Champ de Mars
With an area of nearly 25 hectares, the Champ-de-Mars is one of the largest green spaces in the capital, stretching from the Trocadéro’s promenade to the Ecole Militaire (Military School). This vast public garden is certainly visited all year round, but what makes it an unmissable place is of course the Eiffel Tower: you can discover its “underside” as you walk along the Champ-de-Mars.
It is one of the rare places in Paris which attracts both tourists and Parisians: the most patient can visit the Eiffel Tower and enjoy a meal on its first floor, at 58 Tour Eiffel, to admire both the view and the French cuisine. The more impatient tourists head for the Bateaux Parisiens which leave from the quays, situated at the entrance of the Champ-de-Mars, and which offer an exceptional tour of the capital.
As for Parisian families, they use the green spaces to play sports, share picnics in summer, or even simply to introduce their children to new activities: carousels, pony rides, even the Guignol theatre puppet show. In the evenings, the Champ-de-Mars regularly hosts concerts. Clearly, it is a place for everyone to enjoy, preferably at the end of summer when the weather is milder and the lawns aren’t so crowded.