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Easter in Paris: Quick Guide to Your Visit

Easter in Paris – That holy week for Christians has arrived. Where the Passion and Ascension of Christ is celebrated. It is a week marked by a lot of faith, but also with many activities to celebrate Easter.

In addition to Easter, spring is already warming up and blooming in the city, making this week an excellent opportunity for you to fully enjoy Paris.

If you are going to be in Paris right around the time of this holiday, I have some tips for you to make the most of it, and to include some very local activities, so you can feel like a true Parisian, celebrating Easter in Paris. Come on?

Museums and monuments open on Easter holiday in Paris

In France, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are public holidays, so all public services and many restaurants and cafes will be closed. Public transport is also limited in service. On Good Friday, even though it is not a bank holiday, transport out of Paris is very busy, as locals often travel.

Here at this link you can check the complete list of all museums that will be open during public holidays. I can already tell you that the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum (only April 21, Sunday) and Rodin Museum, work normally.

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As Easter is a holiday that children are very fond of, if you are at Easter in Paris with children, it is worth taking part in one of the traditional Easter egg hunts.

Easter egg hunts in Paris take place in several parks. Some are free, and others you pay a small fee ranging from €5 to €10. They take place from Jardins des Tuileries, Jardin du Luxembourg, and a few other places. I will list some places. In this link you can find the complete list (website in French).

Solidarity Egg Hunt in André Citroën Park – from April 21, 2019 to April 22, 2019

André Citroën Park – 2 rue Cauchy (you have to buy a ticket)

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Great Egg Hunt in Buttes-Chaumont Park – April 17, 2019, Buttes-Chaumont Park – 1 rue Botzaris.

Great Egg Hunt in the Champs-Elysées Garden – April 17, 2019, Gardens of the Champs-Elysées – Avenue des Champs-Elysees.

Easter Village at the foot of the Eiffel Tower – from 06 to 22 April 2019, Quai Branly – From the Alma bridge to the Bir Hakeim bridge, Paris. It is also a market for artisanal products.

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My Favorite Tours to Enjoy the Easter Weekend in Paris

You have a lot of cool things to do in Paris at Easter. But in addition, you can also enjoy the holiday and increase your itinerary by taking a little stretch outside the city. I have some tour suggestions. I like the idea of ​​visiting Mont-Saint-Michel. It’s a bit of a long trip for a day, but it’s well worth it.

Another really cool tour is to visit Giverny. Monet’s house is already open at this time, and you will take in the gardens in full bloom. You can buy these tours in advance with the Blog partner GetYourGuides. They are super reliable, and it’s very easy to have your ticket printed and everything right for your itinerary! Shall we go to the tips?

Pay a visit to Monet’s house in Giverny

Paris in May is a great opportunity to visit Giverny and see the gardens where Monet was inspired. To make your life easier and speed up your itinerary, you can take a tour with a group. Transport is by bus and you will have an audio guide in Portuguese. If you are more adventurous, or are short on time, you can still choose to take a tour of Giverny and Versailles on the same day.

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Take an Evening Dinner Cruise on the Seine

You will spend a wonderful Easter in Paris having dinner on a boat, in the middle of the River Seine and having another perspective of the city lit up at night. I highly recommend!

Make your Easter lunch at the Eiffel Tower

You can have lunch at Easter in Paris at the Eiffel Tower itself. The famous 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant serves a 3-course lunch. But book! It’s a full day.

Discover the Loire Valley Castles

How about taking the opportunity to leave the city to see the Loire Valley Castles? I think it’s a great opportunity to go with everything organized.

Take a day trip to Mont-Saint-Michel

As I said, it’s a bit of a long journey. I already took this excursion to Mont-Saint-Michel. But it is a very nice tour, with lunch included and in a very comfortable bus. Mont-Saint-Michel is part of the Unesco World Heritage Site, and has a lot of history for you to discover.

Mont Saint Michel

Where to buy chocolates in Paris at Easter

For most people, no Easter would be complete without at least one good chocolate. Fortunately, Paris is home to some of the best chocolate makers in the world, and Easter is a great occasion for these artisans and cocoa experts to showcase their talents.

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Buying Easter Eggs in Paris

Fauchon – If you want Easter eggs as true works of art, this is where you can find them. Oh, don’t expect to find many Easter Bunnies in Paris. In France there is no Easter Bunny, but a flying bell from Rome that speeds up and brings the chocolates to the children! (Madeleine Metro).

Patrick Rogers – on Boulevard St Germain, and also some other addresses in Paris. There you will also find delicious and spectacular creations. Everything handmade.

Monoprix (Supermarket) – This one goes to those who don’t want to spend a lot. The chocolates from the supermarkets in Paris are also wonderful. You will find French, Swiss, Belgian brands. You don’t have to spend so much on Gourmet chocolate! Buy yours right here.

Also, walking around there you will come across many chocolate shops. Just check out the windows, and see if something delights you!

Where to eat in Paris at Easter

It is common for many restaurants to close on Easter Sunday in Paris and on Monday. However, some restaurants do have lunch specials on Sunday and Monday. But to be able to enjoy it, it is necessary to make a reservation.

Au Petit Tonneau – Very popular restaurant among Parisians. It serves a traditional French bistro menu, and has a special Easter lunch menu. Need to book!

Le First – It is the restaurant of the Hotel Westin Hotel in Paris. In general, it offers a traditional Easter Brunch. As this is a popular spot, be sure to book!

Coco & Co – New and modern restaurant. Special Easter menus available – Book now!

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Ideas for Brunch in Paris at Easter

Brunch at the RITZ Paris Hotel – April 21, 2019 – A Gourmet Brunch will be served, with a very varied and luxurious menu. Opening hours: from 12:00 to 15:00, Prices: 195 € / adult (excluding champagne). 95 € / child. Reservations: +33 1 43 16 33 74 / [email protected]

Brunch at L’Hôtel Lutetia – Apr 21, 2019 – It is a beautiful hotel with a lovely setting to have your brunch. Opening hours: from 12:30 to 15:30. Price: 150 euros (adult), 60 euros (child children 5-12), free for children under 5 years old. Reservation: +33 1 49 54 46 00

Brunch at L’Hôtel de Crillon – April 21, 2019 – Historic hotel, next to the palace located on the Champs-Elysées. Time: First service at 11:30; Second service at 2:15 pm. Prices: 82 euros (adults), 41 euros (children under 12 years old).

In addition to these restaurant tips, I will recommend some tours and special lunches that you can buy in advance for that day.

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Easter Masses in Paris

I will give you a basic schedule of the masses, days and times of some of the main churches in Paris.

Due to the great fire that happened at Notre Dame Cathedral, I removed it from the post. Despite all the pain and sadness, if you’re going to be in Paris this week, there are plenty of other churches for you to attend Easter celebrations.

Easter celebrations at the Sacrè-Coeur in MontMartre

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The Sacré-Coeur Basilica is located on top of the hill of Montmartre, a pagan place of worship that became Christian after the martyrdom of Bishop Denis in the 3rd century. Built between 1875 and 1914, the Sacred Heart became an important religious site in the capital.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

19:00: Celebration of the Lord’s Supper followed by the vigil at the altar

22:30: meditated vigil in the repository

Good Friday, April 19, 2019

12:30: Way of the Cross presided over by Bishop Michel Au Petit, Archbishop of Paris (named Place Louise Michel)

19:00: Celebration of the Passion of the Lord

Saturday, April 20, 2019

21:00h: Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday April 21, 2019

11 am: Solemn Mass presided over by the Auxiliary Bishop of Paris, Mons. Thibault Verny

Easter celebrations at the Notre-Dame Chapel of the Miraculous Medal

This is that very special chapel, adored by Brazilians, where Saint Catherine Labouré had the vision given by Our Lady for the design of the miraculous medal. You can watch the Easter celebration there. The church is simple but very comfortable, with beautiful frescoes painted on the ceiling.

Easter Sunday April 21, 2019

Masses at 8:30, 10:00 and 11:30.

Address: 140 rue du Bac, Métro: Sèvres – Babylone (lines 10 and 12). Close to La Grand Epicerie de Paris.

I hope you enjoyed the suggestions for enjoying Easter in Paris. Share with whoever will be there, or save it on Pinterest! Who knows to include in your next script?!

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