Natural Delights: Paris’ Top 10 Parks and Gardens

Natural Delights: Paris’ Top 10 Parks and Gardens

Showcasing a beautiful array of verdant environments from secreted corners to sweeping expanses, the city of Paris matches its romance and culture with a staggering collection of green spaces, granting a moment’s tranquillity amidst a bustling metropolis.

1) Luxembourg Gardens (6th) – Considered one of the capital’s most popular attractions, this sublime refuge comprises 55 acres of gravel passageways, open verges, soothing water features, inspiring sculptures and a picturesque orchard, and provides a home to the resplendent Luxembourg Palace.

2) Square des Batignolles (17th) – This undiscovered treasure presents a local’s favourite unspoilt by the invading crowds, housing a rather exotic selection of flora in addition to a greenhouse, creek, charming lake and even acave, highly recommended for an authentic taste of Parisian life.

3) Parc de Bercy (12th) – Accessible from the Left Bank through a wonderful footbridge, this tourist free haven was once a thriving location for winemaking and currently encompasses a series of diverse gardens, some utterly peaceful and others brimming with activity, all impeccably maintained.

4) Jardin des Plantes (5th) – Lush, fragrant and instantly appealing, Paris’s principal botanical garden is a must see for nature enthusiasts, delighting visitors since the 1600s and boasting 70 acres of manicured displays, plentiful picnic space, a petite zoo, and the enthralling Natural History Museum.

5) Parc des Buttes-Chaumont (19th) – The ultimate romantic setting, this undulating sanctuary is simply cherished by the locals, easily understandable when you discover its scenic aesthetic, fantastic views, sheer manmade bluffs and stunning 30 foot waterfall; find out more here.

6) Parc Monceau (8th) – Sporting an English and somewhat informal style, Parc Monceau dates back to the 18th century and remains a popular destination for Parisian families, occupied by a scattering of sculptures and model structures, which include a miniature Dutch windmill and an Egyptian pyramid.

7) Jardin du Palais Royal (1st) – A well kept secret, this small and secluded oasis can be found in the heart of the city, enclosed on all sides by elegant arcades and completely shielded from the noise and congestion, offering a welcome retreat after a busy day’s sightseeing.

8) Parc Andre Citroen (15th) – Regarded as one of the capital’s most innovative projects, this former automobile site fuses futuristic design with natural elements, creating a unique locale for everyone to enjoy, with a tethered hot air balloon affording wonderful vistas from 150 metres above ground.

9) Jardin de la Vallee Suisse (8th) – Difficult to find yet unquestionably worth it, this unchartered surprise can be reached through a narrow staircase close to the Grand Palais, which descends into a soothing and shaded spot littered with lilacs and maples.

10) Parc Montsouris (14th) – The final addition grants a rewarding option for visitors residing in Paris’s verdant south, providing a beautifully untamed location for memorable picnics, particularly adored by children due to the park’s ample playgrounds and delightful puppet theatre. This concise assortment offers a pleasurable introduction to the city’s flourishing park scene, with a variety of options at your disposal, evenly distributed to allow instant access from our range of Paris rental apartments, available here.