Top 11 best parks and gardens in Paris
Many may agree with me and say that Paris is a concrete jungle. This modern city mainly features beautiful Haussmannian architecture that was established in 1853 under Napoleon III’s rule. Nevertheless, Paris has special areas which are flocked by both locals and tourists to appreciate its green landscapes. From grand parks to charming gardens, the city has various beautiful gardens and recreational parks you could visit when in Paris. Moreover, after walking Paris the whole morning, there’s nothing better than knowing a pleasant garden to enjoy a picnic and rest a bit! So to help you have an idea, here is a list of the top 11 best parks and gardens in Paris.
Jardin Du Luxembourg
The Luxembourg Garden is one of the most famous gardens in Paris. It was created for Marie de Medici who was Queen of France and wife to Henri, the IV. What makes this park one of the top 10 best parks and gardens in Paris is its huge size and endless fun-filled activities. Pony-rides, merry-go-rounds and carousels are just some of the many things you could do in this 25-hectare park (learn more about activities you can do there). The park is also known for its théatre des marionettes (puppet shows). Furthermore, there are excellent popular restaurants in the area like the Moustache located at 3 Rue Sainte-Beuve. They are a bit expensive but serve quality food!
Address: Rue de Médicis – Rue de Vaugirard – 75006 Paris
Metro stop: Luxembourg (RER B) on Boulevard Saint-Michel, near the intersection of rue Gay Lussac.
Jardin Des Tuileries
Jardin des Tuileries was the main garden for the ladies of the royal court, especially a favorite spot for the Queen, Marie Antoinette. Created strategically between the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais, the park served as place of serene and calm conversation for the people of the realm. It is definitely one of the top 11 best gardens in Paris because it now includes fun activities such as a merry-go-round, swing boats, even crepe and cotton-candy stands. It’s the perfect place to take you and your children for a day of activities (more family activities in Paris).
Address: Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris
Metro stop: Line 1, Tuileries
Jardin Des Champs Elysées
This garden is infamous compared to the grand Avenue des Champs Elysees. It was originally sculpted to be an extension of the Jardin des Tuileries. Therefore, it settles between the lower part of the Avenue Champs Elysees all the way to the Place la Concorde. One of the parks great features is the various impressive fountains such as the Fontaine des Ambassadeurs; the Fountain of Venus which is an original design made by one of the parks architect Jacques Hittorff.
Address: 10 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
Metro stop: Line 1, Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau
Champs De Mars
This is the park that faces directly the Tour Eiffel giving tourists and locals a great view of Paris greatest landmark (read more about the best spots to have a view of Paris). Therefore it is on my top 11 best parks and gardens in Paris. The park extends in size from the tower itself to the Ecole Militaire. It’s very popular, as many locals go there for jogs and runs in sport-groups. Picnic activities are also commonly done here so you can come here and in a very French-like fashion, gaze at the tower while eating a baguette and some cheese!
Jardin Des Plantes
The Jardin de Plantes is one of the seven departments of the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris. The garden is 400 years old and also has a part dedicated to science and research that was put in place during the reign of Louis XVI (learn more about French kings). There are various greenhouses and exhibitions. Visiting this garden is not only educational but fun and relaxing. Being the main botanic garden, it makes it on the list of top 11 best parks and gardens in Paris.
Address: 57 rue Cuvier – 75005 Paris
Metro: Gare d’Austerlitz” or”Jussieu”, Line 7 or 10
Parc Des Buttes Chaumont
Next on my top 11 best parks and gardens in Paris is Parc de Buttes-Chaumont. It was created by the famous city baron, Georges Eugène Haussmann, as one of the first original parks to be put in place for the recreational purpose for the people of Paris. It has a very Zen-like nature, featuring a lake, waterfalls and a miniature statuette of the famous Temple to Sybil. This style is very impressionable that one may not really know that the park was an old gypsum and limestone quarry. You also see the run-down railways of the 19th century and puppet shows for the children (more things to do with children in Paris).
Address: 1 Rue Botzaris, 75019 Paris
Metro stop: Line 7bis, Buttes Chaumont
Place des Vosges
This place is probably the best preserved in Paris, allowing you to imagine how the city was back in time. Located in the 4th district, it gives you the a place to rest on the grass right in the middle of the famous Marais’ quarter, in a place totally surrounded by ancient buildings, protecting it from the noise and the crowds. You can’t find this atmosphere anywhere else in Paris! It’s definitely worth it!
Address: Place des Vosges – 75004 Paris
Metro stop: Line 1, Saint-Paul
Parc De la Villette
For me, Parc de la Villette is a celebration of life. It comes in third place as one of the largest parks in Paris as its features vast lawns and various climbing bars. It also includes a children’s art center and is divided into theme areas. What makes it one of the top 11 best parks and gardens in Paris is an event that takes place every year: the open air cinema! A seasonal film and on-screen show festival that is held every summer. The variety of films range from French and American screen writers but also includes other international films and directions (read this article if you want to see English speaking movies in Paris). I would say Parc de la Villette is probably Parisians most appreciated park in Paris!
Address: 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris
Metro stop: Porte De La Villette is 650 meters away, 9 min walk. Metro line 5, Metro line 7.
This is one of my most favorite parks in Paris. Located in the south of the city, it’s a great place to not only have friend and family picnics but long nice walks by the artificial lake as well. Its traditional English design makes it unique and one of the top 11 best parks and gardens in Paris. This is one of the lesser known and less touristy parks in Paris. Moreover, the park is surrounded by hostels, bars and restaurants! Parc Montsouris is a great place to chill a whole afternoon!
Address: 2 Rue Gazan, 75014 Paris
Metro stop: Cité Universitaire, RER B
Jardin Des Serres Auteuil
Resembling a classic botanical garden, the Jardin des Serres Auteuil has a cave-like atmosphere. This has to be one of the best romantic spots to go to in Paris (more romantic spots in Paris). It features an impressive tropical pavilion which is home to various bird species. Their lovely aviary attracts many nature lovers and gardeners. Plus, it’s pretty romantic! Definitely, a place to go to with your lover!
Address: 3 Avenue de la Porte d’Auteuil, 75016 Paris
Metro stop: Porte d’Auteuil, Line 10
Parc Monceau dates back to the 17th century and is centrally located in the beautiful 8th arrondissement. Today it is one of the most elegant gardens in Paris, just as elegant as the surrounding district, once of the most affluent districts in all of Paris. Upon entering, you’ll pass through the famous iron gates embellished with gold. Walking around the park, you’ll find many statues, a Renaissance archway belonging to the former Paris City Hall, lovely trees, bonds, bridges, and more. You can read all about the history of Parc Monceau and what it has to offer in this article!
Voilà! My top 11 best parks and gardens in Paris is now over. You now know what are the best parks and gardens in Paris. Parisians love to relax, have a picnic, and take naps in parks and gardens when the weather is nice! And you can be sure you’ll meet many locals if you go to the places I’ve mentioned! Days are getting warmer and if you want to experience the Parisian lifestyle you really should grab lunch and relax in one of these gardens filled with locals! If you want to discover the city walking in the streets and learning about the city of lights, click on one of these links and book a free (tip-only) walking tour in Montmartre, Le Marais, the Latin quarter or anywhere else in Paris!
See you soon!
*originally written by Natalie in 2017 and updated by Arielle in 2020