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April in Paris 
All you need to know to visit Paris in April 2021.
April is a wonderful month to visit Paris, but it is also a very busy one. Spring has well and truly started in Paris in April, and despite frequent showers, the city fills with flowers, perfumes, and the locals start to populate the parks.
In 2021, Easter falls in April, and although Paris is not known for its religious celebrations, the city becomes especially appealing for those who can get some days off.
Overall, Paris in April is a combination of city perfection with busy crowds, and it is a great month for sightseeing, outdoor activities, and day trips out of the capital. If you visit Paris in April, here’s the guide to April in Paris 2021 to get the most of your time in the French capital.
Is Paris in April Busy? Crowds Forecast
April in Paris is the beginning of the high season in France, so it is a busy month. If you visit Paris in April, you will not see the crowds of July and August, but still, it is a good idea to book accommodation and tickets to the main attractions well in advance.
Paris in April is crazy busy during the weeks of Easter and spring school holidays (more on the following chapters).
Below I list the Paris main attractions you will need advance tickets for and have added links to my favorite trusty providers for your convenience.
Weather in Paris in April
How is the weather in Paris in April? April is spring in Paris, and you can expect lovely weather with mild temperatures and the occasional shower of rain. April in Paris is one of the best times for sightseeing and exploring the city on foot or by bike.
At this time of the year, the weather is changeable, and you will need to dress in layers.
The average temperature in Paris in April is 16C maximum and 8C minimum, with 14% chances of rain.
A foldable umbrella will be your best friend when you visit Paris in April but you can simply find refuge in a Parisian cafe and resume sightseeing when it stops raining.
What to Wear in Paris in April 2021
April is a spring month in Paris. The weather is changeable, but usually, the temperatures are mild. Early mornings and evenings tend to be cold, and you will need to wrap up a little more, but overall, mid-season clothes and layers should do.
What to pack for Paris in April? At the beginning of the month, you may see many locals still wearing winter coats, but as the month progresses, the temperatures get warmer. Before leaving for Paris, check the weather forecast, and decide if you need warmer clothes.
Then you will need good walking shoes (ankle boots or winter sneakers are perfect, ideally waterproof), socks and tights and long trousers. Finally, pack long sleeve tops and sweaters.
For Paris in April, check out our Spring /Summer packing lists for a more Parisian look.
Best Tips for Visiting Paris in April
If you visit Paris for the first time and plan to visit many tourist sights, consider purchasing a Paris tourist pass to save time and money. Check out this Paris Tourist Pass Comparison to find the best pass for you.
If you want to visit only a few attractions, buy skip-the-line tickets or bundle tickets for your favorite sites.
4th April 2021 and 5th April 2021 are holiday days in France (Sunday and Monday Easter). This is a popular time to visit Paris, and also locals like to travel around the country and abroad. Therefore, booking flight tickets, train tickets, and accommodation well in advance is paramount.
17th April to 3rd May 2021 is school holidays in Paris, and, commonly, parents take one week off for a family cultural trip somewhere else in France or Europe. If you decide to come during this period, book things in advance, especially train and flight tickets from /to Paris.
If you plan to visit Paris in April, always have some indoor activities in mind for the occasional showers. If you need some inspiration, check out this list of fun things to do when it rains in Paris.
A week before the departure, check out our Transportation Strikes in Paris post, which is always up to date. You never know with the French . . .
Need insurance for France? Be sure to check France travel insurance rates and coverage with our recommended provider, SafetyWing.
Best Things to Do in Paris in April 2021
If you visit Paris for the first time, you may want to visit some of the main attractions like the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre Museum. The itineraries below are thought for first-timers in Paris, and they are planned around the main attractions and neighborhoods in Paris:
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Here’s the list of the best things to do in April in Paris 2021, seasonal activities in Paris in April with something for everyone. Some of the events (or the dates of certain events) are still to be confirmed so keep clicking for the latest updates.
LOCKDOWN EASING IN FRANCE 2021
- The terraces of cafés and restaurants will open on 19 May.
- Cafés and restaurants (inside) will open on 9 June.
- Museums, cultural spaces, theaters, cinemas, and cabarets will open on 19 May.
- Non-essential shops will open on 19 May.
- Fairs, exhibition halls will open on 9 June.
- Foreign tourists will be able to travel to France from 9 June. Click here for the list of countries allowed to travel to France and the requirements to enter.
- Curfew in all the French territory from 7 pm to 6 am. Then from 9 pm to 6 am (19 May to 8 June), from 11 pm to 6 am (9 to 30 June).
EXPLORE PARIS BY BIKE
April in Paris is an excellent month to explore the city by bike. Instead of taking the dark and crowded metro, get some fresh air and enjoy Paris in the spring on your bike.
Check out this Paris by Bike Quick Guide to learn how to navigate the city on two wheels and for the best bike tours covering Paris. For a fun and relaxing day, you can also consider Versailles by bike or the trail along Canal de l’Ourcq.
LOOK FOR THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN PARIS
Cherry blossoms in Paris bloom in March – April, and there are many beautiful spots in the city with beautiful cherry blossoms.
Check out our Cherry Blossoms in Paris quick guide for the full list of places and the approximate dates.
VISIT ONE OF THE SMALL TOWNS NEAR PARIS
There’s always something new to see in the capital, but when the weather is good, get on a train and explore one of the small towns around Paris.
The surroundings of Paris are dotted with some picturesque small towns worth a day trip. After the long winter, these towns come to life in April, especially on the weekends.
Where to go for a day out of Paris in April? Provins is a pretty medieval town very easy to reach by train whilst Auvers-sur-Oise is famous for Van-Gogh. For a good combination of sightseeing and nature, head to Fontainebleau to visit the castle and a hike in the forest.
EASTER IN PARIS
Easter in France is all about church services, meals with family, and spectacular chocolate creations.
During Easter in Paris, all the pâtisseries and chocolate shops throughout the city decorate their shop windows with awesome Easter goodies and colorful cakes. Shop displays by Pierre Hermé, Patrick Roger, or Jean-Paul Hévin are well known by everybody and wonderful to see.
To get the most of the season, take this Chocolate, Pastries & Macaron Walking Tour of Saint-Germain, a picturesque neighborhood well known for its chocolate and cake shops.
TAKE A FOOD TOUR IN PARIS
Food tours are a good option to get some fresh air when it is not too cold outside. Food tours in Paris usually cover a specific area or neighborhood so they are also a good way to learn more about this area whilst enjoying great food.
Learn about the best food in Paris and get some good addresses to eat or buy while exploring your favorite neighborhood in Paris.
If you are visiting Paris around Easter, consider this top-rated Saint Germain Pastry and Chocolate Walking Tour. Saint-Germain in Paris 6 is well known for its pastry shops and chocolate shops, and in Easter, the shop windows are spectacular.
FUN IN THE PARK WITH A SELF-GUIDED TREASURE HUNT
Paris is home to many interesting museums, but when the weather is nice, it is hard to stay indoors in the City of Lights!
Treasure Hunts and Scavenger Hunts are a great way to explore the city, especially if you are looking for alternative or unusual things to do in Paris. Treasure Hunts take you past many local attractions, opening your eyes to so many things you would ordinarily just walk straight past.
If you are blessed with a day of sunshine and blue sky in Paris, by all means, take full advantage of it and head outdoors to get the most out of the city, that’s what Parisians do!
Take this self-guided Treasure Hunt in the Luxembourg Gardens to find Queen Marie de Médicis’ most precious treasure.
Take this self-guided Scavenger Hunt in the Tuileries Garden to help its lost soul find the way to his final resting place.
Both hunts are great to learn more about two of the most beautiful places in Paris.
VISIT MONET’S GARDEN IN GIVERNY
– The French Museums will remain closed until further notice –
In spring, Monet’s garden comes into its full bloom! The main blooms in April are the great hybrids, narcissi and daffodils, and the tulips. They are joined by other spring bulbs of all colors. Over the month, the wallflowers start to appear too.
April is definitely too early for the water lilies but you can see two of the emblematic trees in Monet’s garden – the apple tree and the cherry tree – start to bloom.
TAKE A DAY CRUISE TO SAIL THE SEINE RIVER
– The riverboat tours won’t operate until further notice –
April is a great month to do a day cruise along the Seine River. If the weather is good, hop on a boat and enjoy Paris’ main attractions – Notre Dame, Pont Alexandre III, Orsay Museum, or the Eiffel Tower – from the water.
There are different Seine River experiences and it mostly depends on your budget.
>> Seine River cruise, with or without meal – the most touristy
>> The Batobus (hop on, hop off boat tour) – the most local
>> Private River Cruise with skipper (4pax max) – the coolest!
LOOK FOR THE BEST VIEWS IN PARIS
Paris is one of the most photogenic cities in the world, especially in spring, with the trees in full bloom. Photography in Paris in the spring is a wonder!
Look for the best views of the Eiffel Tower for the most iconic clichés, but there are many other places perfect for some selfies or photoshoots.
Check out our list of the best views in Paris you shouldn’t miss when visiting Paris in April.
CHECK OUT THE TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS IN APRIL IN PARIS 2021
– French Museums will remain closed until further notice –
When you visit Paris in April, you may want to check the list of temporary exhibitions, especially if this is not your first time in Paris.
Here’s the list of the most interesting exhibitions planned (so far) for April in Paris 2021:
Peintres femmes, 1780-1830. Naissance d’un combat (Female Painters, Birth of a Combat) at the Musée du Luxembourg, from 3 March 2021 to 4 July 2021.
Divas Arabes. D’Oum Kalthoum à Dalida at the Institut du Monde Arabe, from 27 January 2021 to 27 July 2021.
Louis de Funès, at La Cinémathèque de Paris, from 15 July 2020 to 30 May 2021.
Pierres Précieuses (gemstones) at Grande Galérie de l’Evolution, from 16 September 2020 to 14 June 2021.
Dalí, l’Énigme Sans Fin (Dalí, the endless enigma) at Atelier des Lumières, from 12 February 2021 to 2 January 2022.
Luxes (the history of luxury) at Musée des Arts Décoratifs, from 15 October 2020 to 2 May 2021.
NEED MORE IDEAS FOR PARIS IN APRIL?
Need more inspiration for when you visit Paris in April? You can have a look at our articles March in Paris or May in Paris. Some of the activities suggested in these pieces are also great for April in Paris.
Where to Stay in Paris in April
We recommend Booking.com for booking your hotel in Paris. They have a wide variety of accommodation of all kinds and good rates. In addition, they propose the option to cancel for free, most of the time up to 24 hours.
SLEEP WITH EIFFEL TOWER VIEWS
If you have the budget, why not treating yourself with the pleasure of waking up with an amazing Eiffel Tower balcony view?
Some of the best hotels in Paris also come with awesome views of Eiffel Tower, especially beautiful during its night show!
The good news is that a cozy room with Eiffel Tower views is not exclusive to the best hotels in Paris. If you are looking for a more local experience, there are also beautiful, fully equipped apartments to rent with amazing Eiffel Tower views
HOTELS AT LE MARAIS IN PARIS 3
Le Marais in the Right Bank is a beautiful and central neighborhood perfect to set your base in Paris, especially if you are visiting Paris for the first time. It is picturesque, well connected by the metro, and with many beautiful cafes and restaurant options.
LE PAVILLON DE LA REINE & SPA, Paris 3, $$$$
Le Pavillon de la Reine is a luxury hotel & spa located at Place des Vosges in the Marais. The rooms are individually decorated and very spacious. Facilities include a spa, fitness center, and hammam. Its beautiful secluded garden is perfect to end your day with a drink.
HOTEL DU PETIT MOULIN, Paris 3, $$$
Located at the heart of Marais and entirely designed by Christian Lacroix, this hotel offers the best combination history + design. Guests can use complimentary bicycles and enjoy free access to the spa at Hotel Pavillon de la Reine, a 10-min walk away.
HOTELS AT THE LATIN QUARTER
If you prefer to stay in the Left Bank, the Latin Quarter is also a good option, usually with less expensive options. Stay close to the Luxembourg Gardens or the Jardin des Plantes but also to lively areas like rue du Mouffetard or the Sorbonne with many bars and restaurants nearby.
XHOTEL LA LANTERNE; Paris 5, $$$$
Hotel La Lanterne has an excellent location (between Notre Dame and Luxembourg Gardens), attractive rooms, and some great facilities like a spa, pool, or a private garden. Perfect to finish your exploring days in a more relaxing way.
OBSERVATOIRE LUXEMBOURG: Paris 5, $$$
Located close to Luxembourg Gardens, we find its design pretty cool. But of course, it is not all about decoration: the hotel’s comfortable rooms, French Brasserie, modern facilities, and cool staff are the perfect combination for a great stay in Paris.
We hope you enjoyed this April in Paris 2021 quick guide and it helped you plan your trip to Paris in April. Bon voyage!