5 Fabulous things to do in Paris in the spring

Written by on March 18, 2014 in Paris

things to do in paris in the spring

Let me just start by saying that one of the best things to do in Paris in the spring is totally free. It takes in the major sites and sights, it can reveal the quirky side of Paris as well as the most famous landmarks, it can surprise you in ways you never imagined, it’s good for you and its FREE.

It is of course – walking in Paris in the spring. After the winter clouds disappear, Paris like the flowers planted everywhere, blossoms.  Families take to the parks for a picnic, café life resumes à la terrasse and all over Paris, events and exhibitions flourish.

Walking in Paris in the spring

Whether you walk over the bridges and admire the view of boats gliding down the Seine, walk around the famous landmarks and monuments like the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre, or promenade in one of Paris’ beautiful parks – getting about on foot to help you enjoy spring in Paris is one of the best ways to make the most of your visit.

Take a map of Paris, mark on it the sites you’d most like to see and simply walk from one to the other and take in the sights! If it’s too much walking – buy a metro pass and hop on and off the underground train to help you get around quicker and walk in between (see: getting around by Metro in Paris).

things to do in paris in the spring

There are several parks in Paris and it costs nothing to enjoy the beautiful spring flowers and people watch, we like the Jardin de Luxembourg – a peaceful oasis in the city. Or for something really off the beaten track, if you are lucky enough to be in Paris on the last Sunday of the month  you can visit the gardens of the Elysée Palace, the French President’s home. Previously closed, they were opened to the public in 2012 for free, one day per month (read more details about the Elysée Palace Gardens).

You could take a free walk with a Paris greeter – a local will show you their Paris, the one they know and love. These volunteers are passionate about their city and love to share their knowledge, tours are in several languages  and you need to book in advance usually, the tour guides and organisation welcome a donation although there is no charge to join a guided tour! (Find out more about Paris Greeters here)

Walk along the Champs- Elysée and enjoy the window displays – the season’s fashions are tastefully and glamorous laid out to tempt you. The Rue Mouffetard is perfect for a wander – especially on a Sunday morning where you’re likely to hear music played and see people dancing. In the evening when dusk falls – enjoy a glass of champagne and watch the Eiffel Tower twinkle. (See – Fab walks in Paris and Paris for Free)

Enjoy the Paris café lifestyle in spring

things to do in paris in the spring

It’s time to fling off your heavy coats and start to feel the warmth of the sun. Be aware that the weather can be changeable in the spring – it could be warm or cold so if you’re visiting Paris, take a jumper or two and a coat, just in case.

Paris is home to about 7000 cafés – it seems like a lot but at the end of the 19th Century it was estimated that there were some 45000 cafés!

Which one you pick is up to you – perhaps you want a view of the Eiffel Tower, something authentic or something so French it takes your breath away like the famous Deux Magots, one of our favourites is the secret garden café of the Museum of Romantic Life.

Whichever you go for, enjoy it and don’t forget to parlez vous politely and greet your server with a bonjour and a merci and s’il vous plait – you might find they charge you more if you don’t!

Enjoy a Picnic in Paris in the Spring

things to do in paris in the springThere’s nothing like buying a fresh baguette from the boulangerie, a hunk of French cheese, a bottle of wine and a lovely little gateau from the patisserie and then finding your own little piece of Paris heaven to settle down and enjoy an al fresco picnic.

From the Canal St Martin, to the many parks in the city there is a great choice for you to rest, relax and enjoy your picnic meal.

See here for lots more picnic in Paris ideas.

Go for a cruise in Paris in the spring

Take a boat ride in Paris and use the river to get from A to B or to just enjoy floating along drinking in the sights on either side. You’ll get a different perspective of the city and you can take a day time or a night time cruise and enjoy the lights. Early spring can be a little chilly so you might need to wrap up warm to go on deck, from May to September is generally warm (it can still rain though!).

Bateaux-Mouches and Bateaux Parisiens are two of the best known operators of the river boats along the Seine – you can hop on and off at key boarding and disembarkation points along the river like the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame, or perhaps a moonlit dinner on board appeals – there are plenty of choices.

One of our favourite Paris riverboat routes is on the Canal St Martin, Caneauxrama operate boats with English language narrative and let you discover secret Paris for yourself. They also offer boat rides to other less well known but wonderful locations.

Go for a ride in Paris in the spring

Take a bike ride before it gets too warm! There are lots of ways to enjoy a bike ride in Paris, escorted with a cycle company or just rent a bike from Velib Paris, a bike hire scheme run by the Mayor’s office. With 20,000 bikes and a bike station every 300 metres – it’s a cheap and easy way to get around.

There are around 300 miles of cycle paths in Paris and lots of roads are closed to car traffic on a Sunday making a weekend bike ride a pleasant possibility. Known as Paris Respire (Paris breathes) the scheme operates along the banks of the Seine, Marais, Rue Moufettard, Canal St Martin, Bois de Boulogne, Montmartre and several other areas. (See the website for details: Paris Respire)

There are lots of cycle route books available and check out the Paris Town Hall where you can pick up details of free cycle routes and get tips to ensure you ride safely in the city.

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