Much of Paris' 6th arrondissement is a garden. This atypical and unique configuration gives the 6th district a distinct and exclusive flavor. What better time than the Spring to visit and fully enjoy this french style garden ? You can walk through the gardens to get to the Pantheon or la Sorbonne, just exit on Blvd Saint Michel. The gardens can also be your shortcut to Saint Sulpice church or Saint-Germain-Des-Pres by taking the exit found near the Senate.

The "Luco"

The "Luco" (the parisian nickname for Luxembourg gardens) was created in 1612 under the initiative of Marie de Medicis and redesigned in 1635 by Andre Le Notre (Versailles' landscape architect). It is full of charm and little surprises and is ideal for a morning walk or jog. It harbors the "Parisian" beehive, which will give you a chance to bring forward your "beekeeping" tendencies. Furthermore, you will find an old apple orchard, a greenhouse specialized in orchids and many statues; Beethoven, Baudelaire... and among them, a much smaller version of "Lady Liberty" herself. The fountains... Aah, the fountains ! The main one, built in 1881, is very popular with children as it is where they steer their little boats with wooden sticks.

Luxembourg Museum & Zadkine Museum

What else can we find next to the Luxembourg gardens ?

Two incomparable museums : the Luxembourg Museum was  the  first french museum to open its doors to the public in 1750 and the first museum of contemporary arts in 1818 ; and the Zadkine Museum, inside the old house and workshop of the sculptor Ossip Zadkine.

Off the beaten path...

Off the beaten path, you can also decide to make a trip to the starry Milky Way via the Paris Observatory created by Colbert. Or you can choose to dive into culture with the National Center of Art and Essay "Le Lucernaire" a place where a cinema, an art gallery, a bookstore and a restaurant come together in perfect harmony. Unless you prefer a visit to your inner artistic soul, which you can do with the mythical courses at the "Academie de la Grande Chaumiere". It was accessible to great painters such as Delacroix, Gauguin, Modigliani, Picasso, etc, and it is accessible to your enlightened and artistic self as well.

Luxembourg Gardens: Food & Gastronomy

Last but not least, enjoy a gastronomic tour of your choice ! The Vavin Cafe (a central meeting place for students of nearby universities), the bakery Kayser (rue d'Assas), the "chocolatier" Jean Paul Hevin and the ice cream parlor Amorino on rue Vavin. You still have room for more ? There's an endless array of choices at hand, such as "Le Bistrot des campagnes" (a family owned place), "Toyo" famous for the originality and freshness of its chef (previously the personal chef of Kenzo), "La Rotonde" a typical Parisian brasserie or "The Caméléon", chic under the reins of the peculiar and extravagant Jean Paul Arabian.