10 Reasons to Love Paris in Spring

Before I went to Paris just before Christmas, I honestly didn’t think I would love Paris in winter any more than Paris in spring. I wasn’t expecting how beautiful it would be in December, with all the festive lights and the market along the Champs Elysees, but now the nights are getting lighter and days are getting warmer (by like a degree?), and it’s OFFICIALLY spring, I do remember why I love Paris so much at this time of year.

 

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Cherry blossom at Notre Dame

Notre Dame itself is very gothic looking, a big medieval cathedral that towers over the Seine. In spring the trees that surround it break out into beautiful pink blossom, totally hiding the bottom level so it peaks out over the top. It’s a beautiful setting and lovely to walk through or admire from afar as you walk along the river. The pink blossom extends across to the Shakespeare & Co. bookshop as well, transforming the old medieval building into another pretty picture.

 

 

Street artists

Sometimes put off by the weather street artists are a lot fewer in winter, but in spring they are everywhere you turn! They line the little pop up stalls by the river, literally the whole way along in central Paris, and at Montmartre the square is filled with them. After experiencing the pink blossom trees around Paris, you’re definitely ten times more likely to purchase even a small canvas showing the same scenes you’ve just witnessed first hand.

 

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Luxembourg Palace

Located right in the centre of Paris in the 6th Arr. is the chateau style Luxembourg Palace and gardens. It’s very beautiful especially in spring, with extensive French and English gardens to wander around, an orchid and a historical fountain. The gardens can be enjoyed free of charge on their own, or you can buy tickets to go inside for a tour. The building has a long history of uses, for politics, royalty, a museum and even a prison at one point.

 

Luxembourg Palace, ParisPIN IT

Luxembourg Palace, ParisPIN IT

Luxembourg Palace, ParisPIN IT

Luxembourg Palace, ParisPIN IT

 

Cafe Culture

While the cafe culture never stops in Paris, it is obviously best enjoyed in the spring and summer sunshine. A glass of rose while watching the world go buy is literally unbeatable. My favourite can be found in the Village Royale. Their breakfasts are pretty amazing too. Paris in spring at its best!

 

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Cafe culture, ParisPIN IT

 

Laduree at Easter

It’s obviously a very typical thing to do when in Paris, but you can’t really be there and not pay a visit to Laduree. The shop is fully decked out in it’s signature pastel tones year round, but the displays at Easter are extra special.

 

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Laduree, EasterPIN IT

 

Luxury Shopping

What better place to start your summer wardrobe shopping that in Paris?! There’s literally every shop imaginable, all the designers some of which even originated in Paris, and a trip to the French capital isn’t complete without even a small purchase. Even if you have to save for months! At least in spring your Christmas bills should be well forgotten about! I’ve bought myself anything from a butterfly Tiffany necklace, to my first pair of Louboutins in Paris, and it’s way more fun swinging those carrier bags and newly bought treats through the French capital than ordering online at home and having them delivered by DPD – trust me.

 

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Paris Fashion week

So actual fashion week in Paris occurs before the spring, but all the runway collections are in the stores by now, and some are even on special displays in hotels. It’s fun to see them even if all you can do is dream and watch as the rich French folk try it all on for their summer retreats to St Tropez.

 

Sit in the Tuilleries

A walk through the Tuileries gardens is a must on any visit, but in the spring you can actually sit around the fountains on the picnic chairs provided without getting cold. You can pass hours there, it’s very quiet and peaceful for being the centre of the city, between Place de la Concorde and Le Louvre. You’ll find tourists and locals alike sat in the sun enjoying the weather, reading, playing music – very French.

 

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Tuilleries, ParisPIN IT

 

Enjoy time on/by the river

The batobus is the best way to get around Paris, its cheap, the day passes are great and you can hop on and off at all the major attractions, as well as seeing the city from a different perspective while you’re chugging along. It can get pretty cold in winter, but in summer you can stand outside and enjoy it. Along by Notre Dame where you can get down on the banks to walk along the cobbled promenade it gets very busy with people just sitting by the river enjoying an ice cream and being outside.

 

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Ride a merry go round

There are four main merry go rounds in Paris that I can think of, one outside Hotel de Ville in the square, one among the trees of the Tuileries gardens, one by the Eiffel Tower, and one at the bottom of Sacre Couer. The Sacre Couer one is my favourite, as it’s often quieter and a lot less kids. It’s definitely not as weird for adults to have a go in Paris either, it’s almost expected!

 

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Paris marathon

I’ve personally never been in Paris when the marathon has been on, but my dad ran it himself a few years ago and said the atmosphere was brilliant. He said running 26 miles was a lot more attractive when the streets of Paris provide the backdrop and running along the Champs Elysees was incredible. My mum went with him, and reports that it’s also very easy to kill the four hour running time in the spring, she enjoyed a cafe or two, and walks through the central gardens.

 

Other Paris posts

Itinerary: 3 days in Paris

Dinner at Flottes family restaurant

Lunch at Ralph’s Restaurant

20 Instagram photos of the Louvre

Sundays at Montmartre

Notre Dame and the Shakespeare & Co. bookshop

 

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  • Hayley
    23rd March 2017

    I had no idea there are Cherry blossoms in Paris, so beautiful! I could sit in those cafes for hours and the street art looks amazing 🙂 Paris in spring sounds like a dream!

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  • Bilyana | OwlOverTheWorld
    27th March 2017

    How not to love Paris every season? Wonderful city. But really with those blooming trees Notre Dame is so lovely.

  • Eda
    27th March 2017

    Ahhh These photos some Paris so perfectly!! Spring is the best weather for me too I think, especially for strolling around the streets!

  • Chiara
    27th March 2017

    I visited Paris in winter and I liked it, but in spring…. I would love it! Love your photos and post 🙂 Thank you fro writing it and keep up the good work!

  • ada
    27th March 2017

    Paris on your photos definitely looks better than how I remember it! I visited it only once in the winter and I didnt enjoy the city that much but I do have to give it another chance and visit it during the summer ! Its a city of love after all so it must be beautiful! Your photos are stunning!

  • Hallie
    28th March 2017

    I honestly think I would love Paris in any season, but with flowering trees everywhere, it must just be magical. I went in the summer long long ago and definitely need to go back. I’d love to go on a merry go round there and just breathe in the spring air as we walk the boulevards.

  • Katie
    28th March 2017

    You’ve had me a cherry blossoms around Notre Dame. I just love Paris especially when the flowers start to bloom and the cafes are full of people enjoying their cafe and people watching.

  • Rosie
    28th March 2017

    Cherry blossom is my favourite time of year! We are heading to see them this weekend in Korea, I had no idea there were such beautiful blossoms in Paris too! Love your pictures – so picturesque! We are visiting Paris in July and your post got me excited – pinned!! 🙂

  • Claire
    28th March 2017

    Wow your pics are gorgeous! You’ve absolutely sold Paris as a Spring destination to me!! So much blossom, so beautiful!!

  • Bhushavali
    30th March 2017

    I’ve been to Paris once in Summer and once in Winter and never in Spring! Paris looks so gorgeous in spring! I’ve done it all in this list except the Luxembourg Palace. Sadly I missed it!

  • Christine
    1st April 2017

    I am visiting Paris now and love this article!! So many good ideas!!

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      Christine
      3rd April 2017

      Thank you! Im jealous hope youre having a great time!

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