You probably think Paris is synonymous with croissants, chocolate, and wine. We can’t argue with you there. However, it is also a great place to go for a long, calorie burning run (before eating your body weight in food). Here are our favorite places in Paris to go running:
Le Jardin du Luxembourg
This is one of my favorite places to go for early morning runs in Paris. Each loop around the perimeter of the park is about 2 kilometers long. Even in the summer, the park stays relatively shady, especially around the edges, thanks to its trees and little hideaways. To get there, you can stop at the Notre-Dame-des-Champs métro stop and walk to Rue Vavin. Don’t forget to leave a little extra time to take photos of the beautiful garden and palace. Plus, if you are worried about security, there are always armed guards lining the palace’s perimeter.
Le Bois de Vincennes
Le Bois de Vincennes, located on the eastern edge of the city, is one of the biggest parks in Paris. If you are a runner who never seems to get tired, look no further. This park features an English landscape garden, a botanical garden, and four lakes. You can even bring your kids along with you, as there are mini-golf games, slides, and ping pong tables for the entire family to enjoy while you jog through the park. Your body and mind will definitely thank you for a little fresh air and thinking space.
Le Jardin des Tuileries
This is an incredibly central running spot that is great for lap runners. This means that even when you are at your most tired in the morning, you don’t have to worry about getting lost in this modestly sized garden. You can just enjoy the scenery around you and jog for as long as you’d like. When you feel like it’s time to call it quits, you can stop for a coffee and a croissant inside the garden and then stroll back to your hotel.
If you prefer to run at night, La Seine is a perfect option. There are so many places in Paris to go running in the morning, but less that I’d recommend once the sun starts to set. La Seine, however, seems to come alive at night. Not only will you get to people watch every mile along the way, but you will also feel safe and reassured by the company of the runners around you.
Le Canal de l’Ourq
This Canal is 108.1 kilometers…not one for all us short distance runners out there. With few cars and pedestrians, you can run for hours and hours. It is truly a green sanctuary, getting more peaceful and natural once you escape the city limits. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the City of Lights, this is the perfect run for you.
Le Jardin des Plantes
This garden is located in the 5th arrondissement. Like the Tuileries, it is a great running spot for rectangular laps. While laps might seem disappointing or basic, I promise that the stunning scenery will keep you entertained and amazed. Le Jardin des Plantes is Paris’ main botanical garden, is over 375 years old, and features more than 4000 plants. I’d say it’s worth a visit.
I hope that these 6 places in Paris to go running have inspired you to pack your running shoes for your next trip to Paris. To me, Paris is so much more than concrete and museums. It is also natural beauty and fresh air. Don’t buy it? Try going for some of these runs.