07 Mar Where to find Magnolias in Paris
Spring is my favorite season AND one of the best times of the year to visit Paris! Not only the days are getting longer, and the weather is more pleasant. But you will also get the opportunity to see some beautiful blooms! For example, we have here some gorgeous magnolia trees, and their flowers comes with a great variety of colors. Now you probably wonder where to find magnolias in Paris. Look no more! I have here for you the list of the best places to see magnolias in bloom in Paris with their exact location! As I’m a Parisian and a photographer, I’m also sharing my local secret tips with you.
And Paris provides a great quantity of flowers blooming in spring, from cherry blossoms to wisteria, roses and more. If you do not want to miss any of them, head to my complete guide for spring blooms in Paris!
Magnolias are some of the first flowers to bloom in Paris even before the official beginning of spring season. You can see them appearing at the end of February / beginning of March. Depending on the years, the date can vary from +/- 1 or 2 week as the bloom depends on the weather. If the month of February is rather mild and sunny, they will appear sooner. On the contrary, if the weather is cold, the magnolia will bloom later.
Magnolia trees should be in full bloom around mid-March in Paris, depending on the places where you can find them. Some of them are still in bloom late in March.
The blooming period lasts for around 2 weeks.
Check out my calendar for all the spring blooms in Paris if you do not want to miss any blooms while you are there!
Magnolias in the Tuileries Garden
The Tuileries Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in Paris! Located between the Louvre Museum and Place de la Concorde, it’s very popular all year long. People love to come here for picnics and strolls in summer, and it’s one of the most instagrammable places in fall in Paris! But in spring it’s one of the best places to see magnolias in bloom in Paris! A few magnolia trees are standing on the side of the garden closer to the Louvre. One of them especially is very instagrammable as it has a stunning view with a building of the Louvre Museum in the background. The magnolias here have a beautiful light pink color.
My secret tip: locals and tourists are more numerous in the Tuileries Garden during in the afternoon, during the school holidays and the weekends. Come here in the morning to enjoy it without crowd!
Magnolias at the Eiffel Tower in the Champs de Mars
Do you want to capture a magnolia tree with the Eiffel Tower in the background? It’s possible! If you walk around the Champ de Mars, you will find a beautiful magnolia tree at the feet of the Eiffel Tower! This is one of the best places to see magnolia in blooms in Paris! The magnolias here have a beautiful light pink color.
Besides that, the Champ de Mars is one of the most beautiful parks in Paris and one of the best spots to capture the Eiffel Tower! Locals and tourists love to come here for a stroll or a picnic when the weather allows it.
My secret tip: the Champ de Mars is frequently visited during the school holidays and the weekends. Come here early morning or on a weekday to avoid too much crowd 🙂 .
Magnolias in the Garden of the Palais Royal
The Garden of the Palais Royal features some gorgeous magnolia trees! You will find them standing all around the garden with their stunning dark pink blooms. Their color is quite rare, that’s why you shouldn’t miss these magnolia trees in Paris!
Located not far from the Louvre, the Garden of the Palais Royal is one of the best gardens in Paris. Locals love to come here to sit in front of the big fountain in the middle or on one of the benches with a quote. These benches have become even more famous since they are one of the frequent filming locations of Emily in Paris!
Also, once you are around here you should have a look at the iconic black and white striped Colonnes de Buren! It’s one of the most instagrammable places in Paris!
My secret tip: the Palais Royal doesn’t allow any commercial photoshoot so some people from the staff might come to question you if you are taking photos with a professional camera and a pretty outfit. Just explain if the purpose of your photoshoot is personal and they should let you work!
Magnolias at Hôtel de Ville
You will find some pretty magnolia trees behind the Hôtel de Ville in Paris. Tourists often mistake the Hôtel de Ville for a hotel (because of the name) or for a palace, but it’s our town hall! To be honest, the architecture of the building looks like a fairy tale castle, so I can get why foreigners are confused 😉 . Anyway, it makes an amazing background for the magnolia trees in bloom! Here the flowers are light pink. The magnolia trees stand on the right side and the left side of a stunning equestrian statue of Étienne Marcel. As a provost of the merchants of Paris under King John II of France, he got famous for defending the rights of the small craftsmen and guildsmen. one is blooming before the other
Location: Magnolia trees behind the Hôtel de Ville
My secret tip: the Jardin des Combattants Espagnols de la Nueve is a secret garden located at the back of Hôtel de Ville. It offers a lovely view on the magnolia trees! This hidden gem is open only on rare occasions, so if you are lucky, you might be able to visit it! Nowadays it’s open only in the weekends and the bank holidays from 9am to 6 or 7:30pm.
Magnolias at Châtelet-Les Halles
Châtelet-Les Halles is well-known as one of the biggest and most visited shopping centers in Paris. It used to be called the “Belly of Paris”, as it was a marketplace since the 12th century in the heart of Paris. Nowadays many people come here for shopping, but they tend to forget that it’s also full of beautiful trees that are blooming in spring! You can admire here a few gorgeous white magnolia trees in front of the Église Saint Eustache and in the Nelson Mandela Garden in the alley leading to the Bourse du Commerce. FYI this new museum that opened in 2021 displays some unique pieces of the contemporary art collection of François Pinault.
My secret tip: do not miss the stunning church Église Saint Eustache from the 16th century located nearby. Its flamboyant gothic style and its Renaissance interior are worth the visit! Maybe you noticed it in the filming locations of Emily in Paris season 2 😉 .
Magnolias in the Parc de Bagatelle
Parc de Bagatelle is beautiful park located inside the Bois de Boulogne in the 16th arrondissement in Paris. It features a castle, an Anglo-Chinese garden with pagodas, pavilions, bridges and waterfalls. And flowers are growing in many parts of the garden (daffodils, hyacinths, roses…). For all of these reasons it’s one of the best parks in Paris! And if you explore it, you will find some beautiful magnolia trees blooming near one of the pretty blue castle outbuildings. This spot will bring you all the Marie Antoinette or Bridgerton vibes!
Location: Magnolia trees in the Parc de Bagatelle
My secret tip: come back here in June to see the rose garden! It features 10,000 rose bushes and 1200 rose cultivars, it’s one of the biggest and oldest rose gardens in France!
Magnolias in the Parc Monceau
Parc Monceau is one of the most beautiful parks in Paris! Located in the 8th arrondissement not far from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Élysées, it offers 82 hectares of green spaces to escape from the hustle and bustle of Paris. If you wander in the park and around, you will discover some beautiful magnolia trees near the stunning Hôtel Menier, a town house on the west end of the park. But many other trees are blooming in this garden and even cherry blossoms later in the season.
Location: Magnolia trees in the Parc Monceau
My secret tip: the Parc Monceau is full of surprising architectural features, or follies. You will find here for example a classical colonnade with Corinthian pillars, a Dutch windmill, a replica of the Rialto bridge in Venice, an Egyptian pyramid, and a Chinese fort. It’s really fun to explore and it’s one of the most romantic places in Paris!
It’s really worth going on a hunt to see magnolias in Paris! I’m chasing them every spring so I might new places this year: stay tuned!
Let me know in the comments what is your favorite place with magnolias in bloom in Paris!
If you are here on a trip, check out all my article about Paris. You will ideas for what to see and do in Paris and my recommendations for the best places to eat!
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