Welcome to Paris in September, where the air is still warm and the streets are bathed in golden sunlight. Whether you’re strolling along the Seine River or exploring world-renowned museums and landmarks, Paris in September promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you captivated by its timeless beauty.
What Is The Weather Like In Paris In September?
September is an ideal month to visit Paris with mild temperatures, sunshine, and long days. Essentially at the beginning of September, the weather is summer-like although cooler than in July and August. At the end of the month, the weather is more fall-like. Remember that Paris often has a cool breeze.
September weather in Paris sees temperatures range from lows of 54° F/ 12°C to highs of 70° F/ 21°C and the average rainfall is 2 in/ 51 mm.
How Long Are The Days In September In Paris?
At the beginning of September, sunrise is at 7:06 am and sunset is at 8:33 pm making for a full 13 hours and a half of daylight. At the end of September, sunrise is at 7:48 am and sunset is at 7:32 pm making the day length 11 hours and 45 minutes. The days get quite a bit shorter as the month progresses and the fall season ushers in.
Paris In September: What To Wear?
Warm, pleasant temperatures make it fairly easy to pack for a trip to Paris in September. Bring clothes that can be worn in layers and that can be mixed and matched with a similar colour palette.
Here are some suggestions for what to wear:
- Light clothing: Pack some light pieces such as dresses, and skirts, along with tops that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
- Jeans: essential
- Layers: A cardigan or light sweater is a good option. Add in a blazer.
- Scarf: A scarf can add warmth and style to any outfit. It’s also useful for covering up if it’s windy or raining.
- Umbrella or rain jacket: Even though September in Paris is drier than other months, it’s a good idea to pack a compact umbrella or a rain jacket that can be easily carried in your day bag.
- Shoes: Bring comfortable walking shoes as strolling in Paris is the best way to get to know the city. White running shoes (not necessarily trainers for jogging) are seen everywhere in Paris.
- A cross-body bag. This one is for men and women. This purse is a travel anti-theft shoulder bag. There are multiple advantages of a crossbody bag, but especially to tuck it under your arm for safekeeping on the Paris métro.
Paris In September: Where To Stay
Check out these 13 Affordable Hotels in Paris
- Hôtel la Comtesse with an Eiffel Tower view
- Chouchou Hotel with an eclectic vibe
- Hôtel de Joséphine Bonaparte in the heart of the Marais
- Hôtel des Académies et des Arts in Saint-Germain des Prés (the left bank)
- Hotel Keppler a stylish 4-star hotel near the Arc de Triomphe
Prefer staying in an apartment? Here are some fabulous Paris apartments:
- Portrait of Splendour literally filled with portraits, in the Marais
- Joyau de Marais
- The Panthéon Pageantry
Paris In September: The Holidays
There are no public holidays in France in September so everything will be open as usual in September in Paris.
September Events In Paris
La Rentrée marks the return from summer vacation and the start of a new academic year, and Paris in September is abuzz with excitement. After a quiet August, the city comes alive once more with its joie de vivre.
August 30 to September 10, 2023 (2024 Dates TBA)
Jazz à la Villette, an annual music festival, is an exceptional celebration of the rich and diverse genre of jazz. With its eclectic lineup of world-renowned musicians and emerging talents, this festival has become a premier destination for jazz enthusiasts from around the globe.
September 5 to 14, 2024
Paris Design Week sees open galleries, studios and workshops throughout Paris.
Journées Européennes du Patrimoine – European Heritage Days
September 21 and 22, 2024
At the beginning of September each year, Heritage Days are the chance to get behind closed doors into places that are not usually open to the public. In 2021 for example, one could get in to see the heart of the work in Notre Dame Cathedral. What about a peek into the Elysées Palace where the president lives? Or seeing how the maintenance is done on SCNF trains? There is something for everyone.
September 27 to October 6, 2024
Looking for the perfect French antique? This large brocante or antique fair in the Paris area happens just twice a year in March and September.
Saturday, September 21, 2024
Wander through the illuminated Gardens of Versailles to a soundtrack of Electro Music as the fountains dance! This is an exceptional evening including fireworks!
Sunday, September 22, 2024
This techno music parade starts at 14h at Place Denfert-Rochereau and ends at Place de la Nation at 19h. This one-day event attracts a large audience of music lovers!
Paris Fashion Week 2024
September 23 to October 1, 2024
Paris Fashion Week happens twice a year showcasing the latest trends and designs from renowned designers around the world. This prestigious event transforms the city into a glamorous runway, attracting fashion enthusiasts, and celebrities from all corners of the globe.
Things To Do In Paris In September
1. Flâner In The Classic Neighborhoods
The best way to enjoy Paris is to walk. Morning. Noon. Night! This is a must do in Paris in September. Embrace the Paris September temperature and flâner like a true Parisian. Amble, saunter and observe your surroundings. Here are some tips on how best to flâner in Paris.
Toss on your silk scarf and head out to one of the best neighbourhoods for walking. Here are a few suggestions:
- le Marais – Place des Vosges, gorgeous mansions, shopping…
- Saint Germain des Prés – iconic left bank Paris
- Ile de la Cité – the heartbeat of Paris
- Ile Saint-Louis – oldest village in Paris…
- Montmartre – Sacré Coeur, staircases and oozing charm…
- the 7th arrondissement – Eiffel Tower & views, La Grande Epicierie…
- Canal Saint-Martin – iron bridges, boutiques, wine by the canal
Or start to flâner on one of these Paris streets.
2. Meander Through The Parks And Gardens
One of the best things about visiting Paris is the opportunity to enjoy the city’s parks and gardens. In Paris in September, the gardens will still be blooming and as the month progresses the colourful leaves will be falling. It’s a beautiful time of the year to stroll!
Or, head to Parc de Bagatelle to see the stunning gardens and sassy peacocks!
3. Visit A Smaller Museum
Is there an exhibition that calls to you? Paris is full of marvellous exhibitions and many new ones start in September. Perhaps you have already been to the Louvre. Try visiting a smaller museum like the Musée Marmottan Monet, the Musée Jacquemart-André or one of my favourites, The Cluny Museum.
Passionate museum-goers will love the 2,4, or 6-day Paris Museum Pass.
Read More | My guide to 20 Paris museums.
4. People Watch From A Café
Sitting at a Parisian café and people-watching is like stepping into a scene from a movie. Watch the world go by and observe the unique fashion, charm, and energy of Parisians. You’ll witness an array of fascinating characters as they go about their day. Whether you’re taking a break from sightseeing or simply enjoying the hustle and bustle of city life, people-watching in Paris is a charming and unforgettable experience that you won’t want to miss.
Three of my favourite people-watching cafés: Café Charlot in le Marais, Chez Prune by Canal Saint Martin and Café Varenne on rue du Bac.
5. Walk The Banks Of The Seine River
When visiting Paris in September embark on a picturesque journey along the banks of the Seine River. Walking alongside this iconic river is an experience like no other, offering a delightful blend of history, culture, and breathtaking views. Linger on the bridges, have a drink on a barge, and soak up the unforgettable highlight of Paris.
Did you know that the Banks of the Seine has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991?
6. Paris In September: Take A Day Trip
Obviously planning a day trip is for travellers who have ample time. Paris is not to be rushed but it is also in a fantastic location for visiting other parts of France. Here are 18 suggested day trips from Paris. Close to Paris, the best places to visit in France in September are:
- the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Versailles Palace and Gardens – the last month for the Musical Fountains and Garden Shows.
- the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Château de Fontainebleau
- the Château de Chantilly including equestrian demonstrations and Chantilly whipped cream workshops!
- the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Provins
- Giverny – Monet’s home and magnificent gardens will be significantly less crowded in September than in the summer months
- Auvers-sur-Oise – Van Gogh’s final stop
7. Stroll Through The Historical Père Lachaise Cemetery
Have you ever wanted to visit the iconic final resting place of some of the world’s most renowned figures? Nestled in the heart of Paris, Pere Lachaise Cemetery is more than just a burial ground. With its winding paths, monuments, and greenery, enchanting Père Lachaise offers a tranquil sanctuary and a chance to delve into the legacies of artists, writers, musicians, and historical figures. From Oscar Wilde and Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison to Frédéric Chopin, each tombstone in Père Lachaise tells a story.
Read More | My Guide to Père Lachaise Cemetery
8. Gastronomy In Paris In September
Sitting out for dinner on a terrace in Paris in September is delightful. Everyone knows that shorter days are approaching so take advantage of the evening light and temperatures.
Here are some of my favourite places to eat:
- 19 Restaurants in Le Marais
- 13 Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants In Paris
- 15 Best Restaurants Near Canal Saint Martin
My best tips for finding the best gastronomic delights in Paris in September. I mean if you’re going to have a croissant it needs to be exceptional. Right?
- Where to find the best croissant in Paris
- Where to find the best Pâtisseries in Paris
- How to eat a Baguette Like the French
- Where to find the best fromageries in Paris
- How to choose and purchase French cheese in a fromagerie in Paris
9. Cycle By The Seine River
Cycling by the Seine River is an unforgettable experience that should be on every traveller’s bucket list. Rent a bike at one of the many Velib Stations around Paris. Or take a guided tour like one of these: A 4-hour bike tour or a 3-hour bike tour.
The Seine provides a scenic backdrop to the stunning Parisian architecture and landmarks that line its banks. From the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre, Notre Dame to the Musée d’Orsay, there is no shortage of breathtaking sights to take in during a leisurely bike ride. Read about How Not to Get Your Velib Stolen
Cycling past the Eiffel Tower, you’ll be tempted to stop by! Book Your Eiffel Tower ticket here.
Is September A Good Time To Visit Paris?
I highly recommend a visit to Paris in September. With warm temperatures, fewer crowds, and the joie de vivre that comes with La Rentrée, September in Paris is ideal.
I hope you find this September in Paris travel guide for 2024 helpful for planning your trip to Paris.
Until next time,
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