two groups of young women sitting in the grass and having a picnic at the luxembourg gardens in paris

12 Perfect Spots for Your Picnic in Paris

12 Perfect Spots for Your Picnic in Paris, Episode 190


Let me tell you what makes for a great picnic in Paris. It’s not so much the food (although it can be divine!) but the spot where you have your picnic. You go out of your house to eat outside because of the view, don’t you? Otherwise, most of us are more comfortable sitting at a dining room table. But with these Paris spots in the background, it’s worth going outside to enjoy your meal!

Listen to today’s episode to find out where the 12 best sport for a Paris picnic are and what you will find there when you go. Some are perfect for romance, others are best for families with children, others again are for those who are nostalgic for the picnics of yesteryear. There is a perfect spot for everyone’s picnic in Paris, and they are all here!

In this episode we also talk about interesting French picnic foods that most may have never heard about. Maybe we have adventurous eaters among us?

We also talk about how you can find your picnic foods, and how a picnic in Paris can be both wonderful and really good for your pocket book! Bon appétit!

cheese display at a paris cheese shop with some of the product shaped like the eiffel tower

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12 Perfect Spots for Your Picnic in Paris

  1. Pont des Arts
  2. Vert Galant Park
  3. Quai des Tournelles along the Seine
  4. Jardin du Luxembourg
  5. Place des Vosges
  6. Jardin du Palais Royal
  7. Champ de Mars or Trocadero
  8. Square Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet in Montmartre
  9. Buttes de Chaumont Park
  10. Square des Batignoles (shopping on rue de Lévis)
  11. Parc Monceau (shopping on rue de Lévis)
  12. Lac Daumesnil in the Bois de Vincennes

French Picnic Foods

French Grocery Stores: Franprix, Carrefour, Monoprix, Casino, Biocoop, etc.

Foods You Could Try:

  • grated carrot salad
  • celery root salad (célery rave)
  • sliced cucumber salad
  • cubed beet salad
  • salade de museau
  • pâté de campagne, pâté de foie
  • foie gras
  • jambon au torchon
  • jambon de Bayonne
  • French cheese made with “lait cru” (raw milk)
  • Orangina soda

colonnes de buren at the Palais Royal

One thought on “12 Perfect Spots for Your Picnic in Paris”

  1. I really like your podcasts. I went to Paris on my honeymoon in 1972 and was never able to get back there. I’ve caught up on a lot of what I missed by studying French cooking and watching Youtube. The podcasts are a lot more informative though. I feel like I’m learning things that I’d never have learned as a tourist. It’s great.

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