Picnicking Along the Seine
Below you’ll find our suggestions for where to pick up cheese, sweets, wine and other picnic provisions before heading down to the Seine.
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- Laurent Dubois – Fromager Laurent Dubois is a Meilleur Ouvrier de France.
- 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).
- Cosi – The sandwiches at this unique shop (it’s not the American sandwich chain) are made with a focaccia-like bread, right from the oven, with fresh fillings and plenty of vegetarian choices. Several salads for takeaway as well. Open every day.
- Patrick Roger – The clean lines of Roger’s shop show off his bold style and playful displays. Contemporary flavors like lemongrass and Sichuan peppercorn mix with classic pralines, dark ganaches, and caramels. A Meilleur Ouvrier de France.
- La Maison du Chou – MOF Manuel Martinez is producing tender cream puffs that are filled to order. Never soggy, not too sweet, and piped with a tangy filling based on fromage blanc and flavored with vanilla (nature), coffee or chocolate.
- Henri Le Roux – Master chocolatier and “caramelier” Henri Le Roux has just opened up a shop in Paris. Salted butter caramel fans, rejoice.
- Un Dimanche à Paris – This chocolatier and pâtisserie is run by Pierre Cluizel of the renowned chocolate-making family.
- Gérard Mulot – This traiteur/pâtisserie/boulangerie offers a visual feast of grand cakes and tarts, tiny and tempting petit-fours, chocolates, savory prepared foods, and baguettes to boot.
- Ladurée – The grande dame of Paris pâtisseries, and where Macaron Mania began.
- Pierre Marcolini – Brussels-based Pierre Marcolini is known for his carefully sourced, small estate, single origin tablets, but there’s plenty to please here, from macarons to chocolate-covered marshmallows.
- La Dernière Goutte – Terroir-driven, estate-bottled, organic and biodynamic wines from small producers, are the specialty at this beloved shop, run by Juan Sanchez. Stop by on Saturdays for informal tastings.
- Bacchus et Ariane – You’ll find natural and biodynamic wines from small producers, and a nice selection of grower Champagnes at this wine shop in the covered Marché Saint Germain, where you can also drink on the spot.
- Le Porte-Pot– An address for decent bottles to go.