Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
- rue Manin & rue Botzaris 19e
- 7.30am-11pm May-Sep, to 9pm Oct-Apr
Lonely Planet review for Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
This quirky park is one of the city’s largest green spaces; its landscaped slopes hide grottoes, waterfalls, a lake and even an island topped with a temple to Sybil. Once a gypsum quarry and rubbish dump, it was given its present form by Baron Haussmann in time for the opening of the 1867 Exposition Universelle.
It’s a favourite with Parisians, who come here to practise tai chi, take the kids to a puppet show or simply to relax with a bottle of wine and a picnic dinner. The tracks of an abandoned 19th-century railway line (La Petite Ceinture, which once circled Paris) also run through the park.