The Most Beautiful Spots to See Spring Blossom in Paris

Paris turns into a pink paradise during magnolia and cherry blooming season. People from all over the world plan to visit the French capital at the time of spring blossom. And they are right as Paris is one of the best cities to see blooms. The two most popular questions are: when does it start and what are the best viewpoints to see it? The first question is not an easy one , as blooming period varies depending mostly on cold or light winter. In general, I’d say blossom in Paris happens from mid-March till late April (mid-March for magnolia and the early beginning of April for cherry blossoms). But I wouldn’t be surprised if this year it starts a couple of weeks earlier as February was unusually warm. Magnolias are the first to open pink season. As practice shows, people are usually more excited about Sakura, but I think magnolia deserves the attention too. To be honest, at some point, I even prefer magnolia blooms.
To answer the question about the best places to admire blossom in Paris, I decided to create a mini-guide with my most favorite spots. 

Champs de Mars

Here you can find both magnolia and cherry trees. Just imagine one of the world’s most photographed landmarks together with pink magnolias or sakura, no words are needed.

Jardin du Palais-Royal

This garden in the very center of Paris has the biggest concentration of magnolias in the city. 

Jardin des Combattants Espagnols de la Nueve , Hotel de Ville

This tiny garden located next to Hotel de Ville has a couple of magnolias to see.

Parc Floral de Paris

Located in the town of Vincennes, to the east of Paris, and easily accessible with metro line 1 or RER A. It’s a botanical garden where you can see many varies flowers and plants. It also has the biggest magnolia blooms I’ve ever seen. This is a lovely place for a picnic and perfect weekend escape from the city .

Square Jean XXIII, Notre-Dame de Paris

My favorite place to see and photograph cherry blossom. Gothic architecture of the cathedral and pink sakura make an ideal combo. The most magic moment for me is when pink petals start falling and covering the ground. However, because of its central location, there are always crowds of people in the square.

Shakespeare and Co.

Famous bookstore and coffee shop in Paris. Located in front of the Notre-Dame Cathedral on the other side of the Seine. 

Parc Clichy-Batignolles - Martin-Luther-King

Less crowded and less obvious place to admire the cherry blossom. 

Petit Palais

Find the courtyard and you’ll see beautiful cherry trees.

Jardin des Plantes

This garden has a giant cherry tree, nobody can miss it ! Its branches are so heavy that they touch the ground . It looks truly magical. 

Parc de Sceaux

Here you can find probably the largest concentration of sakura near the city. This is a perfect place to enjoy a picnic under fragrant pink trees. However, it’s important to choose the right time for your picnic ! On weekends, for example, it’s so crowded that finding a place to sit can turn to mission impossible, when on week days it’s easier.  

Square Gabriel Pierné

On the left Bank , hidden behind Institut de France, this small square is a great place to sit and read a book under pink cherry trees. Tourists usually don’t pass here.

Jardins du Trocadéro

I’m sure you’ve already seen the shot of the Eiffel Tower and cherry trees from this angle many times! As you can guess , the concentration of visitors here is unimaginable. It’s better to come in the early morning, at sunrise if you want to have a nice shot.  

In this article I tried to share with you all my favourite places to see blossoms in Paris . Hope this mini-guide will help you to better plan your visit.
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions !


  1. Marina
    February 26, 2019 / 6:01 pm

    Wow Victoria ! Thanks for this important post! It is really very useful information for me 😍😍😍😍

    • victoriachmel
      February 27, 2019 / 1:43 pm

      Marina thank you for the feedback ❤️

  2. Vivian
    March 9, 2019 / 12:54 pm

    Thank you for your usefull information.
    I have a plan to visit Paris in the first week of May. Do you think I should change my plan earlier, maybe in the mid of April? I really really want to enjoy Paris’s pink season.
    Hope to recieve your advices soon. Thanks!

    • victoriachmel
      March 13, 2019 / 2:23 am

      Dear Vivian, thank you for the feedback ! This year blossom season has started much earlier , already now we have magnolia in bloom that’s quite early 😌 I think this year the best time to come to see Sakura is the beginning – mid of April 🌸

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