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Below you’ll find our suggestions for where to pick up food and wine before a picnic in the Palais Royal or the Tuileries.
- Eric Kayser - Don’t let the multiple locations fool you into thinking that this is some kind of mediocre chain bakery: The breads at Kayser are excellent (ranked #1 on our list of Five Great Baguettes in Paris).
- Le Petit Vendôme - If you really want to lunch as the locals do, visit this old fashioned Auvergnate casse-croute and snag one of the best jambon-beurre sandwiches in Paris.
- Verjus Sandwich - Packaged in parchment and twine, Verjus offers riffs of famous American sandwiches to-go. Options include fried chicken, pork belly, a Cuban and even a vegetarian sandwich if you ask nicely.
- Pierre Hermé - Join the hushed masses who queue worship at the altar of pastry demigod Pierre Hermé. Tarts, cakes, chocolates, ice cream and, of course, macarons.
- Gosselin - Gosselin’s baguette was rated fifth best in the city in 2010, and we included it on our list of Five Great Baguettes in Paris.
- Jean-Paul Hévin - Whether you go for a pastry or a box of perfect bonbons and truffles, Jean-Paul Hévin is a must for any chocolate lover.
- Hugo & Victor - Pastry chef Hugues Pouget gives classic and seasonal flavors dueling personalities – the innovative Hugo and more classic Victor – in this sleek boutique. Macarons, chocolates, and breakfast treats are on offer, too.
- La Bague de Kenza - Fragrant, sticky-sweet Algerian pastries that transport well and hold up in the heat.
- Aki Boulangerie - Put a Franco-Japanese spin on your picnics with fusion flavors like green tea & red bean brioche from this bakery. Sandwiches and pastries to-go, too.
- Legrand Filles et Fils - Lovely Legrand occupies an enviable place off the galerie Vivienne where you can snack on the spot, but they also sell bottles go.
- Le Garde-Robe - Organic and biodynamic wines abound at this bar a vins near the Louvre.
- Juveniles - Bottles to go at this wine bar, run by the inimitable Tim Johnston (a Scot!).