Love Picnic Paris top 5 gourmet picnic experiences.
There are 1001 gorgeous locations where one could enjoy a French traditional gourmet picnic in Paris. We have shortlisted our top 5 ideal spots for a perfect Parisian picnic adventure. Place des Vosges, in the heart of the Marais district is one of them. You will find below a few photographs from a picnic we hosted there this past week end. The place des Vosges is the oldest planned square in the city. It was quite an exquisite place to reside in the 17th and 18th century. The area is now one of Parisian prime week-end destination where people wander around, shop and relax.
Place des Vosges was built by Henri IV in 1612. It was a leisured landmark in the city for the noble to relax until the revolution. Madame de Sévigné was born on place des Vosges while Victor Hugo lived at number 6 for 20 years.
Today the place des Vosges area is a lively part of town at a cross section to three of the most exciting Parisian districts. The neighbourhood is today home to luxury fashion brands, traditional markets and quaint typical coffee shops alike. It is a mix of the old and more modern Paris. All together, a fun and relaxing place to hang out for the afternoon both for tourists and Parisians alike. The old Jewish quarter is set to the east of the square around the rue Vieille du Temple. The trendy art galleries and musée Picasso are literally round the corner heading towards the rue de Bretagne in the high Marais.
Paris picnic ideas at the Eiffel tower.
A lot of our clients land in Paris with the intention to visit the Eiffel tower the very next morning. The Eiffel tower area is our first & most sought after destination for a romantic outdoor picnic adventure or a family get together. Depending on the weather situation, we would either suggest the Trocadero gardens or the champ de Mars area. Each location is located on opposite sides of the seine. Both sites are prime destination if you wish to admire the Eiffel tower at a close range. The Trocadero gardens offer a beautiful overall view of the Eiffel tower from across the pont d’Iéna and the river seine. It is the “PERFECT LOCATION” specially if you intend to have some photos taken afterwards. Please note that it can be a little windy at times.
Our gourmet picnics can literally be set up for you at the foot of the Eiffel tower as well. This picnic spot at the Champ de Mars is well shaded from the wind and summer afternoon light. You can enjoy a relaxing moment over lunch time, right before or after your visit to the tower. It is a couple of minutes away from the Eiffel tower main entrance. Purchase your Eiffel tower ticket in advance!
Our two preferred picnic locations around the Eiffel tower.
Louvre Museum romantic picnic affair.
Our third favorite picnic site in Paris is the gardens of the Louvre. It is actually our top suggestion if you are looking for a peaceful surrounding for a couple romantic outing. We have had numerous clients who chose this spot for a secret proposal and their Paris engagement photography. Again, it is a perfect way to finish a morning or afternoon visit to the Louvre museum as well. The Louvre museum is located in the first arrondissement of the city. The gardens of the Palais Royal as well as the gardens of the Tuilerie are minutes away. Parisians are so privileged to have so many amazing parks full of history to enjoy in town.
Luxembourg gardens for a gourmet picnic.
The gardens of the Luxembourg makes it for another of our preferred park to enjoy one of our Parisian gourmet picnic. The park is located on the left bank, walking distance from the seine, Saint Germain des Près and the Saint Michel area. It is round the corner from “La Sorbonne” our historical parisian university. By the way, the Luxembourg museum located on the edge of the park always host very interesting art exhibition. The café Flore is one of our favorite café to start the day with a croissant and newspapers in the 6th arrondissement of the city.
Paris has 20 arrondissements working as a snail from the city center. The arrondissement number is always marked with street names on building walls. This way, you always know what part of town you are at. From the Luxembourg gardens, It is a gorgeous walk across the neighbourhood to the “Pont des Arts” and the “Academie des Beaux Arts” on the river bank.
Versailles cultural activities and gourmet picnic delights
We started to propose picnics at the gardens of Versailles this year. Versailles gardens is our 5th location of choice for a fun picnic adventure. It is a 45mn train ride, and a walking distance from the train station. As a matter of fact, Versailles palace is gorgeous regardless of the season. We love going there ourselves to walk down the parks and take a breath of fresh air away from the city life. We would suggest a day trip to fully enjoy this French grand monument. You can begin your tour with the visit of the palace in the morning.
By lunch time, walk down past the water fountains to enjoy our gourmet picnic at the canals. The gardens of Versailles span across 800 hectares. It comprise 200,000 trees, 50 fountains and a 5.57km canal. It is one of the largest palace in the world. We are always mesmerized by the beauty of the nature and architecture walking down the park.
Once you have relaxed for an hour enjoying one of our picnic at the water’s edge, you may carry on your visit with the Trianon and the gardens of Marie Antoinette. More than just another royal French castle, Versailles has strong historical meaning in French history. It was considered a symbol of the power of the kings of France. As well as being the main residence of the royal family, Versailles was the political centre of France during Louis XIV.
Versailles is certainly a location of choice to propose to your girlfriend. It is a real delight to organize a secret proposal over a picnic in the gardens. You can then wander around the site for your engagement photography session with our photographer.
I hope you enjoyed reading our informative post about the various locations that we recommend for an exceptional picnic adventure. Do not hesitate to get in touch via email, should you have any specific question in regards to the planning of a gourmet picnic in Paris.