When spring is in the air, the days are getting longer and the temperature warmer, there’s no place I’d rather be than in Paris. Wander down any Parisian road and you’ll likely see a cherry blossom tree (or two!) Although part of the fun of finding cherry blossoms in seeking them out for yourself, if you’re short on time and desperate to spot them, here’s a little guide on where to find the best cherry blossoms in Paris:
Just outside Shakespeare and Co. bookstore, 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris
For those wishing to find one of the very best Anglophone bookshops in Paris, Shakespeare and Co. is your go-to place. Head to the left bank of the Seine, and there you’ll spot two independent bookstores side by side. One offers rare and vintage works, while the other has more mainstream offers on sale. In front of the stores’ green façades, there are a few cherry blossom trees that are in full bloom come late March!
Parc Georges Brassens, 2 Place Jacques Marette, 75015 Paris
Complete with one of the very best hidden vineyards of Paris, Parc Georges Brassens is situated in the 15e arrondissement of the city. Though pretty any time of the year, the park is named after the famous singer and poet Brassens and is best seen in the fairytale setting of pink blooms.
Notre Dame de Paris, 6 Parvis Notre-Dame – Pl. Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris
Notre Dame is probably the most iconic place in the city to spot cherry blossoms. With cherry blossom trees not only in the nearby streets and squares but also practically glued to the side of the cathedral itself, you’d be hard-pressed not to get the perfect blossom filled shot! If you want to find the very best pops of pink for your photographs, then head to the little park to the side of the cathedral by the name of Square Jean XXIII.
Parc Monceau, 35 Boulevard de Courcelles, 75008 Paris
In the leafy 8e arrondissement of the city, there are plenty of iconic Haussmannian buildings surrounded by green parks and small cafés. This trendy Parisian district is also home to Parc Monceau, one of the hidden gems when it comes to the parks of Paris. Head to the park and you’ll find plenty of interesting sculptures, rare plants, a carousel and all of the sakura trees you could ever ask for!
Place de L’Iris, La Défense, Hauts-de-Seine
When it comes to thinking about cherry blossoms in Paris, the ultra-modern district of La Défense is probably not the first place that springs to mind! However, it is well worth a wander around in blossom season, especially so in Place de L’Iris where you’ll spot plenty of spring flowers worth snapping a photo of.
Montmartre, Various Places in the 18e arrondissement of Paris
Just as there is more to Paris than just the Eiffel Tower, there is most definitely more to Montmartre than just the Sacre-Coeur. After all, with all of its little-cobbled streets and cafes that feel like you’re stepping back in time, straight into the 1920s, it’s not hard to see why artists and writers alike flocked here in the past for inspiration. Quaint and pretty as a postcard, you’re never too far from a cherry blossom tree when you head to Montmartre! Head to the arrondissement in late March or early April to find some of the very best spring blooms!
Rue Monge in the Latin Quarter, Paris
With its medieval architecture and ancient universities, the Latin Quarter is well worth a visit during even a short trip to Paris. Home to the Paris Pantheon (final resting place of Marie Curie and Voltaire), as well as the iconic Sorbonne University and plenty of student-priced bars, the Latin Quarter is so-called because students of the nearby Sorbonne university conversed with one another in Latin during medieval times. Today, Rue Monge is named after one of the founders of the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique and is filled with cherry blossom trees in the spring.
Jardins des Serres d’Auteuil, 3 Avenue de la Porte d’Auteuil, 75016 Paris
Head to the outskirts of Paris, towards Bois de Boulogne (where you can rent a boat in the warmer months) and you’ll come across the gardens of Serres. One of four botanical gardens maintained by the city of Paris, the Jardins are located in the 16e arrondissement and always worth a visit. Not only are they filled with spring blossoms in the earlier months of the year, but they’re also home to a variety of plants throughout every season.
Parc Buttes Chaumont, 1 Rue Botzaris, 75019 Paris
Located in the heart of the 19th arrondissement of the city, far away from the throngs of tourists that line the Champs Elysees and the area surrounding Hotel de Ville, you’ll find the park of Buttes Chaumont. Complete with a waterfall, beautiful garden follies and stunning pathways, a walk around this green oasis is like stepping out of the city and into the distant French countryside. Not only is Parc Buttes Chaumont the perfect spot for a Parisian picnic or stroll with friends and family, but it also happens to be the spot of a spectacular cliff-top temple, which offers views onto the surrounding cherry blossom trees.
Jardin des Plantes, 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris
The ever pretty Jardin des Plantes is located by the Seine and is home to the DoDo manege, a quirky carousel that’s populated with extinct animals. Head to the Jardin des Plantes in the blossom season to spot one of the most magnificent cherry blossom trees in the entire city.
Père Lachaise Cemetery, 16 Rue du Repos, 75020 Paris
Of all the cemeteries and graveyards in Paris (and there really are a fair few), Père Lachaise is probably the most famous of them all, as well as the largest. After all, the graveyard is the final resting place of Edith Piaf, Jim Morrisson and literary medieval love heroes Heloise and Abelard. In the spring, Père Lachaise is also home to a fair few flowering trees.
Eiffel Tower with Cherry Blossoms, Champ de Mars, 2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 75007 Paris
The Champ de Mars (literally ‘field of Mars’ in English) is filled to the brim with cherry blossom trees, which make for a perfect opportunity to capture some flowers with the Eiffel Tower peeking out from behind! If you’re looking to find the very best cherry blossoms in Paris with an iconic Parisian landmark in the scene, then you’ve certainly come to the right place! While at the Eiffel Tower, make sure to head to Trocadero for some of the best views over the city.
Read more: Best places to photograph the Eiffel Tower.
Square Gabriel Pierné, 5 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris
Located in the 6e arrondissement of the city, not far from the River Seine and the iconic collège des Quatre-Nations, you’ll find a green oasis in the heart of the city. While many people say that Paris lacks in the green spaces that are found abundantly in other European capitals such as London, I would argue that this is most definitely not the case. Instead, you simply have to search harder to find little parks. Square Gabriel Pierné can be easily combined with other Seine sightseeing and is a great little-hidden gem for cherry blossoms in Paris!
Menilmontant, 20e arrondissement of Paris
Of all the best places to see cherry blossoms in Paris, Menilmontant is probably the most obscure place listed. But, it totally deserves its place among these recommendations. After all, the 20th is one of the prettiest arrondissements by far. As a result, it’s no surprise that the area surrounding Menilmontant (just inside the Peripherique on the North-Easterly side of the city) is filled with blossom trees.
Jardin Tino Rossi, 2 Quai Saint-Bernard, 75005 Paris
The pretty space of Jardin Tino Rossi can be found on the banks of the Seine, not far from the Insitut du Monde Arabe (a building which hosts many interesting exhibitions and offers some of the very best views over Paris). This little garden is little-known about but is also home to the outdoor Paris sculpture garden, and is well worth a look during cherry blossom season when pops of colour fill the scene.
Read more: Best Free Things to do in Paris.
Petit Palais, Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
First opened in 1900 for the Universal Exhibition of Paris, Petit Palais is a beautiful example of early 20th-Century architecture in the city and hosts plenty of interesting cultural events year ’round. Head to the Petit Palais, located right near Pont Alexander III (said to be the most beautiful bridge in the world) for some of the best blooms in Paris!
Montmartre Cemetery, 20 Avenue Rachel, 75018 Paris
Open daily, a few lone cherry trees stand in the cemetery of Montmartre, a cimitière built below Parisian street level. Located under a bridge and forgotten about in favour of more visited cemeteries around the city, the mausoleums of Montmartre today are just as haunting today as they were when first placed there centuries ago. Albeit in a different way.
Best day trip from the city centre to spot cherry blossoms in Paris: Parc de Sceaux, Domaine départemental de Sceaux, 8 Avenue Claude Perrault, 92330 Sceaux
One of the prettiest towns in the Ile de France region (and a personal favourite of mine), the quaint town of Sceaux (and more specifically the park there) has one of the most breathtaking cherry blossom orchards that you could ever hope to see!
Situated to the south of Paris, a mere half hour train ride away along RER line B, Sceaux is like stepping out of the city and into a fairytale. Not only is there a fairytale blossom orchard at Sceaux, but there is also a stunning castle and enough patisserie shops to make you drool.
Read more: Sceaux in Spring, a quick guide.
Disneyland Paris, 77777 Marne-la-Vallée
Much like Parc de Sceaux, Disneyland Paris is a little out the way of Paris but filled with cherry blossom trees. While I wouldn’t recommend heading there purely to see the spring blooms (there are plenty of places to see pops of pink much closer to the city centre), it’s worth remembering that they’re there if you are heading in that direction.
Square René Viviani, 25 Quai de Montebello, 75005 Paris
The pretty square that’s just across from Notre Dame may well be my favourite in all of Paris. After all, it’s in the centre of the action, filled with cherry blossom trees in the spring, and also home to the oldest tree in Paris (which is said to be over four hundred years old!). The square is a wonderful place to sit, stop, and watch the world go by, if only for a little while.
Champs Élysées, 55008, Paris
The most iconic shopping street in France, if not the whole world, is home to a fair few blossoms come cherry season blooming time. Wander down the side furthest away from the Arc de Triomphe, and towards the pretty Jardin des Tuileries for some of the best cherry trees!
Jardin Anne-Frank, 14 Impasse Berthaud, 75003 Paris
Opened in 2007, the community-run Anne Frank Memorial Garden is a quiet space tucked away in the heart of the 3e arrondissement. It’s filled with benches to contemplate on and a children’s play area. In the springtime, the place is filled with a green lawn and a beautiful collection of spring flowers.
Place Franz Liszt, 75010, Paris
The cherry blossom trees of Place Franz Liszt can be captured with iconic Haussmannian architecture at its very best. The Square is also home to Église Saint-Vincent-de-Paul de Paris, a beautiful Roman Catholic Church dating back to the 19th-Century.
Jardin Saint-Simonian, 4 Rue Pixérécourt, 75020, Paris
If you’re searching for a unique and off the beaten tourist track away from the Parisian crowds spot to see the cherry blossoms in Paris, then head to the 20e arrondissement of the city. The pretty and out of the way square of Jardin Saint Simonian is a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of busy city life and a great place to enjoy a Parisian picnic!
Albert Kahn Museum and House, 10-14 Port Street, 92100, Boulogne-Billancourt
Albert Khan was a French banker and philanthropist best known for being one of the driving forces behind the photography project ‘The Archives of the Planet’. Today, his house has been transformed into a lovely house museum on the outskirts of Paris. In the earlier months of the year, the museum’s garden is also home to some of the best spring blossom Paris has to offer!
La Coulée Vert, 1 Coulée Verte René-Dumont, 75012 Paris
Once part of Paris’ secret railway, La Petite Ceinture, La Coulée Vert has since been transformed into a 4.7km long stretch of pedestrianised walkway. There, you can run, cycle and simply wander down the beautifully raised walkways with your friends. The tree-lined walkway is the perfect spot to get away from busy city life and see sakura trees during spring in Paris.
Tricks and Tips for spotting the cherry blossom in Paris
The sakura blossoming season is typically the month of March: Different areas bloom at different times, and so if in doubt, check on Instagram, or Twitter for hints on the best places to spot the spring blossom.
Bring your camera and plenty of memory cards: You’ll want to snap plenty of pretty pink photographs! When it comes to capturing the blossom season in Paris, if you don’t take enough photos and realise you should have taken a shot from a different angle, then you’ll have to wait a whole year again to capture the cherry trees! Here’s the camera equipment I use for travel photography.
Ever thought that cherry blossoms are so pretty you could eat them? Well, Ladurée occasionally creates limited edition macarons. They’re well worth a try if you ever get the chance. After all, the iconic tea rooms make some of the very best macarons in Paris!