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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.
  • Fromagerie Sanders – A friendly, family-run fromagerie in the covered Marché Saint-Germain.


  • 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.
Photo via Malias on Flickr

Photo via Malias on Flickr

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1 thought on “Picnicking Along the Seine”

  1. These food-picnic where-to guides are fantastic! We have not seen something like this written up for Paris before.

    For the Parisians and tourists that do not have the time (or patience) to hop around picking up items for their picnic, may we include a small plug for our pop-up service of preparing quality and tasty picnics where everything is included in the bag (food + silverware + blanket + cups) – it’s super easy. You can find us at or @ParisPicnic on Twitter or on our Facebook page under the same name.

    Thanks Paris by Mouth!

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