Where to Picnic in Paris

One of my favorite things to do in Paris solo or with friends is to picnic. It is easy to find a fromagerie and boulangerie to buy bread and cheese to host an impromptu picnic in Paris. You don’t have to plan much and this can easily be a lunch or dinner that doesn’t break the bank when it comes to your budget.

where to picnic in paris

Where to Picnic in Paris

As soon as the weather warms up in Paris, picnic season has begun. It is easy to do and there are many places all over the city to picnic. Grab takeaway food from a nearby restaurant, a sandwich from a boulangerie, or create your own picnic spread from the market.

Parc Monceau

This is a little out of the way from the center of Paris located in the 8th arrondissement. Don’t worry about breaking out of postcard Paris. This is worth the trip! Surround yourself with locals and people watching. You can get food to picnic with on Rue de Levi or Eric Kayser down the street before heading into the park.

where to picnic in paris

Place Dauphine

This hidden spot is located behind Notre Dame on île de la cité. You can find the chestnut blossoms in bloom here in late April. Enjoy a picnic and play a game of bocce ball.

where to picnic in paris

Champs de Mars

This is a great place to enjoy a view of the Eiffel Tower. You can watch the sunset here or just enjoy an afternoon in the sun. The Eiffel Tower sparkles every hour on the hour after sunset so it is the perfect place to picnic towards the end of the day. Don’t forget a blanket. We have done two picnics here with My Parisian Life on the Atlas Adventures Paris trip. Yanique arranged for everything for the picnic we just showed up hungry and thirsty.

where to picnic in paris

Palais Royal

This has become a favorite spot of mine after living just around the corner. I walked through here every chance I had. There is something so peaceful about Palais Royal. There isn’t much grass but pack a picnic for the benches or chairs that surround the fountain.

where to picnic in paris

Tuileries Gardens

This is pretty classic Paris. You can sit on the grass in front of the Louvre and watch the sunset behind the Eiffel Tower. Other options include inside the gardens on a bench or one of the many green chairs. I can easily fall asleep in the reclined ones next to the water.

where to picnic in paris

Parc de Sceaux

You will have to make a day trip out of this and head on the RER B just outside the city lines. If you make it for cherry blossom season you will be rewarded with an area covered in cherry blossom trees. You can picnic under the pink blossoms. It is rare (unless it is raining like my visit) to find this place empty. This is a destination but an experience to picnic under the cherry blossoms.

where to picnic in paris

Place des Vosges

This is one of my favorites because this is where I decided to move to Paris. I love this square in Paris and it is always a great place to picnic. Carette is located in the square so you can easily pick up sandwiches here.  The Bastille Market is also open on Thursdays and Sundays and you can pick up picnic foods here.

where to picnic in paris

Jardin des Plantes

One of the things I love about Jardin des Plantes is the blooming trees in the Spring. There are a few large trees that blossom. If you have kids this is a great option because you will be right by the Zoo and The Natural History Museum.

where to picnic in paris

Jardin du Luxembourg

Another classic Paris spot in my opinion. If you are a fan of the Left Bank of Paris this is a great option. The park is pretty large so there are plenty of places to play and picnic for kids and adults. For kids, you can push the boats around on the water in the gardens. Bring a book and enjoy reading in one of the green chairs. Arrive early, as they fill up quickly on a warm day.

where to picnic in paris

The Seine between Notre Dame and île st Louis

You can grab a bottle of wine from the wine shop on the island or at the grocery store. They will give you plastic cups and open your bottle for you so you don’t need a wine opener. Grab cheese, baguette, and charcuterie all on the main street of île st Louis. Set up a picnic on the seine and you are good to go to watch the sunset behind Notre Dame. The best seat in the house on a warm day in Paris. Don’t forget the rosé.

paris picnic on the seine

Do you have a favorite place to picnic in Paris? Comment below and share!

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  1. We’ve been doing a lot of picnics since we’ve arrived in Paris. Our go to place is down by the Seine by le Pont Neuf. We also went one evening in Trocadero. It was pretty good but a lot busier then down by the Seine. If you can find a good spot, you’ll watch the sun go down and see the Eiffel Tower as well 🙂 I have a picture that I took the other night on my Instagram nataucoin, we were spoiled!

    • I haven’t had a picnic by Trocadero. How was it? Was it busy? I am so happy you are having a great time since arriving in Paris.

  2. GREAT recommendations! I can’t wait to try some, my first choice being Ile St. Louis behind the cathedral.

  3. I am coming to Paris this fall. What are the rules about alcohol in public? I don’t want to break any laws while I’m there 🙂

    • You should be good! I have asked wine shops in the past and they told me it was ok. They opened the bottles for me to enjoy and encouraged me to drink them on the seine.

        • Thank you Tami! The wedding was stunning and she was the most relaxed easy bride. It will be my one and only wedding because I will never find a couple as sweet as them!

  4. Our favorite is the Albert-Kahn Gardens, Paris. It is on the western side of Paris, very pretty. I think you could have a picnic on the grounds but you might call first. We spent a nice half day there. There is a nice little ATM with a bank across the street. Of this commercial site, photo # 17 of 27 is my favorite, I have a couple similar but did not post them on my blog.
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  5. I recommend Parc Monsouris, Parc Des Buttes Chaumont, and Parc Floral. I’ve had very happy picnics in all of those. Also the steps of the BNF are very nice for an unexpected view of the Seine and a plethora of food truck options. I did also have had a nice (abet touristy) breakfast picnic on the steps of Sacré Cœur 🙂