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10 Reasons to Love August in Paris

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Paris Plages/Pause Cafe, Isabel Miller-Bottome

For those who cherish the peaceful atmosphere resulting from the mass exodus of holiday-goers, August is Paris’ most prized month. In the past, I haven’t always embraced this sentiment, mainly because I love the charge of the city. I adore the hustle and bustle of the busy streets; the fashionable Parisians strutting down the sidewalk, chatting over a glass of wine or coffee on café terrasses, and shopping in the stylish boutiques. However, perhaps these August-lovers have it right? Here are 10 reasons to convince any reluctant critics (myself once included) why August is the best month to be in Paris:

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Jardin de Reuilly/Place des Vosges, Isabel Miller-Bottome

1. There’s so much going on for free

Free movies, free concerts, free exercise lessons, free…! Your social calendar will be packed with the outdoor cinema screenings at la Villette or the Clair de Lune festival, pétanque or dancing at the Canal de l’Ourcq, running on Les Berges, and more. It might just be the best month to be in Paris on a budget, and since the weather tends to be nice you can save on dining costs by picnicking.

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Le Lucernaire, Briag Courteaux

2. You can actually get a table en terrasse

I noticed the other day when scoping out the cafés on rue Montorgueil at the peak of lunch hour that there were a surprisingly large number of tables available. And same luck at apéro; we had our pick of the usually highly coveted tables. Next I plan to try some of the notoriously tough-to-get-into venues like le Perchoir; perhaps we’ll have repeat good fortune.

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Folks and Sparrows: A Trendy Café-Épicerie-Concept Store in Paris’ 11ème

The latest buzz on the Paris coffee scene is Folks & Sparrows, a café-épicerie-concept store tucked away in the 11ème. I spent a couple hours here on a drizzly Tuesday afternoon; folk music played in the background and I felt immediately transported to another place.

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August Events in Paris

La Fete a Neu-Neu, Cinema au clair de Lune, Festival Classique au Vert, Festival Silhouette, Rock en Seine, Scenes d’Eté, Mojo’Arty, Peninsula hotel opening, Bob’s Bakeshop, Paris by Mouth August Restaurant Openings.

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Strolling in Paris Part II: Tower Tour

The most famous tower in Paris is certainly the Eiffel Tower. Beautiful as it may be, the masses of visitors in summer are overwhelming. Luckily, the city is dotted with an array of intriguing towers, showcased in this little stroll traversing the historic core of Paris.

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Guide to the 16th Arrondissement

This area, centered around the charming village of Passy where genteel manor homes used to fill the bucolic countryside, is now the 16th arrondissement and is made for leisurely strolls full of excellent museums, remarkable food, and views with the Bois de Boulogne just steps away.

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On Becoming Parisian

Falling in love with romance-infused Paris – the grandiose Haussmannian architecture, the Marais’ winding streets, and the city’s bistro scene – is easy. But if you’re not born here, living in Paris is another story. Here 10 signs I’ve integrated into the City of Light.

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Strolling Through Paris, Part I

The summer is one of the best times explore the city in all its splendor. However, some of the city’s best places for strolling are packed with Parisians and tourists alike. Here is one stroll to enjoy les belles jours d’été without the crowds… and with some delicacies to keep you fueled along the way!

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La Fine Mousse: Craft Beer & Bites

As French parliament considers an amendment that would place beer among the country’s protected gastronomic traditions, one wonders why craft beer isn’t available in more restaurants in Paris. While a few forward-thinking places like Septime and Frenchie To Go offer craft beer, only one has made it as important as the main course—La Fine Mousse Restaurant.

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Biking Paris: The City on Two Wheels

You’re in Paris. The sun is out, a cool breeze is blowing, café terraces and park lawns are full of sunbathing Parisians. The city is waiting to be explored, and you got up early enough that the day seems endless. Today is the perfect day to ride a bicycle. Riding a bike in Paris can in fact be glorious, but if you want to cycle in this city, get ready to do some work.

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