“Paris is a woman’s town, with flowers in her hair,” wrote the American author Henry van Dyk. And he was right! When you think of Paris, you think of its majestic monuments, streets filled with history, museums and their treasures … but Paris is also filled with little-known havens, perfect for incredible walks.
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After visiting the Guimet Museum of Asian Arts, a walk in the Zen garden of the Buddhist Pantheon is a must. Right there, in the very heart of Paris, you’ll feel like you’ve been teleported to Japan. The tea pavilion, the giant bamboo canes, the large stone slabs ... And access to this Japanese paradise is free!
For those of you looking for a bit of countryside in the French capital, here’s our go-to place. We’ve all heard of the Père Lachaise cemetery, but few actually know the natural garden located right next to it. It’s a genuine green jewel where nature reigns supreme: No mowing, no sprinklers —there’s definitely a wild side to it, making it one of the most unique gardens in Paris.
Small is beautiful, too. Sheltered from the noise of the street, nestled between historical buildings is the Francs-Bourgeois-Rosiers Garden in the 4th district. To reach this very confidential place, you must first enter the Hôtel de Coulanges.
Still in the Marais area, this last garden may be tricky to find, but trust us, it’s worth the detour: Sitting in the Saint-Gilles Grand Veneur square, among the magnificent roses, is the perfect way to take a break in one of the most original parks of the capital.