Green walks in Paris

Little public gardens, parks, woods … With more than 400 parks and gardens, Paris is the most wooded capital in Europe. Take a look at our ideas for places to walk to discover the natural treasures of the City of Light.

Stroll in the East Parisian

A refreshing and cultural stroll through district of La Villette:

Paris plein air - Le parc de la Villette et le Canal de l'Ourcq  © Philippe Levy

The Villette Canal Basin is 800 metres wide and 70 metres long, which makes it the largest artificial stretch of water in Paris. It links the Canal de l’Ourcq to the Canal Saint-Martin and has encouraged the development of river transport. The canal basin is popular with Parisians who enjoy the many special events and cultural activities (shows, concerts, theatre) and festive atmosphere here. For a day by the water, climb on board one of the electric boats hired out by  Marin d’Eau Douce .

Must-do walks in the east of Paris. Another place to explore all year round: the banks of the Canal de l’Ourcq which run along the Villette Canal Basin in a green park.

The Parc de la Villette with its 35 hectares of green spaces is one of the most original spots in the capital and attracts more than 10 million visitors every year. There is plenty to discover here including 3,000 m² of ecological gardens and the astonishing architecture of the 26 ‘Folies’, such as the Folie Obervatoire, that are dotted around the park.

Visitors of all ages can enjoy all-year-round events and activities at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie and an eclectic programme at the Philharmonie de Paris, a one-of-a-kind centre for music with exhibitions and concerts.

The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, a place for leisure and relaxation

Picturesque Voyages - Buttes Chaumont, Paris

This public park extends over different levels and affords beautiful views of the city, especially of the district of Montmartre. The park has been landscaped with grottoes and waterfalls, a suspension bridge and a folly perched on a belvedere that give it a special charm. It is planted with exotic and native trees and home to numerous birds (seagulls, moorhens, mallards) that appreciate the man-made lake. The park has entertainment for children and many places offering refreshments and snacks.

Canal Saint-Martin, Parisian living

The Canal Saint-Martin has linked the Arsenal basin to the Villette basin since 1825 over a distance of 4.5 km, of which 2 km are underground. It is pleasant to follow its course through popular suburbs, punctuated with locks, moveable bridges, Venetian-style footbridges, and bordered with chestnut trees and little public gardens. An opportunity to discover waterside brunches and colourful bistros and other eateries.

Parc de Belleville: Enjoy a panoramic bird’s-eye view of the French capital!

Oeuvre de street art de l'artiste Seth au Belvédère du parc de Belleville, Paris

Laid out in 1988 on the heights of Belleville, Belleville park (45,000 m²) offers a breathtaking view of Paris. It has something for all ages to enjoy: a play area with wooden apparatus for children and views of Belleville vineyard - a vestige of the city's wine-growing heritage.

The Cemetery of Père Lachaise, a solemn and historical visit

Balade parmi tombes automne Cimetière Père Lachaise

Honoré de Balzac, Guillaume Apollinaire, Frédéric Chopin, Jean de La Fontaine … Step back in time to remember great figures who have marked the history of France over the centuries on this visit to the Cemetery of Père-Lachaise! Situated in the 20th arrondissement, it is considered the most prestigious necropolis in Europe, as can be seen from the 44 hectares of this green and preserved area.

Get some fresh air in Paris’s big green spaces

Bois de Boulogne

Le Pré Catelan - Terrasse Jardin, Paris

Once a hunting ground for the Kings of France, the Bois de Boulogne is today the largest recreational area in the west of Paris. With a surface area 850 hectares, it is one of the capital’s ‘lungs’ and encompasses the Parc de Bagatelle, the Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil, the Pré-Catelan and the Jardin d'Acclimatation. It has numerous paths, 28 km of bridleways and 15 km of touristic cycle routes. There are numerous recreational facilities for the public: playgrounds for children, the Musée en Herbe, picnic areas, bicycle hire and boat hire on the Lac Inférieur, the Auteuil and Longchamp racecourses, restaurants and the Théâtre de Verdure.

Bois de Vincennes

Barque sur le Lac Daumesnil dans le Bois de Vincennes, Paris

The Bois de Vincennes is Paris’s second largest green space and can be found in the east of Paris on the edge of the 12th arrondissement. There are plenty of leisure activities here ranging from boating on the lake to a trip back to Medieval times on a visit to Château de Vincennes. The Parc Floral de Paris is a perfect place to stroll with wonderful planting; its  Events space fulfils all the requirements for your professional and private events with 5 pavillons (a total of 23,000m²) for private hire for your projects.

Kids and grown-ups are treated to an amazing performance by the acrobats at the Cirque Phoenix, the modern circus erected on the Esplanade of the Bois de Vincennes. And why not go along to one of the famous horse races that take place every year at the l’Hippodrome de Vincennes!

Coulée Verte René Dumont

Discover the Coulée Verte René Dumont a 4.5 km-long route with all kinds of lime trees, hazel trees, climbers, roses and other plants. It offers walkers remarkable and varied views of the recent and very typical districts of the 12th arrondissement.

Marin d'eau douce

Incentive activities | Guided tours
  • République - Gares de l'Est et du Nord

Marin d'Eau Douce's marina hosts all kind of business events, whether seminars, team building or incentive days on the water with......

Parc de La Villette - Plein Air

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
211 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris, 75019

With its 55 hectares, spectacular architecture, and 10 million annual visitors, the largest park in Paris offers a unique......

Number of meeting rooms 4

Folie Observatoire

Exhibition and Trade Show venue
211 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris, 75019

Like the playful constructions of the parks and gardens of the 18th century, 26 follies liven up Villette with their bright red......

Number of meeting rooms 1

Max capacity seated diner 30

Cocktail max. capacity 50

Philharmonie de Paris

Concert hall
221 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris, 75019

The Philharmonie de Paris, a contemporary venue with original architecture, offers Parisian concert halls and hosts your......

Number of meeting rooms 7

Theater max. capacity 2400

Max capacity seated diner 150

Cocktail max. capacity 3600

Le Pré Catelan Lenôtre

Events venues – Reception rooms
Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 75016

Built during the Belle Epoque (turn of the 19th century), this delightful residence located in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne......

Number of meeting rooms 12

Theater max. capacity 600

Max capacity seated diner 760

Cocktail max. capacity 1200

Jardin d'Acclimatation

Events venues – Reception rooms
Bois de Boulogne, Paris, 75,016

The Jardin d'Acclimatation, an unusual and leafy setting just 5 minutes from Porte Maillot, welcomes all types of events......

Number of meeting rooms 13

Theater max. capacity 300

Max capacity seated diner 300

Cocktail max. capacity 500

Château de Vincennes

Chateau
1 avenue de Paris, Vincennes, 94300

A symbol of the modern state. The building affirms royal power: it protects the capital but also guarantees kings against its......

Number of meeting rooms 1

Theater max. capacity 80

Max capacity seated diner 80

Cocktail max. capacity 350

Espace Evénements du Parc Floral de Paris

Events venues – Reception rooms
26 route du Champ de Manœuvre, Paris, 75012

Between charm and versatility, this space has a main building in the Baltard style with 5 adjoining pavilions for a total of......

Number of meeting rooms 6

Theater max. capacity 5000

Max capacity seated diner 8500

Cocktail max. capacity 12000

Cirque Phénix

Circus
Place du Cardinal Lavigerie, Paris, 75012

The Cirque Phénix is a modern circus. Recognized as the biggest circus in the world, it has a 5,500-seat capacity. Unlike other......

Number of meeting rooms 3

Theater max. capacity 2500