As you might have understood and heard by now, I absolutely adore spring and summer… In Paris. Or anywhere really. I’m not the biggest fan of autumn, just because I know what’s coming after… That dreaded winter. I guess you can’t blame me for these feelings since I’m from Sweden, where the winters are looong and dark. But if autumn could look as pretty as it has during this year so far I wouldn’t mind it at all! We have had the most wonderful weather and this is surprisingly turning me into an “autumn loving person”. Yeah, you heard that right! I now wish that this season would last for another 3 months. It’s just so beautiful and charming – not too cold and not too hot. Just perfect. So, what are my favourite things about autumn in Paris? Or what am I up to during this time? Well, let’s see…
If the weather gets a little bit chilly, I love spending the autumn days exploring the beautiful museums of Paris… And there are so many! Musée Rodin is my personal favourite, and even though I love to come during springtime, when all the roses are in full bloom, it’s also incredibly beautiful to visit during the autumn season.
Another museum that would work perfectly for these days is the beautiful Musée National Gustave Moreau, located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. The colours of this place, along with the artwork, seems as though it was made to be seen during this period of the year. Don’t miss that beautiful (and very Instagrammed) wooden staircase in the museum.
Musée d’Orsay is also a favourite museum of mine and no matter the season I think it’s wonderful to stroll around there for a few hours.
I honestly don’t know when to go to avoid the humungous crowds (which I feel never really disappears from these famous museums) but I’m guessing that early mornings would be a good idea.
This definitely applies to every single season if you’re in Paris but I do have to say that I love spending time on a Parisian terrace during the autumn. There’s something about enjoying that last bit of warmth outside while drinking a cup of tea or hot chocolate and watching people walk by. Perhaps they even have to turn on those heaters as well to keep you warm… There’s something so romantic about this time. Something so cosy. A few favourites for people watching would be Café de Flore (they’re kind of rude here but I guess that you just have to go with it), Les Deux Magots (just next door), Café Saint Regis, Le Nemours, Bar du Central, Judy or Carette for example.
The parks of Paris
… But my favourite thing about Paris during the autumn is to watch the leaves change colour and see the parks of Paris turn into a orange, yellow and red-ish wonderland. There’s nothing more beautiful than walking into these gorgeously trimmed Parisian parks all covered in warm colours (well, maybe the cherry blossom season would be a good contestant for this title).
A few of my favourite parks in Paris, where you can see the seasons change, are: Jardin du Luxembourg, Jardin des Plantes, Jardin des Tuileries, Place des Vosges and Jardin du Palais-Royal.
If it’s not too cold I love to take away a coffee and stroll through these beautiful places together with my camera or a loved one. Or with a good book or a magazine. There are definitely less people than during those warm summer days and there’s something very romantic about these beautiful parks all covered in these warm tones along with the iconic green garden chairs that you can find in most Parisian parks.
So there you have it! A few of the things I like to do and look forward to during autumn in Paris.