Paris Outdoors Overview

Pont de l'Archevêché (Love Locks Bridge) - Landmark | Outdoor Activity in Paris

Parisians smoke, drink too much wine, eat fatty foods, and smoke some more, and yet they still seem to live forever – maybe because there are so many great outdoor activities in Paris.

One of the best things about the city is that it’s incredibly walkable, so a perfect way to spend some time outdoors in Paris is to throw on a pair of sneakers and hit the sidewalk. If just lazing in the grass sounds better, parks abound in the City of Light, and anyone in search of a delightful retreat from the traffic and noise of the Paris streets should take a short trip on the metro and spend an afternoon at Le Parc Floral.

Closer to the city center are the grand and lovely Luxembourg Gardens, which make for one of many picturesque outdoor activities in Paris, as do the serene and slightly surreal gardens behind the Palais-Royal.

For a Paris outdoor event that’s a little more active, window shopping is practically an Olympic sport in this town, and anyone looking for the best in French accessories, shoes, and lingerie should head to Rue de Rennes or Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Also worth hitting up is Les Puces de Saint-Ouen – commonly known as “Les Puces”– one of the largest flea and antique markets in the world that attracts more than one hundred thousand visitors every single weekend.

Less budget-friendly but far more stunning are the broad, tree-lined sidewalks, bustling outdoor cafés, glittering architecture, and important historical sites of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, considered by many to be the most beautiful avenue in the world. Walking the Champs-Élysées is a signature Paris outdoor activity, right up there with hiking the Eiffel Tower and strolling past the countless cafés, brasseries, and shops to the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, the stunning white cathedral perched on top of a hill overlooking the city.

Spending time outdoors in Paris – on foot, on a bike, or just on your butt – is a très bon way to spend the day.

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