March in Paris 2023
All you need to know and the best things to do in Paris in March 2023.
In Paris, March 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 March is the last opportunity to avoid long lines at popular attractions before the high season kicks off.
March in Paris is also a month 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 2023, go on reading. Here’s a quick guide to get the most out of your time in the French capital.
Is Paris in Busy in March? Crowds Forecast
Is Paris busy in March? March is still the low season in Paris and one of the rare months when the French capital 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
Is March a good time to visit Paris? 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 a 14% chance of rain. As the month progresses, days get 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 
March in Paris sees changeable weather but usually mild temperatures. Early mornings and evenings tend to be cold, and you will need to wrap up a little more. Overall, mid-season clothes and layers should suffice.
What to pack for Paris in March 2023? 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 early 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 2023, check out our packing lists for Spring /Summer, with proposals for Paris in early March and Paris in late March.
Tips for Visiting Paris in March
This year 2023, 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 on visiting 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 . . . 😉
Need insurance for France? Be sure to check SafetyWing, our trusted travel insurance policy for long and short trips (starting with a minimum of 5 days). Since August 2020, it covers COVID-19 for new policies purchased, and since April 2021, unplanned quarantine is covered, too.
Best Things to Do in Paris in March 2023 (and March Events in Paris)
Are you wondering what to do in Paris in March? 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 to Paris, and they are planned around the city’s main attractions and neighborhoods:
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If you are looking for the best March events in Paris, you will find this guide helpful. Here’s the list of the best things to do in Paris in March 2023, seasonal events included, 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
In March there are always many interesting food festivals in Paris. The month kicks off with the best Parisian baguette contest (date still to be defined). The winner of this most awaited contest in Paris will have the honor of providing the Elysée Palace (the President’s official residence) with his baguettes for one year!
In March, Paris also celebrates Macaron Day (20 March 2023) and National Cheese Day (27 March 2023). 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 (17 to 19 March 2023), 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
The blooming of cherry trees is one of the most celebrated events in Paris in March. 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 Paris in early March, head to Champ de Mars. 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
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!
A day trip to Disneyland Paris is one of the most popular excursions from Paris, and it is very easy to organize from the French capital. If your travel dates are flexible, check out our Disneyland Paris crowd calendar and pick one of the days with lesser crowds – Click here to buy your tickets to Disneyland Paris
ENJOY THE LAST DAYS OF VERSAILLES GARDENS FOR FREE
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 the Versailles Gardens for free before the Fountains Show and the Musical Garden Show begin in April.
From April 2023, the Versailles 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 a stroll around the Versailles Gardens with a bike ride in the surrounding forest.
SEEK THE SPRING SUNSHINE ON A DAY TRIP FROM PARIS
Now that winter is on the way out take the opportunity to embark on one of the best day trips from Paris to explore the city’s surroundings.
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!
BE THE FIRST TO ENJOY ATELIER DES LUMIÈRES’ NEW EXHIBITION
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 exhibitions (from 17 February 2023) ‘Chagall, Paris – New York’.
After Klimt, Van Gogh, Cézanne and the Impressionists, this exhibition looks back to Marc Chagall’s creative work and his relationship with nature, light, and colors. The Chaall exhibition is followed by a 10-minute creation based on works by Paul Klee.
FUN IN THE PARK WITH A TREASURE HUNT
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 fun ways 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.
Both hunts are great for learning more about two of the most beautiful parks in Paris.
FUN AT THE COLOR OBSTACLE RUSH
In March, Paris organizes a colorful and fun obstacle course. This year, the Color Obstacle Rush Paris 2023 takes place on the leisurely island of Jablines-Annet in Seine-et-Marne on Saturday 25 March.
The Color Obstacle Rush Paris 2023 is a 5km race to lie with your family or friends. There’s no time limit, no winners or losers: the main goal is to have fun! The track comes with 20 fun obstacles, 6 color zones, 20 music zones, and surprise performances all along the course for a maximum of fun.
To participate, head to the official website to register (https://colorobstaclerush.fr/).
CHECK OUT THE TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS IN MARCH IN PARIS 2023
If you visit Paris in March 2023, 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 a taste of what March in Paris 2023 has to offer, and there’s something for every traveler.
Frida Khalo, beyond Appearances – Palais Galliera, from 15 September 2022 to 5 March 2023
Expo Hyperréalisme “Ceci n’est pas un Corps” – Musée Maillol, from 8 September 2022 to 5 March 2023.
Arts and Prehistory – Musée de l’Homme, from 16 November 2022 to 22 May 2023
Art Déco: France-America – Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, from 21 October 2022 to 6 March 2023
Gold by Yves Saint Laurent – Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, from 14 October 2022 to 14 May 2023
Chagall, Paris – New York – Atélier des Lumières, from 17 February 2023 to 7 January 2024
Années 80 – Musée des Arts Décoratifs, from 13 October 2022 to 16 April 2023
Elliott Erwitt – Musée Maillol, from 23 March to 15 August 2023
Manet, Degas – Musée d’Orsay, from 28 March to 23 July 2023
Giovanni Bellini – Musée Jacquemart André, from 3 March to 17 July 2023
Zanele Muholi – MEP Maison Européenne de la Photographie, from 1 February to 21 May 2023
La Fabuloserie a 40 ans – Halle Saint Pierre, from 25 January to 25 August 2023
Picasso et la Préhistoire – Musée de l’Homme, from 18 February to 12 June 2023
Notre Dame de Paris, dès Bâtisseurs aux Restaurateurs – Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, from 15 February 2023 to 29 April 2024
Avant L’Orage – Bourse du Commerce, from 8 February to 11 September 2023
Colors Festival Paris 2023 (Street Art) – 105 Boulevard McDonald Paris 19, from 4 February to 10 December 2023
Germaine Richier – Centre Pompidou, from 1 March to 12 June 2023
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 treat yourself to the pleasure of waking up with an amazing Eiffel Tower balcony view?
Some of Paris’ top hotels also have unique views of the 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 home from home, there are also cute apartments with a view of the Eiffel Tower to rent.
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 and central, with many entertainments, beautiful cafes, and restaurant options.
RELAIS CHRISTINE, Paris 6, $$$$
Set in a 17th-century mansion in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this is THE kind of hotel that comes to mind when we think about Paris and Saint-Germain. Check out the pictures; you will immediately fall in love with this hotel!
HOTEL TRIANON RIVE GAUCHE, Paris 6, $$$$
Conveniently placed close to the Luxemburg Gardens – on the way to Cité – and with comfortable rooms bigger than the Paris average, Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche is an excellent choice for this area and hotel category.
WELCOME HOTEL, Paris 6, $$$
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!
HOTELS IN 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.
HOTEL PARIS LOUVRE OPERA; Paris 1, $$$
This hotel, set in a 17th-century building, is located only a 5-minute walk from the Louvre in a lively area with many choices for dining out. The rooms are small but very clean, comfortable, and cozy, which makes this hotel a good value for your money.
HOTEL BRITANNIQUE: Paris 1, $$$
This lovely 19th-century hotel with a nice feel and atmosphere is located only 700m from Notre Dame and close to other major landmarks. The comfortable rooms and beds and its welcoming staff will make you feel at home.
And there you have it, our quick guide to March in Paris help you plan your trip to Paris in March 2023. Bon voyage!