Le Parc des Buttes Chaumont is my favourite Parisian park. No matter the season it’s a lovely spot to escape to for a bit of nature and a break from city life.
A lot of Paris’ other parks are either quite tiny in size or take on a more formal French garden style but Buttes Chaumont has nothing in common with other Paris green spots. It’s large, on a hill and wonderfully wild. In Autumn the view from the hill over the top of the lake is particularly spectacular as the trees take on a mixture of different red and orange tones. The island in the middle of the lake with its fairytale-style turret viewpoint has to be visited too, from here you’ll get a brilliant vista over Paris, you can even spy the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre in the distance.
Down in the lower valley of the park you can explore caves with huge waterfalls and rockpools. Children (and adults!) can also enjoy a traditional French puppet theatre and other quaint children’s attractions. If all that exploration leaves you a bit tired you can always stop for a drink or snack in the park bars and cafés too, the Rosa Bonheur bar comes particularly recommended, it’s become a really trendy hang-out in recent years and is open until the small hours in warmer months.