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The Top Places To Picnic In Paris
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The Top Places To Picnic In Paris

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Updated: 2 November 2016
Picnicking is an absolute must during the summer in Paris. In a park or by the river, Paris’ diverse landscape can satisfy all tastes. Here is our selection of the best picnic spots, so get yourself a freshly baked baguette, delicious cheese, a good bottle of vin et bon appétit.
Parc de la Villette
Culture Vultures should head north to Parc de la Villette, where not only can they indulge in a bountiful picnic on the vast grassy spreads, they can also satiate their cultural appetites in the numerous attractions that Parc del la Villette offers.
Music buffs can head to the Philharmonie de Paris and discover the Museum of Music‘s exhibition, which retraces the history of music since the 17th century and is renowned for its wide collection of musical instruments.
Science lovers can head to the Cité des Sciences et de L’Industrie, and cinephiles can take in a movie at La Géode, the sphere-like movie theatre where, once inside, they will find a state-of-the-art Omnimax cinema which will immerse them in the movie itself.
Parc de a Villette, 221 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019, Paris, France
Les Berges, Quai d’Orsay
After a long day of gazing at the works of Monet, Matisse and Manet at the Musée D’Orsay, re-energize on the banks of the Seine river, just a step away. This particular spot is a great one for the family, where free activities will keep the kids entertained. There are Indian Tipis and a large slate wall for kids to draw on and let their inner artists shine.
Dinner time already? Then head to the terrace on Le Quai Restaurant, where not only are there scrumptious meals but also a panoramic view of the Tuileries Garden and the prestigious Louvre Museum.
Les Berges, Quai d’Orsay, 75007, Paris, France
Parc Montsouris
For some English summer vibes, without actually having to cross the channel, head to Le Parc Montsouris. Inspired by the large grassy parks of London, Napoleon III commissioned the construction of Parc Montsouris in the 19th century. The park was made for everyone, a place where social classes could meet, mix and enjoy the same space.
The park is 15 hectares, and it has around 1400 trees, large green lawns, lakes and pavilions so prepare to get lost in a leafy paradise. Make your way to the music stand during the summer months, where you are bound to stumble upon one of several musical groups that perform regularly.
Parc Montsouris, 75014, Paris, France
Canal Saint-Martin
The cool and charming Canal Saint-Martin is where Paris’s young, creative and fashionable crowd can be found taking in the last rays of the summer sun. From dawn to dusk this hot spot is crowded, but it stretches over 4.5 kilometres, so there is always a spot to perch over the water.
Bring your own food, or grab some Lebanese meatballs and pita at Mezz; a quirky, yet delicious pizza from Pink Flamingo; or a delectable dessert from Sesame; all are situated alongside the canal for personal picnicking convenience.
Canal Saint-Martin, 75010, Paris, France
Place des Vosges
The Royal Picnic has to be had inside one of the oldest squares built in Paris, Place des Vosges, so pack champagne and caviar and travel back to the 17th century. Enjoy the remarkable architecture that surrounds the park, and take a look at the grand equestrian bronze statue of Louis XIII, by Jean-Pierre Cortot, which marks the center of this small but important park.
Head here to be immersed in culture & history–perfect after a Sunday morning stroll in the Marais or a jaunt around the Bastille. If it’s good enough for kings and queens, you won’t be disappointed.
Place des Vosges, 75004, Paris, France
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
Get ready to fall in love at first sight upon entering the magical Buttes Chaumount Park on Paris’s 19tharrondissement. Inside there are hidden treasures; everything from secret paths and bridges to waterfalls and grottos. At its heart lies the park’s main feature: a large lake surrounding the Ile de la Belvédère, a movie-like island with steep cliffs and pathways leading to the Temple de la Sibylle, where a jaw dropping panoramic view of the City of Love awaits.
Buttes Chaumont, 1 Rue Botzaris, 75019, Paris, France
Luxembourg Gardens
The classy and bold should head to the chic 6tharrondissement, to the Luxembourg Gardens. Tennis courts, chess tables, pony rides, concerts and cafés are all at available. Furthermore, these regal activities are set among meticulously cut, tree-lined promenades, flowerbeds, lawns and, of course, the Italian-inspired palace and fountain commissioned by Marie de Médicis. For a posh picnic with friends, make this your go to location.
Luxembourg Gardens, 75006, Paris, France
Champ de Mars
One of the classic Parisian picnic spots is the Champ de Mars, situated right at the foot of the famous Eiffel Tower. Parisians, foreigners and holiday makers can all be found here for an after-work apéro or playing a round of pétanque . Make sure to stay long enough to watch the Eiffel Tower’s sparkling, five-minute show, which happens every hour on the hour during the evenings. Get your camera ready, as photos and memories are a must here.
Champ de Mars, 2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 75007, Paris, France