21 Parks and Gardens to Visit in Paris, France

Coulée Verte in Paris, France

When I started writing this post, I did not intend to write a comprehensive list that included every single park or green space in Paris, France.

It wasn’t until I started going through my Camera Roll that the list grew from a handful of suggestions to a varied array of parks, courtyards, and promenades.

I chose to only include the parks and gardens that I’ve actually visited in person and taken photos of. As time goes on, I’m sure that I will be adding more destinations to this list. If you have suggestions or want to share an experience that you’ve had, feel free to share in the Comments section below.

Some of these recommendations are obvious, but some of them are more hidden or easily overlooked—even if they’re near popular tourist destinations!

Parks and Gardens to Visit in Paris, France

  1. Parks and Gardens to Visit in Paris, France
    1. The Most Obvious
      1. Tuileries
      2. Jardin du Palais Royal
      3. Square Louise Michel
      4. Jardin du Luxembourg
      5. Champs de Mars
    2. Museum Courtyards
      1. Musée Rodin
      2. Petit Palais
      3. Musée Bourdelle
    3. Hidden Gems in Plain Sight
      1. Parc Monceau
      2. Place des Vosges
      3. Square Gabriel Pierné
      4. Square Vert-Galant
      5. Square René-Viviani
      6. Square Jean XXIII
    4. Off the Beaten Path
      1. Bois de Boulogne
      2. Coulée Verte René-Dumont
      3. Jardin des Plantes
      4. Jardin Tino-Rossi
      5. Buttes-Chaumont
      6. Île de la Jatte
      7. Parc de la Villette 

The Most Obvious


  • Located near the Louvre and Place de la Concorde
  • Métro – Line 1 – Tuileries
  • Macaron Hoarder Insider Tip: Musée de l’Orangerie is located towards the Place de la Concorde side of the park (find the Ferris wheel). Monet’s large paintings of his water lilies, known as nymphaeas, are on display there.
Tuileries Garden in Paris, France

Jardin du Palais Royal

  • Located near the Louvre and Tuileries
  • Métro – Line 1 – Palais Royal/Musée du Louvre
  • Métro – Line 7 – Palais Royal/Musée du Louvre
  • Macaron Hoarder Insider Tip: Enjoy a cup of coffee from Café Kitsuné in the garden. Owned by the French clothing brand Maison Kitsuné, this is a popular destination for fashionistas to get a latte and pose for a few cute Instagram photos.
Jardin du Palais Royal

Square Louise Michel

  • Located in Montmartre, in front of Sacré Cœur Basilica
  • Métro – Line 2 – Anvers
  • Macaron Hoarder Insider Tip: Wear comfortable shoes and be very aware of your surroundings—there are stories of tourists being harassed by souvenir vendors or other solicitors. To avoid being a target, keep any valuables out of sight (ex: the latest iPhone).
Square Louis Michel Sacré Cœur Basilica
View of Square Louis Michel Sacré Cœur Basilica

Jardin du Luxembourg

  • Located in Rive Gauche (Latin Quarter)
  • RER B – Luxembourg or Port Royal
  • Bus 82 – Luxembourg
  • Macaron Hoarder Insider Tips: If you walk directly south and outside of Jardin du Luxembourg, you’ll find Fontaine de l’Observatoire in the Jardin du Marco Polo. Inside the park, there’s a miniature version of the Statue of Liberty. If you’re directly facing the front of Palais du Luxembourg, there is the beautiful Medici Fountain. (Good luck finding all three!)
Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, France
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Champs de Mars

  • Located near Eiffel Tower
  • RER C – Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel
  • Bus 82 – Champ de Mars
  • Macaron Hoarder Insider Tip: The Eiffel Tower lights up at night starting at sundown—you can take in the Parisian summertime spirit while enjoying a bottle of wine on the grass with friends.
Tour Eiffel Champs de Mars

Museum Courtyards

Musée Rodin

  • Located near Les Invalides
  • 77 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris
  • Métro: Line 13 – Varenne
  • Macaron Hoarder Insider Tip: The Rodin Museum is where you will find The Thinker statue! Take the time to stroll through the entire property to admire the famous sculptor’s other works and the rose gardens.
  • Additional Information: Musée Rodin website
Musée Rodin in Paris, France

Petit Palais

  • Located off of Pont Neuf
  • Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris
  • Métro: Line 1 – Champs Elysées – Clemenceau
  • Macaron Hoarder Insider Tip: Petit Palais tends to be overlooked by the average tourist, but the permanent exhibits are free and the café off of the interior courtyard is the perfect place to grab afternoon tea or a caffeine pick-me-up in between sightseeing.
  • Additional Information: Insider Tips on Exploring Paris, France
Petit Palais courtyard

Musée Bourdelle

  • Located near Gare Montparnasse
  • 18 Rue Antoine Bourdelle, 75015 Paris
  • Métro: Line 6 – Montparnasse – Bienvenüe
  • Macaron Hoarder Insider Tip: The former studio of sculptor Antoine Bourdelle, the interior and courtyards of the museum are unique in the way that it embodies the Parisian artistic spirit.
  • Additional Information: Musée Bourdelle website
Musee Bourdelle gardens in Montparnasse
Musee Bourdelle gardens

Hidden Gems in Plain Sight

Parc Monceau

  • Located near Arc de Triomphe
  • Métro – Line 2 – Monceau
  • Macaron Hoarder Insider Tips: Don’t miss the charming pond in the northeastern part of the park! Also, if you want to do some sightseeing in the same area, you can visit Musée Nissim de Camondo, a decorative arts museum in a former French home.
Parc Monceau in Paris, France

Place des Vosges

  • Located in the middle of Le Marais
  • Métro – Line 1 – Bastille
  • Macaron Hoarder Insider Tips: The perfectly symmetrical park is also home to the Victor Hugo Museum. Bonus? The permanent collections are free to visit. Hôtel de Sully is another treasure off of Place des Vosges—look for an open door along the place to a garden.
  • Additional Information: Maison Victor Hugo website
Place des Vosges in Le Marais, Paris, France

Square Gabriel Pierné

  • Located behind Pont des Arts and Institut Français
  • Metro – Line 7 – Pont Neuf
  • Macaron Hoarder Insider Tip: If you’re visiting during the spring, make sure that you see the flowers bloom! It’s a quiet place to soak in some Parisian magic steps away from the Seine.
Square Gabriel Pierné in Paris, France
Square Gabriel Pierné in Paris, France

Square Vert-Galant

  • Located off of Pont Neuf, at the base of Statue Henri IV
  • Métro – Line 7 – Pont Neuf
  • Macaron Hoarder Insider Tip: For a high-profile location on Île de la Cité, it’s a cool destination for locals to picnic and have apéro (i.e. cocktail hour).
Square Vert Galant summer 2017
Square Vert Galante

Square René-Viviani

  • Located across the street from Notre Dame
  • Métro – Line 4 – Saint Michel
  • Macaron Hoarder Insider Tips: This courtyard is a stone’s throw from Shakespeare and Company, the popular English expat bookstore steeped in history with the Lost Generation (i.e. Hemingway and the like). It’s also next to St. Julien-le-Pauvre, one of the oldest religious buildings in Paris.
  • Additional Information: Shakespeare and Company website
View of Notre Dame in Paris, France

Square Jean XXIII

  • Located behind Notre Dame
  • Métro – Line 4 – Saint Michel
  • Macaron Hoarder Insider Tip: If you’re standing here at the rear of Notre Dame, you’ll be in close distance with Île de Saint-Louis. On a hot day, walk over the bridge and get a Berthillon ice cream!
Notre Dame Paris, France

Off the Beaten Path

Bois de Boulogne

  • Located northwest of Paris
  • Métro – Line 1 – Les Sablons (north end; access to Fondation Louis Vuitton and Jardin d’Acclimation)
  • Métro – Line 10 – Porte d’Auteil (south end; closer to Porte de Saint-Cloud)
  • Macaron Hoarder Insider Tip: The northern end of Bois de Boulogne is home to Fondation Louis Vuitton, which hosts art exhibits, and Jardin d’Acclimatation, a very clean, child-friendly park with small cafés and restaurants.
Bois de Boulogne in Paris, France
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Bois de Boulogne in Paris, France

Coulée Verte René-Dumont

  • Located between Bastille and Bois de Vincennes
  • Métro – Line 5 – Bastille
  • Métro – Line 1 – Bastille
  • Macaron Hoarder Insider Tips: The Coulée Verte is the Parisian equivalent of the High Line in New York City. It extends all of the way to Bois de Vincennes! If you plan to walk the entire path, expect to be walking for an hour and a half.
Coulée Verte in Paris, France

Jardin des Plantes

  • Located near the Natural History Museum and Gare d’Austerlitz
  • Métro – Line 5 – Gare d’Austerlitz
  • Métro – Line 10 – Gare d’Austerlitz
  • RER C – Gare d’Austerlitz
  • Macaron Hoarder Insider Tip: Jardin des Plantes is another must-see destination during the spring! In addition to the gardens, there’s also a zoo, the Natural History Museum, and the Museum of Rocks and Minerals (Galerie de Minéralogie et de Géologie).
  • Additional Information: Jardin des Plantes website
Jardin des Plantes in Paris, France

Jardin Tino-Rossi

  • Located between Île Saint Louis and Jardin des Plantes
  • Métro – Line 5 – Gare d’Austerlitz
  • Métro – Line 10 – Gare d’Austerlitz
  • RER C – Gare d’Austerlitz
  • Macaron Hoarder Insider Tip: If you’ve visited Paris a few times, I would recommend seeing this part of the Seine to get a fuller view of the city. Start at Jardin des Plantes, walk through Jardin Tino-Rossi, and you’ll end up facing the rear of Notre Dame.
Parc Tino-Rossi in Paris, France


  • Located off of Pont Neuf
  • Métro – Line 11 – Pyrénées
  • Macaron Hoarder Insider Tip: This place is awesome—there’s a waterfall, there are streams and a ton of different dirt paths to explore. The view from the top of the mount is incredible.
  • Additional Information: Parc des Buttes-Chaumont website
Buttes Chaumont Park in Paris, France
Buttes Chaumont Park in Paris, France

Île de la Jatte

  • Located between Neuilly-sur-Seine and Levallois-Perret
  • Métro – Line 1 – Pont du Neuilly
  • Macaron Hoarder Insider Tip: Although this island is technically outside of Paris, it’s a beautiful destination to visit. If you walk along the perimeter of Île de la Jatte, you’ll see that several Impressionists have painted several well-known works here.
  • Additional Information: What to See & Do on Île de la Jatte
Ile de la Jatte
Ile de la Jatte

Parc de la Villette 

  • Located northeast of Canal St. Martin (approximately 1 hour by foot)
  • Métro – Line 7 – Crimée, Corentin Cariou, Porte de la Villette
  • Métro – Line 5 – Porte de Pantin
  • Macaron Hoarder Insider Tip: Another treasure on the edge of Paris, this is a hot destination for concerts. The contemporary-urban park has sculptures among wide, green lawns and is an up-and-coming area for young Parisians who love going out.
  • Additional Information: La Villette website
La Villette in Paris
21 Parks and Gardens in Paris, France

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5 thoughts on “21 Parks and Gardens to Visit in Paris, France

  1. Strolling through and exploring the parks and gardens of Paris is one of my favorite things to do in the city. Top of the list is still ducking into all the bakeries and eating all the deliciousness though 😀


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