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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.