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Last updated on 13th of September 2022 by Lena
Did you book your trip to Paris in autumn and are now looking for things to do? Or are you maybe still hesitant if Paris during fall is a good season to visit France?
You’ve come to the right place! Read on and know exactly what you can expect when traveling to Paris this fall.
I will share with you the best things to do in autumn in Paris, but also fill you in on some hidden gems and insider tips. Plus, after reading, you’ll know what certainly should not be missing in your luggage and how to make the very best out of your trip to Paris.
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Paris in Autumn – the season without crowds?
There are many reasons for a trip to Paris in autumn. I’m aware that many travel sources are suggesting that autumn is the low season and just perfect if you want to experience Paris without the crowds.
Honestly – it sounds nice, but it’s just not exactly true.
Paris never sees a low season, shoulder season is the best you can get. We are having tons of visitors all year round. Especially the beginning of fall is very popular among European visitors for weekend trips and short getaways before winter. In fact, the number of nights booked in September and October is merely a minimum lower than in summer.
If you want to visit Paris without the biggest crowds, your best bet is November. Just before the busy Christmas season begins in Paris and right after the French autumn holidays, which are usually taking place around all saints.
French Bank holidays and vacation in autumn
If you travel to Paris during Autumn 2022 and are keen on avoiding the biggest crowds, keep the following holidays on your radar. It’s then when the most travelers are visiting Paris, both national and from neighboring countries:
- Nov 1, 2022 – All Saints’ Day
- Nov 11, 2022 – Armistice Day
All Saints falls on a Tuesday and Armistice Day on a Friday. Expect both weekends to be busy.
The French school vacations are in 2022 for all of France from Oct 23 to Nov 8.
Book your tickets in advance this fall in Paris!
Paris is a very popular destination and especially after the pandemic, tourism is booming. During summer 2022 for example, tickets to the Eiffel Tower summit were sold out for weeks!
Hence, even if fall time in Paris is a tad less busy than summer, it is strongly recommended to source tickets to attractions and sights as early as possible. Especially if your travel dates are on French holidays and vacation periods.
At the time of writing, there are no Covid-related measurements in place that would affect your sightseeing program. But during the past years, limiting visitor numbers was one of the prevention measures, and many sights stopped selling tickets on the day and made reservations a requirement.
With or without measurements, to be on the safe side, book your tickets in advance.
So, even if you have the Museums pass or are eligible for free entry in museums, you need to secure your spot, at least for the Louvre.
For your convenience, find below the most popular sights that you better reserve in advance.
- Eiffel Tower Summit – book your ticket here
- The Louvre – book your ticket here
- Arc de Triomphe – book your ticket here
- Seine River Cruise – book your ticket here
- Catacombes – book your ticket here
- Palace of Versailles – book your ticket here
Here’s why Paris is a great destination in the fall
Foremost, chances are high that you are gifted with amazing Paris autumn weather, particularly in the first half of the fall season. If you visit Paris in October, you have a high chance to be lucky. The evenings are chill though and excellent to enjoy cozy dinners and comfort food.
Autumn is also the culinary season in France – it’s the time of wine harvest festivals, food markets, and the high season of many typical French products.
The days are shorter in Paris in autumn – it means you have less time for daylight sightseeing, but it makes sunset and evening panoramas easier to plan.
And finally, the fall foliage paints Paris in a beautiful warm and golden light, that makes strolling around even better than it usually is. It’s the best time to explore the many beautiful parks in Paris and to enjoy the last warm outdoor days.
Are there cons to a Paris trip in autumn?
A few, yes.
Many sights and activities are shortening their opening times from mid-October on. Seine Cruises or Hop on Hop off are running on a low season schedule, which means fewer rounds a day.
While the good weather chances are high in September until mid-October, it’s usually getting colder and wetter as fall progresses. November and December in Paris might be nasty. Well, it could be 55°Fahrenheit (13°Celsius) and sunshine as well, but it’s just less likely.
Continue to read to know more about the weather in Paris, France in the fall!
How is the weather in Paris in the fall?
The seasons in Paris are pretty distinct – summer is generally warm and winter cold, but spring and autumn can be a bit of both.
If you are prepping for a trip to Paris and look forward to spending the fall season in France, the weather will depend a lot on when in autumn you’ll be visiting. The later, the colder – and the wetter! The precipitation in Paris is the highest by the end of the year.
September 13° – 22°C (55° – 71°F)
October 10° – 17°C (50° – 63°F)
November 6° – 11°C (42° – 51°F)
Visiting Paris in October or September might spoil you with some warm late summer. However, be ready to prepare some inside activities if you visit Paris in November or December.
Packing tips for Paris in the fall
When traveling in autumn to Paris, it’s important to keep in mind that the beginning of fall has only little in common with the end of the season. The end of September can even be summery, while December likely is wintry cold.
As a general packing recommendation for Paris in autumn, be prepared to dress in layers. It can be cold in the shadow and warm in the sun. Temperatures can vary a lot between day and night, and inside and outside!
However, there are a few things that can’t be missing in your luggage for you to be prepared.
Autumn in Paris can be pretty wet, and the best way to keep your feet dry is by taking a versatile pair of waterproof Chelsea Boots.
They look great with jeans and dresses and prepare you for all kinds of weather.
A Travel Umbrella
A travel umbrella is perfect for autumn in Paris: small enough to fit into your purse and a true lifesaver in case of need.
Rain ponchos are not a thing in Paris.
A Hat and a scarf
Besides occasional showers, autumn in Paris is windy, and the evenings are chill. Hence, you should pack a hat and a scarf to keep you warm, especially if you come in the 2nd part of fall to Paris.
A French Beret might come off as a cliché, but it is, in fact, a very commonly worn fashion item.
Alternatively, you can also bring a beanie.
A lightweight down jacket
A down jacket is hands down my most indispensable travel item for every season but summer.
It fits in your purse, weighs basically nothing, and it’s a complete game-changer when spending the entire day outside. Especially when it gets chilly in the evening.
As you’re wearing it under your normal coat, the puff jacket is not even ruining your outfit while keeping you warm!
10 best things to do in Paris in the fall
Autumn in Paris is a lovely season to have walks and admire the foliage, but also to enjoy a nice cuppa afterward. Or maybe wine or food.. why not both?
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#1 Visit the Père Lachaise Cemetery
The Père Lachaise is undoubtedly one of the most famous cemeteries, and also the world’s most visited!
The old cobbled stone lanes, ancient trees, and of course countless mausoleums and tombs are especially atmospheric during fall. Some graves are sunken in, some are forgotten and many are so old, that you can barely read the inscription. The autumn sun and fall foliage are playing their part, too, in creating a mystic vibe that might give you some chills!
Look out for the graves of Edith Piaf, Chopin, Oscar Wilde, or Jim Morrison – and as well for the ethnic diversity that many graves are showing!
#2 Visit one of the many Parks and see the Autumn Foliage
Paris is not known for Indian Summers or impressive, colorful forests. However, the Parisian autumn foliage is still gorgeous, especially when enjoyed in one of the many beautiful Parisian parks!
Don’t miss this article: The best parks in Paris – beautiful gardens you need to visit!
The best – and most popular – places for an autumn stroll are the Jardin Luxembourg and the Tuileries. They are both the most iconic and classical gardens in Paris. If the weather is pleasant, which is quite possible during October, grab one of the free chairs and enjoy the last warm sun rays!
But there are of course more greens and squares that are incredible during fall. My favorites are:
- Place des Vosges
- Parc Monceau (read more about it here)
- Butte Chaumont
- Palais Royal (known for the Netflix Series Emily in Paris)
- Parc Floral
- Jardin d’Acclimatation with the Foundation Louis Vuitton
#3 Attend a Wine Harvest Fest
Autumn is wine harvest season in France; hence it’s not surprising that you find vine harvest fests and vine tasting all over Paris. The most popular is the Vendange de Montmartre.
Wait… Montmartre? Yes, Montmartre!!
Montmartre is home to one of the about 10 Parisian vineyards. The Clos Montmartre (or the Vigne de Montmartre) is the oldest vineyard in Paris and hosts OF COURSE a vine harvest fest. It’s a lovely event – with plenty of French food, music, and loads of wine.
Even though many wineries from all over France are offering their product during the festival, the highlight is obviously the wine of Montmartre! It’s entirely made with Montmartre-grown grapes and aged in the cellars of the district’s town hall.
In 2022 the festivities are held from the 5th to the 9th of October.
Fête de Vendange in 2022: information coming soon
#4 Eat French Comfort Food
As I might have mentioned around 100 times before, autumn is perfect for sampling food in Paris. Not only is it the high season for many French products, but it’s also ideal to try all sorts of yummy treats. French comfort food is often quite heavy and rich, you wouldn’t want it during hot summer. But fall is perfect to relish Fondue, Onion Soup, Raclette, cold cuts, hot chocolates.. You name it!
#5 Visit all the Museums
Paris has more than 130 museums, and while you most likely actually won’t be able to visit all of them – autumn is a great season to at least try. Especially on colder or rainy days, indoor activities are always great to fall back to!
♥ My tip: Get the Paris Museums Pass and enjoy free priority entrance to more than 60 museums. Simply enter museums without worrying about ticket queues; hop in and out without fuss! Just check in advance which museums require a reservation. At the time of writing, this applies only to the Louvre, though.
If you are in Paris on the 1st of October 2022, you are lucky to visit during the Nuit Blanche. This cultural event hosts free exhibitions, concerts, and installations all over Paris, all night long.
#6 Visit a famous French Wine Region
Autumn is the wine harvest season in France. Depending on the Region, grapes are picked between August and October, and there are wine festivals all over Paris. But did you know that 4 of the most famous wine regions are a perfect day trip from Paris’ destination?
• Bordeaux and St. Emilion
Even though Bordeaux is roughly 600 km southwest of Paris, it does take only 2h by train. Perfect for a day trip to one of the world-leading wine regions. If you have a bit more time, think about making it a weekend trip from Paris!
I did this in the summer of 2022, and you are very welcome to copy my itinerary: Quick Weekend Guide to Bordeaux, St.Émilion & Arcachon
• Loire Valley
The Loire Valley is well-known for wine, but also for its beautiful castles. The combination of the two makes the Loire region one of the most popular – and easily accessible – day trip destinations from Paris.
• Champagne Region
Every fan of exclusive Champagne will be pleased to hear that the headquarters of the most famous Champagne Houses are just a short 40-minute ride away!
Hop on the train to Reims, visit the Cathedral, and enjoy a tour of 1 or more Champagne Houses – for example, Veuve Cliquot, Mumm, or Tattinger. You also can set off with a guide and visit the Vineyards outside town.
#7 Celebrate Halloween in Paris
The most popular place to celebrate Halloween in Paris is of course Disneyland Paris! The theme park is known for its massive decorations and events around this holiday, and it’s best to reserve your tickets for the Disney Halloween Festival soon! Click here to see all available options and timeslots!
Also read: 15 Quick Tips for Visiting Disneyland Paris
#8 Explore Paris’ Speakeasy Bars
Also read: 5 Cocktail Bars in Paris you need to try!
Autumn is on most days mild enough to enjoy your drink outside, but it’s good to have some indoor options as well. It can also get chilly, wet, and windy. There are plenty of bars and restaurants in Paris and you won’t have to search long if you just want to go for a drink, but if you are up for something special, discover some of Paris’ finest speakeasies! The prohibition-style bars are super cool, find out more here
#9 Take a cooking class and market tour!
As the weather is less predictable than in summer, it’s best to plan some activities that are independent of temperature and season. One of the nicest – and most memorable – things to do is taking a cooking class with a French chef!
Autumn is a great time for taking a cooking class in Paris. It’s high season for many signature ingredients of French cuisine, for example, truffles. And can there be anything better than not only eating French food, but learning how to prepare it? Click here to see all the cooking classes in Paris.
#10 Book a cozy Seine Dinner Cruise
When it’s getting dark and cold outside, Paris is best admired somewhere warm and cozy, with a beautiful panorama and where you are also treated to delicious French cuisine.
But joining a dinner cruise in Paris in autumn is not only great because of the said very strong points, but it’s also getting earlier dark!
In summer, you can take a cruise at 21h, and you’ll be still in bright daylight, while autumn is perfect for early diners who hope to marvel at a beautifully illuminated Paris while indulging in delicious meals.
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Reminder: Book your tickets for Paris Attractions in Advance!
If you are visiting Paris this fall, make sure to reserve the sights you want to visit well in advance!
FAQ Paris in Autumn
• Is October a good time to go to Paris?
October is the nicest month of Autumn in Paris. It is still mild and often sunny, but the fall foliage starts showing already. It is also a bit less crowded in October.
• Is Paris better in September or in October?
September is still a summer month and warmer than October. However, in October the fall foliage starts, and you might find lesser crowds.
• Which month is Autumn in Paris? When is autumn in France?
The Autumn season in France is according to the metrological calendar September, October, and November in Paris. According to the astrological calendar, Autumn starts on the 22. September and ends on the 22. December.
• What is Paris like in fall? Is Paris nice in the Fall?
The temperatures during autumn in Paris range from a maximal 22 °C in September to 4 °C in December. (71°F – 39°F). It can be windy and rainy as fall progresses, with chill nights and shorter days. However, September and October are usually sunny.
• Is Paris better in the spring or in the fall?
Temperatures are more or less the same during fall and spring in Paris. Both seasons are lovely in Paris, but the blooming trees and blossoming flowers are certainly a strong point for Paris during spring.
• When do the leaves change in Paris?
The leaves start changing by the end of September, and the best month to witness this natural spectacle is from October throughout November.
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