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Paris in the Spring: the Ultimate Spring in Paris Bucket List [2020]

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Spring in Paris: Experience Paris in Full Bloom!

Springtime in Paris

Paris in the spring is a beautiful place to be. After a gray and gloomy winter, spring begins to bloom and the city becomes a more vibrant, fun place to visit.

And so do locals’ social lives! As spring arrives, Parisians get excited about flower shows, festivals, street fairs, and awesome outdoor flea markets. You will also see them spending time in the city’s great parks, and the Parisian cafes and terraces return again to life come springtime.

Wondering what to do in Paris in spring? If you are planning a trip to Paris in the springtimemake the most of the season with this ultimate Spring in Paris Bucket List. With so many top spring art shows to attend and things to do outside, your agenda will be full from April through June!

Disclaimer: in the effort of reducing the spread of the COVID-19 in Paris, the French government may cancel, report or close until further notice some of the proposals below. Keep clicking for the latest updates in Paris!

Spring is the Best Season to Visit Paris

Spring is the best time to travel to Paris, the weather makes it a wonderful time to visit the city. During the day, the temperature can range from 16ºC (in April) to 26ºC (in June) while early morning or at night temperatures are still fresh (minimums of 8C° to 14C°).

Spring showers are not uncommon in Paris, especially during April. If rain in Paris is getting you down, check out our list of things to do in Paris on a rainy day to find the perfect “B plan”.

Paris in springtime is also the best time to visit the city to avoid crowds, at least until school holidays or Easter arrive in Paris. Enjoy Paris’ main tourist attractions without the lines or very short lines!

In short, spring is the best time to go to Paris and explore the city by bike or on foot! Bring comfortable shoes for walking, and don’t forget a jacket and an umbrella in case it rains, and you’re in for a treat during springtime in Paris.

springtime in Paris

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Best Things to Do in Paris in the Spring

1) The Sidewalk Cafés in Paris

With their laid-back feel, Parisian cafes play an essential role in the city’s cultural and social life and spring is a wonderful time to enjoy them in their full splendor – outdoors, without the crowds yet but with enough life to live up the atmosphere.

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2) Explore the City’s Parks and Gardens

In Spring, trees and flowers burst out of their winter sleep and the city becomes more colorful, offering some fantastic photo opportunities. Make the most of this colorful explosion by exploring some of Paris’ many wonderful parks and gardens.

While most visitors rush to tick off the Tuileries Gardens or the Luxembourg Gardens from their Paris bucket list, it is worth going off the beaten path and explore other beautiful parks located in lesser-known Paris Arrondissements such as Parc Buttes – Chaumont in Paris 19, the Promenade Plantée in Paris 12, or  Parc Montsouris in Paris 14.

Paris in the Springtime

3) Paris by Bike

Environmentally friendly, cheap, healthy and surprisingly convenient for navigating perilously congested city streets, bikes are becoming the preferred mode of transport for Parisians as soon as spring arrives in Paris.

Visitors who want to discover Paris by bike while having fun can join the weekly free rides proposed by Paris Rando Vélo association. These Paris by bike rides happen every Friday evening and every 3rd Sunday of the month. If you prefer a self-guided bike tour instead, check out this cool Canal de l’Ourcq bike tour.

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4) Cruising Paris

In spring, when the days are longer and the weather in Paris starts getting warm, locals crowd the Seine River for waterside pétanque, drinks along the bar-terraces or casual Paris picnics dangling their feet over the water.

One of the most popular activities in Paris amongst visitors is the night cruise along the Seine River to admire the city’s historical monuments dotted along the route while the combo Canal Saint-Martin + Seine boat tour allows the exploration of other wonderful areas in Paris.

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5) Treasure Hunts

Treasure 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!

World in Paris has launched a DIY Treasure Hunt in the Luxembourg Gardens and a DIY Scavenger Hunt in the Tuileries Garden and they are both a great way to enjoy some spring time in Paris! Explore the most beautiful parks in Paris and learn their history and best-kept secrets whilst having fun!

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6) Paris from Above

After a gray and gloomy winter, Paris in the spring usually means sun and blue sky. This is a great opportunity to enjoy panoramic views of Paris from above from some of the main Paris tourist attractions. From medieval towers to Parisian churches, enjoy Paris from a different point of view!

Views from Notre Dame Towers

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7) The Apero’ Time

France is famous for its wine and your stay in Paris wouldn’t be a proper vacation if you didn’t enjoy a glass (or two!) of French wine.

Spring in Paris is the perfect time to enjoy one of the locals’ favorite activities, l‘heure de l’aperó! The apéritif, or apéro as it’s known in Paris, is an afternoon-evening ritual that combines drinks, tapas, and friends. The apéro time is best enjoyed in a bar with an outdoor terrace.

Enjoying Wine

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8) Picnic and Pétanque with Friends

There’s nothing like a Paris spring picnic, followed by a pétanque with friends, in the fresh air.  The city has fantastic green spots for enjoying alfresco meals. Some popular picnic spots include Champ de Mars, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, and also the Luxembourg Gardens and the Tuileries Gardens.

If you have the time, go off the beaten path to the northern arrondissements of Paris or a hidden square in Le Marais for a more local experience. And oh! don’t forget your wine tote bag!

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9) Explore the Small Towns near Paris 

Paris in the spring is the perfect time to get out in the fresh air and see something else than the capital. If you have a spare day in your Paris travel itinerary, there are some great day trips from Paris, easily reached by public transportation or with an organized day tour.

From picturesque towns like medieval Provins, Auvers-Sur-Oise, or Giverny to beautiful places famous for their châteaux like Versailles or Chantilly, you will be spoilt for choice!

Best day trips from Paris

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Spring Blossoms in Paris

There are few more delightful ways to celebrate the arrival of the spring than by viewing the beautiful cherry blossoms or magnolia blossoms flowering all over Paris.

Everyone seems to know about cherry blossoms around Notre Dame de Paris or the Eiffel Tower but there are other equally beautiful places to enjoy the blossoms without the crowds.

Cherry Blossoms - Champ de Mars

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Magnolia Blossoms in Paris

In Paris, you can see magnolia blossoms from late February/early March through the end of April. These are our favorite places to see magnolia blossoms:

  • Gardens of Palais Royal, in Paris 1
  • Around the Eiffel Tower, in Paris 7
  • Hôtel de Ville (Jardin des Combattants Espagnols de la Nueve), in Paris 4

Palais Royal in Paris 1

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Cherry Blossoms in Paris

Cherry blossoms bloom in March – April and there are many beautiful spots to enjoy cherry blossoms in Paris. Click here for the full Paris Cherry Blossoms Guide

  • Square Jean XXIII, on the south side of the Notre Dame, in Paris 4
  • Jardin des Plantes, in Paris 5
  • Luxembourg Gardens, in Paris 6
  • Champ de Mars, near the Eiffel Tower in Paris 7

blossom season in Paris

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April in Paris /Easter in Paris

With the month of April, spring finally arrives in Paris. With warmer weather and fewer crowds, Paris in April can be great, even if the weather is sometimes unpredictable. If you are visiting Paris in April, it is a good time to enjoy outdoor activities and sights, food festivals and explore the city by joining walking tours.

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10) 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.

The picturesque neighborhood of Saint-Germain-des-Près, well known for its chocolate and cake shops, is a beautiful area to explore on your own during Easter in Paris. To get the most of the season, however, we recommend this fun Chocolate and Pastry Walking Tour, or this Chocolate, Pastries & Macaron Walking Tour of Saint-Germain, both great cultural-yummy experiences!

Easter Eggs in Paris

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11) Have fun at Foire du Trône

The funfair season in Paris starts on 28 March 2020 when the Foire du Trône opens its doors. The Foire du Trône, on the Pelouse de Reuilly (Paris 12), is considered the biggest funfair in all of Europe! This paradise for young and old hosts more than 300 rides and stands of all kinds and sees 3 million visitors from March to May.

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12) Take a Walking Tour to Get to Know the City Better.

Paris is a walkable city and it is best explored on foot. Enjoy the streets of Paris, its beautiful architecture and the main sights from outside with our self guided Paris itineraries. Also, food tours in Paris are very popular this time of the year.

Romantic Paris Getaway

13) French Food Festivals

Food is a very important part of the French culture and April in Paris comes with interesting food festivals like the Sugar Paris or the Rhum Fest. Click here to learn more about French Food Festivals in Paris in April.

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14) Color Run Paris [Event Reported]

The Color Run is a fun 5 km run through the streets of Paris. Inspired by the Holi Festival in India, the runners are directed through color zones where volunteers throw them natural colored powder. This is a great race to do with friends!

 

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Paris in May

In May, spring is well underway in Paris, with warm weather and some sunshine. May in Paris is the month of flowers, outdoor activities and locals start enjoying more Paris at night.

In May there are 3 public holidays in France (1st May, 8th May and 21st May), when locals like to plan family vacations or long weekend getaways. If you are visiting Paris in May, it is better to book your transportation tickets in advance!

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15) Belleville Artists’ Open Studios

For one day, the artists living in this artsy neighborhood open their studios for free and it is a great opportunity to explore Belleville and make new art discoveries.

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16) La Nuit des Musées (Museums’ Night)

On the third Saturday in May, many French museums open their doors at night for free, with side activities such as performances, readings, and concerts. This is a great opportunity, for example, to visit the Louvre Museum for free but also to discover some lesser-known gems which usually come with shorter o no lines.

Louvre Museum at night

17) Music Festivals

In May the city kicks off the season of Music Festivals with some very cool proposals of all genres, such as the Jazz Festival at Saint Germain-des-Prés in Paris 6 or the Villette Sonique festival in Paris 19.

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18) Get boozy at the Paris Beer Festival.

For a whole week, from 26 April to 3 May 2020, beer is the star at the Paris Beer Festival. The Paris Beer Festival (ex Paris Beer Week) by Paris Beer Club is the only festival in Paris and Ile de France exclusively dedicated to crafted beer, bringing together the independent actors of the French craft beer movement. Expect many beer tastings, brewing conferences, and workshops, and cool performances.

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Paris in June

In June, one can almost feel the summer in Paris and there’s plenty going on in the City of Lights. Visiting Paris in June means busy trendy terraces, (almost) summer festivals or apéros by the Parisian canals. June in Paris is definitely a great month to visit Paris!

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19) Sail through the Parisian Canals in your Own Way

Be the Capitan and explore Canal de l’Ourcq in your own way on one of the electric boats proposed by Marin d’Eau Douce at Canal de l’Ourcq. Add a picnic on-board and rosé wine to your exploring kit and you are set for wonderful spring time in Paris!

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20) Check out the Amazing Street Art Plastered on the Walls of Paris 13

Huge murals by famous street artists from all the world have invaded the biggest avenues in the 13th Arrondissement of Paris and now street art in Paris 13 is part of the landscape in this district of Paris.

Head here for the full guide to Street Art in Paris 13 and have fun exploring one of the lesser-known arrondissements of Paris through this colorful itinerary.

Paris 13 - Street Art

21) Fête de la Musique

La Fête de la Musique (the Music Festival) marks the end of spring in Paris. This sleepless night celebrates the summer solstice in the Northern hemisphere (21st June) with music bands and small concerts everywhere in Paris. La Fête de la Musique (Music Festival) is always the kick-off of a fantastic Summer in the City of Lights!

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What to Wear in Paris in Spring

Paris Packing List Spring Summer

What to wear in Paris in the Springtime? Paris in spring means unpredictable weather with warm and sunny days but also rainy and chilly days. You’ll still want to pack plenty of warm clothes, particularly if you’re visiting Paris in April, as it can sometimes feel colder than you expect.

If you visit Paris in springtime you need to be prepared for anything! When thinking about clothes to wear in Paris, layering is essential and your packing list will definitely include a jacket or a trench coat for rainy days. Items like a foldable umbrella and a light scarf will be your best allies so don’t forget to include them in your Paris packing list.

Check out our Spring in Paris Packing Lists and get ready for a wonderful spring in Paris

 

Consider completing your Paris Packing list with an anti-theft shoulder bag or an anti-theft backpack. These models are stylish and allow you to explore the city with peace of mind.

 

Have you visited Paris in April, May or June? What are your favorite things to do in Paris in the Spring?

 

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