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Parc des Buttes Chaumont


Quite unlike Paris’s snootier parks littered with the iconic green Fermob chairs, the Parc des Buttes Chaumont welcomes lounging and snogging on its grassy banks. As a result, this huge hilltop park is a longstanding hang-out for picnicking parisians, it is also a budget way of catching the Paris skyline away from the swarms of tourists at the Sacre-Coeur and Eiffel Tower. Climb all the way up to the Temple de la Sibylle for knockout views and on your descent grab a drink at Rosa Bonheur, a laidback bar, café and favourite on the gay scene (especially on Sundays) or at the new Pavillon Puebla a large cocktail bar hidden amongst the trees.

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