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July Events in Paris: Paris Plages, Open Air Cinema & Tour de France

HiP Paris Blog rounds up what's on in Paris this July
July means the beginning of les vacances in Paris which the city commemorates by opening of Paris Plages. This temporary beachfront along the Seine and the canal at La Villette hosts events and activities for adults and children from July 8 to September 3.
HiP Paris Blog rounds up what's on in Paris this July

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July Events in Paris: Paris Plages, Cinéma en Plein Air, Days Off Festival & More

July Events in Paris: Paris Plage, Bastille Day, Festivals and more

Sharat Ganapati

Paris is in the midst of one serious heat wave, but fortunately we have some amazing goings-on to take minds off the rising temperatures this month, all in addition to the city’s Bastille Day festivities on the 14th.

I was so saddened by recent news that two of my favorite Paris restaurants will be closing this summer. While impatiently awaiting to hear what Simone Tondo and James Henry’s next ventures will be, squeeze in one last visit to Roseval (closing July 31) and Bones (closing August 7).  Continue Reading »

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The Guinguette Revival: 30s-style Dancing, Drinking, and Dining Along the Seine

HiP Paris Blog, Guingettes, Palmyre, Neuilly-6La Guinguette de Neuilly

Parisians who can’t flock to the seaside during the summer months are still drawn to their closest water sources, as evidenced by the ever-growing popularity of Les Berges on the Seine. However, this craving to enjoy the hotter months waterside goes back much further than Les Berges, or even the 12-year old Paris Plages. These initiatives are, in essence, revivals of the great era of Les Guinguettes, and once again Parisians can’t seem to get enough.

HiP Paris Blog, Guingettes, Palmyre, canton 31, 27HiP Paris Blog, Guingettes, Palmyre, Neuilly-5La Dame de Canton/La Guinguette de Neuilly

In its purest form, a guinguette is an establishment located by the water that serves up simple food and ample drinks (traditionally white “guinguet” wine, which led to the name guinguette), accompanied by lively music, and thus dancing. What’s not to love? Continue Reading »

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July Events in Paris: Peacock Society Festival, Rosa Bonheur sur Seine, A$AP Ferg & more

HiP Paris Blog, July Events, Rosa Bonheur sur SeineRosa Bonheur sur Seine

Naturally, the summer continues its music kick this month with some not-to-miss solo concerts, as well as a few festivals. This weekend, Macki Music Festival runs from the 4th – 6th and features acts like Blue Hawaii, Rejjie Snow, and Funkineven. Festival Soirs d’été picks up where Macki leaves off and runs from July 7 – 11, with shows like Klaxons and Kodaline.

HiP Paris Blog, July Events, Paris Cinema FestivalFestival Paris Cinema

We have seductive L.A. singer BANKS at Nouveau Casino on July 7th and 8th and A$AP Ferg – member of New York City’s A$AP Mob – at le Trabendo on July 10th for his first Paris show.

HiP Paris Blog, July Events, The Peacock SocietyThe Peacock Society

The Peacock Society Festival, put on by We Love Art & Savoir Faire, comes to the Parc Floral from July 11 – 13 and boasts names like 1-800-Dianosaur, Brawther, and Zaltan. And finally, Festival FNAC Live wraps up the month from July 17 – 20, with three days of shows including MØ and Glass Animals.

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August Events in Paris: Our Top Picks


Frenchie Wine Bar expansion

La bouffe

Frenchie Wine Bar has big plans. Fortunately for those hoping to land a table, the plans, which include an expansion that will double the seating space as well as the cave and kitchen, should be completed by the end of the summer.

Carin Olsson

August in Paris gets a bad rap because of the bounty of closings across the city. But fear not! There are plenty of restos that remain. Here are two helpful lists of where to dine this month. Continue Reading »

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August in Paris: Summer Happenings

Marisa Morrison, blogger, francophile, and addict of all things hip and Parisian, fills us in on Paris must-do’s this month. PS: Be sure to check out her gorgeous blog, the Neon Tea Party!


To most, August in Paris means one thing: les vacances! Each summer, following Bastille Day (July 14), Parisians ditch their usual city dwellings and head to country homes and seaside escapes for the remainder of the summer. This, however, does not result in Paris as a complete ghost town. Quite the contrary! August in Paris is a time for festivals and cultural events of all sorts, keeping tourists and remaining locals entertained and full of summer spirit. Whether you are interested in a high-energy music festival or a relaxing evening in the park, the City of Light has got you covered.

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Who said you have to ditch Paris for the South to soak up some rays on France’s best shores? From July 20 through August 20, the banks of Paris’ own Seine River and Bassin de la Villette will transform into veritable sandy beaches in this year’s 9th annual Paris Plages. Lie out on one of Paris Plage’s 800 lounge chairs under a real palm tree or partake in some beach-side activities, such as boating, badminton, pétanque, Tai Chi and dance classes. In association with Paris Plages, Fnac’s music festival, FnacIndétendances, hosted outside the Hôtel de Ville will feature over 30 free concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. from July 23rd through August 14th. The line-up includes Arno, Arpad Flynn, Beat Assailant, Lafayette, and Acid Washed. Click here to check out the full line up. For more information on Paris Plage’s plethora of activities and events, check out the official web page here.

What would summer be without a good old-fashioned carnival? Spanning June 26th to August 22nd, the Fête Foraine des Tuileries has all the classics: a carousel, Ferris wheel, games, sugary treats, and so much more. The best part? It all takes place right in the center of Paris in the city’s most renowned garden! The festival is open from 11 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 11 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. Friday, Saturday and holidays. Entrance is free and attractions cost 2-10 € each per person.


Paris Summer Music FestivalsIndétendances Music Festival by Hotel de Ville – Flickr.Whisker

Every summer since 2003, Paris has played host to three-day music festival Rock en Seine at the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud. This year, Rock en Seine will take place on August 27, 28 and 29, and has a line-up that includes both rock-and-roll heavy hitters such as Blink 182 and Queens of the Stone Age, and cult-followed indie rockers like Beirut and LCD Soundsystem. Tickets are available through Rock en Seine’s official website and cost 99 euros for all three days or 45 euros for each individual day. Coming with kids? Continue Reading »

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Paris in July: Don’t Miss These Events

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If you happen to find yourself in Paris this month, you’ll be delighted to know that there are quite a few wonderful things to do. Richard Nahem has been kind enough to compile a list of these events to make it easy for you to plan your stay.

Voyage Dans Ma Tete

Does anyone still wear a hat? Apparently Antoine de Galbert thinks so. His astounding collection of over 400 hats, headpieces, and headdresses are from the tribes of Africa and South America. The exhibit explores the cultural and practical aspects of one of man’s oldest garments.

Till September 26, La Maison Rouge, 10 Blvd. de Bastille,12th arr. Metro: Quai de la Rapee, Bastille. Open Wednesday-Sunday 11AM-7PM, Thursday till 9PM

Paris Cinema Festival 2010

The annual Paris Cinema Festival honors Japanese cinema this year with over 100 films. Charlotte Rampling is the chairperson and special guests include Hanoi Jane Fonda and filmmakers M. Night Shyamalan and Eugene Green.

July 3-13. Screenings are 5€ each, or get a Paris CinéPass for 30€ for unlimited access.

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte Gainsbourg, daughter of the legendary singers Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, has carved out quite an acting and singing career in her own right. Her whispery voice can be heard at La Cigale and the set list includes Dylan’s Like a Woman, Jamais, and Cafe de Artistes.

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Mellow Paris: Why We Love August in Paris

img_7447Sunbathers in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Photo by Tory Hoen

You may have heard rumors that Paris empties out in August. As it turns out, the rumors are largely true. But before you start envisioning a Parisian ghost town—tumbleweeds rolling down the Champs-Elysées—take it from us: August is a wonderful time to be in Paris. As many locals head to the coast and many businesses close up for the month, you can feel the city’s pulse slow down. Traffic decreases, picnickers multiply, people become friendlier, they linger in parks and enjoy balmy evenings on café terraces throughout the city. In August, Paris settles and simply enjoys itself.


In the past, many tourists have avoided the month of August, deterred by the fear that many restaurants and businesses might be closed, or that Paris in August is not the “real” Paris. Nowadays, there is no need to worry about such things. While the “August atmosphere” is more relaxed and unhurried, there is plenty to do during this wonderful month; and many locals believe it’s actually the best moment to take advantage of the city.  In addition, visitors can often find special deals and lower rates at this time of the year. Continue Reading »

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Sun by the Seine: Paris Plages ’09

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Visitors to Paris now have one more item to add to their agendas: the beach! Paris is primed for what is perhaps the least logical—but most fun—event of the summer: Paris Plages, which kicks off July 20th. For the 8th year in a row, the banks of the Seine have been converted into a veritable beach, complete with deckchairs, cabanas, “aqua-gyms,” pétanque courts, ping pong, fencing, picnic tables, canoes and paddle boats. The sand has arrived, the palm trees have been installed, the sun is shining, the Seine is sparkling, and all of Paris is ready for beach season to begin!  Continue Reading »

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