Party Earth Review Set behind the Palais du Luxembourg are the grand and lovely Luxembourg Gardens. Picturesque gravel paths meander through the lush foliage and vibrant flowers, past fountains and statues and sculptures, to finally end... ... read full review
Daytime; Closes at sundown
Latin Quarter - 5eme, Paris –
Set behind the Palais du Luxembourg are the grand and lovely Luxembourg Gardens. Picturesque gravel paths meander through the lush foliage and vibrant flowers, past fountains and statues and sculptures, to finally end at the expansive green lawns that make up most of the park.
The focal points are the gorgeous Marie de’ Medici fountain and the boat pond where children gather to feed the ducks and race toy boats.
Creative types venture beyond the fountain to the upper levels of the garden to peruse the outdoor modern art exhibits, or watch groups of locals playing ball on the dedicated bocce fields.
An inexpensive restaurant under the trees has indoor and outdoor seating overlooking a gazebo for anyone in need of a little nosh, and the restaurant frequently hosts free concerts as well.
But the simplest way most Parisians enjoy the Luxembourg Gardens on any given day is just by bringing a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine and spending an afternoon people-watching and enjoying the buzz of laughter, music, and chatter that fills the air.
Pick a nice day and spend it relaxing in the gardens. Sitting on the grass isn’t allowed in many parts of the park, but there are still plenty of areas where visitors can spread out with their baguettes and bottles of wine and enjoy nature. Don’t miss the photo exhibits posted along the grills surrounding the gardens – they change every month and feature photographers from all over the world.
Locals, expats, travelers, tourists, and families, all ages. Sunny days bring out a contingent of the young and beautiful who gather around the fountain to socialize.
Public tennis courts, occasional free concerts in the gazebo, and wandering street musicians.
Small stands throughout the gardens sell crêpes, sandwiches, ice cream, and drinks. A small take-away just outside the garden on Rue Toullier serves huge, delicious sandwiches on French baguettes for only €2.30.
Free admission. Sandwiches €2.30.
On a warm, sunny day.
There are plenty of French brasseries located just outside the gardens, as well as a ten-minute walk away down Rue de Tournon to the Latin Quarter.