Just when you think Paris can’t get any prettier, spring arrives and the bloom of cherry blossoms makes everything look a little more magical. Cherry blossom season in Paris usually starts in late March and ends in mid-April. While strolling the streets of Paris, you’ll likely see a cherry blossom tree, or two, but if you’re anything like me, that’s just not enough. If you are planning a trip to Paris in springtime, use this guide to find the most beautiful locations for cherry blossoms in Paris. Be prepared to swoon. 

Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms

1ST ARRONDISSEMENT

Jardin des Tuileries

Tuileries Garden is beautiful in any season which is why it is a must-see park when in Paris. Sitting right next to the Louvre museum, this central location in Paris is the perfect spot for seeing cherry blossoms in springtime. Take a relaxing stroll through the garden and gaze upon the Paris spring flowers, a mix of pink magnolia trees, and the pretty pale blossoms of the cherry tree. While here, admire the Maillol statues, along with Rodin and Giacometti and sit and stay awhile by the garden’s two ponds. 

Palais Royal

The former royal palace is an important Paris landmark to visit any time of the year. With the elegant architecture as the backdrop, this is a beautiful location to see the cherry blossoms in Paris. Sit at one of the park benches engraved with poetry quotes to admire the view. You’ll even find budding artists with their sketchbooks capturing the idyllic scene.

branch of cherry blossom, lantern and building
Place du Petit Pont

3RD ARRONDISSEMENT

Jardin Anne Frank

Visit the Anne Frank community garden dedicated to the young Jewish girl who wrote about her experiences during WWII. At the entrance to this hidden oasis is a chestnut tree taken as a sapling of the old chestnut tree Anne references in her diaries. It’s a peaceful area to sit at a park bench and notice a small vegetable garden, pergola, playground and pretty garden.  

pink cherry tree with stone building
Jardin des Combattantes Espagnols de la Nueve

4TH ARRONDISSEMENT

Notre Dame Cathedral

One of the most iconic spots to see the cherry blooms was at Notre Dame. That was before the devastating fire in April 2019. Once the renovations are complete, there is no doubt that the Cathedral will quickly regain its top spot as one of the most beautiful areas to see those cherry blossoms again. Head to Square Jean XXIII located to the side of Notre Dame. This tiny square is where you will find a beautiful grouping of cherry trees

Jardin des Combattants Espagnols de la Nueve

A minute’s walk from the Hôtel de Ville or city hall is another beautiful spot to see the pretty blooms. However, it is only open on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays.  

Square Marie Trintignant

An unassuming and tiny public green space that in any other season might not get a second look is worth seeking out to see Paris cherry blooms. 

Metro Saint Paul 

Oddly the Metro Saint Paul is a popular cherry blossom spot in the city.  

When do cherry blossoms bloom in Paris? Early April is usually when they are the most beautiful. 

5TH ARRONDISSEMENT

Square René-Viviani

One of the prettiest squares in Paris is this one. With views of Notre Dame in the background and steps from the Seine river don’t pass up the opportunity to visit here. Along with seeing the cluster of cherry blossom trees, it is where you will find the oldest tree in Paris. While here, head to the nearby Shakespeare & Co bookshop where you will find one of the best cherry blossom spots.

Jardin Tino Rossi

Stroll along the Seine river and catch sight of some of the most beautiful cherry blossoms. This spot is popular with locals, and in the evenings you may even catch a public dance show of salsa or tango. What a special moment that would be. 

Jardin des Plantes

If you only have time to go to one location in Paris to see cherry blossoms go to Jardin des Plantes. This popular botanical garden is one of the most beautiful locations to see cherry trees in Paris. Along with a wide variety of other plants, trees, and spring flowers, you’ll find both white and pink blossoms, along with magnolia trees. You’ll also find the biggest trees whose branches almost touch the ground. 

Square Paul Langevin

Along rue Monge in the Latin Quarter, you’ll find a small city park with one of the best clusters of cherry trees. 

white cherry tree
Jardin des Plantes

6TH ARRONDISSEMENT

Square Gabriel Pierné

Square Gabriel Pierne located in the elegant Saint Germain neighbourhood is small but pretty. Book-shaped benches, a fountain, and statues are found here, along with cherry trees. This is a wonderful location to see cherry blossoms that is a bit off the beaten path, but oh so worth it if in the 6th arrondissement.

READ MORE | Top Things to Do in the 6th Arrondissement and Jardin du Luxembourg – one of the most beautiful parks in Paris 

pink blossoms, fountain in pretty hidden park in paris
Square Gabriel Pierne

7TH ARRONDISSEMENT

Eiffel Tower

Of course the Eiffel Tower will find its way on this list. The cherry trees of Champs de Mars and Trocadéro Gardens are some of the best places to see cherry blossom blooms with the added bonus of the Eiffel Tower in the background. Walk along Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur for the best view of both – the Eiffel Tower and cherry trees. Another beautiful location is Carousel de Eiffel. Sitting on a park bench with views of the Eiffel Tower under a canopy of pretty pink blooms doesn’t get any more quintessentially Parisian than that.

The tradition of picnicking beneath a cherry blossom tree is a long standing tradition in Japan known as hanami, which means flower viewing. 

8TH ARRONDISSEMENT

Petit Palais 

The art museum, Petit Palais, is a delightful location to see cherry blossoms along Av. Winston Churchill. But the real hidden gem is the interior garden. The best part is – it’s free! Most visitors assume you have to buy a ticket to enter, not so. The permanent exhibit, the interior garden and the café is free.  

Parc Monceau

An elegant park created by Baron Haussmann as part of the 19th century transformation of Paris is a beautiful location to see the cherry trees. Stroll the peaceful surroundings of the curved pathway dotted with statues. Seek out the Renaissance archway once belonging to Paris city hall. The quintessential Parisian architecture surrounds Parc Monceau make this one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Paris. 

pink blossoms on tree branch
Petit Palais

10TH ARRONDISSEMENT

Place Franz Liszt

The view of Paris from Franz Liszt square is worth going here any time of year. But this is the perfect spot if you want to capture the iconic Haussmann architecture in the background of the cherry blossoms. 

pink cherry trees
Square Paul Langevin and rue Monge

12TH ARRONDISSEMENT

Coulee Verte Rene-Dumont 

Considered a hidden gem in Paris is the elevated pathway built on an old railway line called Coulée Verte Rene-Dumont. Walking along this highline is one of the coolest things you can do in Paris. This green space is lined with cherry trees and is one of the best places to capture those blooms with the city in the background.  

Parc Floral de Paris

Although a bit outside of central Paris in the Bois de Vincennes, this public park and botanical garden is a local’s favourite.  This is where Parisians come to play – whether it’s for the year-round festivals, a mini-golf course, or a children’s playground. But it is also known for its beautiful cherry blossom displays and spring flowers in Paris. (Note there is a fee of 2.5 euros to enter)

Cherry blossom in French is cerisier and sakura in Japanese. As a symbol of spring, the pretty pale blooms represent renewal. 

18TH ARRONDISSEMENT

Anywhere in Montmartre

Of all the neighbourhoods in Paris, it is here you will find the highest concentration of cherry trees. Stroll along rue de l’Abreuvoir to Place Dalida, around Musée de Montmartre as some of the best spots to see the beautiful pink flowers. Another peaceful place to see cherry trees blooming is in Montmartre Cemetery.

pink cherry blossom tree with hedge
Somewhere in Montmartre

19TH & 20TH ARRONDISSEMENT

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Outside the city’s core in the northeast part of Paris is one of the biggest and original green spaces. The Buttes-Chaumont Park in the 19th arrondissement is the 5th largest park in Paris measuring 25 hectares. Aside from its cherry blossoms, it’s well known for offering incredible views of the city due to its elevation. Sitting much higher than the rest of Paris, visitors can overlook the city, especially the  Montmartre district. If you are looking for a true Parisian experience, with no tourists, this is the park to go to. 

Parc de Belleville

Sitting in the 20th arrondissement between Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and Père Lachaise Cemetery is Parc de Belleville. This beautiful park offers visitors many unique features like:

  • the highest point in Paris
  • longest waterfall fountain in Paris
  • vineyard growing Pinot Meunier vines from the Champagne region and Chardonnay vines from the Burgundy region

Père Lachaise Cemetery

A peaceful spot to visit where you will find cherry trees is the city’s largest cemetery. The Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris is where you will find some of the most notable persons in history buried here, including Frédéric Chopin, Édith Piaf, Sarah Bernhardt, Oscar Wilde, and Jim Morrison. This is known as a garden cemetery, with an abundance of trees and plants, making it a popular spot to visit in the spring and fall. 

cherry blossom tree
Jardin des Plantes

READ MORE: Your ultimate guide to finding the prettiest parks and hidden gardens in Paris 

Best Day Trip to See Cherry Blossoms

The largest collection of cherry trees can be found in Parc de Sceaux. 250 in fact! What an incredible sight to see when all of the park’s 250 cherry trees are in full bloom. The best part is, it’s only a 30 minute trip from Gare du Nord on the RER B line. 

dark pink blossom of branch
Jardin des Plantes

Tips for Seeing Cherry Blossoms in Paris

The best time to see cherry blossoms in Paris is during the week in order to avoid crowds on the weekends. Parisians love their family time on weekends. That means every park and green space is filled with people. Plan to see cherry blossoms in either the early morning or later in the evening for the best lighting. I prefer the early morning before the crowds arrive to catch the soft glow of the morning sky. I still needed to wait my turn as many others had the same idea, especially photographers hired by influencers. 

I’ll pass along some of my best photography tips:

  • iPhone – get in close. Choose a bloom and make that your focal point with a backdrop of something interesting in the background or sky. And keep the sunlight behind you.
  • DSLR – choose either soft morning light or golden hour light. Use a fast lens with an aperture that’s between f/1.4-f/1.8 for the best results to get a blurred background. 
  • Cloudy skies make for the best photos as the pink colour looks especially pretty on the grayest of days. 

As a holidaymaker…

As the saying goes, Paris is always a good idea,  but even more so in the springtime to see the pretty pink flowers of the cherry trees. Grab your camera and have fun seeking out these beautiful locations for cherry blossoms in Paris.

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64 Comments

  1. There’s something about seeing the delicate pastel shades of blossom that makes you smile, and this post highlights just how many beautiful variations and places there are to catch a glimpse in Paris. I could spend some time in Square Gabriel Pierne, it looks like a charming place.

  2. I live so close to Paris, and somehow I still manage to miss the blossom season each year. Pinning this to consult next year!

  3. Love a good Cherry Blossom outting! We have been exploring some in Dallas recently but would love to explore them next time in Paris! Can only imagine how amazing the streets are with these trees blooming!

  4. I have always wanted to see Paris in spring! So far, I’ve only been in the dead of winter and the middle of summer. Next time, definitely spring!

  5. A wonderful guide of exact spots in Paris to find the cherry blossoms. Only been to Paris once but during the summer months. The beautiful photos inspire me to visit again during this time.

  6. I like it most in the Trocadéro Gardens, from which you can get a great view of the Eiffel Tower. I’m also feeling the René-Viviani Square since I’m intrigued about the oldest tree. I couldn’t believe how many beautiful sites there are in Paris to enjoy the cherry blossoms — thanks for sharing!

  7. I can’t believe I haven’t visited Paris yet, even if I live so close to it, in London. I think spring would be a wonderful time to go to Paris, with all these cherry trees in full bloom. I have heard that Montmatre is a very pictoresque neighbourhood so I guess that would be my first choice for where to experience the blooms in Paris.

  8. What a great guide! I have been to Paris a few times, but never during the flowering of cherries. Now I know that I must visit this city when the cherry blossoms. Delicate flowers against the background of Parisian architecture are like a picture. I appreciate your tips on the best locations for taking photos!

  9. Paris seems like a beautifyl place to be during spring, especially with all those beautiful cherry blossoms. Looks like no matter where you go, you’re bound to see some beautiful blossoms on the streets.

  10. Wow! I had no idea there are lot of locations in Paris with Cherry Blossoms. Would love to see the one from the Notre Dame Cathedral and Square Paul Langevin. Thank you for sharing this. It’s breathtaking.

  11. Cherry blossom season is a great reason to visit Paris in the Spring, good to know early April is the time to shoot for. Paris is always beautiful but these images are especially gorgeous, bookmarking!

  12. Seeing the cherry blossoms in Paris sounds like an absolute dream! The photo you took of the Eiffel Tower with the cherry blossoms in the foreground is lovely. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Looks like I know where I’m going next spring (but seriously, I’m dying to get back to Paris)! Thanks for these, great recommendations!

  14. Paris in the spring is just amazing, I wish I was getting there just a little earlier than late June when I’m going this year. I love looking for the pretty cherry blossoms and enjoying the views around them. The Eiffel Tower in the background is probably about as iconic as you can get.

  15. Paris is always lovely to visit, and even more so in cherry blossom season! I adore Notre-Dame and can’t wait for the restoration to be completed and it is able to be re-opened to the public!

  16. Oh wow, I absolutely love this! And your photos are amazing as well 🙂 Saving this for next year as I always wanted to visit Paris during spring and see all this beauty!

  17. Those cherry blossoms are delightful! I could spend ages looking for the best places to find them and Paris has many.

  18. I really need to plan a trip to Paris in the Spring time. These blossoms are beautiful. Excited, though, that we get to visit Paris in June!

  19. Spring in Paris is just fabulous! And who doesn’t love an excuse to see Cherry Blossoms? Combine the two together and it sounds pretty magical! Thanks for sharing some excellent tips for where to spot the beginning of Spring!

  20. Paris is a city of iconic landmarks, historic gardens and palaces. And what better time could it be to visit the city than spring when cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Right from Jardin de Tuileries, Jardin de Plantes to Eiffel Tower each place has its own cherry blossom to show. And thank you for sharing the photography tips for perfect shots.

      1. Watching the cherry blossoms bloom in Paris is a beautiful sight across the different parks, historic gardens, museums, fountains and of course around the iconic Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame cathedral is a magical experience. We got to see the Cherry blossom in Washington DC last year and also here in Pennsylvania.

  21. Usually I spent the cherry blossom season in Japan working. But due to Covid I was in Europe during the last two years and I was surprised, that you can see so many cherry blossoms here as well. I have not been to Paris in spring yet, but good to know, that there are a lot of pink places too in spring!

      1. Omg. Paris looks picture perfect. Every frame looks fantastic. I loved your compositions. This is a great guide for a person like me who loves capturing cherry blossoms in different locations. Loved reading about it on your blog. I must plan a visit there someday to capture the captivating beauty.

  22. Beautiful pictures Renee, especially the one from the Trocadero Gardens with the Eifel Tower in the back. I visited Paris once, but it was in spring, too & I also got to experience the city in cheery blossoms. There are some trees around Notre Dame that made for great dramatic picture compositions. I also like your photography tips on how to capture the beauty of the intricate blossoms. Thumbs up!

  23. Such a dreamy post to read on these beautiful blossom trees. A great guide of exact spots in Paris to find the blossom for that spectacular photo. Thanks for the photographic tips to get the best capture. I think I would take the train to the Parc de Sceaux to see the 250 trees in bloom – could this be a rival to Japan?

    1. I timed Parc de Sceaux toward the end of my trip to make sure the trees were in full bloom, and then the weather turned and I didn’t end up going. But yes, you’re so right, it might be a rival to Japan and UK.

  24. I never thought about cherry springs in Paris, but looking at your photos it looks like ‘how could there NOT be cherry springs in Paris’ – they have all the same beauty and charm as the city!

  25. I was about to comment that I never thought of Paris as somewhere with Cherry Blossoms and can see that other comments agree with me. Thanks for giving us the best locations! Shakespeare & Co bookshop is where I’d head first!

    Ps. I LOVE your pin images.

  26. I’ve heard of Washington DC and Japan for cherry blossom sightseeing, but never knew Paris had such a plethora of places to see this too. Looks like they are dotted all over Paris, so there will be at least one place nearby if I’m in Paris in March – even the Pere Lachaise cemetery. That one in the Jardin des Plantes looks captivatingly huge.

    1. Agree, Paris is not on the radar for cherry trees, but it’s surprisingly becoming that way. Yes, Jardin des Plantes is a must visit as there are so many varieties and they are massive.

  27. I have never heard of Paris as a place to go see the Cherry Blossoms, but it’s certainly much easier to get to than Japan from the UK. The photos are beautiful and I hope to get to Paris one day and see it. I guess that I would need to go for longer than a weekend so that I don’t miss it?

  28. So many blossums. So little time. We have seen the cherry blossums in Washington DC many times and they are just as beautiful every year.

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