Paris is famous for its magnificent parks and gardens. That some have not yet been discovered makes them even more beautiful. However, the most popular gardens like the Tuileries and Luxembourg can be overcrowded, something many of us want to avoid these days…
Among the city’s more than 450 green spaces are hidden gardens visited only by those with the knowledge. Come to these hidden Parisian gardens and enjoy the greenery and tranquility.
Numerous hidden gardens are blooming throughout the French capital’s chalky trees. Here we reveal the hidden and the most beautiful.
Square Saint – Gilles Grand – Veneur Pauline – Roland
Although no longer a complete secret, this eastern Marais garden is still little known. Set amidst many historic private mansions, the public garden features small lawns, climbing roses, and romantic benches.
This is the ideal place for a sunny afternoon break or a relaxed picnic, with goodies from the nearby Marché Bastille. The open-air market that opens Thursday and Sunday until 2.30 pm on Richard Lenoir Avenue on Thursdays and Sundays.
Jardins des Archives Nationales
As you stroll through the Marais, your attention may be drawn to Archives Nationales’ ornate courtyard. However, few people realize that there is a magnificent secret garden hidden behind walls.
Accessible from a gate in the far right corner of the courtyard. The garden was created by joining the former gardens of the private mansions that surround this Rue des Francs-Bourgeois and Rue Vieille du Temple.
Hotel Particulier Montmartre
You will have to climb to the top of Butte Montmartre to reveal one of Paris’ most beautiful hidden spots. Behind the street, Junot is a large garden with an old-style petanque area and a vegetable garden. In this old country house designed by Pierre Lacroix. Locals come to spend long summer evenings with cocktails and gourmet meals at the table. Chef Louis Ricard proposes a menu of salmon marinated with raw beets and black radish, or marinated Dorado in Kalamansi served with seasonal vegetables. A timeless menu.
La Boîte à Images at the Jeu de Paume
Jeu de Paume’s scenic terrace is set among linden trees and flowers. Here hidden among the Jardin des Tuileries, La Boîte à Images serves up delicious Japanese street food from gyozas to poké and marinated chicken donburi. Imagined by Hana Bento, whose recipes touch on Japanese culinary tradition with the arsenal of knowing it.
Jardin Anne Frank
A small street above Center Pompidou will take you to this charming secret garden. This is another collection of old gardens of private mansions. One of which is now the Museum of Jewish Art and History, hence the name of the garden in honor of the hero of the WWII diary. The park has more hidden recesses for a sense of green happiness as well as romantic bench seating under attractive gazebos.
Maison de l’Amérique Latine
On Boulevard Saint-Germain, the Maison de l’Amérique Latine has all the charm of an 18th-century bourgeois house while dedicating itself to Latin American culture. Passersby could walk in front of him, not knowing it was there. But get inside and the doors lead to a shaded terrace in the traditional French style. What’s more, chef Thierry Vaissière offers treats to cater to guests, such as risotto al Verde with white asparagus.
Jardin Catherine Labouré
Behind a large wall near the Left Bank shopping mall Le Bon, Marché is this former garden and vegetable field of a 17th-century monastery.
The south side is surrounded by the ruins of the monastery. And the park continues its legacy today with a widely spread “pedagogical” vegetable garden and fruit trees. Before heading to the garden, you may want to grab a takeaway coffee from Coutume, one of the most popular coffee shops in Paris.
The apartment in Saint Germain des Pres, where Eugene Delacroix lived between 1857-1863, is an ideal place to spend time. His paintings, drawings, stamps and manuscripts are displayed in the garden like a quiet retreat in the architectural heart of Paris. With its blooming fruit trees and tulips in its garden. This secret address in Paris is where the most devoted art lovers in the capital rub shoulders.
Square Lionel Assouad
Although this park in zone 14 was opened only in 2000, its horticultural roots go back 100 years when the land was outside of Paris and was used to grow rose and lilac bushes. Today, there are shady benches under a vine-filled pergola to lie on the grass in the sun or to read and enjoy the silence.
Square des Grès
For a taste of the Parisian countryside, look for this little garden hidden in the former village of Charonne in the 20th district. Camouflaged by a large wall and a group of small houses. This secret garden features attractive gazebos, fruit trees, and cosy seating corners. After you visit the park, you can have a drink on the rooftop of the popular Mama Shelter Hotel a short walk away.
Hidden at the end of the pedestrian ledge in the Saint-Germain area, this little green space is perhaps the closest to a true secret garden in Paris. You can also enjoy an idyllic moment of tranquillity while wandering around the grounds of an old monastery. Its winding paths or relaxing on secluded benches.
Rose Bakery at Musée de la Vie Romantique
Designed by Émilie Bonaventure, this is a masterpiece of wholesome patisseries located within the Musée de la Vie Romantique. In the heart of the Scheffer-Renan hotel, amongst rose bushes and a sea of violet bellflower. Those who find their way here have the chance to eat delicious muffins or boiled egg breakfast.
At the top of the hill, just a stone’s throw from the Place du Tertre, the Musée de Montmartre and Renoir Gardens dominate the view of Paris. Amongst lilies, roses and fruit trees, Café Renoir draws people from all over the capital with its patisseries, savory snacks and fresh drinks, as well as its lush garden right next to the Sacré-Coeur. The view of Vigne du Clos Montmartre only makes the food sweeter.
The Maison de Balzac
The house and gardens of Honoré de Balzac, hidden from the view, are a masterpiece erected on the Passy hill. The author lived there between 1840 and 1847 to escape debt collectors and to write a chapter of Comédie Humaine overlooking the Eiffel Tower. The garden is approximately 7000 square meters adorned with linden trees and fruit trees. Personal belongings are exhibited alongside the works that the author has graded. Moreover, in the summer the museum and a renovated park open their doors.
In a quiet street outside Rue d’Assas, a little-known slice of tranquillity hides. It is a museum dedicated to the work of the Russian sculptor Ossip Zadkine and master of cubism between 1928 and 1967. It’s open daily except for Monday; an admission fee is only charged when an exhibition is on. Don’t miss the Zadkine Museum, his former home and studio. The light-washed gallery spaces and glass facade overlook an idyllic garden.
Japanese Garden of the Buddhist Pantheon
It’s easy to pass without realizing that Alfred Heidelbach’s mansion hiding on Avenue d’Iéna is there. Next to the Musée Guimet, the Buddhist Pantheon sees the collection of over 250 Japanese artefacts, Emile Guimet. Here you can also try Nakaura Masa’s traditional tea (chashitsu). Japanese cherry trees, azaleas, dwarf bamboo, pines, nana gracilis, and ferns grow somehow in the heart of Paris. A little taste of Tokyo designed by French-Japanese architect Agnès Latour-Kurashige.
We enlightened Paris with a few sections of its hidden beauties. Everywhere you take a step while visiting Paris, there are a history and a moment. Hidden beauty often becomes more valuable. Choose your own private place and immerse yourself in art, peace and green. Wish you have a smile on your face while reading your book or sipping your coffee in one of these gardens.