The best Parks and Gardens in Paris
Are you wanting to get involved in the Easter egg hunt but the eggs are too obviously found in your Parisian apartment? It can be hard in such a busy city to find a space for a peaceful egg hunt without a car honk or a police siren interrupting your attempt at Easter tranquility. Here we present you with our selection of the best parks in Paris, perfect for a roam around in search of a chocolate egg or just to enjoy in this glorious spring sunshine.
Jardin Des Tuileries
This is undoubtedly one of the most impressive parks in Paris. Situated in the centre of the city, not only is it home to three of the most important museums in Paris, the Louvre, the Jeu de Paume and the Orangerie, but is also the oldest garden in Paris. Walking along the main path for a stunning view of a park filled with ponds, beautiful fountains and pathways you cannot help but feel peaceful surrounded by the beauty that the Jardin des Tuileries has to offer.
Jardin Du Luxembourg
The Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the most famous gardens in Paris. Created by Marie de Medici, Queen of France and husband to Henri IV, here you can enjoy water points, alleys, groves, a fresh green lawn, statues, tennis courts and much more!
Parc Des Buttes-chaumont
This park is unlike other Parisian green spaces. The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is charmingly more informal than other parks in Paris. Situated in the 19th arrondissement it remains successfully undiscovered by tourists but this is not to say that it is any less spectacular. Designed by Adolphe Alphand for Haussmann and opened in 1867, this park that sits over Belleville offers not only waterfalls, temples and cliffs but also a fantastic view over Paris.
If you happen to be in the Belleville area you can also check out the Parc de Belleville
Jardin Des Serres D’auteuil
In this park you can find a Japanese inspired garden as well as a small garden of Mediterranean herbs, a collection of rare plants and an incredible greenhouse with an aviary of exotic birds! You will not find yourself bored in this park which has something different to offer around every corner.
Parc De La Villette
As the third largest park in Paris, la Villette features vast lawns and various climbing posts. It is home to an art centre and the various buildings that surround it are so impressively futuristic that sitting here for a while will make you forget that you are even in the city at all! The best thing about this park is undoubtedly the open air film screenings that it hosts in the summer 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
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!