Photos courtesy of the Mairie de Paris
Tucked away behind Paris’ renowned landmarks and amid the grandeur of its winding streets, there lies an attraction of simpler means, but one that offers its lucky patrons the perfect opportunity for a quiet moment. We’re talking about the little-known network of secret gardens, scattered across the city!
If you’re in search of a peaceful escape from the bustling rhythm of Parisian life or a secluded setting for a romantic rendezvous, we invite you to explore these 10 enchanting green spaces that lie beyond the city’s well-trodden paths…!
1. Square du Vert-Galant
At the tip of the Île de la Cité, surrounded by the waters of the Seine, lies the Square du Vert-Galant. This small but enchanting garden is named after the legendary King Henri IV, known for his love of romantic escapades. As you stroll through the narrow tree-lined paths, you’ll encounter blooming flowers, charming benches, and breathtaking views of the river. Take a moment to relax and admire the sunset over the Pont des Arts.
Place du Pont-Neuf, Paris 75001
2. Jardin Anne-Frank
Located in the heart of the historic Marais district, the Jardin Anne-Frank offers a peaceful refuge with a poignant history. Dedicated to the memory of Anne Frank, the famous diarist and Holocaust victim, this garden is a sanctuary for contemplation and remembrance. Adorned with blooming roses, vibrant plantings, and a soothing water fountain, it provides a serene backdrop for reading, reflection, or simply enjoying the beauty of nature.
14 Impasse Berthaud, Paris 75003
3. Square Georges-Cain
Also in the Marais neighborhood, the Square Georges-Cain is a delightful haven brimming with artistic and historical allure. The garden surrounds the Musée Carnavalet, a museum dedicated to the history of Paris, adding an extra layer of cultural richness.Tree-lined paths are dotted with sculptural art installations, and the ambiance is serene amid the lush greenery.
8 rue Payenne, Paris 75003
4. Square du Temple – Elie Wiesel
Up in the Haut-Marais, the Square du Temple – Elie Wiesel was once the location of a medieval fortress and later a prison during the French Revolution. Now it has been transformed into an idyllic neighborhood park. With its tree-lined paths, vibrant flower beds, many benches and a picturesque antique gazebo, this park provides a delightful escape from the bustling streets just a few steps away.
64 rue de Bretagne, Paris 75003
5. Jardin Rosiers Joseph Migneret
To the north of the city, in Paris’ quaint Montmartre neighborhood, the Rosiers Joseph Migneret garden is a true gem awaiting discovery. This garden is named after the famous French rose breeder and is quite the sensory experience, showcasing, unsurprisingly, a stunning array of fragrant roses in every color!
10 rue des Rosiers, Paris 75004
6. Jardin Catherine Labouré
In the majestic 7th arrondissement, the Jardin Catherine Labouré, located adjacent to the famous Chapelle de la Médaille Miraculeuse, provides a serene setting for relaxing away from the crowds. Take a leisurely stroll along the neatly manicured lawns, enjoy the vibrant flower beds, and find peace listening to the gentle sound of the garden’s fountains.
29 rue de Babylone, Paris 75007
7. Parc Floral de Paris
Escape to the eastern edge of the city and discover the Parc Floral de Paris. Found inside Paris’ second lung, the Bois de Vincennes, the Parc Floral is an expansive botanical garden that boasts an impressive collection of flowers, trees, and plants from around the world. Although there is a modest entrance fee of €4 for adults, this ensures that the shaded pathways and greenhouses of these gardens remain quiet and enjoyable throughout the summer season, without becoming excessively crowded with picnic-goers, which is often the case in Paris’ main parks.
Route de la Pyramide, Paris 75012
8. Jardins des Archives Nationales
Another gem in the Marais, the Jardins des Archives Nationales offers the perfect opportunity to take a stroll with a touch of history. The garden features meticulously maintained lawns, carefully pruned shrubs and follows a symmetrical layout, reflecting the formal french garden style. Walkways wind their way through the greenery, inviting visitors to take a leisurely stroll, soaking up the elegance of the surroundings.
60 rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 75003
9. Arènes de Lutèce
Located in the 5th arrondissement, the Arènes de Lutèce houses the remnants of a Roman amphitheater from the 1st century AD. Uniquely tranquil, enjoy a leisurely stroll or even a game of pétanque among the ancient ruins! We particularly love watching the sports below while picnicking from the comfort of the stands and enclosed benches.
4 rue des Arênes, Paris 75005
10. Jardin de l’Observatoire
Hidden behind the Luxembourg Gardens and adjacent to the Paris Observatory, the Jardin de l’Observatoire is a much lesser-known but equally lovely garden to explore. Featuring a charming central fountain, enjoy a promenade along its ribboning gravel avenues, stretching lawns and open sky.