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The big Parisian parks are always filled with visitors – but if you know where to look, there are always hidden gardens and squares you may have passed previously without even realizing they were there. Far from the well known parks and gardens, our top 5 spots listed here wait to be unearthed by the well-seasoned tourist in Paris.

The Secret Garden of Albert Kahn

A stroll away from reality! What are you going to find there? A Japanese tea house, a forest, a river symbolizing life from birth to death whose water noise is apaisante, a British cottage, shadows, geometrical flowerbeds, beautiful colors and forms in the trees (and a museum)! A garden that will change appearances depending on the season you visit Paris. More here.

Jardin Albert Kahn, by the tourist in paris

Where? 10-14 Rue du Port, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt. Metro: Boulogne Pont de Saint-Cloud (Line 10)
When? From Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 6pm (7pm from May 1st until September 30th)

The Zen Garden of the Panthéon Buddhique

(The discreet Guimet Museum (of Asian Art) near la place d’Iéna maintains a quiet Japanese-style zen garden. The garden, circling around the Panthéon Buddhique where many religious relics are held, is your quick escape to Japanese culture surrounded by bamboo, stone slabs, and water fountains. Reserve a traditional tea ceremony in the pavilion, or just stroll around the Panthéon and its garden for free. This spot is undoubtably an unusual and secret spot to stroll.

Where? Panthéon Bouddhique, 
19 avenue d’Iéna, 75016 Paris. Metro: Iéna (line 9).
When? Open every day except Tuesday, from 9:45AM to 5:45PM.

The Natural Garden

In the Northeast of Paris near the Cemetery Père Lachaise, discover a wild patch of country in the middle of the city. You will be surprised by natural quality of the garden, with wild herbs, grass, and ponds – all untouched and unkept by any human gardener. The plants are neither fertilized nor watered, and this garden is truly a place where nature takes its course. If you would like a break from the city without going far, we recommend you to visit the Natural Garden.

Jardin naturel Paris, by The Tourist in Paris

Where? 120, rue de la Réunion, 75020.
 Metro: Alexandre Dumas (line 9).
When ? Open from 7:30AM to sunset during weekdays and 9AM to sunset on weekends and holidays.

The Atlantic Garden

A truly unusual garden, it is situated on top of a train station – more specifically, on top of the tracks at the Montparnasse Station! Inaugurated in 1994, it is a small green space that brings together European trees and their American counterparts, face to face. Furthermore, it has a great small sports stations with weights, a tennis court, and ping pong tables. A perfect spot to wait for your train or pass time in the area.

Where? Jardin Atlantique, Place des Cinq Martyrs du Lycée Buffon
 75015. Metro : Montparnasse-Bienvenüe (lines 4, 6, 12, and 13).
When? Everyday from 8AM to 9:30PM.

The Garden of Abbesses

This small garden, hidden at the end of the impasse des Abbesses at the foot of Montmartre is a remnant of the old Abbey that used to stand there until the French Revolution. In this tranquil garden, you will find simple plants and medicinal herbs, organised geometrically and far from the busy top of the hill.

jardin des Abbesses, by the tourist in paris

Where? Passage des Abbesses 75018 Paris. Metro: Abbesses (line 12).
When? From 3PM to 8:30PM.

The Arenas of Lutèce

One of the most historic places on our list, this garden used to be an amphitheater dating to the Gallo-Roman era. The Arenas of Lutèce (Paris’ former name in antiquity) have an interesting history, where it was lost for a millennia until rediscovered in 1860 during the construction of Rue Monge. Victor Hugo advocated for its preservation as a public square, and today this historic and ancient space is open, with children often playing sports in its center.

les arènes de Lutéce, by The tourist in Paris

Where? 49 Rue Monge, 75005 Paris. Metro: Place Monge (line 7).
When? From 8AM or 9AM to 6PM/7:30PM/8:30PM depending on the season.

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