bustling with Sorbonne scholars, and the historically bohemian Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The city’s open-air cafes are an institution for casual eating and people-watching. Fine-dining restaurants, bistros, markets and patisseries reflect other aspects of France’s famed culinary heritage.
- In June, the streets come alive for the Fête de la Musique.
- Fête Nationale (Bastille Day) takes place Jul 13–14.
- Many shops and restaurants close in August, when locals head off for holiday.
- Many museums offer free entry during Journées du Patrimoine (Sep).
- Paris is also busy during Fashion Week (Mar/Sep) and the Mondial de L’Automobile show (Oct).
- Winters can be cold and damp, even snowy.