Paris in spring is a happy time; everyone’s emerging from their winter hibernation and venturing back onto the streets and into the parks and cafes. You might need to take a jacket and scarf but the sun will be out and the flowers blooming. Some of the best places to soak up the spring sun are:
Jardin du Luxembourg
Marie de Medici’s royal residence during the Renaissance, there are wonderful formal gardens, daffodils, blossoms and green benches near the fountain for sitting and people-watching, an excellent Parisian pastime. Remember, there is no sitting on the grass when you visit the Jardin du Luxembourg – the French are too elegant for that.
Jardin des Tuileries
Between the Louvre and the Champs Elysees, this is a place to stroll and sit for a while but it’s more about people-watching than floral displays.
Floral gardens planted on a defunct elevated railway line with springtime cherry blossoms, chestnut trees, bamboo and colorful flower gardens. It’s a hidden gem leading from the Bastille to the Bois des Vincenne. Enter above the Viaduc des Arts.
Seine River Cruise/Canal Cruise
Seeing Paris from the water gives a whole new perspective. Take a Seine River cruise or a Canal Saint Martin cruise and then head to the Buttes-Chaumont Park where sitting on the grass is actually not forbidden!
Jardin des Plantes
This is the place for flowers in Paris with a rose garden, a tropical garden, a botanical garden and an iris garden. It’s also the location of the National Museum of Natural History, so there’s plenty of learning for kids.
Good to visit any time of the year but one of its splendors is the garden which in spring has roses blooming among the Rodin sculptures.
City of Lights
Taking a bottle of wine onto one of Paris’s many bridges or to the riverside as the sun sets is a lovely way to start the evening. From the Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge you can watch the Eiffel Tower light up.