Parc Monceau
Parc Monceau
4.5
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
This beautiful park, which has inspired many famous paintings, was created in the 18th century for Philippe Egalité, the cousin of Louis XVI and the father of King Louis-Philippe I.
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Neighborhood: L'Europe
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  • Monceau • 1 min walk
  • Malesherbes • 4 min walk
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI938 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Parc Monceau was an attraction to several Impressionist artists who painted en plein air more than once in their careers. And no wonder! It's a beautiful city park with numerous attractions: statues of famous French figures, including Chopin playing at his piano; Roman colonnade; Egyptian pyramid; Rialto bridge; Renaissance arch from the Paris City Hall; and others. There is a carousel, playground, walking paths, a concession stand (yummy gelato!), and other amenities. The Parc is surrounded by luxury apartment houses and mansions, some housing arts museums. The day we were there, the Parc was filled with people. The only drawback was the benches being unfit for sitting; too many birds in the vicinity!!
Written October 21, 2022
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le-dolly
La Souterraine, France90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Parc Monceau is not very large as Paris parks go, but it is one of the most charming of parks. It was one of the first landscaped parks to be created in Paris. It was designed for the Duc de Chartres in about the 1760's. It follows a design that is considered "English", so it is a little different from the other parks of Paris.

Many parts of the world are represented by follies: Roman, Egyptian, a ruined fort and other structures, that are supposed to show the ages past. The pond surrounded by a semi-circular colonnade of fluted columns, some broken, some missing, is so overgrown, that it looks as though it has been there forever.

Enough history; the planting seems to have no order, trees, shrubs and borders appear to be dotted around willy-nilly, but they work together wonderfully. In July/August there are magnificent displays of blooms from the superb Magnolia trees.

The park is immensely popular with joggers, luncher's and mothers and nurses with little ones in their charge. This has been one of my favourite Parisian highlights for over 30 years, and I still return there on every trip to Paris, and that's at least 2 a year. As a haven for peace and tranquillity, it must not be missed.
Written March 8, 2007
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Sandy H
Peoria, IL537 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I had wanted to visit the Parc Monceau for 2 years now and hadn't gotten there until our last trip to Paris in April. We only had about a half an hour there, but it was enough that we know we'll be back. It was gorgeous! Beautiful flowers, waterfalls, and a picturesque bridge. It's very close to the Musée Jacquemart-André, and not far from the Etoile. Next time, that will be one of the first areas we explore.
Written May 16, 2004
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Dr Benjamin P
Whangarei, New Zealand798 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011 • Solo
Parc Monceau is at its very best in Spring, Summer and Autumn. Compared with other Parisian gardens and parks, this is smaller and more intimate with lovely flower beds; mature trees; statuary of significant people; simulated ruins; water features; pathways for strolling or jogging; seats for enjoying the sunshine and reading and a kiosk for refreshments: it is another truly wonderful haven of peace amidst the hustle and bustle of Paris.

The rotunda is part of the Duc d'Orléans original enclosure, built about 10 years prior to the French Revolution, so there is a connection here to that tumultuous event in that the then Duc was guillotined along with many others of the aristocracy. After the Revolution, in 1797, one Andre Jacques Garnerin became the first person ever to make a parachute jump. This he did from a hot air balloon, landing in the Parc Monceau.

The garden is surrounded by beautiful wrought iron fences in black and gold and has imposing gates which are works of art themselves.

Parc Monceau is very popular with families who have children as there are playground areas and a carousel. The kiosk also recognises this and sells things like buckets and spades and other toys.

For me, with friends who live and work close by, it is another place to meet over a picnic lunch.

The statues include one of Guy de Maupassant and a memorial to Polish-French composer, Chopin.
Written September 3, 2011
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Apmzer
Chatham, Canada54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
It's simply a lovely park. If you're in the area or even if you're not, it's only a 20 minute walk from the hustle and bustle of the Arc de Triomphe. it will have a wonderful calming effect. Pass through the magnificent gates into a green space that seems to be a favourite place for local Parisians. Lovely mix of cultivated gardens, mature trees, with pathways to explore and benches for just sitting and soaking up the fresh air. We bought a couple of grilled ham and cheese paninis from the small cafe near the carousel and had our lunch at a nearby bench. We tossed some crumbs to the sparrows which needless to say immediately drew a flock only to see a sign by the gate as we left the park shortly afterwards advising people to NOT feed the birds. A rule that seems "for the birds" or quite the opposite depending on whether you're a bird or not.
Written July 10, 2018
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JeffreyN
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
This is one of the most delightful parks in Paris. Nothing compares to Luxembourg Gardens, and Parc Buttes Chamont is more dramatic. But I find Parc Monceau to be the most dreamlike and relaxing place--the PERFECT park for a Paris picnic. You should not miss it if you have the time. Make a point of bringing food with you. The neighborhood is upscale but without convenient food stops. There is a metro stop that takes you almost right to the entrance. You will want to spend a few hours drinking in the sights and sounds. Visually, the park is exotic/beautiful and defies my ability to fully describe. Briefly, there is a tremendous variety of flowers, trees and shrubbery. There is a lovely pond full of ducks and fish which is surrounded by an unusual monument. There are many interesting statues, the gates are beautiful and there are clean convenient water fountains and toilets. It is a big favorite with runners and great for children or to observe the adorable French children, who are regularly there on breaks from class. For a more full and complete idea of what you can expect, I would take a look on Google Images, and read about the history on Wikipedia. If the weather is nice, and you are in the mood for a nice Paris stroll, go to Parc Monceau. Bring your camera.
Written November 18, 2013
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SkychiTravels
Washington DC, DC391 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I recently visited this famous place in Paris named Parc Monceau. This park gives you a slice of real Parisians life. It is very much visited by the locals. One can the French jogging, rushing to work, school children exercising or playing in the park. It is a wonderful place for a romantic lunch or a rendez-vous.
I love Parc Monceau. I walked and jogged there often when I lived in Paris during my 20's.
It is an informal English Garden with statues and architectural replicas (some with masonic references). Claude Monet created several impressionist paintings in the park. It is walking distance from the Hilton L'Arc de Triomphe which a wonderful hotel with an accomodating staff.
Written November 13, 2009
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Thomas B
Jacksonville, FL331 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016
We arrived at the Parc Monceau on a day that alternated sunshine and sprinkles. Our trip there had been dictated by a little book we have called "Great Walks in Paris" (if you like to walk and like the off beat or nostalgic things that is a great book) and we were immediately taken with the beauty and majesty of the buildings that line this stately, well kept park. If you still feel like walking stroll down to Boulevard Haussmann and find the Musée Jacquemart-André. Now if stately French homes are your thing go in of course, but if not at least go to the café inside (free entrance) and sample some of their EXCELLENT pastries. We had a fig tart there we are still talking about.
Written July 10, 2017
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Beverly954
Atlanta, GA225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
If you are taking your first or second trip to Paris, Parc Monceau is unlikely to make the cut for a stop. However, if you have been to Paris a few times and find yourself part of the fan club that considers local neighborhoods and parks to be among the city's greatest treasures, then by all means plan a little break here! Parc Monceau has undergone several iterations, but in 1861 it became the first public city park, designed by Haussmann and painted by Monet, as part of the greater Paris transformation initiative. The park, appearing more English than French in design, has lovely alleys, broad green spaces, lots of benches for enjoying the sun and people watching, a charming carousel, a photo-worthy little bridge, and a somewhat crumbling colonnade at the end of a very small lake. A kiosk near the carousel sells snacks and drinks. Shetland pony rides for kids and a string of old-fashioned, gated swings for kids (cost) were fun to watch! The rotunda nearby the Monceau Metro stop houses public restrooms. On the day we visited, one stall in the ladies room was so filthy to be certainly unusable and even unlookable, all the more aggravating since the attendant stood out on the steps conversing with friends. It's hard to believe this lack of basic hygiene was anything other than a one-off, as locals surely would complain if it were a chronic issue. That was the only negative in an otherwise delightful hour spent in the park.
Written June 3, 2017
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ileftfootprints
FL104 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
If you are in Paris for more than a couple of weeks, then drop by this park for a visit. You can combine it with a trip to the Musée Nissim de Camondo and/or Musée Jacquemart-André to fill up an afternoon. There are better parks in Paris but this is worth seeing if you happen to be in the area.
Written October 21, 2014
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