Looking for more tips by locals in Paris? Make sure you get yourself copies of our 2019 INSIDR Free Paris Travel Guides! When it gets hot in Paris, travellers may find it difficult to survive the heat in the city where air-conditioning is not usual… Don’t fret, we have some tips to help you get through the high temperature like a local!
How to Commute
Most of the buses, trains and metros in Paris are not air-conditioned; when there’re harsh days where the sun’s super scorching, getting packed into a metro compartment can be an oven! However, metro line 3, 6, 10, 11 and 12 have windows for passengers to naturally ventilate a bit, or if you’re lucky, you could hop on some air-conditioned trains on line 1, 2, 5, 9 and 14.
In search of some fresh air, you’re recommended to rent a bike and cycle around! (Or if you’re lazy, call a taxi).
What to wear
Photo credit: Sézane
The less, the better! When the heatwave strikes, you can’t help but sweat a lot; even late in the evening the temperature will remain warm! Sleeveless top and shorts or skirts are surely helpful to keep your body cool! You may also want to wear a hat and sunglasses to protect from the sun.
Sézanne: beautiful French fashion designed by Morgane Sezalory
1 Rue Saint-Fiacre, 75002 , Wednesday to Sunday 11am – 8pm
Where to go
Sleep in the Park!
As the hot weather is quite unbearable and air-conditioning is a rare thing in Parisian apartments, the Mayor of Paris decided to open several parks in Paris 24/7 for the public to enjoy some fresh air during the night. For travellers, it’s a good new! Sleeping under the starry sky with your love in a romantic Parisian park…wait, isn’t this the scene of the film Before Sunrise?
Place des Vosges : Place des Vosges, 75004
Jardin des Grands-Explorateurs : Avenue de l’Observatoire, 75006
Parc Montsouris : 2 Rue Gazan, 75014
Parc André Citroën : 2 Rue Cauchy, 75015
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont : 1 Rue Botzaris, 75019
Square Séverine : 7 Rue le Vau, 75020
Go into the water!
The most direct way to fight with the heat is to swim! Bring your swimsuit, soak your body into the water and relax, who needs the air-conditioner anyway? The best places to go are perhaps those outdoor swimming pools on River Seine or near the Eiffel Tower after taking 1,000 Instagram-worthy pictures. Live like a local!
Piscine Joséphine Baker : Quai François Mauriac, 75013
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday 7am – 11pm, Thursday to Friday 1-11pm, Saturday 11am – 8pm, Sunday 10am – 8pm
Piscine de la Butte aux Cailles : 5 Place Paul Verlaine, 75013
Opening hours: Tuesday 7 – 8:30am, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, 5-9pm, Wednesday to Friday 7 – 8:30am, 11:30 am – 6pm, Saturday 7- 8:30am, 10:30am – 6pm, Sunday 8am – 6pm
Piscine Keller : 14 Rue de l’Ingénieur Robert Keller, 75015
Opening hours: Monday 12 – 8pm, Tuesday 7 – 8:30am, 12 – 9pm, Wednesday 7am – 2pm, Thursday 7:30 – 8:30am, 12 – 10pm, Friday 12 – 8:30pm, Weekend 9am – 7pm
Visit the Catacombs!
It may not be the most gorgeous way to stay away from the heat but this is surely a mind-blowing place to see it on your own! The remains of 6 millions of people who died were buried in these underground ossuaries in the 18th Century. The cool temperature will surely help you to stay fresh (though it gets a little bit creepy to say that…)
1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 8pm
Paris has beautiful covered passages. Whether it’s a rainy day or an extremely hot sunny day, you’ll never find it boring to travel in time and discover the charm of cute passages such as Galerie Vivienne or the Passage du Grand-Cerf.
What’s a better way to stay cool whilst spending a lovely summer time with your friends and family? There are plenty hidden gems of terraces that few tourists know! Grab a beer and chill in the courtyard together. Read this article for more on our favourite terraces in Paris.
Bistrot des Dames: 18 Rue des Dames, 75017
Opening hours: 12pm – 2am everyday
Bar à Bulles: 4 Bis Cité Véron, 75018
Opening hours: Wednesday to Thusday 6pm – 1am, Friday 6pm – 2am, Saturday 12pm – 2am, Sunday 12 – 7pm
Lost in Frenchlation
Photo credit: lostinfrenchlation.com
How does it sound watching a French film with English subtitles indoors? The Friday screenings are organised by our friends at Lost in Frenchlation at a very cute theatre in the Montmartre area. It starts from 8 pm onwards and you can come enjoy a special arrival drink with fellow film lovers!
Where to eat
It is always a good idea for summer! All these very attractive flavours of gelato, soft ice cream, iced desserts etc…
Une glace à Paris : Orange carrot ginger & buckwheat brittle almonds flavour
15 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, 75004 / Wednesday to Thursday 1:30 – 8pm, Friday 1:30 – 10:30pm,
Saturday 12 – 10:30pm, Sunday 12 – 7:30pm
Restaurant la Mosquée of Grand Mosquée : Coupe Orientale with Moroccan mint tea, honey pine nut & nougat flavour
39 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, 75005 / Everyday 12 – 3:30pm, 7 – 10:30pm
Maison Carte d’Or : Pistachio ice cream macaron
18 Rue de Turenne, 75004 / Tuesday to Thursday 2 – 9pm, Friday 2 – 11pm, Saturday 12:30 – 11pm, Sunday 2 – 7pm
Eating like chic French women means eating clean and green, and it is super good for your summer body, and it’s always nice to have a light vegan meal to avoid poor digestion!
Tavline: Hummus and roasted cauliflower tapas
25 Rue du Roi de Sicile, 75004 / Tuesday to Saturday: 12- 2pm, 7:30 – 10pm
Craie: Salad of the day
4 Rue de Damiette, 75002 / Tuesday 12:30 – 3pm, Wednesday to Friday 12:30 – 3pm & 7 – 11pm, Saturday 12:30 – 3pm
When it gets too hot, having a proper meal may just be too much for the appetite, especially when summer is in the oyster season! When you’re in France, you’d probably get the best seafood and shellfish you could have! Why wait? Check out our article to book a table for the best oyster bars in Paris!