Relaxing in Paris's Most Beautiful Park | Jardin du Luxembough |

Relaxing in Paris’s Most Beautiful Park

When is the last time you spent time in a park while on holiday? I have to admit, it’s one of my favourite things to do, especially in Paris. Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the most beautiful parks in Paris. 

It’s a great way to either start or end a busy day of exploring the city – a real chance to slow down, relax and soak up what is the best of Paris has to offer.

Jardin du Luxembourg is situated in the 6th arrondissement on the left bank between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter. The park is open from sunrise to sunset all year round.

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The history

History tells us that the Jardin du Luxembourg began in the early 1600s for Henri IV’s widowed queen Marie de Médici. It’s approximately 60 acres or 25 hectares and offers both English and French style gardens. It also features a fountain and pond dividing the two. The large circular pond in the middle of the park is where you will find the small little sailboats where children use long sticks to navigate their miniature sails.

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The gardens

Spread throughout Jardin du Luxembourg are 106 statues, as well as, the monumental Fountaine de Médicis. This famous landmark is an oblong pool flanked by tall twin sycamore trees making it stunningly beautiful and quiet area. There is also a museum that offers rotating art exhibits. And, weather-permitting there’s always a free photo exhibit showcasing work by local artists.

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The chairs

My absolute favourite thing is seeing those battered green metal garden chairs. The famous French Fermob chairs are generously scattered all over the park. I love how some are upright and lined up perfectly while others may be tipped over or at an odd angle. They give the park a casual yet quintessential Paris chic look. And, they are the perfect chair to indulge in a little people-watching.  

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Relaxing time

It’s obvious that this is a common meeting place for Parisians. They come to  relax, read, catch up with a friend, play chess or boccie ball, go for a run or have a picnic. This park acts as an extension of their home.

While there, you can’t help but daydream, to think of yourself as a local and not a tourist. One who is who is simply relaxing in one of Paris’s most beautiful parks. 

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As a holidaymaker…

Spending time in city’s most beautiful park is a Parisienne tradition. That is one of the many reasons why I love the city. They slow down and live in the moment. They appreciate the smallest moments throughout the day – a coffee, a good meal, a chat with a friend. Never rushed, always savoured.  

Jardin du Luxembourg is one of Paris's most beautiful parks
Jardin du Luxembourg is one of Paris's most beautiful parks


  • saltymorena

    Ahhhhh Paris! I cant wait this pandemic will come into end. I will definitely visit these parks for sure❤️

  • Tania Muthusamy

    I love spending time in gardens on my travels too, and the Jardin du Luxembourg is just beautiful. I can’t believe there are so many statues there – 106 of them!

  • Josy a

    You do find the most beautiful and relaxing spots Renee!

    The Jardin du Luxembourg looks like a perfect place to relax. Are you allowed to bring a picnic? If so I feel like you could relax for hours in those chairs!!

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Yes, definitely a picnic is allowed. Grabbing a baguette and some cheese and you have the perfect day. Thanks for stopping by Josy!

  • Melissa

    Jardin du Luxembourg is so beautiful and so full of culture! I would love to spend the afternoon relaxing there and enjoying all the beautiful sights! It sounds so good right now to be able to get out and enjoy nature!

  • Emma

    I agree, I enjoy finding parks on my trips. To take an afternoon off rushing around sightseeing and just enjoying life. It’s great for people watching and when I’m traveling solo I always carry a book with me so this is perfect

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Thanks Emma for your comment, so glad you agree! What’s been your favourite park to visit thus far?

  • Riana Ang-Canning

    Aw I love this park! I’ve been to Paris a few times and I think I have visited every time. So cute to sit on those green chairs and watch the kids with their sailboats. Though can you believe I’ve never actually seen Fountaine de Médicis? I must have missed it! Just another reason to go back 🙂

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Thank you for your comment Riana. Yes the Fountaine de Medicis is a bit hidden and tucked away. For good reason, I think.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Thanks for your comment Brooklyn. If you ever do go, it’s worth adding it to your itinerary.

  • Gus Feliciano

    Funny thing is Paris was my last trip before Covid locked us down and I fell in love with these gardens! Even funnier its the one place I almost proposed to my fiance!

    I cant wait to go back to Paris and enjoy a coffee in one of those chairs again.

    Best place to relax and just people watch.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      So glad you love Paris as much as I do Gus. Is there anything better than people watching in Paris? I don’t think so!

  • Sarah

    Lovely photos! I haven’t been to Paris for years, but I remember really enjoying this park. I have a vague feeling that I wandered through eating a delicious pastry which is probably why I don’t have many photos of it.

    It’s definitely somewhere that I’ll be going to relax whenever I finally make it back to Paris.

  • Justine

    Aww this post has brought back such lovely memories! I visited in the winter though so I didn’t get the chance to see all these BEAUTIFUL blooms… but it’s a great excuse to go back though right? 😀

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Most definitely it is a reason to return. It’s also lovely during the fall, with the leaves change colours and crunch under foot as they fall from the trees. Thanks for your comment.

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