The city of Paris, in addition to its many monuments and museums, also contains over 400 parks and gardens. With summer around the corner, Paris Attitude has decided to provide you with a list of the most attractive green spaces in the city, whether you want to take a stroll or simply relax in the sunshine.
The Palais Royal Gardens
Built in 1633 at the request of Cardinal de Richelieu, the Palais Royal and its gardens were home to the royal family until the construction of the Versailles palace. This unique place, situated in the very heart of the capital, in the 1st arrondissement, is a real oasis of calm. When you arrive, start by visiting the courtyard of the Palais Royal where you will discover the Buren columns. Next, wander the pathways, take advantage of the sunshine to take a break on one of the benches here. Those interested will also find several restaurants and can do some shopping in luxury boutiques such as Marc Jacobs, Rick Owens, and shoemaker Pierre Hardy. They can be found under the arcades of the buildings surrounding the garden. Also under the arcades is Didier Ludot, a famous vintage luxury boutique.
Jardins du Palais Royal – 38, rue du Montpensier 75001
Marc Jacobs – 34 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001 Paris
Didier Ludot – 31 Galerie de Montpensier, 75001 Paris
Pierre Hardy – 156 Galerie de Valois, 75001 Paris
Rick Owens – 130-133 Galerie de Valois, 75001 Paris
The “Coulée Verte” green space
Not well-known among Parisians, the Coulée Verte walkway is located in the 12th arrondissement and connects the area around Bastille to Porte Dorée and Porte de Vincennes. This walkway, built along 4.5 km of an old railway line, is an ideal place for a stroll, to somewhat get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. One special feature of this walkway is that a good portion of the route is 7 meters off the ground, thanks to a footbridge built high up, enabling you to overlook the city and admire the panorama at your feet.
La Coulée Verte – 30 avenue Diderot, 75012 Paris.
The Luxembourg Gardens
Situated near Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Gardens make up the largest park in the city. Much beloved by the residents of these neighborhoods, it was also a favorite of great French writers, like Baudelaire, Victor Hugo, and Jean-Paul Sartre. It is one of the most attractive in the city, particularly thanks to its special arrangement blending French and English style gardens. As you walk its pathways, you will encounter many plant and flower species, statues of famous figures, or people playing chess, facing off under the shade trees. Afterward, take a spot on one of the chairs provided near the great pond, to admire the beauty of the landscaping.
The Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg) – 2 rue Auguste Comte, 75006 Paris
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
This park is quite different from the other parks in Paris. Situated in the 19th arrondissement, since it is very steep. Take the time out to go walk around its famous lake, where you can admire the little Temple Sybille, a former Roman building, lording over the middle of a rocky island. If the walk whets your appetite, you can have lunch or simply grab a drink at Pavillon du Lac or at Rosa Bonheur, two of the park’s restaurants. If you are walking there with kids, take them to see a marionette show, in one of the park’s two theaters, which have been putting on Guignol shows since the 19th century!
Parc des buttes Chaumont – 1 rue Botzaris, 75019
Paris Le Pavillon du Lac – 4 place Armand Carrel, 75019
Paris Le Rosa Bonheur – 2 avenue de la cascade, parc des Buttes Chaumont 75019, Paris
The Tuileries Gardens
After a visit to the Louvre, take advantage of the trip to visit the Tuileries Gardens, located adjacent to the museum grounds. The gardens are also bordered by the Rue de Rivoili, where you will find many ready-to-wear boutiques. In the northwest corner of the gardens is the Jeu de Paume gallery, a museum dedicated to photo exhibitions and contemporary art. And if the weather allows, give in to temptation and take a ride on the big Ferris wheel to admire the City of Light!
Jardins des Tuileries – Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris
These parks are all located in the most pleasant parts of Paris: the Latin Quarter is a delight for anyone who wants to get immersed in ancient Paris, the Bastille area is ideal for going out, while the 1st arrondissement is a central point in the city where the nicest boutiques and some of the most beautiful monuments can be found. Pick one that suits you best, and the apartment to go along with it, and you will spend an unforgettable time in Paris!