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BEST parks in Paris you NEED to visit

the gorgeous greek architecture found in Park Monceau

As we all know, Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world – it’s the reason why so many tourists flock to it every year! But surprisingly, the parks in Paris are not often included in a tourist’s itinerary. Paris is filled to the brim with history, people, fashion, and food – which is incredibly exciting but can make it feel crowded at times. What adds to this busy, urban landscape’s beauty is the splattering of vast green spaces around the city.

You can find several parks and gardens in Paris that many tourists might not know about or take the time to visit. But trust me, after several busy days in the City of Lights, some relaxed, slow moments in nature will be needed!

Whether you’re in the mood for a stroll, a picnic, people-watching or simply enjoying the view, these are some of my favourite parks and gardens to check out during your next visit to Paris.

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Tips for visiting Paris 

Ⓜ️ Look for accommodations near the metro. One of the beautiful things about major cities like London and Paris is that they are so well connected! One of my asked questions about visiting Paris is where to book accommodations and I always say the same thing! If you’re close to a metro, you’re golden because you’ll be able to go anywhere you’d like with relative ease!

PRO TIP: You can find some of my accommodation recommendations on my FREE Paris guide!

🥗 Make restaurant reservations in advance (most can be reserved online)! I do this every time I plan on visiting a major city ESPECIALLY if its during peak season. You’ll be surprised how much the culture has changed from walk-ins to reservation based after Covid-19! If theres a place you really want to eat at, book it in advance to be safe.

🏛️ Most museums are free to visit the first Sunday of the month! Take advantage of this if you are travelling around the beginning of the month! In order to do this, plan ahead and book tickets in advance. Understandably many people will want to visit during this window so reserve your tickets in advance!



Best parks and gardens in Paris 

Park Monceau

the beautiful greek architecture in Parc Monceau in Paris on a cloudless day

So far, this is one of personal favourite parks in Paris. Located in the 8th arrondissement, only roughly a 15-minute walk away from the Arc de Triomphe, this park is the perfect spot for a picnic. In Parc Monceau, you can find a gorgeous Venetian bridge, stunning Corinthian pillars surrounding a large pond and your typical Parisian Carousel.

This diversity of styles is why I consider this park to be one of my favourite hidden gems in Paris. Just outside the walls of the park, you can find many elegant and luxurious buildings as the park dates back to the 17th century. But once inside, you don’t even feel like you are in the number one tourist destination in the world anymore.

Even as summer slowly transitions to fall, this park was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon, enjoying the sunshine and escaping the noise of the city. Wandering the winding paths, we passed children and families playing sports, watched a photographer capture photos of beautiful models draped across the Greek-inspired architecture and enjoyed a wonderful spread of cheese, bread and pastries that we put together.



the view from the bottom of the hill in Buttes Chaumont and from the top of the bridge

This is another hidden gem but this time it is out in the 19th arrondissement. It is one of the largest green spaces in Paris and what surprised me the most was how hilly it was. At one of the entrances to the park, you can watch the paths twist and turn down towards a lake. Above the lake, hovers a small temple on top of caves connected to the rest of the park by a large suspension bridge. Not at all the landscape that I was expecting in Paris!

It was a perfect spot to sit and drink a coffee while enjoying your new-found oasis. I could tell it was a popular spot for locals because of the number of families and nannies taking children out for walks and admiring the many ducks floating in the artificial lake. This park used to be a quarry, which explains its size, and hilly nature. There even is a grotto in one of the caves. It is full of statues and is made complete by a magical waterfall. It really is one of the best parks in Paris!


Père Lachaise

the cobblestone paths inside the Père Lachaise cemetery

It is worth mentioning that this park is a cemetery – not the same vibe as the other parks in Paris. But, it is one of the coolest public green spaces to check out in Paris in my opinion. For starters, many famous and important people have been laid to rest in this cemetery. That alone makes it worthwhile to visit. Wandering the grounds you can search for legendary people such as Oscar Wilde, Frederick Chopin, Edith Piaf, Marcel Proust and Jim Morrison.

The grounds themselves are also very beautiful. The streets are lined with massive trees and there are 70,000 burial plots with some stunning, ornate, gothic graves. It is also worth mentioning that this is a surprisingly hilly cemetery. It really is a wonderful place to take your time to stroll around , wander and explore. But be careful not to get lost; the streets are very small, winding and confusing. If it wasn’t for the photo I took of the map at one of the entrances, we would have been easily wandering for hours trying to spot some of the most iconic plots on the grounds.

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Jardin des Plantes

a large tree inside the Jardin des Plantes in Paris

One of the best aspects of this botanical garden is the fact that it houses a Natural History Museum, a botanical school and France’s oldest public zoo! On your next visit to the Latin Quarter in the 5th arrondissement, you could easily spend the day bouncing from building to building. All while strolling through the gardens on your way.

But why is it worth the visit? Well, it is a botanical garden meaning that they have gathered many different species of plants to study and display for the public. This garden is massive! 75 acres in size and students from the botanic school have gathered and organized over 4,500 different plant species.

Inside you will find your typical French garden complete with symmetry, a garden of ‘useful plants’ (meaning medicinal or textile plants), an alpine garden, a rose and rock garden, an iris and perennial garden and even a maze. Needless to say, there’s a lot going on. And because of the diversity in plants, there is usually something to see all year round! In terms of parks and gardens in Paris, this is as ‘green’ as they get!

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Jardin du Luxembourg

rows of flowers with the Luxembourg Palace in the background - a beautiful summer day in the Luxembourg Gardens
Summertime in Luxembourg Gardens

The Luxembourg Gardens is only a short 5-minute walk from the Pantheon. I feel that this park might be of the more recognizable names on this list. Created in 1612, these gardens are interesting because it consists of a combination of English and French gardens. This is all against the backdrop of the stunning Luxembourg Palace. Between the two styles of gardens, there is a large pond (where you can find children playing and racing wooden boats), some greenhouses and an orchard!

Surrounding the entire space, you can find 106 statues sprinkled around of some very recognizable names including Beethoven and Chopin. For me, the Luxembourg garden is the perfect place to grab a seat, relax and people-watch – especially in the summer months. You can find many people enjoying the outdoors either running, reading, strolling or snacking.

What I recently discovered about the gardens is they have a beekeeping school that has been around since the 1800s. They have almost 20 hives and annually they collect around 450 pounds of honey! You can find this little gem hidden in the fruit orchards on the southwest side of the park.


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Final Thoughts

Best parks you need to visit in Paris

I hope this list has inspired you to check out the underrated parks and gardens in Paris! I do believe that after being in the city for a couple days, a nice break in a green space will do you good! Going for a picnic, having your morning coffee or reading your book are excellent ways to fit a park visit into your Paris itinerary.

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You can find more inspiration for your trip to Paris by visiting my Thatch page! I have tonnes of FREE guides for you to explore such as My Favourite views of the Eiffel Tower or the Unmissable Parisian food stops! You can also take a look at my Less Touristy Day in Paris walking itinerary!

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