Paris, with its magnificent Haussmann buildings, its magical lights and hectic lifestyle, all of which one cannot live without. Still, it’s normal to want a little time in the day to put everything on PAUSE, to live out the cult scene of Pretty Woman in a secret garden of Paris; it's an irresistible desire. So emulate Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in Central Park, take off your socks and rub your little toes in the green grass. We're leading you the secret, hidden gardens of Paris.
Garden of Clos des Blancs Manteaux
A guarded garden in honor of Princess Diana, it’s the perfect image of the countryside in the city. Surrounding a lovely fountain, the garden is dotted with flowerbeds and vegetables. Cross the threshold of 21 Rue des Blancs Manteaux, then go along a corridor before discovering a vegetable garden and its 250 species, its peas, tomatoes, roses, and violets are a colorful delight. During the week, this little paradise welcomes only young people who are learning to respect the environment, thanks to gardening and fine arts workshops. Go, kids, tend to your watering cans! We’ll return this weekend to see if the beans have grown.
The Clos des Blancs coats will be your pantry if ...
- When you close your eyes, you can almost hear the cicadas singing under the olive trees
- Like Lady Di, you have a thing for exquisite white coats
- A pea + a pea = lots of peas for a nice salad
Square of Saint-Gilles Grand Veneur - Pauline-RolandMarais, where it’s nice to sit on an old stone bench and make sure the alignment of the maples and trellises is perfect, from where the Catherine Deneuve roses cascade beautifully. But to reach it you will have to go behind the church Saint Dionysius of the Blessed Sacrament, to sneak through the porches and alleys and above all, to keep it a secret.
This hidden garden will be your favorite if …
1. You can keep a secret (here's the address: 9 Rue du Grand Veneur Paris, 3rd Arrondissement)
2. Like Pauline, you think of yourself as a feminist activist
3. Just like the neighborhood teenagers, you are in love (with secret gardens)
The garden of the Panthéon Buddhist
15 minutes of mediation between two stressful meetings in the heart of the 8th arrondissement. This is a surprising and exotic place, this little-known garden is hidden behind the Guimet Museum - National Museum of Asian Arts - and will allow you to travel amongst the bamboos, Japanese trees, and wooden walkways above the basins; it’s also where the Japanese fish are training for the next Olympic Games. A good idea: exchange your lunch for a zen appointment at 19 Avenue d'Iéna, it's truly a crazy thing.
The Pantheon, yes, but the Buddhist if ...
- You dream of a first-class trip to the Land of the Rising Sun
- Inhale-exhale is a very good start to achieving mindfulness
- You were born Zen
The Natural Garden
"Let’s take a walk in the woods while the wolf is not there." You’re not in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne but in the Natural Garden that leans against the famous cemetery, Père Lachaise. It’s not strictly a secret garden, but it is known be few and truly extraordinary. Forget the exuberant style of some of the other gardens and parks in Paris, there are no gardeners here, nature has taken full control. In the middle of the city, it is a wild garden of Eden, with undergrowths, clearings, dragonflies, and frogs in the pond. Perhaps your Prince Charming will magically appear ...
The natural garden will be a breath of fresh air if ...
- You like to be wild and free
- Between wolves and ghosts, you like to test your fears
- Finding strawberries in the woods of Paris is your newest challenge
Before we forget, here you go: 120 Rue de la Reunion Paris, 20th arrondissement.
Roger Stéphane Square
The square will be your chlorophyllic pitstop if ...
- A small break is necessary between 2 races to the Bon Marché and Boulevard Saint-Germain
- You’re feeling poetic and are need of inspiration
- Playing hide-and-seek in a hidden garden is a welcome return to your childhood
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