Even after a mild winter, the first signs of spring have rejuvenated Paris in a very big way. With the arrival of sunshine everyone is opening their terrace windows and headed outdoors to partake in a romantic Parisienne pass-time, le pique-nique! There are many locations throughout the city perfect for picnicking, and below I’ve listed a few of my favorites:
1. Jardin des Tuileries: (113 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris)
When the day is so beautiful that you just can’t miss the chance for an outdoor lunch, but don’t have hours beyond hours to spend, Jardin des Tuileries may be your best bet. A five minute walk from Parsons Paris, the Tuileries are a perfect place to take a small packed meal on your lunch hour and enjoy the arrival of springtime in the city. The excitement in the air is contagious as you sit in one of Frédéric Sofia’s chairs anywhere along the gardens; Centrally placed between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde this area is often filled with tourists, but locals cannot avoid it either for it really is one of the 1st arrondissements most convenient gems.
2. Jardin du Luxembourg: (6th Arrondissement, 75006 Paris)
If you’re ever in the Latin Quarter and looking for a spacious place to stroll look no further than Jardin du Luxembourg. This beautiful series of gardens is the city’s second largest public park. Surrounding the Luxembourg palace which is home of the French Senate, this park has plenty of public seating and recreational space to enjoy, including tennis courts, playgrounds, etc. Often in spring there are live music performances and open air painters surrounding the grounds. The famous Parisian Park chairs by Frédéric Sofia were designed specifically for this park, and were such a success that they produced a larger run of the style for all of the Paris Parks. This park is particularly lovely for an afternoon stroll.
3. Champ de Mars: (2 Allée Adrienne Lecouvreur, 75007 Paris)
Also on the left bank, just beyond the Eiffel Tower, is the popular green space at Champ de Mars. This stretch of grass is a often a gathering place for students, young people, and picnickers of all ages. Though the eiffel tower is often flooded with tourists, not as many venture off to Champ de Mars so it’s a fun place to picnic after a necessary visit to the tower. It’s preferable to have this picnic around late afternoon early evening time.
4. Pont Alexandre III :
Finally, A perfect afternoon to evening picnic spot is along the river Seine, specifically near the bridge Pont Alexandre III. During the spring-summer months, a tapas bar opens along the river selling all sorts of snacks and wine by the bottle to be shared along the river. On any warm Thursday night in spring you’ll see hundreds of people lining the river cheerfully conversing over baguette, cheese, and wine. The picnics i’ve had here with my school friends are among some of my fondest memories of Paris.
Do you have any spots to recommend? Leave a comment below! Until then, happy picnicking & happy spring!