Where it is: Located in the 6th arrondissement, south of Boulevard Saint-Germain.
Nearest Metro: Luxembourg (RER)
About the spot: The Jardin du Luxembourg were created in 1612 and cover 56 acres with flower gardens, tennis courts, a fountain, over 100 statues, a playground for children, and a carousel. There’s also a path around the perimeter of the gardens and an area where visitors can have a glass of wine and listen to musicians play under a gazebo. The large octagonal basin is popular on weekends when children rent and play with toy sailboats. There is only a tiny spot where visitors can sit on the grass (the southern lawn towards the Observatoire), but there are chairs throughout the gardens.
Notable shops nearby: Dalloyau (2 Place Edmond Rostand), located across the street, is known for its famous Opera cake. They also carry salads, quiches, croissants, and pain au chocolat.
Poilâne (8 rue du Cherche-Midi) is a kilometer away and has been in business since 1932. Its signature country sourdough loaf is shipped around the world.
Bread and Roses (7 Rue de Fleurus) is around the corner from Luxembourg Gardens serving unique breads, quiches, salads, sandwiches, and desserts.