There is a famous quote about France’s capital city: “Paris is always a good idea.” And, we couldn’t agree more. Paris is truly stunning at any time of the year. However, it’s commonly known that the best time to visit Paris is in the spring. Keep reading to find out the top eight reasons that will convince you to book a ticket to Paris this spring.
1. Fewer Crowds
Paris is a beautiful city that has so much to offer. Perhaps the only mark against Paris is the massive crowds of tourists that come ravaging through the city. For example, going to the Louvre usually means waiting in line for hours to get in and then standing behind crowds far away from the actual works of art.
Spring is a much calmer time in Paris before the summer crowds descend on the city. You’ll still enjoy nice weather and won’t have to wait in long lines everywhere you go.
2. The Markets
Spring offers the perfect weather to start exploring the famous French markets. These markets have something for everyone – food, antiques, flowers, and more. Exploring the markets not only gives you the opportunity to shop but allows you to really immerse yourself in French culture. You’ll be shopping with the locals and seeing Paris through a Parisian’s eyes.
Some of our favorite markets are:
- The Marché des Enfants Rouges for food
- Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen for antiques and home decor
- The Marché d’Aligre for fresh, local produce, books, shopping, and souvenirs
3. Affordable Prices
Since spring is less of a tourist season for Paris, you’ll find more affordable pricing on just about everything. Compared to the summer, your plane ticket, hotels, and tours will all be significantly cheaper. And more affordable pricing means you can afford to have a longer holiday!
The weather in the spring is quite lovely in Paris. You can walk around and enjoy the picturesque cherry blossoms spread out throughout the city. Make sure to walk down the rows of cherry blossom trees at Place Marcel Aymé for a spectacular view.
The fantastic weather also means you can picnic in the park. Visit one of the markets to stock up on local bread, cheese, wine, and meats and enjoy a warm afternoon watching the city go by. Trust us, you won’t be the only one doing it!
If you’re lucky, you might just be able to picnic on the Champ de Mars with a view of the Eiffel Tower right in front of you.
5. The Art Festivals
Spring is the season of several monumental art and film festivals in Paris. Art Paris is an annual art festival where some of the best galleries from around the world come together to display their top pieces. Currently, Art Paris is hosted on the Grand Palais on Paris’s Champ de Mars.
Another famous art festival is the Paris Art & Design (PAD) Festival. The festival’s tagline is “discover the best design and art galleries in the world.” And, for 24 years, the event has been delivering on this promise. Attendees can view some of the best home decor, furniture, art, home accessories, and jewelry from the top designers and artists in the world at this festival.
Lastly, Paris Urban Art Fair is an international festival dedicated to urban art and held in the Le Carreau du Temple, at the center of Paris. The festival brings together over 200 artists under one roof to showcase their collections.
Both Art Paris and the PAD festival typically happen in early April, while Paris Urban Art Fair is held sometime in May.
6. Taste of Paris
Let’s be honest, one of the best parts about Paris is the food. Well, if you visit in the spring and time your trip just right, you might be able to take advantage of the annual Taste of Paris. This four-day event has the city’s best chefs come together under one roof at the Grand Palais. Visitors get to sample tasting meals from over 100 French chefs, including up-and-coming chefs and famous chefs with multiple Michelin stars. The meals are also paired with cocktails, beer, or wine, so you get the complete dining experience.
Just make sure to book your tickets early because this event is popular with both locals and tourists.
7. Music Festivals
If you love music, then spring is the ideal time to visit Paris. The city seems to come alive with music festivals every couple of weeks. One of the more popular festivals is the Saint Germain Jazz Festival. It’s a three-day festival that is held in multiple venues across the city and is partially free.
Another notable festival is the Villette Sonique festival is an intense five-day music festival with rock, EDM, and indie artists. This event is an intense five-day music festival with rock, EDM, and indie artists. And, it’s free to attend! Villette Sonique usually happens in the last week of May.
8. The Long Night of Museums
The Long Nights of Museums is a wonderful way to experience Paris’s museums in a unique way. This annual event has participating museums and art galleries in Paris stay open late so people can visit their favorite establishments at night. The majority of the venues that participate don’t charge admission from 6 pm to midnight.
The Long Night of Museums happens across Europe and North America and usually occurs on May 18th. As long as May 18th isn’t on a Sunday, in which case the festival is changed to Saturday.
Clearly, Paris has so much to offer during the spring. Stop hesitating and book your ticket now!