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Paris in September [2020] Quick Guide by a Local

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08/25/20

September in Paris [2020]

September is a wonderful month to visit Paris, if not the most beautiful! September in Paris is the end of the summer – beginning of fall but it is still warm enough for enjoying al fresco dinners, drinks in a terrace, and other great outdoor activities in Paris.

If you are looking for the full Paris sightseeing and dining experience, visiting Paris in September is a great choice! In September, food and wine events are back to Paris and they are a fun way to learn more about the local cuisine and taste new things.

In this guide, we share all the best things to do in Paris in September, from main events to more local ideas but also packing tips or what you can expect in September in Paris.  

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Is Paris in September Busy? Crowds Forecast

September in Paris is still high season and despite it does not see the crowds of July and August it is paramount to book accommodation and tickets to main attractions well in advance.

Basically, once you decide to come to Paris and you have your train or flight tickets, book all these things the second after!

More than ever, people with flexible working schedules delay their summer holidays to September to enjoy Paris without the oppressively hot days of summer so if you come to Paris in September be sure you won’t be alone.

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

Weather in Paris in September

In Paris, September is a month of transition even if it feels more summer than fall. If you visit Paris in September, expect dry, and sunny days. The average temperature in Paris in September is 21C maximum and 13C minimum with an 11% probability of rainfall.

As the month progresses, the temperatures get cooler but it is still pleasant to explore and sit outside in a terrace.

What to Wear in Paris in September 2020

What to wear in Paris in September? September is mostly a summer month in Paris. However, as the month progresses the temperatures get cooler.

During the day, especially at the start of the month, you are likely to be fine in short sleeves and sandals but later in the evening, you will be happy to have an extra layer and closed shoes.

What to pack for Paris in September? For September in Paris, we always propose our Spring /Summer packing list, with an extra long sleeve shirt, and a light cardigan for the coldest hours of the day.

Best Tips for Visiting Paris in September

If you are visiting Paris for the first time and you plan on visiting many tourist sights, consider the purchase of a Paris tourist pass to save time and money. Check out this Paris Pass Comparison to find the best tourist pass for you.

Alternatively, buy skip-the-line tickets or combo tickets for the top tourist attractions.

September is “la rentrée”, when locals go back to work or school. Avoid the peak hours in the Parisian metro for a more comfortable journey for everybody, without crowds.

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Best things to Do in Paris in September 2020

If you are visiting Paris in September for the first time, you may want to tick some Paris top tourist attractions off your bucket list. The itineraries below are thought for this and they are planned around the main sights and the most popular neighborhoods in Paris:

Apart from the main attractions and other beautiful sights that you will find in our Paris Travel Blog, these are the things that we recommend to see and do when you visit Paris in September 2020.

ENJOY THE LAST DAYS OF THE ROOFTOP BARS IN PARIS

Rooftop bars in Paris
Photo courtesy: Terrass Hotel Montmartre ©

Enjoy your favorite drink from the best rooftop bars in Paris before they close until next summer. See Paris from above, and how – little by little – the city changes colors.

Some of the best rooftop bars are located on the top of hotels but they are open also to non-guests.

DON’T MISS THE MUSICAL FOUNTAINS OF VERSAILLES

Apollo Fountain - Versailles

The Gardens of Versailles are always a good idea, especially when the fountains are running! September is one of the best months to visit Versailles Gardens because it is still warm and sunny but not too hot, there are lesser crowds, and the Musical Fountains Show is still running.

Enjoy Versailles’ water features spouting to the rhythm of the music in a magical atmosphere! The Musical Fountains Show takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 6 June until 1 November 2020. If you cannot make it for these days, there’s also the Musical Gardens Show (without the fountains running though) which takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays until 30 October 2020.

If you don’t know how to organize your Versailles trip, we tell you everything in this Quick Versailles Guide.

LEARN ABOUT FRENCH WINES (AND TRY SOME GOOD ONES!)

Wine Tasting in Paris

September in Paris is a great month for wine tasting. French wines are world-famous, with many wine regions around the country producing excellent reds, whites, and rosés.

Learn about wine in France, and the French wine regions by joining a wine tasting experience. Paris has a wide offer of wine tastings and workshops, usually ran by expert sommeliers, and it’s a great way to share your passion for wine with other wine lovers and learn how to identify the best French wines.

If you are looking for some ideas, this Wine Tasting Class with Sommelier has always good reviews. Some sessions like to pair wines with cheese and if you like the idea, then opt for this Introductory French Cheese and Wine Tasting session.

EXPLORE PARIS BY BIKE

Paris by Bike

Paris by bike is always a good idea (we always recommend it!) but if you can tour the city without sweating like a chicken then it’s cool and also chic 😉

Check out this Paris by Bike Quick Guide to learn how to navigate the city on two wheels and for the best bike tours covering Paris. If you are interested in exploring beyond Paris, you can do Versailles by bike or the trail along Canal de l’Ourcq.

ENJOY A SEINE RIVER DINNER CRUISE

Best Seine Cruises in Paris

Seine river cruises are available all year but when the Paris sky is grey and gloomy is less fun.

Sail along “Paris’ most beautiful avenue” at sunset whilst enjoying a delicious dinner and admire the historical monuments when they lit up, perhaps with a last glass of champagne: the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d’Orsay, the Conciergerie, and more. 

Read about the best Seine river cruises in Paris to find the one that suits you best. If you can’t decide, this 3-course dinner cruise has always excellent reviews.

VISIT THE SMALL TOWNS NEAR PARIS

Medieval Provins, France

There’s always something to see in Paris, but there are some days when you want a slower pace. Thankfully, the surroundings of Paris boast some incredible small towns worth a day trip. After the summer holidays, these towns come to life in September, especially on the weekend with day-trippers.

Where to go for a day out of Paris? Provins is a pretty medieval town very easy to reach by train whilst Chantilly is famous for the Horse Museum and picturesque castle.

Click here for the cutest small towns near Paris

GET CULTURED DURING THE JOURNÉES DU PATRIMOINE (HERITAGE DAYS)

Les Journées du Patrimoine (the Heritage Days) is one of the main cultural events of September in Paris. During one weekend (this year on 19-20 September 2020) most of the museums and attractions in Paris are opened to visit for free and some of them propose guided visits, debates or small concerts and other performances.

As you can imagine, the most famous museums see the longest lines. Instead, we recommend looking for the hidden gems – unknown places usually closed to the public – which see short or no lines. For example, the embassies or headquarters of important banks are spectacular buildings (usually former private mansions) richly decorated that only can be visited during this special event.

EXPLORE THE PARKS OF PARIS DIFFERENTLY

Bocca della Verita - Luxembourg Gardens

Parks are always good places to visit in Paris in September. Paris has many beautiful parks and there is no time like the end of summer / early autumn to enjoy them.

For grand and beautiful check the Tuileries Garden, the oldest urban park in Paris, and with a very interesting history. If you want to do something different, check out this self-guided scavenger hunt to learn more about the history of the Tuileries Garden whilst having fun.

In September in Paris, the Luxembourg Gardens in the Left Bank is also a lovely place for a stroll. The most adventurous will have fun exploring the Luxembourg Gardens with this self-guided treasure hunt.

WALK ON THE RAILS FOLLOWING THE PETITE CEINTURE

Petite Ceinture Paris

La Petite Ceinture was a 32 km railroad line that circumnavigated Paris, developed during 1852-1869. La Petite Ceinture worked until the 70’s when due to the metro’s growing popularity it fell into disuse and was disaffected. After many years of total abandonment, the City recovered some sections and turned them into green, urban spaces perfect for a stroll.

If you like to explore Paris’s hidden gems and the romance of abandonment, check out our guide to La Petite Ceinture and choose your favorite section to explore. We recommend the section of Paris 15 but in the end, they are all beautiful!

TOTAL JAZZ AT LA VILLETTE

This big “rendez-vous” of jazz lovers hosted by La Philarmonie de Paris and La Villette (Paris 19), always comes with an interesting music program with the most innovative creators in all styles of jazz.

This year the festival starts on 4 September 2020 and ends on 13 September 2020.

NEED MORE IDEAS FOR YOUR VISIT TO PARIS IN SEPTEMBER 2020?

Have a look at your articles about Paris in October and perhaps also Paris in November. Some of the activities proposed for these months are also good for September.

Where to Stay in Paris in September

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.

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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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We hope you enjoyed this Paris in September 2020 quick guide and it helped you plan your trip for September in Paris. Bon voyage!

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