March in Paris is a magical time of year. The weather starts to warm up, spring flowers signal spring’s arrival, the days are getting longer, and the city is filled with a rejuvenating energy. Still in the low season, Paris in March is the perfect time to stroll the streets, visit famous landmarks, and take in some festivals. March 2024 in Paris sees both St Patrick’s Day and Easter.
I’ve visited Paris in March several times and lived in Paris throughout the last four years. Experiencing Paris in March is something you’ll never forget!
Is March a good time to visit Paris?
March is one of the best months to visit Paris. There is a sense of renewal in the air with longer daylight hours, fewer crowds, and spring blossoms adding a pop of colour. It’s the perfect month to both visit Paris’s famous monuments and discover hidden gems.
Is March a busy month in Paris?
Paris in March is typically not nearly as busy as the peak summer months. In 2024, early March sees the end of School Holidays. Easter, which falls at the end of the month in March 2024, often brings a flurry of visitors. Thus in 2024, there are plenty of days to plan a trip with fewer crowds.
Is Paris warm in March?
Paris weather in March sees changeable temperatures. Mornings and evenings can be cool while mid-day can be gloriously warm. Average temperatures during the day range from around 8 to 15 degrees Celsius (46 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit), offering a milder and more comfortable climate. Bring a scarf for cool winds and an umbrella for rainy days.
Paris In March: 21 Best Things To Do
1. Marvel At Magnolias And Cherry Blossoms
Paris in March brings a fresh pop of colour to the French Capital. The perfume-like scent of magnolia blooms fills the air and delicate cherry blossoms paint the city in shades of pink and white. It is truly magical in the City of Light at this time of year. The magnolia trees are magnificent by the Eiffel Tower and in the Jardin du Palais Royal. Cherry blossoms are splendid against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral. Find all the best places to see Paris in bloom in my article, Where To See Stunning Spring Flowers in Paris.
2. Walk The Banks Of The Seine River
When visiting Paris in March embark on a picturesque stroll along the banks of the Seine River. Walking alongside this iconic river is an experience like no other, offering a blend of history, culture, and breathtaking views. Linger on the bridges, have a drink on a barge, and soak up this unforgettable highlight of Paris.
Did you know that the Banks of the Seine has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991?
3. Take a Cruise On The River Seine
Another way to enjoy the Seine River and get a different perspective on the City of Light is to hop on one of the Seine River cruises. The best time is at dusk or in the evening when the Eiffel Tower lights up. It truly is magical.
4. Explore The Heart Of Paris On Ile de la Cité
As one of the city’s most historic and picturesque areas, a trip to Paris in March is not complete without some time spent ambling the narrow streets and alleyways past Ile de Cite’s iconic landmarks, including the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral, Sainte Chapelle, and Place Dauphine.
Read More | Here are all the best things to do on Ile de la Cité
5. Discover Charming Ile Saint-Louis
Cross Pont Saint-Louis, the pedestrian bridge that joins Ile de la Cité and Ile Saint Louis, and step back in time to one of Paris’s oldest villages. Stop for a minute and imagine that Ile Saint-Louis used to be a pasture. It’s not hard to imagine cattle grazing in meadows right here in the heart of Paris. Stroll the cobbled streets, grab a famous Berthillon ice cream, and watch the barges pass by. It’s the perfect way to pass a couple of hours when visiting Paris in March.
6. Marvel At One Of The Most Beautiful Fountains In Paris
Paris is full of stunning fountains but the Marie de Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens is the most beautiful. The Marie de Medici Fountain, shaded by lovely plane trees, is the perfect place to find a few quiet moments in Paris. The long basin is lined with urns of flowers, and the sculpture situated at the end is well worth looking at. Look for the Medici family coat of arms and Diana, the hunting goddess of the hunt.
Paris in March is the perfect time to spend a little time in one of Paris’s most beautiful parks, the Jardin du Luxembourg. Find the statues of the Queens of France, the Statue of Liberty, and the beehives, and watch the famous French game pétanque.
7. Eat Macarons On Macaron Day
I’m sure you know these colourful round cookies with various gourmet fillings. Just like croissants, when on holiday in Paris it is essential to savour macarons. Paris in March is the perfect time to bite into a macaron or purchase a gift box because March 20 is Macaron Day. Macarons are sold at all pâtisseries in Paris. My favourites are found at La Maison Ladurée, Pierre Hermé and Jean-Paul Hévin. Proceeds from macarons sold on March 20 go to charity.
8. Dawdle In A Lesser Known Park
I love dawdling in Paris parks! With the advent of fragrant spring flowers, Paris in March is a great time to saunter through a lesser-known park. One of my favourite parks is Parc des Buttes Chaumont in the 19th arrondissement. Parc des Buttes Chaumont is full of locals having picnics, jogging, and enjoying nature.
Parc de Bagatelle is another favourite Paris park. Set in the Bois de Boulogne, the Parc de Bagatelle is a true delight. Follow the peacocks, look for the rose gardens and the château. You won’t believe you are still in Paris!
Another urban park worth visiting in Paris in March is La Coulée Verte also known as the Promenade Plantée. Start in the 12th arrondissement and stroll along this former elevated railway line. You can walk all the way to the Bois de Vincennes!
9. Stroll The Best Paris Streets
The month of March is the perfect time to stroll the streets of Paris. These 27 Paris streets include famous Parisian avenues, market streets, and tucked-away cobbled lanes. Looking for a market street? Start on rue des Martyrs or rue Montorgeuil. Looking for boutiques and pastries? Why not start on rue du Bac in the 7th arrondissement? These Paris streets will have you walking to your heart’s content!
10. Climb To The Top Of Sacre Coeur
Montmartre, the bohemian district of Paris, captures the hearts of visitors from all over the world. Known for its narrow streets, cafés and historic buildings, Montmartre is an iconic symbol of Parisian culture. Head to Montmartre to have your portrait drawn in Place du Terte, marvel at the Maison Rose, and climb the epic staircases. Be sure to visit Sacré-Coeur (the white basilica on the hill) and climb to the top of its dome for spectacular views over the City of Love.
11. Savour French Cheese
On March 27, 2004, France celebrates National Cheese Day! This special day, started in 2001, embraces the love of cheese and raises awareness of France’s high-quality cheeses, including raw milk cheese. Drop by participating cheesemongers (fromageries) for tastings and/or workshops. Your taste buds will be in heaven!
Read More |
- French cheese: 15 fantastic cheeses to try!
- Where To Find The Best Fromageries in Paris
- Putting Together The Best French Cheese Board
12. Take In A Cabaret
Pass an unforgettable evening on your March trip to Paris by attending an iconic cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge. You’ll be instantly captivated by the glitz and glamour of the showgirls. Elaborate costumes, enchanting music, and the magnetic atmosphere make it a memorable evening. Indulge in a gourmet dinner, sip champagne, and let the legendary performances unfold on the stage.
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13. Discover Hidden Gems in Paris
It’s one thing to see the famous landmarks in Paris but uncovering hidden gems is always a treat. Here is my list of 43 hidden gems in Paris. Will you start at the hidden vineyard in Butte Bergeyre? Or will you search out the ancient Roman arena in the Latin Quarter?
14. Flaner To Your Heart’s Content
To flâner is to wander, to stroll and to observe life. Paris is the perfect city to flâner, no matter the weather. Sit at a café, linger on the Pont des Arts, and turn down a tiny Paris street with an interesting name. You just never know what you might notice. Some of the best neighbourhoods to flâner are le Marais, Saint Germain des Prés on the left bank, and Montmartre. Why not go off the beaten path in the 20th arrondissement?
Read More | My guide on how to flâner
15. Browse The Stalls At The Most Famous Paris Flea Market
Nestled on the outskirts of Paris, the flea market at Saint-Ouen beckons with its unique charm and a treasure trove of vintage wonders. Les Puces de Saint Ouen is an eclectic mix of antiques, knick-knacks, retro fashion, and hidden gems. It is a real outing to browse through the maze of alleys and find that special something to bring home after a trip to Paris in March!
16. Visit Disneyland Paris in March
Up until mid-March, Disneyland Paris boasts fewer people and shorter lines, especially if you can visit mid-week. Plan a day trip from the heart of the city to see your favourite Disney characters, take some wild rides, and watch the amazing parade. Here are some great planning tips for Disneyland Paris.
17. Take A Day Trip To Versailles Palace
It’s a good idea when visiting Paris in March to plan a day trip to the Palace of Versailles. With fewer visitors in March, it is an ideal time to visit the lavish 2000-room Château de Versailles. Be amazed by the Hall of Mirrors and wander through Marie Antoinette’s “Petit Trianon” past donkeys and chickens, rent a bicycle, and investigate the expansive gardens.
Read More | How to plan your day trip from Paris to Versailles. Or, here are 7 organised day trips to the Château of Versailles. All include a skip-the-line ticket and each is a little different from the rest. Some include a bike ride from Paris (for the energetic traveller), others include a golf cart tour of the gardens, while others include lunch.
18. Take A Day Trip To The Loire Valley
If you love beautiful French castles, how about heading to the Loire Valley in the low season? Here is my curated list of the best guided day trips from Paris to the Loire Valley. The stunning châteaux and landscapes will knock your socks off!
19. Wander In Historical Père Lachaise Cemetery
Have you ever wanted to visit the iconic final resting place of some of the world’s most renowned figures? With its winding paths and monuments, Père Lachaise offers a tranquil sanctuary and a chance to delve into the legacies of artists, writers, musicians, and historical figures. From Oscar Wilde and Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison to Frédéric Chopin, each tombstone in Père Lachaise tells a story.
Read More | My Guide to Père Lachaise Cemetery
20. Visit A Paris Museum
A trip to Paris almost always includes one of the city’s renowned museums. From the iconic Louvre Museum (get your Timed Entry Ticket here) to lesser-known gems like the Rodin Museum or one of my favourites, The Cluny Museum, Paris is truly a haven for museum enthusiasts. Passionate museum-goers will love the 2,4, or 6-day Paris Museum Pass.
Read More | My guide to 20 Paris museums.
21. Visit Paris’s Famous Landmarks
Paris in March is the perfect time to visit her famous landmarks. I mean, can a visit to Paris be a visit to Paris without going to the top of the Eiffel Tower?! In March, major sites like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, and the Arc de Triomphe see fewer crowds making it very enjoyable! In Paris, it is always advisable to book your entry tickets in advance.
Book Tickets In Advance:
- Eiffel Tower Summit Access – Skip the Line Ticket
- The Louvre – a timed-entry ticket
- Arc de Triomphe – a skip-the-line ticket to the top
- Musee d’Orsay – reserved entry time
- Versailles – skip the line ticket
- The Paris Catacombs – skip the line access and tour
Paris In March 2024: The Holidays
- School Holidays: February 17 – March 3, 2024, finishing the first week of March
- Good Friday: Friday, March 29, 2024
- Easter: Sunday, March 31, 2024, (public holiday/ jour ferié)
- Easter Monday: Monday, April 1, 2024 (public holiday/ jour ferié)
Good Friday is not a bank holiday in France. But Easter Monday is a bank holiday. Therefore, stores are all open on Good Friday. On Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, businesses and stores are closed. Check your local bakery, grocery store, and café for their holiday hours.
Don’t forget to browse all the exquisite Easter treats in the chocolate shops and pâtisseries. Did you notice the chocolate bells alongside the chocolate eggs?
March 2024: Celebrations And Events
Paris Fashion Week: February 26 to March 5, 2024
Paris Fashion Week happens twice a year showcasing the latest trends and designs from renowned designers around the world. Held twice a year, this prestigious event transforms the city into a glamorous runway, attracting fashion enthusiasts, celebrities, and influencers from all corners of the globe.
The Paris Half Marathon: March 3, 2024
The Paris Half Marathon also known as the Harmonie Mutuelle Semi de Paris is in its 32nd year and attracts about 40 000 rinners. The Paris Half Marathon is 21.1 km and starts at the Château de Vincennes and takes place in eastern Paris. Find out more information here
Foire de Chatou – Antique Fair: March 8 to 17, 2024
Calling all antique lovers! This large brocante or antique fair in the Paris area happens just twice a year in March and September. Find out more information here.
Paris Café Festival: March 9 to March 11, 2024
Speciality coffee lovers, this special event is for you! In its third year, this festival celebrates with roast masters, latte art, and live music. Head over to Le Carreau du Temple in the Marais. Tickets are 16€. Find out more Paris Café Festival
Paris Bridal Fair: March 10 and 11, 2024
At Porte de Versailles, you’ll find all the latest trends for planning the perfect wedding. Find out more information here.
The Carnaval des Femmes: March 3, 2024
This festival has a long history and started in the 19th century when the washerwomen would select their Queen for a Day! Dress up in costume and join the parade which starts at Gambettta Métro station in the 20th arrondissement. Meet at Gambette at 13h and the parade leaves around 14h. The parade is expected to arrive at Place de la République around 18h and the celebration will continue until 20h.
Hermès Horse Jumping (Saut Hermès): March 15 to 17, 2024
Don’t miss the annual competition of the top show-jumpers taking place at the Grand Palais Ephémère.
Macaron Day: March 20, 2024
As mentioned above, sink your teeth into some divine macarons on March 20, 2024, and help a charity at the same time!
National French Bread Day: March 21, 2024
Although mostly celebrated in the United States, National French Bread Day is the perfect day to indulge in a French baguette and eat it how the French do! Find out How to Eat Baguettes like the French.
The Drawing Now Art Fair – Le Salon du Dessin Contemporain: March 20 to 25, 2024
There will be 72 international galleries, over 200 works of art, and more than 300 artists! Oh là là! Find all this artistic flair at the Palais Brongniart. Find out more information here.
The Café Waiters’ Race: March 24, 2024
March 24, 2024, marks the historic return of a contest that first started in 1914. The “course des garçons de café” or the Café Waiters’ Race, is being held for the first time since 2011. The waiters wear a white shirt, dark trousers and an apron and carry a tray with a croissant, a coffee, and a glass of water through the streets of the Marais. Will you be on the sidelines watching?
The International Documentary Film Festival (Cinéma du Réel Festival): March 22 to 31, 2024
The 45th International Documentary Film Festival takes place at the Georges Pompidou Centre, this film festival has a program full of interesting and evocative films. Vote on your favourites. Find out more information here.
Foire de Trône: March 22, 2024, to April 21, 2024
The Foire de Trône is one of the oldest fairs in France, dating back to the 12th century. The funfair takes place in the Pelouse de Reuilly in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, and features a wide range of attractions and rides for all ages, from traditional carousels and Ferris wheels to high-speed roller coasters and thrilling thrill rides.
Plan Your Trip To Paris
- Book your airline tickets with my favourite platform, Skyscanner.
- Book a transfer from Charles de Gaulle or Orly airport with Welcome Pick Ups.
- Reserve a car (not for Paris) but for a road trip in France
- Reserve train tickets for further travels in Europe with Trainline (my go-to)
March Weather In Paris
The weather in Paris in March is significantly more pleasant than in January and February as Paris transitions into spring! Average daytime temperatures range from around 8 to 15 degrees Celsius (46 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit), offering a milder and more comfortable climate. Although rainy days are likely, March is one of the drier months in Paris.
What To Wear In Paris In March
The key to dressing for Paris in March is layers. Bring clothes that can be mixed and matched with a similar colour palette. Bring long-sleeved T-shirts or blouses that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
- A Trenchcoat: A trenchcoat that is easily layered is the perfect coat for March weather in Paris
- Jeans: essential. Add in a dark pair.
- Dress or skirts: Must fit the colour palette and can be dressed up or down
- Layers: Pack light sweaters. Add in a blazer.
- Scarf: A scarf can add warmth and style to any outfit.
- Casual Runners: Good walking shoes such as runners are essential.
- Short Boots: March in Paris is the perfect time of year for short boots!
- Umbrella: Pack a compact umbrella that can be easily carried in your day bag.
- A cross-body bag. This one is for men and women. This purse is a travel anti-theft shoulder bag. There are multiple advantages of a crossbody bag, but especially to tuck it under your arm for safekeeping on the Paris métro.
Where To Stay In Paris: Hotels & Apartments
- Check out these 13 Affordable Hotels in Paris
- Find Boutique hotels in the Marais
- Choose a hotel with an Eiffel Tower view
Prefer staying in an apartment? Here are some fabulous Paris apartments:
- Portrait of Splendour literally filled with portraits, in the Marais
- Joyau de Marais
- The Panthéon Pageantry
I hope you love exploring Paris in March as much as I do. It is one of the best months to visit Paris.
If you are still trying to decide which month is best for you, here are my monthly guides to Paris: