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08/28/21

March in Paris [2021]

All you need to know to visit Paris in March 2021.

March in Paris is a wonderful month. If you are visiting Paris in March, you will see the start of spring in Paris. The trees will soon be blossoming, and spring flowers will be pushing through the ground in the city parks.

The crowds are not quite here yet, so it’s the last opportunity to avoid long lines at popular attractions before the high season kicks off.

March in Paris is also full of festivals – food, music, cinema, and arts. With so much to see and do around town, it’s impossible to be bored in Paris in March!

If you want to visit Paris in March 2021, here’s a quick guide to get the most of your time in the French capital.

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Is Paris in March Busy? Crowds Forecast

March is still the low season in Paris and one of the rare months when Paris does not see the crowds.

While crowds do start creeping up in March (especially if you get an early Easter), this is still often a good month for last-minute getaways to Paris and for exploring the city and its main attractions without the crowds.

Weather in Paris in March

So what is the weather in Paris in March? The Paris weather in March is hit and miss, and you may get grey, rainy days.

The weather in Paris in March easily oscillates between cold and warm. The average temperature in Paris in March is 13 Cº (highs) and 5 Cº (lows), with 14% chances of rain. As the month progresses, days are getting sunnier.

As soon as the sun shines in March, you will see the locals invading the banks of the Seine, the canals, and the parks looking for the first spring signs!

What to Wear in Paris in March 2021

What to wear in Paris in Summer and Spring

March in Paris sees changeable weather but usually mild temperature. 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 suffice.

What to pack for Paris in March? If you visit Paris in March, it is important to pack good walking shoes (ankle boots or winter sneakers are perfect), socks and tights, long trousers, long sleeve tops, and sweaters.

We also recommend packing a light scarf and a travel umbrella for those rainy days in Paris.

You will see winter coats in Paris in March, but if you come from northern countries where winters are freezing, perhaps you won’t find it necessary. If you are used to cold weather, mid-season waterproof jackets should be fine.

For Paris in March, check out our packing lists for Spring /Summer for a more Parisian look.

Tips for Visiting Paris in March

This year 2021, there are no public holidays in March, so we won’t stress telling you to book everything asap. Still, you will have more choice of accommodation and better prices for everything if you book in advance (but no stress…).

If you plan to visit Paris in March, always have some indoor activities in mind for the occasional showers. If you need some inspiration, check out our suggestions on what to do in Paris when it rains.

A week before the departure, look at our Transportation Strikes in Paris post, which is always up to date. You never know with the French . . .

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Best Things to Do in Paris in March 2021

If you visit Paris for the first time, you may want to tick off some of the main attractions on your travel bucket list. The itineraries below are thought for first-time visits in Paris, and they are planned around the city’s main attractions and neighborhoods:

If you are wondering what to do in Paris in March, you will find this guide helpful. Here’s the list of the best things to do in Paris in March 2021, seasonal events in Paris in March 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.

CELEBRATE FOOD IN PARIS

French Food Festivals

In March there are many interesting food festivals in Paris. The month kicks off with the best Parisian baguette award (date still to be defined). The winner of this most awaited contest in Paris will have the honor to provide the Elysée Palace (the President’s official resident) with his baguettes for one year!

In March, Paris also celebrates Macaron Day (20 March 2020) and the National Cheese Day (27 March 2020). These events are the perfect excuse to try two of the most famous foods in Paris.

Wine passionates visiting Paris in late March will love the Salon des Vignerons Indépendants (dates still to be defined), with more than 600 independent wine-growers from the best wine regions in France presenting their latest wines: reds, whites, and rosés.

LOOK FOR THE FIRST CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN PARIS

Cherry Blossoms in Paris France

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 is one of the most celebrated March events in Paris. This is a brief spectacle that lasts a few weeks, plus it is subject to the weather’s vagaries, so it is better to know which direction to go so as not to miss them!

For early cherry blossoms, those happening in March, head to Champ de Mars (early March). If you are visiting Paris in late March, then your best bet is the Trocadéro Gardens. 

Check out our Cherry Blossoms in Paris quick guide for the full list of places and the approximate dates for March in Paris.

MARCH IN DISNEYLAND PARIS

– Disneyland Paris will remain closed until further notice –

March is an excellent month to visit Disneyland Paris. The crowds are not there yet, and it is one of the last opportunities to meet Frozen before it gets too warm for her.

Disneyland Paris is one of the most popular day trips from Paris, and it is straightforward to organize from the French capital. Check out our tips for planning a memorable day trip to Disneyland Paris.

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ENJOY THE LAST DAYS OF VERSAILLES GARDENS FOR FREE

– The Gardens of Versailles will remain closed until further notice –

Queen's Groove - Versailles

March is the start of spring in Paris, so you should enjoy mild days with some blue skies — perfect weather for being outdoors, especially as the flowers begin to bloom.

Take the chance to visit the first blooms in Versailles Gardens for free before the Fountains Show and Musical Garden Show begin in April 2021

From April 2021, the French gardens will be open only for the shows, and you will need to buy an entrance ticket to visit them. The land around the Grand Canal and the forest will remain free to access.

For a memorable day out in Versailles, combine the French Gardens with a bike ride in the forest of Versailles.

SEEK THE SPRING SUNSHINE ON A DAY TRIP FROM PARIS

Medieval Architecture in Provins

Now that winter is on the way out, take the opportunity to embark on one or more day trips to explore Paris’s surroundings.

You don’t need to go too far to get a taste of the Paris countryside: small towns such as Auvers-sur-Oise (Van Gogh’s latest home) or the medieval city of Provins are at only one hour by train.

Also, there are many beautiful castles near Paris, or you can decide to go further to visit the WW2 Sites in Normandy or the wonderful Mont St Michel. In the end, the hard part is to choose where to go!

Click here for the best day trips from Paris

BE THE FIRST TO ENJOY ATELIER DES LUMIÈRES’ NEW EXHIBITION

– French Museums will remain closed until further notice –

L’Atelier des Lumières is the first center of Digital Art in Paris, proposing unique immersive art exhibitions for all. Be one of the first visitors to enjoy its new exhibition (from 12 February 2021) ‘Dalí, l’Énigme Sans Fin’ (Dalí, the endless enigma).

After Klimt, Van Gogh, and the Impressionists, this exhibition looks back to more than 60 years of creative work of one of the most world-famous Catalans.

FUN IN THE PARK WITH A TREASURE HUNT

Visit the Tuileries Garden with our Tuileries Garden Quest

If you are blessed with a sunny day in March in Paris, by all means, take full advantage of it and go outside for a treasure hunt and a bit of spring sunshine!

Treasure Hunts and Scavenger Hunts are a fun way to explore a city. Treasure Hunts take you past many local attractions, opening your eyes to so many things you would ordinarily walk straight past.

Take this self-guided Scavenger Hunt in the Tuileries Garden to help a lost soul find the way to his final resting place.

Take this self-guided Treasure Hunt in the Luxembourg Gardens to find Queen Marie de Médicis’ most precious treasure.

Both hunts are great to learn more about two of the most beautiful parks in Paris.

FUN AT THE COLOR RUN

– This event is cancelled –

Holi Festival in Paris

In March, Paris also celebrates the HOLI – the famous Indian festival – in the Jardin d’Acclimatation (Bois de Boulogne, Western Paris).

The Holi festival in Paris celebrates the end of winter and the beginning of the spring with good humor and many events. The day starts with the opening of the Indian village and traditional chants in honor of Ganesh, the elephant god. Then, expect traditional dances, yummy Indian food, and Bollywood-style concerts.

However, the most expected event happens in the afternoon when people smear each other with colors and drench each other. Water guns and water-filled balloons are also used to play and color each other.

CHECK OUT THE TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS IN MARCH IN PARIS 2021

– French Museums will remain closed until further notice –

Create your Louvre Guide

If you visit Paris in March, take the chance to enjoy your favorite museums without the crowds. If this is not your first time in Paris, you may want to check the list of temporary exhibitions as well; there’s always something interesting in the museums and art galleries in Paris!

Here’s the list of the most interesting exhibitions planned (so far) for March in Paris 2021:

Gabrielle Chanel, iconic fashion designer. This is her first retrospective at the Palais Galliera, from 1 October 2020 to 14 March 2021.

Divas Arabes. D’Oum Kalthoum à Dalida at the Institut du Monde Arabe, from 27 January 2021 to 27 July 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. New!

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.

The Olmecs and the cultures of the Gulf of Mexico at Musée du Quai Branly, from 9 October 2020 to 25 July 2021.

NEED MORE IDEAS FOR PARIS IN MARCH?

Need more things to do in Paris in March? Have a look at our articles February in Paris or April in Paris. Some of the proposals for these months are also great for March in Paris.

Where to Stay in Paris in March

Booking.com is our recommended site for booking your hotel in Paris. They have a wide variety of hotels 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 Paris’ top hotels come also with unique views of Eiffel Tower, especially beautiful during its night show!

Check out the best hotels with Eiffel Tower Views

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 home from home, there are also cute apartments with view of Eiffel Tower to rent.

Check out the best apartments with view of Eiffel Tower


HOTELS AT SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS

Saint-Germain in the Left Bank is a beautiful neighborhood to set your base in Paris, especially if you are visiting Paris for the first time. It is picturesque, central, with many entertainments, beautiful cafes and restaurant options.

Click here for the best hotels in Saint-Germain

RELAIS CHRISTINE, Paris 6, $$$$

Set in a 17th-century mansion in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this is THE kind of hotel that comes to mind when we think about Paris and Saint-Germain. Check out the pictures, you will immediately fell in love with this hotel!

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HOTEL TRIANON RIVE GAUCHE, Paris 6, $$$$

Conveniently placed close to the Luxemburg Gardens – on the way to Cité – and with comfortable rooms bigger than the Paris average, Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche is an excellent choice for this area and hotel category.

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WELCOME HOTEL, Paris 6, $$$

This cute little hotel with comfortable rooms has the best possible location, between Boulevard Saint-Germain and Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church. Stay in one of the most pretty areas for the best price!

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HOTELS AT THE LOUVRE DISTRICT

If you prefer to stay in the Right Bank, the Louvre District is a good option. Stay close to the Louvre, the Seine River, and the Tuileries Gardens, in a lively area with many bars and restaurants nearby.

Click here for the best hotels in the Louvre District

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HOTEL PARIS LOUVRE OPERA; Paris 1, $$$

This hotel set in a 17th-century building is located only a 5-minute walk from the Louvre in a lively area with many choices for dining out. The rooms are small but very clean, comfortable and cozy which make of this hotel is a good value for your money.

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HOTEL BRITANNIQUE: Paris 1, $$$

This lovely 19th-century hotel with a nice feel and atmosphere is located at only 700m of Notre Dame and close to other major landmarks. The comfortable rooms and beds and its welcoming staff will make you feel at home.

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And there you have it, the March in Paris quick guide to help you plan your trip to Paris in March 2021. Bon voyage!

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