For many people, picnic and Paris are not really compatible. However, there are peaceful places where you can sit with your packed-lunch and a good bottle of rosé.
Here is for you a selection of our favorite places to spend relaxing moments with your family or friends.
Difficult to do more prestigious for a picnic in Paris than the Champs-de-Mars, located in the seventh district, between the Eiffel Tower at the northwest and the École Militaire at the southeast.
With its 24.5 hectares, the Champs-de-Mars is one of the largest green spaces of Paris. This park, where you can discover many remarkable trees, is accessible day and night. It’s a good place to picnic in Paris and the atmosphere is very cosmopolitan.
Alternatively, you can also admire the Eiffel tower by picnicking in the gardens of the Trocadéro located right accross the rivern, or enjoy the grass of the Esplanade des Invalides, located a little bit further to the East, to have a picnic.
Access: Subway 8 – Ecole Militaire
Parc de Bercy
The park of Bercy is a nice green space situated in the twelfth district, facing the Cinémathèque Française (the French museum of the cinema). You will discover it by crossing the Simone de Beauvoir bridge, coming from the national library François Mitterrand. There are large areas and many natural ambiances.
Access: Subway 14 – Cour Saint-Emilion
In surroundings at the same time futuristic and very natural, the garden welcomes picnickers who like to lie down on the lawns and to shelter behind tall grasses or small passages.
Icing on the cake: you can board the hot air balloon in the park to enjoy a great panoramic view over Paris.
Access: Subway 10 – Javel André Citroën
Bois de Boulogne et Bois de Vincennes
The woods of Boulogne and Vincennes, located at the periphery of Paris, are the two largest gardens in Paris. A picnic in these two gardens gives the impression to leave the city during a few hours.
And if you feel romantic, do not hesitate to rent a bark to picnic in Paris either in the boat or on one of the small islands!
Access to Bois de Boulogne:
RER C – Neuilly Porte Maillot
Subway 10 – Porte d’Auteuil
Subway 2 – Porte Dauphine
Access to Bois de Vincennes:
RER A – Vincennes
Subway 1 – Château de Vincennes
Parc des Buttes Chaumont
The extraordinary topography of the park of the Buttes Chaumont, located in the nineteenth district, includes hills, artificial lakes, waterfalls and even a rock formation which reaches 30 meters. A picnic on the slopping lawns is something very Parisian. If you want to continue partying when the park closes at night, go toward the Rosa Bonheur “guiguette” where the fun goes on until midnight.
Access: Subway 7bis – Buttes Chaumont
At the junction of the eighth and seventeenth districts, the romantic Parc Monceau is one of the most beautiful gardens in Paris. A garden made for pleasure and nature, you will discover there original sculptures, extraordinary architecture and abundant vegetation.
Access: Subway 2 – Monceau
Les Berges de Seine
Les Berges de Seine, located in the seventh district, became recently the “new” space fashionable of the city: family, friends, sportmen, everybody gets together on the bank of the Seine for diverse activities. You can picnic on the archipelago of the floating gardens. And for lovers, the “Zzz” huts are perfect to watch the Seine on a footstool…
Access: Subway 8 and 13 – Invalides