After leaving the city to spend August by the sea, thousands of Parisians return to the French capital in September after a month’s holiday, ready to resume city life once again. September in Paris is widely regarded as the start of the city’s cultural season, with a range of top events that highlight leading cultural attractions and artists. Some of Paris’s most iconic locations open their doors to the public free of charge on the 16 and 17 September for the Journées Européennes du Patrimoine (European Heritage Days), while Jazz à la Villete is the perfect way to sing out the summer, with a spectacular array of music and events taking place up until the 13 September. Those looking to do some shopping in Paris this September should make a beeline for Galeries Lafayette, which features the Alexa Chung collection in-store. Here, we guide you through the best things to see and do in Paris for September 2017 – whether you are looking for the hottest new restaurant, coolest new souvenirs or the best cultural events, we have it covered.