best places to view fall foliage in paris

by Sharon Santoni

How come every time we get to a new season and I’m in Paris, I think that this is the one I prefer?!  Maybe I just love a change of seasons wherever I am, or maybe it really is that Paris is a beautiful city that sits well in all weathers.

Here we are in the fall and again the city is stunning.   It is certainly something to do with the wide, tree-lined avenues and the beautiful parks.

There is a sense of change in the air. There is a slight chill, pumpkin soup is on the stove, and the leaves are turning golden. It is such a beautiful time here and the perfect occasion to bundle up in a sweater and scarf and walk around Paris. The trees are magnificent! I’ve noted some of my favourite spots for taking pictures of Paris in the fall.

Any of the gardens in Paris are beautiful to visit, especially those with long rows of trees like the Tuileries or Luxembourg. Another hidden garden just by the Louvre is the Palais Royal. Half traditional French, and half modern, it is among my favourites. Covered walkways and cafes line the garden, a wonderful place to stop for a cup of tea.

couple walking in golden leaves in the Tuilleries garden

A walk along the Seine river is always a good idea, particularly near the Notre Dame and the two islands. Make your way to Place Dauphine on Ile de la Cite to a triangular square lined with trees. In the evening, you might even see petanque being played. One of the boat cruises would be special as well.

Another place to enjoy the fall colours is on the Canal St Martin, where the reflections in the water are perfect.

view from the top of arc de triomphe in paris in the fall

There is such a sense of peace and beauty at Pere Lachaise cemetery.  The cemetery is well known for the many famous people who are buried here, and in the fall the walkways are covered in falling leaves, making a visit even better.

autumn leaves in pere lachaise cemetary

Place de Vosges might be one of my particular favorites. The changing leaves start to match the uniform bourgeois-style buildings that line the square. In the corner, you’ll find Victor Hugo’s apartment,  always worth a visit, then on for a hot chocolate or lunch at Carette.

place des vosges in the fall

The  Rodin museum gardens are also particularly enjoyable at this time of year.   Several of the most famous sculptures in the collection are outside in the gardens, making for a beautiful stroll especially in the fall. At the furthest point from the house in the gardens, there is a long rectangular reflection pool lined with sculpted shrubbery and trees, including what is called the garden gates.

autumn view of rodin museum garden

Last but certainly not least, is the iconic view of the boulevards from the top of the Arc de Triomphe. This is impressive at any time of the year but there is something about autumn that makes it even more magnificent.  You just need the time (and the energy) to get to the top, but I promise you it is worth the effort!

Where are your favorite places to view fall foliage in Paris? Let us know in the comments below.

19 comments

KATHRYN CREAGAN October 24, 2018 - 2:43 am

I too love Fall the colors the flowers. The shadows and the warm sun and cool shade

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Sunny October 24, 2018 - 3:43 am

Luxembourg Garden

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Elaine October 24, 2018 - 4:09 am

Brings back beautiful memories of Paris.

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Marie Pardi October 24, 2018 - 5:46 am

My son is getting his Doctorate from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, on January 24th 2019. I had hoped for amore hospitable season to visit Europe, can you make suggestions for our celebration?

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Lynda Z October 24, 2018 - 5:57 am

The beautiful Fall foliage around Ile Saint Louis, day and night when illuminated.

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Dottie Monta October 24, 2018 - 7:14 am

Paris, beautiful every season of the year! Even in the dead of Winter, the Champs-Élysées was lit above our heads with stars of white fairy lights! Enchanting!

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Denise Linkson October 24, 2018 - 8:15 am

Place de Vosges is my favourite, we always stay nearby so I am able to call it my backyard.

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Renate Dehrberg October 24, 2018 - 9:54 am

I love all the beautiful places of paris!

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Velvet October 24, 2018 - 9:56 am

It looks so beautiful. I would love to just stroll through Luxembourg Gardens and take in all those beautiful rusty colors.

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Jenny October 24, 2018 - 12:40 pm

My husband and I just returned from a trip to Paris and the Loire Valley. The foliage in both places was just starting to kick in at the time we were there. It was beautiful with flowers still around.

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Afn October 25, 2018 - 1:28 am

Dreamy❤️

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Pamela October 25, 2018 - 1:30 am

Wonderful post! Love all the places you list. Though have rarely visited Paris in autumn (we’re normally there in June and very early July). But do remember long ago the wonderful autumn of the Luxembourg Gardens, strolling along all the paths in wonder at the vibrance and magnificence of the colours. But buffeted by freezingly cold winds that penetrated through to the bones. Finally dashing out for a hot chocolate and some warmth. Also love the Places des Vosges and the trees. Our son and dil and two granddaughters were lucky enough to rent an apartment there so we used to meet at Carette for lunch or afternoon tea/coffee and divine pastries. They do a great chicken salad but one serve is almost enough for two! Have never been there in autumn but can imagine the Bois de Boulogne might be lovely, I particularly like the Jardin d’Acclimatation near the Fondation Louis Vuitton – which would look fab with autumn colours as a backdrop. Best wishes, Pamela

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Jan October 25, 2018 - 11:56 pm

One early October we were in Giverny. The foliage was just starting to change and the dalias were amazing!

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Richard Hacker November 3, 2018 - 4:36 pm

Hi Sharon,
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Marie Svobodová November 4, 2018 - 10:05 am

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Awesome pictures!

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Ida Duplechin October 30, 2019 - 12:25 am

I so agree with the comment about Place Dauphine; it’s such a precious bit of beauty. So charming.

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