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If you’ve been checking the Parisian weather forecast recently, you’ll be astonished to see that a strong heat wave is hitting Paris with temperatures predicted to reach the 80s and 90s, some days even passing 100° Fahrenheit.

During your trip to Paris, make sure you pass the sweltering days not hiding in an air-conditioned hotel room, but rather exploring the city in different, “cooler” ways.

Here are our top three ideas to cool off in Paris in the midst of the heat.

Swimming Pools

What better way to cool off than at a poolside with some light swimming? When the heat eviscerates all will to meander around the streets of Paris, rest assured that you can spend your days by cold pools located in the city itself (Yes, that’s right.).

piscine Paris

Piscines Pointoise (19 rue de Pontoise, 75005), Josephine Baker (Quai de la Gare, 75013
), Keller (
14 rue de l’ingénieur Keller, 75015), Georges Vallery (148 avenue Gambetta, 75020), and Pailleron (
32 rue Edouard Peilleron, 75019) are all recommended spots for some swimming and fun with family or friends in the midst of the city (Check our favorite pools in Paris). The chic Piscine Molitor in West Paris is a can’t-miss for posh visitors.

IceCreams

Our favorite artisanal icecreams in Paris!

Cool indoor exhibitions

You can also flock indoors – (re)discover Parisian museums, exhibitions, and the best the world has to offer on these sweltering days. No matter your personal taste, there will always be a cool indoor exhibition waiting for you to explore it. Although it may seem quite intuitive, with some good research and planning, you can transform an extremely hot summer day into a cooler, indoors art and architecture appreciation adventure in Paris.

For some ideas: Here are our favorite exhibitions. Also, some museums are free every first Sunday of the month!

Hide in the shade

Cafe Grande Mosquée de Paris, by the Tourist in ParisChill in the shade – with trees bearing the brunt of the direct rays, find some shade from the sun on Parisian terraces, or at tree-filled parks. If you look closely enough, Paris is full of hidden spots and small terraces where beautiful trees provide welcome refuge from the heat. The Bistrot des Dames with its hidden garden bar and Le Pavillon Puebla in Parc des Buttes-Chaumont are both great hidden and shade-filled spots, perfect for a breath of fresh air, so is the secret garden of the Hotel Particulier de Montmartre.

You can also hide under the roof of our favorite eclectic hotspot like Le Hasard Ludique or the CentQuatre.

A particularly interesting recommendation is the Cafe part of the Grande Mosquee de Paris, which serves Moroccan sweets and refreshing mint tea under the leaves of beautiful fig trees. It is perfect after a cooling visit to the Mosque itself, which has an indoor garden square with beautiful Islamic architecture, making for a nontraditional visit during your trip in Paris. (When? Open from 11AM to 7PM. Where? 2bis Place du Puits de l’Ermite, 75005. Metro: Censier-Daubenton, line 7).

 

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