7 Places to Find Autumn Colors in Paris

7 Places to Find Autumn Colors in Paris

There’s something magical about Paris during autumn. The fall season in Paris is fun and festive. Events like Nuit Blanche kick off the season with grand celebration. And the season also welcomes new styling opportunities. Paris, being the fashion capital of the world, is an excellent place to try out new looks. (Need some inspiration? Check out our 7 Perfect French Outfits for Autumn in Paris.)

Fashion and fun events aside, one of the best parts of Paris in the fall is the gorgeous, changing colors found on trees throughout the city. Here are seven of our favorite spots for admiring and enjoying autumnal colors in Paris.

And if you fancy some ideas for walks around Paris during autumn, check out our Paris autumn walks suggestions.

Jardin des Tuileries

The Jardin Des Tuileries in the first arrondissement is adjacent to the Louvre, so it’s an easy two-birds-one-stone affair if you’re looking also to visit the famous art museum while you catch some beautiful fall colors.

The Tuileries is full of Instagram-worthy sights, and when you’re ready for some refreshments, there’s always the famous Angelina (226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001), where you can buy a chocolat chaud to help you warm up and optimize your enjoyment of the cozy fall vibes.

L’Île aux Cygnes

This small, artificial island in the 15th is on the Seine and was created in 1827 to protect the bridge, pont de Grenelle. The uninhabited, small island is situated close to the replica of the Statue of Liberty.

L’Île aux Cygnes features some beautiful fall foliage to enjoy on a crisp autumn day.

Jardin du Luxembourg

In my opinion, there’s no better Paris park than Jardin du Luxembourg. The park, which sits on the border between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, is located in the sixth arrondissement and it offers stunning views, year-round.

But during the fall season, the park becomes even more alive with color and atmospheric vibes. This is an excellent park for soaking up a Paris day with a friend, partner, or by yourself.

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Père Lachaise Cemetery

Père Lachaise is where some of the most famous Parisians, like French singer Édith Piaf, have been laid to rest. And super-famous icons like Ireland-born Oscar Wilde, America-born Jim Morrison, and more, are also here in the cemetery. It’s located in the 20th arrondissement.

Spooky vibes are sure to be found in cemeteries so if you’re looking to get into the Spooky Season spirit and also spot some stunning foliage, head to Père Lachaise. It’s an especially leafy place, and it’s also the largest cemetery in Paris. Be warned, though; the cemetery gets over 3.5 million visitors per year, so suffice to say you won’t have the place all to yourself.


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Montparnasse Cemetery

For more Spooky Season vibes, head to another one of the famous Paris cemeteries, Montparnasse Cemetery in the 14th. It’s the second largest cemetery in Paris and it features the burial places of famous artists and notable thinkers, such as Charles Baudelaire, Guy de Maupassant, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Charles Garnier. In one of the most lively locales in Paris, this cemetery is an oasis of calm, and you’ll find some magnificent fall colors here.

Parc Montsouris

Also in the 14th is Parc Montsouris. The park is one of four which Emperor Napoleon III created. Its lake, rolling hills, and variety of trees and floral wildlife make it a jewel in the crown of Paris.

Bois de Vincennes

The Bois de Vincennes is the largest park in Paris, and it’s situated on the eastern edge of the City of Light. It is one of the parks created by Napoleon III to enhance Paris and provide recreation spots for the city’s inhabitants.

At over 2,000 acres, you’ll find lots of inspiring places to explore in the Bois de Vincennes, and you’ll be sure to find colorful leaves and picturesque landscapes.

Lead photo credit : Photo by Alex Motoc on Unsplash

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Anne McCarthy is a contributing writer to BBC News, Teen Vogue, The Telegraph, Dance Magazine, and more. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Westminster and is the Editor in Chief of Fat Tire Tours’ travel blog. She lives in New York City.