A Bespoke Guide to Paris - Summer

 With its verdant parks, galleries and al fresco restaurants, Paris is a city made for the summer months. Rich in history, culture and cuisine, with a community famous for its ‘je ne sais quoi,’ it’s undeniable that when the sun comes out, the city comes out of its shell, too. For those looking to make the most of the summer months in the French capital, follow our guide to the best seasonal events in Paris.

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Bastille Day at the Eiffel Tower

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Few buildings in Paris come close to the Eiffel Tower as a national icon, and even fewer events come close to expressing the patriotic fervour of Bastille Day. When the two are combined with a firework display, whooshing alpha jets, thunderous military parades and music, the result is a dramatic masterpiece that attracts over 500,000 spectators to the surrounding streets.

Eiffel Tower, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris |  14th July 2017

Christian Dior Exhibition at Les Arts Décoratifs

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Celebrating the 70th anniversary of fashion house Christian Dior, this six-month retrospective features designs by the legends of French fashion, including Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, John Galliano and Raf Simons. Presenting over 300 dresses that stretch back from 1947 (when Dior presented his debut collection) until the present day, this is haute couture at its very finest.

5th July 2017 – 7th January 2018

Les Arts Décoratifs, 107, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Pariswww.lesartsdecoratifs.fr

Haute Couture Shows by the Fédération Française de la Couture

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Attracting A-list designers, from Elie Saab to home-grown heavyweights like Julien Fournié, the haute couture shows of French fashion’s governing body are watched by fashion authorities the world-over

2nd – 6th July 2017

Various locations

Rodin at Grand Palais and the Musée Rodin

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Two of the most impressive museums in Paris join forces this summer to mark the centenary of Auguste Rodin. Viewed as the progenitor of modern sculpture (having gained popularity for “The Thinker”), the exhibition seeks to explore his creative universe and the evolution of his style. Containing over 200 works, alongside sculptures and drawings by Giacometti, Baselitz and Gormley, this show will shed light on a man whose statues still dominate our public spaces today.

22nd March – 31st July 2017

Grand Palais, 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris 

Musée Rodin, 79 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris

Le Ballet National de Cuba

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For several decades, Cuba’s leading ballet dancers have wowed fans across the world, starring in some of the best international productions. At the Salle Pleyel this summer, Cuba’s top talents are brought together to perform variations of classical dance that flaunt the corps’ trademark elegance.

6th – 20th July 2017

Salle Pleyel, 252 Rue du Faubourg  Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris | www.sallepleyel.com

Derain, Balthus, Giacometti at the Musée d’Art Moderne

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Examining the friendship of three exceptional 20th century artists, this exhibition begins with a glance at the figurative tradition, continues to themes of landscape and cruelty, before settling on a dreamlike world and the tragedy of time. Drawing on some of the world’s largest private collections, viewings promise to be challenging and enchanting in equal measure.

2nd June – 29th October 2017

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 11 avenue du Président Wilson – 75116 Paris |  www.mam.paris.fr

David Hockney at the Centre Pompidou

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Nearly 20 years after his Paris debut, Hockney returns to the French capital this summer for a major retrospective. Famous for its avant-garde complex, the Pompidou devotes itself to the artist’s paintings, photographs, engravings, prints and drawings in a grand display of over 200 works. Rather than focusing only on Hockney’s early works, much of the exhibition is dedicated to more recent pieces, in which he uses several technical tools, from iPhones to iPads.

21st June – 23rd October 2017

Centre Pompidou, Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris | www.centrepompidou.fr

Opening of Montaigne Avenue’s boutiques on Sunday

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Shopaholics rejoice! Since the start of the year a decision by local government has meant one of the city’s most glamorous shopping streets is now open for business on Sundays.

Open now

Avenue Montaigne, 8th arrondissement, Paris

Coldplay at the Stade de France

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Since last March, Coldplay has been winning over audiences all over the world with its latest tour, a “Head Full of Dreams.” Created with the help of designer-producers Misty Buckley and Paul Normandale, the final leg of their European tour hits the Stade de France this summer for three exceptional concerts, which will include hits such as “Adventure of a Lifetime” and “Hymn for the Weekend”.

15th – 18th July 2017

Stade de France, 93216 Saint-Denis, France | www.stadefrance.com

Arrival of Le Tour de France at Avenue des Champs-Elysées

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After more than three weeks of racing, the cyclists of Le Tour de France push through to the final leg of their journey in central Paris. Pedalling through Place de la Concorde, the Quai des Tuileries and back to the Champs-Elysées, this is where the victory-thirsty sportsmen must hit a sprint to gain the coveted yellow jersey.

23rd July 2017

Avenue des Champs-Elysées, 8th arrondissement, Paris

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