In amongst the bustling cobbled streets and lively wine bars of Paris are nestled some of the most beautiful parks in the world.
With so much to do in the French capital, visitors can miss the abundance of natural beauty that Paris has to offer.
Take a stroll, unwind after a long day in the city, or even enjoy a picnic of fresh baguette and cheese at one of the city’s gorgeous parks.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Possibly the most famous park in the city, the Jardin du Luxembourg is the dreamiest place to unwind on a sunny afternoon in Paris. If you’re 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.
Areas to Stay:
- The 6th Arrondissement is the place for the Luxembourg Gardens - the closest Metro is Luxembourg
- The Jarden des Tuileries is right next to the Louvre in the 1st Arrondissement
- The Latin Quarter is the place to stay in order to be close to the Jardin des Plantes
- Unsurprisingly the Parc de Belleville is in... Belleville, the birthplace of Edith Piaf.
Jardin des Tuileries
The perfect spot for families, the Jardin des Tuileries is nestled in central Paris and was designed by the same landscape artist - André Le Notre - who was the creator of the breath-taking 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.
Jardin des Plantes
Known as the main botanical garden for France, the prestigious Jardin des Plantes is a divine wonderland of colours, shapes, scents and sounds.
For generations, Parisians and visitors have wandered among the carefully manicured lawns, stunning flowerbeds and hidden greenhouses. It sits in the grounds of Paris’ prestigious Natural History Museum. Carefully curated all year round, you’ll discover something new every time you visit the Jardin des Plantes.
For green-fingered visitors, you may find yourself spending the entire day meandering around the aromatic flowers, rare succulents and exotic trees.
Parc de Belleville
Explore a discreet walk away from central Paris at the Parc de Belleville. This low-key park is frequented by locals more than tourists and is an authentic path to exploring one of Paris’ working-class neighbourhoods.
Kids love the playhouse, and the park’s sloping lawns, fountains and waterfalls make the Parc de Belleville truly a hidden gem for those seeking a glimpse into the ‘real’ Paris.
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
A favourite for visitors and locals alike, the 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 a 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 sun-catching grass - perfect for picnics and hanging out in groups.
Bois de Vincennes
Recently renovated, the Bois de Vincennes is the larger of Paris’ two wooden parklands (the other is the Bois de Bologne - see below).
Immerse yourself in a world of winding paths, gardens, meadows, lakes and trees in this gorgeously green haven. With so much space and so many hidden corners to discover, the Bois de Vincennes is the perfect spot for picnics, fishing, cycling, running or simply enjoying a stroll on a sunny day.
Historically used by the royals as a hunting ground, you won’t believe you’re in the middle of a city at the Bois de Vincennes.
Bois de Boulogne
This superb park is located on the Western side of the city and has been used as a public park since the time of Napoleon. It is slightly smaller in area than its sister park of Bois de Vincennes.
The park is packed with 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 are few places more perfectly tranquil on a warm day in Paris.
In the grounds of Bois de Bologne, you will also find a zoo, an amusement park and several lakes surrounding by stunning landscape gardens.
Quiet and discreet, this pretty park is the perfect place to wile away a summer afternoon in peace and quiet. Meander around the smooth lake, admire the sculptures, enjoy the shade of 200-hundred-year-old trees and observe the stunning wildlife and flowers of one of Paris’ hidden gems.
The Parc Montsouris is a hub for locals to come and spend their time, too, with many Parisians coming here to run, do yoga classes or bring their children to the playpark. It’s the ideal spot for visitors interested in the ‘other’ side of Paris-life: escape the city, without ever leaving Paris!