There are almost too many public parks and gardens to count in Paris, but whenever I need a beautiful place to sit or wander, I always head over to the Luxembourg Garden in the 6th arrondissement.
The Luxembourg Palace and Garden were built in 1611, after Marie de Medicis couldn’t stand to live in the Louvre after Henry IV’s death. It was created to resemble the Pitti Palace in Florence, where Marie de Medicis grew up. Since the 1800s, the Palace has been used by the French Senate and the gardens have been made public.
The space is massive (it’s the second largest public park in Paris), and if meticulously manicured flowers, trees, and lawns aren’t your thing, there’s still plenty to do, like look at the hundreds of statues and sculptures, sit around the fountains or cafes, play tennis, chess, or just hang out. Even the outside of the park has been turned into something incredible to look at with the curated photo exhibits that line the fence.
There are tons of movable seats scattered throughout the gardens and even on the most crowded days, it’s not hard to find a place to sit with an incredible view.
The park is perfect for people of all ages, from children floating sailboats in the fountains or watching a marionette show, to photogenic old people taking an afternoon stroll.