Take a Stroll Through the Best Parks in Paris
If you're looking to take a break from tourist attractions and top restaurants, here are some of our favourite green spaces across the city to unwind in.
In amongst the bustling cobbled streets and lively wine bars of Paris you'll find some of the most beautiful parks in the world. But with so much to see and do in the French capital, visitors can miss the abundance of natural beauty that the city has to offer. That's why we here at Plum Guide have put this list of the best parks in Paris together for you. So, get ready for plenty of leisurely long strolls and picnics.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Arguably the most famous park in the city, the Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the most delightful parks in Paris in which to spend a sunny afternoon. If you’re staying in a Plum home like Window to Saint-Germain in central Paris and fancy a little peace and quiet, this is the place for you. With its lush, green lawns stretch off in all directions, immaculate flower beds, elegant statues and a gorgeously cooling pool at its centre, all overlooked by the grand Luxembourg palace, this is truly one of the jewels of Parisian horticulture. Jardin du Luxembourg is the perfect destination for couples, friends and family alike. The grounds are scattered with moveable chairs, so you can adjust the view to what suits you best. The typical Parisian order and precision makes the Jardin de Luxembourg a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. If you're looking for the best place to stay in Paris with children, a Plum home around here is the perfect option.
Jardin des Tuileries
The perfect spot for families, Jardin des Tuileries is nestled in the centre of Paris and was designed by the same landscape artist - André Le Notre - who created the breathtaking gardens at Versailles. The impeccable flower beds and lawns, as well as an impressively manicured topiary make this beautiful wide-open space the perfect spot for kids to run around. Cool off beside the stunning pool and observe the impressive sculptures at one of Paris’ finest outdoor areas. You're also just next door to the Louvre, so head there before or after exploring the gardens to get your culture fix.
Jardin des Plantes
Known as the main botanical garden in France, the prestigious Jardin des Plantes is a wonderland of colours, shapes, scents and sounds. For generations, Parisians and visitors alike have wandered among the carefully manicured lawns, stunning flowerbeds and hidden greenhouses. It sits in the grounds of Paris’ acclaimed Natural History Museum and thanks to being carefully curated all year round, you’ll discover something new every time you visit. For the most green-fingered visitors around, you may find yourself spending the entire day meandering through the aromatic flowers, rare succulents and exotic trees.
Parc de Belleville
One of the most understated parks in Paris, head to Parc de Belleville to feel like a true local. Here, and in the neighbourhood, you'll discover an authentic and charming side to Paris like no other. Like the sound of that? Stay in one of our homes nearby like Le Belleville. Kids love the park's playhouse, and its sloping lawns, fountains and waterfalls make Parc de Belleville a true hidden gem for those seeking a glimpse into the ‘real’ Paris past all those tourist traps. (You can thank us later.)
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
A favourite amongst visitors and locals alike, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is a gorgeous outdoor destination a little off the beaten track. Experience an impressive view of the city’s diverse neighbourhoods, go for am early morning jog or follow in the footsteps of famous artists and bring your easel along for a spot of painting. There’s plenty to enjoy within the park itself, including a lake with a charming bridge, 19th Century architecture and wide expanses of grass, making it the perfect place for a picnic.
Bois de Vincennes
Recently renovated, Bois de Vincennes is the larger of Paris’ two wooden parklands (the other is Bois de Bologne which we mention below). Immerse yourself in a world of winding paths, gardens, meadows, lakes and trees in this green haven. With so much space and so many hidden corners to discover, Bois de Vincennes is a great place to go for picnics, fishing, cycling and running, or simply to enjoy a stroll on a sunny day. Historically used by the royals as a hunting ground, you'll find it hard to believe you’re in the middle of Paris as you wander around Bois de Vincennes.
Bois de Boulogne
Located on the Western side of the city, Bois de Boulogne has been used as a public park since the time of Napoleon. It's slightly smaller in area than its sister park, Bois de Vincennes but no less delightful. The park is full of beautiful natural features as well as an array of family-friendly activities. Overlooking the park is the Château de Bagatelle, a gorgeous example of neoclassical architecture; with its own orangerie and walled garden. There really are few places more tranquil to sit and soak up warm days in Paris. In the grounds of Bois de Boulogne, you'll also find a zoo, an amusement park and several lakes surrounded by landscape gardens.
Meander around the lake, admire the sculptures, enjoy the shade of 200-hundred-year-old trees and observe the stunning wildlife and flowers in Parc Montsouris, another of Paris’ hidden gems. This is a hub for locals who love to spend their time in the grounds, with many coming here to run, do yoga classes or bring their children to the play park.