- Backpackers / Students
- Families with younger children
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- People watching
The quintessential Paris park: made for people-watching.
The perfect place for observing Left Bank life, the Luxembourg Gardens cram in all sorts of entertainment and an incredible cross section of people: flaneurs, dragueurs, joggers, everyone from toddlers playing in the sandpits to elderly ladies watching brass bands in summer, via boules and tennis players and lots of pick-up artists. What makes the Luxembourg gardens special, is their combinations of formal gardens, stretching out in front of the Palais du Luxembourg –built in the 17th century for Marie de Médicis and now the French Senate – and public park beloved both of Parisians and visitors, one side à la française with gravel paths, avenues of trees and sculptures, the other à l'anglaise with rolling lawns. While you're there, admire the sculpture of Cyclops looming over the Médici fountain with its ducks and big, black carp, and a collection of rare apple species. Generations of little Parisians have propelled boats around the round pond, there are cafés, swingboats, puppet shows and pony rides. The big playground has an entrance charge, but has more challenging climbing frames and slides that make it better for bigger kids who've outgrown the city's smaller playgrounds. You can't go on the grass – except for one lawn supposedly reserved for families – but there are plenty of green "Luxembourg" chairs for relaxing in the sun.