Sometimes, it's nice to have a little break from the crowded streets and terraces, to feel closer to nature, without having to leave Paris. Some of the capital's gardens are a jealously kept secret.
Calm Under the Cobblestones
When walking down Rue Payenne, do not forget to push open the grand blue double door of number 11. The sunny courtyard of the Swedish Institute, based in the Hôtel de Marle, offers you a tranquil break, that you complement with fruit juices and Scandinavian sandwiches served by the adjoining Le Café suédois.
Le Café suédois
11, rue Payenne - 75003 Paris
Reservations: + 33 (0)1 44 78 80 11
In the Heart of Pigalle
It is in this very lively neighbourhood that a little courtyard with luxurious flora is hidden. The restaurant and the bar of the Hôtel Amour guarantee an escape, for a tea in the afternoon or a cocktail in the greenery during the evening.
8, rue de Navarin - 75009 Paris
Reservations: + 33 (0)1 48 78 31 80 - email@example.com
When the weather is nice
From mid-March to mid-October, the Un thé dans le jardin tea room sets up in a former greenhouse adjoining the Musée de la Vie romantique. Surrounded by roses and sheltered by the centenary trees, this garden is as bucolic as it is ideal for daydreaming.
Un thé dans le jardin - Musée de la vie romantique
16, rue Chaptal - 75009 Paris
Reservations: + 33 (0)1 55 31 95 67
A Courtyard in the Middle of Paris
The name of the hotel is indicative of what's to come: Les Jardins du Marais (the gardens of Marais) keeps its promise as a large 1,500m2 courtyard has been built. The flower-lined beds with Mediterranean colours and the little courtyards should transport the walker far from the capital.
Les Jardins du Marais
74, rue Amelot - 75011 Paris
Reservation: + 33 (0)1 40 21 20 00
A, as in...
Well hidden behind the Maison de l’architecture, Le Café A's garden is calm and spacious! Which is unusual in Paris. Make the most of the sun and the loungers in the afternoon to read in the peace and quiet. The evenings are livelier.
Le Café A
148, rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin - 75010 Paris
Reservations: + 33 (0)9 81 29 83 38 - firstname.lastname@example.org
The RECycle Station
Created in an unusual place, the former Ornano station offers an original setting with its picnic tables near to the tracks, its vegetable patches and its numerous workshops.
83, boulevard Ornano - 75018 Paris
Reservations: + 33 (0)1 42 57 58 49 - email@example.com
A Perched Terrace
Invisible from the street, La Bellevilloise's terrace is all the more pleasant. High up, it only opens when the weather allows it.
19-21, rue Boyer - 75020 Paris
Reservations: + 33 (0)1 46 36 07 07 - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Discreet Charm of the 14th Arrondissement
A global cultural site, the bar and restaurant of L’Entrepôt offer a shaded terrace combined with a sun lounge. Ideal for a drink or a dinner when leaving the cinema.
7, rue Francis de Pressensé - 75014 Paris
Reservations: + 33 (0)1 45 40 07 50