My kind of nature-urban balance is perfected in a little park hidden within a bunch of streets in the 11th. Inside Le Jardin de la Folie-Titon, lily pads and huge pink flowers float on a pond, a big grassy area welcomes kids and picnique-ers, and there’s a tiny playground for kids, a home-made beehive, and a bower of vines.
Sunbathers must love the privacy here, as the city of Paris has a message for them:
The urban part of the balance? Right outside an entrance, patissier Cyril Lignac offers his precise cakes, tarts, and pastries. My favorite is the brioche with a hidden dollop of praline inside and a disk of dark chocolate on the bottom. YUM. For much better mouth-watering pictures, visit his site.
I found out about the garden through a great list of uncommon nature spots My Little Paris put together a few months ago.
Park: Right off of the one-block street Rue Titon, 11th.
Cyril Lignac, 24 Rue Paul Bert, 11th