“I love Paris in the month of August!”
Around the Fete National day, Parisians tend to adopt the same vacation modus operands: flocking out the French capital as soon as possible to reach their house by the beach or in the countryside. It is estimated that about 50% of Paris residents leave the capital in August. Paris suddenly goes very quiet.
From about the 15 July and nearing the month of August peace reigns over the French capital. But not for this, it means this month should be avoided if you plan to visit Paris. ‘Au contraire’, it is a bonus to visit Paris in this season. Why? Because Paris suddenly regains a different feel, much more pleasant and relaxed than usual. This perceived unnatural quietness reflects and manifests in Parisian street life and social feel.
Parisian residents that happen to stay in are much more relaxed. You see more people smiling, lingering out in corners engaging into conversations, and of course the street brasseries, cafes and restaurants are busy, but not packed as usual.
There is also a growing sense of ‘camaraderie’ between those residents that stay in the capital and tourists. Everyone suddenly turns friendlier in the quiet summer months, even waiters, who are usually tourists’ main source of criticism for rudeness towards Parisians. You still get to see a lot of people in the parks chilling out, uncrushed and sunbathing in the month of August.