It belongs to France's senate but the romantic Luxembourg Gardens are the perfect place to escape bustling Boulevard Saint Michel. Search out the beehives here.
Tuileries is a garden that mixes sport with aesthetic discovery. In the capital's largest French garden, you are surrounded by sculptures by Rodin, Maillol, and Dubuffet.
As for the delicious Palais Royal (1633) where writer Colette lived, and whose four arcade galleries inspired Jean Cocteau to nickname it the Wall of China, the garden borders an installation of steel balls by Paul Bury and Daniel Buren's striped pillars.
And, don't forget the Buttes Chaumont park, the green setting of Virginie Despentes' latest novel,Vernon Subutex; the Botanical Gardens and its rose garden; and the fake ruins of Parc Monceau.
Jardin du Luxembourg
+33 (0)1 42 34 20 00
Jardin des Tuileries
Place de la Concorde
+33 (0)1 40 20 53 17
Jardin du Palais Royal
6, rue de Montpensier
+33 01 47 03 92 16