The former residence of Charles V in the 14th Century, then the parish of the kings of France from 1361 to 1559, this “village” comprises several enclosed courtyards marked out by rues Saint-Paul, Ave Maria, Charlemagne and the Jardins Saint-Paul. This area is now full of boutiques and galleries.
Also known as “jardin des Blancs Manteaux”, this square’s 18th Century fountain, which is said to be from the time of the hermits of Saint William and stands against the Notre-Dame des Blancs Manteaux church, makes it worth the detour.
6 rue des Blancs Manteaux, Paris 4e
This 20th Century square was built in 1923 on old 13th Century vegetable gardens. Don’t miss: the 6-meter tall fig tree and “Le Rossignol de Heinz”, an unusual monument made by Erik Samakh in 1990, which plays a nightingale’s song.
Rue Payenne, Paris 3e
Once an orchard in the Middle Ages, this garden is now open to the public. It is located opposite the Hôtel Salé, which gets its name from the gabelle, an old salt tax.
94 rue Vieille du Temple, Paris 3e
The entrance to his garden is hidden down an alley. A gem where it is nice to have a wander between benches, chess tables, and through grassy picnic areas and even an orchard.
14 impasse Berthaud, Paris 3e
A tiny garden, Clos des Blancs Manteaux is known for its vegetable plots. Dedicated to the memory of Princess Diana, this garden also has some benches and a fountain.
21 rue des Blancs Manteaux, Paris 4e