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This park is as elegant as the neighborhood that surrounds it. Perhaps the most romantic park in the city, the Parc Monceau differs from other Parisian parks with its informal English garden style. The pond, classical colonnade, and statues throughout the garden make this a charming spot for a stroll or a picnic. With a playground and pony rides, children are sure to love it too.
Located in the 8th Arrondissement, the park’s main entrance on Boulevard Courcelles has a lovely rotunda which was once part of one of Paris’s old city walls. Today, the building, called the Barrière de Chartres, houses the park’s not-so-glamourous-but-oh-so-important public restrooms. Always good to know!
The park’s most noteworthy feature, however, lies just past the rotunda. A truly ethereal endroit, a tranquil pond bordered by Corinthian columns awaits. Sitting here, you get the impression that you’re in a quiet private garden that’s been there for generations. You almost completely forget that you’re in Paris.
Curved pathways lead along the water’s edge, letting you follow the ducks upstream to a charming footbridge. Or, walk in the other direction to discover the statues of French authors and artists placed throughout the park. You’ll also stumble upon some miniature architectural curiosities dotting the landscape, including a tiny Egyptian pyramid.
After a picnic on the lawn, step outside the gilded park gates and wander around the neighborhood to admire the Hausmannian buildings and the luxurious hôtels particuliers in the area. There are also several wonderful museums within a few minutes’ walk, including the Musée Nissim de Camondo and the Musée Cernuschi.