Springtime in Paris – The Best Things To Do In March, 2023

Paris in March is a special time. We know, we know; we say that about every month in Paris! But in the parks — from Luxembourg to the Tuileries to Jardin des Plantes — flowers will be blossoming in a riot of color. Museums are open with new special exhibitions and there's a lot to do throughout the city. Let's look at 40 of the best things to do in Paris during March 2023.

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Things to Do in Paris March 2023

Bateaux Parisiens VIP Dinner Cruise

Christmas Dinner Cruise

Paris looks great from dry land, but we think it looks even better from a boat cruising down the city's famous river. On this relaxing ride you see Paris from a different perspective, with all the famous landmarks lit up for your viewing pleasure as you enjoy a multi-course French meal with wine. Choose the Service Premier option for the best seating, the best meal, and champagne — the ultimate experience.

Bateaux Mouches Glorious Dinner Cruise + Live Music

Dinner Cruise + Live Music

Here's another way to indulge your inner romantic on a magical evening cruise along the Seine, viewing the City of Lights at its best. While you dine on a decadent 4-course classic French dinner, accompanied by live music on-board, your bateau floats past illuminated landmarks like the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Eiffel Tower.

Champagne Cruise Along the Seine

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Champagne Cruise Along the Seine

The beginning of spring seems to us the perfect time for a relaxed, champagne-fueled boat ride down the Seine. There's nothing for you to do except sit back and enjoy the scenery. And what a scenery it is! Glide past world-famous monuments while sipping bubbly and discovering that perhaps the best way to see the City of Lights is from a bateaux.

Moulin Rouge Dinner & Cabaret Show

Moulin Rouge Dinner + Roundtrip Hotel Transportation

Dine at the Moulin Rouge and marvel at the number-one rated cabaret in Europe. Signing up for this tour is the easiest way to do it since it's all arranged for you. Take in the amazing spectacle, sipping champagne as you marvel at the costumes, sets, and dancers. Truly a night to remember. Moulin Rouge regularly sells out weeks in advance, so book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Seine Dinner Cruise + Eiffel Tower with Private Transportation

Dinner Cruise on the Seine + Eiffel Tower Visit

There's a lot going on with this activity — visiting two great Paris landmarks in one night. First of all, your driver takes you on a quick tour of the city on the way to the banks of the Seine where a bateau awaits your arrival. While dining on a classic French meal you view the Paris sights. Choose the 20:30 sailing for the best experience. After dinner your driver escorts you to the Eiffel Tower where you'll admire the glittering city landscape beneath you.

VIP Twilight Tour – Champagne Cruise + Eiffel Tower

VIP Twilight Tour

This action-packed evening combines a cruise, bubbly, and a skip-the-line visit to the Eiffel Tower. It starts with a champagne-fueled sunset Seine River cruise followed by skip-the-line access to Level 2 of the Tower. From on high the city unfolds beneath you. Here's what we love: you're treated like a VIP with no waiting, no jostling, just pure Paris fun.

Skip-the-Line Guided Tour of the Louvre

Skip the Lines at the Louvre

Don't spend your precious time in Paris waiting in the long line-ups at the Louvre. This private tour gets you ahead of the lines and into the world's largest & most popular museum. Group size is limited so personal attention is guaranteed. Highlights include the Venus de Milo, the Winged Nike of Samothrace and of course Mona!

Skip the Lines at the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower Skip-the-Line Tour

Because it's so very popular you can always expect to find long lines at the Eiffel Tower. So, we look for ways to skip the queues by booking an Eiffel Tower activity that bypasses the lines. Luckily, we've found quite a few of those. Since availability at the Tower changes, the best way to approach a no-wait ET visit is to check with the Skip the Eiffel Tower Lines link below.

Two Tours in One – Night Bike Ride + River Cruise

Paris Night Bike Tour

Spring arrives this month, and it's a good time for a fun-filled guided cycling tour around the city's most famous monuments and landmarks. You'll cruise around the ancient streets of the Islands and then, at the end of the tour, hop on a river boat for a nighttime cruise on the Seine. A glass of wine is included, bien sûr!

The Catacombs of Paris

Catacombs of Paris with VIP Access

Beneath Paris is a secret world where 6 million Parisians are laid to rest. You can now visit the creepy/fascinating Paris Catacombs with an expert guide who explains the history of this eerie landmark that was created in the 18th century due to the overflowing Paris cemeteries. This tour not only gets you past the line-ups, it also includes access to areas most visitors never get to see.

Historic Montmartre Walking Tour + Sacre-Coeur

Montmartre Impressionist Art Walking Tour

Stroll the cobblestone streets of this historic quartier as your experts guides fills you in on the history and leads you to iconic sights like the houses of Picasso and Van Gogh, the cafe from the film Amélie, Moulin de la Galette, and Place Dalida. On this semi-private tour (maximum of 8 people) you also visit Sacre-Coeur Basilica and go inside to see its stunning mosaics.

Paris-in-One-Day City Tour

Paris-in-One-Day Sightseeing Tour

This smart tour gets you to the best of the city in a single day. Skip past the lines and into the Louvre art museum, take a Seine river cruise , scale the Eiffel Tower with priority-access admission, go on a guided tour of Montmartre. That why we call it Paris in One Day. Everything is included: tour guides, entrance fees, and river cruise.

Private Airport Transfer

Airport Transfer

Here's another great Insiders tip. Once you finally land in Paris you still have to find your way into the city. If you're like us, you don't like waiting in taxi lines. Instead, book a private transfer in advance. Your driver will be there to meet you on your arrival, ready to grab your baggage and whisk you directly to your Paris hotel. Start your vacation with a touch of luxury… and relaxation.

Top 9 Left Bank Hotels in Paris

Top Left Bank Hotels

Who doesn't dream of roaming the Left Bank of Paris in the footsteps of Hemingway and other Jazz Age artists? The Saint-Germain neighborhood is charming, and so are the best of the hotels in the quartier. We've chosen and reviewed the best nine Left Bank hotels to help you find your home in Paris.

The Top Food & Wine Activities

Things to Do in Paris March 2023

Cheese & Wine Tasting in a Paris Cheese Cellar

Cheese & Wine Tasting

In the cheese-aging cellar of a Paris fromagerie learn about one of the most important foods in France. Here, your own private cheesemonger introduces you to seven classic French cheeses along with wines that pair with them. The small group is limited to 10 to ensure there's more tastings for you!

The Food & Wine of the Marais

Food & Wine of the Marais

This is a glorious food tour that visitors are loving — and rewarding with 5-star reviews. It takes you around the historic Marais neighborhood to visit the top food & wine shops. What do you taste? The best food of France, like cheese, charcuterie, baguettes, chocolate, and the most famous wines. And it all starts out at the oldest food market in Paris.

Chocolate & Pastry Walking Tour

Chocolate & Pastry Walking Tour

Paris + chocolate + pastries. Patisseries and chocolatiers are two of the most important Paris food shops… to us, at least. Don't miss the chance to go behind-the-scenes on this VIP walking and tasting tour. Taste regional specialties and find out how all those delectable delights are made.

Bateaux Parisiens Gourmet Lunch Cruise

Seine River Gourmet Lunch

After a morning in Paris seeing the sights hop on a bateau for a relaxing, casual, and affordable 3-course lunch cruise. A Seine river cruise is an essential activity in Paris, so why not combine it with a leisurely lunch at the same time? Sip a glass of wine and watch the monuments of Paris drift by. This lunch cruise is very popular, so book early.

The 10 Tastings Food Tour

The 10 Tastings

Butchers, bakers, cheesemakers — take a culinary jaunt through Paris with a local guide at your side for an Insiders taste of the city's food scene. You start at one of the oldest outdoor street markets where a cornucopia of fresh food stretches as far as the eye can see. There, your guide introduces you to artisans who will share their creations with you — rich, ripe cheeses redolent of ripened wheat and sunshine; lip-smacking tapenades; and award-winning macarons.

Wine Tasting in the Heart of Paris

Wine Tasting in the Heart of Paris

These fun wine tastings cover a lot of wine territory. Professional French sommeliers deliver (in English) an extensive tasting of award-winning wines — from Champagne to Sancerre, from Bordeaux to Burgundy, from Alsace to the Rhône. It all takes place in a wine bar steps away from the Louvre.

Gourmet French Food Walking Tour

Gourmet French Food Walking Tour

Take a guided stroll through the food of Paris, exploring and tasting your way through fromageries, boulangeries and wine shops. Sample traditional French foods and find out about the craftsmanship that is involved in producing them. Morning tours are in the Latin Quarter, afternoon tours are in Montmartre.

The Best Ways to Visit Versailles from Paris

Things to Do in Paris March 2023

Best of Versailles with Priority Access + Grand Canal Lunch

Best of Versailles

Don't waste your time and energy getting to Versailles just to wait in line. Instead, go the royal route on this tour with round-trip transportation, entrance fees, and a guided tour of the palace and spectacular gardens. Of course you'll see the State Apartments and the Hall of Mirrors, but you'll also enjoy a classic lunch by the Grand Canal.

Private Half-Day Tour of Versailles

VIP Versailles

Treat yourself to a royal experience with this private half-day tour of Versailles. It begins with at your Paris address, whence a private driver whisks you to the estate. You also enjoy the services of a professional guide to walk you through the Versaille experience. It's a day of luxury for just you and your party and perfect if you don't want to spend a full day at the royal estate.

Versailles by Bike – Day Tour

Versailles Bike Tour with Skip-the-Line Entrance

More fun than walking is pedaling your way around this magnificent garden and chateau. This is a 2-in-1 tour that starts out with you cycle-cruising the country around Versailles. Your guide takes you through the forests and pastures, to the local market and then on to the gardens of Versailles to visit the historic buildings. Afterwards, use your passes to explore the Chateau de Versailles as long as you like.

The Top Day Trips From Paris

Things to Do in Paris March 2023

Loire Valley Chateaux + Loire Valley Wines

Chateaux of the Loire Valley Day Tour

Perhaps the most famous historic area of France outside of Paris is the Loire Valley — home to some of the most impressive castles in the world. On this tour you can get from Paris to the splendid chateaux of the Loire and back in one day. It takes you on leisurely visits to the magnificent castles on the banks of the River Loire, and also includes a special tasting session featuring the spectacular wines of the region.

Spend a Day in the Champagne Region

A Paris Insiders Guide Favourite

Wine-Tasting Trip to the Champagne Region

Focus on the bubbles on a posh day trip to the Champagne country, just about an hour from Paris. You are met at your Paris address and driven through the beautiful wine country to famous champagne houses. There's lunch at a boutique winery plus a guided tasting of the Grand Crus of Champagne. Taste as much as you want, you're not driving!

Visit the D-Day Beaches

D-Day Tour

On this small-group day trip from Paris you are driven through the beautiful Normandy countryside to the most important, and most evocative, D-Day sites. The landing beaches themselves, and the nearby cemeteries, can be very emotional experiences. The best way to get there is to sign up for this small-group tour that takes you to the the beaches, the monuments, the museums, and the dedicated cemeteries.

What's On at the Museums

Things to Do in Paris March 2023

Picasso – Rodin… EXTENDED

Picasso – Rodin

This clever and much-anticipated exhibition is showing at both of the museums dedicated to the title artists — the Musée Picasso in the Marais and the Musée Rodin in the 7th Arrondissement. It demonstrates (perhaps for the first time so graphically) how the two artists, in their own ways, heralded a turning point in modern art.

• Musée Picasso & Musée Rodin
• Ends March 6, 2023
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The Manet Girl

The Manet Girl

This is the first exhibition dedicated to Julie Manet (1878-1966), the only daughter of the Impressionist artist Berthe Morisot, and the niece of Impressionist mentor Édouard Manet. One hundred works feature paintings, sculptures, pastels, and watercolors that retrace her life.
• Musée Marmottan-Monet
• Ends March 20, 2023
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Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Yves Saint Laurent's first fashion show, exhibits will be staged at the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, Pompidou Centre, Museum of Modern Art, Picasso Musum, and the Yves Saint Laurent Museum. Each museum presents a different theme: the Louvre showcases his love of gold, the Pompidou his modernity, and the Musee d'Orsay examines the influence of Marcel Proust.
• Musée d'Orsay
• Ends May 15, 2023
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James McNeill Whistler

James McNeill Whistler

A large collection by James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) travels from New York for the first time in more than a century to be shown at the Musée d'Orsay in a special exhibition not to be missed.
• Musée d'Orsay
• Ends May 8, 2023
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From Afar: Precious Objects from Elsewhere

Since ancient times, carnelian, lapis lazuli, ebony, and other precious materials have circulated along trade routes. This exhibition highlights these precious materials as well as exotic animals who have traveled between the continents since the Middle Ages.

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Georg Baselitz: The Retrospective

View Baselitz' masterpieces from the past six decades, including the Fractured compositions and his inverted motifs from 1969.

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Impressionism – At The Source of the Water Lilies

This exhibition explores Impressionism with 80 works by Cassatt, Cezanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, Morisot, Pissarro and Renoir, some never shown in France.

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Giovanni Boldini – Les Plaisirs et les Jours

This first-ever retrospective of Giovanni Boldini is an opportunity to discover this virtuoso painter and figure on the social, artistic, and literary scene of Belle Époque Paris.

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Marcel Proust – A Parisian Novel

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of novelist Marcel Proust (1871-1922) Musée Carnavalet explores Proust's relationship with Paris, where most of his life took place in an exhibition that, for the first time, examines the place of the city in his work.

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Albert Edelfelt – Pioneer of Finnish Painting

The Petit Palais continues its exploration of Scandinavian artists with this exhibition devoted to Albert Edelfelt (1854-1905), one of the pioneers of Finnish painting.

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The People of Tomorrow – Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

Over at Centre Pompidou is this exhibition-workshop for children by French artist Jean-Charles de Castelbajac to help stimulate artistic sensibility.

The Best Events in Paris

Things to Do in Paris March 2023

Maison & Objet

Maison & Objet

Discover the latest trends in decoration, design, furniture, accessories and textiles. The live, on-site version is back — at Paris Nord Villepinte. Postponed from January!
• Paris Nord Villepinte
• March 24 to 28, 2023
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Livre Paris

Livre Paris, photo by Emmanuel Nguyen Ngoc

It's the biggest book fair in France with 160,000 visitors, 3,000 authors, and 30,000 bookish professionals gathering to share their expertise in the world of writing and publishing. For 2023, the annual event returns after a year off.
• Porte de Versailles
• Rescheduled for April 22 to 24, 2023
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Semi de Paris – Paris Half-Marathon

The running event attracts 37,000 runners and starts from the Chateau de Vincennes. Cancelled lat year, for 2023 this fun run to returns!

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Cinema du Reel Film Festival

Every year his festival unveils a fresh batch of international documentary and independent films. Still slated to run this year, be sure to check their website for up-to-date information.

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Salon du Tourisme

What tourism? The pandemic has hit this industry the hardest so it's no surprise that the annual exhibition was cancelled in 2021. But this year, once again, you'd be able to find thousands of travel professionals under one roof for this international tourism show. Come to discover all the latest trends and forecasts in the travel trade.

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Saut Hermès Grand Palais

The Hermès Horse Jumping Competition is the annual opportunity to watch the world's top show-jumpers competing in a very glamorous competition under the glass roof the Grand Palais. But, things have changed for this year.

The Grand Palais is closed for a massive renovation before the 2024 Paris Olympics. No problem! The Grand Palais Éphémère — the temporary Gand Palais — was built on the Champ de Mars to host this and other events.

  • Grand Palais Éphémère, Champ de Mars
  • March 18 to 20, 2023
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Le Salon du Dessin Contemporain

Now in its second decade, the fair presents 72 international galleries with 400 artists and 2,000 artworks.

  • Carreau du Temple, Marais
  • Rescheduled for May 19 to 22, 2023
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Paris Bridal Fair

Planning a wedding? Attend the Paris bridal show to discover the latest trends from cakes to cocktails. For 2023 the fair returns in March.


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