What’s it good for? Picnics, views over the 19th, aperitifs at buzzing park bar Rosa Bonheur.
Tell me more? More approachable than both the Tuileries and Jardin du Luxembourg, which can feel a little formal, Parc des Buttes-Chaumont is worth making the trip for. "Trip? What do you mean trip?" Well, it's set high up in Belleville, so although that does mean a 30-minute walk from Gare du Nord, it also means you're unlikely to be elbowing tourists for space. Plus it's huge. Numerous pathways wind their way past the lakes, trees, waterfalls and rocky cliffs – yep, thanks to this man-made beauty on the site of a former quarry Paris has a few cliffs to its name. Climb up to Temple de la Sybille (you can't miss it) for extra special views.
Closest metro: Botzaris/Buttes Chaumont