Paris in May

May, more than any other month of the year, wants us to feel most alive! You know the saying, but in concrete words, what do we generally do in Paris in May? Keep reading to find out more about the amin activitives available every year.

In May, French people enjoy lots of public holidays, follow the guides to find out what to do in Paris on May 1, May 8 and for the long Ascension weekend... But we also have Museums night, Foire de Paris and Taste of Paris for instance.

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What to do this May 1, 2020 in Paris? It is a bank holiday so; many places are closed. And because it is French Labor Day, there are even more closed places than usual. Are you looking for how to spend a good day? Check our ideas to be sure you will not find a closed door.

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What to do this May 8, 2020 in Paris? Since it’s a public holiday, we have to make the good calls to avoid doing nothing. Shopping, museums, walks, here are the good ideas…

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Thursday May 21, 2020 will be Ascension Day in Paris so this is a public holiday. This is perfect to enjoy a wonderful day in Paris. You don't know what to do and see in Paris this Thursday May 21? We've got you covered with a few ideas!

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This year, the “Nuit des Musées,” or Long Night of Museum, takes place on Saturday May 18th, 2019.For this 15th edition, over 1000 museums will be open all night, to share their most treasured works, giving you behind-the-scenes access, and even hosting numerous events like treasure hunts, concerts or even light shows, most of them being free of charge... Meet on Saturday May 18, 2019!

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Are you looking for the right restaurant for breaking the fast in Paris? We’ve concocted you a nice and little guide to find THE perfect spot for doing iftar for Ramadan 2020.

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Taste of Paris, The chefs and foodies festival is back at the Grand Palais from May 14 to 17, 2020. For 4 days, let's enjoy the best of gastronomy in one and only place. The most famous Parisian chefs will be gathered in the French capital's most beautiful setting: the Grand Palais.

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The Foire de Paris is back from April 27th to May 8th, 2019 at the Porte de Versailles. Once again the Foire de Paris will be featuring home decor ideas and remodeling, hobbies and gastronomy and all the services that come along with it!

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Museums and exhibitions: 

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In May 2020, Paris is the theater of beautiful exhibitions. With sunny days upon us, it's time to visit Paris museums and monuments and to discover the many exhibitions and meetings without forgetting Museums Night! It's so sunny it would be a shame to miss a thing...

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This May 1, 2020 is the French Labor Day. On this public holiday spent in Paris, you can whether pick some lilies of the valley, have a walk in a garden, visit a museum and their exhibitions open in Paris. To make the right call, check the list of museums and monuments open on this May 1, 2020.

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What about spending our May 8, 2020 visiting a museum? With this long weekend, we have three days to discover Parisian museums and monuments all over again…

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How about making the best of Holy Thursday to have a walk and visit a monument? This year, Thursday May 21, 2020 is a day off and many people will enjoy a long weekend: Four days are here for you to make many discoveries across the region!

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Looking for a free museum in Paris? Musée des Beaux-Arts, Musée d’Art Moderne, Musée de l’Aviation, Musée des Arts Asiatiques, over 20 museums are free of charge, all year round, so, discover them!

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Feel like visiting a free museum on Sunday? Sortiraparis reminds you that museums are free of charge this Sunday May 3, 2020 to make art accessible to all!

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The Louvre launches free night-time visits on the 1st Saturday of the month. Concerts, torch-lit visits, paper chase and guided tours by registration. Don't forget to sign up to enjoy the entertainments. Next event held on Saturday May 2, 2020. Booking from April 21.

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Whether you’re just in the French capital for a weekend, week or you simply want to rediscover Paris monuments, the editorial board has listed the top 10 must-see monuments in Paris. Want to know more about the city history? Keep reading.

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Walks:

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Good news for Paris lovers who have no car since Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has announced that the first four arrondissements of Paris are now reserved for pedestrians, a Sunday per month. Next date: May 3, 2020.

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The Champs Elysées will be free of car and pedestrian one Sunday per month. It's the perfect occasion to discover the world's most beautiful avenue in a new light and to take a selfie in front of the Arc de Triomphe without any car to ruin the scenery. Next event: Sunday May 3, 2020.

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Whether you’re just in the French capital for a weekend, week or you simply want to rediscover Paris monuments, the editorial board has listed the top 10 must-see monuments in Paris. Want to know more about the city history? Keep reading.

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The Fête de la Bretagne returns in Paris from May 17 to 25, 2019 in the 14th and 15th arrondissements. Don’t miss this irresistible event celebrating Brittany with music, dance, gastronomy, culture, Fest-noz and even Crêpe’Noz.

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Leisures:

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Virtual reality and games of all kinds fans, are you looking for a place to satisfy your geek passion? Or maybe you just want to travel? We offer you a guide for VR activities in Paris, to live experiences out of the beaten paths.

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Can’t get enough of the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes or solving mysteries of any sort? Have you dreamed of solving your own mystery in a haunted manor? Escape games let you experience these adventures for one hour with your family or friends. Use your cleverness, team spirit and your observation to help you win!

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Get ready because the Foire du Trône is back from April 5 to June 2, 2019, at the Pelouse de Reuilly in Paris, a large lawn surrounded by greenery. With 350 attractions and 80 rides and rollercoasters, young and old will once again be able to enjoy this historic fair that has been around since 957 A.D.! Let's have a look at the program.

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An unparalleled experience at the same time as the Roland-Garros tournament: Flying from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower at the same speed as a... smash! It will be possible from May 29 to June 2 by registration to try your luck!

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Shopping:

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Are you looking for a shopping mall open this May 1, 2020? Discover all the possibilities to shop smart in Paris and Ile de France!

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In the mood for a shopping spree on Wednesday May 8, 2020? Many shopping malls open on this special day!

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Sunny days are back, and it is time to get some new clothes! Do, let’s enjoy Holy Thursday on May 21, 2020 to go shopping... Here is a guide of the shopping malls open on this public holiday.

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Looking for a good shopping deal in Pairs? We’ve brought together the best addresses where to get good deals! Thrift store, clearance store or outlet, low-cost fashion is that way!

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Shows:

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Launched in 2015, Lido Paris new revue Paris-Merveilles modernizes the cabaret. Between traditional cancan and modernism, this show is enchanting. We’re blown away.

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If there's one thing for which the French capital is famous worldwide is the Parisian cabarets and their show, that are a synonym of elegance, glamor and sexy à la française. Here are the main shows to attend in Paris.

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The Musical Fountain Shows and the Musical Gardens of the Palace of Versailles are coming back in the gardens fountains and pools for a new season. From April 2 to October 29, 2019, enjoy strolls around the estate thickets and fountains in a magical atmosphere worthy of Louis XIV.

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The Château de Vaux le Vicomte and its “Candlelit Dinners” are welcoming you again for enchanting evenings from Saturday May 4 to October 5, 2019. Think an entire castle and a wonderful garden lit by two thousand candles for a night-time visit. It doesn’t matter if you’re with your family or your lover, it’s the occasion to discover or rediscover Vaux le Vicomte from a new angle.

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Restaurants:

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How about a bistronomic restaurant in Paris? Here are the best tables to enjoy a flavorful and homemade cuisine.

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Looking for a quirky and unusual restaurant in Paris? You want something new, spectacular, and something awe-inspiring in your plate? Enjoying a meal in a unique setting or context? For uncommon culinary experiences, keep reading!

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Are you looking for an exotic restaurant in Paris likely to make you travel? Your unstoppable need to look everywhere may come to an end with these restaurants and each fork will be a discovery!

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A gourmet break in Paris is just perfect with terraces and cozy addresses open all afternoon long. With the critically acclaimed top pastry chefs, we can brag about having very tasty gourmet breaks in Paris!

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Going from the ice bar to the one where you can enjoy delicious drinks while petting a cat, without forgetting the bar where you can play board games... Paris is full of bars, all more original than strange and invites you to discover its top of the capital's unusual bars.

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How about sipping a drink and travelling? No need to go to the other end of the world, we found the best exotic bars in Paris where you can enjoy a good night while satisfying your taste buds!

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Sunny days are here again and summer will be here before you know it! So what could be more appropriate than enjoying the city’s terrace spaces? For a little spot surrounded by greenery, an unobstructed view of the Paris rooftops or secret spots, we have it all in this guide to Parisian terraces!

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Julie M.
Last updated on 30 August 2019

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From 1 May 2020 to 31 May 2020

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