The Top 10 Gardens in Paris

Jardin du Luxembourg
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Paris is abundant in little gated squares, parks and tree-lined avenues, so you rarely get the feeling of being trapped in an urban jungle. Even so, even in a city with as much greenery as Paris, sometimes you seek wide-open spaces and luckily Paris has a mighty fine selection of these too. From the famous Tuileries gardens to the lesser-known Albert Kahn museum, each of these gardens is breathtakingly beautiful and unique to the next.

Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg

Located in the 6th arrondissement, the Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the prettiest gardens boasting the beautiful building of the Sénat, an orangery and the Medici fountain. The gardens come to life in spring when Frenchmen start their days early with a traditional game of boules and children drive the model sailboats in the water feature.



No garden is more typically Parisian with its backdrop of renaissance architecture or more ideally situated. Every season breathes new life into the gardens; summer brings with it flowers of every shade and autumn brings burnt orange leaves scattered along the tree-lined promenades.

Champ de Mars

Champ de Mars

The selling point of this garden is the killer view. Where else in the world can you sit on the grass so close to the Eiffel Tower? Come here for a picnic, if only to say that you picnicked under this iconic monument.

Le jardin des plantes

Jardin des Plantes

The Jardin des Plantes is one of few botanical gardens in central Paris and one of the most interesting to frequent. Not only are there numerous varieties of flowers and plants, there is also a paleontology museum and a small zoo within the garden.

Albert Kahn

Albert Kahn

A little slice of foreign culture within the confines of the périphérique; the Albert Kahn museum will have you feeling as though you’ve been transported to Japan. Walk over oriental bridges that cross the pond where lotus flowers float and koi fish come to the surface for air. The best time of year is sakura season when the gardens are dotted in nature’s pink and white confetti from the cherry blossom trees.

Parc de Bagatelle

Parc de Bagatelle

Not everyone knows that there’s a castle in the center of Paris and that is perhaps why the Chateau de Bagatelle remains one of Paris’ best-kept secrets. The chateau itself is rather sweet, but it’s the gardens that are the real attraction. Luscious grass rolls into manicured rose gardens that roll into established flowerbeds – these gardens really do have it all. Keep your eye out for the peacocks that roam the grounds showing off their glorious colours.

Buttes Chaumont

Buttes Chaumont

The main pull of this park is the outstanding views over the city that can be best enjoyed from Temple de la Sibylle, an Italianesque pagoda at the highest peak. The park is unique to any other as it is landscaped around jugged cliff faces with a lake and cascading waterfalls.

Parc Monceau

Parc Monceau

Parc Monceau has a palatial feel to it; enclosed by gold gates reminiscent of Versailles and overlooked by classic Haussmannian architecture. The park becomes very lively in the warmer months filled with Parisians enjoying their lunch break al fresco and seeking a little calm from the working day.

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges is the oldest planned square in Paris and the vintage lampposts and 17th century redbrick buildings which frame it wouldn’t have you believe anything else. A couple of minutes from the bustling Marais area, this is just the spot to enjoy one of the famous falafels that you’ll find along rue des Rosiers.

Les Serres d'Auteil

Les Serres d’Auteuil

This beautiful botanical garden is home to a selection of greenhouses with astounding collections of plants. One is dedicated to cacti with varying shapes and sizes of these prickly plants. Plant enthusiast or not though, this garden will please all of its visitors. Make sure not to miss the beautiful bird aviary in the central building.

Photography and words by Faye Bullock

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    August 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I love this post because I am always on the lookout for a beautiful garden! French style is by far my favourite one <3


    Beth | Adventuring the Great Wide Somewhere
    August 14, 2015 at 7:46 am

    I adore these posts about Paris. I swear I have five bookmarked already for my trip in May!

    Nang Mo Hom Kham
    August 13, 2015 at 12:24 am

    I’m a student who studying french language from Myanmar! Going to Paris, it’s just a dream now! But I try my best to be there! Wait for me, Paris!
    Je vais venir un jour! je t’aime!

    August 11, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Oye, I really wish I had this when I was visiting last summer… Guess that means I have to take another trip, right? thanks for the article


    August 11, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Parc de Bagatelle looks great! Never been there before. Still, Jardin du Luxembourg stays my all time favorite

    Margaret Birding For Pleasure
    August 11, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Lovely to see these 10 very beautiful and unique gardens. Makes me wants to visit them.

    Sabine @ thetravellingchilli
    August 11, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I guess most people don’t know about how many gardens Paris actually has, so this article a great introduction to the gardens of Paris :). I have been to a few, but obviously must make a detour to Paris again to discover the other ones!!

    Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    August 11, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I’ve only visited the first three! Must change this…
    Thanks for sharing!

    Happy travels 🙂

    Hilde Haug
    August 11, 2015 at 6:23 am

    I absolutely love Paris and its green areas! My favorite, though, is Parc de Bercy, with its three gardens. This is where a lot of parisians come to enjoy their saturdays and sundays, away from noise and tourists. It’s worth a visit!

    August 11, 2015 at 4:15 am

    I need to go back to Paris! I was there in February and it was just too cold and while the gardens are amazing any time of the year, they did not look as pretty as your photos.

    August 11, 2015 at 4:04 am

    All these places look absolutely dreamy! Great list and great photos!


    August 11, 2015 at 3:40 am

    One of the most beautiful city in the world but living there is exhausting

    EG CameraGirl
    August 11, 2015 at 1:35 am

    So lovely. I love visiting gardens for the inspiration they give me to return home and do some weeding in my own. ;))

    August 11, 2015 at 1:23 am

    Oh my! How exquisite! I particularly love the scene with the Chateau Bagatelle. I think that has been in some movies. Beautiful castles, chateaus, gardens and all!

    August 10, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Gorgeous photos. Gorgeous Gardens. My best friend and I are planning a trip to Paris for our college years. I’ll be keeping this list in mind. I find that whenever I am touring in big crowded cities, I need to find natural space and open air to take breaks in. Call me a country girl, I love me some nature.

    Leonie Parker
    August 10, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    So beautiful! Really need to spend some time in France

    Leonie ♥

    August 10, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    They all look like lovely parks and gardens to visit. Lovely post and images.
    Happy Monday, have a great week ahead!

    Jessica Mayhew
    August 10, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    I love all of those parks – great choices!

    August 10, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    A very interesting post. I like

    August 10, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    This is such a post Faye! All of these gardens look so pretty, I can’t wait to head back and work my way through this list! Especially to visit the third one!

    Also I thought you’d like to check out my vegan travel blog? Something a little different to other travel blogs out there but I thought you’d like it! 🙂 Thanks Brooke! Sending my love xx

    August 10, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Wow! I must admit I’m not a fan of Paris, but whenever I read one of your posts it grows on me! Maybe I’ll have to go back and give the city another chance, these gardens look so relaxing! 🙂

    Deepti @ Endless Postcards
    August 10, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Never heard of any of these but totally glad I have now — making a note to see at least some of these when I visit Paris next year! Fantastic photos!


    Madam Lily
    August 10, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Hi brooke! I’m so happy you have a boyfriend now. You totally enjoyed your singlehood. What a lucky guy!