There's the picture-perfect Luxembourg Gardens, the vast Tuileries, the intimate Place des Vosges and the Buttes Chaumont, a local hangout. But for a majestic stroll through history, head to the Palais Royal gardens, a quick walk from the Louvre and the Comédie Française theater. Opened in 1633 following the request of Cardinal de Richelieu, the small park/garden remains open all year round and maintains its royal charm even when its lush sheen lays dormant during the winter.
During the warmer months, take a book and relax near the fountain situated in the middle of the gardens. For especially well-heeled travelers, browse the illustrious arcades (with art galleries, antique shops, clothing stores and cafés) surrounding the park.