Created in the 18th century at the request of the Duke of Chartres, Monceau Park is rightly considered as one of the most elegant in Paris and lies in one of the city's most chic districts, in the 8th arrondissement. Once they've passed through the majestic wrought iron gates, walkers and joggers can discover everything that makes the place so unique: a peaceful pond with a charming Corinthian colonnade, a delightfully romantic little bridge, a Renaissance arcade from the former Paris City Hall, and also marble statues of writers and musicians, truly remarkable trees such as the sycamore maple and the Oriental plane, and a wide variety of birds! Dotted with plenty of benches on which to rest awhile, Monceau Park also has playgrounds that are greatly enjoyed by families with children. Surrounded by luxurious apartment blocks and mansions, this magnificent green space once inspired such famous artists as Claude Monet and Georges Braque.
Not far from the park you can visit the Cernuschi Musuem devoted to Asian arts, and the Nissim-de-Camondo Museum of 18th-century French decorative art.