Picnicking in Paris this summer 2019

Sunny days are back, and we want to go out and enjoy a picnic. Whether you’re into classic or quirky places, Paris is filled with spots where to picnic peacefully or along with many people and meet other fans of tablecloth and wicker basket to put on the grass. Let’s browse the best spots!

There’s nothing quite as French as bringing a dry sausage, a baguette or two a white and red checkered tablecloth and drinks to have a quiet seat on the French capital pitches.

Yes, but you have to find the perfect spot, ideal to meet with your family, lover or friends. And this is where we step in, let’s show you all of our favorite spots to picnic in Paris this summer 2019!

  • The marina and Jardin de l’Arsenal: To feel like elsewhere

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The Jardin de l’Arsenal follows the water. It has shady corners, arbors and sunny spaces. It links the Canal Saint-Martin to the Seine, between the Quai de la Rapée and the Place de la Bastille. It used to be a cargo port that became in 1983 a marina. Today, it’s part of the Parisian canals network and is a border between Paris 4th and 12th arrondissements.

Stormed by young people as soon as the sun comes out, you better not take your time to find a spot on the grass. (75012)

  • Tino Rossi Garden: To soak your feet

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The Tino Rossi garden covers a surface of 31,612sqm and has been created between 1975 and 1980 in lieu of the Quai Saint-Bernard, by the Seine. It covers all the way from the Arab World Institute, under the Pont Sully and up to the Pont d’Austerlitz, at the entrance of the Jardin des Plantes. It’s extended in the back with the Faculté Jussieu.

Also often stormed by the local students, it’s very enjoyed as it lines the Seine and often attracts local musicians who are happy to perform for picnic lovers and dancers! (75005)

  • Champs de Mars esplanade: If you like to go all-things tourist
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Famous and legendary large public garden, entirely open and set in Paris 7th arrondissement, between the Eiffel Tower in the North-East and the Ecole Militaire in the South-Est, the Champs de Mars enjoys a bicentenary story.

Very touristy and quite enjoyed by Parisians, you’ll have to make your own way on sunny days. (75007)

  • Parc Georges Brassens: For public bench lovers
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Paris largest green space since the Second Empire: an artificial hill to climb, beehives, vineyards, pitches, pools, playground areas for children, pony rides, merry-go-rounds and table tennis tables…

In other words, this is a place of life and relaxation for picnic fans who particularly enjoy this park for its entertainments and tranquility. (75015)

  • Parc Floral: For flower lovers
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Themed gardens, a small forest, exhibition lodges and a fantastic playground area create a magical setting for lunches on the grass.

Under the trees, near the slides, wooden tables allow big family to enjoy their already made salads, sandwiches and other menus. (75012)

And let’s not forget about:

  • Île aux Cygnes end (75015)

Former Digue de Grenelle, the Île aux Cygnes is an artificial island on the Seine set between Paris 15th and 16th arrondissements, administratively related to the latter. The 890-m long island is only 11-m wide.

  • Pelouse de Reuilly (75012)

Since September 2010, you have the first sparkling water fountain in Paris!

  • Parc Monceau (75008)

A very romantic and old-fashioned park where you have to come early with your kids to enjoy some pony rides. Then, in the main alley, leaving from the cupola, go further the 4th alley and try the large pitch on the right.

  • Parc des Buttes Chaumont (75019)

Inaugurated in 1867, this public garden is undoubtedly one of the most romantic one in Paris. A 12-hectare pitch on steep hills, enhanced with green bushes and flowerbeds. At the foot of the butte, a lake in the middle of which stands the lovely temple of the Sibyl. To Rosa Bonheur and Pavillon du Lac, visitors will prefer seating down with some food a few steps from a shady alley line with ancient trees or next to the cave housing a cascade.

Manon C.
Last updated on 29 May 2019

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Paris
75 Paris

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