Paris in April
We've put together a guide to making the most of Paris in April. As the city shakes off its wintery malaise and the cafe terraces reopen their doors to balmier climes, you'll find plenty of ways to enjoy the charm of spring. Find out what Ella and Louis were singing about and check out our list:
At the begining of spring, temperatures are generally mild in the capital and wintery dullness more likely to give way to sunshine. The Average temperatures for April are as follows:
min: 6°C / 43°F
max: 16°C / 60°F
April is also one of the rainiest months in Paris so don't forget your umbrella. While June and July are at the height of the tourist season, April can still see the streets particularly busy as schools break up for the Easter holidays. Consequently, there may be an increase in prices at hotels and for trains but not quite to the extent of the summer months. Opening hours increase for museums and attractions along with queue lengths, so it is recommended to plan visits in advance and arrive as early as possible.
Paris is in bloom so make the most of the good weather and head to one of the city's parks or gardens for a stroll or a picnic. Most will flock to The Jardin de Tuilleries or the Jardin de Luxembourg so take the opportunity to explore the lesser known Buttes-Chaumont or the Parc Montsouris. Consider heading out of Paris altogether and take a day trip to the Château de Versailles and its sprawling gardens for one of the finest examples of symetrical French design; or Monet's garden at Giverny for serenity and waterlillies.
One of the best ways to see Paris' spectacular views is from a cafe terrace so grab un café, a cigarette or three and prepare yourself for beautiful scenery and some classically parisian people-watching. Click here for a list of the best terrasses in Paris.
Whether you're religious or not, it could be fun to celebrate Easter in Paris. France is predominantly Roman-Catholic so Easter is an important time of year. Celebrations usually revolve around food, fish and bells and most of Paris' pâtisseries and confiseries will be hawking elaborate chocolate confections. Traditionally, church bells are silenced from Maundy Thursday until Easter Sunday, in remembrance of Jesus' passing, which is why you'll see a lot of chocolate bells alongside rabbits and eggs. Religious services take place on Easter Sunday and Monday and are open to the public. Be aware that some museums and galleries will close over the Easter weekend. Easter Monday is a also a public holiday and shops and restaurants will also remained closed.
The Schneider Electric Paris Marathon takes place in April. The date for the annual race changes so its worth checking when and where the race takes place as areas of the city will get very busy and some transport networks may be interrupted. If running a marathon isn’t on your to-do list, it’s a spectacle that you might want to check out if you’re in the city – or, if you’re up for a walk, you could try walking part of the route. It’s a great way to see areas of Paris that you might not otherwise consider visiting. The race starts on the Champs Elysees and heads west toward the Bois de Vincennes before looping back again toward Avenue Foch. The official event website can be found here.
The Foire de Paris
The Foire de Paris has showcased the talents of creators and designers for over a century. Situated in Le Salon de Paris next to the Porte de Versailles, the show exhibits products and services ranging from gastronomy and worldwide cuisine, to fashion and interior design. Take a trip through the cultures of the world and discover local arts and crafts from over 50 regions and countries. The show usually starts at the end of April and runs until May. For more information about the show click here.
Join hundreds of shop owners, artists and music fans and celebrate Record Store Day in April! Originally started 8 years ago in the states, Record Store Day has spread to Europe and celebrates the unique culture that surrounds the independently owned record store. Head to your local record store for exclusive performances and limited edition releases. The day usually falls on the third saturday in April and is known as Disquaire Day in France. Click here for more information.
Music fans should also check out the Banlieues Bleues Jazz festival which runs from late March to the middle of April. The northern suburbs of Paris are brought to life with jazz and blues performances and concerts from new and established artists in over 20 venues. For more information click here.