Paris in Spring: 26 Gorgeous Spring Things To Do In 2024

white cherry blossoms frame a view of an ornate domed building

I’m not here to tell you springtime in Paris is wonderful. You’ve probably heard that already. There is a song about it, and everything.

The spring blooms and blossoms; the mild temperatures; the happy sun… Spring shows Paris’s good side off real nice.

However, having made a couple of trips to Paris in spring, including an extended one recently in spring 2023, I am here to share some inspiration about how to enjoy springtime in Paris to the max.

In this article, I’ll give you some details about what to expect and I’ll run through the best things to do in Paris in the spring in 2024.

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26 Things To Do In Paris In Spring

OK, let’s get straight into the good stuff. Here are some of the best spring-specific things to do in Paris in springtime. And, as an added bonus, many of them are free!

Participate In Springtime Festivities

1. Easter In Paris

The Christian festival of Easter (or Pâques, as it is called in France) is a ‘moveable feast’, meaning the dates vary from year to year, depending on when the Paschal Full Moon falls. Most often, Easter comes in late March or early-mid April. And in 2024, Easter Sunday will be March 31st.

I was in Paris for Easter in 2023 and I thought about attending a church service. I’d read that there is one at the magnificent Sainte-Chapelle and another at Sacré-Cœur. And I heard there are various Easter egg hunts for children around the city. But in the end, my participation was limited to the consumption of chocolate!

What I liked most about Easter chocolates in France is the variety. You can find eggs and bunnies, of course, but there is also a tradition to have chocolate fish and bells.

The chocolate fish apparently comes from a French April 1st tradition where children stick a paper fish (Poisson d’Avril) on the back of unsuspecting adults as an April Fool’s joke.

And the bells (Cloches Volantes or Flying Bells) relate to a religious idea that on Good Friday, the church bells in France fly to the Vatican in Rome and then fly back again on Easter morning, having carried away the grief of those mourning the death of Jesus.

I saw cute bags of seafood-shaped chocolate and bells of all sizes (some were huge!) at patisseries and chocolatiers all over Paris, but my favourite has to be À la Mère de Famille on Rue du Faubourg Montmartre. It’s the oldest confectionary shop in Paris, dating back to 1761 – and the shop front and décor look like the originals! Shopping here is a unique experience and they have a very tempting selection. It’s not cheap but is a great place to get a fancy chocolate gift to take home.

chocolate shop with old fashioned shop front
La Mère de Famille is a great place for Easter treats

2. La Nuit des Musées

La Nuit des Musées is the French name for the European Night Of the Museums, a European cultural event in which museums open late and offer access free of charge.

I missed this last time I was in Paris in May, unfortunately.  Night Of The Museums takes place on the third Saturday of May, so is expected on May 18th in 2024. 

carved and ornate tower contrasted with the straight sides of a glass pyramid
Musée du Louvre

3. Spring Music Festivals

There are various music festivals in Paris throughout the spring. I’m not massively into music and haven’t attended these, but you might be able to catch one in spring if you’re interested.

These festivals include Festival a Saint-Germain-des-Pres, a jazz festival planned for 13-20 May 2024.

I also haven’t seen confirmed dates for 2024 yet, but in 2023, Paris Opera Festival ran at Sainte-Chappelle from March 21st to May 1st.  

Admire Spring Flowers

Springtime in Paris is characterised by colourful booms around the city, starting in March or even February. Here are some of the best places to enjoy Paris’s spring flowers, in my experience:

4. Jardin des Plantes

Jardin des Plantes is an extensive park with lawns, walkways, flower beds and botanical gardens. In fact, there are technically 11 different gardens here!

flowers in a large park in front of a grand building
Spring blooms in Jardin des Plantes

Of course, it bursts with life and colour in spring, when the flowers bloom and the blossoms come out.

Jardin des Plantes is in the 5th arrondissement and is open every day year-round with no entry charge.

My favourite part is the long gardens and walkways in front of the Grande galerie de l’évolution, part of the Natural History Museum. There are lovely flower beds, blossoming trees and plenty of benches if you want to simply sit and enjoy the natural beauty.

5. Jardin des Serres D’auteuil

This 19th-century botanical garden is much smaller than Jardin des Plantes but is full of interesting species of plants. And many are housed in lovely-looking antique greenhouses.

flowers and grass in front of a large old fashioned greenhouse
Jardin des Serres D’auteuil has tropical greenhouses and open-air gardens

The gardens around the greenhouses are also pretty. There are flowers, trees and some shady spots to sit and chill, which was more my vibe when I went there, to be honest.

Jardin des Serres D’auteuil is not as central as Jardin des Plantes, either: it’s just outside the Boulevard Periphique, south of Bois de Boulogne. Porte de’Auteil is the nearest Metro and the park is free to visit.

6. Parc Bagatelle – la Roseraie

Even further out than Jardin des Serres D’auteuil, is Parc Bagatelle – la Roseraie. It’s well off the beaten path in Paris, but is quite special, especially if you’re into historic gardens.

This is the walled garden a small chateau, Château de Bagatelle. It is landscaped with ponds and streams, bridges and a pavilion, but is famous for its rose garden. There’s also a rich birdlife here, including ducks, geese and peacocks.

park with a cherry blossom tree, Japanese pagoda and peacocks
Parc Bagatelle – la Roseraie

There are so many peacocks! But I didn’t see any peahens and the peacocks seemed rather frustrated, displaying their magnificent tail feathers at anything that walked by (literally anything: pigeons, geese, me). 

There is a charge to get in from April to September, but it’s only €2.60 – and it’s free from October to March.

7. Parc Floral de Paris

On the complete opposite side of Paris, near Château de Vincennes, is Parc Floral de Paris. This is a relatively new botanical garden, having been created in 1969.  

daffodils and trees in a park
Parc Floral de Paris in Spring

There are different parts to the park, including landscaped areas, flower beds, pavilions and play areas. I think my favourite part of Parc de Floral in spring, though, was the relatively wild woodland area strewn with bluebells and daffodils.  These are the flowers that really say ‘spring is here’ to me. 

Parc Floral de Paris also has a small charge for entry – its the same as Parc Bagatelle – la Roseraie.

Enjoy Blossoming Trees

8. Cherry Blossoms In Paris

One of the main reasons I love springtime in Paris is the cherry blossom trees that scatter the city with pretty pinkness.

I love the contrast of delicate flowers against cream Haussmann buildings; there are some amazing cherry blossom arches and tunnels; and the occasional blossom canopy makes you feel like you’re in a soft pink bubble.

There are lots of places to see cherry blossoms in Paris, but that doesn’t mean they’re on every street and in every park: it definitely helps to know where to go.

statue of a girl set against a dense pink canopy of cherry blossoms in Paris
Square Gabriel-Pierne in cherry blossom season

Some of my favourite places for cherry blossoms in Paris include Mail De Bièvre, Square Gabriel-Pierne, Parc de Sceaux and some of the streets in Vincennes.

For more details on each cherry blossom spot, do check my article on the best places to see cherry blossoms in Paris. I went all over the city to seek them out, so that article has a wealth of cherry blossom info and tips in it.

Explore The City On Foot

With mild temperatures, springtime in Paris is the perfect time to explore the city on foot: it’s not so cold you’ll freeze and not so hot you’ll sweat loads.

9. Montmartre

Montmartre is a well-known, popular part of Paris and tends to attract big crowds, even in spring.

But it’s still worth visiting in my opinion. It’s popular for a reason: its villagey feel, pretty cobbled lanes legendary artistic heritage and lovely viewpoints are all good reasons to pay it a visit.

cobbled street curves uphill towards a pink building and the towers of the sacre-coeur in montmartre
Rue de l’Abreuvoir

Honestly, as much as I like going off the beaten path in Paris, I still like the well-known spots – and I’ve been to Montmartre on most of my Paris visits.

In any case, you can avoid the worst of the crowds by coming early in the day and exploring beyond the busiest areas.

Follow my self-guided walking tour of Montmartre to discover the best of Montmartre – both the popular spots and some lesser-known corners. It’s a great way to explore without having to stick with a tour group – and it’s free!

vines and flowers in an old vineyard in Montmartre
Vigne du Clos Montmartre – one of the stops on my self-guided walking tour of Montmartre

10. Promenade Plantée

Also known as Coulée verte René-Dumont, Promenade Plantée is an elevated garden walkway in the east of Paris – stretching from the outer limits of the city at Boulevard Periphique to the Bastille area.

It’s similar to the High Line in New York, if you’re familiar with that garden walkway. But the Paris one came first – just so we’re clear, ha ha!

tree in blossom along an elevated garden walkway in Paris
Promenade Plantée is delightful in Spring

It’s lovely in spring: the flower beds come to life, the route is dotted with blossoming trees and it’s not unusual to see people just sitting in the sun, reading.

Some of my favourite parts of Promenade Plantée include Allée Vivaldi, which has several pretty cherry blossom arches; a bit just west of Jardin de Reuilly – Paul Pernin, where the path goes through a narrow gap in a building; and the western-most sections where there are several ponds and archways.

11. Canal Saint-Martin

Another great area for a spring stroll is along Canal Saint-Martin. There are two parts you can walk: a short-ish section near the Seine, where there are lots of boats moored; and a longer, narrower section further north.

cabal lined with trees and crossed by a green bridge
Canal Saint-Martin

It’s the northern part that’s probably nicer to stroll. It can be peaceful at times, but on a warm day, people may line the tree-lined water’s edge. If you’re a bit geeky like me, you might find the locks system quite interesting to watch in operation.

As well as walking along the canal, there are canal cruises available.

12. Paris Cemeteries

It might sound morbid, but Paris’s cemeteries are also nice places to go for strolls, especially in spring.

The elaborate style of many Parisian tombs is impressive. I find it moving to think of the thought and care that has gone into marking the grave of a loved one (although I do know you have to be rich to be able to afford a big tomb).

I’ve liked walking here in winter, but the whole place feels lighter when the trees sprout new leaves.

trees and tombstones in a cemetery in Paris
Cimetière du Père Lachaise in spring

I prefer the most well-known cemetery, Cimetière du Père Lachaise, mainly because it’s semi-landscaped.  In the middle of the cemetery, there’s a sort-of hilly area, with lots of trees and the walkways curve and twist. It’s quite pleasant to explore and you feel like you could get lost there.

Père Lachaise Cemetery contains the graves of Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and, perhaps most famously, Jim Morrison.

Tip: start at the Gambetta end and walk through the cemetery to the Rue de Repos exit. This way, you mainly go downhill, rather than up.

Picnic In Paris’s Parks

Springtime in Paris is the ideal time to enjoy Paris’s parks because, of course, they look their best when in fresh bloom. Here are a few of my favourites for picnicking in or strolling through.

13. Luxembourg Gardens

Luxembourg Gardens (or Jardin du Luxembourg) is interesting because it’s both very grand and also has a strong community feel.

The big focus is Palais du Luxembourg, which was a royal palace in the 17th-Century and is now used for the French Senate.

And in front of the impressive palace, there’s a large pond surrounded by flower beds and a raised overlook. This is in turn circled by statues of historic Queens of France, the white of the elegant statues creating quite a contrast with the fresh spring leaves of the horse chestnut trees. 

Statues and stately home in a park in Paris
Luxembourg Gardens in spring

I like Luxembourg Gardens best in the mornings when the runners are out. At this time, you might catch a Tai Chi class in the trees on the west side.

If you want to grab a coffee and a morning pastry before going into the park, there are several cafes on Rue de Fleurus and if you want a picnic, you could buy some food at the Franprix supermarket on Rue Jean Bart.

14. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Out in north-east Paris is an interesting park. It’s definitely away from the main tourist sites but can still be a popular spot on a sunny day.

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont has steep sides, having once been a quarry before it was landscaped into a park in the 1860s.

The central feature is the Temple de la Sibylle, a miniature version of the ancient Roman Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, Italy. It’s a small temple on top of Île de la Belvédère, a rocky island with steep cliffs. The island is surrounded by an artificial lake.

couple walking on a path through a park past green grass and a pink cherry blossom tree
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is a nice place to take a walk in Spring

With pleasant pathways, flowers and some blossom trees, it’s a lovely place for a spring walk or a place to sit and just ‘be’.

And afterwards, you could head south into Belleville, a rough-around-the-edges but trendy area of Paris, which was the birthplace of Edith Piaf.

15. Parc Monceau

Parc Monceau is another nice Paris park slightly out of the centre. It has been a park since the 1770s but was redesigned under the Haussmann project in 1861.

Like Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, it has a nod to Roman antiquity, with a colonnade feature around the pond.

pond with weeping willow tree and a roman-style colonnade around the pond
Parc Monceau

I’m told the style of the garden is what was called ‘English-style’, which means it’s less ordered and formal than the French-style gardens we associate with the grand châteaux of France. 

It’s quite jam-packed: a pond, a cute bridge, that colonnade, a play area and a lot of statues: there’s certainly plenty to see as you walk around.

Afterwards, you could leave the park through the fancy gates on Avenue Van Dyck and continue down Avenue Hoche, which is one of the avenues that connect with Place Charles De Gaulle and the Arc de Triomphe.

16. Tuileries Gardens

I’ll be honest, I didn’t used to think much of Tuileries Gardens (Jardin du Tuileries) – and I think that’s because most of my visits were when I was in Paris in winter.

I recently visited the garden during spring, and my opinion was reversed.

It’s the most central of Paris’s parks, bordered by the Louvre, the Seine, Place de la Concorde and rue Rivoli. From the grand basin area, you can see the palatial Louvre buildings, the Musee D’Orsay and, in the distance, the top of the Eiffel Tower.

The Louvre in Paris seen from Tuileries Gardens with a pink cherry blossom tree
Tuileries Gardens & The Louvre

In addition to all that, the park itself is very pretty in its spring livery: with fountains, flower beds, statues and several pink cherry blossom trees.

The downside with being so central – it’s very much tourist ground zero here – is that there aren’t easy, affordable places to grab food & drink before heading into the gardens. So maybe bring a drink and snack with you, and grab one of the metal chairs to enjoy this place.

Dine Outdoors

With milder temperatures during springtime in Paris, it becomes more attractive to dine and drink in the open air. There are two good categories of open-air dining in Paris.

17. Café Terraces

One of the features of the wide Haussmann streets in central Paris is the space on the pavement for café terrace seating. If you don’t mind the occasional waft of cigarette smoke, café terraces are a great place to soak up the atmosphere and to people-watch.

Of course, there are café terraces all over Paris – I think every avenue and boulevard will have at least one, if not many. But if you want some of the truly iconic café terraces (while accepting they might be pricey), here are some ideas.

Place du Terte. The beating heart of Montmartre is a busy square with café terraces around the edge. It can feel hectic here on a nice day, as tourists flock to Montmartre and artists ply their trade in the square. However, if there’s a spare seat in the cafes, this is actually a good way to get out of the throng.

I enjoyed some people watching from Chez Eugène café once. And yes, my Aperol Spritz cost more there than it would elsewhere, but I enjoyed having a quiet seat from which to observe the hubbub.

busy square with tourists and artists and cafe terrace seating
Place du Terte: the cafe terraces can be an escape from the throng!

If you want a less-busy Montmartre café terrace, down the hill, Le Bimbo is a smaller, more quiet spot.

Saint-Germain-des-Prés. There are two grand cafes on Boulevard Saint-Germain, Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore. For that reason, there’s often a queue for tables and they can charge high prices. But these cafes were once frequented by the literary elite of Saint-Germain in the 1960s, including Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone De Beauvoir, which made them irresistible for me!

table branded Les Deux Magots with breakfast on it
Breakfast at Les Deux Magots is pricey but good

And for somewhere slightly less touristy nearby, try Cour du Commerce Saint-André, an old (semi) covered passage just down the road.

Boulevard du Montparnasse. Like Saint-Germain, this boulevard has several legendary cafes/restaurants that once served literary and artistic greats, like Pablo Picasso, Peggy Guggenheim and Ernest Hemingway. La Closerie des Lilas has an enclosed terrace that feels more like a garden, while La Rotonde (great classic French food – I loved my steak here!), Le Dome and Le Select have small terrace areas.

restaurant terrace with flowers and plants
La Closerie des Lilas

However, it’s worth knowing that Boulevard du Montparnasse can be quite busy with traffic.

18. Rooftop Dining

There are several rooftop restaurants in Paris and there are a couple I can personally recommend:

Restaurant Georges is on the top floor of the Pompidou Centre with views towards Tour Saint-Jacques. It has both an indoor and an outdoor section. The outdoor section is shaded, which is good if the sun is bright.

bowl of red soup on a rooftop terrace of a restaurant
The outdoor terrace of Restaurant Georges

On the top floor of the menswear building in the department store Au Printemps, there are two restaurants that have some outdoor seating: La Reine Mer (for seafood) and Regain (meat).

The views from here are very pretty: with the blue and gold domes of the Printemps building in the foreground, you can look down Boulevard Haussmann toward the Paris opera house, Palais Garnier. You might have to reserve or come early to get a seat outside, though.

Another restaurant with a view that I enjoyed (but may never financially recover from) is L’Oiseau Blanc in the Peninsula Paris hotel. The restaurant is enclosed, with views towards the Eiffel Tower, and there’s an outdoor bar area, with open-air views.

rooftop bar with flowers and a view towards the Eiffel Tower in paris
Peninsula Hotel rooftop bar in May

Go Boating (Or Watch Others Do It!)

19. Bois de Vincennes

Bois de Vincennes is the biggest park in Paris and one of its best features, in my opinion, is the gorgeous lake, Lac Daumesnil.

The lake has two islands in it, one with a pretty temple: Temple Romantique de l’Île de Reuilly. The water is home to lots of geese and swans.

temple on an island surrounded by a lake with row boats on it
Temple Romantique de l’Île de Reuilly

It’s really idyllic. In spring, the grass will be scattered with daisies and the weeping willows that line the lake will be in leaf. It’s the perfect place to go row-boating, which is undeniably one of the most romantic things to do in Paris.

Or, you could simply watch the row boats glide by from the shore, which is what I did, to be honest (I was in Paris travelling solo, and didn’t fancy rowing by myself)!

couple rowing a boat on a lake with flowers and trees on the banks
Row-boating in Lac Daumesnil, Bois de Vincennes

20. Bassin de la Villette

I haven’t been here yet, but I was recommended this by someone I trust, so it’s on my Paris wishlist: in the north of Paris, several city canals converge at Bassin de la Villette. This is an artificial, rectangular lake, which is popular in good weather for walking and relaxing by the water.

In summer, you can swim here and hire paddle boats. But you can hire electric boats year-round from Marin D’Eau Douce.  

Seine River Tour

As the weather brightens in spring, the pleasure of a Seine river tour increases!

haussmann style buildings next to a river and bridge in paris
The Seine

21. Batobus Paris

My favourite way to explore the Seine is a ride on the river bus service, Batobus Paris.

This hop-on-hop-off service runs a fixed route on a continual loop around the Seine and tickets are valid for either one day or two days – with no limits on how many times you use them within that time period.

glass-domed boat on a river beside a renaissance palace and bridge
Batobus Paris

This makes the Batobus a really good value and flexible option compared to standard cruises if you think you’ll do more than one journey.

The stops include the Eiffel Tower, Museé D’Orsay, Notre-Dame and the Louvre.

Learn more about the service and the Batobus Paris stops you can visit with it

22. Seine River Cruises

I love the Batobus, but it doesn’t offer a tour guide service: there is no commentary telling you all about the things you see along the Seine. So, if it’s your first time in Paris or you just prefer to have a guided tour, you might want a Seine river cruise.

river bending around a city island with smart buildings and trees
Seine River

On one of my earlier visits to Paris, I did a classic 1-hour Seine river cruise, which was great – you get a good overview of the landmarks and bridges over the river.

Other options I’ve seen, but not tried, include Seine dinner cruises. Some Seine river tours also combine tickets for a river cruise plus the Eiffel Tower, or the Louvre.

Browse A Street Market

One of the really nice things about Paris is that people still buy local. Independent shops and markets still thrive, despite the presence of big chains. So, when the weather’s good, springtime in Paris can be a great time to browse the stalls of a street market.

23. Market Streets

Some Parisian markets are less ‘a market’ and more streets that are known for an array of food stores, which often open up into stalls in the street. Here are a few that I’ve liked browsing in spring.

Marché Montorgueil – is a famous street market in the centre of Paris. Thursday and Sunday are the main market days, but every day you’ll find lots of choice of goodies, including some amazing patisseries, including the historic Shohrer and award-winning Pralus.

Marché de Levis – there are many food stores and some stands in the street along the south end of Rue de Levis in the 17th arrondissement. Open daily, there are some great places to get bread, wine, cheese and fresh produce. There’s also a Master Charcuterier: Arnaud Nicolas was awarded the prestigious honour, Meilleur Ouvrier de France Charcutier.

spring flowers in a street market in paris
Marché de Levis

Marché Poncelet is another 17th arrondissement market street with some great shops including a tasty patisserie. It’s not far from the Arc de Triomphe.

Rue Mouffetard is in the Latin Quarter and is the oldest road in Paris. It has a buzzy street market, with many food shops that sell fresh products, with fronts open into the street. The best time to come is on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Rue des Martyrs – cutting through the top of the 9th arrondissement, Rue des Martyrs is well known for its foodie shops and restaurants.

For a different kind of food market experience, some neighbourhoods have organic markets. For example, Raspail Bio Marché takes place in the middle of Boulevard Raspail every Sunday morning. If you’re self-catering in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, this is a good place to get organic veg.

24. Flower Markets

There’s a lovely flower market on Île de la Cité, near the Conciergerie.  It’s called Marché aux Fleurs Reine Elizabeth II, named for Elizabeth II, Queen of England after a state visit there. There is also a florist stall along Quai de la Corse. It’s such a picturesque spot!

Rue Cler is one of the most beautiful streets in Paris and a good place to find flowers in the street market. There are some great cafés with terraces here, too.

25. Covered Markets

As well as street markets, there are several covered markets in Paris. These can be great places to buy from specialist sellers – fruit & vegetables, fish, meat, etc. These can also be very handy if it’s raining outside.

Paris’s covered markets include Marché Saint-Germain, Marché des Batignolles, Marché Saint-Quentin and Marché des Enfants Rouges, the oldest market in Paris, dating back to 1615.

indoor market with stall selling fruit and vegetables
Marché Saint-Germain

See The Major Paris Landmarks

26. World-Famous Sights

In this article, I’ve focussed on the things that are specific to springtime in Paris. However, of course, the major, famous things to do in Paris are also great in spring.

Eiffel Tower and cherry blossoms in yellow morning light
Eiffel Tower one early Spring morning

So, take in the Paris viewpoints: the views from the Eiffel Tower, Sacre-Coeur and Arc De Triomphe are wonderful in Spring. Visit the famous landmarks like Notre Dame Cathedral. Enjoy the world-famous museums, like Museé du Louvre and Museé D’Orsay.

gothic towers of Notre-Dame cathedral seen beyond white cherry blossom tree
Spring in Paris: Notre-Dame

If you need more info and tips on how to see the iconic Paris destinations, check my article about Paris for first-timers, which covers the main things to see.

Map: Springtime In Paris

Here’s a map showing all the places I recommend for experiencing the best of springtime in Paris:

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 map’s title, 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.

FAQs: Paris In Spring

Now, let me deal with some of the common questions about Paris in spring.

What Is Springtime In Paris Like? / Is Paris Good In Spring?

Spring Weather In Paris

Paris’s spring weather can be varied, given how it is a transitional season. It can be quite cold in early spring (March, and into early April) and quite summer-like by May.

But it’s hard to predict: you can have bright sun one day and clouds and rain the next. Or you could have both on the same day!

Here are the average temperatures and rainfall for Paris in spring:

MonthAv. High temps (°C / °F)Av Rainy days
March12 / 547.2
April15 / 597.0
May19 / 668.9
Source: Weatherspark

Note the number of rainy days – even in May! It’s definitely worth being prepared for rain: not every Spring Paris day will be blue skies and sunshine.

Is Paris Crowded In Spring?

I have struggled to find up-to-date numbers for visitors to Paris by month, but I’ve seen various sources indicate that the number goes up with the temperature: fewer in March than in April, and slightly more in May.

Anecdotally, based on my visits, that rings true: later spring (i.e. May) feels much busier than early spring. And Paris visitor numbers remain lower in spring than in summer, when the crowds are their biggest (and the temperatures are the highest).

tourists gathered around a pink cafe in Paris
Spring crowds: La Maison Rose (the pink cafe) is a popular spot in Montmartre

As a side note, I have avoided Paris in summer for years now, for these two reasons!  I think the crowds, in particular, contribute to some people getting a mild version of Paris Syndrome. Springtime in Paris is far superior, in my opinion.

What Are The Best Spring Months To Visit Paris? / Is It Better To Go To Paris In April Or May?

It depends on what you want to experience. The first blooms, blossoms and leaves are there in March, so that period of awakening from the bleakness of winter can be a lovely time to visit. But it can be chilly and there’ll still be many bare trees around.

But for peak cherry blossom season and more green foliage on the trees, April would be better.

By May, while you can still experience rain showers, the weather is more reliably warm, the city is festooned with green leaves and there can even be music in the streets.

vine-covered archway in a park with bright green leaves and a vlue sky
The city is its most verdant by May

Is April A Good Time To Go To Paris?

People ask so many questions about April in Paris! Is April A Rainy Month In Paris? Is Paris Warm In April? Is April Still Cold In Paris?

I think April is a great time to visit Paris in the spring. I was in Paris for a couple of weeks in April 2023 and I had a brilliant time. The month started cold and wet and many of the trees were still quite bare. But by mid-April, there were brighter skies and brighter colours across Paris, including more green foliage.

I put some effort into finding the best places to see cherry blossoms in Paris, which rewarded me with many beautiful pink sights. Peak cherry blossom blooms vary across the city and by year, but if I was to go back to see them again, I’d aim for mid-April, maybe the 2nd and 3rd weeks in April.

two rows of pink cherry blossom trees forming a tunnel with a path down the middle
Cherry blossoms in Paris in April: Mail de Bièvre 

Is It Better To Visit Paris In The Spring Or Fall (Autumn)?

It’s a tough one: both are great seasons, to be honest. I love the colour palette of spring in Paris: the cream and grey of the Haussmann buildings offsetting the uplifting colours of fresh leaves, flowers and blossom petals. I think it’s safe to say Spring is Paris at its prettiest.

But Autumn (Fall) is lovely too, especially September when you have the lingering warmth and light of summer, but the crowds and temperatures are reduced. And into October, you get the softer light and warm tones as the leaves change, which is always magical.

If I had to choose, maybe I’d go with spring – but it’s a very close call!

After all, the song ‘I love Paris in the Springtime’ also goes on to say, ‘I love Paris in the Fall’ (and winter and summer – but they’re wrong about summer, honestly).

Ps. If you’re wondering who sang I Love Paris In The Springtime, lots of famous singers have sung it, including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Lana Del Ray.

What To Pack For Paris In Spring? / What To Wear in Springtime In Paris?

Again, it will vary, depending on whether you go in early or late spring. But as a rule, it’s wise to pack the items that will be useful in rain or shine:

  • A compact umbrella that will fit in your bag, in case you get caught out in the rain
  • A light waterproof & wind-proof jacket
  • Warm layers, e.g. jumpers (sweaters) or hoodies
  • Lighter under-layers for when the sun comes out, e.g. t-shirts, shirts etc.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen for hot days, especially in May
  • Comfortable shoes for walking around the city. Don’t try walking around Paris in stilettos – I’ve seen well-dressed tourists really struggle on the cobblestones! If you want to get photos of yourself looking fab, carry a spare pair of shoes for walking in between the photo shoots.
  • A water bottle – even if it’s a cooler spring day, its best to stay hydrated

And walking around each day, you will probably be thankful for easily removable layers that pack down into your bag. A spring day in Paris can vary so much: it might start chilly, then shower you with rain, and then bless you with a beaming sun.

In springtime in Paris, it’s best to be prepared for all possibilities!

courtyard garden for an elegant building with a domes ceiling and gold statues
Petit Palais in April: notice the jackets

Where To Stay During Spring in Paris?

On one of my recent Spring visits to Paris, I stayed in a short-term apartment rental in the 6th arrondissement – it was just so much better value than staying in a hotel for two weeks! If you like that idea, check Vrbo for short-term lettings for Paris.

If you prefer a hotel, I stayed in the Grand Hotel Chicago this spring (2024). It’s a good 4-star hotel that’s close to the many eateries and cocktail bars of the Batignolles neighbourhood, and also Marché de Levis. From here, it’s walkable to Martin Luther King Park and Parc Monceau, both of which have cherry blossom trees that bloom in spring.

These are some of the other hotels I’ve stayed at myself in the last couple of years, and which I recommend:

La Finca Hôtel & Spa (formerly called the Hotel Auberge Flora) is a 3-star hotel in the trendy Bastille area, not far from all the bars and cafes – and also from Canal Saint-Martin and the Promenade Plantée. The rooms are small but comfortable. The spa is new though, I think – I didn’t try that when I visited.

Hôtel Diva Opéra is a nice boutique 4-star hotel in Fauberg-Montmartre, which is central, making it easy to get all around Paris.

I have stayed in Montmartre before and can recommend the 4-star Terrass” Hotel, which is stylish and also has views over Paris, including to the Eiffel Tower.

grand old hotel in Haussmann style of architecture with a gold statue in front of it
Hotel Regina Louvre

Hotel Regina Louvre is the fanciest hotel I’ve stayed at in Paris (so far!). It’s a grand 5-star hotel next to the Louvre and Tuileries Gardens. It was quite a treat to stay here!

For more Paris hotel recommendations, check out my post on the best places to stay in Paris for first-timers

The Last Word

I hope this article has given you some ideas of how to have the best time in spring in Paris! It really is a wonderful time to visit, even if you have a few rain showers while you’re there.

If you need any more inspiration for your trip to Paris, have you read my itinerary for 4 days in Paris, and my guide to easy day trips from Paris?

And if your trip is even shorter, check out my itineraries for one day in Paris and two days in Paris.

Enjoy your spring Paris trip!

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