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Paris in June [2021] Quick Guide by a Local


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05/28/21

June in Paris [2021]

All you need to know to visit Paris in June 2021.

June is one of the most beautiful months to visit Paris, from all points of view. In June, Paris sees the start of summer, which means beautiful weather, lovely strolls in and around, and a lively city also at night.

Canal Saint-Martin Paris

Basically, if you are looking for the full Paris sightseeing, side trips, and nightlife experience, June in Paris is the month for you!

If you plan to visit Paris in June, here’s the guide to June in Paris 2021 for a unique Parisian summer holiday.  

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Is Paris in June Busy? Crowds Forecast

June in Paris is the high season and the beginning of summer so it is a busy month.

In June, Paris is not as busy as in July or August. Still, it is highly recommended to book transportation, accommodation, and tickets to the main attractions and shows as soon as you decide to visit Paris in June.

Weather in Paris in June

Place des Vosges - Paris

How is the weather in Paris in June? May is already a sunny and pleasant month, and June in Paris keeps that trend going. However, summer only starts on the 21st of June in France so consider June as a transition month.

How hot it actually is, changes significantly from year to year and from the beginning of the month to the end of June.

The weather in Paris in June is usually warm, with an occasional peak of proper hot temperatures in the middle of the day. The weather at this time of the year is great to wear short sleeves most of the days and for dining outside on a terrace.

The average temperature in Paris in June is between 23C (maximum) and 14C (minimum). Usually, you have about 12% days of chances of rain in June in Paris.

What to Wear in Paris in June [2021]

What to wear in Paris in Summer and Spring

June in Paris is a summer month. However, you need to pack more than just shorts and sandals for the coldest hours of the day.

Forget the jacket at home but pack a light cardigan, especially if you want to enjoy diner on a terrace or Paris at night.  

If you visit Paris in June, it is important to pack good walking shoes such as sneakers or walking sandals, long trousers (jeans are still ok), skirts or shorts below the knee, short sleeve tops, and a light cardigan.

If you need more ideas for packing for Paris in June, check out our Spring /Summer packing lists for men and women.

Best Tips for Visiting Paris in June

Paris 5 - Place Contrescarpe

In June, Paris has no school holidays or public holidays, and after the busy month of May, locals stay quiet at home, looking forward to the summer holidays in July or August. Therefore, June in Paris is also a great time to meet the locals in Paris.

Paris in June is a great month for sightseeing. If you visit Paris in June, skip the line tickets for Paris’s main attractions or places like Versailles or Monet’s Gardens in Giverny may be interesting.

Below I list the Paris main attractions you will need advance tickets for and have added links to my favorite trusty providers for your convenience.

If you plan on ticking off as many tourist attractions as you can, consider buying a Paris tourist pass to save time and money. Some of these passes come with a travel card and /or a transfer from the airport too! Check out this Paris Tourist Pass Comparison with all the options.

A week before the departure, check out this Transportation Strikes in Paris post, which is always updated with the latest information. You never know with the French . . .

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Best Things to Do in Paris in June [2021]

If you are visiting Paris for the first time, probably you wish to visit some of Paris’ main attractions. The itineraries below are great for a first trip to Paris, and they are planned around the city’s main neighborhoods and top tourist attractions:

Combine these itineraries with some seasonal things or events in Paris in June for a wonderful trip to Paris. Here’s the list of the best things to do in Paris in June 2021. Some of the events (or the dates of certain events) are not confirmed yet, so keep clicking for the latest updates.

LOCKDOWN EASING IN FRANCE 2021

  • The terraces of cafés and restaurants will open on 19 May.
  • Cafés and restaurants (inside) will open on 9 June.
  • Museums, cultural spaces, theaters, cinemas, and cabarets will open on 19 May.
  • Non-essential shops will open on 19 May.
  • Fairs, exhibition halls will open on 9 June.
  • Foreign tourists will be able to travel to France from 9 June. Click here for the list of countries allowed to travel to France and the requirements to enter.
  • Curfew in all the French territory from 7 pm to 6 am. Then from 9 pm to 6 am (19 May to 8 June), from 11 pm to 6 am (9 to 30 June).

CLIMB UP TO THE EIFFEL TOWER

– The Eiffel Tower will re-open its doors on 16 July 2021 –

View from Eiffel Tower

Go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower for one of the best views of Paris! Admire Paris’s iconic landmarks and the Seine River from above and learn more about the tower and its engineer, Gustave Eiffel.

There’s always something going on up in the Eiffel Tower: from a sunset toast to marriage proposals, improvised concerts, or treasure hunts; the Iron Lady is always full of surprises! The Eiffel Tower also has two gastronomic restaurants on-site.

TIP: The Eiffel Tower sells tickets only 3 months in advance. With Get Your Guide, you can purchase your tickets even earlier and secure your favorite date and time slot. Click here to buy your Eiffel Tower tickets with Get Your Guide.

CRUISE PARIS

Electric Boat - Canal de l'Ourcq

Explore Paris from the water with a Seine River cruise or a self-drive boat in the canals.

The Seine boat tours cover some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, while Marin d’Eau Douce’s electric boats at Canal de l’Ourcq propose a more local experience. You can combine both options with food and some rosé on-board.

GO ON A DAY TRIP

The end of Spring and the beginning of Summer is an excellent time to explore the surroundings of Paris for a weekend or just a day.

Versailles and its Gardens or Monet’s Gardens in Giverny are a must, but when the days are longer, some people like to venture further to explore Mont St Michel in Normandy or the Loire Valley on a day trip.

If you need some ideas, this list of best day trips from Paris will help. If you have more time, check out this list of easy weekend getaways from Paris by train.

VERSAILLES’ MUSICAL & FOUNTAIN SHOWS

Ceres Fountain - Versailles

June is the beginning of the musical and water shows in the Gardens of Versailles. Explore the most secret grooves (usually closed in wintertime) and admire the Versailles Fountains in full swing, with their water features spouting to the music’s rhythm.

If you visit Paris in June, the Musical Gardens Show takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, while this year 2021 the Musical Fountains Show will only start in July.

ENJOY THE ROOFTOP BARS OF PARIS

Rooftop Bar Hotel Molitor Paris
Photo courtesy: Hotel Molitor Paris ©

June is the beginning of the rooftop bar season in Paris, yay! Enjoy Paris from above with your favorite cocktail in hand in one of Paris’s best rooftop bars.

Most of these rooftop bars are classics of Paris, but there’s always something new, or something trendy, so keep clicking for the latest additions at the beginning of the month.

EXPLORE PARIS BY BIKE

Forget the Paris metro and explore Paris by bike.  Environmentally friendly, healthy, and surprisingly convenient for navigating perilously congested city streets, biking in Paris becomes the Parisians’ preferred mode of transport on sunny days.

Check out this Paris by Bike quick guide to learn how to navigate the city on two wheels and for the best bike tours in Paris and the outskirts.

PICNIC IN THE PARK

picnic at the foot of the Eiffel Tower

Paris has beautiful parks, and there is no time like the late spring and early summer to enjoy them.

On the weekends, you will see many locals enjoying a picnic in a park, usually followed by a pétanque game or a nap on the grass.

Check out our guide to the most popular spots for a picnic in Paris. Apart from the classic spots, there are places like Parc Buttes-Chaumont or Parc Monceau with a much more local feeling.

GET THE MOST OUT OF PARIS NIGHTLIFE

– In June, curfew in all the French territory from 11 pm to 6 am –

Paris Streets at Night

In summer, the sun is out in Paris up to 9 pm – and sometimes even later, so it’s perfect for a late afternoon stroll in your favorite neighborhood, a never-ending apéritif, or an al fresco dinner in the terrace of a bar.

In June, we recommend this Montmartre walking tour or a stroll through the Seine’s banks, but of course, Paris nightlife is much more than that! Check out some fun ideas to enjoy Paris at night.

CELEBRATE THE BEGINNING OF THE SUMMER WITH LA FETE DE LA MUSIQUE

Music Festivals in Paris

On 21st June, Paris celebrates the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer with a music festival, La Fête de la Musique. During the afternoon until late at night, expect many concerts on the streets, cultural centers, or some bars’ terraces.

I particularly like to celebrate the Fête de la Musique in the Latin Quarter – the area between the Panthéon and Place de la Contrescarpe is always very lively -, but it’s a fun soirée everywhere in Paris!

CHECK OUT THE TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS IN JUNE IN PARIS 2021

Best way to see the Louvre

If you visit Paris in June for a cultural weekend, you may want to check what’s going on in the art galleries or the museums’ rooms dedicated to temporary exhibitions, especially if you know already Paris.

There’s not much information on exhibitions in Paris in June 2021 yet. Keep clicking for the latest updates.

Le Chat de Philippe Geluck at the Champs Elysées (outdoors), from 26 March 2021 to 9 June 2021.

Picasso-Rodin, a Giants’ Dialogue, mega exhibition in two sites – Musée Rodin and Musée Picasso -, from 19 May 2021 to 2 January 2022.

The World of Banksy: the Immersive Experience at Espace Lafayette Drouot (44 rue de Faubourg Montmartre, Paris 9), from 1 June 2021 to 31 December 2021.

Paul Signac and the Néo-Impressionisme at Musée Jacquemart-André, from 19 May 2021 to 19 July 2021.

L’Heure Bleue (Peder Severin Krøyer) at Musée Marmottan-Monet, from 19 May 2021 to 26 September 2021.

The Paris of Raoul Dufy at Musée Montmartre, from 19 May 2021 to fall.

Paris Vu par Henri Cartier-Bresson (Paris seen by Henri Cartier-Bresson) at Musée Carnevalet, from 15 June 2021 to 31 October 2021.

Peintres femmes, 1780-1830. Naissance d’un combat (Female Painters, Birth of a Combat) at the Musée du Luxembourg, from 3 March 2021 to 4 July 2021.

Napoléon, l’Exposition at the Grande Halle de la Villette, from 14 April 2021 to 19 September 2021.

Divas Arabes. D’Oum Kalthoum à Dalida at the Institut du Monde Arabe, from 27 January 2021 to 27 July 2021.

Pierres Précieuses (gemstones) at Grande Galérie de l’Evolution, from 16 September 2020 to 14 June 2021.

Gabrielle Chanel, Manifeste de Mode at Palais Galliera, from 19 May 2021 to 18 July 2021.

Gaudi, Architecte de l’Imaginaire at Atelier des Lumières, from 19 May 2021 to 4 July 2021.

Dalí, l’Énigme Sans Fin (Dalí, the endless enigma) at Atelier des Lumières, from 12 February 2021 to 2 January 2022.

NEED MORE IDEAS ON WHAT TO DO IN PARIS IN JUNE?

This list of seasonal things to do in Paris in June is just a glimpse of what the city offers. For more activities, check out our articles Paris in May or Paris in July. Some of the ideas suggested in these pieces are also great for June in Paris.

Where to Stay in Paris in June

As you make your bed, so you lie. Find the right accommodation in Paris – whether it’s a hotel or guesthouse, holiday apartment, or private apartment. We have them all! Book your accommodation by using the map below.

Booking.com is our recommended site for booking your hotel in Paris. They have a wide variety of hotels of all kinds and good rates. In addition, they propose the option to cancel for free, most of the time up to 24 hours.


SLEEP WITH EIFFEL TOWER VIEWS

If you have the budget, why not treating yourself with the pleasure of waking up with an amazing Eiffel Tower balcony view?

Some of Paris’ top hotels come also with unique views of Eiffel Tower, especially beautiful during its night show!

Check out the best hotels with Eiffel Tower Views

The good news is that a cozy room with Eiffel Tower views is not exclusive to the best hotels in Paris. If you are looking for a home from home, there are also cute apartments with view of Eiffel Tower to rent.

Check out the best apartments with view of Eiffel Tower


HOTELS AT SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS

Saint-Germain in the Left Bank is a beautiful neighborhood to set your base in Paris, especially if you are visiting Paris for the first time. It is picturesque, central, with many entertainments, beautiful cafes and restaurant options.

Click here for the best hotels in Saint-Germain

RELAIS CHRISTINE, Paris 6, $$$$

Set in a 17th-century mansion in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this is THE kind of hotel that comes to mind when we think about Paris and Saint-Germain. Check out the pictures, you will immediately fell in love with this hotel!

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HOTEL TRIANON RIVE GAUCHE, Paris 6, $$$$

Conveniently placed close to the Luxemburg Gardens – on the way to Cité – and with comfortable rooms bigger than the Paris average, Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche is an excellent choice for this area and hotel category.

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WELCOME HOTEL, Paris 6, $$$

This cute little hotel with comfortable rooms has the best possible location, between Boulevard Saint-Germain and Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church. Stay in one of the most pretty areas for the best price!

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HOTELS AT THE LOUVRE DISTRICT

If you prefer to stay in the Right Bank, the Louvre District is a good option. Stay close to the Louvre, the Seine River, and the Tuileries Gardens, in a lively area with many bars and restaurants nearby.

Click here for the best hotels in the Louvre District

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HOTEL PARIS LOUVRE OPERA; Paris 1, $$$

This hotel set in a 17th-century building is located only a 5-minute walk from the Louvre in a lively area with many choices for dining out. The rooms are small but very clean, comfortable and cozy which make of this hotel is a good value for your money.

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HOTEL BRITANNIQUE: Paris 1, $$$

This lovely 19th-century hotel with a nice feel and atmosphere is located at only 700m of Notre Dame and close to other major landmarks. The comfortable rooms and beds and its welcoming staff will make you feel at home.

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And there you have it, the list of best things to do in Paris in June 2021 for a wonderful June in Paris. Bon voyage!

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