Paris in spring: First proper sign of spring in Paris: when picnic crowds begin popping up around the city.
Blooming Palais Royal: The manicured lime trees and compact rose garden tucked within the arcades of the Palais Royal, near the Louvre Museum, is a favorite of Adrian Leeds, Paris property consultant and star of HGTV's "House Hunters International."
Canal Saint-Martin: As spring arrives, the canal through the city's northeastern districts attracts Parisians armed with bottles of beers and bags of snacks.
Le Perchoir: With an eye-catching view of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, it's little surprise that Le Perchoir's rooftop bar is a favorite hangout spot in the city during spring. The restaurant downstairs serves dishes with seasonal products.
Long, lazy days: As daytime gets longer, spring is an ideal time for an extended stroll along the banks of the Seine river or a late boat ride aboard a Bateau Mouche (an open excursion boat.)
Coffee with a view: Cafe Carette, just steps away from Trocadero plaza with views of the Eiffel Tower, is a good place for a early morning café crème and a pain au chocolat.
Spring restaurant: The fittingly named Spring serves creative prix fixe menus using seasonal produce. It's an ideal dinner option after a visit to Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Avli: A Mediterranean-fusion newcomer in Paris, Avli is a good place to have a taste of spring. Like many restaurants in the city, Avli embraces small sharing mezze plates serving a market-inspired menu influenced by cuisines from Greece, Spain, Italy and the Middle East.
Le Triangle: A small family business, Le Triangle serves up house-brewed craft beer -- that's not available elsewhere -- and (maybe) the city's best fish and chips.
Get out of town: Spring is arguably the best time to visit French impressionist painter Claude Monet's home in Giverny, northwestern France. It opens at the end of March and features the Japanese garden that inspired the Impressionist painter's "Water Lilies" series.
Run, walk, listen: A roster of international events -- including the Paris Marathon, which takes place in April -- help the city to shake off its winter torpor.
Markets: Spring brings a bounty of fresh offerings -- with piles of apricots, cherries, rhubarb and berries galore -- to Paris' neighborhood markets.
Fête de la Musique: It's no longer spring, technically, on June 21, but the Fête de la Musique is worth a mention for its ability to transform this usually sober, smile-phobic city into an a giddy, open-air concert space.