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Parc Monceau, Hidden Gem of the 8th Arrondissement

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Last Updated on 6th December 2019 by Sophie Nadeau

It’s often said that in comparison with other major cities such as London and New York, Paris is severely lacking in green space. And while this may well be true in terms of park size, beautiful squares and gardens are there to be found, if only you know where to look… One such example of a beautiful Parisian Park is Parc Monceau, which is tucked away in the 8th arrondissement of the city!

After all, on a warm summer’s day or sunny crisp fall day, there’s perhaps nothing better to do in the city than head to a park and soak up some rays, relax with a good book, or simply sit on a welcoming bench and watch the world go by. Parc Monceau is home to the typical fare such as a Parisian carousel, plenty of meandering pathways, and of course plenty of beautifully maintained borders. But what makes this Parisian garden that much more unusual is its wealth of 19th-century follies and monuments.


A quick google search showed that Monceau Park is a beautiful gem in the very heart of the 8e arrondissement of Paris. The nearest metro stations are Malsherbes (line 3) and Monceau (line 2). The park itself is an oasis of green in the heart of the city. There are few tourists there and it’s a place where real Parisians go to escape the hustle and bustle of daily city life.

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A brief history of Parc Monceau

Created in 1778 by Phillip D’Orleans, Duke of Chartres (a wealthy cousin of King Louis XVI), the medium-sized park is filled with grottoes, follies and meandering rivers crossed by elegant bridges. Unusually for Paris and even France, much of the garden has been created in an ‘English‘ style. The original garden featured a Dutch windmill, a Roman colonnade, an Italian vineyard, a grotto and a mini Egyptian pyramid. Many of these features are still present today!

Sat on a small bench to myself, near a particularly beautiful water feature, it was easy to forget that I was still in the very heart of one of the World’s most visited capital cities. You could barely hear the distant buzz of traffic noise amidst the calls of local wildlife and families enjoying a day out in the sunshine. It’s the perfect place to read a book, eat a picnic, go for a walk, or even smell some roses…

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Parc Monceau Carousel (Le Manège du Parc Monceau)

Truth be told, one of the lesser-known, and yet still beautiful, carousels in Paris can be found within the confines of Parc Monceau. Covered in twinkling lights and boasting fixtures such as a tram, painted upper panels and a red and white roof, you won’t be able to resist snapping a photo of this gem of a Parisian carousel.

Parc Monceau Carousel (Le Manège du Parc Monceau)

Attractions close to Parc Monceau

Of course, the 8th arrondissement of the city is jam-packed with plenty of Haussmannian architecture, many a café, several churches, and even a couple of museums. As such, you can’t go wrong by dedicating at least a little of your time in Paris to exploring this oh-so-French arrondissement.

Arc de Triomphe

Other than the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe is probably the most iconic monument Paris has to offer. Located in the 8th arrondissement, if you pay for one activity while in Paris, make it ascending the spiralling steps to enjoy the sunset from the top. Purchase your Skip-the-Queue Arc de Triomphe Rooftop Tickets here in advance.

Champs Élysées

The world-famous street is characterised by its wide boulevard and wealth of shops and eateries. Filled with the big brand names you’d expect to find anywhere in the world, at one end you’ll find the Arc de Triomphe, while the other end leads onto Place de la Concorde.

Musée Jacquemart André

One of the more unusual things to do in Paris is to visit the sumptuous house museum of Jacquemart André. Filled with Renaissance-era furniture and a collection of Italian Renaissance works to rival any museum in Italy, this stunning cultural space is well worth a visit.

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Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!


  • Julia (The Velvet Runway)
    11th June 2016 at 11:05 am

    I love your photos! Parc Monceau is beautiful! I think that while it is true that Paris doesn’t have such big parks as London and NYC , it has just as many, if not more, smaller ones!
    Drop me an e-mail if you fancy meeting up for a coffee (and pastry!) one day! I would love to meet another English girl living in France !
    Julia xx

  • eden
    10th June 2016 at 5:48 pm

    What a beautiful park, I love the bridges. Great photos!

    Eden | Mint Notion


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