Jardin des Plantes


There are some sites in Paris that we hear about and maybe visit once or twice in the time we’re here, and the Jardin des Plantes is one of those that doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserves. In this week’s blog post, SFP is going to show you why you should head to the Jardin des Plantes and what to do while you’re there!



Located on the Left Bank in the 5th arrondissement, the Jardin des Plantes is the main botanical garden in France, containing over 20,000 species and spanning 230,000 square meters of city land! It contains the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution (one of the branches of the Natural History Museum), multiple greenhouses and flowers galore. Stop by the Menageriethe world’s oldest zoo (albeit maybe the world’s smallest, too), or spend the day milling about in the maze.

If flowers and greenery aren’t your thing, just head to the Galerie de Minéralogie et de Géologie and check out the giant diamonds or real meteorites. And if you’re still not convinced, check out the Galeries d’Anatomie et Paléontologie to see the “frozen stampede” of exotic or extinct animals. 

To give you a little history on this magical garden, before it opened to the public in 1650, it belonged to Louis XIII’s doctor, who used it as a medicinal plant garden for the royals. In the mid- to late-1700s, it became a pivotal center for scientific study. All the major French figures of botany and zoology, including the Jussieu brothers and Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, had their life’s work take place here, and here it remains.



  1. Thank you for this great post. We go to France often and are always looking for a different place to visit in Paris. This is a great suggestion for our next trip in May.

  2. Mahee Ferlini : March 9, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    I love the Jardins des Plantes, thanks for your post!

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