- By Kevin
- On Aug 24, 2017
- Travel Tips
When is the best time to go Paris? It's always the best time to go to Paris, whether your calendar is tight and your choices are limited, there’s never a reason not to go, even it’s fashion week or it’s August or there’s a national holiday. Each month has its particular pros and cons (e.g. February: dismal weather but far fewer tourists), and the only two particular periods when planning really changes are Christmas/New Year’s and the month of August.
Many shops and restaurants are closed in August, but on the other hand, the city has far less traffic, and although the Opéra de Paris is out of season, there are a multitude of smaller concerts and cultural events laid on for those who haven’t left on holiday. At the other end of the calendar, Christmas/New Year’s is one of the prettiest times in the city, which is already beautifully lit even before the seasonal lights go up, but it’s important to be aware of Christmas/New Year’s closing times, expensive set menus in restaurants on Dec 31, and the sheer difficulty of getting around the city that evening.
When is the best time to visit Paris?
The best months to visit Paris are May, June, September, and October when the weather is good and the crowds, hot weather, and closed shops of summer are not a problem.
Best Time for Flowers and Gardens
Though each year is a bit different, the gardens and parks of Paris usually see their first burst of blooms around mid to late April, when spring bulbs and trees begin to flower. There’s a bit of a lag in blooms as summer perennial beds are re-planted in late May and early June – and these are generally well established by July. Late May and early June also bring about the blooming of the famous rose gardens at Parc de Bagatelle and L’Haÿ-les-Roses. Gardens across the city will continue to be in flower throughout the summer months and into early fall. September can be a particularly wonderful time to visit Parisian gardens, when plenty of blooms remain but the summer crowds have thinned.