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bettyo70 May 14th, 2005 03:43 PM

Is it possible to picnic in Parc Monceau or the Tuileries (PARIS)??
I was wondering if Parc Monceau and the Tuileries garden are places where you can picnic, or are they "Keep-Off-of-the-Grass"-type places?

Thanks for your help.

brenda_s May 14th, 2005 04:15 PM

Don't know about Parc Monceau but you CAN picnic at Tuileries and also Luxembourg.


bettyo70 May 14th, 2005 04:43 PM

Thanks, Brenda!

HowardR May 14th, 2005 05:17 PM

But you may not be able to go on the grass!

HowardR May 14th, 2005 05:19 PM

PS: When we were in Luxembourg Gardens, you could not go on the grass.

BTilke May 14th, 2005 05:20 PM

If you really want to spread out on the grass and have a relaxing picnic, one of the best spots is the Parc Andre-Citroen in the 15th. You will see lots of French families there with blankets on the grass, enjoying picnics while their kids run around.
Otherwise, IMHO, the PM and Tuileries are more of the eat a sandwich or light snack at a bench type of place rather than real picnic spots.

Travelnut May 14th, 2005 05:30 PM

You can picnic on the grass in certain areas of the Champ de Mars, at Parc Montsouris, and at Parc de Buttes-Chaumont. Otherwise you can sit on a bench and enjoy a picnic that way. Another popular place is on the Pont des Arts, from what I've read. I don't recall anyone being allowed on the grass at Tuileries, Luxembourg and maybe Parc Monceau (I sat on a bench there, lots of joggers and school children but don't think I saw anyone on the grass).

TransitBuddie May 14th, 2005 05:39 PM

I remember that in the Jardin du Luxemburg I was able to picnic on the grass and same with the Parc André Citroën.

jody May 14th, 2005 06:13 PM

The new mayor of Paris has made sitting on the grass permissible in certain areas of each must look for the signs! But those areas are also open for watch out!

I'd check out the benches~

Christina May 14th, 2005 06:13 PM

I admit I'm not a big picnic buff, just doesn't appeal to me (prefer restaurants), but I wouldn't consider the Tuileries a place for a picnic, the gardens are too formal. They do have some tables and benches in one area, I think (not sure), but I think that may belong to the vendors.

Transitbuddie, when you say you were able to picnic in Luxembourg on the grass, do you just mean you did it and didn't get caught, or that you picnicked by sitting on a bench? I know they have signs there forbidding you to sit on the grass, but they do have some tables I think anyone could sit at without much problem around the are where they sell things (it's under the tres and basically has dirt, not grass).

cigalechanta May 14th, 2005 06:19 PM

I had lunch on a bench in the tuileries and shared some with the many birds.

Travelnut May 14th, 2005 06:51 PM

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Travelnut May 14th, 2005 06:53 PM

whoa, wrong thread - must be past my bedtime ! 'night....

bettyo70 May 14th, 2005 07:10 PM

I think we could be happy with a bench...

Thank you, All, for your input!

tedgale May 15th, 2005 04:15 AM

The ultimate Paris picnic, IMO, is to sit at water-level on one of the quieter quais -- say, on the Ile St Louis. Or by the Canal St. Martin.

Scarlett May 15th, 2005 06:37 AM

I definitely second tedgales suggestion!
A bench or one of the nice chairs in the Luxembourg Gardens served us well several times.
You will see other Parisians with their baguette, having a bite while sitting in a bit of sun in the gardens or along a wall by the Seine.

starrsville May 15th, 2005 06:43 AM

What about the gardens at the Rodin museum. Not finding the time for a picnic there was one of my biggest disappointments of my trip last year. I'd read that it is the best place for a picnic in Paris.

Scarlett May 15th, 2005 06:50 AM

starrsville, Yes! sighing, I was just there and need to go back already!
I think I need to stop reading everything Paris on here :D

Iregeo May 15th, 2005 07:38 AM

Hi Starrsville. When I was at the Rodin last year, I don't recall seeing any picnickers, but there is an outdoor restuaruant on the garden grounds.

starrsville May 15th, 2005 07:52 AM

Nope, when researching my trip I read (in more than one place I think) that the garden is a wonderful "secret" picnic place and to go there even if you don't go in the building.

I have to admit I even took a picnic cloth along for the event - that did not happen on that trip.

I'll see if I can find something on this forum. If it wasn't here, it would be in one of several guidebooks I bought and read.

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