Songs proclaim it, movies portray it, and myths perpetuate it. As much as the phrase seems like a cliché, springtime in Paris is indeed a special time in a unique place.
Paris food markets celebrate the season as outdoor stalls overflow with thick asparagus, tangled radishes, and crisp lettuces.
Plump strawberries and cucumbers are starting to multiply. Morels, spinach, and chard are inspiring recipe possibilities that had gone dormant over winter.
Flea market and antiques enthusiasts will find plenty to occupy them during springtime in Paris.
Antique shoppers flock to the high-end Salon Antiquités Brocante on the place de la Bastille each May and November. Plus many smaller brocantes and vide-greniers can be found in neighborhoods throughout Paris. Additionally, the city’s regularly occurring flea markets are doing a brisk trade.
Paris street markets are more vibrant again, and outdoor cafés are teeming with customers.
Flowers are exploding in bloom at parks all over the city.
The Tuileries and Jardin Luxembourg are perennial favorites for good reason, but it’s also worth venturing out to the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, the Parc de Bagatelle, and other glorious parks and secret gardens that adorn Paris. And this is an exquisite time of year to visit the chateau and gardens of Versailles.
Grab a basket and go. A picnic bench awaits.