"Royal Gardens to Public Park" Tuileries - Jardin des Tuileries Tip by goodfish
Tuileries - Jardin des Tuileries, Paris: 81 reviews and 200 photos
We were fortunate enough to be staying just 3 blocks from this Grandaddy of Paris' Parks so we walked it a lot during our week in the city. Like other of the more elegant greens spaces, these were originally the private gardens of a palace, Palais de Tuileries, for which it is named. Designed in the mid-1600's, it still looks very much like it did over 300 years ago but with addition of some modern amenities like cafes, chairs for sunning and whatnot. The palace is long gone - burned during the Paris Commune - but the stately Louvre anchors one end of its 63 acres of lush green lawns, fountains, monuments and flowerbeds, with busy Place de la Concorde on the other. The broad central avenue makes up part of the L'Axe Historique (see previous tip) that runs through Concorde, the Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe all the way to Défense.
As inviting as those beautiful lawns are, they are not for picnicking - "keep off the grass" signs are everywhere - but there are plenty of benches and chairs for noshing a bag lunch. Several cafes also make for some of the most pleasant places in Paris to have a glass of wine, light lunch or dinner and just watch the people go by. Have kids along? The cafes are casual enough to ease any worries about spilled milk or room to park the stroller, and the park has a Fun Fair in July and August.
Address: Place du Louvre
Directions: Metro: Tuileries, Concorde
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