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The best parks in Paris open all night

Enjoy the long summer nights with 24 hour access to some of Paris’s most famous parks, May 7-September 3 2016

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Parc Montsouris

As the days are getting longer and the evenings warmer, it’s the perfect time to kick back and relax in some of Paris’s most prized green spaces. Luckily, this has just got even easier, with ten major parks in the capital remaining permanently open day and night from May 7-September 3 2016. The scheme will roll out in two phases, remaining opening all night on Fridays and Saturdays in May and June, and then 24/7 throughout July and August. Everything’s been well thought through, with the mayor’s office providing night time security, public toilets and bins to help maintain the peaceful atmosphere of the parks.

From the charming waterfalls at the Parc des Buttes Chaumont to the sports haven that is the Parc Kellermann, there’s something for every occasion, whether it’s a romantic midnight stroll or an evening game of pétanque with the kids.

The top four Paris parks open 24/7 this summer

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

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There are plenty of handsomely ordered opportunities to indulge in a bit of park life in Paris, from the pathways of the Jardin des Tuileries to the ponds of the Jardin du Luxembourg. But if you're looking for something a little less formal, one patch of greenery definitely worth a stroll is the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Set high up in Belleville and often missed by weekenders keen not to stray too far from the tourist loop, this 19th arrondissement gem is one of the city's most magical spots...

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North-east Paris

Parc André Citroën

This park is a fun, postmodern version of a French formal garden, designed by Gilles Clément and Alain Prévost. It comprises glasshouses, computerised fountains, waterfalls, a wilderness and themed gardens featuring different coloured plants and even sounds. Stepping stones and water jets make it a garden for pleasure as well as philosophy...

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South-west Paris

Parc Kellerman

Like the Square René Le Gall, the Parc Kellermann was built over the River Bièvre (by Jacques Gréber, chief architect for the Exposition Universelle) in 1937. But while certain sections reflect the geometric forms typical of art deco pleasure gardens, this park wasn’t built for relaxation and strolling. It was created to promote sport, which since a decree made in 1920 by the ‘Ministère de l’Hygiène et de la Prévoyance’ had become obligatory for school children..

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13th arrondissement

Parc Montsouris

The most colourful of the capital's many parks, Montsouris was laid out for Baron Haussmann by Jean-Charles Adolphe Alphand. It includes a series of sweeping, gently sloping lawns, an artificial lake and cascades. On the opening day in 1878 the lake inexplicably emptied, and the engineer responsible committed suicide...

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Montparnasse and south Paris

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