T&C Travel Guide: Paris in Summer

Although Paris is sadly quiet – and devoid of real French people – during the month of August, there really is no better time of year to visit the city than during the summer. And with the sun setting well past 9 p.m., the day is stretched out to maximize wandering around the city, sampling all the most delicious food the city has to offer, discovering the best arts and cultural offerings and, of course, admire the sights. as only a flâneur can. With so much to do, it’s a wonder anyone has ever slept on a trip to Paris, although when the weather calls for it, we have a list of fabulous places to stay, too. The spiral of boroughs offers something for everyone, you just need to know where to go. From must-visit restaurants, exhibitions, shopping and more to the best accommodation imaginable, here’s T&C’s travel guide to Paris in summer.

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Where to stay

The Bristol

Tucked away on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is the elegant, storied Le Bristol, with its 190 renovated rooms and suites. It’s been a fashion favorite for many decades and for good reason. Not only does the hotel have a spectacularly manicured interior garden, a spa and three restaurants (Epicure, 114 Faubourg and Cafe Antonia), but it is also home to Le Bar Bristol, the perfect comfortable and glamorous place to start, or end, an evening in Paris. And the covered swimming pool on the model of a sailboat on the Riviera? It’s a sight to behold. But the most untouchable: Le Bristol has its own grocery store, and its own flour mill and chocolate factory for the ingredients they use to create their own pastries and delicious chocolate treats on site. It’s luxury from top to bottom.


The iconic facade of the Bristol.

Photographer: Claire Cocano

Hotel Madame Reve

Located in the Post Office of the Louvre, nestled in the lively and historic first arrondissement, the Hotel Madame Rêve offers an escape from everyday life. Not only do the hotel’s suites and rooms offer modern finishes and excellent views (complete with mail and postage references) – it’s literally a hotel within a post office, but as soon as you walk into the hotel, you really feel like you’re stepping through the ages. On the first floor, classic French savoir-faire, but when you reach the third floor, where the La Plume restaurant is located, or go up to the Roof (the outdoor lounge on the top floor), you are in an elegant and the hotspot shi-shi destined to spend the evening only as a bon vivant can.


The Ritz Paris

The reputation of the Ritz Paris is well established. After all, everyone from kings and queens to cultural figures such as Ernest Hemingway and Coco Chanel have stayed here.. The scene can only be described as lavish with elegant decor of rich brocades and pastel hues. This is a must visit for a hotel lover, and at the risk of stating the obvious, even with plenty of restaurants to choose from locally (some with Michelin stars), one should always make time to visit. the always crowded Hemingway Bar, as well. It would be a mistake not to.


Hotel Brach

The sixteenth can carry the reputation of a calm and stuffy atmosphere, to which we say, to each his taste. However, if in search of something a little more off the beaten path you come across Hotel Brach, it’s the warm and eclectic response to the aforementioned reputation of the neighborhood in which it is located. Think: a meeting between 1930s architecture, modernism, Bauhaus, Dada and a touch of surrealism. The result: warm and eclectic accommodations that have made this hotel an essential reference for Parisians. Need we say more? If we must, we would be remiss not to mention the rooftop garden which not only supplies berries, vegetables and herbs to the hotel restaurants, but also houses the chicken coop, with three hens to supply the hotel in eggs. Also on-site is a Norwegian bath for guest use and a praiseworthy sports club (which channels a 1930s boxing club) that offers memberships.


Chateau Voltaire

Chateau Voltaire is a bit of a best-kept secret – the kind backed by unassuming hospitality that truly earns its reputation as a stealthy luxury stay. Guests continually remark that despite the hotel being located in the bustling second arrondissement, they find their stays remarkably quiet. The rooms are spacious and elegant with exquisite finishes and full of sumptuous details that only underline that Château Voltaire (with its three buildings and 32 rooms) is a sensual sanctuary that deserves its reputation as a hidden gem.


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what to eat


If you can get a reservation at Septime – the emphasis is on the ‘if’ – move mountains to make it work for your itinerary. The coveted reservations open three weeks to the day in advance, and if dinner is not possible, a trip for lunch is strongly suggested. And yes, lunch should accompany the food and wine pairing. You are in France! The farm-fresh and local food is innovative and vibrant, but the ambiance is unpretentious. It’s a meal to write home about.

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John’s friend

L’Ami Jean is an institution among foodie travelers and locals who know what they’re talking about. The bistro opened nearly 100 years ago as a Basque pub and has become a mainstay of classic French cuisine. It’s not fancy, and absolutely one of those joints you always stop at when you’re in town.



In old French, “vantre” refers to the belly, which means… come to Vantre hungry. With creative wine pairings and inventive interpretations of French classics that will have you wanting to lick your plate, you’ll inevitably become a loyal customer.


114 Suburb

One word to describe 114 Faubourg: chic. Well, actually two, the other word is delicious. The setting is glitzy and modern, with floral prints on the walls and shiny gold columns – and the food? It’s decadent and flavorful and the service is in a class of its own. This will be one of the best meals of your trip, if not the best. And yes, even if you go there for lunch, food and wine pairing is strongly suggested.


At Denise’s

An old fashioned French brasserie in the best sense of the word. Chez Denise is in the middle of the bustling Les Halles district, but rest assured it’s just as lively once you enter the premises. Wine flows from the decanter and truth be told, if you don’t get a steak, you’re missing out. It’s not one of those places to have a light meal, which is meant entirely as a compliment.


The panoramic views are spectacular, but the Japanese-French fare of the sexy Plume is a great complement. Dress to impress because you’ll notice everyone is there too. It’s not typically Parisian, but it’s great for a romantic evening.


la plume restaurant in paris interior view
A view of La Plume at Madame Reve.

Jerome Galland

What to do


There are rooftop lounges and then there is ROOF at Madame Reve hotel. Located on…you guessed it, the rooftop, the new outdoor space is the perfect place to grab an aperitif (or a few) and munch on bites while watching the sunset. It has a wonderful hanging garden and the crowd is young and fashionable. And the view? It’s so good you won’t want to leave.


The Great Grocery

If you’re not going to take my word for it… at least follow the advice of Ina Garten, who also suggests travelers head to the breathtaking Grande Epicerie. It is, without an ounce of hyperbole, the best specialty food store in the world.


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30 Avenue Montaigne

Earlier this year, Dior reopened its jaw-dropping Paris flagship with an archive gallery, café, haute couture and jewelry workshop, as well as a restaurant, patisserie, three gardens and a boutique. Well worth a visit if you like fashion, but even if you don’t, it’s a great experience from top to bottom.


Regis Oyster Factory

Yes, Huitrerie Regis is listed here as a thing to do. Because it’s an experience. Grab your travel buddy — and a few friends, even if you have to — and order some Muscadet with your oysters. It’s a great old time.


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The Samaritan

The historic French department store in the first arrondissement reopened last year, and even if you’re not going to shop, it’s worth a visit due to its jaw-dropping renovation. Plus, Le Cheval Blanc is a hop, skip, and a hop away.

town pharmacy

If you know, you know. And now you do. Skincare addicts and beauty lovers have long considered City Pharma a must-see Paris stop. Because in a world of exquisite French pharmacies, City Pharma is a beauty outlet where you can get the best in luxury French beauty for less. Do yourself a favor and buy Bioderma in bulk, okay?


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