Fall is tied with spring for my favorite season- there’s something about these transitional periods where everything feels fresh, and their colors brighten up even the busiest of cities. Every time autumn rolls around, I find myself waiting impatiently to see when the leaves will change, and for the last few years I’ve been dreaming of going to see them in London as well as Paris. This year, thanks to Eurostar, I joined my good friend Sophie of Solo Sophie on a quest to find the best fall foliage in London and Paris.
Best Fall Foliage Spots in London
One of the most Instagram-famous spots for gorgeous red leaves in London is Kynance Mews in Kensington. The great thing about this location is that the leaves on the outside turn first, but the ones on the wall inside the mews (seen above) takes longer, so you have a wider time frame in which to see them. The other great thing is that there is a veterinarian’s office inside the mews, so there’s a constant stream of adorable furry friends coming in and out with their humans! I swear, it’s the happiest I’ve ever been to be photobombed.
In the heart of Marylebone, brightly colored leaves cascade over a simple, very Londonian black door at 5 Wimpole Street. Though I didn’t make it in time to see the leaves at their most lush, its prime location in central London makes it easy to swing by and snap a photo while shopping on Oxford Street or picking up a new read at nearby Daunt Books.
Alex of Alex On the Road is one of my favorite London Instagrammers- his photos of autumn in London are honestly magical. I didn’t get to make it up to this area, just outside of central London, but after seeing Alex’s photos of Barnsbury, it’s definitely on my list for next year!
Best Fall Foliage Spots in Paris
There are a number of spots in the Montmartre neighborhood to find some really great colored leaves, but this wall on Rue Saint-Vincent-de-Paul really takes the cake. Quiet street, very Parisian lamppost, and if you’re lucky, the little sightseeing train will come down the street and make for a seriously adorable photo!
Tucked off to the side of the Place des Vosges, the Pavilion de la Reine hotel has a stunning leaf covered façade that progressively changes colors over a few weeks, leaving plenty of time to discover them. The hotel itself is also lovely and in an amazing location- check out its availability here (and no, I’ve never stayed here- just what I’ve been told!).
I saw a snap of the front of the Institut Historique Allemand (the German Historic Institute) and spent ages trying to figure out where it was. It’s right around the corner from Pavilion de la Reine, in the middle of the Marais. One lovely façade in a neighborhood is already great, but two? Even more reason that the Marais is my favorite neighborhood.
Some of my favorite finds, however, have come from just wandering around either city. Two of the most popular parks in each city- the Jardin des Tuileries and Hyde Park– turn amazing shades of yellow and orange which glow in the warm morning or evening sun. Other spots have appeared in the form of creeping vines on the corners and streets in some of my favorite neighborhoods, like the ones below on rue de Seine and rue Vieille du Temple.
Where would you recommend to find the best fall foliage in London and Paris? Leave your recommendations below!
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