Summer Weekends in Paris
Summer in the City
Paris in summer is a true delight; despite the sizzling heat, the city feels alive and freer than ever, and Parisians and tourists alike flood the streets. Spirits are high and there’s joy in the air, particularly during the long days of sunshine; in fact, we’d dare say that the city positively sings during summer! But how does one make the most of the summer in Paris? The answer is actually quite simple – a carefully curated weekend getaway, refining your plans to make the most of the relaxed vibes and pleasant weather, and with plenty to see, do, and experience, you might want to read on to make life even easier.
Bring on Bastille Day!
No summer excursion to Paris would be complete without partaking in the Bastille Day festivities. World renowned as one of the most magnificent displays of fireworks, the city of Paris is in its highest spirits during Bastille Day, as various events overtake the city in anticipation of the celebrations. Starting on the 13th, local fire stations organise evening balls for everyone to join and enjoy, letting you dance the night away as the city prepares to celebrate en masse. Then, on the 14th, prepare for a full-blown extravaganza of a holiday, as parades, air shows and - of course - fireworks occur one after the other. Making the most of this celebratory weekend is a must, so consider staying a little longer…
An End to the Tour
Bike fanatics will already associate Paris with the oh-so-romantic image of speeding through the streets with a basket filled to the brim from the boulangerie, but for cyclists, Paris has another big draw. As the Tour de France comes to a screeching halt, witness the winner of the yellow jersey occur in real time as they pass the finish line on Champs-Elysées, cheering on the swarm of cyclists as they finish this grueling challenge. Feeling inspired after the race? The Lutetia concierge team will be on hand to secure your very own bike, and assist you in feeding your need for speed in no time.
Views at Versailles
Spending the weekend in the city? No summertime visit to Paris would be complete without a visit to the nearby Palace of Versailles. Famous for its exuberant design and ornamental features, summer is when the entire grounds start to shine, thanks in part to the magical Musical Fountains Show, as waterfalls, jets, and sprays of water add an extra touch to your tour of the gardens throughout the day, all at different times. Plus, visitors at night are in for an extra special musical experience, as the Night Show injects the waterworks with an extra dose of splendor – a fireworks show!
Treat Yourself on the Terrace
A weekend is meant to be a healing moment, allowing you to enjoy the very best parts of life – which means no emails, no Zoom calls, and just soaking up the relaxation. And one of the top ways to treat yourself? Why, a divine meal at the Lutetia’s Brasserie Lutetia or Le Saint-Germain, of course! Frequented by Parisians far and wide, Brasserie Lutetia is a neighborhood favorite for its curated, Parisian menu and a perfect location on the corner of Boulevard Raspail and Rue du Sevres, ideal for watching the locals as they whizz past from the outdoor terrace. Meanwhile, Le Saint-Germain gives you an opportunity to relax under the beautiful stained-glass ceiling, but fear not sun chasers – as the summer rolls on, so too does the Le Patio, an intimate terrace where the sun shines away from the busy streets of the city.
Gardens, but make it Fashion
Paris is known for its fashion, and whilst florals for spring may not be groundbreaking according to Miranda Priestly, for summer they’re an absolute must. At Parc de Bagatelle, relish in the hazy summer weather as you explore the enriched grounds of this sublime botanical garden, and then meander to the nearby Fondation Louis Vuitton, the site for many of the historic French maison’s fashion shows. If you’re feeling a little more local, consider the famous Jardin du Luxembourg, which reside just a stone’s throw away from the Lutetia. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxed, cooling opportunity to get kitted out in the latest styles and trends in a Private Salon in Le Bon Marché, one of Paris’ most esteemed destinations for all things chic.
With plenty more to experience, a weekend getaway is bound to be a go-to choice, and a stay at Paris’ only Palace on the Left Bank on the cards, we think you’ll agree - there’s certainly no place like Paris in the summer!