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.

Most Popular Activities

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

A Paris Insiders Guide Favourite

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.

Eiffel Tower + Dinner Cruise + Moulin Rouge

ET, dinner cruise, Moulin Rouge

Paris at night is magical. This combo tour shows you the best — from the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower to the historic monuments along the Seine to the dazzling Moulin Rouge. At the Eiffel Tower you enjoy breathtaking views of the city below, then you cruise the river dining on a classic French dinner. Next up, you travel across town to the Moulin Rouge to sip champagne and admire the most popular cabaret in Europe.

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.

VIP, Priority-Access Louvre Tour

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!

Musée d'Orsay Impressionism Tour

Orsay Museum Skip-the-Line Tour

Marvel at the world's greatest collection of Impressionist works by Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, and Renoir on this skip-the-line tour of Musée d'Orsay led by an art expert guide. The small-group size ensures personal attention. Since the lines are always long, the best way to see the art is on this priority-access tour. Once the tour finishes, you're free to spend as much time as you want perusing the masterpieces.

Eiffel Tower Priority Access Tour

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Seine Dinner Cruise by Maxim's of Paris

Maxim's of Paris

Historic restaurant Maxim's of Paris presents a VIP dinner cruise. Marvel at the magical scenery as you cruise along the iconic Seine River. You'll be swept away by the nighttime lights of the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. There's VIP treatment with guaranteed window seating for the best views, in an unforgettable romantic atmosphere with live music.

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.

The Top Day Trips From Paris

Things to Do in Paris March 2023

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!

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.

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.

Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel

A long day trip from Paris takes you to the fairytale island of Mont Saint-Michel, just off the Normandy coast. It's amazing to explore the Benedictine abbey that becomes separated from the mainland during high tide. Wander along the narrow streets, the shops, and the abbey's ramparts. On your way you drive through the picturesque Normandy countryside. Everything is included, lunch and even pick-up at your hotel, so no need to worry about anything.

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 Tour of Versailles

VIP Versailles

Treat yourself to a royal experience with this private 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 Versailles 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.

Half-Day Tour of Versailles

VIP Versailles

Go the royal route with this private half-day tour of Versailles that starts with pick-up from your Paris address. You also enjoy the services of a professional guide to walk you through the Versailles experience. It's a luxurious experience 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.

What's On at the Museums

Things to Do in Paris March 2023

Private Orsay and Louvre Museum Tour

Private Orsay and Louvre Museum Tour

Visit two of the most emblematic museums in Paris with your own private guide. Stroll through the memorable Musée d'Orsay and view paintings by Monet, Degas, Manet, van Gogh. In the Louvre, you'll find prominent artists like da Vinci, Jacques-Louis David, the Dutch masters, and more.

Manet/Degas

Edvard Munch

Edouard Manet (1832-1883) and Edgar Degas (1834-1917) were both key players in the art world of the late 1800s. This exhibition showcases the two painters and highlights their similarities and differences.
• Musée d'Orsay
• March 28, 2023 to July 23, 2023
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Matisse – 1930s

Although exhibits of Matisse's works are abundant, few have addressed his career during the 1930s. This exhibit is dedicated exclusively to that decade. In 1930 Matisse (1869-1954) left France for Tahiti, a trip that would change his art. Alongside Matisse, view art from his contemporaries: Georges Braque, Juan Miro, Fernand Léger, Vassily Kandinsky, Mondrian, and Le Corbusier.

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Giuseppe Penone – Dessins

Italian sculptor Giuseppe Penone (born 1947) is known for his large scale sculptures of trees, but he has always kept a pencil and paper nearby for his drawings. This exhibition presents over 200 of his drawings donated by Penone to the Pompidou, along with six sculptures.

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Unexpected Dialogues – Monet/Fehr

Swiss painter Marc-Antoine Fehr has taken two of laude Monet's paintings as as his starting point — Le Pont de l'Europe, Gare Saint Lazare (1877) and Champs d'Iris Jaunes à Giverny (1887) — to create a set of 240 watercolors.

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André Derain – Paysages Méridionaux

Influenced by the masters, André Derain (1880-1954) turned to more classical painting after World War I. His landscapes capture the intense light of Provence. Hence, "Southern Landscapes".

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Kanak Journals

It took Roger Boulay, a museum curator, more than two decades to document 3,000 sketches and watercolors of the Kanak people. In case you've forgotten your cultural geography, the Kanak are the indigenous people of New Caledonia, a southwest Pacific island territory still governed by France. The Kanak speak more than twenty distinct languages with eleven dialects including Creole, and use French as their common language. This is a must-see exhibition!

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Senghor et les Arts

A portrait of the writer, poet and statesman Léopold Sédar Senghor (1909-2001) following the independence of Senegal. (If his name rings a bell it may be because the pedestrian bridge in front of Musée d'Orsay is named for him.)

  • Musée du Quai Branly
  • February 7, 2023 to November 12, 2023
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The Splendours Of Uzbekistan's Oases

Take a journey to the crossroads of civilization where Uzbekistan, Samarkand, and Bokhara meet. For the first time in Europe, masterworks from the region will be on display, including wall paintings from the Ambassadors' Hall in Samarkand and one of the oldest Korans from the early days of Islam.

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The 1001 Designs Of The ABCd'Orsay

This joyful ABC is a fun, modern take on alphabet picture books of yore, and shows a contemporary perspective on 19th-century classics.

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Faith Ringgold

A major figure in American feminist art, Faith Ringgold's work has covered everything from the civil rights movement to Black Lives Matter. This exhibition is the first in France to bring together a group of major works by this important Black artist.

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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