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Morning Activities in Paris

If you are an early riser or just can’t imagine sleeping in the City of Lights, you may be disappointed that the Paris museums do not open when the sun rises. But do not worry! There are plenty of early morning activities in Paris that you can do to get your day started as early as you awake.

Morning Activities in Paris

Parisian Sunrise

If you love seeing the beautiful colors of the sky at sunrise, then you are in luck. Some of the best views in Paris are only made better by the pink sky in the horizon. Get your early morning coffee and sit on the Trocadero to watch the Eiffel Tower gleam while you listen to “La Vie en Rose.” I promise it will make for a very memorable morning. AND because sunrise is around 5:40 in the summertime, there will be far less tourists taking away from your experience. Go to the Louvre, sit in front of the Arc de Triomphe. The sky will be a sight to see, no matter where you are in the city.

 

Food and Flea Markets

Morning Activities in Paris

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After sunrise, the hustle and bustle of the city begins. It’s always a good idea to go to a market when you are in Paris. Since they generally open around 7 am all over the city, it is a great “next stop” for your early morning itinerary.  Browse the fresh produce and be amazed by the selection of cheeses, fish, and charcuterie. These markets are located all over the city on different days of the week, so it’s impossible to not find a market with delicious foods. Get a savory crêpe for breakfast and roam the cobble stone streets or buy food to make a yummy picnic for lunch.

 

However, while many markets may only have food, there are also many markets that also (or exclusively) sell new and used items such as vintage clothing or antique cutlery. Digging through these markets for a special souvenir is another great morning activity as the markets open relatively early. (And if you get there before everyone else, you have first pick on all the goods!)

 

Delicious Breakfast

If you rather sit and enjoy the scenery, there are many cute, delicious places for you to grab a bite. No matter what you are in the mood for, you will be able to find a quality restaurant that can satisfy your taste buds. If you are looking for something a bit more low-key, there are many boulangeries where you can sit to relax with an americano in one hand and a butter croissant in the other. This, especially, is a great way to start your day like a local. When in Paris, do as the Parisians do, right?

Stroll through the Parks

Although this may seem like a simple answer, you can not underestimate a walk through the park on a beautiful Parisian morning. Whether you go at sunrise or as the day is beginning, the beauty of the Parisian parks is unparalleled. There are limitless possibilities for you too. You could walk through a new park each morning of a one-week vacation, and not even come close to seeing all that Parisian parks have to offer. Stop and smell the roses, or you’ll get your 10,000 steps before it has even reached noon!

Morning Activities in Paris

 

For more ideas or how to find the best spots for the ideas mentioned above, contact us to create an individualized itinerary tor you. Also, check out our other packages and blog posts for more day-time or night-time ideas.

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Where to go in Paris: Outdoors

Where to go in Paris; outdoor edition! If you’re looking for a guide to some of the prettiest outdoor attractions to visit in Paris… Read on!

Where to go in Paris

Step outside…..

Often times when you search “where to go in Paris” the typical sites like the Louvre museum, Orsay museum, and the Opera house are sure to be the first destinations that pop up. Now don’t get me wrong, these attractions are definite must-sees, however, sometimes people forget that there is more to Paris than just museums and monuments. (plus they are typically crowded with tourists!) So where to go in Paris you ask? Well, if the weather permits, definitely check out this post to learn more about the exquisite parks and gardens this marvelous city has to offer!

Luxembourg Gardens

what to do in ParisIf you’re wondering where to go in Paris, my first suggestion is the Luxembourg gardens. Not only are the Luxembourg gardens absolutely stunning, they also possess a ton of history! Bordered by two popular areas in Paris, Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin quarter, you will find tons of Parisian’s out for a stroll, bathing in the sun or enjoying a picnic on the lawns. I highly recommend taking the time to visit the Gardens at Luxembourg (for a picnic if you have the time!), they will NOT disappoint.

Tuileries Gardens

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This conventional french garden is full of rows with groomed trees, gravel paths, and lush lawns. Sound a little like a description of Versailles? Well, that is because these gardens were originally constructed by André Le Nôtre for King Louis XIV before he moved to Versailles. When this transition occurred, the gardens then became THE place for classy Parisians to take afternoon strolls. Today it is still regarded as one of the best places to walk through as there is so much natural beauty, history, and culture to be observed. Another cool aspect of these gardens is that it is bordered by some of the most famous destinations Paris has to offer, with the Louvre museum being on one end and Place de la Concorde at the opposite end!

Where to go in ParisBois de Boulogne (Boulogne Park)

Bois de Boulogne is a massive public park that is located on the outskirts of the 16th arrondissement of Paris. When Napoleon III returned back to France after his period of exile in London, he ordered the area that is now regarded as Bois de Boulogne be ceded to the city for all inhabitants to enjoy. There are claims that this park was inspired by Hyde Park in London. Boulogne is the second largest park in Paris. It has English style gardens, multiple lakes, a zoo..even an amusement park! There are 2 horse racing tracks within the park and it is also home to the Stand de Roland Garros, which is the official stadium for the french open! I guarantee you can find something that sparks your interest within the park, and strongly recommend you check it out!

Where to go in ParisPalais Royal Gardens

These gardens are located very close to the Louvre, so you might think they’d be crowded, yet they are never heavily flooded with tourist. This makes the gardens a fantastic pit-stop before or after visiting the Louvre. One interesting fact is that they are the only gardens in Paris that have earned a “remarkable garden” classification from the French Ministry of Culture. So if you are really into exploring France’s natural beauties, this is a garden to stop by. Another bonus is that with the gardens comes the “Palais Royal” which translates to Royal Palace. It was originally built for  Cardinal Richelieu and regarded as the Palais Cardinale in the 17th century, however, due to conflict of power, it was renamed as the “Palais Royal” for Louis XIII.

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Unusual things to do in Paris

You would like to discover Paris in an alternative way without queuing up to get to touristic attraction everyone has already seen?
Or do you just want to do uncommon things other than touristic activities?

You should visit Noteworthy Museums

The louvre Museum and the Georges Pompidou Center are not the only Museums in Paris.
There are many others, which make Paris worth visiting.

The Catacombs

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Catacombes of Paris

The Catacombs are a maze-like ossuary, 20 meters under the Paris Road’s.
Beforehand, only insiders were visiting this” spooky place”.Now, it is so successful that even families with small children are queuing up to get to the Catacombs.
In the XVIII century, more than 6 million mortal remains were evacuated there, to make place for new death people.
If you plan to visit the Catacombs, I recommend you packing warm clothing because it’s cold, there.
I also recommend you schedule something after that, because a visit to the Catacombs takes approximatively 45 minutes,while the waiting time  sometimes be very long, as only 200 people can go in at the same time.
If you are planning group-visits, I suggest you reserving 8 weeks in advance.

 

Le Grand musée du parfum & Le musée du parfum Fragonard

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Le Grand Musée de Paris

As you may certainly know, France is renowned for its Perfume industry.

Paris is the Place where the creators of prestigious Perfumes are based while Grasse is the centre of the Perfume industry.
But, le Grand Musée du Parfum and le Musée du Parfum Fragonard are in Paris.
These Museums will make you understand the perfumers’ approach and offer you a real sensory experience.
The entry price for le Grand Musée du Parfum is approximately 14,90€ for an adult.
For le Musée du Parfum Fragonard, the entry is free.

Choco-Story Paris- Le Musée du Chocolat

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Musée du Chocolat

Chocolate is the most liked confectionery of French people.
So, if you like Chocolate and French People, Choco-Story is the Museum you don’t have to miss.
For the reason that, this museum will awake your taste buds and make you dive into the tasty world of Chocolate.
On top of that, you can take home your self-made chocolate.

 

The Wine Museum of Paris

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For Christians, wine is a celestial drink which connects “God” to the Human beings.
No matter what color, wine is expected on every French dinner tables.
The Wine Museum, “Le musée du vin “, is with its many wine references, an inescapable place, not far from the Eiffel Tower.
So if you are a wine lover, this is where you should go.

You can take part at unusual guided tours

Guided tour of Paris meurtrier

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Henry désirée Landru (Crédit:Wikipedia)

If you are a fan of crime television shows like “Criminal Mind”, “Cold case” or “Riverdale”, this guided tour may hold your attention.
Because you will visit famous places where crimes were committed.
You will hear about the greatest French criminels like Henry Desirée Landru ,alias “Bluebeard”, Guy George or Thierry Paulin who once frightened French People.
So if you want to shudder in Paris streets, I invite you to take part at this tour.

The haunted mansion of Paris

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Strong nerves are required for those who desire to visit the haunted mansion of Paris.
In fact, it is a real emotional thrill ride and the only place in Paris where you can strain your nerves.
You can also get acquainted throughout different circuits, with parisian legends like “Le bossu de Notre-Dame”, “Le fantôme du jardin des Tuileries” and “Le pâtissier sanguinaire”.
But, I wouldn’t recommend it if you have kids under 12.

You can do unusual activities during your trip

Take part in an auction

unusual things to do in Paris, auctions

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A lot of people are dreaming about renownedness and wealth, while most dreams about propriety.
For those who dream about propriety, it is an evidence to go to auctions because, by taking part of them, you can acquire expensive things at advantageous prices.
Furthermore, if you’ve never been to an auction, it would be worth looking behind the scenes of auctions.
Maybe you could be the next owner.

Sight jogging

Best Places to Go Jogging in Paris, unusual things to do in Paris

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For all those who can’t keep on their feet and don’t enjoy bus tours, sight jogging may be the perfect city tour for you.
Sigh jogging is a combination of jogging and sightseeing and  is currently trending on all European metropolitan areas for  the main reason that sight jogging is green and healthy.

 

Sure, there are many other unusual things to do in Paris but this list may help you having a quick overview of things you might enjoy doing.

 

 

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5 Reasons to Visit the Fragonard Perfume Museum in Paris

Settled in the middle of Paris 150 meters away from the south-west to the Opéra Garnier you will find the Fragonard Perfume Museum. Unique in its kind, the Fragonard museum of perfume is absolutely worth a visit during your stay in Paris, ParisByM will explain to you why.

1. The rich historical background

Fragonard museum ParisThe first reason that you should visit Fragonard Museum of Perfume in Paris is for its historical background. In fact, the original form of the museum was a theater built at the beginning of the 1880s. The “Eden Theater” used to be a showplace with exceptionally large halls and rooms with designs and decors trending at that time. Eventually, the Eden Theater was forced to close because of a haphazard management which converted the theater into a bicycle merry-go-round. As the bicycle was a modern way to move at the time since a lot of Parisians came to learn how to ride a bike. Afterward, the place was taken over by the famous English furniture dealer Maple & Co, and it wasn’t until 2014 when they transferred the key to Maison Fragonard.

2. A maison of quality and traditionFragonard museum perfume Paris

Going to the Fragonard museum of perfume in Paris is, first of all, a good way to get to know a great brand of perfumery. The brand’s name “Fragonard” was chosen after Jean-Honoré Fragonard, who is a famous painter born in Grasse, a town in French Rivera. This small town in the south of France is considered to be the cradle of French perfumery. As a result, Fragonard carries the same perfume quality as Grasse and the refinement of 18th-century arts. Similarly, it expresses its desire to run the business in accordance with its tradition.

3. The collection of precious objects

Fragonard museum perfume ParisThe exhibits of the museum might be the most telling argument. The museum truly possesses various and precious perfumery-related objects and raw materials, which dates from Antiquity to the 20th century. Passing through the chronological order, the large collection provides us with a clear vision of its different uses and other various aspects of perfume. There are, for example, scent boxes, bottles in blown glass, potpourri used at the court of the king Louis XIV, composing the dazzling collection. Moreover, the collection has been constantly enriched by the Maison’s current directors.

4. A museum easy to access, amusing, also educational

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The entrance of museum

Despite the delicacy of the museum, it is not complicated at all to visit it! If you want to visit the museum, there is no need to book, additionally, the admission is free for everyone. If you are a foreigner, there is no problem because they have free guided tours as well which might be available in your language. The museum makes the guides speak different languages available for you, options vary from French, English, German, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian at your disposal. They are professional as well as friendly. The guided tours rotate every 20 minutes throughout the day and includes access to people with reduced mobility.

5. Buy a little gift for your family & friends

At the end of the visit, you will get to the museum’s showroom, where you can buy some Fragonard’s perfumery products as little gifts for your family and friends. Different from a tourist trap, where the price is generally very high due to the large volume of tourists. In case you want to buy a gift for someone you can surely find an item or a trinket for a good price.

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The showroom

 

As ParisbyM has familiarized you with some useful information about the Fragonard museum of perfume in Paris, we hope you have a nice trip!

The Musée du parfume is opened from Monday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., with free entry and free guided tour.

You can get there by subway: Opéra (lines 3, 7, 8), Madeleine (12, 14), Havre-Caumartin (9) Saint-Lazare (13)

RER A Auber, RER E Haussmann Saint-Lazare

Bus: 21, 22, 27, 52, 53, 66, 68, 81, 95

 

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Fragonard Museum Paris

Fragonard Museum of Perfume, an olfactory trip in Paris!

In Paris, we usually struggle to find a place to visit which is pleasing, delicate and low-cost at the same time. In this regard, ParisByM have recently discovered a very delightful place that will offer you a unique and memorable experience! So, let us talk you about the Fragonard Musée du parfum (Museum of perfume).

Fragonard museum Paris

Entrance of the museum

Fragonard museum ParisOpened by the renowned perfume house Fragonard, the Musée du parfum is situated in the middle of Paris, a stone’s throw from the Opéra Garnier. It spans over 2000 m², in the 19th century, its original form was a theater called Éden-Théâtre which later became a cycling track for the Parisians to learn how to ride bicycles. Under this thick atmosphere of history, the free admission is available for everybody. If you are not a French speaker, the museum also has the tour guides who could be able to speak your languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Germany, Italian, Portuguese, Russain).

Fragonard museum Paris

When entering the museum, you will feel immediately the mysteriousness of the perfume which is relieved against the dim light and the retro decoration. Then, a dazzling array of exhibits will jump into your eyes, especially the perfume collections and other perfumery-related objects dating from Antiquity to the 20th century which are really impressive by the first sight. Passing through these exhibits in chronological order, you will get to know about the born of the perfume, and the different uses of the perfume until its standardization. Also, you will find that the museum is literally modernized, because not only your tour guide, but also the informative videos will be at your disposal in order to explain to you about different exhibits.

As you keep going forward, you will walk into the stills room, where you will be plunged into an early 20-century alike perfume factory. The stills models are verisimilar. With the explaination of your tour guide, you will perfectly understand the different stages of the perfume production (from the picking to the distillation then to the bottling). Afterwards will come the very interesting part of the museum, the introduction of the profession “nose” and the “olfactory pyramid”. This part is informative and also very practical, because the knowledge acquired will certainly help you to choose your next perfume!

In the end of the visit, with it comes the interaction between you and your tour guide. You will be brought into a room to play a scent recognition game with Fragonard’s products. At this point, you will truly feel the magic of the perfume by smelling different fragrances.

Fragonar Museum Paris

The museum’s showroom

Once the visit is finished, you will leave the museum by passing through the museum’s showroom. Different from a tourist trap, the prices are extremely attractive, the products are generally much cheaper than you had thought before, and you will not feel embarassed if you don’t want to buy anything. The duration of the visit is actually flexible, you can finish the visit within half an hour if you are in a hurry, or you can take more than an hour to invest your heart and soul into this world full of aroma and culture.

A delicate museum of 2000 m², with a collection of over 300 precious objects retracing 3000 years of history of perfume as well as the secrets of the manufacture, the raw materials and the profession of perfumer. Thanks to all these rich contents, the museum offers you a simply unique olfactory trip in Paris!

Fragonard Museum Paris

If you want to visit the musée du parfum, there’s no need to book, all you have to do is to show up in front of the museum reception. The guided tours are free, and they take place about every 20 minutes. By the way, if you are a group of more than eight people, you may have to book in order to facilitate the organization. Or you can just go to the reception and wait for the next guided tour.

 

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Paris cafes and places to taste French delicacies

Are you planning to visit Paris but get tired of traditional tourist activities? Then why not take a bite of great chocolate, taste French pastries or simply spend a relaxing moment in a café? I am sure that visiting Paris cafes and places to taste French delicacies can give you a completely different vision of the city. This article aims to help you to find some ideal spots for your stay in Paris.

The Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter, as a microcosm of Paris, can definitely not be ignored in your trip plan. It is always comfortable to take a walk in this quarter. We suggest you to slow down your pace and to let the quarter tell its own history. I bet you will never regret.

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Jean-Paul Hévin

Paris cafe

I suggest beginning this promenade by Jean-Paul Hévin, a traditional but also creative chocolate ferry. In this shop, you can find not only chocolate bars and assortments, but also some pastries such as macarons, cakes and tarts.

Later you can take a walk in the Luxembourg Garden, just in the surrounding.

Address: 3 Rue Vavin, 75006 Paris

Phone: +33 1 43 54 09 85

https://www.jeanpaulhevin.com/fr/ 

Pierre Hermé

Paris cafe

Pierre Hermé is one of the best pastry chef in the world. In his shop nearby the Luxembourg Garden, you must taste his delicious macarons. What’s more, his classic pastries like Ispahan, Mont-blanc, are also worth degusting.

Address: 72 Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris

Phone: +33 1 43 54 47 77

 https://www.pierreherme.com

 Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots
Paris cafe

After these sweet experiences, it could be great to take a
break in the terrace of a café. Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots are two famous Paris cafés in the quarter of Saint-Germain-des-prés. They are both celebrated for their distinguished clientele, such as Pablo Picasso, Boris Vian etc.

Café de Flore:

Address: 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris

Phone: +33 1 45 48 55 26

http://cafedeflore.fr

 

Les Deux Magots: 

Address: 6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris

Phone: +33 1 45 48 55 25

http://www.lesdeuxmagots.fr

 

Patrick Roger

Paris cafe

A little break in the café gives always us energy to continue our tour in Paris. Not far from the Shakespeare & Company, you will find Patrick Roger, which is an original chocolate ferry. We can always see some beautiful outstanding creatures.

Address: 108 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris

Phone: +33 1 43 29 38 42

https://www.patrickroger.com

 

 

Gelati d’Alberto or Amorino

Paris cafe

After taking a look in the Shakespeare & Company, I suggest two options of ice cream for the following tour in Paris. If you want to visit Notre-Dame de Paris, Amorino can be a sweet choice which helps you to kill time in the waiting line in front of the cathedral.

If you are more interested by the Musée national du Moyen Âge and Panthéon, Gelati d’Alberto cannot be missed.

Gelati d’Alberto:

Address: 45 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris

Phone: +33 1 77 11 44 55

 

Amorino:

Address: 16 Rue de la Huchette, 75005 Paris

Phone: +33 1 43 54 73 64

https://www.amorino.com

If you are interested in these places, I suggest two itineraries:

Itinerary with Notre-Dame de Paris:

Paris cafe

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Itinerary with the Musée national du Moyen Âge and Panthéon:

Paris cafe

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Montmartre

Nowadays, Montmartre is a quite artistic district. You may want to take a self-portrait by a street painter, climb and enjoy the wonderful view of Paris city here. As well, I suggest cafes in Paris in Montmartre.

Paris cafe

Café des 2 Moulins

The first destination of our tours of Paris cafes is the Café des 2 Moulins. If you are fan of the film “The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain”, then this place will absolutely attract you. You can drink coffee or have meals here. To avoid waiting for a long time if you travel with more than 4 people, I suggest reserving a table in advance.Paris cafeAddress: 15 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris

Phone: +33 1 42 54 90 50

http://cafedesdeuxmoulins.fr/fr

A la Mère de Famille

Behind Moulin Rouge and Café des 2 Moulins, we find a shop of “A la Mère de famille”, which is one of the oldest chocolate ferries created in 1761 in Paris. Today, this shop is kind of like a museum of French confectionery: chocolates, caramels, candies, nougats, calissons… you will definitely fall in love with this place if you have sweet touth.

Address: 23 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris

Phone: +33 1 53 41 62 97

https://www.lameredefamille.com

Maxim’s de Paris

If you want to take some macarons as gift to your friends and family, Maxim’s de Paris is one shop to stop by in Montmartre. They have a lot of flavors of macarons, Indeed, this shop sells also cookies, “crêpe dentelle” and jams.

Address: 14 Rue Norvins, 75018 Paris

Phone: +33 9 73 25 49 58

http://maxims-de-paris.com/fr/

Christophe Roussel

I suggest you to pass by Christophe Roussel if you visit the Love Wall. Voted as “Top 5 chocolatier in France” by Gault et Millau, Christophe Roussel makes not only chocolate bars but also some creative packages like “kisses from diamants”. Of course, their cakes of the season are also worth tasting.

Address: 5 Rue Tardieu, 75018 Paris

Phone: +33 1 42 58 91 01

https://www.christophe-roussel.fr

If you are interested in these places, I suggest an itinerary:

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Bastille Day

Bastille Day

History

Bastille Day

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Bastille Day, or the French national holiday, commemorates the end of the French monarchy and the beginning of the French Revolution. After years of economic struggle and overwhelming hunger, the French commoners decided to rebel against the lavish spending of the monarchy and the growing socioeconomic divide between classes.

On July 14th, 1789, the fed-up bourgeoisie stormed the Bastille prison to protest the unjust rule of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette. This successful revolt by the people of France marked the beginning of the French Revolution and the shift from absolute monarchy to republic.

How to Celebrate Bastille Day in Paris

The capital of the French Republic, Paris offers a number of fantastic ways to celebrate the French national holiday. Large public events featuring food and dancing are offered all night long and many attractions offer extended hours and free admission. Check out our list of where to celebrate Bastille Day in Paris!

Bastille Day

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Military Parade

On la fête nationale, the iconic Champs-Elysées becomes a patriotic symbol of French national identity. Visitors can line the streets from the Place de l’Étoile to the Place de la Concorde to see the members of the French armed forces march, fly, and ride through their capital city. The parade starts at 10:10am, but be sure to get there early for the best views!

Free Performance at the Opéra de Paris 

On July 14th, enjoy a free ballet performance at the Opéra de Paris. Featuring the works of choreographic legends Justin Peck and George Balanchine, this captivating matinée is a great way to start your Bastille Day celebration! The free show starts at 2:30pm, but space is limited, so get there early. You can find more information at the  official site of the Opéra de Paris.

Bastille Day

Credit: Yann Caradec

Fireworks Display

Head down to the Champ-de-Mars or Trocadéro to catch Paris’s annual fireworks display. This year’s theme Paris est une fête (“Paris is a party”) begins at 11:00pm and will feature approximately 35 minutes of dazzling pyrotechnic delights! Definitely a must see for all ages!

Fireman’s Ball

Fitting the party theme, the fireman’s ball is an annual favorite among Parisians and visitors alike.  On the nights of July 13th and 14th, head over to one of the numerous firehouses in Paris for a night of dancing in the City of Light! Beginning at 9:00pm, you can dance the night away until 4:00 in the morning each night for free, although most venues will ask for a small donation to the fire station. For a list of all firehouses Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, check out this article from the Paris Tourism Office.

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