And the Parisian parade continues! This time, I show you the five spots where all the locals were chilling in Paris. It's funny to realize that most of the fantastic gardens in Paris are covered in white sand, making large patches of grass a rare treat. In the midst of a Parisian summer, the only thing everyone seemed to want to do was lay on the grass and soak up the sun while taking a quick nap. Here are the 5 places in Paris where we couldn't resist, and found ourselves sprawling on ground just like the locals did.
jaRDIN DU LUXEMBOURG
How can you resist a gorgeous Haussmann building, a fountain and patches of grass? You can't. You simply cannot. Whether you're grabbing one of the green picnic chairs to overlook the fountain or flat on your back like the younger locals, the Jardin is a perfect chill spot.
in FRONT OF THE sACRE cOEUR
Well no wonder the Impressionists loved the Montmarte area. With views like this, how could they not be inspired? There's a bit of confusion when it comes to visiting the Sacre Coeur. Do you stare out at the view of Paris, or do you turn around and look up at the beautiful church?
The answer is both. Always both.
We spent almost five hours just sitting in this spot, eating lunch, taking in the fact that YES THAT'S THE EIFFEL TOWER! It was scorching hot, so the shaded spots under the trees were a godsend. Everyone was playing, even in the fountains! Forget the photos with the Eiffel Tower from near the top, it's on this slope where great memories are made. We saw a couple exchange looks and say, 'well, we're actually in Paris!' two fathers and their kids playing in the fountains.
pLACE DE VOSGES
If you were looking for a chill spot in the shade and with a crowd even slower than the ones in Luxembourg or Trocadero, make your way to the Place de Vosges in the Marais area. This secluded square is always in the shade, has a small sandbox, and fountains on every corner. It's the perfect reading spot!
The Seine/the edge of Ile de Saint louis
I had the biggest shock of my life while riding on a river bus the last time in Paris. Because the Ile de la Cite and Ile de Saint Louis are placed in the center of the Seine, people love to hang out around the edges of the Islands, dangling their feet over the edge. You see the occasional sunbather, sure but I've seen a couple having sex, another couple making out, and a man teaching his dog how to swim in the span of one ride. The side of the Seine is a wonderfully weird place.
Cafe side. Bien sûr!
There's a reason why you can't find a Starbucks in Paris. Literally every street corner has a cafe in it. And why not? Sitting outside in the warm sun and watching other people pass by is practically an olympic sport. Hang here with a cup of coffee and watch the world go by? Oui, please!