The 5 best parks in Paris

The 5 best parks in Paris (+ other tips!)

Do you want to relax when you’re in Paris? You’re lucky, Paris has many beautiful parks! These are the best parks in Paris.

The best parks in Paris

Paris is one of the greenest capitals in the world, there are more than 480 (!) parks and gardens in the city. Feel like taking a break during your city trip? I get that, there is so much to see and do in Paris and it is sometimes good to take a break and process everything.

I visited Paris multiple times in spring and summer and I’ve visited many of the beautiful parks in Paris. In this article, I share five of my favorites plus a few more parks that are also worth visiting.

Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg is a great one to start this list of best Parisian Parks. It is a large park south of the Seine, within walking distance of the Pantheon and Notre Dame. Notable is the Palais du Luxembourg and its large pond.

Around this pond are hundreds of chairs that you can grab and put anywhere you like. Which is amazing, this way you can choose whether you want to sit in the sun or shade. A great place to recover from a long walk in Paris.

Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris

Jardin des Tuileries

Near the Louvre you will find another great park: Jardin des Tuileries (also known as the Tuileries). This is the oldest park in Paris and it is very big. In this park, you will see many straight lines and colorful flowers. There are also chairs here for you to relax in.

It is also very fun to stand in the middle of the park. That’s when you see a straight line between the Arc de Triomphe, the obelisk on Place De La Concorde, Place du Carrousel (with a small Arc de Triomphe), and the pyramid of the Louvre.

TIP: In the Jardin des Tuileries you can find Musée de l’Orangerie. An impressive museum with eight enormous Water Lilies murals by Claude Monet. In addition, works by Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso. Buy your ticket here Then you won’t have to stand in line.

Jardin des Tuileries in Paris

Jardin des Palais Royal

Near Jardin des Tuileries you will find a very small park, which is also worth visiting: Jardin des Palais Royal. In addition to benches, trees, and flowerbeds, you’ll also find many fun artistic objects. For example, with the big mirror balls and crazy black and white columns, you can take a lot of cool photos. A good place for Instagram lovers and a true hidden gem in Paris.

Jardin des Palais Royal in Paris

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

In the 19th arrondissement (northeast of the city center), you’ll find Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. A park with very large elevation changes and therefore has some cool bridges. For me personally, it is my favorite in this list of the most beautiful parks in Paris and it has not been discovered by the crowds (yet).

In the middle of the park, at the top of the hill, there is a beautiful little chapel. A really cool place to wander around, everywhere you look you see something new and interesting. From here, you also have a great view of the famous Sacré-Coeur.

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in Paris

Place des Vosges

Last but not least on this list of the best parks in Paris is Place des Vosges, a small park in the Marais. Officially it is a square (the oldest square in Paris), but it mainly has grass and trees. It really feels like a sort of courtyard garden, around you you see all these beautiful stately French buildings. Grab yourself a picnic blanket and it’s the perfect place to relax.

TIP! on this square, you will also find the museum Maison de Victor Hugo. This famous writer wrote most of Les Misérables here. You can visit this museum for free.

Place des Vosges in Paris

Other beautiful parks in Paris

Besides these five beautiful parks in Paris, there are other parks worth visiting during a Paris city break:

  • Jardin des Plantes: A fine park near Gare d’Austerlitz. It has twelve beautiful gardens with different themes.
  • Bois de Boulogne: Huge park west of the Eiffel Tower. You can also rent a boat here.
  • Parc Montsouris: Located south of the city center, this park is nice and hilly.
  • Parc de Belleville: Located between Cimetière du Père-Lachaise and Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. A fun park with a gorgous view of Paris.
  • Parc Monceau: Cute little park near the Arc de Triomphe with an impressive colonnade.

Where to stay in Paris?

Where will you stay during a city break in Paris? There are an awful lot of options. These are a few recommendations if you are looking for a unique place to stay in Paris:

  • Hôtel du Triangle d’Or (3⭐, 📈 8,7) – This fun hotel has a musical theme with records and musical instruments on the wall and drums as bedside tables. From here you can walk to Jardin des Tuileries and Opera Garnier in a few minutes.
  • Hôtel Artus (4⭐, 📈 9,0) – Cozy boutique hotel with sauna in a very good location. Just a few minutes’ walk from the huge Jardin du Luxembourg.
  • Hotel du Petit Moulin (4⭐, 📈 9,1) – Awesome boutique hotel in Le Marais. The rooms are decorated by the famous designer Christian Lacroix with lots of flowers and bright colors.

Check for more options, availability, and prices for a great stay in Paris.

Book a trip to Paris

Feel like visiting Paris? These websites are very convenient when you’re booking your trip.

🚂 Paris is very accessible by train and has high-speed train connections with many other European countries. Check Rail Europe for train tickets and prices.

✈️ Paris has several international airports. Find the cheapest flights with WayAway, a flight aggregator that provides travelers with the best rates on airline tickets.

🎡 Check Get Your Guide for the best tours and activities in Paris.

🚘 Are you planning on going on a road trip after your Paris city trip? Check Rental Cars and Discover Cars for the best deals on rental cars.

💊 As for me, travel insurance is a necessary component of any trip, if you want to be calm in every unexpected event during your journey. So, I suggest you choose Insubuy. It is currently the largest provider of visitor insurance. You will definitely find the best insurance plan that fits your needs.

Do you want to read more about Paris?

Planning on visiting Paris soon and do you want to visit other sights in addition to these beautiful parks? These travel guides are full of tips:

Lonely Planet Paris

DK Eyewitness Paris

And you can also read more about a trip to Paris and France on this website. You might like to check out these articles as well:

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This article was published in August 2017. Last update: September 2022.

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