Favorite picnic spot in Paris

Feb 17th, 2007, 06:33 AM
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I'm not sure what is being referred to as a picnic, but I think most people just mean eating some food sitting on a bench in a park as a picnic. It's really more convenient anyway, as few people want to lug around blankets when being a tourist, nor get their clothes dirty by sitting on the ground. I like Luxumbourg Gardens, also, and the park near the Marmottan museum (Ranelagh), Square Violet in the 15th, Parc Monceau, Square des Batignolles, and the little parks on the islands -- don't like the Tuileries much, nor place des Vosges although many do. I don't understand the attraction for the Pont des Arts to picnic, as it's a bridge, and I want some greenery and gardens when I do that, but I know it is trendy to do that (eat on that bridge).

You can't spread out on the lawn in most parks, and there are signs telling you. It is pretty obvious, and no one else will be, either (at least not many, if so, probably a tourist). Even if you don't know French, you can assume any sign on the lawn of a public park is telling you that you can't go onto the lawn (they don't have signs saying you can). I think they often say "pelouse interdite" or lawn forbidden.

I think you can picnic on the grass at the Place des Vosges, as well as the ones mentioned in the above post, and at Sq des Batignolles and Parc Monceau.
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Feb 17th, 2007, 07:11 AM
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The top of the Parc des Buttes Chaumont. If you go on a Sunday, take the métro to the Place des Fêtes and pick up a picnic at the market on the square-bread, pâté or other cold cuts, cheese, fruit. From the métro it is a short walk to the top of the park.

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Feb 17th, 2007, 07:16 AM
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Hard to argue with the Pont des Arts!

On a clear day, take the Metro to Pyrenes.
Good sandwich place coming out of the station. Then walk to the end of r. des Envierges to see the view of the city above the Parc de Bellville. Have lunch on a bench or the grassy slopes below.
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Feb 17th, 2007, 07:53 AM
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Feb 17th, 2007, 08:04 AM
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I stash a $1.00 plastic tablecloth in my daybag for anytime we want to sit on the grass somewhere. (buy 'em at the Dollar Tree or elsewhere). They're very thin and fold up quite compactly.
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Feb 17th, 2007, 09:31 AM
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Re the Parc des Buttes Chaumont. If this is the parc I am thinking of it has a great view of Montmartre...


and is filled with nice places to walk...


...and visitors sitting on the grass just relaxing...



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Feb 17th, 2007, 09:46 AM
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The gardens of the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild at 11,rue Berryer (jost off avenue Friedland) are open to the public. Formerly owned by a Rothschild, the house now houses several arts organizations. It's really pleasant and hidden from the street.
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Feb 17th, 2007, 10:47 AM
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The Buttes Chaumont has a great view of all of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower in the distance. There is a cupola right at the top of the hill with a breathtaking view, and there are large grassy fields all over the hill where people sprawl, sunbathe and otherwise carouse. That's why I said in my earlier post to go there "if you have a warm sunny day" -- after all, we are talking about picnics.
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