Where better to raise a glass to the arrival of summer than at a rooftop bar with a view of the Paris skyline? Take an elevator to the top of the Hôtel des Grands Boulevards and you’ll find The Shed, an oasis of calm in the French capital. The bar itself is run by the famous L’Experimental team, so you can expect a top cocktail list alongside a great selection of wines and spirits. The chic décor and beautiful views of Paris’s buildings make this a top summer spot in the city.
The Shed, Hôtel des Grands Boulevards, 17 boulevard Poissonnière, 75002 Paris, +33 (0)1 8573 3333
18 June: Champs-Élysées Film Festival
The Champs-Élysées Film Festival returns this June for its eight edition. A celebration of French and American film, the festival will see top movies, premieres, masterclasses and retrospectives held at venues along the beautiful avenue des Champs-Élysées. The established event is a must for movie buffs, with an unmissable line-up of screenings including six French feature films and six independent American feature films competing for the Audience Award and the Jury Prize. With so many events happening throughout the week, you are sure to find something that sparks interest as well as discover new venues, such as the Le Lincoln cinema and Le Rooftop bar, where several screenings are being held.
21 June: Fête des Tuileries
The Fête des Tuileries heralds the arrival of summer in Paris. The historic fun fair takes over the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries, situated between the place de la Concorde and the Louvre museum, every year with top attractions for adults and children. This year the fair arrives with a bang with a vibrant line up of activities, including authentic merry-go-rounds from the 1900s, a Ferris wheel, rides, and food stalls. The Jardin des Tuileries is always a top attraction, and the arrival of the fair gives visitors yet more reason to visit this beautiful destination.
6 July: Paris-Plages 2019
No beach holiday planned this summer? No worries – Paris’s urban beach is back for summer 2019, allowing you to enjoy all the pleasures of the beach in the middle of the city. This July over 3,000 tons of sand will be added along the waterfronts of Paris. Complete with deckchairs, palm trees and a top line-up of activities for adults and children, this is a great way to enjoy the sun in the city. Key areas will include the Parc Rives de Seine and the La Villette canal basin, giving visitors the opportunity to discover new parts of Paris.
14 July: Bastille Day
If you visit Paris in mid July, you’ll be able to experience one of the most celebrated holidays in France – Bastille Day. The national holiday is celebrated across the country on 14 July, and the city marks it with a host of exciting festivities. Be sure not to miss the military parade – starting at the Arc de Triomphe and ending on the Place de la Concorde, it is a high point of the day. Come nightfall, be sure to find a spot near the Eiffel Tower and Jardins du Trocadéro for views of the spectacular firework display.