Easter in Paris

If you and your family are lucky enough to spend Easter in Paris, here are our tips on what to see and do.  

Everyone loves a good Easter egg hunt,  and the French are no different. Several chasses aux oeufs are planned throughout the capital; for the full list (in French), see here. We recommend the annual hunt/funfair organized by the non-profit association Secours Populaire at the spacious André Citroën park. From April 1 to 2, some 40,000 eggs are yours for the finding, with different themed games for the 3-6 and 7-10 age range. When you’ve had enough of eggs, your treasure-seekers can get their faces painted, participate in coloring and gardening activities, or play various games. Get your tickets plus any additional activities (5-14 euros) the day of, or purchase online. If it’s a more lasting reward you seek, try our Paris Muse Clues treasure hunt at the Louvre. We can’t guarantee eggs or chocolate, but this art knowledge booty might just last a lifetime.

Hunting for eggs at one of Paris’ many Easter chasses aux oeufs!

Rooftop gardens are all the rage in urban centers, but have you ever heard of a rooftop farm?  This Easter Paris is launching its first! For three days from March 31 to April 2, the top of the Arche de la Défense will host a menagerie of live rabbits, sheep, chickens, donkeys and pigs. This may well be your only chance to commune with furry and feathery friends while gazing out at Paris’ magnificent cityscape from 360 feet in the air.

The rooftop of Paris’ Arche de la Défense doubles as a sky-high farm Easter weekend.

Once you’ve had your fill of eggs, bunnies and chocolate, turn to matters of the soul with an Easter concert in a breathtakingly beautiful setting. You may be tempted to close your eyes to fully appreciate music by Haydn, Mozart and Bach, but then you’d miss the sublime 13th-century stained glass and soaring gothic vault of Sainte Chapelle (purchase tickets here). Or participate in one of the many religious services throughout the city, such as the dazzling Easter vigil Saturday evening or Mass on Easter Sunday morning at Notre Dame (keep an eye on their website for Easter schedule).

Listen as the sweet sound of sacred music fills Paris’ Sainte Chapelle.

If it’s Passover you celebrate, then you won’t want to miss a visit to Paris’ Pletzel, in the heart of the Marais. This traditional Jewish quarter is replete with bakeries and restaurants plying the capital’s finest falafel, challah bread and scrumptious Yiddish and Sephardic pastries. Have a deeper craving? Book our Marais: From Marsh to Magnificence walking tour and learn about one of Paris’ most iconic and fascinating neighborhoods.

Whatever way you do it, Easter in Paris is a perfectly magical time and we wish you Joyeuses Pâques!