Visiting Paris in April: A Complete Guide

Springtime at the Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, France
Linh Nguyen
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    What's Not to Love About Paris in Full Bloom?

    It's finally that time again. The time when Paris resembles all of its most flattering cliches. A time when the city is suddenly awash with color: cherry and apple blossoms, daffodils, or everyday-variety, but still glorious, green shoots. The air may linger on the brisk side some days, and showers are definitely to be expected, but Paris in April is still worthy of the legendary songs and poems that pay tribute to it.

    Locals are generally in good spirits, and you'll want to spend lots of time outside when it's not raining. April is a great time to explore a few beautiful Paris parks and gardens, soak up any available sun and warmth on a cafe terrace (or flâner), and amble in a dramatic yet nonchalant way in one of the city's endlessly fascinating neighborhoods. As the true beginning of springtime in Paris, April is also perfect for enjoying activities as a couple.

    The April Thermometer:

    In April, the weather starts to get noticeably balmier in spots, but it can still be chilly, especially in the morning. This isn't yet the time to shed sweaters and jackets and roam around in t-shirts and shorts. Here's a glimpse as to why that's the case: 

    • Minimum temperature: 7 degrees C (44.6 degrees F)
    • Maximum temperature: 15 degrees C (59 degrees F)
    • Average temperature: 10 degrees C (50 degrees F)
    • Average rainfall: 45 millimeters (1.78 inches)


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    How to Pack for an April Trip to Paris?

    Parisian cafe in the rain
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    How to line your suitcase if you're off to the French capital in the fourth month? There are always exceptions to the rule, and some seasons prove more unpredictable than others. In recent years, for instance, temperatures have tended to be warmer than average. However, these tips will generally prove useful when packing for your April sojourn in the French capital:

    • As a general rule, temperatures at this time of year remains brisk, with temperatures at around 50 degrees F. You might want to pack clothes that you can layer in case an unusually cool or warm day sneaks up on you. Bring light cotton shirts and pants in case of sun, but also pack a few sweaters, warm socks, and a spring coat.
    • April is usually an especially wet month, and Paris is well-known for its erratic and sudden downpours. So packing an umbrella that can withstand strong rain and wind is definitely a must. 
    • Make sure to pack a sturdy pair of waterproof shoes. Rain during an April trip to Paris is more than a possibility, and you don't want to ruin your excursions with sloshy shoes and cold, wet socks. Also be sure to bring along a pair of shoes that are comfortable to walk in-- Paris is a city where going by foot is often the best option.
    • Think about packing a hat or visor and other sun gear for sunny days when you wish to spend time lazing in one of Paris' best parks and gardens. You may also want to bring along an extra light sweater in case you stay for a nap or picnic: as mentioned earlier, it isn't uncommon for weather to change suddenly, so your sunny sprawl in the park might suddenly turn to contending with chilly winds and cloudy skies. 

    Ready to Book?

    Since April is such a popular month to visit, it's important to start your planning early.