Paris is lovely all year round in my opinion, but it’s true that it is extra special in springtime – and a big reason for that is the gorgeous pink cherry blossoms in Paris that appear around the city.
Now, full disclosure, not every street will come to life with pretty pink trees during Spring – I wouldn’t want you to go and experience Paris Syndrome! There are lots of cherry blossoms in Paris, but it’s a big city, so you still have to know the best places to see them.
That’s where this blog comes in. I did a tonne of research into the best places to see cherry blossoms in Paris and I trekked all over the city during the blossom season in 2023 to find them. I visited 38 locations altogether! This article covers the best places to see cherry blossoms in Paris, in my opinion.
For the top locations, I’ve also included some info on how to get there, some ideas for how to photograph the blossoms and some suggestions of what else to do in the area, to help you plan your time.
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When Do Cherry Blossoms Bloom In Paris?
As with every cherry blossom destination in the world, the flowering season is Spring, but the exact dates can vary from year to year, depending on the conditions leading up to the season.
In Paris, the bloom tends to start in March and can continue until late April.
However, the trees in different locations around Paris bloom at different times, so some might hit ‘peak bloom’ much earlier than others. This is a good thing for travellers in search of cherry blossoms in Paris, in my opinion. We might not all be able to stay for the entire cherry blossom season, so it’s good to know that there should be opportunities to see them across several weeks, albeit in different locations.
In this post, where I have intel on whether specific blossoms bloom early or late in the season, I’ll share it. And, for what it’s worth, I’ve included the dates I took the photos I have included in this post. The past is a good predictor of the future, right?
The other thing you can do to check the blossom status is to keep an eye on what’s getting posted on Instagram at the location you’re interested in. For example, there was somewhere I wanted to visit for the cherry blossoms and I was thinking of going on a particular day. However, I saw that a helpful person posted a picture of closed blossom buds with a caption saying ‘they’re not open yet!’, so I postponed my visit for a few days.
13 Best Places To See Cherry Blossoms In Paris
These are the locations I consider the best places to see cherry blossoms in Paris. It’s a subjective list, of course, but for transparency, my criteria for inclusion are that there is a nice formation of cherry trees and/or they’re in lovely surroundings.
Mail De Bièvre
Anywhere with two rows of pink cherry blossom trees forming a tunnel is going to be a winner in my opinion – and I think the blossom tunnel at Mail de Bièvre is the most stunning blossom tunnel of all I have experienced in Paris.
The residential buildings on either side of this little park are modern and not particularly interesting architecturally, and there’s a children’s play park there – but the cherry blossom trees were definitely the main feature for me.
I was lucky enough to catch it in peak bloom and the effect was really wonderful: the trees are planted close to each other, so they form a thick flower canopy which creates a soft pink shade under it. There are benches along the pathway, so it’s a nice place to relax and enjoy the cherry blossoms in Pars.
Cherry blossom photo ideas: I focussed on capturing the dense pink arch of the cherry blossom trees. Capturing someone walking along the path would also create a nice focal point.
My photos were taken on 9 April 2023 and I also made a TikTok about the blossom tunnel at Mail de Bièvre.
How To Get To There
Mail de Bièvre is somewhat off the beaten path in Paris: it’s in the 13th arrondissement and the nearest Metro station is Glacière.
Other Things To Do Near Mail de Bièvre
It’s not too far from the Catacombs of Paris, which isn’t really my thing (I’m not keen on tight underground spaces, nor human remains), but I’m aware many people like that place.
This is a lovely little square even without the cherry blossoms, but when they bloom it is extra special. Square Gabriel-Pierne has a row of cherry blossom trees, which form a small enclave of pink on the north side of the square.
There are plenty of benches, making this park a good one to hang out in and simply enjoy the calm atmosphere of the blossoms. The square also has a pretty fountain.
Cherry blossom photo ideas: there’s a statue of a dancing girl, which could make a good photographic subject. Similarly, an old-fashioned street lamp looks good set against the pink trees. Finally, the park is behind the Institute de France building, which has an ornate dome, so you could use this as a backdrop for photographs. My photos were taken on 5 April 2023.
How To Get To There
Square Gabriel-Pierne is in the 6th arrondissement, but the nearest Metro station is Pont Neuf, which is on the other side of the Seine River. You can also walk here from the Seine: it’s very near Pont Des Arts.
Other Things To Do Near Square Gabriel-Pierne
Pont Des Arts is a pedestrian bridge across the seine, with wooden boards. It used to be the bridge everyone put lock locks on, but most (an estimated 1 million padlocks weighing 45 tons) were taken away in 2015. You can also see Bouquinistes along the riverside near here – these can be nice places to browse books, prints and original artworks.
It’s also not too far from the Louvre, Île de la Cité and also Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
Departmental Estate of Sceaux
Some of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Paris are technically outside the City of Paris, and that is true for the Departmental Estate of Sceaux, or, simply, Parc De Sceaux. This is a country estate, with extensive gardens including long pathways lined with tall trees and a large pond and fountain system.
There are cherry trees in specific groves: trees with white blossoms in the South Grove and with pink blossoms in the North Grove. It’s easy to find the groves because they’re marked on Google maps (and I’ve also included the specific spot in my map at the end of this post).
The trees here are known to bloom later in the season. I had read the best time tends to be mid-late April, but I went a little earlier because I had a window of good weather forecast, followed by wet weather and I figured it would be better to go in the sunshine than rain, even if the blossoms weren’t quite in peak.
Hanami, the Japanese spring festival, is celebrated here, so it’s worth looking out for their festival dates, which will indicate when peak bloom is expected.
When I went, the white blossoms were hardly showing at all and the pinks were only partly blooming. However, it was still incredibly pretty, and you can tell the full effect at peak bloom would be quite spectacular, due to the number of trees together in the grove.
I did also see a couple of other pink cherry trees in full bloom elsewhere in the park.
Cherry blossom photo ideas: This is a good spot to stand back and capture the effect of having so many trees together. It’s also somewhere many people come to see the trees and make a day of it, so you might see people picnicking under the boughs of pink blossoms. My photos were taken on 9 April 2023.
How To Get To There
Although it’s not central, it’s easy to get to Sceaux, because it’s on the suburban RER train line B and is within zone 3 of the Paris transportation network. I used Citymapper to plan my route and it was really straight-forward.
NB. Parc de Sceaux station was a more pleasant walk to/from the park than La Croix de Berny.
Boulevard Garibaldi & Rue Cepre
There’s this small square in Paris that doesn’t even have a name, as far as I can tell. It also doesn’t have beautiful surroundings. However, it is, nevertheless, one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Paris, in my opinion. It’s at the junction of Boulevard Garibaldi & Rue Cepre and it has this amazing cluster of 13 cherry trees.
The trees are close together, so their branches almost join up to create a wonderful pink canopy. There are no benches, but I hung out here for a while, immersing myself in the pastel pink wonderland of this pretty corner of Paris.
Cherry blossom photo ideas: You could snap the street signs nestled between the blossoms. There are also some Haussmann-style buildings on one side, which could be a good backdrop. Or you could capture the trees from underneath the canopy, in the pink-hued shade.
My photos were taken on 5 April 2023. I also made a little TikTok of this location, if you’re interested.
How To Get To There
The cherry blossoms at Boulevard Garibaldi & Rue Cepre are really near Cambronne Metro station (15th arrondissement) which is on line 6.
Other Things To Do Near Boulevard Garibaldi & Rue Cepre
I’m not aware of much, to be honest – I came here because I’d heard there were cherry blossoms here and I was delighted that this was true! However, this spot is not too far from Eglise Saint-Seraphin-de-Sarov, an orthodox church tucked away in the 15th arrondissement.
Jardin des Plantes
No surprise, the park called ‘Plant Garden’ has some wonderful cherry tree specimens! Along the long straight section of gardens, there are several large cherry trees with a mixture of pink and white blossoms. You can get pretty close to the trees and several have low-hanging branches, so its lovely to be among them.
And, of course, the whole of Jardin des Plantes is gorgeous in Spring, with flower beds bursting into colour and the trees starting to bud into green.
Cherry blossom photo ideas: with the low-hanging branches, this is a good place to get some close-ups of the flowers. And at the south end of the gardens is the Grand Gallerie de l’Evolution, which is an impressive landmark that looks good in the background of photographs.
My photos were taken on 5 April 2023. I also made a TikTok of the Jardin des Plantes cherry blossoms.
How To Get To There
Jardin des Plantes is in the 5th arrondissement and the nearest Metro station is either Place Monge or Austerlitz.
Other Things To Do Near Jardin Des Plantes
The Jardin is attached to the Grand Gallerie de l’Evolution (Museum of Natural History), so this could be an option. They are also near the Grand Mosque of Paris, which is an impressive landmark. Finally, there’s a Batobus stop on the seine at the northern end of the gardens, so you could jump on that and see more of Paris from the river Seine.
Allée Vivaldi has a pedestrian walkway in between two roads and it has two rows of gorgeous pink cherry blossom trees. The trees are planted in clusters on either side of the path, forming blossom arches at intervals along the path. It’s a wonderful effect at peak bloom.
There are benches along the walkway, so you can sit and take the glorious pinkness in.
Cherry blossom photo ideas: I opted for a symmetrical view of the trees joining up into arches. My photos were taken on 8 April 2023.
How To Get To There
It is in the 12th arrondissement and the nearest Metro station is either Daumesnil, Dugommier or Montgallet.
Other Things To Do Near Allée Vivaldi
Allée Vivaldi is near Reuilly – Paul Pernin Garden, which is a small park with a pedestrian bridge going over it. It’s also part of the Coulée Verte René-Dumont, which is a pedestrian garden path that runs for 4.7km from the Boulevard Périphérique to the Bastille.
An absolutely classic place to see cherry blossoms in Paris is Trocadéro Gardens, which are just across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. There are gardens with cherry trees on both the north and south side of the fountains, but I think the trees on the south side were marginally better looking.
Come early in the day to avoid the crowds and to catch some gorgeous morning light. But be warned: this area is popular for photo shoots from dawn until dusk, so you might not have it to yourself even at daybreak.
Cherry blossom photo ideas: obviously, having the Eiffel Tower in the background is irresistible at Trocadero. I liked the leading lines of this row of benches on the south side of the gardens. My photo was taken on 5 April 2023.
How To Get To There
Trocadéro Gardens are in the 16th arrondissement and the closest Metro station is Trocadéro.
Other Things To Do Near Trocadéro Gardens
The Eiffel Tower, obviously, is pretty close – and is a must-see, especially if it’s your first time in Paris. The terrace at Trocadéro itself is also close (just up the steps from the gardens) – but be aware, this is photo/video shoot central, due to the amazing view of Paris with the Eiffel Tower slap bang in the middle of it.
Champ Des Mars
On the other side of the Eiffel Tower are the long gardens and pathways of Champ Des Mars and these are another well-known place to see cherry blossoms in Paris.
I think these cherry blossoms tend to bloom earlier in the season. In 2023, I saw reports that they were already starting to bloom in February, so I figured I would miss their peak when I visited in early April. However, I was able to find a couple of trees still in bloom – one with white flowers and a couple with pink.
It’s another place where coming early in the day can pay off (because there are fewer crowds around).
Cherry blossom photo ideas: the Eiffel Tower is irresistible, obviously! You could play with the focus, though: choosing either to focus on blossoms with the tower blurry in the background, or the other way around. My photos were taken on 5 April 2023.
How To Get To There
The Eiffel Tower and Champ des Mars are in the 7th arrondissement and there are a few Metro options: Champ de Mars Eiffel Tower is at the tower end and École Militaire is at the other end. Alternatively, you could visit this spot after Trocadéro Gardens, walking across the Seine along Pont d’Iéna.
Other Things To Do Near Champs Des Mars
Book a ticket to go up the Eiffel Tower, of course! Or simply photograph it from around the gardens (Rue de L’université is a popular spot, as you can frame the tower between the buildings on each side of the street). You can also get the Batobus hop-on-hop-off Seine river tour from the Tour Eiffel dock near the Pont d’Iéna.
Rue Villebois Mareuil, Vincennes
Another of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Paris is just outside of the City of Paris, (but still in the Paris Metropolitan Area, and connected via the Metro). In Vincennes, there’s a residential street called Rue Villebois Mareuil, which has cherry blossom trees on both sides, creating a gorgeously pretty tunnel effect.
It’s really lovely – and is a quiet spot, as this is a suburban area, not somewhere many tourists go.
Cherry blossom photo ideas: it’s all about the pink blossom tunnel, baby! My photos were taken on 8 April 2023.
How To Get To There
Take Metro Line 1 to Château de Vincennes and it’s just a short walk from there.
Other Things To Do Near Rue Villebois Mareuil
Château de Vincennes is the obvious one: this is a 14th-century castle that you can tour.
You’re also not far from two parks that both also have cherry blossom trees blooming in Spring: Parc Floral de Paris is a botanical garden and Bois de Vincennes is a huge park with woodlands, a lake with row boats and many, many picnic spots.
There’s a sort-of square outside Saint-Vincent de Paul Catholic church, where there are some small children’s play parks, benches and steps. And there are quite a few cherry trees dotted around.
Square Artistide-Cavaillé-Coll seems like a popular place for lunch outside on a nice day, with people hanging out on the steps.
Cherry blossom photo ideas: the church itself creates an interesting background for photographing the blossoms – and this is the main reason I think it’s one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Paris. My photo was taken on April 4, 2023.
How To Get To There
Square Artistide-Cavaillé-Coll is just down the hill from Gare du Nord, so if you’re arriving in Paris there, you could stroll on down straight off your train! The nearest Metro station is either Gare du Nord or Poissonnière.
Other Things To Do Near Square Artistide-Cavaillé-Coll
There are some more (but very small) cherry blossom trees just behind the church on Rue St Vincent de Paul.
I don’t know anything else to do right next to the square, but further down the hill, you get into the Faubourg-Montmartre area, which has nice restaurants cafes and also several of the best covered passages in Paris.
Place Camille Claudel
This small spot has only two cherry trees, but they’re large and create a lovely effect on this small square next to Falguière Metro station. There are benches if you want to sit and enjoy the blossoms.
Cherry blossom photo ideas: Most photographs I’ve seen of this place use the blossoms as a framing device around the Metro station entrance. But there are also some nice cream-coloured and modern buildings around that can create a contrast with the pink blossoms. My photos were taken on 5 April 2023.
How To Get To There
As I said, this spot is right next to Falguière Metro Station on line 12. It’s in the 15th arrondissement.
Other Things To Do Near Place Camille Claudel
This spot is not far from the Bourdelle Museum, which showcases the art collection of Antoine Bourdelle, who was a pupil of Rodin’s. You could also head further east towards Montparnasse, where you have the Montparnasse Tower with its observation deck and panoramic views of Paris. And a little further beyond that, there are also the grand old literary cafes of Montparnasse Boulevard.
The Petit Palais is a very pretty Beaux Arts-style building containing an art gallery. I’d read about a cherry blossom tree in the inner courtyard garden, which is a nice spot to get a drink in between admiring the extensive collection (which is free to see, by the way!).
When I visited in early April, the tree in the courtyard had already dropped most of its blossoms. While the garden itself was lovely, there were only a few petals to be seen. However, there were two trees outside in glorious bloom: a white blossom tree and a pink cherry blossom tree.
Cherry blossom photo ideas: the trees outside are large and you can get up close to them, including under the branches, so close-up shots of the blossoms are possible. You can also use the fabulous building as a backdrop, or use the branches of the tree as a frame for photographing the building. My photo was taken on April 4, 2023.
How To Get To There
The Petit Palais is in the 8th arrondissement and the nearest Metro is Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau.
Other Things To Do Near Petit Palais
Just across the street is the Grand Palais, which was under renovation at the time of writing. However, nearby you have many glitzy Paris sights: the Champs-Élysées, Pont Alexandre III and Place de la Concorde.
Jardin des Tuileries
One of the most famous parks in Paris is also one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Paris.
There are several pink cherry blossom trees around the Grand Bassin Rond on the east side of Jardin des Tuileries, near to the Louvre. There are also some other flowering trees that didn’t look like cherry blossoms, but were still pretty.
The bad news is that you can only get close to one of the trees because there’s a ‘don’t walk on the grass’ rule here, and all but one cherry blossom tree are set back from the path. But there are lots of chairs from which to sit and enjoy the view. And the good news is that the park is surrounded by iconic Paris landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay, Musée du Louvre and the Haussmann buildings on Rue de Rivoli.
Cherry blossom photo ideas: take your pick of the iconic buildings to use as a background. My photos were taken on 13 April 2023.
How To Get To There
Jardin des Tuileries is in the 1st arrondissement and has its own Metro station: Tuileries.
Other Things To Do Near Jardin des Tuileries
Well, you’re very near the Musée du Louvre on one side of the gardens and Musée de l’Orangerie on the other. This is actually one of my favourite museums in Paris, as it showcases Monet’s waterlilies so beautifully. You’re also near Angelina which is an old Paris tea room famous for its hot chocolate (and queues!).
Other Good Places To See Cherry Blossoms In Paris
This selection of places to see cherry blossoms in Paris are good. They’re not quite as great as the first group, in my subjective opinion. The main reason is these locations tend to have slightly fewer cherry trees, so the overall pink effect is not so intense, or they’re in a slightly less scenic spot.
However, they are still nice places to see cherry blossoms – so do use my map at the end to have them book-marked for your Spring visit to Paris.
Shakespeare & Company
This popular spot in the Latin Quarter does have attractive pink cherry blossom trees outside and there are some more on the same street. I think these are late bloomers, as there were only a few flowers out when I visited Shakespeare & Company in early April, but the bloom was gorgeous in mid-April.
They’re hard to photograph without getting other people in the frame, though, as there’s often a long queue and plenty of people hanging out around this anglophone bookshop. I did get some shots of Notre-Dame from behind a flowering tree, though.
Square Paul Langevin
Square Paul Langevin is an unassuming square in the 5th arrondissement. It has a small row of cherry trees along Rue Monge, which creates a nice pink effect. The surrounding Haussmann architecture could be a nice backdrop to use in photographs.
Square Marie Trintignant
Square Marie Trintignant is a small, somewhat overgrown park with a few lovely cherry blossom trees. There are a couple of benches for sitting and enjoying the pink hues. It is next to Hôtel de Sens, a medieval-style building which could feature in the background of your photos.
Place Des Combattantes Et Combattants Du Sida
Outside the Saint-Paul Metro station is a paved area with six pretty pink cherry blossom trees.
Between the pedestrians and the small fairground rides there, it’s quite a busy spot. I found it hard to enjoy in the same way I did some of the quieter places to see cherry blossoms in Paris.
It’s quite good for photographs, though: between the handsome buildings, the carousel and an old fashioned streetlamp, there are plenty of things to use in your pictures.
Place Marcel Aymé, Montmartre
Montmartre is very popular, but it’s such a lovely part of Paris that I recommend you explore it even if you only have one day in Paris.
Before visited this April, I had read that Montmartre was a great place to see cherry blossoms in Paris and that there were lots of places with flowering trees. But I didn’t see any when I came in early April and only found a few on my second visit in mid-April.
The best were at Place Marcel Aymé, which is a small square known for Le Passe-Muraille, the statue of a man coming out of the wall. There were a few small trees here, which I used as a frame for the statue in my images. I had to be quick taking this shot, though, as there seemed to be tour group after tour group coming to look at the statue!
I saw a few other white cherry blossom trees in Montmartre, blooming in mid-April:
- The north end of Square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet
- Square Suzanne Buisson
- Square Jehan Rictus, home to the Love Wall
Ps. If you want to explore this area beyond the cherry blossoms, use my self-guided walking tour of Montmartre to see all the best bits!
My photos were taken on 13 April 2023.
Jardin Des Serres d’Auteuil
Jardin des Serres d’auteil is a 19th-century botanical garden, with lots of species of plants, housed in green houses. The surrounding gardens are also lovely and full of nice trees and shady spots to sit end enjoy the natural beauty. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re into plants and flowers.
There are a couple of blossoming trees including a large pink cherry blossom tree at the north gate, which had low-hanging branches you can get close to – it’s really gorgeous.
Coulée Verte René-Dumont
Coulée Verte René-Dumont is a pedestrian garden path that runs for 4.7km from the Boulevard Périphérique in the east to the Bastille. It’s a lovely walk, I did it when in Paris solo, but it could be a good activity for couples in Paris.
I already mentioned Allée Vivaldi, which is a short section of this garden walkway with blossom arches, but there are pretty cherry blossom trees dotted along the whole route of the Coulée Verte.
These tend to be single trees here and there, so they’re not as intense as some of the other places to see cherry blossoms in Paris. But nevertheless, in Spring, the pathway comes to life and walking along it is really lovely.
Rue Louis Besquel & Other Streets In Vincennes & Saint-Mandé
As well as Rue Villebois Mareuil, which I mentioned earlier, there are several other places to see cherry blossoms in the Vincennes & Saint-Mandé areas:
- Rue Louis Besquel is a residential street with lovely cherry blossoms in light pink bloom all along one side of the street
- Rue Renault has pretty pink blossom trees on both sides of the street. Near here, Rue Poirier and Place Charles Digeon also have some
- There are some pink cherry blossom trees on Avenue Carnot, next to Château de Vincennes
There’s probably more than listed here: these are a lovely suburbs, but big: I didn’t check every street!
Other Places That Have Cherry Blossoms In Paris – Check Them Out If You’re In The Area
This last section is places where I found cherry blossoms in Paris. However, they’re not somewhere I’d recommend you make a specific visit just to see the cherry blossoms. This is mainly because there’s not quite enough of them, or the spectacle is not quite enough to warrant a trek across Paris.
But some are good destinations for other reasons. And in any case, I’ve included them in my map of the places to see cherry blossoms in Paris – so you can check them out if you happen to be in the area.
Bois de Vincennes
Bois de Vincennes is really amazing – it’s a huge and lovely park in the east of Paris.
The focal point is probably the gorgeous lake, Lac Daumesnil, which has two islands in it and a lot of geese and swans. The south island has a pretty temple: Temple Romantique de l’Île de Reuilly.
It’s a popular park: on a sunny Saturday, there’ll be lots of picnickers, dogs running around and people row-boating on the lake.
There are some cherry blossom trees dotted around, including on the islands and one near the west entrance to the park – but given the scale of the park, they’re not the main attraction. You should definitely come, especially in Spring. But come for the idyllic park, with cherry blossoms as a bonus.
Jardin Du Luxembourg
Jardin du Luxembourg is another park that is delightful in Spring – and you should absolutely go there if you have the chance. It is the gardens of what was Luxembourg Palace, now home to the Senate of the French Republic.
The park has flower gardens, tree-lined walkways, a large pond in the middle and the famous fountain of Medici. Strolling here is one of the romantic tings to do in Paris. It’s also great for people-watching, and you might see people practising Tai Chi or playing petanque in the grounds. I personally really like the statues of French queens that surround the pond: the white statues contrast brilliantly against the bright green leaves of the horse chestnut trees.
It does have a few cherry blossom trees but they don’t have the dramatic effect as other locations – but if you’re there anyway, It’s worth a look. There’s pink and white blossom trees near the Rue de Fleurus entrance.
I think the Jardin du Luxembourg blossoms are late bloomers: there weren’t many out in early April, with more appearing towards mid-April.
There are some sizeable cherry blossom trees in various places around Parc Monceau – but there’s not so many to make it a major cherry blossom destination, in my opinion.
That said, I would definitely recommend you visit this park in Spring, because it is gorgeous: there are lots of trees, places to sit, shady paths and, from the south entrance, a view of the Arc de Triomphe. There’s also a lovely duckpond with a colonnade around one end.
As with Parc Monceau, I would recommend a visit to this hilly park, which feels like a retreat from the bustle of central Paris.
The cherry trees are not the main appeal of Parc Butte-Chaumont, even in Spring, but there are a couple by the lakeside, near the snack stand. They overlook the lake and Temple de la Sibylle, which sits atop a fifty metre cliff.
My photo was taken on 7 April 2023 and the trees didn’t appear to be in peak bloom yet.
Parc Bagatelle – la Roseraie
There are some lovely cherry blossom trees in Parc Bagatelle – la Roseraie, which is on the west side of Bois de Boulogne, which is a large woodland area to the west of Paris.
It’s the gardens of a chateau, now a botanical garden, known for its roses. There’s a small charge for entry (€2.50) and it also has flower beds, ponds, bridges, ducks, geese and lots of peacocks. There’s a particularly pretty cherry blossom tree right next to a cute Chinese pagoda in the middle of the park. Another pink tree has the skyscrapers of La Defense visible behind it.
There’s a ‘don’t walk on the grass’ rule, though, so you can’t get close to any trees unless they’re right next to the path.
There was a crêpe stall, where I got one filled with cherry jam, which felt fitting.
It isn’t the easiest place to get to, though – the nearest Metro station is a half hour walk (quicker if you took a bus). If you’re already in Bois de Boulogne, it’s worth stopping by, though. There are also some cherry blossoms in Shakespeare Garden, in the middle of the woods, and also in the fields to the west of Parc Bagatelle.
Parc Montsouris is a nice park in the south of Paris. Unless you’re staying in the area, it is probably not worth a visit purely for cherry blossom trees – there are some nice ones, but not nicer than some of the other examples more centrally located.
If you’re staying nearby or doing something else in the area, it’s worth a look, though: there are some pink blossom trees near the southern entrance and a couple in the middle of the park, including one which has both pink and white blossoms on the same tree. I have no idea how that happens – maybe someone grafted some white blossom branches on a pink blossom tree?
There’s also a nice pond (or maybe it’s big enough to be a lake, I’m not sure what the threshold is!), which is home to some black swans.
Parc Floral De Paris
Parc Floral de Paris is right next to Château de Vincennes and Bois de Vincennes. It’s a pleasant botanical garden with a variety of features, including an outdoor concert stage, a restaurant, a café, an art gallery, a playground and a miniature railway. There are also geese wandering around, which is cute.
Near the pond, there’s a row of pink cherry trees that blossom. Their blossoms weren’t fully out by the time I visited on 8 April, so I think this is a spot to visit later in the season.
Entry costs €2.50, making it another of the rare places to see cherry blossoms in Paris that you need to pay for.
Jardin Tino Rossi
I found a few small-ish cherry blossoms in Jardin Tino Rossi, which is a nice garden path along the Seine between Jardin des Plantes and Île Saint-Louis.
I don’t think I’d make a specific visit to just for the cherry trees, but I would 100% stroll this path again if I was in the area – as well as the cherry trees, there’s a gorgeous weeping willow on the riverside.
Anne Frank Garden
I’ve heard this place described as a hidden gem, because it’s tucked away off busy Rue Beaubourg.
Anne Frank Garden could be a great place to see cherry blossoms in Paris if you’re there with kids, because the blossom trees are on the furthest section of the park, where the children’s playground is. There are several flowering trees: light pink and white.
For me, the trees were lovely, but the environment was not as relaxed as other places because there were lots of kids there being boisterous. I’m sure if different when it’s quiet, though!
Jardin Des Combattants De La Nueve
There’s a small garden on the south side of Hôtel de Ville dedicated to fighters that helped liberate Paris in WWII.
Jardin Des Combattants De La Nueve has a couple of pink cherry blossom trees. Being right next to the elaborate Town Hall means the architecture in the background of pictures looks good. However, the park has limited opening hours – it is only open on Saturdays and Sundays.
Square Des Saint-Simoniens, Menilmontante
I read this is a good place to see cherry blossoms and I would definitely check it out if I was staying nearby, but I wouldn’t travel across town for it.
Square Des Saint-Simoniens is a small neighbourhood park with one nice pink cherry blossom tree in the middle. There’s also flower beds and a fountain.
Père Lachaise Cemetery
Again, I’d read that there were some cherry blossom trees in Pari’s most famous cemetary – and I ended up being a little disappointed, because the only tree I found (at the entrance to the 5th division) had dropped most of its blossoms by the time I was there on 7 April. So if you do try this spot, it might be best to do so earlier in the season.
Père Lachaise Cemetery does looks lovely in Spring, though, so it’s worth a visit anyway.
Parc Georges Brassens
Parc Georges Brassens is a medium size park near the Boulevard Périphérique in the south of Paris.
It has a pond and water feature, plus a clock tower. And there’s a few pink cherry blossom trees near the south-west entrance and also some along Rue des Morillons near the park.
I still think this one’s an ‘if you’re in the area, check it out’ kind of thing, though. I wouldn’t travel far for it, I don’t think.
Jardin du Ranelagh
There are some nice pink blossom trees in Jardin du Ranelagh, including several around the children’s playground. It also has some handsome Paris mansion buildings surrounding it.
I wouldn’t make a journey to be there, but if this park in the west of Paris is near where you’re staying, check it out.
Parc De Belleville
I can’t see myself ever going back to Belleville Park, to be brutally honest. It’s a steep, terraced park that is a bit scruffy, with graffiti dotted around, hipstery organic cafes nearby and a whiff of weed.
I’ve lived in a bunch of ‘up and coming’ urban areas at various stages of gentrification in London, so it all felt very familiar to me – and not that interesting, unfortunately. I guess most major cities have these kinds of areas.
There are some flower beds and flowering trees – I’m not sure if they’re cherry blossoms or not, but I am sure they’re not worth travelling far for.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
There is a location near Notre-Dame Cathedral that has pink cherry blossoms: at Square Jean XXIII. However, at the time of writing, this square is not accessible due to the reconstruction works on the cathedral: you can only see the trees from a distance.
I imagine that once the renovation is complete, you’ll be able to get close to these cherry blossoms again.
Parc De Billancourt
I can’t remember which blogger recommended this spot, but remind me not to trust them again!
If you’re in this precise area of the Greater Paris Metropolitan area, Parc de Billancourt might be worth a visit: there are white blossom trees here, which are of course, pretty, but neither them nor the surroundings are special enough to warrant the journey all the way out to the bottom of Boulogne-Billancourt, in my opinion.
Map: Best Places To See Cherry Blossoms In Paris
Here’s a map showing the best places to see cherry blossoms in Paris, in my opinion:
How To Use This Map: click the tab in the top left-hand corner of the map to view the layers. If you click the icons on the map, you can get more information about each one. If you click the star next to the title of the map, it will be added to your Google Maps account. To view it on your phone or computer, open Google Maps, click the menu, go to ‘Your Places’ or ‘Saved’, then click Maps and you will see this map in your list.
The Last Word
I hope you find this list helpful and that you get some amazing pink blossoms for your trip to Paris! If you need any other inspiration for exploring Paris, check out some of my other Paris articles.