Paris and its parks and gardens

With some 480 parks and gardens, Paris’s green spaces offer plenty of choice! Follow the guide.

With some 480 parks and gardens, Paris’s green spaces offer plenty of choice: from the little square galant for a romantic tryst to a big contemporary park for family fun with the kids, plus there are botanical gardens for plant lovers … Follow the guide. 

Journey through time

Paris, square René Viviani © Mairie de Paris - Guillaume

To go back to Gallo-Roman times, head to the Square des arènes de Lutèce or, soak up the medieval atmosphere in the jardin du musée de Cluny (closed until further notice). Do you want to see the oldest tree in Paris? Four centuries-old, it stands proudly in the Square René-Viviani, , in the heart of the Latin Quarter.

Garden design over the centuries

Jardin des Tuileries, fleurs et vue sur le Louvre, Paris © Fotolia - Tanya

The ‘French-style’ garden was raised to perfection by André Le Nôtre in the 17th century and is characterized by its geometric layout and its perfect symmetry. The Luxembourg Gardens (the ‘Luco’ for those who know it well) and the Tuileries Gardens are fine examples of this style.

In contrast, the ‘English-style’ garden’ favours a return to nature, as reflected in the landscape architecture of the Parc Monceau and the Parc Montsouris, with their more natural planting and irregular landscape architecture. Paris also boasts contemporary parks with Parc de la Villette, Parc André-Citroën and Parc de Bercy.

Great views

Paris, parc de Belleville © DR - Amélie Dupont

Some of Paris’s parks and gardens have wonderful views over the capital. For a breathtaking view of the basilica of Sacré-Cœur, go to the little garden Square Louise-Michel. And the best place to take in the full scale of the  Eiffel tower is from the Jardin du Champ-de-Mars.

Situated on a hill, the Parc de Belleville offers a marvellous view of Paris. And, for a bird’s eye view of the capital, the Ballon de Paris (air-balloon) in the parc André-Citroën will take you up to a height of 150 metres.

For romance

Jardins du Luxembourg, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

A romantic tryst? Paris is a worthy rival with numerous romantic places: with a chateau, a Chinese pagoda and a rose garden at the Parc de Bagatelle, the Temple de la Sibylle perched atop a rock in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, antique columns, ruins, statues and groves in the parc Monceau

The famous Medici fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens and the Square du Vert-Galant, , at the tip of the île de la Cité, are also highly prized by lovers.

With the kids

Manège au Jardin d'Acclimatation, Paris © OTCP - Amélie Dupont

Most of Paris’s green spaces have swings, slides and roundabouts to entertain toddlers. For bumper-sized playgrounds, head to the Terrain d’Aventures at the Jardin Nelson-Mandela at Les Halles. Not forgetting the Parc de la Villette, the Tuileries Gardens, the Parc André-Citroën and the Parc de Belleville.

For a great family day out go to the Jardin d’Acclimatation, Paris’s leading amusement park or discover animals from different parts of the world at the Parc zoologique de Paris.

Wonderful woods

Paris, jardin alpin du jardin des Plantes © MNHN - F-G Grandin

To get away from the urban environment, there is nothing better than a trip to the Bois de Vincennes and the Bois de Boulogne, Paris’s two green lungs. Paris has a wealth of plant species to discover in its four botanical gardens: the Parc Floral de Paris, the parc de Bagatelle, the Jardin de l’école d’Horticulture du Breuil and the jardin des serres d’Auteuil.

Tucked away in the heart of the Jardin des Plantes the alpine garden has numerous alpine species. For biodiversity, the Jardin sauvage Saint-Vincent is a wild garden and home to unique flora in Paris. Finally, for a complete change of scenery, head to the very exotic Jardin d’Agronomie tropicale.

And now for something unusual

Promenade plantée, Paris © OTCP - David Lefranc

Some gardens have developed in completely unexpected places. Located on a former railway, the Coulée verte René-Dumont (formerly Promenade plantée) is a planted promenade installed at a height of 10 metres, and the Jardin Atlantique, is hidden away above Montparnasse train station.

And for a very special visit, it is worth noting that the gardens of the Elysee Palace sometimes open their doors to the public, in particular during the Heritage Days weekend. A visit not to be missed!

Guided tours of parks and gardens of Paris

Paris, jardin de l'Ecole du Breuil © Marie-Christine Parcot - Ecole du Breuil - Mairie de Paris

Throughout the year, the Paris City Council organizes guided tours of parks and gardens, for which on certain dates there is no charge.

Lasting two hours, they relate the history and particular features of Paris’s green oases: from romantic gardens to wild gardens and including vegetable gardens, shared gardens and contemporary parks, etc.

More info on Parks and gardens in Paris

Jardin d'Acclimatation

Leisure park
Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 75016

Enjoy a unique experience at the new Jardin d'Acclimatation. Situated between Porte de Neuilly and Porte des Sablons, at the edge......

Parc de La Villette - Plein Air

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
211 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris, 75019

Built on the site of former abattoirs and designed by the architect Bernard Tschumi, the Parc de la Villette is the largest urban......

Parc Floral de Paris - Jardin botanique de Paris

Park, garden, promenade
Esplanade du château de Vincennes, Paris, 75012

Opened in 1969, the Parc Floral de Paris changes with the seasons, and is popular with plant and nature lovers. Along with the......

Jardin des Tuileries

Park, garden, promenade
Place de la Concorde, Paris, 75001

The Tuileries Gardens take their name from the tile factories which previously stood on the site where Queen Catherine de Medici......

Square René Viviani

Park, garden, promenade
2 rue du Fouarre, Paris, 75005

The Square René Viviani is a lovely little public garden bordering the Seine, an ideal departure point for a walk in the Latin......

Jardin du Luxembourg

Park, garden, promenade
Rue de Médicis - Rue de Vaugirard, Paris, 75006

Situated on the border between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Gardens, inspired by the Boboli......

Parc Monceau

Park, garden, promenade
35 boulevard de Courcelles, Paris, 75008

The construction of Parc Monceau dates back to the 17th century, under the orders of the Duke of Chartres. Situated in the 8th......

Parc Montsouris

Park, garden, promenade
2 rue Gazan, Paris, 75014

The Parc Montsouris is one of the largest green spaces in Paris. It is located in the 14th arrondissement, between rue d'Alésia......

Parc André Citroën

Park, garden, promenade
2 rue Cauchy, Paris, 75015

The Parc André Citroën is located on the site of the former Parisian Citroën factory. Opened in 1992, with a surface area of 14......

Parc de Bercy

Park, garden, promenade
41 rue Paul Belmondo, Paris, 75012

Situated on the site of former wine warehouses, the Parc de Bercy still retains some reminders of its past, such as a vineyard......

Square Louise Michel

Park, garden, promenade
6 place Saint-Pierre, Paris, 75018

Best known for its 222 steps leading up to the Sacré Cœur Basilica, Square Louise Michel was built in 1927 and extends upwards......

Parc du Champ-de-Mars

Park, garden, promenade
Quai Branly - Avenue de la Motte Picquet, Paris, 75007

Opened in 1780, the Parc du Champ-de-Mars extends from the École Militaire to the Eiffel Tower. A hotspot for national events, it......

Parc de Belleville

Park, garden, promenade
47 rue des Couronnes, Paris, 75020

Until the 18th century Belleville was just a corner of the countryside with farms, windmills and open-air cafes. The former......

Parc de Bagatelle - Jardin botanique de Paris

Park, garden, promenade
Bois de Boulogne - Route de Sèvres à Neuilly, Paris, 75016

The Parc de Bagatelle, situated at the heart of the Bois de Boulogne, is one of the City of Paris’s four botanical gardens.......

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Park, garden, promenade
1-7 rue Botzaris, Paris, 75019

The Buttes-Chaumont Park, in the north-east of Paris, is one of the biggest and original green spaces in Paris, measuring 25......

Square du Vert-Galant

Park, garden, promenade
Place du Pont-Neuf, Paris, 75001

Erected in tribute to Henri IV and his numerous mistresses, the Square du Vert Galant obtained the ‘Espace vert écologique'......

Bois de Vincennes

Park, garden, promenade
Bois de Vincennes, Paris, 75012

The Bois de Vincennes is the capital's second largest 'green lung', after the Bois de Boulogne. It is located in the east of......

Bois de Boulogne

Park, garden, promenade
Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 75016

A former hunting ground for the Kings of France, the Bois de Boulogne has become the largest spot for relaxation in the west of......

Jardins de l'école Du Breuil

Park, garden, promenade
Route de la Ferme - Bois de Vincennes, Paris, 75012

More than 1,200 trees of 108 different species coexist within this living tree 'museum'. Created in 1867, the arboretum possesses......

Jardin sauvage Saint-Vincent

Park, garden, promenade
17 rue Saint-Vincent, Paris, 75018

Abandoned for a long time, this sloping piece of land was overridden by elderberry trees, foxglove plants, brambles, ivy and a......

Jardin Atlantique

Park, garden, promenade
Place des Cinq Martyrs du Lycée Buffon, Paris, 75015

Situated above the Gare Montparnasse, this garden is a green haven and the perfect spot to recharge your batteries before......

Coulée verte René-Dumont

Park, garden, promenade
Avenue Daumesnil, Paris, 75012

Created in 1988 by Philippe Mathieux and Jacques Vergely on the former railway line, which linked Place de la Bastille to......

Arènes de Lutèce et square Capitan

4 rue des Arènes, Paris, 75005

The Arènes de Lutèce (Paris's former name) are listed monuments that you can visit for free on any day. These arenas, situated in......