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When is the Best Time to Visit Paris?

Each and every season, I declare that ‘now’ is the best time to visit the city. And the simple truth of the matter is that the city of light is always worth a visit, even when it’s raining or cold. But when should you visit Paris? When is the best time to visit Paris?

Well, here’s your complete guide on when to visit Paris, and a season by season guide to spending time in the French capital depending on what you like doing, and your favourite kind of weather. After all, with each season comes new things to do, various activities, and when you should visit Paris depends entirely on personal preference!

person standing in front of glass door in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, France

Paris in the Spring

Spring bloom is on the trees and the winter gloom of January and February is finally lifting. Spring is the best time to visit Paris if you love cherry blossom, fewer queues, and cooler weather. Though not quite warm enough for picnics along the Seine, or wandering around without a jacket, the weather is much better than that of the winter months.

Some of my favourite Parisian spring activities include searching for cherry blossom around the city and taking a day trip to Sceaux (where you’ll find an entire cherry orchard!) Other highlights of Paris in the spring include days long enough to enjoy your coffee en terrace and all of the museums and galleries being open for full days following the winter months.

Read more: Where to find the best cherry blossom in Paris!

hotel de ville cherry blossom in paris

Paris in the Summer

Paris in the summer is simply busy. And there are no two ways about it! But, if planned right, Paris during the hotter months of the year is one of the best times to visit the city if you love warm weather, long days and picnics outdoors. In the summer months, you can sit outside for hours on end, watching the last of the pastel skies fade away and sipping on wine en terrace, or even along the Seine.

After all, this is the perfect time of the year to visit sites like Paris Plages, a series of man-made beach opened in several locations across the city. In Jardin des Tuileries, an annual summer funfair is held and the temperature often soars into the late 20s and above. Other summer highlights of the city include various festivals and every museum is open!

Read more: The summer file- how to spend July in Paris

paris plages

Paris in the Autumn

If you’re looking for the best time to travel to Paris, then I may well suggest taking a trip to the French capital in the fall. Make sure to head to Paris in the autumn if you love golden leaves, crisp evenings and shorter queues, not to mention cosy cafés and quirky bookshops.

Fall is actually one of my favourite seasons to visit Europe, and not just Paris. The days are still not as cold as in the winter months and the daylight hours are slightly longer too. In fact, Paris in September and October may well be the best time to visit Paris!

Everything is open (unlike in the month of August when many Parisians close up shop and head out on summer vacation) and there are fewer tourists around. Autumn is the perfect time to take day trips from the city and experience all of the fall foliage first hand. Still not convinced about visiting Paris in the autumn? Here’s why you might want to consider visiting Paris in fall.

Read more: Magical fall inspired day trips from Paris!

how to spend three days in paris

Paris in the Winter

The winter months in Paris are obviously the chilliest of the year. That being said, with the shorter days and colder nights comes the promise of the holiday season and Christmas Markets can be found throughout the city. There’s a festive feel in the air, and if you absolutely love boutique markets, ice skating, vin chaud (mulled wine) and fewer tourists, winter is definitely the best time to visit the city.

Winter is also one of only two seasons of the year where you’ll find sales in French stores. French law mandates that obligatory sales are held twice a year- and only then. Once in the summer and then in the winter. Just after Christmas each year, you’ll find some of the best deals if you love shopping and picking up a good bargain!

Read more: Free things to do in Paris at Christmas!

Christmas decorations in Printemps, Paris

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Sunday 20th of October 2019

I want to take my first trip to Europe in September. I am so excited. It will most likely be a girls trip since I am not married. Do you have any ideas on which part of the city we should stay?

Alice @ Girl with a saddle bag

Saturday 16th of September 2017

Lovely post! I've only visited Paris in mid-summer and like you say, whilst it's beautiful it was extremely busy. I think you've convinced me that my next trip must be in the spring - last year I visited Madrid in April and the parks were spectular. I can only imagine they'd be at least as stunning in Paris.

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