Les Jardins de Paris
Summer’s here! It’s time to fling open those shutters, pack a picnic (via rue Montorgueil where you’ll be spoilt for choice) and get out into the many gorgeous gardens the city has to offer...
In the very heart of Paris is English-inspired jewel box Parc Monceau, with curved walkways and mismatched statues that have made it a fiercely guarded getaway among locals and the inspiration for many an Impressionist – don’t miss the picture-perfect Corinthian colonnade lining a lily-pad pond. If modern design is your cup of tea, scoot down to the Parc André Citroën, a former car manufacturing site turned ode to avant-garde landscaping. Each of the six gardens is inspired by a series of elements, planets, days, weather and senses (for example, the blue garden takes its respective influences from copper, Venus, Friday, rain, and smell). Or, if you prefer a colourful array of scenery, while away the day in one of the tropical pavilions at the Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil, hiding a cache of orchids, palms, birds and Japanese ornamental carp. Last but certainly not least, the Parc des Buttes Chaumont is set a little further outside of the city; one of the the bigger outdoor spaces with a number of lovely tree-lined promenades and sloping lawns, and home to the Temple de la Sibylle, perched elaborately atop a fifty-metre cliff overlooking a lake. Perfect for lazy summer lounging!
Parc Monceau / 35 blvd de Courcelles, 8th / +33 1 42 27 39 56 / 7am-10pm daily
Parc André Citroën / 2 rue Cauchy, 15th / 8am-dusk Mon-Fri, 9am-dusk Sat-Sun
Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil / 3 ave de la Porte d'Auteuil, 16th / 8am-8.30pm Mon-Fri, 9am-8.30pm Sat-Sun
Parc des Buttes Chaumont / 1 rue Botzaris, 19th / +33 1 44 52 29 19 / 7am-10pm daily