Places Not To Be Missed: The Best Parks & Gardens in Paris

Many gardens in Paris are tucked away and remain unknown to many. This list is far from exhaustive but is instead our small personal selection of our favourite gems. Make the most of the sun to explore these undiscovered spaces, idyllic spots to enjoy a picnic or lose yourself in a good book.

Jardin Des Francs Bourgeois Rosiers

Situated in the Marais district, right in the heart of Paris, these well-hidden gardens cannot be seen by the unassuming passer-by. These gardens can only be accessed through the courtyard of the Maison de l’Europe. Once inside, these gardens boast 1000m² of grass and greenery, a truly unique expanse for the city of Paris. The Jardin des Francs Bourgeois Rosiers are open from 2pm.

Jardin des Francs Bourgeois Rosiers, 75004, Paris, M° Saint-Paul

Jardin Du Musée Rodin

These magnificent gardens are free for those aged between eighteen and twenty-five (otherwise entry costs 1€) and are home to some of the key works of the sculptor, Rodin, along with a beautiful rose garden. These grounds were used in some scenes of Woody Allen’s film, Midnight in Paris.

Jardin du Musée Rodin, 75007, Paris, M° Varenne

Jardin Zen Du Panthéon Boudhique

Hidden behind the Guimet Museum lie these picturesque and unusual gardens. Covering an area of 450m², they were established during the renovation of the building in 1991. With their giant bamboo poles, intricate water features, stone slabs, wooden bridge and exotic atmosphere, they are without a doubt one of the most ‘Zen’ green spaces of the capital.

19 Avenue d’Iéna, 75116, Paris, M° Iéna

Parc Georges Brassens

These wonderful gardens, found in the fifteenth arrondissement, are some of the best in Paris for relaxation and enjoying a good novel. It is named after the French popular singer Georges Brassens (1929–1981) who lived in the neighbourhood. Every Saturday, these gardens play host to a small market that sells and trade antique and used books.

2 Place Jacques Marette, 75015, Paris, M° Porte de Vanves

Jardin Naturel

Just next door to the Père Lachaise Cemetery, these gardens offer a stark contrast to the many other parks found dotted about the city. While everything is typically straight, smooth and symmetrical, it is the exact opposite in the Jardin Naturel. The gardens are left to their own devices, with no gardeners to water or mow the plants. The result is truly stunning: discover a place where nature is King, from dragonflies to pondweeds, without even having to leave Paris.

120 Rue de la Réunion, 75020, Paris, M° Alexandre Dumas

Jardins Du Ruisseau

A stone’s throw away from the Clignancourt flea markets, the abandoned train lines have been transformed into an idyllic gateway for locals to take in the fresh air, sunbathe and relax. Different food trucks set themselves up each day offering delicious snacks of all varieties. These gardens remain open until 10pm, making the Jardins du Ruisseau the perfect spot for a late-evening picnic.

110 Rue du Ruisseau, 75018, Paris, M° Porte de Clignancourt

 

And if these are not enough, be sure to try out the Square Colbert, Jardin de la Maison de Balzac, Butte Bergeyre or the Square Saint-Gilles Grand Veneur-Pauline Rolland. The possibilities are endless!