Did you know that Paris is a magical spring city? You will find blooming trees everywhere, and different kinds at that! Here I have listed for you the best spots with the best time to check them out!
Cherry Blossom Trees
During spring, beautiful cherry blossom trees come to life all over Paris! They usually bloom during the first two weeks of April. However, it (obviously) depends on the past winter’s weather and can vary from year to year: they might bloom later in April if winter was too cold.
Eiffel Tower, Trocadéro
Trocadéro is the most instagrammable spot to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower. And it’s even truer during spring! The gardens down below offer two parallel alleys adorned with cherry blossom trees on the outer sides!
Notre-Dame de Paris
The most instagrammable and my personal favorite spring spot in Paris! Here you will find four majestic trees whose branches intertwine to create a flower sky above your head!
In the wake of the April 2019 fire that destroyed Notre-Dame’s roof and spire, the gardens are now closed to the general public. Fortunately, the trees have survived, and we will be able to enjoy them once again when the garden re-opens. There is no official date yet, but let’s hope the renovation work will have gone forward enough for a 2021 opening.
Institut de France
This little heaven is located behind the Institut de France (the building featured below), at square Gabriel Pierné! It’s less popular than Trocadéro and Notre-Dame, so don’t hesitate to bring a book and take some time to read under this pink sky!
Shakespeare and Company
Facing Notre-Dame, this adorable English library is blessed with a few cherry blossom trees in front of it! They also sport a café, so you’ll be able to enjoy the sight even more with a cup in hand!
Jardin des Plantes
During spring, the Jardin des Plantes is the most magical place! It has so many different trees and flowers blooming that each month will bring some new aspect to discover and enjoy! The biggest cherry blossom tree of the city is also located here!
Parc André Citroën
Not very well known and far from Instagram radar, this park is a hidden gem in Paris! The surroundings are modern, which is why only a few people know about it! Whether or not contemporary buildings are your thing, the park is truly enchanting!
Magnolia trees bloom before the cherry blossom ones. You will usually see them bloom around mid-March. However, if winter was relatively warm, the trees may bloom even earlier, at the beginning of March!
Jardin du Palais Royal
My personal favorite magnolia spot of Paris! There are several squares like the one in this picture within the garden itself! It’s relatively not too crowded (this is Paris after all), so quite perfect to enjoy! Also, it’s right next to another Instagram spot: les colonnes de Buren!
Jardin des Tuileries
Right next to the Louvre, the Tuileries Garden is enchanting! A lot of Parisians like to go for a stroll there or have their lunch break! You can also admire some gorgeous magnolia trees, with the Louvre in the background!
Hôtel de Ville
The town hall of Paris has a little garden on its side, which is open to the public on weekends. Here, you will find gorgeous magnolia trees right next the statue of Etienne Marcel. But don’t worry if you can’t visit during the weekend, you will still have a beautiful view from the street!
Eiffel Tower, Champs de Mars
There is one magnolia tree right next to the Eiffel Tower, on Champs de Mars. So if you walk by, go check it out, it’s a sight to behold!
Parc de Sceaux
A little bonus here, Parc de Sceaux outside Paris. Located in the city of Sceaux, in the close suburbs of Paris, the park has two cherry blossom trees areas. One with pink trees and one with white trees! These trees bloom later than the ones in Paris: after mid-April! It’s the perfect picnic place, and probably the most romantic place I’ve ever been! Why? The park is part of an estate with a castle!
If you are looking for other spring spots around Europe, check out Charlie’s Wanderings blogpost here! She listed all the best Instagram spots on the continent! Happy reading!