If you’re looking for a really Parisian place to relax and enjoy the sunshine, try the Jardins des Tuileries. On a warm weekday it will be full of locals from the offices in the area, enjoying their lunch on one of the many shady benches, or stretching out on one of the chairs to catch some sun. Weekends it’s also popular, for bringing the children or enjoying a stroll.
There’s lots to do for children – trampolines, a carousel, and that typically Parisian children’s activity which I love – sailing old fashioned wooden boats on the ponds.
I like going there at all times of the year, but especially in the summer. There are plenty of chairs and it’s a wonderful place for a picnic, grab an extra chair to use as a table and you have one of the best eating spots in Paris. Sandwiched between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, there are plenty of sights within easy walking distance. So do like the Parisians do, buy a sandwich (and a couple of macaroons, why not?! Pierre Hermé is right nearby on the rue Cambon…) and head for a stroll in the Tuileries.
- Jardins des Tuileries. 75001 Paris. Metro: Tuileries or Concorde on line 1