and deck chairs to soak up the sun, a floating pool, live music and sport events and a fun summer atmosphere. You could read your book there and pretend that you are in the Cote D’Azur.

Website: www.paris.fr/english/visit/highlights/paris-plages/rub_8208_stand_34146_port_18969

La Fête foraine des Tuileries 2016

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Bring out your inner child! Or if you have a child of your own, please take them here this summer. The Jardin Tuileries comes alive with cries of joy as the rides tear up and down the sky. You can add your own howls to the mix.

Les Apéros de Cécile au Georges

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If you want to do what Real Parisians do on an evening out, head for Cecile’s drinks. Cecile has been hosting after-work drinks in the city for a while now, always an exquisite location. Her next apero will take place on 26/08/2016 between 7.30pm to 2.00am, although an age limit of 40 applies.

Location: Le Georges Piazza Georges Pompidou 75004 Paris

Rock en Seine

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Enjoy some of the world’s greatest bands at the annual Festival Rock en Seine which takes place in the Domaine national de Saint-Cloud, just outside Paris. Sigur Ros, Massive Attack, Iggy Pop, Edward Sharpe = Not a bad line up.

Website: www.rockenseine.com/en

Aligre Market |Le Marche d’Aligre

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If you want to go to a market in Paris and not get ripped off, then head for Le Marche d’Aligre a delicious feast for the eye and the palate. A colorful display of fresh fruit and vegetables will greet you as you arrive and keep you there. The abundance of edible produce is astonishing and the prices, even more so (in a good way). You will snub Monoprix’s fruit and veg aisle after this experience. That’s a promise! Be sure to stop by at Le Commune if you want to have a proper French debate, Terre de cafés for eye-popping espresso and La Table d’Aligre for sumptuously cooked seafood.

Summer Garden in Branly Museum | Le Jardin d’Eté du musée du Quai Branly

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It is real! Designed by Gilles Clément, the garden is an integral part of the Branly museum, with a green theatre featuring independently-produced performances. This green space is replete with magnolias, oak and maple, and cherry trees. A great place to daydream.

Bon Voyage!