Written in collaboration with Mary Davis
Paris is an incredible city, and while the cost of living here is so high, it is worth it! However, there are certain little luxuries such as going to a gym that can be expensive and out of reach on top of all the other high living costs here. Luckily, there are quite a few really nice parks in Paris where you can get a good workout. On top of that…the workouts here are entirely FREE!
Les Bois de Boulogne
Main entrance at bottom of av. Foch
Les Bois de Boulogne is one of the city’s largest parks and a popular spot for those wanting to enjoy the open space and get a workout in. You can do a self-guided workout, follow a routine from a fitness app such as the 30 Day Fitness App for example, go for a run following the popular Ligne 2 from Port Dauphine alone Lac Inferieur and Lac Superieur, or rent a canoe for a unique workout.
Jardin des Tuileries
113 Rue de Rivoli 75001
Jardin des Tuileries is easily one of the most popular parks in Paris, as it is located directly in front of the Louvre Art museum. With its natural beauty, it is a popular running spot and you will find people exercising and running throughout the park’s tall green hedges.
Quai de la Seine
The banks of River Seine are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you will see people relaxing and enjoying time outside with a view here. It is also a great spot to get a workout in, especially some gentle yoga where you can take in your surroundings and be in the moment.
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
Place Armand-Carrel 75019
The Parc des Buttes Chaumont, located in northeastern Paris, is the city’s fifth-largest park. This is a special spot where you get incredible views and get to take in the park’s artificial lake and waterfall. If you are ready to run some hills or incorporate a HIIT workout with intervals on a slope, this makes for a gorgeous backdrop. Otherwise you can run the 600-meter loop around the lake.
Street Workout Equipment-Centre Sportif Poissioners
Boulevard Périphérique Intérieur, 75018
The Centre Sportif Poissioners offers more than a public park would in terms of fitness. There are pull bars, a parallel bar, monkey bars, wall bars, push up bars, and abs benches that you can use to boost your workout. Others who are working out will also surround you, and many find this an extra confidence boost opposed to working out where others are simply enjoying a park.
Jardin Hector Malot
17 rue Hector Malot 75012
Jardin Hector Malot is an outdoor exercise gym that has pull up bars, a parallel bar and plenty of space to get some movement in.
Parc Clichy Batignolles-Martin Luther King
147 Rue Cardinet 75017
In this new neighborhood recently constructed lies a vast park with ample areas for running, a skate park, tennis and basket ball terrains and stairs to workout those glutes! For heatwave days there is a place to play in water jets to cool off after a good workout, in a fantastic green space with tall modern buildings surrounding it.
With these parks in Paris, you will not need to pay hundreds of euros a month for a gym or any during your short stay in Paris. Save that extra money for food, one of the best ways to experience the city and local culture!