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5 Must-Know Facts About Paris in October

October 02, 2015

By Florian


Whatever the statistics say, take if from real Parisians: Paris in October is good.  And when you know that Parisians have a reputation of endless complaining, well then this statement must be true! OK, you might not be able to walk around in shorts and a T-shirt, nor have the privilege to lie down in the sun until 10pm, but hey, there’s more to Paris than that, don’t you think?

So what can you expect from Paris in October? Let’s stop beating around the bush: here are the 5 must-know facts about Paris in October.


When Parisians look back at previous years, they always say that October is generally a sunny month. Although the cold is slowly settling in, there’s no need to pack your heavy padded jacket, gloves, scarf and hat. A warm sweater and a light coat will do just fine.

October is also when the real autumn kicks in. You’ll find all the delicious seasonal products (mushrooms, chestnuts, pumpkins etc.) in any good restaurant.

As for shopping, it’s a good time to get out there and buy something nice for the coming winter. Forget black. Light up those gloomy winter days with some dazzling colors!


Here are 3 annual events that cannot be missed:

The Nuit Blanche, on the first weekend of October, is a unique opportunity for artists to display their creations in designated areas, both outdoors and indoors, during a full night.

The FIAC is a modern art International trade show at the Grand Palais… and outside. Many works of art are displayed in specific and prestigious areas.

And for those who don’t take art so seriously, why not step into the creepy world of the walking dead and admire the hundreds of disguised people participating in the Zombie Walk.


For the children, October is associated with La Toussaint (All Saint’s Day), which is the first in a long series of annual school holidays. It’s not a holiday during which people travel great distances (unlike summer or winter breaks), so it’s better to avoid the end of October if you are looking for a quiet kid-free visit of Paris.

And let’s not forget Halloween, which has an increasing presence in French traditions. Trick or treating might not be very widespread, but a lot of fun parties are thrown in Parisian pubs, bars and clubs on October 31.


Since the days are getting cold and the nights are getting long, most summer outdoor activities stop in October. The best-selling activity Marin d’Eau Douce for example, which offer rentable electric boats on the north eastern canal of Paris, will dock its boats until next April. The pop-up bar

Ground Control will also close its doors and vacate the old abandoned train repair building. A lot of the luxurious hotels will also stop serving their cocktails, snacks or tea-time on their terraces.

Rest assured through, the café patios are open all year, and have special outdoor heaters to keep you warm.

Winter Hours

On the last weekend of October, during the night of Saturday to Sunday, France will change time and “gain” an extra hour. That’s one more hour for your beauty sleep!  Instead of 2am, it will be 1 am. But this also means that the days will seem much shorter and the sun will start setting at 6pm. This time change is a direct consequence of the 1973 oil crisis and was implemented in 1976 to reduce energy consumption. I'll be honest: I just don't get the logic behind that and might just use that extra hour to think about it!

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