Where to See Fall Foliage in Paris

September 14, 2023

Tuileries Paris Fall

In my opinion, visiting Paris is magical anytime of year but given how much I enjoy the season of Fall, I am partial to Autumn in Paris. A trip to Paris in Fall means you’ll often be blessed with beautiful weather, less tourists (despite it still being considered a part of high season) and a quieter, slower pace than Spring & Summer offer.

There are some beautiful places where you can take in the best fall foliage if you hit your timing right by being in Paris when the leaves start to turn. And I have to say, this is a magical time of year to be in Paris.

For me, strolling through Paris in the Fall months offers an even more idyllic, cozy and romantic feeling than any other time of year. If you plan to travel to Paris this Autumn, this post should help you in enjoying the best places with Fall foliage– all curated by myself, the founder of En Route to Rêverie.

Paris in the Fall

Where To See Fall Foliage In Paris

Throughout Paris as the leaves start to turn beautiful hues of yellow, orange, red and gold, there are so many spots you can enjoy the change of seasons. Below I’m sharing a few of my favorite spots that you can enjoy as the weather in Paris begins to cool off and welcome a new season. 

Keep in mind that when the leaves start to change is different every year. I’ve seen golden trees in early October and I’ve seen them start later in the month, too. Usually mid-October is peak golden hues across the city and by early November there is a little bit left but many of the trees have lost their leaves by November. 

Paris in the Fall

The Tuileries

The Jardin des Tuileries is magical year round but particularly so during Autumn. If traveling to Paris in the Fall do not miss wandering and sitting in these royal gardens outside of the Louvre. The trees are so meticulously manicured and if you go early in the morning you’ll be greeted with some beautiful views of the long pathways dotted with golden trees. On sunny Fall mornings I love to go to the park early to enjoy it all bathed in golden light before it gets full of Parisians and full of tourists. Having this park seemingly to yourself is something you’ll never forget.

Following enjoying the gardens, don’t miss popping out to see Place de la Concorde.

Paris in the Fall

Jardin du Luxembourg

The Luxembourg Gardens are one of my very favorite places in Paris to visit every trip but in the Fall the beautiful flowers in the landscaping take on perfectly seasonal hues and the trees begin to change colors as well. 

This park has many a famed green chair that are just beckoning you to pull up, sit back and relax. It’s a spot I’ve brought a book to enjoy many a time. Enjoy the fountains, maybe sail a tiny toy boat in the pond or just enjoy the people watching in this beautiful park.

Related: My Favorite Parks in Paris

Paris in the Fall

Jardin du Palais Royal

No trip to Paris is done for me unless I have walked through the Jardin du Palais Royal. Just off the famed Palais Royal courtyard you’ll find the rows of trees, beautiful fountain and small, charming gardens of this tucked away park. 

Be sure to stop into Cafe Kitsune for a coffee to enjoy as you stroll around the park and enjoy it.

Paris in the Fall

Place Dauphine

This tucked away square is one of the oldest in all of Paris and it is home to a triangular courtyard with trees that change to golden hues. These trees are some of the first to turn in Paris and often do so quickly. But even if you miss their peak colors, this spot is worth a visit to. 

Paris Place des Vosges Veronica Beard Blazer

Place des Vosges

Another ancient square in Paris, the delightful Place des Vosges is a wonderful park to enjoy a morning coffee or a lunch to go while you’re spending time in the Marais.

After enjoying the changing foliage in Place des Vosges, head to Carette to warm up with some hot chocolate.

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Champ de Mars

No trip to Paris is complete without taking in the majestic site of the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars is the surrounding park that has trees that turn all golden as Fall sets in.

Gardens of Versailles

If up for a day trip, you can enjoy the massive gardens in Versailles as they begin to welcome Fall. If you’re hopeful to take advantage of a day trip out to Versailles from Paris, I have an amazing tour guide who can get you behind the scenes at some spots at the palace that aren’t allowed to most of the public. This is available to my En Route to Rêverie clients.

Paris Marais

Le Marais

The Marais is home to some lovely buildings covered in vines that begin to change colors as Fall arrives and if you take one of many available walking tours you can enjoy seeing a different take on Paris in the Fall by enjoying foliage on the historic buildings in this charming arrondissement.

Paris in the Fall

Avenue des Camoens

This beautiful residential street is a dead end except for pedestrians but it is also a dead end with one heck of a view of the Eiffel Tower. The trees just beyond it turn a beautiful orange during Fall and you can’t beat this spot for a killer photo opp while in Paris. 

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Whether you check off all of the above spots while in Paris for Fall or just enjoy walking the city without much of an agenda, you are sure to be able to enjoy some of the beautiful colors of the Fall foliage while there.

Paris in Autumn is truly always a good idea. It is a magical time to visit Paris and enjoy all the city has to offer. Autumn also offers annual events like a Jazz festival, Nuit Blanche and Fashion Week so you’ll want to plan your dates accordingly.

Have you been to Paris in the Fall? I hope you’ll be able to enjoy this season in Paris with the help of this post!

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