Cherry Blossom season in Paris is finally here and boy, am I excited! As blooms start to develop in mid-March, the typically grey city becomes alive with colour. It is by far the most photogenic time of year to be in Paris, and I am not the only one to believe so. Posing tourists awaiting their photo to be taken in front of these vibrant flowers, is not an uncommon sight. Even locals can’t resist taking a quick snapshot on their way to work – I know I’m one of them. The cherry blossoms are much loved by everyone here. They are not only a sight of beauty but a sign that warmer days are on their way. I think they fill everyone with a little joy.
Throughout March and April, you’re likely to stumble across some cherry blossom tress while strolling through Paris, but finding the best, most beautiful trees can be tricky as they tend to be tucked away off the beaten track. I’ve done a little research and put together this guide on where to find Cherry Blossoms in Paris. Hopefully it will help navigate you to the most photogenic blossoms in town.
The first blossoms to make an appearance are those of the magnolia tree in early March. Most years, they’ll start to bloom by the second week of march and continue late into the month. While technically, these aren’t cherry blossoms, they are definitely worth checking out. These large, fuchsia blooms can be found in the Jardin du Palais Royale, in the Champs de Mars just in front of the Eiffle Tower and in the Jardin des Combattants Espagnols de la Nueve, next to Hotel de Ville.
The most Instagrammable
The most Instagrammable cherry blossom tress, in my opinion, are those in Parc de Sceaux. Located a little out of Paris, here you’ll find a large area within the park that’s dedicated to pink pompom-like blossoming trees (it’s where these photos were taken) The best time to visit is mid-April when blossoms are in full-bloom. I recommend arriving early as it quickly becomes crowed.
The largest tree
If you’re looking for a BIG cherry blossom tree, head to the Jardin des Plantes in Paris’5tharrondissement. I’m not sure if this is the largest cherry blossom tree in Paris but It’s certainly the largest I’ve come across. This oversized, beauty tends to bloom late in April, so you’ll have plenty of time to visit. I also recommend checking out the stunning white blossoming trees while in the park. They’re truly spectacular.
Off the beaten track
Up until recently, I had never even heard of Square Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. It’s located in the Paris’ 10tharrondissement, an area where I don’t often find myself. I was recently walking past, I was in awe of its breathtaking beauty. Glorious big, pink cherry blossom trees surround each side of an equally impressive church. It’s quite the site to see. This year the blooms were at their fullest the first week of April. A word of caution, keep a close eye on your belonging if you do visit, there can sometimes be a few dodgy people around.
Easiest to access
You don’t always have to travel far to see beautiful blossoms. Located right in the centre of Paris, just behind the Notre Dame Cathedral, you’ll find a couple of stunning, large blossoming trees. Due to its central location, this area will get crowded quickly so be sure to arrive early. Whilst in the area, be sure to stop by Shakespeare & Co café. Adorning the infamous bookstore, you’ll find a standalone cherry blossom tree. It may to be the largest, but it’s certainly photogenic.
The most hidden
Tucked well out of sight, are the 4 glorious cherry blossom trees in the courtyard of the Petit Palais. This is one of my favourite spots to sit back and enjoy the view of these blooming beauties. Many people don’t realise, but it’s free to enter the Petit Palais and when you’re tired of viewing the exhibitions, there’s a picturesque courtyard and café waiting to welcome you. The cherry blossoms here tend to bloom quite early, so I recommend stopping by during the end of March.
While my favourite spots for viewing cherry blossom trees are listed above, there are still many other fabulous spots to check out. I cannot write this article and not include the gorgeous Cherry blossom trees in the Trocadero Gardens. Here the blossoms frame the Eiffel Tower making it even more spectacular than normal. They tend to bloom early April. I also love the blossoms in Parc Clichy-Batignolles. It’s a little off the beaten track making it a much quitter peaceful spot to view them. And finally, I have to mention the cherry blossoms in Square Gabriel Pierné. This typically beige park comes to life early april when blossoms are at their fullest.
I think many of us, tourists or not, have asked ourselves at some point or another where to find cherry blossoms in Paris. If you’re among them, I really hope this guide has helped you out. If you’ve found any other glorious blooms, be sure to comment below and share your favourite spots with everyone.