Secret green spots in Paris15 June 2017
Who said Paris lacked green space? From huge parks to botanical gardens, it has it all. But if you look hard enough (or know its secrets like we do) you can also find plenty of secret vegetation in the City of Lights, places that have kept their original beauty and have been spared from the crowds.
Here are some of the most hidden and natural gardens in Paris…
This open rooftop space is located above the tracks at Montparnasse station. There is no better “waiting room” than this green garden in the middle of a congested area. It is a place to stretch your legs before tackling the inconveniences of a rail journey. The garden’s theme plays on luxury sea travel, partly due to how it acts as a ship between the adjacent office buildings.
PLACE RAOUL DAUTRY, 75015, FRANCE
Jardin de la vallée Suisse:
This place is a small piece of heaven for pedestrians who want to avoid the crowds of the Champs-Elysées. Recently renamed the “Jardin de la Nouvelle France” it is one of the closest green areas to the Arc de Triomphe. Very romantic and almost invisible from the street, it is accessible only if you know how to find its path. Many writers have sung the praises of its 100-year-old weeping beech tree and pond, which is fed by the Seine and is home to carp and otter.
3 AVENUE FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, 75008 PARIS, FRANCE
Named after the entrepreneur who created Le Bon Marché store, this park boasts a sandpit, playground and carousel for children. It is famous for its biodiversity, with oaks, palm trees, judas trees and even a pond. Many of its trees are over a hundred years old. It is sandwiched between two major thoroughfares (Rue de Sèvres & Rue de Babylone) and is sometimes used as a pleasant shortcut for nearby residents who have ventured out shopping.
SQUARE BOUCICAUT, 1 RUE DE BABYLONE, 75007 PARIS, FRANCE
Located at the tip of the Ile de la Cité this is one of Paris’ most romantic gardens. You will see swans and enjoy amazing views of the Seine and the surrounding period buildings (Hotel des Monnaies, Louvre Palace, Institut de France).
The Vert-Galant (“go-getter”) was the nickname of Henri IV and the garden now boasts a statue of the sprightly king. All around the central lawn there are an impressive range of trees: weeping willows, tamarisks and lilacs, which will give you the feeling of being in the countryside.
SQUARE DU VERT-GALANT, 75001 PARIS, FRANCE
Le Jardin Sauvage Saint-Vincent:
This park has been aptly named, for it remained a wild land for many years. Its flora developed naturally enabling landscape architects to create a wild garden in the center of the city. Located in the middle of Montmartre district this park will give you an overview of original Parisian life.
17 RUE SAINT-VINCENT, 75018 PARIS, FRANCE
Musée de la vie Romantique:
This typically French building and grounds is located at the foot of Montmartre hill. It used to be the meeting point of prominent artists during the 1700-1800s. George Sand, Frédéric Chopin, Alphonse de Lamartine and later Charles Dickens attended evening soirees in this pavilion. It is now one of the three literary museums in Paris. The house boasts a small courtyard and garden reminding us (with nostalgia) of the earlier French artistic life.
16 RUE CHAPTAL, 75009 PARIS, FRANCE
René Viviani Square:
In this garden you will find Paris’ oldest tree, planted in 1601 at the king’s command. Concrete pillars now support it, enabling us to keep on marveling at its stoic longevity. Initially the square was used as a cemetery, then it became monastery land. Today it is one of the best places in the city from which to view the Notre Dame in quiet contemplation.
SQUARE RENÉ VIVIANI, 75005 PARIS, FRANCE