Greenery in the capital

Greenery in the capital

As soon as the sun comes out, people flock to Paris's parks, gardens, and squares to get away from the city's bustling streets.

They belong 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 pleasure. In the capital's largest French garden, you are surrounded by sculptures by Rodin, Maillol, and Dubuffet.

The sumptuous Palais Royal (1633) is where writer Colette lived. Its four arcade galleries inspired Jean Cocteau to nickname it the Wall of China. At the entrance to the garden, in the main courtyard, you can admire Les Sphérades, kinetic fountains designed by the Belgian sculptor Pol Bury, and Les Deux Plateaux, otherwise known as “Buren's Columns”, by the French artist Daniel Buren.

In north-eastern Paris, the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, which is built on former quarries, is undeniably one of the most original green spaces. Its escarpment and elevation offer breathtaking views of the whole city, especially the district of Montmartre.

The Jardin des Plantes is a slice of nature at the heart of the 5th arrondissement. It was created four centuries ago to house incredible collections of plants. Its two and a half hectares of greenery offer visitors a stroll through a wonderfully maintained, diverse setting with hidden statues to admire and mysterious nooks.

The Parc Monceau is one of the City of Light's most beautiful gardens. Along with some fake ruins, it is home to some incredible trees, including an oriental plane tree dating back to 1814. Its trunk has a circumference of – wait for it – seven metres!

Jardin du Luxembourg
Place Edmond Rostand
75006 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 34 20 00

Jardin des Tuileries
113, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 20 53 17

Jardin du Palais Royal
6, rue de Montpensier
75001 Paris
+33 (0)1 47 03 92 16

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
Place Armand Carrel
75018 Paris

Jardin des Plantes
57, rue Cuvier
75005 Paris
+33 (0)1 40 79 56 01

Parc Monceau
35, boulevard de Courcelles
75008 Paris
+33 (0)1 42 27 39 56