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Four Favourite Paris Gardens

Paris parks

Paris parks

Paris in the spring.  

The perfect time to soak up some sunshine and explore the city's gardens.  Grab your favourite book, pack a picnic, put on your most stylish walking shoes, choose a shady hat and get ready for a day in nature.  

With so many stunning gardens in Paris, the hardest part is deciding which ones make it into our top five.


Jardin du Luxembourg 

2 rue Auguste Compte, 6e 

Arguably one of the most popular places in Paris to soak up the sun, take a deep breath of fresh air and relax.  Whether you’re keen to stroll or sit, this 25 hectare park in the heart of the Latin Quarter will win you over with it’s charm. 

Established by Italian monarch Marie de Medicis in the mid-17th century, the gardens feature a Florentine-style palace which now houses the French Senate. The park has lots of attractions for children with playgrounds, a carousel and puppet theatre but for me, it makes it onto the “favourites list” purely because of the stunning Medici Fountain. 

Parc Montsouris 

Main entrances at Avenue Reille and Boulevard Jourdain, 14e 

Not far from Montparnasse, the romantic Monstouris Park offers a welcome break after a busy day of sightseeing. Designed in the 19th century under the direction of the Baron Haussmann, the park has the feel of a romantic English garden with winding wooden footpaths, waterfalls and brooks, and hidden shady nooks. 

Take a few moments to sit by the park's enormous man-made lake and watch the ducks, geese and swans glide around.  There’s also lots to keep the kids occupied with playgrounds, pony rides, ice cream and a puppet theatre. 

Albert Kahn Musée et Jardins

10-14 rue du Port,Boulogne-Billancourt 

This spectacular garden makes a visit to the Albert Kahn Musée and Jardins in Boulogne-Billancourt worthwhile. The museum features historic photographs and film collected by the banker and philanthropist, Albert Kahn, but it is the four acres of garden that we will explore. 

Stroll through each section to discover gardens modelled on different styles from around the world – rocky Vosgienne forest, Japanese village gardens, contemporary Japanese gardens and English and French gardens. On Tuesdays and Sundays between April and September (except July and August), in the pavillon du thé,  you can even partake in a Japanese tea ceremony, led by a tea master from Kyoto’s Urasenke school.  

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

1 Rue Botzaris, 19e 

Set high up in Belleville and often missed by busy tourists, this garden paradise is one of the city's most magical and quirky spots. 

Once a gypsum quarry and rubbish dump, the Buttes-Chaumont ("bald mountain") was opened as part of the celebrations for the 1867 Exposition Universelle. 

It is one of the largest and steepest parks in Paris with 27 hectares of meandering paths, waterfalls, temples and dramatic vertical cliffs.  Lose yourself amongst landscaped slopes with grottoes, waterfalls and woods, only to then catch a glimpse of Paris laid out before you.There's a lovely small Temple to Sybille at the top of a cliff – the perfect vantage point to see the lake below as well as an impressive view of Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre. 

The park is a favourite with Parisians, and once you visit, you’ll see why.


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