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Experience springtime in Paris during the optimal season for blooming gardens, scenic views and fragrant café terraces.

The City of Lights, Paris, is beautiful at any time of the year, but spring is when she is most alluring to visitors. While there are certainly many popular attractions and tourist hotspots, Paris is best seen in spring through the eyes of locals. The secret gardens and Parisian cafés offer a unique and relaxed vacation that is unlike ordinary international travel. Accor Hotels offers this list of things to see and do in Paris in the spring as inspiration for your springtime travel plans.

Grab breakfast or lunch on the go from a street cart at a Marché.

Markets like the Marché Biologique Raspail have everything from baguettes and cheeses to fresh produce and fish, not to mention Côte du Rhône.

Enjoy French baked goods and delectable cheese creations

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Near the Latin Quarter of Paris, the Laurent Dubois Fromagerie is just one of the many cafés, patisseries and bistros serving up French cuisine. Everything is a study in the art of food and dining!

Take a long stroll through one of the many Parisian parks

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If you’ve grabbed a lunch (or even late breakfast) from a street vendor or market, take it to go and make a picnic in the lovely Parc Buttes-Chaumont. This popular park is a local favorite as it features steep bluffs, a waterfall and beautiful, fragrant grounds.

Explore Paris flea markets for vintage finds

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Marché des Puces at Saint Ouen is one of the largest flea markets in the world featuring over 3,000 traders. Even if you don’t enjoy antiquing, you’ll enjoy the shops which range from glassware to vintage designer handbags, paintings and artwork.

Find a peaceful oasis free of tourists

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Known as the prettiest square in the heart of Paris, Place Dauphine is located right in the center on the Île de la Cité. Its hidden entrances conceal it from tourists making it a favorite among locals. You can feel the history with its worn cobblestone walkways and larger red brick buildings.

Round out your day in stylish accommodations

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Stay at one of Paris’ top hotels for a memorable trip. Amenities from any of Accor’s hotels can include: a spa, fitness center, state-of-the-art technology and much more.

Whether you’re looking for quiet walks with breathtaking scenes, sweet and savory eats, or inspiring vintage finds, there’s some for everyone in Paris in the spring.

Contributed by:

Keith Delute. He can be contacted at keith.delute@outlook.com for any comments and feedback.