With the warm weather beckoning, we’ve rounded up 7 of the best picnic spots in Paris where you can sprawl out. From pretty parks to picturesque river banks, the city is full of leafy spots for relaxing alfresco. So pick up a baguette and cheese (don’t forget the charcuterie), some olives and wine and discover below your next secret garden(s).
Parc du Champ de Mars
Is there a better picnic spot than one where you have a front-row seat to the Eiffel Tower? Probably not.
This long, rectangular park where you can place your blanket, faces the iconic monument and features manicured lawns, boxy hedges and ornamental trees. Soak up the sun by day, or picnic at twilight when the Tower lights up hourly for five minutes of glittery illuminations. Either way, it’s guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.
Quai Branly, 75007
A Corinthian colonnade, classical statues, Egyptian pyramid, Venetian bridge, lush lawns and lake — what’s not to like about Parc Monceau? Walking around the park, you’ll find many beautiful surprises: numerous statues, a Renaissance archway belonging to the former Paris City Hall, spectacular trees and a wide variety of birds. Elegant Haussmann apartments and grand hôtels particuliers (townhouses) surrounds the park, making for chic visits. It’s ideal for a chilled picnic after a visit to nearby Musée Cernuschi (Museum of Asian Arts).
35 boulevard de Courcelles, 75008
Square du Vert-Galant
If you want to feel like a true Parisian, then escaping to this enchanting island park, will do that for you. At the tip of Île de la Cité, on the Seine, this tiny green teardrop is all about the views. Some might even say that this is one the best picnic spots in Paris as the surroundings are truly something. Admire the Louvre unravel before your eyes, followed by the famous bridges Pont des Arts and Pont Neuf. Just like millions of other people before you: enjoy a delicious brunch with friends or sip sparkling wine at sunset. Sit on benches or unfurl your plaid on the lawn — picnic’s are best enjoyed your way.
Place du Pont-Neuf, 75001
If you’re ever in need to take a break from designer shopping in the first, a picnic at Palais-Royal is the perfect place for that. This 17th-century arcaded palace with ornamental gardens, feels like a chic village sanctuary, separated from the city with smart hedges. Culture vultures will get a kick out of artist Daniel Buren’s striped columns in the courtyard that seems to have become the best of photo ops spots in Paris. Luxury boutiques are by the dozen in the area, they include perfume whizz Serge Lutens and fashion designer Rick Owens. If the urge for something else than a picnic arises, coffee and cake is just around the corner, right over at café Kitsuné.
8 rue de Montpensier, 75001
Jardin des Plantes
This 69-acre park on the Left Bank is home to Paris’ botanical gardens, the seventeenth-century Jardin des Plantes. Inside you can stroll through 11 different gardens (plus a zoo), including alpine, ecological, rose and rock gardens, as well as a maze and restored 19th-century hothouses. Which one you choose to place your basket and blanket one, is purely up to you but if you want a Seine view, wander to the adjacent Jardin Tino-Rossi.
57 rue Cuvier, 75005
Jardin du Luxembourg
Lying between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, Jardin du Luxembourg might just be the most beautiful and romantic park in Paris. With its 61-acre, this oasis is offering formal French and English gardens. Relax on the vintage green metal chairs and share snacks from the kiosks. In the background, the majestic Palais du Luxembourg can be seen. This 17th-century Eden was created by Henri IV’s widow Marie de’ Medici. The park was dedicated to the city’s children by Napoleon. To this day, kids can enjoy the playgrounds, carousel, model-boat pond, puppets and ponies. In a nutshell, your ideal family-picnic.
Rue de Médicis, 75006