I love Paris in the fall. Four of the five times I’ve been to Paris it’s been in the fall. I particularly love the City of Lights in October, but as the rest of the song goes, “I love Paris every moment of the year.” It really is such a magical city with outdoor cafes, cobblestone streets and tons of history. There are fewer tourists in the fall and I especially enjoy the relaxed and cozy vibe the city takes on. And of course, you can’t miss the fall colors. Here are 20 photos to inspire you to visit Paris in the fall.
Fall colors are everywhere, but head to Jardin du Luxembourg and Jardin des Tuileries for the best.
Place Dauphine is so calming in the fall and the leaves are just starting to turn in early October. Has anyone else
bawled their eyes out seen Me Before you? Visiting this square is a must.
There are fewer tourists in Paris in the fall so it’s easier to grab a spot outside at a cafe. Be sure they have heat lamps if it’s chilly.
The Montemartre district is incredibly darling and you’ll enjoy wandering the hilly streets when it’s not sweltering. Definitely head to the Sacre Coeur for amazing views of Paris.
Meanwhile on the Left Bank, people are shopping at these stands along the Seine and taking in views of Notre Dame. While you’re in this area, head into Shakespeare & Co if it starts drizzling or find a warm spot inside the cozy cafe Odette.
I also took a short day trip to Giverny to see Monet’s home. The gardens are sure to be beautiful all year round, but they were quite charming in the fall and we got to enjoy seeing his home without the swarms of people.
Visit Paris in the fall if you want to maximize time by not waiting in never ending lines. If you want to go up the Eiffel Tower or visit one of the many world famous museums, autumn is perfect for considerably shorter lines.
However, there might still might still be a line at the fromagerie. Eating cheese is always in season.
Not only are there less tourists and hotels can be discounted, Paris in the fall is stunning. There’s also a cozy vibe around the city. Parisians walk briskly through the streets wearing boots and scarfs. Everyone huddles under the heat lamps at the cafes, presumably eating French onion soup. A cozy spot to relax and enjoy a warm cappuccino is never too far away.
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