This blog post was updated on October 10, 2018.
Let’s face it: being a tourist in Paris can be a challenge. There is just so much to see and do.
The first time I visited the City of Lights, I put myself on a strict schedule, determined to get to every museum, restaurant, and historical site on my list.
During subsequent trips, I loosened up a bit and allowed myself to just enjoy Paris for Paris.
It was only then that I discovered the beauty of grabbing a sandwich (one of those huge sandwiches made with a baguette) and an Orangina and spending an hour sitting in a park, just people watching.
The next time you’re lucky enough to score cheap flights to Paris, slow down the pace and take a seat in one of these five lovely Parisian parks.
Jardin des Tuileries (Rue de Rivoli, between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde): If you visit the Louvre, be sure to take some time to stroll the adjacent gardens. Paris’ oldest garden, Jardin des Tuileries is the perfect spot to people watch and features breathtaking landscaping fit for a king.
Jardin du Luxembourg (Boulevard Saint-Michel, Latin Quarter): One of the most famous parks in Paris (perhaps in the world), Jardins de Luxembourg is an expansive, lavish green area located in the Latin Quarter. Jardin du Luxembourg has royal roots; it was established by Italian monarch Marie de Medicis in the mid-17th century. Le Jardin du Luxembourg features intricate landscaping and beautiful fountains. It’s the perfect place for a sunny afternoon stroll.
Parc de la Vilette (Avenue Jean-Jaures, 19th arrondissement): Located on the outer edge of Paris, Parc de la Vilette is a sophisticated blend of urban green space, art installations, and cultural centers. Events often take place here, including cultural festivals and film screenings. Expansive green spaces make it the perfect place for a leisurely picnic.
Parc Montsouris (Boulevard Jourdan and Avenue Reille): Located in the 14th arrondissement, Montsouris the perfect place for a romantic stroll. A traditional English-style garden, it’s incredibly charming with its gently rolling hills, winding walkways, and statues.
Parc Monceau (Junction of Boulevard de Courcelles, Rue de Prony and Rue Georges Berger): Also an English-style garden, Parc Monceau is known for the unique, scaled-down versions of an Egyptian pyramid, a Chinese fort, a Dutch windmill and Corinthian pillars scattered throughout. History buffs will enjoy the statues of important French figures as well.
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