The ranking of the best parks and places to sunbathe in Paris… and feel like you’re already on vacation.
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Buttes-Chaumont park (19th)
Feel like mountains, suspension bridges, waterfalls, caves, lakes, and of course lawns to lounge on? This 25-hectare park will really surprise you, it goes up and down in all directions, it was inaugurated during the Universal Exhibition of 1867, after four years of titanic works.
Parc Montsouris (14th)
Located in the south of Paris, the Montsouris park, with a lake and a lot of vegetation and birds, and opposite, the park of the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris remains a preserved place, far from the urban agitation, where the change of scenery is assured.
Open every day from 7am to 10pm, this 34-hectare island of greenery is the ideal place to stroll or cycle, picnic and relax on the grass, while admiring the architectural masterpieces that are there.
M° Cité Universitaire (RER B)
The banks along the Seine (1st)
A little less green, but very nice with a seaside atmosphere during the Paris plage season, from July 20th to August 20th.
M° Pont Neuf
Passerelle Solférino and Pont des Arts (1st):
this last one offers you a splendid view on the Ile de la Cité with Notre Dame, the Pont Neuf… A good atmosphere of relaxation with picnics often organized on these wooden bridges. Alcohol is forbidden by municipal decree.
M° Tuileries or Pont Neuf
The banks of the Daumesnil lake, Vincennes wood (12th)
On two large islands accessible by boat or by a bridge, you can sunbathe on the water’s edge while watching the boats go by. Very pleasant also for a picnic.
Foire tu Trône nearby in May. And Vincennes wood just behind.
M° Porte dorée
The Floral Park (12th)
Very famous for its Jazz concerts in June and July, the Parc Floral is especially known for its constantly renewed landscape, its rich collections of flowers, its horticultural exhibitions and its thematic gardens.
M° Château de Vincennes.
Georges Brassens Park (15th)
surprising by its depth, and its hills which give the impression of being in the mountains. Pleasant lawns where you can put your little toes, a large water basin also gives freshness. Curiosity: the antique book fair, every weekend.
Open until 8 pm
M° Convention Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
Parc de la Villette (19th)
the biggest park of Paris, everything is possible in this park : pic nic, dance, games, capoeira, open air cinema… 10 theme gardens (bamboos, dunes, mirrors…), sculptures… the visit of this park is a real pleasure, but be careful not to get lost.
M° Porte de Pantin or Porte de la Villette
Parc André Citroën (15th)
Parc André Citroën : a very rich park, too futuristic for some, very natural for others… central lawn with a hot-air balloon to dominate all Paris, nooks and crannies and small passages on the sides, waterfalls, water jets. And all the lawns are freely accessible.
M° Javel & Balard
Closing time: 9pm between May and August
Parc Monceau (17th)
A small and very quiet park isolated between buildings and private mansions (on Fridays and Saturdays many brides and grooms come to have their picture taken in this park). Luxury, calm and pleasure!
M° Monceau or Ternes
Champs de Mars (7th)
large central lawns accessible. Small corners and authorized lawns on the sides of the garden. Ideal for sunbathing, but also for playing soccer, organizing a picnic. Superb sunset to admire with the Eiffel Tower in perspective. Very summery atmosphere in the evening with many groups of young people…
M° Ecole Militaire
Parc de Bercy (12th)
Parc de Bercy : a very modern park located on the banks of the Seine, between the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy and the Cour Saint-Emilion wine cellars. Parterres, “grande prairie” and romantic garden… 14 hectares, the park of Bercy is one of the most important of the capital.
M° Bercy and Cour Saint-Emilion
Garden of plants (5th)
The purpose of this garden is to make you aware of the charms of botany, an extraordinary variety of flowers of all kinds! The garden is not big but, this visit can be completed by an exhibition at the Museum of Natural History, or an excellent mint tea at the great mosque of Paris.
M° Austerlitz – Jussieu
The Luxembourg (6th)
A must-see Parisian garden and a very student garden! Not surprising with all the schools and colleges around… Practical to drop your sunglasses and wait for a young man to come and pick them up. But be careful, this will not be done on the lawn but on chairs, the garden itself has more trees than lawns, and the only existing ones are small and most of the time forbidden to access.
Closing at nightfall.
M° RER Luxembourg, Notre Dame des champs.
Esplanade des Invalides (7th district)
huge lawns to relax in ! The cars are not too far away but they are quickly forgotten if you place yourself along the trees. If you are a petanque fan (it can happen) there are a lot of players, and for soccer there is always a game going on. Advantages: completely free lawns, lots of space. Disadvantage: not much privacy.
The Choisy Park (13th)
this park is not worth the detour but if you are in the area, you should know that to organize your picnic large lawns are open and cars are far enough away. There are small corners to be quiet. Nice for a break if you are studying in Tolbiac.
M° Place d’Italie or Tolbiac
Parc Atlantique (15th)
Parc Atlantique : a surprising, unusual and secret garden above the Montparnasse station. The landscape designers have created an image of a “liner-garden” with tall masts (sculptor Bernard Vié), promenade bridges, footbridges, white and blue colors
M° Montparnasse or Pasteur Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)