Having a picnic in Paris in the summer sun is an experience that you won’t soon forget, especially since Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world. Can you imagine spending a leisurely afternoon with your kids, friends or loved ones in Paris drinking wine and eating cheese? The last time I had a picnic in Paris was on a family holiday at Disneyland Paris – read on to find out how to have the perfect picnic this summer in Paris.
Pick your base
The first order of business is to pick your place to stay, there are a number of great places to stay, but it doesn’t matter where you stay as long as you can easily get to a good park to enjoy your picnic.
This is of course one of the most important things to consider about your picnic, you will want to take your friends and loved ones of course. However you may want to take that someone special for a romantic afternoon in the sun, it all depends on what you want from the experience.
Pick your location
There are an unbelievable number of parks scattered throughout Paris so there is no issues with finding a place to have your picnic, but the question is where is the best place? Perhaps your ideal picnic is not even in a park at all, but rather on top of the Eiffel tower or underneath the Arc de Triomphe. If you do want to stay traditional you can of course have your picnic in the park and one of the best ones is the Champ de Mars, which is the gardens that house the Eiffel Tower. Wherever you do choose in Paris you surely can’t make a mistake!
First and foremost it is ideal to have a good picnic blanket or mat that you can sit on, it is not essential though, but it certainly does add to the experience. Another item of interest for the picnic goer is the humble picnic basket, which again is not essential but can really add to the authenticity of the experience.
It is also a great idea to bring a pair of sunglasses, a hat and some sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
Once you have everything else sorted out it is a good time to go and buy your supplies, and it is always best to do this last because you know that everything you buy will be fresh. Your list of supplies should, at the very least, include baguettes, cheese, ham, wine and pastries, and these are the staples of a proper Parisian picnic.