It has to be said, Paris is more renowned for its museums and monuments than its gardens. Still, the capital city is full of green areas, like the Jardin des Tuileries, the parc des Buttes Chaumont and the main botanical garden, all well known from Parisians and visitors alike.
For more intimate settings, stay clear from the classics and try secret gardens instead. Whether exotic, natural, Zen, artistic or romantic, just follow the guide and keep the secret!
The most exotic
The Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil is probably the most tropical garden you will find here in Paris. Travel to China, Japan and India thanks to more than 6,000 plants, spread over five greenhouses and several gardens: Japanese, French and even Contemporary styles coexist here!
Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil
3, avenue de la Porte d'Auteuil
75016 Paris+33 (0)1 40 72 16 16
The most romantic
The Musée de la Vie Romantique, set in the former house of painter Ary Scheffer, offers a courtyard, a garden and two art studios. It is a place filled with history, favoured by the whole art scene to meet during the 19th century. Walk the aisle lined with centenarian trees and discover the wondrous garden, where roses and lilac bloom with the return of warmer days. Enjoy a cup of tea and a pastry, sitting at the wrought iron tables while discussing the latest romantic exhibition.
Musée de la Vie Romantique
16, rue Chaptal
+33 (0)1 55 31 95 67
The most artistic
At the Sculpture garden of the Musée Rodin, rose gardens, fountains and pieces by the artist himself stand alongside to form two thematic walkways: the “Garden of Orpheus” and the “Garden of Springs”. You can plan a visit without going through the museum thanks to its side entrance, but it is an outdoor museum in itself. To give a proper ending to your visit, stop by the café before jumping back into the tumultuous Parisian life.
79, rue de Varenne
+33 (0)1 44 18 61 10
The most Zen
Take advantage of your visit to the Musée Guimet (musée national des Arts Asiatiques de Paris) to make a Zen stop in its garden. Enjoy the ponds, the small wooden bridges, giant bamboo trees and, if you are lucky, witness a tea ceremony. The date is set for Spring 2017: discover a completely renovated Musée Guimet Zen garden.
19, avenue d'Iéna
+33 (0)1 56 52 53 00
The most natural
Rue de la Réunion in Paris, nature claims its rights. While sitting on a bench in the Natural Garden, simply listen to birds chipping, smell the scent of camomile flowers and graze at numerous native plants. With shady woods, flower fields, and pond where chemical treatments are forbidden, this is a true haven of rest.
120, rue de la Réunion
+33 (0)1 43 28 47 63