The Best Things to Do in Paris for Summer 2018

Celebrate Bastille Day, head to the Jazz Festival, or watch the FIFA World Cup.

Bastille Day

Make sure you do not miss the spectacular show on the 14th of July to celebrate Bastille Day.

There is no better way to celebrate Bastille Day than in Paris, so make sure you do not miss the spectacular fireworks to celebrate the French national holiday. Pack a picnic basket and head to the Champ de Mars from the afternoon to secure your spot in front of the Eiffel Tower or if you’re not brave enough to tackle the crowds ask your concierge to book you a table at Monsieur Bleu for the ultimate dinner with a view, with the restaurant boasting a terrace with a great view of the Eiffel Tower, so close you can almost reach out and touch it.

And if you're looking to take in everything that the day has to offer, La Grande Arche will be hosting a day of festivities with the rooftop giving you a front row seat to the air show in the morning and to the fireworks in the evening.

Balrock in Paris

2018 FIFA World Cup

Catch all the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches at Balrock, Paris’s largest sports bar. Balrock is setting up 32 screens and 20 speakers to make sure soccer fans do not miss out on the nail-biting excitement of every match. The bar has also created the Supporter menu that includes a burger and a pint of beer for only 20 euros, keeping the audience quenched for the World Cup festivities through to the 15th of July. 161 rue Montmartre (2nd), 01 49 29 50 50

The Parc Floral

Paris Jazz Festival 

Spending time in Paris and enjoying a jazz concert is one of the things many people dream of and through to the 22nd of July, the Paris Jazz Festival is making musical dreams come true. Ever Saturday and Sunday the Parc Floral on the outskirts of the city, just near the Château de Vincennes, the 25th edition of the iconic festival will be taking place, offering lovers of jazz the chance to experience a jazz concert like no other. The outdoor concerts are held at 4 pm, inviting guests to enjoy the summer sun with a live soundtrack courtesy of British singer Hugh Coltman, Eric Séva and Emile Parisien. Parc Floral, Route de la Pyramide (12th), 01 49 57 25 50

Outfit by Martin Margiela for the Maison Martin Margiela, autumn-winter 1991-1992 collection, at the MAD exhibition.

All About Margiela: The fashion capital is hosting two major exhibits to celebrate designer Martin Margiela

Fashion designer Martin Margiela is having quite the moment with museums in Paris with not one but two extraordinary exhibitions simultaneously showcasing his works. At the French capital’s fashion museum, Palais Galliera, a retrospective is playing out until the 15th of July. The Margiela/Galliera 1989/2009 show is the first Margiela retrospective in Paris and it offers visitors a walk through a decade of the designer’s signature pieces, from the oversized shirts to his cult Tabi boots, with pieces quite obviously being inspiration for some of today’s designers’ works. Meanwhile, over at the MAD, the designer’s years at French fashion house Hermès is being played out. Showing until the 2nd of September, the Hermès Years show invites visitors to see up close and personal 120 pieces that the designer created for the house between 1997 and 2003. Palais Galliera, 10 ave Pierre Ier de Serbie (16th), 01 56 52 86 00 MAD, 107 rue de Rivoli (1st), 01 44 55 57 50

Sandra Iskander
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