Say Paris, and the Eiffel Tower or Louvre automatically comes to mind for most people as it’s the monuments and museums that help to define the City of Light. For me, it’s the pretty Paris parks and gardens that steal my heart every single time. Some are famous and easy to find. Others are hidden and tucked away like a best-kept secret waiting to be discovered. Until now.

Find the prettiest hidden gardens in Paris with the help of this Guide.  

From the most popular gardens in Paris to those secret ones off the beaten path, I cover it all. Now, let’s discover them together, shall we?

Best Hidden Gardens in Paris

I’m often asked ‘what’s my favourite thing to do in Paris’. My answer is always, ‘nothing’. I’ve become a real flâneur – the French term for being a stroller. That means I love nothing more than wandering aimlessly through the Paris streets to see what I might uncover.

The best way to get to know Paris is to walk. Going from one arrondissement to another and noting the subtle differences along the way. I savour every little detail. Taking long breaks in a café or garden, never rushing, always watching.

READ MORE: Use my ultimate guide to find the best streets in Paris to stroll. From the most famous to those quiet streets off the beaten path, I’ve tried to find them all.

water fountain in park in paris
Clos des Blancs Manteaux is one of the best little known places in Paris. This tiny medieval garden features 250+ plant species (herbs, spices, medicinal plants etc.). It’s also dedicated to the memory of Lady Diana, Princess of Wales (21 rue des Blancs Manteaux)

Tucked away from the busy Paris streets are some of the best hidden gardens.

They are your very own private sanctuary. You just have to know where to find them. I’ll share a few of my favourite hidden gardens in Paris begging you to sit and stay awhile. Let’s start with those that are a little off the beaten path, shall we? Here are those hard-to-find secret and pretty places in Paris.

hidden park in paris with statue and green park benchesSquare Taras Chevtchenko pays homage to the Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko and René Laennec. Under the shade of the large plane trees is this tiny, yet lovely hidden garden (186, boulevard Saint-Germain)

Right Bank of Paris

Hidden Gardens in 3rd ARRONDISSEMENT

Square du Temple – Elie Wiesel

Features a pretty rock garden and a small pond with a waterfall. Lined with lots of fruit-blooming trees makes it is especially pretty to visit in the springtime. There’s even a bandstand, where concerts are held in fairer weather in this neighbourhood park with a children’s play area.

paris mayor's office in marais

Tips for Visiting: 

  • Entrances: rue du Temple, rue de Bretahne, rue Perre, rue Eugene-Spuller
  • Metro: Temple, Arts et Metiers
  • Nearby things to do: the oldest covered food market Marche des Enfants-Rouges, Picasso Museum, and the adjacent gardens of Berthe Weill and Hôtel-Salé-Léonor-Fini are worth visiting too
  • Café recommendation: Bontemps La Pâtisserie is a light, pretty café serving elegant sweet treats (57 rue de Bretahne)

RELATED READING: Stay in this charming apartment mere steps from this lovely park. My property review also includes top things to do in the nearby area of Le Marais in the 3rd arrondissement

Jardin Anne Frank

Is a small community garden of flowers and vegetables, plus a small children’s play area. This hidden garden is dedicated to the young girl of Anne Frank, who wrote about her experiences during the Nazi occupation during World War II. A graft of the chestnut tree that Anne Frank admired from her window has been planted here. An eye-catching metal arbour with park benches makes this area of the garden feel a bit more intimate. It’s a unique feature worth seeking out.

arbour in Paris Park

Tips for Visiting:

  • Entrance: Impasse Berthaud
  • Metro: Rambuteau
  • Nearby things to do: 17th-century mansion dedicated to Musee d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaisme is attached to the garden and secret covered Passage Molière

RELATED READING: If you love visiting secret areas in Paris, you’re bound to love the city’s historic arcades. Use my ultimate guide to finding these secret-covered passages in Paris.

Square Georges Cain

Is a pretty square and an archaeological depository of stones from other older gardens like Jardin des Tuileries. Blooming rose bushes border this private square. For an ideal picnic head to the adjacent Square Leopold-Achille for its large grassy area. This is a dog-lovers favourite too! Visit here no matter the time of day and there will always be dogs running around and playing. This is one of my favourite Paris gardens and one that I return to every time I’m in the city.

statue, rose garden in pretty parks in paris

Tips for Visiting:

  • Entrance: 8 rue Payenne
  • Metro: Saint-Paul, Chemin Vert
  • Nearby things to do: visit the adjacent Square Léopold-Achille
  • Recommended place to eat or drink: Café des Musées (9 rue de Turenne) for a classic French bistro or Café FIKA for a modern coffee shop (11 rue Payenee)

Square Saint Gilles du Grand Veneur

Is tucked away behind the busy Paris streets. This little unknown rarely visited square is absolutely charming and peaceful. It’s one of the most romantic places in Paris with its rose arbour and pretty gardens against the back façade of the Hôtel du Grand Veneur townhouse. This is just one of those secret places in Paris that you want to keep all to yourself. So, it will be our little secret, right?

hidden park in paris with gardens

Tips for Visiting:

  • Entrance: rue de Hesse
  • Metro: Chemin Vert, Saint-Sébastien – Froissart
  • Nearby things to do: stroll along rue de Turenne filled with shops and eateries
  • Recommended coffee shop: WHITE Coffeeshop (56 rue de Turenne) a modern coffee roaster

Hidden Gardens in 4th ARRONDISSEMENT

Jardin des Rosiers Joseph Migneret

Is a hidden garden in the heart of Le Marais nested between historic 17th-century mansions. Tucked away from the busy streets and shops this is a quiet natural garden that pays tribute to Jewish children. This is a true sanctuary and a local’s favourite. I always grab something to eat and enjoy it in this tucked-away area of Le Marais.

Paris hidden garden with flowers

Tips for Visiting:

  • Entrance: 10 rue des Rosiers
  • Metro: St Paul
  • Nearby interests: the famous rue des Rosiers is filled with shops and eateries many of Jewish heritage
  • Recommended eateries: the popular and delicious L’As du Fallafel

Hidden Garden in 12th ARRONDISSEMENT

La Promenade de Plantee

Also known as Coulée Verte René Dumont is Europe’s longest and only elevated park. It’s actually an abandoned 19th century railway turned into a landscaped walkway above the streets of Paris. Flowering cherry trees, roses, lavender, bamboo, and wisteria border the narrow pathway. In addition to the gardens, it’s one of the best places to come and admire Paris architecture as buildings are flanked on both sides. Walking along here is one of the most unique things to do in Paris.

pathway in paris park

Tips for Visiting:

  • Entrances: Place de la Bastille, Place Felix Eboue
  • Metro: Bastille, Daumesnil
  • Nearby things to do: stroll Canal Saint Martin shops and eateries

Hidden Gardens in 18th ARRONDISSEMENT (Montmartre)

Square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet

Also known as The Turlure Park is a terraced garden that offers the most incredible views of the Sacré-Coeur and the Montmartre district. For most, visiting the Sacre Coeur starts at Square Louise Michel – a tier garden and square that leads you to the Square Nadar which not only offers you great views of the cathedral but also a panoramic view of Paris. Turlure Park is much more serene.

arbour covered in vines in paris park

Tips for Visiting:

  • Entrances: rue de la Bonne or rue du Chevalier de la Barre
  • Metro: Abbesses
  • Top things to do in Montmartre: Wall of Love (multilingual “I love you” mural), Sacre-Couer Basilica, Place du Tertre (artists’ hangout and cafes), historic market street of Rue des Martyrs

Left Bank of Paris

Hidden Gardens in 5th ARRONDISSEMENT

Jardins du Musee De Cluny

Also known as the medieval gardens of Cluny Museum, this peaceful garden is inspired by the Middle Ages. Venture past the children’s playground to a series of flower beds organized according to their use in the Middle Ages. – a medicinal herb garden and the love garden. Multiple gardens are recreated to mimic what might have been grown during the Middle Ages – herbs, roses, and plants with medicinal purposes.

hidden garden with building in paris

Tips for Visiting:

  • Entrance: corner of boulevard Saint-Michel and boulevard Saint-Germain-des-Pres
  • Metro: Saint Michel
  • Nearby things to do: Cluny Museum – National Museum of Middle Ages,  The Abbey Bookshop, and tranquil Samuel Paty park behind the Cluny Museum is small but lovely to visit
  • Recommended cafe: Le Loulou offers amazing teas and healthy meals

Square Rene Viviani

Is a lovely garden with one of the best views of the Notre Dame cathedral. The Square Viviani sits on the site of a former cemetery and is famous for being home to the oldest tree in Paris, a Robinia planted in 1602!

Tips for Visiting: 

  • Entrances: Quai de Montebello, in between rue Galande and rue de Julien le Pauvre
  • Metro: St. Michel
  • Nearby things to do: Church of Saint Julien le Pauvre (the oldest church in Paris), exploring the Latin Quarter, famous Shakespeare & Company bookshop
  • Recommended cafe: Odette specializes in delicious cream puffs
notre dam in paris with gardenSquare Rene Viviani
pretty park in paris with pin cherry blossomsSquare Paul Langevin

Square Paul Langevin

Is one of the prettiest places to visit during the springtime in Paris. Backing onto the wall of the former Ecole Polytechnique building, Paul Langevin square is bordered by cherry blossom trees and magnificent magnolia trees. An ivy-covered monumental staircase with a charming old moss-covered fountain is the focal point.

Tips for Visiting:

  • Entrance: corner of rue Monge and rue des Ecoles
  • Metro: Cardinal Lemoine, Maubert-Mutualie
  • Nearby things to do: Pantheon, Sorbonne University, Jardin des Plantes

Hidden Gardens in 6th ARRONDISSEMENT

Square Gabriel-Pierne

Is one of the prettiest hidden gardens to see in the springtime due to the number of cherry blossom trees. Stone benches in the shape of an open book offer unique seating to admire the trellis wall of magnolia blooms, a fountain, and a bronze statue “Caroline.”

pink blossoms, fountain in pretty hidden park in paris

Tips for Visiting:

  • Entrance: rue de Seine
  • Metro: Saint Germain des Pres
  • Nearby things to do: Pont des Arts bridge, River Seine

RELATED READING: Check out my ultimate guide to the Saint Germain neighbourhood 6th Arrondissement in Paris: the Best Things to Do

Square Laurent-Prache

You can find this tiny yet quaint square next to the 12th-century Saint Germain-des-Pres church. A pretty garden that looks lovely against the ancient backdrop of the abbey. It’s a quiet tranquil spot away from the busy boulevard Saint Germain.

hidden garden behind church in paris

Tips for Visiting:

  • Entrance: 1 place Juliette Gréco
  • Metro: Saint Germain-des-Pres
  • Nearby things to do: explore Saint Germain, and seek out Place Furstemberg (a pretty network of streets)
  • Recommended places to eat or drink: Les Deux Magots or Cafe de Flore – two of the most iconic cafes in Paris

Best Paris Parks and Gardens

Now for the well-known pretty parks and gardens in Paris. Each one with its tall trees, flowers blooming all year round, fountains, benches, chairs, ponds, and birds chirping. Where people are reading La Monde, talking quietly with a friend, walking their dog, runners, and kids are playing.

Right Bank of Paris

JARDIN DES TUILERIES in the 1st arrondissement

Tuileries Garden in paris with flowers

Visit the oldest park in Paris, Jardin des Tuileries. This 16th-century park, located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, is one of the most famous parks in Paris. Known as the 16th-century Italian Garden of Catherine de Medici you can’t miss walking through it as you cross the left and right banks. It’s popular with locals and tourists and is large enough that it never feels crowded.

PALAIS ROYAL GARDENS in the 1st arrondissement

tree, spring flowers and palace in garden in Paris

Stroll under the treelined pathways of Palais-Royal which is actually the landscaped grounds of a 17th-century palace. This is one of the most romantic parks in Paris. Artists come to sketch. Poets come to write. And people come to sit. Of the 52 benches under the tree-lined paths, 18 are adorned with 20th-century writers’ quotes. Choose one and sit and admire the middle stretch which features quaint squares, flowerbeds, and a majestic fountain in the centre.

PLACE DES VOSGES in the 4th arrondissement

fountain and red building with park in paris

Is the oldest square in Paris. Elegant 17th-century red-brick and cream limestone mansions line the square with arched walkways connecting to the Paris streets beyond. Tall fountains sit in each of the four corners. This is one of the favourite parks for locals to come and sprawl out on the lawn on a sunny day. Or, take a leisure stroll under the arched walkways that are full of art galleries, cafes, and restaurants.

RELATED READING: Stay in the elegant, luxury hotel, Pavillon de la Reine, that’s located in one of the 17th-century mansions lining Place des Vosges

PARC MONCEAU in the 8th arrondissement

pond with columns and archway in paris park

The 17th-century Parc Monceau is known as the Park of Baron Haussmann as it was the first public park in Paris to be re-developed by the famous architect and city planner. This Paris park is full of wide curved pathways perfect for strolling and admiring its many statues, a Renaissance archway, and a large pond. Even Claude Monet was inspired to paint a series of three paintings of the park. What I love the most is that Monceau Park is surrounded by luxury Hausmann mansions and townhomes.

BUTTES-CHAUMONT in the 19th arrondissement

Des Buttes Chaumont is the largest public park in Paris. What makes this park worth seeking out? It’s design! This beautiful park was built over multiple quarries which means it’s very hilly with multiple changes in elevation. And hills mean views. Beyond offering great vistas – you’ll find caves, waterfalls, and even a suspension bridge. For a second, you’ll forget you’re in Paris. This is truly one of the best parks in Paris and is worth the metro ride to get there.

Left Bank of Paris

JARDIN DES PLANTES in the 5th arrondissement

spring flowers in paris park

Visiting Jardin des Plantes is unlike any other park in Paris. It’s not only beautiful, but it’s also educational too. As a  botanical garden, the wide variety of plants and flowers is endless. The garden, plus its greenhouses, zoo, and buildings, like the National Museum of Natural History, are considered a national historical landmark in France. You’ll even find chess enthusiasts drawing a crowd to watch them play this strategic game.

RELATED READING: Springtime in Paris is magical! If you time it right, the loveliest of all is to visit during cherry blossom season. Here is my ultimate guide for finding the best locations to see these pretty blooms in parks, gardens, and squares in Paris.

JARDIN DU LUXEMBOURG in the 6th arrondissement

pond with trees and flowers in fall colours

Jardin du Luxembourg is known as one of the most beautiful parks in Paris. As the second largest park in Paris, this is a local’s favourite. It’s where Parisians come to stroll and sit awhile whether it’s to read or catch up with a friend. This pretty park is home to Palais du Luxembourg, the 17th-century impressive building that is home to the French Senate. The gardens are attended to every day and changed for the season and over 1,000 fruit-bearing trees can be found here. My favourite part of this park is Fountaine de Medicis. Tucked away on the east side of the palace you will find this beautiful reflecting fountain.

READ MORE: Your ultimate guide to help plan your visit to the beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg

PARC DU CHAMP-DE-MARS in the 7th arrondissement

eiffel tower in paris park

Parc du Champ de Mars begins at the Military school and extends all the way to the Eiffel Tower. So if you’ve been to Paris, you’ve likely visited this 18th-century park. Everyone comes to this park to picnic on its lawns or at nightfall to watch the Eiffel Tower’s twinkling lights. It’s also one of the best spots to photograph the Eiffel Tower with the long rectangular green lawn leading your eye to the Iron Lady.

JARDIN DU TROCADERO in the 16th arrondissement

pond trees in paris hidden park

Jardin du Trocadero is the prettiest way to capture the Eiffel Tower. This beautiful garden was created for the Exposition that finally unveiled the Eiffel Tower in 1937. The centrepiece of the garden is the Warsaw fountain with 20 water cannons. And, the only drawback is, it’s such a popular garden to visit when you go to the Eiffel Tower. So, veer off to the right, that’s where you’ll find a much quieter and more peaceful Trocadéro garden.

As a holidaymaker…

When you visit Paris for the first time or the 10th time include a visit to at least one of these pretty hidden gardens. Try not to get caught up in the excitement of being in Paris by trying to see it all. You’re missing the point of visiting Paris. The only way to truly enjoy Paris is to do as little as possible. That’s right, my best advice is to let go of any plans and let the city reveal itself to you – that’s when you’ll truly fall in love with Paris and its prettiest parks and gardens. Which of the secret places in Paris will you want to now seek out?

pretty paris parks with flowers
pretty paris parks with flowers and trees

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44 Comments

  1. I’m Nike you I love to wander aimlessly to discover off the beaten path places. I would love to grab a coffee and some fresh baked pastries and visit any one of these parks, especially the park by the cathedral.

  2. I do love when cities have great park space. It is always great to enjoy a break in the parks and gardens in Paris. I love that you found so many great hidden gardens around Paris with no crowds. Hopefully your post does not make these busier spots! I agree that spending some time just relaxing in the gardens is part of the joy in visiting Paris.

  3. I’ve been dreaming to visit Paris France and it’s nice that there are pretty garden gems to discover too. If there’s a coffee shop nearby and wifi, I might read there to work on my own and sometimes do the photography too. I would love to visit Paris soon and will surely explore all the gardens you have mentioned here.

  4. So many beautiful parks! I love Parc Monceau and was not surprised to read that Monet was inspired to paint there. Des Buttes Chaumont also sounds like it’s worth exploring one day. Great tips about places to eat and drink nearby–makes it easy to plan a day in the city 🙂

  5. I honestly love parks and gardens. The atmosphere makes me want to grab a book and read it. The beauty and quietness of the place is the reason why. You mentioned so many options, There are some that I like, but honestly, the Jardin des Plantes grabbed my attention the most. It is quite educational and has so many floors to learn from.

  6. I am surrendered to the beauty of these places that are small in size but huge in delicacy.
    They have such a peculiar energy and convey such tranquility even just from the photos.
    I loved the colors of Square Gabriel-Pierne and Square Paul Langevin… how not to love pink 🙂
    Excellent guide to spend a few different moments in Paris, away from the main tourist attractions and the crowds. Thanks for sharing

  7. Wow! I had no idea there are many hidden parks and gardens in Paris. I would love to visit La Promenade de Plantee. It is nice to know that they have transformed the abandoned railway into something beautiful. Square Rene Viviani is lovely too.

  8. The big gardens are undoubtedly beautiful! But the little ones have their own uniqueness. I like how most of them are tucked away from the busy streets. As if they are there for people whose on their lunch break, meet their boyfriend/girlfriend, or just want to find a piece of calm for a few minutes. The Square Gabriel-Pierne is so pretty, and the Jardin Anne Frank has a unique designed.

  9. These hidden gardens in Paris are absolutely fascinating in the way they have been designed in an around medieval buildings. The Turkure park as terrace garden, the Jardin dedicated to Anne frank , the park with benches shaped like books, ones with the Renaissance arches, one with a view of the tour d’eiffel are so beautiful.I would love to visit each one of them. And you are so right when you say, Paris is to be cherished slowly.

  10. Amazing, how many of these green gems in the middle of Paris you have discovered on your tours! I love the picture of the Square Gabriele Pierne, but I guess the time frame for the flowering tree is quite short. It is always so lovely, when you accidently come across a wonderful garden and can have a few quiet moments before carrying on with the sightseeing.

  11. How beautiful! There’s nothing like just walking around neighborhoods in any city to discover these hidden gems. I do the same in London all the time. Paris clearly has more than its fair share of gorgeous gardens to relax in. Thanks for sharing how to find them all.

  12. Beautiful green spaces to explore around Paris. It is always lovely to find these hidden and not so hidden gems in a city. A joy for all the senses.

  13. Perfect timing – We’ll be in Paris shortly, and have set aside some time specifically pour flaner – to stroll through some of our favorite neighborhoods. Now we’ll have a secret little agenda to find some of these gems!

  14. This is right up my alley! I especially want to check out La Promenade de Plantee! Paris is already on my bucket list and all of these gardens look incredibly peaceful and like a great place to spend the afternoon!

  15. These parks and gardens are absolutely stunning! I wish I had known about them before my visit to Paris a few years ago. I would love to visit Jardin des Plantes to learn about all the different flowers and plants that are there. Thank you for sharing these gorgeous gardens!

  16. I am a “flaneur” just like you! I walk everywhere if I can and find little alleys, hidden places and off the beaten track gems that I love and no-one has heard of them.
    I know what you mean by the hidden parks of Paris as I noticed there were often little green areas with benches and small parks dotted sporadically round the city.
    Coincidentally I have been to Taras Shevchenko Park in Kiev, Ukraine (you mentioned there is one in Paria).
    I have heard of several of these places but just never got round to seeing them – except the Jardin des Tuileries, which I have walked extensively with friends.
    Love that you give entrance streets and how to get to them and even a few eateries too, as I would never find them otherwise.
    I’m pleased that they all also look well cared for and so many have tempting benches to sit and admire them from.

  17. My partner and I visited France last April and I wish we’d known about some of these spots before our job! Your blog is full of hidden gems, I’ll definitely use it to plan my next trip to France! 🙂

  18. I love that there’s a French word to describe doing nothing but strolling. That’s exactly how I typically experience Paris now. I love just wandering rather than riding from big tourist attraction to the next. These gardens are the perfect way to enjoy Paris in a more relaxing way, and remind me so much of how Paris has a lot of green space for a big city. I love taking my book and just reading in the gardens while I wander

    1. I agree with you Emma, taking a relaxing rest in a garden between sites you are visiting is the best of both worlds. And that’s why there are so many of them, to give Parisiennes a beautiful resting spot as they go about their day.

  19. Okay, I may be moving to Paris from the west of France towards the middle of next year, so this is going on my bookmarks list for sure. Thank you for the awesome compliation, I think my favorites have to be the Square Gabriel-Pierne because of the pink flowers and the Jardin des Rosiers Joseph Migneret for the greenery.

    1. How lucky are you! I would love to move to Paris. You’ve picked 2 great parks, but if you visit Paris in the spring time, the whole city is pink with cherry blossoms. It’s magical.

  20. I have been to a few of the big parks but didn’t know many of the small squares and hidden gardens you listed. I love how you listed them by arrondissement, it makes them easy to find and plan a visit. Square Saint Gilles du Grand Veneur sounds like just the place I’d pick to hide on a sunny summer afternoon with a book and a thermos of coffee!

  21. I love finding small gardens in a bustling city. It’s a great way to recharge. Jardin des Rosiers sounds gorgeous and right up my alley. Maybe I’d like Paris more if I found some of these hidden gems 🙂 (though I did visit in early January, so not sure there would be much greenery, but hopefully I’ll visit in a warmer month.

  22. Since I have been reading your blog this year, I’m discovering more and more sides of Paris which I would actually really enjoy. Like you, I love flanering and these hidden gardens are oasis in the middle of a bustling city. I can feel their character from your pictures and they must be particularly enchanting during the warmer season. Places like Parc Monceau with romantic water elements and delicate statues are my thing. Would love to take you up on your offer and explore Paris on a tour with you!

    1. I’ve been dreaming to go to Paris France and its nice that there are pretty garden gems to discover too. If there’s a coffee shop nearby and wifi, I might find myself sit there for a few hours to watch passersby, or just read a book admiring the different shades of flowers.

      Thanks for sharing and looking forward to visit Paris soon 🙂

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