Whether you live in Paris or you’re just visiting the capital, if you want to lie on the grass, walk in the woods or reading under a large tree, whatever you’re planning to enjoy your day, it is possible! Here’s a quick guide of Parisian gardens, according to your tastes and desires.
Parc Monceau: With the ruins of the temple of Diana, her weeping willow and status, the park that Claude Monet painted five times, is one of the most elegant and romantic in the city.
Garden of Tropical Agronomy: Located in the Vincennes Woods, it is a place out of space and time. It looks almost abandoned with its greenhouses ruins and monuments reproducing those of French colonies. A unique place, not to be missed!
Saint-Gilles-du-Grand-Veneur Square: Located in the Marais, this is almost a secret, because it is difficult to find! This is, obviously, part of its charm. Once arrived in this area away from city noises, we discover an intimate place that offers a view over many roses species! This is enough to make it one of the top romantic spots in Paris …
Garden of the Romantic Life Museum: In the middle of the greenery and roses, the Musée de la vie Romantique has a lovely little courtyard where it is good to relax before or after a visiting the museum, or if you are just passing by the neighborhood. There is also a coffee-shop where you can treat yourself with a cup of tea served with delicious french cakes.
Garden of the Buddhist Pantheon: A haven of peace next to Musée Guimet, Museum of Asian art of the city. With bamboos, water, stone, wood, carved buddhas, it feels like traveling in Asia in the heart of Paris, in a zen ambiance.
Promenade Plantée: This is the longest garden of Paris, along with the Daumesnil avenue. A few meters above the cars, you will find birds, flowers and greenery in a pleasant walk away from the noise of the city.
Square des Batignolles: This small square, inside Paris famous district, is a quiet and peaceful place. You can sit around the water source (lake and river), watching the ducks paddling, explore some cave. The gentle charm of English gardens …
Tuileries Gardens: This is the oldest and prestigious French garden of Paris, which houses three museums (Louvre, Orangerie, Jeu de Paume), but also long pathways, ponds with boats for children and many sculptures.
Jardin des Plantes: Botanical large long garden with greenhouses, specialized gardens and a menagerie. It is a place for nature lovers, not only because it is walking, but we discover species of plants and flowers, through educational guidance.
Luxembourg Garden: This one is located in the heart of the capital, created by Marie de Medici. It is one of the famous city garden, where you can find water points, a central pool, bushes, lawns, statues, tennis courts, and many other things. It is just the perfect garden!
Place des Vosges Garden: The lawns from the former Royal Palace of Paris are very pleasant, surrounded by trees, houses and red brick porches.
Tino Rossi Garden (Museum of Outdoor Sculpture): Situated on the banks of the Seine, the Tino Rossi Garden hosts sculptures of Caesar, Brancusi and Zadkine. In a space that goes all along with small amphitheatres where you can rest. Little green, but it’s a delightful garden on the edge of the water.
The Rodin Museum Garden: garden is accessed independently of the museum; also can you get inside for 1 euro (free for under 25 and teachers). Among trees, bushes, paths, we find sculptures, including the famous Thinker, Balzac, and others.
Jardin d’Acclimation: This large garden in Bois de Boulogne is ideal for family excursions, since there is a farm, an amusement park, a puppet theater, a river where you can take a boat ride, etc. In summary, enough to spend a lovely day, combining relaxation and leisure.
The Jardin du Bassin de l’Arsenal: The Arsenal was established by Napoleon Bonaparte; the park is located along with it. There are lawns sloping, which allow to rest at the water’s edge, watching the boats.
Square du Vert Galant: It forms the tip of the Ile de la Cité. Small but very popular because it is a lovely place to rest at the waterfront and in the shadow of large trees.
Ile aux Cygnes: The third island of Paris is less known than the other two (Ile Saint Louis, Ile de la Cité). It is the smallest, but quite charming: it’s a long tree-lined avenue on the Seine between the Pont de Grenelle and Pont de Bir Hakeim, where the Statue of Liberty in Paris.
Montsouris Park: As the Buttes Chaumont, although smaller, this is a hilly park with a lake, making it a delightful esplanade, also with a puppet theater for children.
Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge: This little-known Parisian park, often neglected in front of the Buttes Chaumont, is yet one of the most pleasant of the capital, with wide lawns shaded by large trees, with fountains and playgrounds.
Bagatelle Park: Located in the Bois de Boulogne, this park offer to its visitors small bridges, caves, reflecting pools and artificial waterfalls. We also see peacocks walking around tall trees.
Jardin Catherine Labouré: This is the former garden of a convent, which has retained its cross shape. There is a vine, fruit trees, four more or less shaded lawns and a beautiful pergola where you can rest.
Square Roger Stéphane (ex Square Recamier): Almost hidden in a street that is a haven of greenery, with its flowered terraces and many trees and plants.
Bercy Park: Home to the Palais Omnisport de Paris Bercy and the Cinematheque, Parc de Bercy is located in a modern district of the city, but it remains a place of quiet and pleasant walk with large lawns, riding, playgrounds, water points and shady nooks.
Parc de la Villette: Set on the old slaughterhouse of La Villette, it is the largest green space in central Paris (after Bois de Boulogne and Vincennes). It houses the Cité des Sciences, the Geode, the Cité de la musique, the Zenith. It is a leisure and relaxation area, ideal for family excursions.
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Belleville Park: Located on the hill of Belleville, this lovely park with fountains and massifs offer a panoramic view over the capital, with its terrace of 30 meters height. A beautiful fountain of 100 meters long brings little fresh on sunny days especially.
Trocadero Garden: This green space of almost 10,000 m² offers a gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tower. With its 20 water cannons, it offers an extraordinary water display, especially on summer nights with the illuminations surrounding the fountains.