One of my favorite things about Paris is the way the city values park culture. Slow morning walks, afternoon picnics, catch ups with friends over evening wine in the summer light…I could go on and on about all the favorite pasttimes I have about Paris’ parks. Each of my trips to Paris always includes time carved out specifically for me to enjoy some downtime in my favorite parks. So today I am sharing which green spots mean the most to me.
The Jardin du Luxembourg takes the prize for my favorite park in Paris. It manages to be strikingly beautiful in any season, in any weather and in any light. I have fond memories of visiting it when I was a little girl. And nowadays I always prioritize a little rest in this park whenever I am in Paris. In addition, I love picking up treats and coffee from the nearby Pierre Hermé.
This sprawling park in Paris’ Saint Germain neighborhood is known for its lovely lawns, tree-lined promenades, flowerbeds, model sailboats and the picturesque Medici Fountain built in 1620. The park was created beginning in 1612 by Marie de’ Medici for her new residence, the Luxembourg Palace.
This park is one of the places in the world I feel most at peace.
The Luxembourg Gardens Through the Seasons:
My other favorite parks in Paris include:
Jardin du Palais Royal:
This park is landscaped grounds of the 17th century Palais Royal. Tucked away in what feels like a secret courtyard, this garden is always a must visit for me early in the morning for a peaceful walk. It features a soothing large fountain and other water features and strikingly beautiful tree-lined walkways and blooming florals.
I fell in love with this park when I studied abroad in Paris in 2005. My school was right nearby in the 8th arrondissement. I would go on runs and walks with one of my friends in the program in between classes. It is surrounded by some of the most striking residential architecture worth perusing before or after your visit to the park. The park was established in 1778 by Phillippe d’Orléans, Duke of Chartres, a cousin of King Louis XVI.
Place des Vosges:
I always make sure to spend time on one of the park benches in Place des Vosges when I am in Paris. Tucked away in the Marais, Place des Vosges is the oldest planned square in Paris (and it was originally named Place Royale when built by Henri IV for French nobility). I find it to be one of the most charming, delightful parks in Paris. If you head there in the early morning it is largely empty, has beautiful light and is a welcomed spot for a morning coffee.
La Coulée Verte (Promenade Plantée):
This elevated park is further East in Paris than most tourists venture but it is a beautiful spot for a stroll. It is so fun to see Paris’ rooftops from up high. This park is particularly beautiful in Spring and Fall as the leaves change and blooms sprout.
Jardin des Tuileries:
One of Paris’ most well-known and largest parks, the Tuileries Garden is situated between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde in the heart of the city. It was created by Catherine de’ Medici as the garden of the Tuileries Palace in 1564 and later went on to be opened to the public in 1667. The views from this park are beautiful and it is one of my favorites for long strolls with friends. It also makes for a great spot to have a little picnic (there is a Paul located in the park if you’re in search of a quick lunch to snack on in one of the park’s famed green chairs.)
Do you have a favorite park in Paris?
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