Wisteria is a deciduous climber characterised by its trailing, twining vines, and heavily scented flowers. And should you opt to visit Paris during the late spring (which is one of the best times to visit the city of light if you’re looking to visit sans the crowds but with good weather), then you can expect to find these beautiful blooms throughout the city, notably in Montmartre. Here’s when and where to find the best wisteria in Paris!
Wisteria Season in Paris
The wisteria season is never a long one, usually lasting a mere few weeks. The pinks, purples, and pops of white that come in the form of trailing wisteria often bloom shortly after Paris’ cherry blossom season. During this time, clematis and horse chestnut trees are also in flower, meaning that the City of Light is filled with fragrant flowers.
Wisteria in Paris tends to bloom around the same time as the wisteria in London. While a good spring means that the flowers can appear as early as mid-April, most of the time the wisteria tends to start to appear towards the end of April, peaking around the beginning of May. When the weather has been particularly bad, the flowers can last up to mid-May. Basically, it all depends on what the weather at the beginning of the year has been like!
Rue de l’Abreuvoir
If you’re looking for picture perfect Montmartre, then you’ll surely find it should you opt to visit Place Dalida, a pretty and cobbled square which is named for the iconic singer, Dalida. The road trailing off this leafy space is that of Rue de l’Abreuvoir, named for a centuries-old water trough halfway along the street. Other highlights of Rue de l’Abreuvoir include views of the Sacré-Coeur, as well as La Maison Rose (where all the artists of the 1920s would hang out, including Picasso) to the other end of the street.
Square Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet
For the best view of the Sacré-Coeur sans the crowds, you simply must head to Square Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, a green space that’s housed on the site of a former Parisian windmill. Once also home to a tavern by the name of the Tower of Solferino, today the landscaped garden is a great place to enjoy a picnic during the summer months or see the wisteria in Paris come springtime.
Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole
Of all the places in Paris to see the wisteria in full bloom, the quaint café and bistro bar of Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole is probably the most iconic of them all. Set against the backdrop of a medieval street and surrounded by narrow lanes, nearby places of interest include the gravestone courtyard of Paris, as well as Rue des Chantres, one of the oldest and narrowest streets in the city. Elsewhere on Île de la Cité, Notre Dame is well worth a visit, as are the beautiful and medieval stained glass windows of Sainte Chapelle.
La Campagne à Paris
Hands down, one of my favourite things to do in Paris is to discover all of the off the beaten path villages and lesser-known micro-arrondissments which can be found dotted across the French capital. One of the prettiest of these is La Campagne à Paris, which is to be discovered in the 20th arrondissement. Comprising of four cobbled lanes featuring ivy-clad houses, the district also happens to be one of the best places to spot wisteria in Paris in the springtime.
Side Streets of Montmartre
If you want to see some wisteria locations in Paris which are a little more off the beaten tourist track, then take yourself on a self-guided walking tour of Montmartre. Throughout the cobbled lanes and narrow alleyways, there are dozens of wisteria plants in bloom, just waiting to be seen (and photographed).