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Paris in March – This is Why Smart Travelers Like to Visit Paris in March! [2024]

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been to Paris every single month of the year and have lots of experience with visiting the city of light under a variety of circumstances. My mother-in-law’s birthday is in March and we often made it a point to be in Paris (where she lived for 30 years before moving to Auvergne) to celebrate with her.

Here is the secret that only frequent travelers know: March is one of the best months to visit Paris. You’ll enjoy amazing weather, save significantly on travel costs, and be able to experience unique walking tours and festivals.

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eiffel tower behind cherry blossoms

Why should you visit Paris in March?

The weather in Paris in March

These days, I think knowing the average temperature is no longer relevant. The weather has been so erratic the last few years, that you can't count on an “average.” It’s the last few weeks of winter, and the weather in Paris in March is in that zone where it can be comfortably cool in the morning and evening, but the sun can warm you to the core during the day.

You will likely experience a few rainy days too, so be prepared.

Sunny days are absolutely possible! You may still need a scarf, but otherwise, you can spend the whole day outdoors—enjoying both the sun and a lovely breeze.

Weather patterns these past few years are very unpredictable, so I want to share the averages and then what we have seen in the last few years. (I used World Weather Info as my source of information.)

Weather in January in March:

  • The temperatures in March in Paris: Paris weather in March is a lot cooler than you might expect. The average high temperature of around 54 degrees and the low is about 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Wind: The transition from winter to spring can bring a fair amount of wind, especially as the month progresses
  • Rain: March in Paris often brings showers, though they are typically moderate, rather than severe storms.
  • Snow: It happens! But the snow melts faster at this time of year.
Average Daytime Temperature5312
Average Nighttime Temperature478
Days of Rainfall
(From light rain or drizzle to a storm)
Average Daytime Temperature5714
Average Nighttime Temperature489
Days of Rainfall
(From light rain or drizzle to a storm)
Average Daytime Temperature5312
Average Nighttime Temperature457
Days of Rainfall
(From light rain or drizzle to a storm)

March is low-season

However, since March still isn’t peak “tourist season,” you can avoid the crowds and lines. Even top attractions have only a few visitors, so you can take your time to savor the scenery and take gorgeous photos. It’s like having Paris all to yourself.

It's the last month of the low season and airfare, travel, and hotel prices are considerably lower than in the summer months. If you’re on a budget or simply want to get a better deal, booking your Paris trip in March—just a few weeks ahead of the Spring season—can help you save hundreds of dollars. You’ll also have your choice of seats and rooms, and may even be able to negotiate for upgrades.

What can you do in Paris in March?

There are the usual things that many first-time (and second-time) visitors will want to do when you’re in the French capital: see the Eiffel Tower, visit the Louvre (especially after the most recent Lupin hoopla!), stroll down (and shop) the Champs Elysee. Not my cup of tea, but I get it. But there are some special March activities and festivals that are worth making time for in between all the other attractions.

Taste of Paris

Yes, the Salon de l’Agriculture is the big event, but don't forget the Taste of Paris which takes place in the Grand Palais! Over a 4-day period, chefs from around the country and the world converge for this amazing food festival! You can eat, watch demonstrations, and attend workshops with some very big names in the Paris restaurant scene. 

For 2024 this event takes place February 24th through March 3.

Attend a Film Festival

Cinema was invented in France with the first film and device created by the Lumière brothers in 1895, so it is only natural that film festivals are an important part of the cultural landscape, Paris holds several annual film festivals in March.

The International Documentary Film Festival (or the Cinéma du Réel) is your chance to see the work of award-winning directors, as well as emerging new talent from all around the world. The Printemps du Cinéma, held in the last days of March, brings together some of the best foreign films of the year. Many small cinemas participate in the event, and tickets are inexpensive.

For 2024 this event takes place March 22nd through March 31st.

Join the Carnavel des Femmes

The Carnavel des Femmes is a colorful costume parade with an equally colorful history. It started in the 18th century when the washerwomen who would work along the Seine River would select their Queen for the Day and then dance from dusk till dawn. It’s a lighthearted festival, and open to everyone.

The parade's theme changes from year to year. You can watch it, or even better, show up in a costume and join the parade. The route begins at the Gambetta Metro station (in the 20th arrondissement) and ends at the Place de la République (at the intersection of the 3rd, 10th, and 11th arrondissements).

For 2024 this event takes place March 3rd.

Visit the parks and gardens

garden in Paris in spring

The earliest spring flowers are starting to appear, so grab your camera and take a stroll. Aside from the famous cherry tree blossoms that line the city’s prettiest streets, make time for a proper day trip to one of the most famous parks and gardens.

Try the Jardin de Luxembourg (in the 6th arrondissement), a 25-hectare park where you can have picnics or take a ride on pedal karts, swing boats, or even on a pony! This is a great place to take your kids.

If you have a tight itinerary, swing by the Jardin des Tuileries (in the 1st arrondissement) after visiting the Louvre. This beautifully landscaped park was designed by André Le Nôtre and features terraces, hexagonal ponds, and replicas of famous statues and sculptures.

But to see the most flowers (and even some zoo animals) go to the Jardin Des Plantes (57 Rue Cuvier in the 5th arrondissement). This botanical garden boasts over 10,000 plant species, including rare blooms that are kept in tropical greenhouses. The garden was founded in 1626.

Be sure to include this in your itinerary when you visit Paris in March! If you want to see flowers and birds, go to the Le Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil (3 Avenue de la Porte d'Auteuil in the 16th arrondissement). It was first opened in 1895, as a way to cultivate plants for the city’s parks, gardens, and other public spaces. After visiting the greenhouses, visit the tropical pavilion—where you’ll find many birds as well as ponds teeming with Japanese carp.

Lastly, there are the wonderful gardens in Palais Royal (in the 1st arrondissement). This famous royal residence not only has beautiful gardens and pavilions but is now home to some of the finest boutiques and restaurants. You can find perfumes, antiques, designer labels, and artisan shops that sell hand-crafted items (like the famous glove-makers Lavabre Cadet and Maison Fabre).

Go window-shopping, enjoy the weather with an alfresco lunch, and stroll around the perfectly manicured gardens. You can also book a table at the Michelin-starred Restaurant du Palais Royal, or the famous Grand Véfour restaurant (a favorite haunt of Zola, Collete, and Proust, and also recently spotted on Emily in Paris!).

Depending on the weather the blooms will start in March towards the end of the month. It lasted a week or two maximum, so you could get very lucky! You can find trees throughout Paris.

Travel photography

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Go on a balloon ride

Ballon Generali in Parc Citroen in Paris

Do you want to visit a garden and get a fantastic view of the city? It's a personal favorite of mine. Head to the Parc André Citroën (in the 15th arrondissement). This park has a very unique “postmodern” vibe, with themed gardens and computer-controlled fountains.

Designed by Gilles Clément and Alain Prévost, it combines nature and art – a living exhibit, so to speak. The highlight of the trip is a balloon ride, where you get a breathtaking view of the entire garden and surrounding areas.

Watch the Eiffel Tower Vertical Race

Every March, there is a “vertical race” at the Eiffel Tower where athletes climb the 1,665 steps of the Eiffel Tower. There are time trials and heats to qualify for participation, not something the average tourist is going to do, BUT you can watch the race!

Take a champagne cruise on the Seine

I am a huge fan of the Bateau Mouche as a means for both seeing the sites as well as taking a rest. Any boat ride on the Seine will allow you to see the city from a different angle and you can’t visit Paris without going on a Seine River cruise, especially if there is champagne involved!

The weather is perfect for a slow, relaxing ride that takes you past some of the most famous monuments. In the evening, you can sip your bubbly under a starry night, and toast the beginning of Spring.

Take an Art Walking Tour

Enjoy the great weather, art, and even history with a guided tour through Montmartre (the 18th arrondissement). This famous village was the home and haunt of some of the greatest artists and poets. Visit the house of Vincent Van Gogh (54 Rue Lepic), one of the earliest studios of Picasso (49 Rue Gabrielle), and the windmill cabaret (a.k.a the Moulin Rouge, 82 Boulevard de Clichy) that was painted by no less than Renoir.

The tour is offered by many local guides, some will also include a ticket for Musée d'Orsay, where you’ll see many famous Impressionist works. It’s one of the most popular Paris art tours! I have done this tour in the spring and the extra show that the gardens and blooming trees add to the walk is phenomenal!

Take a Gourmet Food Tour

Paris is synonymous with gourmet food, but it’s hard for tourists to know where to find the best restaurants or even what to order. A guided food tour—accompanied by a guide who can help explain the history, ingredients, and traditions of the dishes—can help you fully appreciate why and how the city got its culinary reputation.

You can do a chocolate tour or a gourmet tour that includes cheese and wine samplings. The point is with the nice weather in March and fewer tourists, any type of outdoor tour, particularly if food is involved is so much more enjoyable at this time of year! See more food-related activities below!

Other Events

  • Grand Palais exhibition on the history of urban art (L’art urbain à l’ère numérique) through July 2024.
  • Festival 100%: a multi-disciplinary festival 100 %, mixing theatre, dance, circus arts, music, and contemporary art in the La Villette complex in the 19th arrondissement (211 Avenue Jean Jaurès).
  • Saut Hermès: an annual horse-jumping competition held at the Grand-Palais in the 8th arrondissement (3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower).
  • Circulation(s): a festival promoting young photographers held at the La Villette complex in the 19th arrondissement (211 Avenue Jean Jaurès).
  • Salon Destinations Nature: a festival dedicated to all things hiking at the Porte de Versailles in the 15th arrondissement. (March 14-17 in 2024)
  • Paris Manga & Sci-fi Show is a weekend-long event at Parc des Expositions in the 15th Arrondissement for all things related to pop culture. It focuses on a variety of themes such as Japanese culture, comics, video games, cosplay, and more.
  • Easter in Paris: Easter falls in March, then lucky you! The chocolate and pastry shops will have many chocolate treats, an extra indulgence during this time of year!

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Culinary Delights of March in Paris

Macaron Day Paris France

Oh, you know me. This is always my favorite part! No trip to Paris is complete without a deep exploration of all the eats. You should definitely try the classics, but don't forget the season as well!

Macaron Day (March 20)

A very popular day in France and beyond, bien sûr! If you are in Paris you can visit many patisserie shops and take advantage of Macaron Day where many of the boutiques give out free (or packaged deals on) macarons, including special edition ones! Sadly, now that Ladurée is bankrupt things may change for one of the most famous stops on the Macaron Day tour.

Here is where to find the best macarons in Paris!

Festival Bouche à Bouche

This food, music, and street art festival has been held in March. Entrance is free and event-goers listen to DJs while eating yummy food. 

French Cuisine Festival (Gout de France)

A food festival that celebrates traditional French dishes served in the “old” way as well as transformations. There are food booths, trucks and markets, demonstrations and workshops, and meet-and-greets with chefs. It's a great way to see food from all across the country.

Fête de la Gastronomie (The French Cuisine Festival)

Very similar to the French Cuisine Festival, this one is put on by the French government to celebrate France's rich food heritage.

What to eat in Paris in March

terrace table in Paris

Many restaurants offer seasonal menus so it is always good to know what is actually in season! Paris has many tastes to experience, but during the winter there are some seasonal specialties. If you visit the marchés (farmer's market) you will see many of these items listed below.

  • Fruits in season: kiwis (France is the 5th largest producer of kiwis in the world), apricots (abricots), cherries (cerises) (look for the dessert cherry clafouti to start showing up on menus mid-march), strawberries (fraises), lemons, pears, and pineapples.
  • Vegetables in season: March is the start of the asparagus (asperges) season! You'll also find artichokes (artichauts), beets (betteraves), carrots, English or snow peas, Fava beans (haricots de Fava), Green beans (haricots verts), green garlic (ail vert); potatoes (pommes de terre), radishes (radis), rhubarb rhubarbe), spinach (épinard), arugula (roquette), endives, escarole, chicory, (chicorée), Vidalia onions, leeks, cauliflower, and zucchini.
  • Seafood is wonderful in March! Look for dishes featuring these in restaurants. This is what is in season: Pollack or (lieu jaune) from Brittany, cod, coley, sole, oysters (from Brittany, especially Cancale), haddock, skate, scallops, monkfish (lotte), sardines, clams, and mussels.
  • Did you know that there are seasonal cheeses (fromages)? It’s true! March is the last of the season for fondue cheese such as Comté, Emmenthal, and Beaufort (here are my recommendations for the best fondue in Paris). Also seasonal in March are Mimolette, also called “Vieux Hollande”, Coulommiers and Pont-l'Évêque AOC.
  • In the restaurants (tips for dining in Paris here), Salade Nicoise is a very popular spring salad that you will see on the menu. You'll see spinach soufflés and a spring soup with leeks, potatoes, carrots, and fresh asparagus. It may not quite be lamb season, but you can still get the last of the winner stew dishes such as navarin d’agneau which is perfect if there still a bit of chill in the air. In brasseries and Alsacian restaurants, you will find start to Baeckeoffe, a spring casserole with lamb, pork, or beef marinated in white wine with berries and mixed with sliced potatoes and onions.

Save on food costs by visiting the local markets and shops.

Paris restaurants can be expensive, and while it’s worth splurging on one good meal, you don’t want to blow your entire travel budget just on food. Luckily, you can find a lot of treats at the local markets (here's the etiquette).

You can also ask the hotel staff or locals to recommend small cafes and bistros that they go to. This may save you from “tourist rates” and will definitely have good food. March is also the first month where having a picnic is realistic with warm afternoons. Buy at the local market and head to one of the 9 ideal picnic spots in Paris.

Important tips to remember

Dress in layers.

I have a full post on what to pack and wear for spring in Paris, make sure to check that out. Mornings can be cold, and then gradually become warmer as the day passes. So, it’s best to wear a scarf and dress in layers, so you can shed the jacket at the end of the day.

To make the most of your visit to Paris during this transitional month, it's essential to pack strategically. With the range of temperatures, you'll want to strike a balance between staying cozy and embracing the emerging spring. Here are my packing list recommendations to ensure you're prepared for both the unpredictable weather and the enchanting experiences Paris has to offer.

  1. Layers, Layers, Layers: Lightweight sweaters, cardigans, and long-sleeve shirts that can be worn in combination to adapt to changing temperatures.
  2. Comfortable Jeans: Opt for comfortable jeans or trousers that can be dressed up or down.
  3. Dresses and Skirts: Pack a couple of dresses or skirts of various materials for a touch of elegance on milder days.
  4. Socks and Tights: Don't forget to pack socks and tights for layering.
  5. Stylish Coat: A versatile trench coat or a chic overcoat to stay warm and fashionable.
  6. Scarf: A fashionable scarf not only keeps you warm but also adds a touch of Parisian flair.
  7. Umbrella: While it doesn't rain much in March, it's always wise to have a compact umbrella on hand.
  8. Gloves and Hat: Keep your extremities cozy with a pair of gloves and a stylish hat.

Check out these posts for a full list of what to pack for Paris in the winter and spring.

Navigating the cobbled streets and grand boulevards of Paris in January demands footwear that is as practical as it is stylish. The city's winter weather, while not severe, calls for shoes that can handle the chilly temperatures and occasional dampness with ease.

  1. Waterproof Boots: Preferably with a good grip for walking on potentially slippery cobblestone streets.
  2. Warm and Comfortable Walking Shoes: For exploring the city.
  3. Sturdy Dress Shoes: For more formal occasions or dining out. Thin heels are not advised!

Choosing the right bag is a crucial yet often underappreciated aspect of your Paris packing list. In a city where fashion meets functionality, your choice of bag can define your travel experience. Here are the perfect companions for your Parisian escapades!

  • Waterproof tote bag: You'll fit right in as a local and you can carry bags inside your bag should you shop. I recommend water-resistant or waterproof!
  • Small cross-body bag: Keep your most important items in a small bag that can be worn close to you and under your winter coat.
  • Two-sided coin purse: You will have a lot of coins and nowhere to put them. I prefer the 2-sided ones so I can separate coins from bills.

Book ahead.

While there are fewer crowds to compete with, it can save you a lot of frustration if you book your slot or buy your ticket ahead of time. Many places have also adjusted their schedules and dates since The Queen (reference here), so check their websites to get the most updated information.

Take the metro.

While walking around Paris is certainly one of the best ways to really enjoy its culture and architecture, taking public transportation can help save time—especially if you want to maximize your stay in Paris. Your hotel can provide you with a map of the metro, and most establishments will list the name of the nearest station.

Here is my complete guide to the metro as well.

bike on a Paris street

Why is March the best time to visit Paris?

Paris is beautiful any time of the year, but going there in March can help you make the most of your limited time and money. Since there are fewer crowds, you can visit more places without worrying about lines. You’ll also enjoy off-season rates and can even find special packages.

Have you ever visited Paris in March? What was your experience? Did you go to any events? Do share!

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Andi Fisher

I am married to a French man, lived in France for 3 years, and have been to Paris more than 50 times. I am always a tourist so the information, tip, and tricks I share are created to help you!

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  • Flights
    • Look for fares using sites like Skyscanner or Expedia.com
    • For France (Paris) coming from the West Coast, I typically fly Air France or United. From the East Coast, I typically fly Air France or Delta.
    • If you travel frequently, consider investing in a Priority Pass for airport lounge access. Not only will you have a spot to relax before your flight and charge your devices, but you can eat and drink for free (without paying crazy airport prices!)
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
    • For rental car agencies, try Rentalcars.com. When traveling in Europe, I use AutoEurope to make reservations. They find the best rates and allow you to compare different car rental agencies. I typically book with Sixt.
    • For transportation from the CDG airport to anywhere within Paris, consider pre-booking with Get Transfer. It is one way to be stress-free and you can request an English-speaking driver.
  • Tours + Atractions
    • I book tours with companies like Viator and GetYourGuide. Both have a wide variety of activities for every travel style. Other companies to look at include Tours by Locals and Withlocals.
    • If you’re visiting a city with multiple attractions, be sure to check out a discount pass, such as CityPASS or Go City.
    • Context Travel is another option and they offer more educational-based activities.
    • If you are looking to buy tickets to attractions, check out Tiquet.
  • Don't Forget Travel Photos
    • One of my favorite things to do is to get photos taken of me while on vacation. Flytographer is a great option with photographers all over the world.
  • Peace of Mind
    • It’s important to have some type of travel insurance to cover any unforeseen accidents, illnesses, threats, or cancellations. I always travel with insurance and would recommend SafetyWingSquareMouth or Travelex Insurance are good options.
    • Should you have any trouble with flight delays to the extent you feel you deserve compensation, I encourage you to check out and use AirHelp. I used them and for 1 claim I got compensated (transparency: a 2nd claim did not, but I was still glad I tried!).
  • Planning

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  1. I’ve always wanted to visit Paris! You’ve named some great reasons to go in March!

  2. melissa chapman says:

    There is so much to do in March and as the weather warms outdoors is in play. I would love to se that Eifel tower race or sample those culinary delights.

  3. Rose Ann Sales says:

    I’ll definitely try going to a film festival.. Seems like it would make a lot of memories.

  4. Amber Myers says:

    I wish I could be in Paris right now. As it is, we hope to make it there in July! Fingers crossed.

  5. This post is really informative, I can’t wait to visit Paris in March.

  6. Monica Simpson says:

    March sounds like the perfect time to go to France. My husband knows Paris well and has always wanted to take me there.

  7. Nikki Wayne says:

    Having a food tour would be fun. Absolutely.. Nice article, thanks. I’ll keep these tips in mind

  8. Nile Flores says:

    The festivals and champagne cruise on the Seine sound like something right up my alley. Personally, I like to look at art and historical architecture as well.

  9. Chef Dennis says:

    I am gonna go back to Paris! This is such a wonderful place to visit. March seems to be a perfect time!

  10. Melissa Dixon says:

    I would love to go there for macaron day, my daughter would love that as well. We may have to add this to our travel bucket list.

  11. Crystal Carder says:

    Paris sounds like a great place to visit, anytime of the year! I love all the things there are to do, it has so much to offer!

  12. March, April and May are best months to travel! It’s a dream to visit Paris in March!

  13. Sounds like a great time to go. I would love to go to Paris. It’s the number one place I’ve wanted to go for as long as I can remember.

  14. We want to plan a trip to Paris, and I think March would be the perfect time to visit, looks beautiful

  15. Sounds like a great time of year to take advantage of great things in Paris. I would love to visit some day, and it is nice to do your research and be prepared.

  16. Sounds like great time to visit Paris. Paris is in my wishlist. May be after this I will plan a trip there.

  17. I visited Paris about 9 years ago and can’t wait to go back! I love macaroon and French food in general.

  18. We’re flying to Paris on March 18 for a week. We are celebrating our 60th wedding anniversary on March 22. Our son and his wife will also be with us. We have a German “son” who was an exchange student to the states and lived with us for a year in the 80s. He is now a diplomat to France from Germany, so we will be spending time with him too. He will be helping us with day trips, lodging etc. I’m thinking that, on our anniversary, a dinner cruise on the Seine or at the Eiffel Tower would be memorable. Do you have any recommendations, Andi? So excited about this trip. We’ve been to Paris before, but this trip is extra special!

    1. @Marlene, oh how wonderful! And congratulations! I will be in Paris in the first part of March so we will just miss each other! I will reach out via email!

  19. I want to go to Paris so bad. Good to know that March is low season. That means if we ever go for my husband’s birthday it won’t be crowded!

  20. Beautiful Touches says:

    It seems there’s much and plenty to do in Paris in March! I bet my DiL would love to comb through a book stand like that.

  21. Lavanda Michelle Williams says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit Paris. Such a lovely city!

  22. Christy Garrett says:

    I wish that I could go to Paris this spring. But it’s just not feasible with my schedule. I’ll just look at all your beautiful photos and pretend I’m in Paris. 🙂

  23. Everything Enchanting says:

    Wow, there are so many things to see and do in Paris in March! I think I should visit this place in March only. Love these photos and tips 🙂

  24. Farrah Less says:

    Paris is one of the many places I want to visit someday. Such a beautiful and romantic getaway.

  25. I always wanted to go to Paris. It sounds like a fun place to visit. I would have to put this adventure on my bucket list for future vacations.

  26. We’re going to Paris in March, and I appreciate all the useful info in your post. The mention of the ponies in the Jardin du Luxembourg brought back memories of the last time we were in Paris and our 3yo rode a pony there. We could hardly pry her off (meanwhile our son was miserable). She became a competitive show jumper in her teens. She’s 22 now, so it’s been a while since we saw the place.

    As great as your post was, nearly every festival you mentioned which I looked into doesn’t actually happen in March. I didn’t chase up details for all into all the events, but I hit a number of them. Obvi, it’s Paris, so it’s not like we’ll be searching desperately for things to do, though.

    Plus, of course, being there for Macaron Day makes up for everything we won’t be there for,

    1. He Megan, Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I had run through the article in January and missed a few. Salon du Livre and Salon Au Vintage moved (one to Apr one to Feb) and the Color Run date isn’t announced yet. I hope you have a fabulous trip in March – Macaron Day – yes! Tons of fun if you can handle the lines!