Best Picnic Spots & Provisions

Picnic by the Seine in Paris |

Paris is packed with ideal picnic locations, but where to buy the food and wine? Here are our selection of the best stops for portable provisions (cheese, charcuterie, breads, sweets, prepared foods and bottles) near our favorite picnic spots.

Our Favorite Picnic Spots in Paris

Click on any of our favorite picnic places below for our map showing where to buy your food and wine at each location.

Picnicking at the Sacré-CœurAt the Sacré-Cœur

2695777756_4d11b56d6e_oAlong the Seine

Canal Saint-MartinCanal Saint-Martin

Photo by Dewet via Flickr Champ de Mars (photo via Dewet/Flickr)

Tuileries Palais Royal Palais Royal/The Tuileries (photo via Dalbera/Flickr)

invalides-e1403525719945Esplanade des Invalides

2705502231_d136f84a5d-e1372745672332Luxembourg Gardens (photo by Nadya Peek via Flickr)

4275615569_c166ceeea3Parcs des Buttes-Chaumont and de la Villete

Place-des-Vosges Place des Vosges

Some tips for a pique-nique Parisien:

  • Those whistles you hear in the parks late at night? They’re important. They’re the last call for frolicking before the gates close and you will get locked in the park if you dally too long.
  • It’s perfectly acceptable to borrow a tire-bouchon (corkscrew) from a picnic neighbor if you find yourself without an opener. Or ask your wine shopkeeper to open and re-cork your bottle.
  • Drinking is fine in public places. Except these public places.
  • Cheap blankets and disposable serveware can be found at any grocery store. Plastic cups (aka gobelets) can also be bought by the sleeve or individual piece at most bodegas.

4 Comments on Best Picnic Spots & Provisions

  1. We add a third vote for going to Buttes Chaumont on a sunny day, especially on a sunny weekend day. While the main green in the middle of the park is packed, you can find quieter spots close to the entrances.

  2. I agree that the “Buttes-Chaumont is lovely” although less bucolic since the wind storm of 1999; it also has two restaurants (Rosa Bonheur & the Pavillon du Luc) that are better than average.

  3. Bob is wrong… the Parcs des Buttes-Chaumont is lovely and the neighborhood is practically tourist free. Perhaps that is what he doesn’t like.

  4. I would not recommend the Parcs des Buttes-Chaumont and de la Villete, dirty and not really a pleasant section of town.

    You should add the Chateau de Versailles, the park there is amazing, huge, not so crowded, great view on the castle and on the water !

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