Best parks in Paris © Amelie Dupont

Best parks in Paris

Follow our park guide to find the right spot for you.

by

Paris Editor

When temperatures soar in Paris, the entire city rushes to the nearest green spot, meaning most parks are overridden with locals in need of some time out. Whether you live in the city or you are just visiting, follow our park guide to find the right spot for you.

1. Buttes Chaumont, 19th arrondissement

Created in 1867 under Napoleon III’s regime, Buttes Chaumont’s 60 acres of sloping parkland circle a manmade lake, with a tall rock face jutting out and boasting a small monument at the top, the Temple de Sybille, inspired by the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli, Italy. The fifth largest park in Paris, the Buttes is the most popular spot for locals in the summer. There is also a popular bar called Rosa Bonheur on the hillside behind the lake (nearest metro station is Botzaris) that is open until late but that gets very crowded so best get there early. More information

Buttes-Chaumont

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2. Parc Monceau, 8th arrondissement

Built in the seventeenth century, the smallish park brims with charm. The Parc Monceau’s 20 acres is criss-crossed with paths and lakes as well as a small play park for children. The grass is accessible to visitors who want to lie down for a spot of sunbathing or a picnic. From dawn till dusk, this park tends to be extremely busy with joggers in the morning, to business people having lunch and apéro hour from 6pm. More information

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3. Place des Vosges, 3rd arrondissement

One of the most beautiful spots of Paris, the Place des Vosges is a square with well-kempt lawns accessible to all and a majestic fountain at its heart. Surrounded by townhouses and arcades brimming with cafés, luxury boutiques like Damman Frères tea and art galleries, it’s a magical spot that boasts quintessential Parisian style and charm. Built by Henry VI in 1612, the square marks the beginning of the bohemian-chic Marais neighbourhood. There is also a sandbank for children. More information

Place-des-Vosges

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4. Jardins du Luxembourg, 6th arrondissement

Created in 1612, by Marie de Medici, the second wife of Henry IV, the Luxemburg Gardens were part of her new residence following the king’s death. Located between Saint-Germain-des-Près and the Latin Quarter, the 23 hectares are known for their tree-lined paths and abundant flowerbeds. More of a garden than a park, the lawns are not accessible, but it is a lovely place to sit in one of the iconic chairs to watch life going by. More information

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5. Jardins des Tuileries, 1st arrondissement

Right in the centre of the Paris bustle, these beautiful gardens are those of the adjoining Louvre Palace. Now a museum, it was here that kings and queens of France once lived. The gardens were created by Catherine de Medicis, Queen of France, in 1564 and are split in two, with the Carrousel close to the Place de la Concorde, where there are fountains and benches, and two museums (the Jeu de Paume and Orangerie dedicated to Monnet’s works). The second part of the garden, that is closer to the Louvre, is accessible to all including the grass and its neatly trimmed labyrinths. As it is in such a central location close to the city’s biggest monuments, it does get crowded quite quickly especially in the afternoons. More information

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6. Jardin du Palais Royal

Completed in 1639, the Palais Royal and its garden, then called the Palais Cardinal, has surprisingly managed to stay a secret. Fronted by some of the city’s most famous theatres and the iconic Café Nemours, the central courtyards boast a permanent art installation by living French contemporary artist Daniel Buren, while the larger courtyard has fountains, tree-lined alleys surrounded by luxurious townhouses standing on grand archways where restaurants like centuries-old landmark Le Grand Véfour nestle as well as boutiques like Didier Ludot, the designer vintage king. More information

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© Jacques Lebar

7. Musée Rodin Park

Few people know that you can actually just pay a couple of euro to gain access just to the gardens without having to pass through the museum, which is worth the detour for the famous French sculptor’s works and paintings. The garden surrounded the house, known as the Hôtel Biron, which was the artist’s workshop from 1908, is a tumble of courtyards, neatly trimmed hedges and ponds adorned with some of Auguste Rodin’s most well-known statues like The Thinker. There is also a café with tables and chairs lining one of the picturesque flowerbeds. More information

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1 Buttes Chaumont
2 Parc Monceau
3 Place des Vosges
4 Jardins du Luxembourg
5 Jardins des Tuileries
6 Jardin du Palais Royal
7 Musée Rodin Park