Paris in spring is the most famous time of year in the City of Love. Paris truly comes to life along with the new life of nature. Some places around the city stand out about the rest at this time of year and I’ve brought together what I feel are the very best romantic places in Paris in spring. In addition to a collection of the most romantic gardens and places in Paris, I’ve included the best times to visit them, which spans throughout the whole season! This article is a complement, with the practical information and a map, to the episode of my podcast “Romancing in Paris” on the network Paris Underground Radio. I suggest you listen to the episode which is available at this link. Or you can also find it at these links: Spreaker, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music.
The Palais Royal
One of the loveliest of the early springtime gardens in Paris is le jardin du Palais Royal. Wonderful year round, it is the best of the early spring (officially late winter) gardens in Paris thanks to its abundance of magnolia trees, whose blossoms usually pop out here during the first half of March. A stunning backdrop, romantic benches, a romantic history … so much to offer! Listen to the podcast to learn more!
Parc Clichy-Batignolles Martin-Luther King
Early to Mid March
Located in the northwest of Paris in the 17th district, this greenspace named in honor of American civil rights activist Martin Luther King, is one of the nicest modern parks in Paris. As it is part of the new urban development, and is surrounded by modern apartment buildings, high tech offices and the new courthouse, I don’t normally list is as one of the most romantic parks in the city, as there are many others in that category. That said, the garden is simply magnificent in spring and has a lot to offer. Come early to mid March to see the blossoms at their prime… and bring a blanket and picnic! Listen to the podcast for more info.
Jardin des Plantes
Early to mid April
Are you dreaming of big fluffy cherry blossoms? Then come to this historic garden in early to mid April. Originally created under King Louis XIII in 1635 as the Royal Garden of Medicinal Plants, its impressive collection of plants and flowers are sublime in spring! Listen to the podcast episode to learn where the best blossoms can be spotted! You can continue your blossom hunting in the 5th, by taking the Quai de la Tournelle (discussed in Episode 5 of the podcast) until you reach Shakespeare & Co. home to two lovely cherry trees which blossom around the same time.
Musée Marmottan Monet and the Jardin Ranelagh
Combine Impressionist flowers with real ones by traveling to the 16th district in mid-April. Across the street from each other are the Marmottan Monet Museum and the Jardin Ranelagh. The museum is located in a historic mansion and is home to the world’s largest collection of Monet paintings. After you visit amble across the street to the Jardin Ranelagh, splendid in mid-spring thanks to its bright pink cherry trees.
Back Streets of Montmartre
mid to late April
The back streets of Montmartre are picturesque year-round, however, mid-spring is an extra special time of the year to visit as this is when you can find puffy cherry blossoms and wisteria. The best place for the bigger, fluffier cherry blossoms is in Place Marcel Aymé and wisteria-lovers won’t be disappointed with those on Avenue Junot and rue Saint Vincent. Learn more by listening to the podcast!
Parc de Bagatelle
all Spring, especially June
This park within the Bois de Boulogne is lovely the whole season of spring, however, I can pick out two of the best times. In early to mid March (and still later in the month) you can enjoy the delicate, smaller cherry blossoms as well as tulips. The prime time for the park is June, when Bagetelle celebrates its 10,000 roses of 1,100 varieties in its annual rose festival. I go into more detail about the park’s fascinating history in the podcast!