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Best Cherry Blossoms in Paris [2021] – Quick Guide by a Local

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04/10/21

Each year, around March to April, cherry trees’ pink and white flowers are the undisputed stars of early spring in Paris.

The blooming of cherry blossoms in Paris is a brief spectacle that lasts a few weeks. Because their lifespan is very limited and subject to the weather’s vagaries, it is better to know which direction to go to not miss them!

Planning to see cherry blossoms in Paris this spring? Check out our Paris Cherry Blossom guide, including forecast, best times, great locations, and photography tips for making the most of your trip.

Over the years, we have become big fans of cherry blossoms, and we look forward to the start of each spring to photograph them, so you are in good hands!

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Interesting Facts About Cherry Blossoms

  • Known as ‘sakura’ in Japanese, cherry blossoms are a symbol of spring because it is a time of renewal.
  • Hanami (花 見, literally “to look at the flowers”), is the traditional Japanese custom of appreciating the beauty of flowers, mainly cherry blossoms (sakura).
  • Each cherry tree may only bloom for up to a week.
  • There are eleven steps in the cherry blossom life cycle: bud -bud expansion – flower opens – 10% in bloom – 30% in bloom – 50% in bloom – 70% in bloom – full bloom – petals start to fall – petals fall vigorously- Finished
  • Picnicking beneath cherry blossom trees is a Japanese tradition and it is getting popular also in Paris.
  • The cherry blossoms and the leaves are edible. In Japan, they are used in many traditional sweets and tea.
blossom season in Paris

Cherry Blossom Paris 2021 Guide (Sakura in Paris)

Here are the best places to see cherry blossoms in Paris, along with a couple of magnolia blossoms that you cannot miss. This Cherry Blossom Paris Guide includes spots in almost all the Paris districts, so it is a good opportunity to explore the lesser-known arrondissements. Head here for our Arrondissements of Paris quick guide.

We have developed our favorite Paris cherry blossom spots, but there are many more! Below, there’s the full list of cherry blossoms in Paris with their location on a map.

Palais Royal (magnolias) – Paris 1

Cherry Blossoms Palais Royal

The first trees to bloom in March are the magnolias. Most of the time, magnolia flowering in Paris begins in the second week of March and continues until the end of the month.

Even if magnolias are not cherry trees, they are definitely worth admiring. One of the most beautiful places to see these large fuchsia flowers is the Palais Royal Gardens. 

Despite its very central location, Palais Royal’s gardens don’t see many visitors, so you can take beautiful pictures without the crowds.

Hôtel de Ville Paris 4

Cherry Blossoms

The Jardin des Combattants Espagnols de la Nueve, next to the Town Hall, is a place with beautiful cherry blossoms. In this garden, there are magnolia trees too, but when you go to see the cherry blossoms, the magnolias are gone.

Cherry Blossoms - Hotel de Ville
Magnolia Blossoms

In this garden, we prefer to see the magnolias because they are closer to the statue (Etienne Marcel), so you can make better photo compositions.

The Jardin des Combattants Espagnols de la Neuve opens only on weekends, and it’s a cute little haven in the center of Paris.

Square Jean XXIII (Notre Dame) – Paris 4

Cherry Blossoms - Notre Dame Cathedral

Sometimes you don’t have to go far to see beautiful Paris cherry blossoms. One of the most popular spots to see cherry blossoms in Paris is Square Jean XXIII, on the south side of Notre Dame Cathedral.

You will find some beautiful and large cherry trees, with many benches and a large sandbox, so it is ideal for playing the photographer. Due to their central location, it gets crowded very quickly, so get there early.

UPDATE: After the fire that ravaged the cathedral on 15 April 2019, Notre Dame and the surrounding area, including Square Jean XXIII, are closed for restoration until further notice. However, you can get pleasing panoramas gazing from across the river.

And while you’re around, take a look at Shakespeare & Co., the famed English language bookstore at only 5 mins walk from Notre Dame, on the Left Bank. There are two beautiful sakura trees right in front of the bookstore.

Jardin des Plantes – Paris 5

Cherry Blossoms - Jardin des Plantes
Giant Cherry Tree at Jardin des Plantes

The next stop is the Jardin des Plantes, in the Latin Quarter of Paris. There are beautiful flowers everywhere, but you want to head to the Gallerie de l’Evolution to see the HUGE cherry tree, probably the largest in the city.

This magnificent cherry tree, whose branches reach almost to the ground, blooms by mid-April, and it is a wonder.

Also on the main alley, but more in the center, there are two more beautiful cherry trees. These trees are less spectacular than the giant cherry tree but see lesser crowds so you can take better pictures.

In the Jardin des Plantes, there’s also a white cherry tree, and it is stunning!

Luxembourg Gardens – Paris 6

Cherry Blossoms Luxembourg Gardens

The Luxembourg Gardens has probably the most beautiful flower beds in Paris. However, if you visit the park early in the season, you’ll want to see its wonderful cherry trees. This picture was taken on the west side of the park, near Paul Verlaine’s statue.

And while you are around, you may want to try this self-guided Treasure Hunt in the Luxembourg Gardens, a fun and educational way to visit one of the most beautiful gardens in Paris.

Square Gabriel Pierné – Paris 6

Caroline and the Cherry Blossoms

Square Gabriel Pierné is a quiet and peaceful little square in the neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, located just behind the Institut de France.

This is a perfect spot for reading a book or for a quick eat during your wanderings around Paris. The statue of a little girl (Carolina) is perfect for some beautiful photo compositions.

Champ de Mars – Paris 7

Eiffel Tower with cherry blossoms? Yes, please!

Cherry Blossoms and Eiffel Tower

Champ de Mars is one of the best spots to photograph the Eiffel Tower, surrounded by beautiful blossoms during March and April.

Cherry Blossoms and Eiffel Tower

Here, there are magnolia trees too, and they make the perfect framing for the Eiffel Tower. If you are visiting Paris in the spring, you cannot miss this spot!

Cherry Blossoms - Champ de Mars
Magnolia Blossoms and Eiffel Tower

Champ de Mars is a beautiful garden that blends nature with architecture. The cherry trees are scattered in this vast garden so you will have to look for them!

When the weather is good, Champ de Mars is a popular spot for a picnic in Paris, from which you can enjoy one of the best Eiffel Tower views.

Parc Montsouris – Paris 14

Parc Montsouris is one of the most beautiful parks on the left bank of Paris. It has beautiful plants and trees and a much more local feeling than most of the city’s main parks.

There are some small cherry trees near the park’s fence, but the most beautiful cherry tree in Montsouris is on one of the main alleys, and it has white and pink blossoms.

Parc Montsouris is a bit far from the center, but it’s definitely worth the visit. You can easily combine Parc Montsouris with the Paris Catacombs or the Museum of the Liberation of Paris.

Trocadéro Gardens – Paris 16

Cherry Blossoms - Trocadéro Gardens Paris

Created for the Universal Exposition in 1937, the Trocadéro Gardens is a green space of nearly 10,000 m² offering stunning views of the Eiffel Tower.

Trocadéro has beautiful cherry trees and a traditional carousel, all bundled together for your eyes’ pleasure. The view with the carousel and the Eiffel Tower in the background is picture perfect!

This place’s downside is that this is a favorite spot for Instagrammers, wedding photographers, and regular tourists, so you might have to wait in line to take the picture.

These cherry trees are some of the first to blossom in the city (around the end of March) and also the longest-lasting (through to the middle of April).

Parc Buttes-Chaumont – Paris 19

Paris in the Springtime

This lonely cherry tree, located by the pond of Parc Buttes-Chaumont and with views over the park’s little temple, is one of the most beautiful cherry trees in Paris, perfect for a hanami moment or a picnic in the park.

This tree is a vestige of the first plantations in the park – mostly fruit trees – since the designers’ idea was to represent the countryside in the city.

Unfortunately, yesterday’s walkers were as uncivilized as those of today, and we don’t need to tell you why the fruit trees did not last long in Paris.

Bonus: Parc de Sceaux

Cherry Blossoms - Parc de Sceaux

Parc de Sceaux is the place with the most beautiful cherry blossoms. Here, you will find an entire orchard of pink cherry blossom trees blooming from mid to late April.

This beautiful park featuring an octagonal lake and canal was designed by Andre Le Notre, the principal gardener of King Louis XIV of France. He is also the author of the parks and gardens around the most beautiful castles near Paris, such as Fontainebleau, Chantilly, Vaux-le-Vicomte, and the Versailles Gardens.

On a warm sunny day, pack a picnic and eat below a canopy of fluffy pink petals; you don’t need anything else for a fantastic day trip out of Paris!

The park is open from Tuesday to Sunday. It is a bit out of town, 12 km south of Paris, but it’s worth the 30-minute train ride (RERB).

During the sakura season, Parc de Sceaux starts to get busy after 9 am. To avoid the biggest crowds, try to visit the park from Tuesday to Thursday.

Paris Cherry Blossom Map

springtime in Paris

Here’s the full list of cherry blossoms in Paris listed by Paris Arrondissements. If you plan a trip to Paris in March or April, don’t miss the opportunity to check out some of them!

We discover new spots with cherry trees every year, so we will probably be adding new spots soon. The red icons correspond to the locations mentioned above, while the violet icons are the rest of the locations. Have fun!

Jardin Anne Frank – Paris 3

Metro Saint Paul – Paris 4

Square Marie Trintignant – Paris 4

Jardin Tino-Rossi – Paris 5

Shakespeare & Co. bookstore – Paris 5

Square Honoré Champion – Paris 6

Around Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church – Paris 6

Gardens of Musée Quai Branly (no entrance fee) – Paris 7

Champs Elysées Gardens – Paris 8

Gardens around the Petit Palais – Paris 8

Parc Monceau – Paris 8

Place Franz-Liszt/ Church of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul – Paris 10

Parc Floral de Paris (there’s an entrance fee) – Paris 12

Parc Georges Brassens – Paris 15

Metro Falguière – Paris 15

Rue Carrier Belleuse – Paris 15

Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil – Paris 16

Parc Martin Luther King – Paris 17

Montmartre Cemetery – Paris 18

Jardin Saint-Simonian – Paris 20

Père Lachaise Cemetery – Paris 20

Tips for Photographing Cherry Blossoms in Paris

cherry blossoms photography

There are average dates for the cherry blossoms, but nature is fickle, and the bloom period is short. If you are in quest of the best cherry blossom shots in Paris, you need to be patient and flexible

Try to be early in the morning, pre-dawn, when there are no crowds yet. During the cherry blossom period in Paris, crowds become unmanageable later in the day.

Think about the colors. You’re going to be looking at a lot of pink, so choose contrasting colors and good exposures to showcase the blossoms best— for example, blu sky on a sunny day as background.

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