Cherry Blossoms in Paris – The Ultimate Guide for Sakura

If you are looking for the best spots to enjoy the Cherry Blossoms in Paris you are definitely at the right place.

As many cities in the world, Paris gets more vibrant and alive when Springs arrives in town.

Days get slightly warmer, the sky gets bluer, and the air is filled with the sound of birds singing all around us.

Paris is known for a lot of reasons, and it is “always a good idea!” but did you know that you don’t have to travel far away to Japan to enjoy a beautiful Hanami?

In fact, from early March to mid-April Paris blooms in a variety of pink and white flowers from the cherry trees all around the city.

As you may know Paris is our home city and every single year we discover more beautiful places with incredible cherry blossoms. Let me guide you through the best ones!

Free Map with the precise location of best places with Cherry Blossoms in Paris at the end of this guide !

A little bit of History

The history of cherry blossoms in Paris dates back to the early 20th century when the Mayor of Tokyo gifted cherry trees to the city of Paris in 1918. The gift was intended as a symbol of friendship between Japan and France and to commemorate the end of World War I.

The original gift consisted of 2,000 cherry trees, which were planted in the Parc de Sceaux, a park located in the southern suburbs of Paris. The cherry trees flourished and became a popular attraction among Parisians, who flocked to the park every spring to see the beautiful pink and white blossoms.

Over the years, more cherry trees were added to the park, and other parks and public spaces in Paris also began planting cherry trees. Today, there are thousands of cherry trees scattered throughout the city, and the annual blooming of the cherry blossoms in Paris is a highly anticipated event.

In addition to being a beautiful sight to behold, the cherry blossoms in Paris have also come to symbolize the strong cultural ties between Japan and France. Each year, the city of Paris holds a Sakura Festival to celebrate the blooming of the cherry blossoms, featuring traditional Japanese music, dance, and food.

  • Sakura‘ – meaning “Cherry Blossoms” in Japanese, is renowned by its symbolic association with spring, which signifies renewal.
  • In Japan, the traditional action of admiring the beauty of flowers, particularly cherry blossoms, is called Hanami. It literally means ‘to look at the flowers’.
  • the blossoming period of each cherry tree is relatively short, lasting for about a week.
  • The cherry blossom life cycle involves eleven distinct stages, including: bud formation, bud expansion, flower opening, and several phases of bloom – 10% in bloom – 30% in bloom – 50% in bloom – 70% in bloom – full bloom. And then the last part – petals start to fall – petals fall vigorously- Finished.
  • In Japan, picnicking under cherry blossom trees is a popular tradition, and it is also gaining popularity in Paris.
  • Interestingly, both the blossoms and leaves of the cherry tree are edible and used in many traditional Japanese sweets and tea. “Ladurée” occasionally creates limited-edition macarons for the cherry blossom season in Paris. They’re well worth a try.

What is the best time to visit Paris to enjoy the cherry blossoms?

Unfortunately, beautiful things are often ephemeral.

A cherry tree only blooms for about a week. Its flowers are delicate and fragile and much sensible to the weather conditions. For this reason, cherry blossoms have an incredibly limited lifespan, more so in places with cold and uncertain climates like Paris. Did you know that it can snow in Paris until late March?

If you’re travelling from afar, I highly recommend choosing the first week of April so you can increase your chances of catching more different places in bloom.

Avoid the weekends if you can. Parisians love to visit Cherry Blossoms spots adding to the already big number of visitors. As kids are at school and we have work to do, we usually visit at the end of the day or during the weekend.

So if you have a choice you’ll be better of visiting in week days, before noon. 

Where to find cherry blossoms in Paris?

To fully enjoy Sakura in Paris it really helps if you not only know where to go first but also when to go, so you can optimise your time and get the better of this season. Specially if you are traveling with young kids.

Here you will find a detailed list of the best spots with cherry blossoms in Paris.

We will be giving you all the details and advise based on our experience as a local family for more than twenty springs! So, lets go!

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Detailed guide to the best places with cherry blossoms in Paris  

Starting Beginning of March

1. Shakespeare and Co. Bookshop

I heard of Shakespeare and Co. for the first time watching “Before Sunset” movie while in my Erasmus semester in Paris.

This famous English-language bookstore located in the heart of Paris was founded in 1919 by Sylvia Beach and quickly became a gathering place for writers such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, and Gertrude Stein.

Nowadays this is the place to go for those searching for anglophone bookshops in Paris.

In Springtime Shakespeare and Co.’s entrance is framed by beautiful pink flowers.

And you can even have the chance to shoot one of the classic Citroën 2CV from Parisi Tours          

Address : 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris

2. Montmartre

Definitely the most quant and picturesque neighbourhood in Paris, Montmartre is a most visit any time in the year.

But from beginning of March to end of April it is a feast for the eye. From all the Parisian arrondissements Montmartre is the one with the highest concentration of Cherry Trees.  

From rue de l’Abreuvoir to Place Dalida, around Musée de Montmartre you will be surrounded by pink blossoms.

But if you have little time to explore the neighbourhood, we recommend heading straight to the well known carrousel at the bottom of Sacré Coeur. Here you’ll have the white cathedral beautifully framed by cherry blossoms. 

Address : Place Saint-Pierre, near Carrousel de Saint – Piérre, 75018 Paris

3. Tour Eiffel – Champs de Mars

This is where you will find the first blossoms, as early as beginning of March.

It is the perfect spot for a picnic and family friendly activities as you have great playgrounds and a big lawn where kids can run freely.

The most beautiful trees are usually those at your right side while looking to the Eiffel Tour, near Fontaine des Bois.

You will be able to find multiple spots to shoot the Eiffel Tour framed by Cherry Blossoms.

Don’t forget to explore the lateral allies at the left side of Champs de Mars (when looking to the Eiffel Tower) too.

Address : Champ de Mars, 2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 75007 Paris

4. Park Clichy-Batignolles – Martin Luther King

This relatively new park located in the Batignolles neighborhood of Paris opened for the first time in 2007.

It covers an area of over 10 hectares (25 acres) and is known for its modern design, sustainable features, and family friendly approach.

The park was designed to be ecologically sustainable, with rainwater collected and reused to irrigate the plants and trees and includes a number of renewable energy sources, including wind turbines and solar panels.

There are also a number of recreational facilities in the park, including a basketball court, a skate park, and a children’s playground. It in undoubtably a great gathering spot for families.

Other original feature is the amazing variety of plantings specifically chosen to change with the seasons, getting impressively pink with cherry blossoms during the Spring.

Address : 147 Rue Cardinet, 75017 Paris

5. Petit Palais Art Museum and surrounding gardens

As soon as you arrive to Petit Palais in early March you will be greeted by cherry blossoms.

They are all around the museum, in the public garden.

But the true show you will discover once you are inside, in the museums central garden, surrounded by exquisite architecture and submerged in surprising silence and peace.

This is the perfect place to spend the afternoon with a good book or simply stroll around with your kids. You can also have lunch or something lighter in the cafeteria Le Jardin du Petit Palais

Take your time and enjoy this heavenly calm spot in the middle of Paris rush.

Admission: free

Address : Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris

6. Jardin Albert – Kahn

The Museum and Gardens of Albert-Kahn is a beautiful park located in the city of Boulogne-Billancourt, a suburb of Paris. The garden is named after Albert Kahn, a wealthy French banker and philanthropist who commissioned the garden’s creation in the early 20th century.

One of the most striking features of the Albert-Kahn Garden is its Japanese garden, which is one of the largest in Europe, conveniently located in a city centre.

The garden includes a traditional Japanese teahouse, a pond filled with koi fish, and a variety of plants and trees native to Japan that come alive once Spring arrives.

The museum features exhibits on the history of photography and other cultural artifacts from around the world and we highly recommend a visit.

Address : 10-14 Port Street, 92100, Boulogne-Billancourt

7. Parc Georges Brassens

Located at the 15th arrondissement of Paris, far from the well-known touristic routes, this urban park is an oasis of relaxation and leisure for Parisian families.

The park is known for its picturesque vineyard, beehive, and the old belfry that stands as a reminder of its previous life as a horse market. But also, for the variety of activities for children.

If you visit Parc Georges Brassens during a weekend don’t skip its second-hand book market. This market is a haven for book lovers, offering a wide range of old and used books in various languages.

In March the park come alive and is a beautiful place to take a walk between cherry blossoms.  

Address : 2 Place Jacques Marette, 75015 Paris

Starting Beginning of April

1. Jardin Nelson Mandela

The Jardin Nelson Mandela, adjacent to the Église Saint-Eustache, is a relatively recent addition to the public spaces of Paris.

Located in the 1st arrondissement, it’s part of the renovation and modernization efforts in the Les Halles district, an area known for its historical central markets and more recently for the modern shopping complex, the Forum des Halles.

The Jardin Nelson Mandela is designed to provide a green, open space for relaxation and leisure, featuring amazing play areas for children, lawns for picnics, and paths for leisurely walks.

Near the Église Saint-Eustache you’ll find a especially beautiful alley, lined by cherry trees. The view to the church really seems like a painting.  

Address : All. Jules Supervielle, 75001 Paris

2. Notre-Dame de Paris – Square Jean XXIII

Square Jean XXIII is a charming public garden located behind the Notre-Dame Cathedral in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, on the Île de la Cité.

Named after Pope John XXIII, the square provides a peaceful green space amid the historical and bustling area surrounding Notre-Dame.

At the side, along the Seine, it used to have a big sand playground perfect for young children. All this area of the garden is canopied by splendid cherry trees that filtered the sun light in pink hues.

The Square is still closed to the public due to 2019 fire that destroyed Notre Dame. But once it reopens make sure to check out this beautiful spot.

Address : Square Jean XXIII, 75004 Paris

3. Trocadéro Gardens

Located directly across the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero Gardens offers one of the best views of the iconic tower and is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike.

One of the highlights of the Trocadéro Gardens in spring is the blooming of cherry blossoms. The cherry trees, or Sakura, offer a breath-taking sight when they are in full bloom, usually around early April.

The soft pink and white flowers contrast beautifully with the green of the gardens and the urban backdrop of Paris. This makes the gardens a favoured spot for photography, especially with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

At your right side when looking to the Eiffel Tower you will find a playground where children can play while parents enjoy a beautiful view.

Address : Av. des Nations Unies, 75116 Paris

4. Jardin des Plantes

The Jardin des Plantes in Paris, the main botanical garden in France, also becomes a notable spot for viewing cherry blossoms during spring.

Located in the 5th arrondissement, this extensive garden not only serves as a centre for scientific research but also as a beautiful public park for relaxation and education about plants and biodiversity.

Although the Jardin des Plantes is known for its wide variety of plant species, the cherry blossoms are among the most awaited and beloved by visitors each spring. Among the garden’s cherry trees, you will find one of the “Notable trees of France”. An impressive tree that won’t let you indifferent.

Aside from cherry blossoms, the Jardin des Plantes offers many other attractions, including thematic gardens, greenhouses with exotic plants and the Museum of Natural History. Take your time to enjoy this beautiful place.

Address : 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris

5. Place Camille Claudel – Metro Falguière  

Place Camille Claudel is a small public square located in the 15th arrondissement, not far from the Montparnasse area.

It’s named after the renowned French sculptor Camille Claudel, who was known for her emotional bronze and marble pieces and had a tumultuous relationship with her mentor and lover, Auguste Rodin.

It’s a small square where a cherry blossom tree stands prominently in the middle adding a touch of natural beauty and serenity to the area and making it a favoured spot for relaxation and contemplation, especially in the spring.

Although the square is rather small, it features a few benches where visitors can sit, relax, and enjoy the beautiful blossoms during their blooming season.

Address : Place Camille Claudel (Falguière metro station), 75015, Paris

6. Parc de Bagatelle

The Parc de Bagatelle, located in the Bois de Boulogne on the western edge of Paris, is one of the city’s four botanical gardens.

Known for its tranquil beauty, historical architecture, and exquisite floral arrangements, it is a haven for nature lovers and a celebrated site for botany enthusiasts.

Did you know that the park was created in 1775 as a result of a bet between Marie Antoinette and the Comte d’Artois, who later became King Charles X? The challenge was to construct a park and chateau within sixty-four days. Crazy, no?

When the cherry trees bloom, typically around April, they transform parts of the park into breath-taking vistas of pink and white attracting visitors from all around the world.

You can stroll under the blooming branches, enjoy picnics, and take in the serene beauty of the blossoms against the backdrop of the park’s classical landscapes and architectural features.

Address : 42 Rte de Sèvres À Neuilly, 75016 Paris

7. Boulevard Garibaldi

In the intersection between Boulevard Garibaldi and Rue Carrier Belleuse you will find a small nameless square.

Though during the year, you wouldn’t tell there’s something special about it, in April everything changes.

The small square is totally covered by cherry blossoms trees and in April it comes to life.

Situated right in front the Metro Station Cambronne, this square is easily accessible. A beautiful stop on your way between two very known spots: Montparnasse Tower and Bir-Hakem bridge.   

Address : Rue Carrier Belleuse, 75015 Paris

8. Parc de Sceaux

Spanning over 180 hectares, this park surrounds the Château de Sceaux and is designed in the classic French formal garden style by André Le Nôtre, the famous landscape architect who also designed the gardens of Versailles.

One of the most enchanting features of Parc de Sceaux is its cherry blossoms. The park is renowned for its two main areas of cherry trees: the Bosquet Nord and the Bosquet Sud.

The Bosquet Sud (southern grove) is largely composed of a dense variety with large white flowers. The Bosquet Nord (northern grove) brings together some 160 almost century-old Japanese cherry trees: they bloom in beautiful pink flowers that develop majestically.

Address : Domaine départemental de Sceaux, 8 Avenue Claude Perrault, 92330 Sceaux

Tips for the best photos of Cherry Blossoms

The best time to shoot.

In the morning you’ll have undoubtedly less people walking.

Start by the more touristy and easily accessible places so you can avoid the masses.

If you arrive in the afternoon, go for different angles. You don’t need to take exactly the same photo you saw in Instagram to have an amazing result. 90% of the people will stay in the more touristy spot. Be original and everything is possible.

Kids and Family photos.

If you’re visiting with your kids, you’ll notice that the morning, just after breakfast, is the best time to take some amazing photos as well.

You’ll have a lot more space to work with a tripod and your kids will be well rested.

Talk to them about the flowers and ask them to show them to you. They will have the curiosity to point them out and even try to touch them. It will give you some interesting photos.

Let them explore around or play with them. Candid photos are always the best ones.

How to dress

First of all, thought the cherry blossoms arrive around the beginning of Spring, the temperatures in Paris can be quite low at this period. To give you an idea, in some years the last snow overlaps the first cherry blossoms. So be prepared to the eventual cold days.

I know you probably saw some beautiful images on social media, with light dresses flowing in the middle of cherry blossoms. Unfortunately it doesn’t mean the weather is nice and warm.

That being said, when choosing what to pack, think about the colours. 

Photographing Cherry Blossoms, you’ll be surrounded by lots of pink and some white flowers.

Dress in blue, teal, or green to stand out and work with contrast.

Choose white and different shades of pink for a softer and dreamy look.

What equipment should I use?  

Prioritise your camera over your smartphone.

Though we photograph a lot with our smartphones, in this specific context we achieved the best results with our camera.

But we definitely encourage you to try both of them.

Technical aspects

Keep your ISO as low as possible for more detailed photos.

At this time in Paris, you’ll have windy days. Branches will move a little. So, keep your shutter speed as high as possible.

If you are looking for a ‘blurry’ background, then use the lowest aperture number you can.

Sustainable practices visiting Cherry Blossoms

Don’t pick flowers!

Be respectful of this beautiful natural show and let others to enjoy it to the fullest, just like you did.

Picking flowers will not only diminish other’s experience. It can also hurt the tree having repercussions in the next blossom season.

Plus, there are always a lot of flowers already on the floor. You can use those and still get a beautiful photo.

Don’t shake the branches!

I get it! It’s super poetic to watch petals fall all around us.

But shaking the trees will only shorten the time span of Cherry Blossom.

Petals will fall on their own in the right time. If you would love to experience this phase of bloom just come back a few days or a week later.

Respect the natural course of events and let others to appreciate and live the same experience as you did.   

Be respectful of others!

In some places there will be great affluence of people enjoying Hanami. Everyone is trying to enjoy this ephemeral natural event.

Be considerate so everyone can have an opportunity to take photos, stroll around and have a good time.

If you want to do a photoshoot, please consider visiting early in the morning before usual visiting time. Or just choose a quiet corner, far away from the main spots.

Don’t leave any traces!

This beautiful event is the perfect time to picnic under the cherry trees.

Be sure you take all your litter with you. You should leave the place at least as you found it. Or leave it even better it you can

Experiences linked to Sakura in Paris that you don’t want miss.

Try Cherry Blossom frozen Mochi at Neko Ramen

For a full Japanese experience, we recommend Neko Ramen restaurant. On the menu you will find a delicious Cherry Blossom frozen Mochi that will elevate your Sakura experience.

Dive in Japanese culture with the festival “Hanami au Domaine départemental de Sceaux »

Each year the Parc de Sceaux propose a festival around the Hanami event.

From 30th March to 28th April you can enjoy the Hanami at the Parc.

And for two weeks you can try different activities with Japanese culture and the Sakura as the main theme.

Art and photography exhibitions, initiation to the Japanese print or manufacturing of Japanese wooden dolls called kokeshi, are some of the activities proposed during the festival.

You can make reservations here

Enjoy delicious Cherry Blossom Macaron

During Sakura in Paris the famous Macarons’ brand Ladurée propose a special April’s edition: Le macaron Fleur de Cerisier.

Sometimes this special edition is exclusive to the e-shop. We recommend enjoying these macarons under the Cherry Blossoms!

You can also try to do your own Sakura Macarons at home!

Free Map with the best spots of Cherry Blossoms in Paris

Find all the previous locations of the best spots in Paris with Cherry Blossoms on our map below.

Or you can access our Google Maps Free Map here.

Please remember that the precise bloom time varies every year. Therefore, our breakdown by months is merely an indication so you understand what blooms first.  

Other places where you can enjoy Cherry Blossoms in Paris

2nd Arrondissement

  • Rue Montmartre
  • Jardin des Tuileries
  • Rue du Louvre (where the road crosses rue d’Argout)

3rd Arrondissement

  • Jardin Anne Frank 

4th Arrondissement

  • Metro Saint Paul 
  • Square Marie Trintignant
  • Hôtel de Ville
  • Place Louis Aragon

5th Arrondissement

  • Jardin Tino-Rossi (Musée de la Sculpture en plein air)
  • Square Gabriel Pierné
  • Square Paul-Langevin

6th Arrondissement

  • Around Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church
  • Luxembourg Gardens
  • Square Honoré Champion 

7th Arrondissement

  • Gardens of Musée Quai Branly (no entrance fee)
  • Passerelle Debilly

8th Arrondissement

  • Champs Elysées Gardens (La Fontaine des Ambassadeurs) – Paris 8
  • Parc Monceau – Paris 8
  • Square Marcel Pagnol – Paris 8

9th Arrondissement

  • Metro Station St. George

10th Arrondissement

  • Square Aristide Cavaillé Coll / Church of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul – Paris 10

12th Arrondissement

  • Parc Floral de Paris (there’s an entrance fee) – Paris 12
  • Allée Vivaldi – Paris 12
  • Coulée verte Rene Dumont – Paris 12
  • Port de l’Arsenal Garden – Paris 12

13th Arrondissement

  • Mail de Bièvre – Paris 13

14th Arrondissement

  • Parc Montsouris – Paris 14

15th Arrondissement

  • Rue Cépré – Paris 15

16th Arrondissement

  • Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil – Paris 16
  • Jardin du Ranelagh (Musée Marmottan Monet) – Paris 16

18th Arrondissement

  • Montmartre Cemetery – Paris 18

19th Arrondissement

  • Parc Buttes-Chaumont – Paris 19

20th Arrondissement

  • Jardin Saint-Simonian – Paris 20
  • Père Lachaise Cemetery – Paris 20
  • Menilmontant – Paris 20

Around Paris

  • Place de L’Iris, La Défense, Hauts-de-Seine
  • Place de la laïcité à Romainville
  • Jardin du Levant – Fontenay sous Bois
  • Coulée Verte – Near Parc de Sceaux
  • Rue Villebois Mareuil – Vincennes

In conclusion, Paris is a city that is known for its stunning architecture, romantic atmosphere, and cultural attractions.

However, during the spring months, the city is transformed into a wonderland of pink and white blossoms, as thousands of cherry trees burst into bloom.

From the Parc de Sceaux to the Jardin des Plantes, there are numerous cherry blossom spots in Paris that are worth visiting.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor to the city, visiting these spots during the cherry blossom season is a must-do experience.

Not only will you be treated to a feast for the eyes, but you’ll also be reminded of the enduring friendship between Japan and France, and the beauty that can be found when cultures come together.

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