by Vincent I. Porter
5 Beautiful Green Spaces in Paris
When you think of Paris what comes to mind? Is it the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe? Perhaps it’s the Louvre or the Champs-Elysées. Whatever it is that you conjured up in your mind, it is unlikely to be a park. Paris is known for a lot of things, but nature is not one of them. However, that doesn’t mean this city doesn’t have some beautiful green spaces – it just means you have to look a little harder to find them.
If you’re sick of visiting the same old tourist spots in the French capital and want your next visit to be more nature-focused, here are five of the best green spaces in Paris.
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
This gorgeous park is out in the 19th arrondissement and is blissfully free from tourist crowds. Throughout the park, you will find waterfalls, chalky cliffs, and a temple in the middle of a lake. Spend a few hours here and you will quickly forget about the noise and chaos of Paris. If the sun is out, take a picnic basket with you and basket in the peace and serenity of your surroundings. This is undoubtedly one of the top green spaces in the whole city.
Jardin des Tuileries
Running alongside the Seine is the stunning Jardin des Tuileries. At one end of the park you will find the iconic Louvre Gallery and at the other sits the Place de la Concorde. In the middle of the park, tucked away in the vegetation is the Orangerie gallery, famous for holding a number of Monet’s waterlily paintings. If you want to combine your nature fix with a spot of culture, this is the best place to do it.
Jardin des Plantes
The Jardin des Plantes is the sort of park in which you could easily spend an entire day. Within the park itself are four of Paris’ most prestigious museums, including the Natural History Museum. It also encompasses a number of botanical gardens and is just a stone’s throw away from the exceptionally photogenic Paris Mosque. There are thousands of different plant species growing in the park and its accompanying greenhouses. If you needed some flower shots for the ‘gram, you’ll find them here.
Bois de Boulogne
Situated on the border of the 16th arrondissement, the Bois de Boulogne is the second biggest park in the city after the Bois de Vincennes. In the heart of the park is an amusement park for kids, which features a small zoo and some rides. Don’t worry if that’s not your thing, the park is so big, there is plenty for people of all ages. If you want to relax, nothing beats meandering through the woods or sitting by the lake with a book in the sunshine.
Bois de Vincennes
Finally, we come to the largest public park in the city and one of the capital’s most beloved green spaces: the Bois de Vincennes. Perhaps the most enchanting part of this space is the Parc Floral, which takes up a hefty chunk of the Bois de Vincennes. The flower beds here boast every colour of the rainbow and are a delight to behold. Elsewhere in the park you will find a chateau, a lake, plenty of plant and wildlife species, and, if you time it right, an exciting free event taking place al fresco.