Parisian heat… it’s a love/hate kind of relationship. Sure, Paris looks good in the sun, but when the high temperatures hit, it can also be unbearable; infernally hot metros, overcrowded parks, sweltering cafés… urgh. But with just a little bit of Insidr know-know you can enjoy the sun without keeling over with heat stroke or loosing your cool with the crowds.
1. Go for a refreshing dip
A swimming pool is any city dwellers best friend when the sun is turned up to stupid-degrees. But lets not settle with a boring swimming pool where you will be pummelled by passing backstrokers whilst you try and chillax. If you want to swim, swim in style, here is how;
Piscine Georges Vallerey
With its retractable roof, this Olympic sized pool is a prime tanning/ casual swimming spot for a hot summers day. This pool is also where American Johnny Weissmuller (star of the Tarzan films) won the gold medal for the 400-metre freestyle event, so you will be swimming in the wake of champions!
Check their website for opening hours
Costs only 3 € for an adult and 1,70€ for a child!
148 Avenue Gambetta – 75020 Paris
Piscine Josephine Baker
We wouldn’t advice going swimming in the Seine (no, really… don’t), but we would definitely recommend the next best thing, which is swimming on a floating swimming pool on the Seine. The Josephine Baker swimming pool, moored next to the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand in the 13th arrondissement, is set for summer with a glass roof that opens to reveal a huge sun deck giving a stunning view of the Seine.
Closed for maintenance until the 24th July
Quai François Mauriac – 75013 Paris
If you are looking for something a little more dynamic to do on a hot day, a trip to Aquaboulevard will burn off some pent up energy. Located in the 15th arrondissement, Aquaboulevard is built for fun in the sun with an outdoor beach, whirlpools, 10 giant waterslides, Jacuzzis and much more.
Open Monday- Thursday 9am- 11pm
Friday 9am- 11:45pm
Saturday 8am- 11:45pm
Sunday 8am- 11pm
4 rue Louis Armand – 75015 Paris
2. Star gaze at an open aired cinema
Usually, the cinema is the last place you will choose to go on a warm summers evening, but with Paris’ open aired cinemas, you can enjoy your movie-going experience outside in the cooling breeze after a hot day.
Cinéma en plein air
From 13th July to 21st August- Parc de la Villette
See their website for showings
211 avenue Jean Jaurès – 75019 Paris
3. Have a refreshing Aguas Frescas at Peninsula
Spritz was the drink of summer 2015, this summer aguas frescas are taking centre stage… or more precisely, centre terrace. At the picturesque terraced bar at the Peninsula hotel, a selection of cold refreshing aguas frescas are served; mixing fresh fruit, flowers, sugar all diffused in cold water, these non-alcoholic beverages are the perfect hot summers day refresher.
Open everyday from midday- 1:30am
Ground floor of the Peninsula Hotel
19 Avenue Kléber – 75116 Paris
4. Have fun in a cool bar
Bars can be great hideouts from the heat, but sometimes just drinking pints in a shaded bar seems like a bit of a kill-joy activity when the sun is beaming outside, but you definitely won’t be sacrificing the fun factor at these bars…
Gossima Ping Pong Bar
With 2 floors and 8 ping pong tables, this bar is beckoning for a fun late afternoon ping pong competitions with friends who are in need of a little shade.
Open Monday 4pm- midnight
Tuesday- Saturday 4pm- 2am
4 rue Victor Gelez – 75011 Paris
Check their website for more info
Pétanque is a treasured French tradition, a popular pastime, but only the most hard-core pétanque players can withstand the baking heat whilst still giving a competitive performance. So for the rest of us novices who wish to enjoy a game in a more acceptable climate, Chez bouboule is where you should head.
Open Monday- Friday 5pm – 2am
Saturday 11am- 2am
Avenue Trudaine – 75009 Paris
Check their website for more info
5. Dance the night away in an open air club
Partying. Open air club. Hot summer night. That’s a recipe for heat stroke I hear you see say. Except at La clairière, there is a vital difference which will keep you as cool as a cucumber. Staying true to their sustainable green philosophy, this open air club is located in a private area of Boulogne forest, so you can stay in the welcoming shade of the trees whilst you enjoy the live music and DJ sets.
Carrefour de Longchamp – 75016 Paris
There is a shuttle bus leaving from Porte Maillot to reduce the usage of cars going to the festival (nice touch)
Check their Facebook for more info
6. Be keen for Ice cream
Ice cream on a hot day is an essential. Luckily, Paris has taken a leaf out of our Italian neighbours book, so you will not be stuck in finding delicious ice cream here. Some of our favourites…
There is often queues for this place, and for good reason; amazing ice cream. Amazing location… it’s amazing.
Open Wednesday- Sunday 10am- 8pm
29-31 rue saint Louis en l’ile – 75004 Paris
Pozzetto don’t mess about; all their ice creams and sorbets are made with fresh fruit and ingredients sourced from Italy so you get the real deal. We recommend their strawberry sorbet, the best in Paris!
Open Monday- Thursady midday- 11:30pm
Friday- Saturday Midday- 12:45am
Sunday Midday- Midnight
39 rue du Roi de Sicile – 16 rue Vielle du Temple – 75003 Paris
7. Go tropical
Escape the polluted Paris air and be transported to the tropics with a trip to the Serres D’Auteuil, a beautiful botanical garden dating back to 1761, created under the reign of Louis XV. The garden houses host a collection of rare plants and remarkable trees, a palm house and beautiful aviary, the perfect green oasis to keep you off the baking Parisian streets.
Opening times differs according to the time of year.
3 avenue de la Porte d’Auteuil – 1 avenue Gordon Bennett – 75016 Paris