T&C Travel Guide: Paris in Summer

Although Paris was notoriously quiet – and devoid of actual French – during August, there really isn’t a better time of year to visit the city than in the summer. And as the sun sets after 9pm, the day extends to further zip around the city, sampling all the delicious food the city has to offer, seeing the finest displays of arts and culture, and of course soaking in the sights just as flanner can. With so much to do, it’s surprising that anyone would ever sleep on a trip to Paris – however, when the time comes, we’ve got a list of great places to stay too. The spiral circuit offers something for everyone – you just need to know where to go. From restaurants, galleries, must-visit shops and more, to the best accommodations imaginable, here’s your T&C travel guide to Paris in summer.

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where to stay

Le Bristol

Tucked away on the Rue de Faubourg Saint-Honoré, the elegant, storied hotel Le Bristol features 190 renovated rooms and suites. It’s been a fashion group favorite for decades—and for good reason. Not only does the hotel have a stunningly manicured indoor garden, spa, and three restaurants (Epicure, 114 Faubourg, and Cafe Antonia), but it’s also home to Le Bar Bristol – the perfect relaxed yet glamorous setting to start, or end, a night in Paris. And the indoor pool is modeled after a sailing boat on the Riviera? It is a sight you must see. But what he doesn’t touch the most: Le Bristol Hotel has its own peculiarities épicerie, their own flour and chocolate mill for the ingredients they use to make their own pastries and delicious chocolate dishes at home. It is a luxury from top to bottom.

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Famous Le Bristol Facade.

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Madame Reef Hotel

Located in the Louvre Post Office in the bustling and historic 1st arrondissement, Madame Reve offers a getaway away from everyday life. Not only do the hotel’s suites and rooms feature modern finishes and excellent views to match (with postage and postage references) – it’s literally a post office hotel, but the moment you walk into the hotel, you really feel as if you’re going through the ages. On the first floor, the classic French know-how, but by the time you reach the third floor, where La Plume is located, or head up to the rooftop (outdoor lounge upstairs), you’re in style and the shi-shi hot spot you’re meant to spend The evening was just wonderful.

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The Ritz Paris

The reputation of the Ritz Paris precedes itself. After all, everyone from kings and queens to cultural figures like Ernest Hemingway and Coco Chanel resided here.. The landscape can only be described as grandiose with elegant decor of rich brocade and pastel colors. This is a must-visit for hotel lovers, and at the risk of making the obvious, even with so many restaurants to choose from on site (some bear Michelin stars), one should always make time to visit the perennially stocked Hemingway Bar, too. It would be a mistake not to do so.

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Brach . Hotel

Sixteen can hold a reputation in a sober and stifling atmosphere – we tell every one of them. However, if you’re looking for something off the beaten path, you stumble upon Hotel Brach, the warm and eclectic response to the aforementioned reputation for the neighborhood it’s located in. Think: The Meeting of 1930s Architecture, Modernism, Bauhaus, Dada, and a Touch of Surrealism. The effect: Warm, eclectic accommodations have made this hotel a favorite of local Parisians. Do we need to say more? If necessary, we’d be remiss to skip the mention of the rooftop garden which not only supplies the hotel restaurants with berries, vegetables, and herbs, but also houses the chicken coop, with three hens to supply the hotel with eggs. Also on site is a Norwegian bath available to guests and a rave-worthy gym (which broadcasts a boxing club channel from the 1930s) offering memberships.

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Chateau Voltaire

Chateau Voltaire is a best-kept secret – the kind backed by warm hospitality that really earns its reputation as luxury undercover accommodation. Guests constantly note that, despite the fact that the hotel is located in the very busy 2nd arrondissement, they find their stay remarkably quiet. The rooms are spacious and elegant with upscale finishes, and full of opulent details that only serve to emphasize that Château Voltaire (with its three buildings and 32 rooms) is a wonderful retreat that deserves its reputation as a hidden gem.

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what are you going to eat

Septimus

If you can get a reservation on Septime – focus on the “if” – move mountains by all means to make it work with your itinerary. Desirable reservations open three weeks in advance of the day, and if dinner isn’t feasible, a trip to lunch is highly recommended. And yes, lunch should come with a wine pairing. you are in France! The local, fresh food from the farm is inventive and cheerful, 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 establishment amongst food-loving travelers and locals who know what they are talking about. The bistro first opened nearly 100 years ago as a Basque bistro and has evolved into a mainstay of classic French dining. It’s not extraneous, and it’s one of those joints that always makes you stop when you’re in town.

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Vantry

In Old French, “vantre” refers to the belly, and they all say… Come to Vantree hungry. With creative pairings of wines and an inventive rendition of French classics that will make you want to lick your plate, you’ll inevitably become a returning customer.

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Suburb 114

There is only one word to describe the 114 Faubourg: elegant. Well, actually two, the other word is delicious. The place is sparkling and modern, with floral prints on the walls and bright gold columns – and the food? It’s decadent and delicious and the service is in a class of its own. It will be one of the best meals on your trip, if not the best. And yes, even if you are going for lunch, the wine pairing is highly recommended.

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in Dennis

An old French brasserie school in the best sense of the word. Chez Denise is in the middle of the bustling neighborhood of Les Halles – but rest assured it’s quite noisy as soon as you enter the building. Wine flows next to the decanter, and honestly, if you don’t get a steak, you’re missing out. This isn’t one of those places to snack, which is totally meant as a compliment.

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The panoramic views are stunning, but the Japanese-stroke-French fare in bloom oh-so-sexy is a great complement. Dress to impress, as you will notice that everyone is there too. It’s not typical Parisian, but it’s great for a romantic night out.

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La Bloom Restaurant with an interior view of Paris

A view of La Bloom at Madame Reef.

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What do I do

Surface

There are rooftop lounges and then a ROOF at Madame Reve. The new outdoor space is located in… you guessed it, the rooftop, and it’s the perfect spot for an aperitif (or a few) and a tapas while watching the sunset. It has a wonderful hanging garden and the crowd is young and trendy. And what about opinion? So good that you won’t want to leave.

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Big Grocery

If you won’t take my word for it… at least listen to the advice of Ina Garten, who also suggests travelers step into the stunning Grand Epicerie. It is, without an ounce of exaggeration, the best specialty food store in the world.

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30 Avenue Montaigne

Earlier this year, Dior reopened its stunning flagship store in Paris with an archival gallery, café, designer fashion and jewelry, as well as a restaurant, patisserie, three gardens, and boutique. It’s well worth a visit if you love fashion, but even if you’re not, it’s a great experience from top to bottom.

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Hutterery Regis

Yes, Huitrerie Regis is listed here as something to do. Because it is an experience. Grab a travel buddy—and some friends, even if you have to make them—and order a muskadet with your oysters. It is old time.

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No Samaritan

The historic French store in the 1st arrondissement reopened last year, and even if you won’t be shopping, it’s well worth a visit due to the amazing renovation. Also, Le Cheval Blanc is a hop, skip and hop away.

City Pharma

If you know, you know. And now you do. Skincare junkies and beauty aficionados have long considered City Pharma an essential Paris stop. Because in the world of great French drugstores, City Pharma is a beauty outlet where you can get the best of fine French beauty for less. Do yourself a favor and buy some Bioderma in bulk, okay?

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