Cities are perfect for long weekends away or just day trips if you live close enough to one. But if you ever have a feeling of stress or are getting tired of the hustle and bustle of city life, then a walk is the best way to escape.
Exercise will always offer endorphins (even to the most stressed out of us) and exploring a new place on foot can be one of the best and most enjoyable ways of sightseeing.
With Paris being a fairly small city (at least in comparison to the likes of places such as London or San Francisco), it is the perfect place for exploring on foot.
So, where are the best places to walk in Paris?
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
Who doesn’t love strolling through beautiful parklands and green spaces when visiting cities?
Within the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, you will have the opportunity to glimpse the Paris skyline from a different angle as well as find grottoes, waterfalls and a temple-topped island here.
Although man-made, this park offers so much beauty and is such a relaxing place to wander through, whiling away a few hours and chasing your worries away.
Be prepared to spend a few hours here – you will definitely want to!
Jardin des Tuileries
There are plenty of green spaces throughout Paris. We have already seen the visual beauty Parc des Buttes Chaumont has to offer, but how about the musical beauty the Jardin de Tuileries may bestow upon you?
Stroll through this vast parkland and you will be able to spot the Eiffel Tower in the far distance, glistening ponds and a charming merry-go-round. Now, take a few moments just to listen.
Can you hear the trees swaying in the gentle breeze blowing from the River Seine? Can you hear the birds tweeting in the sky around you? Can you hear the tinkling of wind chimes drifting across the air towards you?
When I visited, there were approximately 50 wind chimes placed in the ground in the heart of the garden. This made for a beautiful sound within this relaxing park and captivated me for several moments. Maybe you’ll be as lucky to hear the beautiful sounds this park has to offer?
Avenue de Champs-Elysees
Many images are brought to mind when thinking about Paris. One of which being the fabulous fashions this city has brought to the world.
Well, then, you can’t possibly refuse to walk the length of Avenue des Champs-Elysees and gaze into the luxurious designer shops and boutiques around you. Who says you actually need to buy anything? Although this may take a tremendous amount of will power!
Named for the Elysian Fields (‘heaven’ in Greek mythology), this avenue is quite simply a shopaholic’s paradise in Heaven. With so many shops around and with clearly a lot of effort going into the window displays, you will certainly have fun walking this final stretch of the Tour de France.
Jardin de Luxembourg
Inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence, Jardin de Luxembourg is a charming little garden to explore. In the warm months, this park is full of flowers, birds and sparkling water in the fountain.
There are various chairs placed around the garden to rest your feet during your walk and you have the opportunity to admire the beauty that is Luxembourg Palace. Originally built for the mother of Louis XIII of France, this palace is marvellous to look at whilst you wander through the palace gardens.
Take some time here to sit, watch the birds, marvel at the palace and smell the flowers. Maybe this would be the perfect place to bring your french picnic of various breads and cheeses? Don’t forget the wine!
Champ de Mars
Home to the iconic landmark that is the Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars is the perfect place to while away a morning, afternoon, evening or night-time with a stroll.
Although it costs money to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower, you can revel in the knowledge of being able to see fantastic views of this iconic Parisian landmark from the Champ de Mars park, completely for free.
Come here during the day and you’ll be delighted at the views of this beautiful and historic tower – so much so that you’ll want to see it from every angle possible.
Come here at night and you will be treated to a stunning light show – you will want to stay here for hours just watching the lights sparkle in the dark. Simply beautiful!
No trip to Paris is complete without a relaxing meander along the River Seine.
With the river winding its way through most of the main parts of the city, it doesn’t necessarily matter which part of the river you might decide to walk along. But my suggestion would be to opt for the walkway across the river from the Eiffel Tower.
From here, you will be able to continue marvelling at the iconic landmark as well as the glistening river. Might I suggest eating some macarons on your walk for a few euros – you will feel most Parisian whilst doing so.
Cimetière du Père Lachaise
Anyone with a literary bone in their body has surely heard of the poetic legend that is Oscar Wilde. Even the name itself conjures up re-imaginings of ‘The Happy Prince’, ‘The Nightingale’ and of course, ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’.
Bizarrely, it has now become a Parisian fashion statement to walk through this now famous cemetery and kiss Mr Wilde’s grave. You used to be able to kiss the stonework itself (notice the hundreds of lipstick kisses plastered across it), but now, you will have to settle for a glass cover instead. Mwah!
If literature or kissing graves isn’t really your thing, then this cemetery is still a charming place to wander through. Although a little spooky in its eerie silence, the lack of people and noise means this is a great place to come for a relaxing walk. Just try not to get too spooked out by the graves around you!
Montmartre is home to some very iconic landmarks in Paris, such as the Sacre Coeur basilica and the Moulin Rouge theatre, making this the perfect place to walk and sight-see at the same time.
Up first and dominating the Parisian skyline are the striking dove-white domes of the Sacre Coeur basilica. Wherever you are in the city, you will likely be able to see this marvellous building glowing down at you. You are able to explore the insides of this church (for free), but even just climbing the steps to the front door will give you fabulous views of Paris and have you gazing off into the distance.
If travelling solo, watch out for the street sellers on the Sacre Coeur steps as they have a tendency to grab your hands to start selling to you – this can be a little frightening, but firmly tell them “Non” and be on your way.
Crimson. Iconic. Legendary. Evokes passion. These are just a few of the words I could find to describe the famous Moulin Rouge theatre. Forever immortalised within the Baz Luhrmann film of the same name, this theatre will forever and always be the perfect place to walk to and photograph.
Stand back, admire the replica windmill and be transported into a world of fantastical costumes, catchy music and the finest champagne… even if all of this is entirely within your own imagination, whilst standing in the street!
And whilst you’re wandering the streets of Montmartre, keep an eye out for the La Cure Gourmande shop. This artisan sweet and chocolate shop really is a feast for your eyes if you love sweet things. Bright yellow on the outside, you can’t miss this shop – it really is a piece of chocolate heaven in Paris.
I love Paris! It’s such a beautiful city and just perfect for long walks. Is there anywhere else you’d recommending walking to in Paris? Let me know in the comments…
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