04 Apr Spring in Paris: the Best Places to see the Blooms!
Paris in spring is a real dream! Can you imagine one of the prettiest cities in the world covered with flowers? It’s truly a magical scenery! So, if you are wondering where the best places to see blooms in Paris are, I got you covered! With this ultimate guide about spring in Paris you will know where to enjoy and capture all the blossoms in Paris during the springtime! You will also get all my local tips for the most instagrammable places in Paris in spring! I am also telling you all about cherry blossoms in Paris and where to find them!
The most important question you might have is when to visit to see Paris in blooms. My answer will be quite reassuring: there are many different types of trees and flowers blooming from end of February to June in Paris. So, whenever you come during that time frame you will be able to see some blossoms!
From plum blossoms to magnolias, from white cherry blossoms to pink cherry blossoms, from wisteria to roses, there are so many opportunities to enjoy flowers in Paris in spring that you will be fulfilled!
How long do the blooms last in Paris in spring?
Although you will be able to see many different kinds of blooms in Paris during the springtime, you have to keep in mind that each of these blossoms do not last long. Most of the blooms last for maximum 2 weeks from beginning to the end. And the full bloom offering a lavish spectacle will last maximum one week. Some flowers will actually stay in bloom for just a few days, especially if it’s getting rainy, windy or cold. After the full blooms, the petals wither and drop to the ground like snow, scattered by the wind. It’s also quite beautiful and relaxing to look at!
So do not wait if you hear from someone that a spot is in bloom! Go there immediately or it will disappear, and you will be disappointed! It can be very frustrating to miss the wonderful blooming moment so try to walk around in Paris in spring and observe the trees to make sure not to miss anything!
My secret tip: make sure to follow the stories of your favorite Parisian influencers on Instagram to know which spot is in bloom at the moment. You can see all my recommendations in my stories and in my story highlights!
What is the weather like in Paris in spring?
The weather in spring in Paris can be very unpredictable. You can be lucky and have some warm temperatures around 20 C degrees and a lot of sun. Or you can have to deal with rain, wind and cold temperatures between 0 and 10 C degrees. Therefore, I recommend you check the weather apps before coming to Paris to know what to pack in your luggage. I also recommend you check those weather apps before leaving your hotel/apartment in the morning just in case the weather changed last minute. Unfortunately, this happens quite frequently in spring in Paris!
The best is to plan your outfits with layers that you can take off or add in case the weather changes. Do not forget an umbrella and some sunglasses!
Blooming calendar for spring in Paris
In case you are wondering when do the different flowers bloom in Paris, have a look at my blooming calendar for spring in Paris! I have based it on my previous observations of the last 3 years, so you have all my local tips! As a consequence, you will know the perfect blooming time for each flower!
Also, I have added below in the next paragraphs all the best places to visit in Paris in spring to see all those gorgeous blossoms + included some hidden gems!
- From Mid/End-February to Beginning/Mid-March: Plum blossoms
- End of February to Mid-End of march: Magnolia blossoms
- Mid-End of March: more prunus pink and white blossoms
- End of March/ Beginning of April: White cherry blossoms
- Beginning of April/ Mid-April: Cherry blossoms (sakura)
- Mid-April: Wisteria blossoms
- End of April / Mid-May: Chestnut trees blossoms
- Beginning of May/ Mid-May: Paulownia blossoms (Empress trees)
- Mid-May to Mid-June: Rose blossoms
Plum blossoms in Paris (From Mid/End-February to Beginning/Mid-March)
A bit before the official beginning of the spring season in Paris, you can see some pretty delicate light pink and white flowers looking a bit like cherry blossoms. These are plum blossoms. They are usually blooming at the end of February for 2 weeks. But the blooming season of plum blossoms can vary from -/+ 2 weeks, so be ready around mid-February just in case!
Where can you see plum blossoms in Paris?
- In the Champs de Mars at the feet of the Eiffel Tower
- Along the Seine in Avenue de New York close to the Eiffel Tower
- In the Square René Viviani close to Notre Dame Cathedral
- Or in the Parc Monceau in the 17th arrondissement
- And also, at the Pere Lachaise cemetery in the 20th arrondissement.
Magnolia blossoms in Paris (End of February to Mid-End of March)
Before the spring season officially starts on the 20th of March, you also have the gorgeous magnolia trees blooming in Paris. You can see them usually around Mid-March and they are blooming for 2 weeks. But the blooming season of magnolia blossoms can vary from -/+ 2 weeks, so be ready around end of February just in case!
Where can you see magnolias in Paris?
- In the Tuileries Garden near the Louvre Museum (light pink magnolias)
- At the Hôtel de Ville de Paris (the townhall) and the Jardin des Combattants de la Nueve (light pink magnolias)
- In the garden of the Palais Royal (fuchsia magnolias) near the Louvre
- Around Châtelet-Les Halles and the church Eglise St Eustache (white magnolias)
- In the Parc Monceau (light pink magnolias) in the 17th arrondissement
- In the Parc de Bagatelle (light pink magnolias) in the 16th arrondissement
Pink and white blossoms in Paris (Mid to End of March)
It’s sometimes hard to find the exact variety of cherry trees (prunus) blooming in each place, but in the two weeks at the end of March you can find more pretty pink and white blooms in Paris.
Where can you see pink and white blooms in Paris in the second half of March?
- In the Parc Clichy-Batignolles Martin Luther-King in the 17th arrondissement
- Around Châtelet-Les Halles and the church Eglise St Eustache
- In front of the flatiron building of the Chambre Syndicale rue du Louvre in the 2nd arrondissement
- In the Parc de Bagatelle in the 16th arrondissement
- And in the Japanese garden of the Museum Albert-Kahn in Boulogne-Billancourt right close by the 16th arrondissement.
White cherry blossoms in Paris (End of March/ Beginning of April)
When you think about cherry blossoms you usually think about pink ones, but the white ones are also very pretty! You can admire some gorgeous white cherry blossoms in Paris at the end of March and the beginning of April. When these trees (one variety is named Prunus Avium Plena) are blooming they are really amazing. But the blooming season of white cherry blossoms can vary from -/+ 2 weeks, so be ready around Mid-March just in case!
Where can you see white cherry blossoms in Paris?
- In the Tuileries Garden near the Louvre
- In the Jardin des Plantes in the 5th arrondissement
- On the right side of Notre Dame Cathedral facing the Seine
- In the Square René Viviani close to Notre dame
- In the Parc André-Citroën in the 15th arrondissement
- Also there are some white blooms in front of Choux Odette in rue St Julien le Pauvre near Notre Dame (but this tree is a Bradford Pear tree, not a white cherry blossom tree).
Cherry blossoms (Sakura) in Paris (First half of April)
The cherry blossoms are the flowers from different kind of trees of genus prunus. They are the most most famous blooms that everyone, probably you as well, want to see absolutely in Paris! They are the ones named “sakura” in Japanese.
Truth be told, the cherry blossoms in Paris are magical and they will blow you away! Most of the cherry blossoms that we have in Paris come from “Kanzan” trees. They offers some fluffy, blousy pink/purple flowers with a frilly edge. They are usually blooming in the first half of April. But the blooming season of cherry blossoms can vary from -/+ 2 weeks, so be ready around the very end of March/ beginning of April just in case!
In Japan there is a tradition named Hanami which is all about enjoying the transient beauty of flowers like cherry blossoms. Nowadays, the best way to celebrate this tradition everywhere in the world is to have an outdoor picnic or party beneath the sakura during daytime or at night. If you want to know all the best places for Hanami in Paris, have a look at the next paragraph! I gave you plenty of parks and garden where you can relax under the sakura in Paris!
Where can you see cherry blossoms (Sakura) in Paris?
- Around and inside the Museum of the Petit Palais in the 8th arrondissement
- Near the Champs Elysées, in the Jardin des Ambassadeurs in the 8th arrondissement
- In the Square Gabriel Pierné behind the Institut de France in the 6th arrondissement
- In front of the bookstore Shakespeare and Company near Notre Dame in the 5th arrondissement
- At the Eiffel Tower in the Champ de Mars and in the Trocadero garden
- In the Square Jean XXIII and on the right side of Notre Dame Cathedral facing the Seine
- In the Parc de Sceaux (around 30 min from Paris by RER train but totally worth the trip as its one of the very best places to see cherry blossoms)
- On the Square Place Camille Claudel at the Metro station Falguière in the 15th arrondissement
- At the metro station Cambronne in the 15th arrondissement
- At the entrance of the Parc Georges Brassens in the 15th arrondissement
- In the Parc Montsouris in the 14th arrondissement
- At the metro station St Paul in Le Marais neighborhood in the 4th arrondissement
- In the Square Marie Trintignant in Le Marais in the 4th arrondissement (not far from the Seine and Ile de la Cité)
- On the Ile Saint Louis in Place Louis Aragon in the 4th arrondissement
- In the Square Paul Langevin in the 5th arrondissement (not far from the Panthéon)
- In the Tino Rossi garden close to the Seine River and La Sorbonne University in the 5th arrondissement
- Also in front of the Metro Station St Georges in the 9th arrondissement (not far from Pigalle)
- At the church Église de la Sainte Trinité near St Lazare train station in the 9th arrondissement
- In Allée Vivaldi in the 12th arrondissement not far from La Coulée Verte
- In the city of Vincennes (just right close by the 12th arrondissement in Paris), have a look at rue Villebois-Mareuil.
Wisteria blossoms in Paris (Mid-April)
Wisteria is a climbing shrub with hanging clusters of fragrant pale bluish-lilac flowers. It’s can transform the simplest spot into a fairy tale place! From Mid-April you can go in the full “wisteria-hysteria” mode in Paris. Make sure not to miss it, wisteria last for maximum 2 weeks and its blooming season can vary from -/+ 2 weeks so be ready to catch this lilac wave early if needed!
Where can you see wisteria in Paris?
- In front of the restaurant Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole in rue Chanoinesse near Notre Dame
- In the garden of the Grande Mosquée de Paris (Paris Great Mosque) in the 5th arrondissement
- Along the Seine river with the Eiffel Tower as a background in Port Debilly near the bridge of Bir Hakeim
- Close to metro St Paul in rue de Fourcy in Le Marais (4th arrondissement)
- In the Cité Florale, in the 13th arrondissement near the Parc Montsouris
- In the Passage Bourgoin in the 13th arrondissement
- And in the Passage du Moulinet in the 13th arrondissement
- At the end of rue des Thermopyles, a hidden pretty street in the 14th arrondissement
- In the Square Alberto Giacometti in the 14th arrondissement
- Place François 1er near the Grand Palais
- In the cute neighborhood named La Campagne à Paris in the 20th arrondissement
- Also in the 20th arrondissement, check out the Passage Perreur
- In Montmartre in rue de l’Abreuvoir near La Maison Rose, in avenue Junot and in the Square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet.
Chestnut tree blossoms in Paris (End of April to Mid-May)
Did you know that chestnut trees have some amazing flowers when they bloom?! These flowers are either white or pink/red and lance-shaped or ovale. If you want to see chestnut trees blooming in Paris, you have to visit at the end of April and at the beginning of May. But it’s like for the other flowers, their blooming season can vary from -/+ 2 weeks.
Chestnuts trees are literally everywhere in Paris, so I won’t go into details for where to find them (or the list will too long!). But here are two most instagrammable places with chestnut trees:
- In Place Dauphine, this lovely public square in the 1st arrondissement in Paris.
- In the Trocadero gardens with the Eiffel Tower as a background.
Paulownia blossoms (Empress trees) in Paris (Beginning of May to Mid-May)
We have some impressive Paulownia/ Empress trees in Paris. I didn’t know much about them before this year but their blossoms totally amazed me! Indeed Paulownias make the most beautiful pale violet to purple tubular flowers! If you want to see Paulownia trees (Empress trees) blooming in Paris, you have to visit between the beginning of May and mid-May. But as for the other flowers, their blooming season can vary from -/+ 2 weeks.
You can find Paulownia trees in many streets in Paris, and stumble randomly on their beautiful purple blooms. Nevertheless, here are three of the most instagrammable places with Paulownia trees:
- On both sides of the Trocadero gardens with the Eiffel Tower as a background.
- In Avenue Carnot in the 17th arrondissement with the Arc de Triomphe as a background
- In front of the Moulin de la Galette, a cute restaurant with a vintage windmill in Montmartre.
Rose blossoms in Paris (Mid-May to Mid-June)
Roses in the kind of flowers that everyone loves! And it’s even better when you can admire them in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, right?! If you want to see roses blooming in Paris, you have to visit in the second half of May and at the beginning of June. But as for the other flowers the blooming season of roses can vary from -/+ 2 weeks, so be ready Mid-May. And FYI the roses in the rose gardens of Jardin des Plantes and Parc de Bagatelle are usually still here at the beginning of June.
Where can you see rose blossoms in Paris?
- In the Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower (Mid May)
- At the Sacré Coeur in Montmartre (Mid May)
- In the garden of the Palais Royal near the Louvre (Mid-May)
- In the rose garden of the Jardin des Plantes (beginning of June) in the 5th arrondissement
- Also, in the huge rose garden of the Parc de Bagatelle (beginning of June) in the 16th arrondissement. Here you can find more than 10,000 rose trees!
As you can see Paris is like a fairy tale in the spring season! You will be enchanted to visit all the pretty places I recommended for the blooms in the city!
I hope you enjoyed reading this ultimate guide of Spring in Paris! Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments section below or by email. I will be updating this article regularly to make sure to provide you with the latest info and the newest blooming spots I have discovered! I keep on chasing spring flowers in Paris, so stay tuned!
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