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10 Incredible Things to do in Paris in Spring

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Spring is one of the best seasons to visit in Paris. With the weather oscillating between warm and cold, (between 5°C /41 °F and 20°C /68 °F) it’s the perfect time for people who don’t want to visit during the extreme heat in summer or the extreme cold in winter.

And during this time of the year, a new Paris is reborn! Cherry trees start blooming creating a beautiful pink backdrop for photographers, the green leaves that had disappeared start emerging and the beautiful parks of Paris start to see some visitors who want to take advantage of the warm weather while enjoying the green grass!

With all those perks, it’s easy to easy why springtime in Paris is a perfect season to see the city of love!

So if you’re wondering what more you could do in Paris in spring, in this post, I am sharing with you some of the best things to do in Paris in spring.

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Things to do in Paris in spring

1. Enjoy the cherry blossoms in Paris

cherry blossoms paris

The best part about visiting Paris in spring is enjoying the beautiful cherry blossoms! With pink-flowered trees scattered around the city, the cherry season in Paris creates an amazing atmosphere while creating a beautiful backdrop for those perfect Instagram photos.

You can find cherry blossoms in Paris in a number of places but the most notables ones which are a must-visit include; Luxembourg gardens, Jardin Palais Royal, Champs De Mars which is near the Eiffel Tower giving incredible views of the Eiffel tower with a touch of pink, Tuileries Gardens which is next to the Louvre Museum, Jardin Des Plantes and so many others.

You can also check out the complete list of my favorite places to see cherry blossoms in Paris from my previous post.

Pro tip* The best time to see the cherry blossoms in Paris is during the weekdays and either in the morning or the evening hours if you want to beat the huge crowds. Also, since it will be a lot of walking, make sure that you take comfortable walking shoes like these ones.

2. Go for a picnic in Paris

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As winter gloomy and cold days end and the spring sun comes out, you know it’s time to go for a picnic in one of the many parks in Paris.

In spring, the weather is just right – not too cold and not too hot making for a perfect temperature to stay out all afternoon as you enjoy a picnic in Paris.

So all you need to do is to pack up your picnic essentials, your favorite French wine, the famous french baguette, some fresh fruits, water and head out in the outdoors.

But if you don’t know how to plan a picnic, don’t worry, I wrote a dedicated post just for you detailing all the steps I take when I am planning a picnic in Paris.

Some of the picnic spots in Paris you can go to include; Park Monceau, Champs de Mars, Luxembourg gardens, or literally any park in Paris you can find – you’re bound to have a great day in Paris in springtime.

Pro tip* As you plan your picnic, don’t forget these essentials; A reusable travel water bottle (you can refill it from any of the drinking water fountains around Paris), a picnic blanket, or a large scarf, sunscreen, sunglasses, a picnic basket, and anything else you might personally need.

3. Attend a spring festival

things to do in paris in spring

When the sun comes out, you know Parisians want to party or at least attend some festivals to forget the gloomy days in winter. And when it comes to springtime, Paris never runs out of festivals to attend!

There are a number of festivals to attend in Paris and a few you shouldn’t miss out on include; Roland Garros, International Art Show, Festival de Saint-Denis which is perfect for people who enjoy classic music, or Paris Jazz Festival for those who hunger for jazz music. Food lovers might want to look out for the Best Baguette in Paris Contest to find out who makes the best Baguettes in the region.

Honestly, you might not even be able to exhaust all of them but what you should know is attending festivals is one of the best things to do in Paris in spring so come ready to go for at least one.

4. Visit some museums at night

things to do in Paris in springtime

Let’s be real, Paris has some of the best museums in Europe and not visiting one will be a big Parisian mistake. Though you can visit them during the day, Paris in the spring gives an opportunity to visit them at night during the Night of Museums day also know as La Nuit des Musees.

On this day, most museums in Paris stay open till like 9:45 pm as opposed to the usual 5:00 pm or 6: 00 pm and the big plus is that they’re free to visit.

Some of the museums you can visit at night in spring on the Nuit des Musees day include; the famous Louvre Museum, Musée Guimet, Musée des Arts et Métiers, and many others.

So while in Paris in spring, make sure you take advantage of the night of the museums as it’s one of the best things to do in Paris at night.

5. Taste all the Chocolate you can

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If you have a sweet tooth or you can never get enough of chocolate, spring in Paris is the best time to visit. During the time leading up to the Easter season, you can find thousands of various chocolates in different designs you can taste.

You can find these chocolates in most stores beautifully wrapped as Easter delicacies but as a chocolate lover, it means that you have a variety to taste as most chocolate companies/shops present their best during this time of the year.

A few places where you can indulge in Easter chocolate include; Jean-Paul Hévin in the 1st arrondissement, Foucher in the 2nd, Pierre Hermé which is known for its macaron – another Parisian dessert you must try, La Maison du Chocolat in the 8th arrondissement and so many others.

But if you want an already organized tour where you don’t need to look for places yourself, then you can opt for this famous chocolate tour.

Pro tip* If you want to taste lots of chocolate but you don’t want to spend hundreds of Euros on them, wait for Easter to end and you can go back to stores to buy them.
At this time, since the reason for making these Easter-centric chocolates is done, they go on sale with huge discounts which means that you can get them for even less than half of the actual price.

6. Join the Easter celebrations in Paris

Easter in Paris

If you ever wanted to attend a special service in Paris, then visiting in spring is the best time as you’ll get to attend the Easter service.

Church services in Paris are special as you get to pray while taking in the magnificent architectural beauty that lives in almost most churches and cathedrals in Paris.

Also, some churches in Paris prepare special Easter concerts where you can enjoy beautiful Easter music while spending the day away.

And if you’re visiting Paris in spring with kids, you can take them to parks like Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Jardin des Champs Élysées, Jardin du Palais Royal, etc so that they take part in the Easter egg hunt -an experience they will remember forever.

7. Enjoy the views of Paris from The Dome Of The Panthéon

views of paris from the Panthéon

Though the Panthéon is open all year round, the only time of the year you can climb it to take in the panoramic views of Paris is between April to October.

This means that if you visit Paris in spring, you’ll be able to climb its dome and admire the entire city of lights from above while getting views of the Eiffel Tower, the Invalides, and the beautiful Paris roofs.

Other places to go to enjoy the views of Paris include; The observation deck of Arc de Triomphe, from the top of the Eiffel Tower, from the top Of Sacré Coeur, etc. You can check the complete list of where to get the best Paris views from here.

8. Cruise the Seine River

 things to do in paris

One of the best things to do in Paris in spring is to go on a cruise on the Seine river. A cruise on the seine river will give you incredible views of the most famous landmarks of Paris while feasting on some of French’s famous cuisines.

You can go for this afternoon Lunch Seine cruise to enjoy the sun while taking in the beautiful views but I’d recommending taking this evening seine cruise instead.

An evening cruise will treat you to the best sunset in Paris and as it becomes darker, the lights of the famous buildings will create an impressive reflection on the surface of the Seine! And on top of this, you’ll be able to see the Eiffel tower dazzle at every top of the hour which is a magical sight to see!

9. Visit the garden of Versailles Palace

springtime in paris

If you’re up for a short day trip out of Paris, then head to Versailles Palace for your breath to be taken away by its garden.

The flowers of different species and colors welcome you to the garden and since the protections against the cold are removed from the sculptures in spring, this even creates a more magical sight.

And it’s not just to be amazed by the flowers in the garden of Versailles, the palace organizes fountains musical shows during spring and summer which makes for a perfect way to spend your spring in Paris.

So while in Paris in spring, pick either a Tuesday, Sunday, or even a Saturday to visit the garden of Versailles Palace to enjoy both the beautiful flowers and the fountains musical shows.

10. Explore Paris on foot

view from sacre coeur

If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you know that I am all about exploring Paris on foot as that’s how you can see all its hidden gems and take in all its beauty upclose.

And the best time to easily see Paris on foot is during springtime since it’s neither freezing cold nor extremely hot which would otherwise make walking for long uncomfortable.

You can walk around the areas of Montmarte and explore its charm, take a stroll along the banks of the Seine river to feel its breeze while enjoying the views, or just walk around the city with no real agenda while taking photos to appreciate Paris even more.


In Conclusion

Ideally, you can visit Paris any time of the year since it will always be beautiful – it’s Paris for Christ’s sake – so you’re bound to enjoy it! But beyond the usual things to do, Springtime in Paris offers special activities to do that you’d be unable to do during any other season.

Have you been to Paris in spring? Which activities did you participate in? Did you go cherry blossom searching? Let me know how you liked Paris in spring in the comments below. And if you visited some places that are not on this list, still let me know.

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