Shaheen Peerbhai and Jennie Levitt
Shaheen Peerbhai and Jennie Levitt

Authors of Paris Picnic Club Shaheen Peerbhai and Jennie Levitt share their favourite spots for the perfect déjeuner sur l’herbe

EVERY TIME WE’RE IN PARIS we discover a new picnic gem. Just last time we stumbled upon the maze of hedges between the Louvre and the Tuileries – perfect for carving out your own little private nook a stone’s throw from some of capital’s busiest attractions. One of our favourite spots, though, is the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Perched above the 19th arrondissement, the steep hillsides make for a picnic challenge but it’s well worth it to enjoy the view of the city below.

illustration of the best places to picnic in Paris
ILLUSTRATION © JENNIE LEVITT/IMAGES

We once hosted a graduation party there, where we watched the sun set from a quilt of patterned tablecloths spotted with bowls of hummus, salads and citrus-scented baklava. We were having so much fun that we lost track of time and had to be kindly escorted out by the park guards at closing time.

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the City of Light and are looking for a setting to share some great food and wine, here are our five favourite picnic spots…

TOP 5 PARIS PICNIC SPOTS

BANKS OF THE SEINE

Don’t forget your picnic blanket, as the stone banks can get cold at dusk. We prefer the spots on the edge of the 5th arrondissement, where you can find an occasional patch of grass and enjoy breathtaking views of Notre-Dame.

The banks of the Seine.
The banks of the Seine. IMAGE © PARIS INFO

CHAMP DE MARS

This park at the foot of the Eiffel Tower gets busy on a sunny day, but you’ll always find a place to call your own.

Champ de Mars
Champ de Mars. IMAGE © PARIS INFO

PARC MONCEAU

Set up on one of the rolling hills, tucked among the park’s winding pathways, for a picnic spot that feels regal and yet somewhat secluded.

Parc Monceau
Parc Monceau. IMAGE © PARIS INFO

JARDIN VILLEMIN

Just a few steps back from the Canal Saint-Martin, this is just the spot to plop down for an impromptu picnic or watch the locals play pétanque.

Jardin Villemin
Jardin Villemin. IMAGE © PARIS INFO

SQUARE MARCEL-BLEUSTEIN-BLANCHET

Nestled at the top of Montmartre, this charming square in the shadow of the Sacré-Coeur is pretty special.

Square Marcel-Bleustein-Blanchet.
Square Marcel-Bleustein-Blanchet. IMAGE © PARIS INFO

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