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March is the time of year in Paris when the city comes out from hibernation. Suddenly, the days seem longer and the weather’s a bit milder. It’s also about that time of year when attractions re-open and when museums launch new exhibitions! Despite all of the new things that are going on, March is still rather quiet in Paris with less tourists than usual and so it can be a really good time to explore the city!
In this article, you’ll find:
– advice on what to pack with you for your trip
– new information regarding attractions in Paris
– recommendations for top events in March
– the best new attractions in the city
Weather in March
The weather in Paris during the month of March will basically feel like a transition between winter and spring. The first few days of the month will still feel a bit cold but because of the earlier sunrises (around 7:30am) and later sunsets (6:30-7:00pm), the mood in the city will drastically change. While being out and about to enjoy the sun will be the good thing, unfortunately there will still be above average rainy days in the city so don’t forget to pack an umbrella! On average, the temperature can be anywhere between 5°C and 12°C so it’ll be in your best interest to still pack a jacket in your suitcase!
News in March
1 – Re-opening of Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte
Finally, the long wait is over and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte will be opening the estate gates on March 14, 2020! This chateau is one of our favorite day-trips from Paris. There are a lot of exciting events planned for 2020. One of the most popular ones is their Styx Activity which elevates your chateau visit. You’ll be guided by an actor in the underground river of the castle!
Address: 77950 Maincy
Re-opening Date: March 14, 2020
For more information on how to get to the estate, ticket prices, and nearby towns you can visit at the same time, read our complete guide to visiting Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte.
|INSIDR Tip: Head up to the castle’s highest viewing point for FREE with your INSIDR Dome Access voucher!|
2 – Color Detox Pop-up Event at Longchamp Paris
Do you already own Longchamp’s iconic Le Pliage bag? Regardless of if you do or don’t, this Color Detox pop-up is an exciting event that will allow you to design your very own Le Pliage bag! You’ll be able to choose all the different colors that you’d like in order to create a Longchamp bag that’s only yours!
Wouldn’t it be so fun to customize all the little details of your bag?
|INSIDR Tip: Did you know that you can tour the flagship stores of Longchamp in Paris for free? This VIP experience also lets you enjoy some champagne and macarons while you’re at it.|
Dates: Feb 25 – April 2020
Address: Longchamp Paris – Saint-Honoré, 271 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001
Events Happening in March
1 – Paris Book Fair
UPDATE: This event has been cancelled as a precaution to the Covid-19 virus. For more info on affected events and attractions in France, click here.
Also known as Livre Paris, this is the most awaited event by book-lovers in the city! Not only will you be able to purchase from the latest book releases, you’ll also get the chance to have your books signed and to meet your favorite authors. Tickets are on sale for only 8€ and if you come dressed as a fictional character, you can enter with a cosplay ticket for only 6€!
Dates: March 20-23, 2020 (Friday to Monday)
Address: Paris Porte de Versailles Pavillon 1, Boulevard Victor, 75015
2 – Food Market in Paris’ 18th arrondissement
What better way to usher in the coming of springtime than by enjoying fresh produce outdoors! Le Food Market has organized their pop-up event’s 2020 edition. Same as last year’s, the event is free to enter for everyone and there will be a really exciting mix of different cuisines. Among the dozens of food stalls that will be present: the slouvakia of Filikia, the empanadas of Tambo El Coche, the kazdals of Yemma, the pad thai of Kinn Khao, and the chicken burger of Cot Cot. The best part is that you can taste as many cuisines as you want as dishes will cost under 10€!
Date: March 27, 2020 (Friday)
Address: 45 Boulevard de la Chapelle, 75010
|INSIDR Tip: If you like going to food markets or discovering new restaurants, download our Eating in Paris Guide!|
Best Attractions in March
1 – New exhibition at Atelier des Lumiéres
One of the most anticipated exhibitions in Paris is Atelier des Lumières‘ Monet, Renoir, Chagall – Journeys around the Mediterranean. After its string of successful exhibitions of Van Gogh and Klimt, this edition will be put in focus masterpieces between the periods of Impressionism and Modernism. During your visit, you will be immersed in the work of 20 different artists among those are Renoir, Monet, Chagall, Matisse, and Pissarro.
Dates: February 28 to December 31, 2020
Ticket price: 15€
Address: 38 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011
2 – Christian Louboutin exhibition at Palais de la Porte Dorée
Louboutin shoes are so iconic that its brand recognition isn’t only among fashion and shoe-lovers. Traveller to Paris this spring and summer are in for a treat as the Palais Porte Dorée will be dedicating an entire exhibition to the the famous shoe designer’s universe. “A large selection of shoes will be on display, some of which have never been exhibited before. These historic and artistic pieces will be shown alongside a number of exclusive collaborations which pay tribute to Christian Louboutin’s admiration for craftsman’s know how.”
Dates: February 25 to July 26, 2020
Ticket price: 16€
Address: Paris Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012
If you’d like to stay on top of all the latest cultural and artistic events in Paris, make sure to get a copy of our free 2020 Paris Museums Guide!
3. Cherry Blossoms in Paris
March is the gateway to springtime! Normally, cherry blossoms wouldn’t appear until April or so but because of the extreme weather changes we’ve been experiencing in Paris, some of these lovely pink and white blooms have already begun popping up in different places in the city! We’re going to take this as a positive thing especially for travellers coming in March!
We’ve created an online map that shows all the best locations in and out of the city! You can freely access with your smartphone and use as a guide for when you come!
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