Parisians famously leave the city in August, travelling south in search of the sea and sandy beaches. While the city is notoriously quiet and sleepy during this time, with some local food shops and boutiques closing down for the whole month, it can be a wonderful time to make the most of the quiet streets and call Paris your own. Despite the numbers of people who leave the city, Paris in summer does still offer plenty for the intrepid traveller. Parisians are drawn outside in the summer with plenty of parks, gardens and outdoor activities to make the most of the summer days and nights. August is a good time for exploring the city’s top restaurants and new openings, as queues will be significantly shorter. There are plenty of exciting shopping experiences to take advantage of this month with new collaborations that are sure to make collectors’ items, plus plenty of reasons to go to Colette to take advantage of the final few months of the much-loved store’s existence. Here, we guide you through the best things to do in Paris this August 2017.