10 Amazing Places To Picnic In Paris

  • Bois de Vincennes

    Bois de Vincennes

    Paris may not have as many green spaces as London or New York, but enough to have a picnic every day of the week for as long as you are there – and then some. Tops among the popular favorites are the large parks on the edge of the city, the Bois de Boulogne and the Bois de Vincennes.

    Photo courtesy of Michael Schuermann

  • Parc des Buttes Chaumont

    Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

    Another favourite: the Parc des Buttes Chaumont (19th arr.) – romantic, multicultural and lively, but with so much space that everybody can always find a quite corner, too.

    Photo courtesy of Michael Schuermann

  • Parc Montsouris

    Parc Montsouris

    The Parc Montsouris in the south of the city (14th arr.): not quite as large, but also with a lake in its centre – and equally beloved by the people in the neighbourhood.

    Photo courtesy of Michael Schuermann

  • Parc Monceau

    Parc Monceau

    In addition to its large parks, Paris has many public gardens: smaller in scale, cuter, but also more mannered. The most well-known of these jardins publiques is the Parc Monceau (8th arr.) near the Arc de Triomphe.

    Photo courtesy of Michael Schuermann

  • Square des Batignolles

    Square des Batignolles

    Less grand but equally pretty is the Square des Batignolles (17th arr.), a miniature version of the Parc desButtes-Chaumont (landscaped by the same architect). Note that in gardens like these, you may be told to keep off the grass and have to content yourself with a bench.

    Photo courtesy of Michael Schuermann

  • Canal Saint-Martin

    Canal Saint-Martin

    One of my favourite outdoor places for eating offers neither grass nor benches: just sit by the side of the Canal Saint-Martin to join the students from one of the many near-by colleges during their lunch break. 

    Photo courtesy of Michael Schuermann

  • Place des Vosges

    Place des Vosges

    Most Parisian parks and public gardens are small, so buildings are never far away – allowing you to have your picnic in the shadow of some of the world’s most famous architecture. On the historic Place des Vosges, for example ...

    Photo courtesy of Michael Schuermann

  • Square du Vert-Galant

    Square du Vert-Galant

    ... or on the Square du Vert-Galant, the very tip of the Ile de la Cite: Louvre and Pont des Arts ahead, Notre Dame Cathedral in your back.

    Photo courtesy of Michael Schuermann

  • Montmartre Sacre Coeur

    Montmartre Sacre Coeur

    There is quite a large public garden around the Sacre Coeur Basilica, too, starting on the eastern side of the church and stretching all the way down the Montmartre hill.

    Photo courtesy of Michael Schuermann

  • Champ de Mars

    Champ de Mars

    Or you can wine and dine in the shadow of the most famous Parisian building of them all. Bon appétit!

    Photo courtesy of Michael Schuermann

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