Sick of the dreary winter chill? We’ve found one of the best ways to defrost is by planning a romantic spring getaway. And in our minds, there is nowhere better to visit in the spring than the City of Love—Paris.

While winters in Paris can be intensely cold and summers are jam-packed with tourists and backpackers, Spring is as romantic as could be. Sure, you might encounter the occasional rain shower, but that doesn’t make the city any less magical. Less tourists, warmer weather, and the fresh spring air are guaranteed to have you falling in love in no time.

Here are a few tips to make sure your visit to Paris is everything you imagine and more:

What To Do In Paris In The Spring

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-Don’t visit Paris over springtime holidays. Check the calendar and try to avoid spring break, long weekends, and any other time there might be a flock of people headed to Paris over their vacation days.

Get outdoors. Chestnut groves are in full bloom, and flowers are just starting to blossom across the many city parks. Plan a picnic, grab a bottle of wine and soak in the magical reverie.

Enjoy the terraces. Most cafes and restaurants have a terrace to enjoy a cup of coffee while watching the world go by. Additionally, chairs and tables are typically set up in lines, offering prime people watching opportunities. It’s al fresco dining at its best.

Watch the street artists. Now that the weather is warmer, many street performers head back outside to entertain families and travellers meandering on the streets. Ignite your inner child and enjoy the clowns and jugglers.

Be prepared for a variety of weather. It could be rainy and slightly chilly, or warm and breezy. Pack layers so that you’re ready for anything. A light trench coat is often staple.

Book in advance. While typically the spring isn’t as chaotic as summer vacations, accommodation still fills up quite quickly as everyone wants to experience the Paris that jazz greats sang about in ‘April in Paris’. This is especially true to grab the best deals on great accommodation.

Head to Château de Versailles. Here in the late spring you’ll find the Musical Fountain Show which take place in the castle’s sweeping gardens. Plus, the day trip is always a great way to explore a little bit more of France.

Travel slow. Don’t try to fit in all of the highlights of Paris in only a few days. You certainly won’t run out of things to do while you’re there, so plan to leisurely enjoy the city for as long as your vacation days allow.

We’re suckers for Paris anytime of year, but our last visit in May was truly as wonderful as could be. This time around, we think we’ll head to Paris in the middle of April to experience spring at its finest.

Have you been to Paris in the spring? What did you think?