There are huge malls and shopping complexes in cities. But there are also parks that have been built in and around the city for recreational purposes where people can go for a stroll or to escape the busy city life, that can sometimes take a toll on your physical and mental health. Here are some of the best parks around the world that are worth going to if you want to cut off from the world for a bit.

1. Hyde Park, London


Hyde Park lies in the center of London and it overlooks just about everything London is known for, from Buckingham Palace to Big Ben, all these sights are visible from this huge park. It also has lakes filled with swans and cafes all around. London wouldn't be what it is, without this park.

2. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco


This massive park is one of San Fransico's most important cultural hubs. It is perfect for music concerts and it also houses a Japanese garden that is worth checking out.

3. Lumphini Park, Bangkok


Bangkok is not famous for its parklands but Lumphini Park is an incredible urban park which has peaceful lakes, running paths, hundreds of tall trees and more. It is small, but peaceful.

4. Griffith Park, Los Angeles


This is one of the country's largest urban parks that streches over 4300 acres of land. It includes the Los Angeles Zoo and Griffith Observatory too.

5. Park Güell, Barcelona


Park Güell, designed by Antoni Gaudì is one of the most unique parks in the world that is situated in Carmel Hill, and is filled with gorgeous gardens and Art Nouveau architecture that will fascinate you.

6. Hibiya Park, Tokyo


Tokyo maybe one of the most populated cities in the world but it is also home to some spectacular parks, and Hibiya Park is one of them. It is a stunning, tranquil city retreat where you'll find flowerbeds, cherry blossoms, live music and a theatre.

7. Balboa Park, San Diego


Visit Balboa Park in San Diego if you want to feel like you've transported to a totally different world. This huge park offers a zoo, a rose garden, beautiful fountains, performing art centres and it also has a blue-tiled bell tower which rings after every hour.

8. Central Park, New York City


Central Park is quite popular in itself. It is one of the best known parks on the planet that is home to everything from horse carriages to street vendors. Oh, it also has a Strawberry Fields, which is a tribute to John Lenon.

9. Stanley Park, Vancouver


This is possibly one of Canada's greatest inner-city parks. It is a 1000-acre park that is loved by the locals and the visitors equally since it is a hub of activity. It has an outdoor theater for performances, a moonlight cinema, lakes, forest trails, water lilies and so much more to see and enjoy.

10. Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo


This is inner-city park is one of the most popular spots in Brazil for outdoor activities and events. It was built in 1954 and it is houses lakes, walking trails, open-air museum and more.


Which park did you like the most?