Picnicking at the Sacré-Cœur
This is one picnic spot with a view. Below you’ll find our suggestions for where to pick up cheese, sweets, wine and other picnic provisions before camping out atop the steps of the Sacré-Cœur.
Chez Virginie – A superb affineuse, Virginie sells only raw-milk cheeses at her lovely Montmartre shop. This is the farthest cheese source from the Sacré-Coeur, but it’s worth the trek.
Fromagerie Lepic – A Montmartre cheese shop with a (usually) friendly, knowledgeable staff.
Par Ici Les Fromages – This way to the cheese, on the quiet side of Montmartre.
Au Levain d’Antan – Pascal Barillon, who has been baking since 1976, was awarded 1st prize in the 2011 competition for the Best Baguette in Paris.
Le Grenier à Pain Abbesses – Head baker Djibril Bodian won the 2010 Grand Prix de la Baguette.
Arnaud Delmontel – A perpetual contender for the best baguette in Paris, Delmontel makes a wide variety of loaves, and gorgeous pastries, too.
Coquelicot – This charming, award-winning bakery is where Montmartre goes for bread.
Gontran Cherrier – Baker Gontran Cherrier is making some of the most interesting breads in Paris, including a squid ink baguette with black sesame, and a rye loaf flavored with miso.
Pain Pain – A beautiful bakery for breads, breakfast pastries, and sweets from Sébastien Mauvieux, who often places in the Best Baguette competition.
Sandwiches & Sweets
Gontran Cherrier– A variety of tartes salées, bun & baguette sandwiches plus very good lemon tarts from baker Gontran Cherrier.
Arnaud Larher – The original location of this M.O.F. (Meilleure Ouvrier de France).
La Cave des Abbesses – In front, a wine shop with a good selection of estate-bottled wines. In back, a place to drink them, accompanied by charcuterie and cheese.
Peoples Drug Store – A good place to pick up a range of international beers en route to a picnic. They even have a speedy chilling machine for quickly cooling bottles.