So the mercury levels continue to rise and the whole of Europe feels like melting – Paris included. The record heat wave has driven locals to live outdoors, searching for the Holy Grail of cooling down, whether that means seeking refuge on the Paris Plage, hiding out in leafy parks, or simply by wandering the shady streets with an ice cream in hand. But life in Paris goes on, and we want to show you the best the city has to offer in the height of summer – from secrets of the Eiffel tower to outdoor cinema spots.
This Month's Featured Apartments
Champs de Mars – La Bourdonnais Penthouse
This one bedroom penthouse apartment comes with air conditioning - which is perfect for the hot summer months. Located on the 7th French floor of a Hausmanian building, just a minute from Champs de Mars and the Eiffel Tower, this is the perfect Parisian building. This rental with a spacious bedroom and living room is ideal for a couple and a small child.
Champs Elysées – Foch 3 Bedrooms
If you’re planning a big trip with a large family or a group, then this 3-bedroom apartment, only a stone’s throw away from the Champs-Elysées is the perfect Parisian rental. The temperatures might be hot outside, but you’ll stay cool here since this property comes with air conditioning – a rarity in Paris! In addition you also get your own home cinema with this apartment.
Notre Dame – Galande
Enjoy the bohemian vibe of the Latin Quarter in this 6th floor apartment with views over Notre Dame. Ideal for a group or a family, this three bedroom comes with two bathrooms and all the amenities and not to mention the Holy Grail in the hot Parisian summer: air conditioning. Indulge with a glass of wine from your very own terrace, overlooking one of the city’s most famous landmarks.
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Gustave Eiffel’s Secret Apartment
Being Paris’ most prestigious address (since you can’t get more exclusive than the Eiffel Tower itself) if there were a secret apartment hidden at the top of the iconic structure, it's only logical that it would be reserved solely for the elite.
And that is precisely what Gustave Eiffel, the architect behind his namesake tower, did. In 1889, when the Eiffel Tower opened to the wonder and acclaim of the general public that wasn’t enough for the esteemed architect. As a personal reward with a little something special in mind, Eiffel had also built himself a small apartment at the top of the Eiffel Tower, which suddenly became the most envied address in the whole of Paris.
You can see the apartment today, which once entertained the crème-de-la-crème of Paris’ scientific community, on your next visit to Paris. |
The apartment itself is not large, but it was fully furnished and cozy for its selected visitors, and most certainly appealed to the scientific audience which gathered there. At 1000ft in the air, the apartment was fully decked out with wall paper, chintzy furniture, wooden cabinets and even boasted a grand piano! There was also a small laboratory located adjacent to the apartment, where world famous scientists could dabble in some experiments.|
The secret apartment didn’t stay secret for long, and Paris’ high society grew intensely jealous at its exclusion. Eiffel received high bids to rent out the space for just a single night, but the architect did not want to sell out on what was perhaps the most desired piece of Parisian real estate. The sole use of his apartment was limited to entertaining the best minds in science at the time, including prestigious guests like Thomas Edison.
Eiffel’s secret scientific salon had been off limits from visitors for years, but it reopened earlier this year for visitors to glimpse into! You’ll see the original furnishings and the layout of the flat, as well as some creepy mannequins representing Eiffel and Edison!
Champ de Mars, 5 Anatole France Ave, 75007, Paris
Open Air Cinema Festival
It’s that time of year when Parisians decide to live and do everything out of doors - and that includes going to the movies. The Parc de la Villette in northern Paris makes the perfect outdoor refuge, and as per tradition each year, the open-air cinema, or "cinéma en plein air" en Français, is back. This mostly free (you only need to pay for your deckchair rental) event offers nightly shows from the end of July to the end of August, mixing up classic films with modern releases from the world over – including movies in English.
If you want to come well prepared, then bring your own deckchair, blanket and a picnic so that you can really make a night of it and truly enjoy a good movie outdoors. The programs usually begin at sundown, and will be shown in original version with French subtitles, unless that movie is French, of course.
The festival kicks off 22 July and runs until 23 August, featuring movies such as Roman Polanski’s "The Ghost Writer", Afred Hitchcock’s "Rebecca" and Baz Luhrmann’s "Moulin Rouge", among many others!
You can check the program on the official website (in French)
Cinéma en Plein Air 2015
Deckchairs are available from 19:30
Entrance is Free, but deckchair rental is 7€ or 20€ for 5.
Location: Main entrance at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie
30 rue Corentin-Cariou
Metro: Porte de la Villette or Porte de Pantin (lines 5 and 7)
Best Ice Cream in Paris
If getting out of doors isn’t enough to cool you down, then try it with a scoop of gelato in hand. However, don’t let an inferior ice cream put a dent in your summer experience, and just to make sure you won't do that, here are our insiders' tips on where you can get the best ice cream in Paris!
It’s easy to spot Berthillon from a distance from the queue piling up outside. Their flavors change on a seasonal basis, but if you can, try out the bitter chocolate sorbet or the strawberry sorbet!
31 Rue Saint-Louis en l'Ile 75004
While the French are certainly experts in the culinary arts, the Italians have the art of making ice cream down to an art, so it’s only natural to include an ice cream shop that was created by Italians ! Make sure you try the cioccolte fondente made from Venezuelan chocolate or the delicious caramel ice cream made with pink Himalayan salt!
81 rue de Seine 75006
A La Mère de Famille
For a spot of prestige, A La Mère de Famille claims the title of being Paris’ oldest sweet shop, and has kept its original location for 250 years ! If you’re looking for something different from your usual scoop and cone, then head over to Montmartre to try its delicious ice creams, from traditional varieties to frozen lollypops encrusted with chocolate, caramelized almonds or crushed hazelnuts.
35 rue du Faubourg Montmartre 75009
Le Bac à Glaces
For excellent ice cream made with the best ingredients and no artificial colors or flavors, then Le Bac à Glaces is the perfect place to pick up a refreshing sorbet or delicious ice creams with unique flavors like a Créole rum and raisin, chestnut, or pineapple and coconut.
109 rue du Bac 75007
While the original ice cream parlor that was founded in 1947 has been taken over by new owners who converted it into a salon de thé, the original Raimo spirit is still alive in the form of delicious ice creams and sorbets made from all natural and seasonal ingredients that still use the traditional 19th century recipes !
59/61 boulevard de Reuilly 75012
For the creamiest ice cream in Paris, make a beeline to Martine Lambert on Rue Cler. Here all the ice cream is made with Normandy lait cru and crème fraîche. And it’s not just the ice cream that’s excellent, but the sorbets made at Martine Lambert are made with carefully selected fruit. All additional ingredients are made freshly on site, like the preserved oranges and caramel just to be sure that the quality meets the boutique’s high standards.
192 rue de Grenelle 75007
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Calendar of Events
1 April - 3 August 2015
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower
Dolce Vita? Italian Decorative Art 1900-1940, from Liberty to Industrial Design
14 April - 13 September 2015
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur
Aardman: l'art qui prend forme
13 June - 30 August 2015
Art Ludique - Le Musée
34 Quai d'Austerlitz
13 June - 10 October 2015
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville Paris
11 avenue du Président Wilson
Mid-June - October 2015
Château de Versailles
The Inca and the Conquistador
23 June - 20 September 2015
Musée du Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly
Chagall, Benzaken, Tremlett, Soulages... Le Vitrail Contemporain de 1945 à Nos Jours
20 May - 21 September 2015
Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine - Palais de Chaillot
1 place du Trocadéro
Exhibitions and Other Museums
Harry Potter: The Exhibition
4 April - 6 September 2015
Cité du Cinema
20 Rue Ampere
8 April - 19 July 2015
51 rue de Bercy
Napoleon and Paris. A capital for Europe
8 April - 30 August 2015
Musée Carnavalet - Musée de l'histoire de Paris
16 rue des Francs-Bourgeois
Churchill and De Gaulle
10 April - 26 July 2015
Église Saint-Louis des Invalides - Hôtel national des Invalides
Esplanade des Invalides - 129 rue de Grenelle
Music, Theater and Dance
Les Etés de la Danse
7 July - 1 August 2015
Châtelet - Théâtre musical de Paris
1 place du Châtelet
14 July - 9 August 2015
Various Theaters in Paris
Cinéma en Plein Air
22 July – 23 August 2015
Parc de la Villette
30 rue Corentin-Cariou
20 July – 23 August 2015
Bassin de la Villette
Cinéma au Clair de Lune
30 July – 9 August 2015
Various Locations in Paris
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