Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

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Parc des Buttes-Chaumont Unlike the other perfectly groomed Parisian gardens, Buttes-Chaumont has a wild side in the form of untended plants and towering trees that encroach upon the meandering trails. Paris France 48.876454 2.379773
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Party Earth Review Unlike the other perfectly groomed Parisian gardens, Buttes-Chaumont has a wild side in the form of untended plants and towering trees that encroach upon the meandering trails. As one of the biggest parks in Paris, Buttes... ... read full review

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    Buttes-Chaumont

  • Hours:

    Daily sunrise to sunset

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

Party Earth Parc des Buttes-Chaumont Review

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Unlike the other perfectly groomed Parisian gardens, Buttes-Chaumont has a wild side in the form of untended plants and towering trees that encroach upon the meandering trails.

Unlike the other perfectly groomed Parisian gardens, Buttes-Chaumont has a wild side in the form of untended plants and towering trees that encroach upon the meandering trails.

As one of the biggest parks in Paris, Buttes-Chaumont attracts its share of joggers, dog walkers, outdoor sports enthusiasts, sunbathers, and families, but beyond the usual activities, the park also offers a spectacular view of the city.

For the best panorama, guests make their way to the park’s beautiful central lake, and then to the historic Temple of Sybil – a stone gazebo modeled after an ancient Roman temple that sits atop the island in the middle of the water. A small bridge provides access to the island, where a series of steps winding through a cave leads to one of the most romantic lookout points in Paris.

The scenic park also offers horse and donkey rides, as well as long stretches of grass where athletic types often play football.

During the summer, the park even hosts a hopping little evening scene at the Rosa Bonheur café where, in addition to offering beer, wine, and takeaway picnic fare, the venue stays open past sundown on weekends with late-night DJs.

A welcome retreat from the urban scene, Buttes-Chaumont is ideal for anyone looking to get active in nature or just rest their buttes on the grass.

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Tip from Emma:

During the end of August and beginning of September, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont hosts the Silhouette Short Film Festival (www.association-silhouette.com). The park stays open after dark, and the films are projected on large screens – totally amazing!

  • Crowd

    Friendly, creative people of all ages and types.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Street performers and musicians. Lots of pleasant paths for running and walking.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    A food shack by the lake sells snacks like crêpes, waffles, soda, and ice cream. Water fountains are provided throughout the park.

  • Prices

    Free entrance. Snacks €2–€5.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any day of the week, though the park is most crowded on weekends.

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont User Reviews

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A Welcome Reprive
Sara K. Jun 11, 2013
In the 19th arrondissement you find this enormous collection of rolling hills and bright spring flowers to bring peace to you at the point when your sore back needs it most. I sat in the gazebo at the highest point of the parc and let the sun warm my skin and my soul. I could see Montmartre in the distance, framed by a hazy sunset. I overheard a father softly discussing mammals to his 4 year old son. Lovely.
The Parisian's summer oasis
Naomi F. Apr 19, 2013
Paris’ largest park (not counting the Bois de Vincennes or Boulogne) is the main attraction of the 19th arrondissement. A sprawling series of hills and trails, the highest point offers breathtaking views of the city below. One of the best parks for hidden nooks and quirky features, look out for: the lake, the lookout tower, concealed waterfalls and stepping stones across a stream. There’s a year-round steady flow of joggers and walkers along the wide paths, but spring and summer really bring the crowds. As soon as the sun comes out Parisians from all over the city make a beeline for les Buttes. As one of the only parks in Paris that allows most of its grass to be sat upon it’s no surprise that it’s a picnic hotspot, in fact it can often seem as if the whole of Paris turned up to picnic! Expect to be sat in the very close proximity to neighbouring picnickers. Clearly conscious of the surrounding family-based residential area, the park planners added a few extra touches to keep the kids happy. Boat swings, playgrounds and pony rides are dotted throughout the park, but if you’re looking for something a bit different why not take them to the “Guignol de Paris” puppet theatre where shows run daily during the school holidays? Refreshments can be found at the Italian restaurant or French café, but the watering hole of choice for the young and hip of Paris, is the Rosa Bonheur bar at the top of the park. On weekend evenings you’ll be hard pushed to find a seat and will probably have to queue to get in, whilst midweek the wide sun-trap terrace is filled with young mums and their babies and a chatty, student crowd.
Incredible bit of nature in the hills of the 19th arrondissement
Britta G. Dec 9, 2012
This park is amazing. Gorgeous trees, room to walk or run, grass you are actually allowed to sprawl upon, topped off by a small Greecian-style structure with vast views of Paris, including the epic Sacre-Coeur. It is out of the way of central Paris, but that only adds to the charm. Best of all might be the hundreds of Parisian dogs, who marvel and joyously celebrate the outdoors luxury of this beautiful park, under the watchful eyes of their owners. I would absolutely recommend visiting this park at any time of the year- I witnessed the lush rainbow of changing leaves in Autumn and wouldn't have missed it for anything.
A Romantic Rendez-Vous
Amy V. Nov 27, 2012
Quite possibly the most Romantic (yes with a capital R) park in the city, Le Parc des Butte-Chaumount is the paragon of the meeting of man-made structures and nature. Transformed under the reign of Napoleon III, this park is a hidden gem to most visitors of the city. Located in the 19eme it’s a bit difficult to get to but worth the longer metro ride. You’ll find a serene getaway for most locals looking for a nice jog or somewhere quiet to read the morning paper, and in the warmer months all those topless sunbathers far from the beach. Pack a picnic and some bottles of wine to spend a perfect afternoon lounging in the lush hills. Be sure to climb up to the belvedere for a stunning view of Sacré-Coeur. If you’re lucky enough to be there in the fall, check in advance to see if there’s any live music near the central park café. If you’re looking for that hyped-up romance of Paris, you won’t be disappointed by this gorgeous hideaway.
STUNNING
Emily R. Nov 15, 2012
My favorite park not just in Paris, but in the entire world! Far up a hill that gives a great view of the city, this lovely spot is worth the trek to find it. I love how few tourists end up coming to the Buttes Chaumont, because it makes for a truly awe-inspiring, calming, and enjoyable park with no threat of being trampled by the next crowd to come in by bus. There is absolutely no way one could feel even remotely constricted here; the park is enormous! Such a vast, open space deserves a visit from anyone who wants to get out of the bustle of the city, even for a short moment.
Cool secret spot
Paul F. Sep 8, 2012
One of the best kept secrets of Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is a hidden cafe and bar in the heart of the park called Rosa Bonheur. Here, an eclectic crowd of young Parisians set up picnics outside the cafe or laze away on the outdoor seats sipping coffees, beers, and eating meats and cheeses. At night, it turns into more of a scene with people drinking, dancing, listening to music, etc. The park itself is great, lots of open space to bike, jog, and explore, but if you don't make a pit stop at Rosa Bonheur, you're really missing out on a cool Parisian experience.
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