The arrival of the spring season makes many parks and banks in Paris popular destinations for those who want to enjoy a picnic with their family. So pick up some cheese, a French baguette, pastries, olives, wine and charcuterie, and find your own patch of paradise. The following are some of the verdant green locations in Paris to have a picnic.
Square Du Vert-Galant
This park resides on the tip of Île de la Cité, one of two natural islands in Paris (Île in French translates to Island). From here, you get stunning panoramas of the Paris Mint, the Musée du Louvre, Pont Neuf, and Pont des Arts. Sit on the benches in the park or unfurl a rug upon the curvy lawn to enjoy a brunch or to have some wine at sunset with your family or friends.
The Sainte-Chapelle is within walking distance from here, so you can make time to visit the Gothic-style chapel as well during your trip.
Quai De La Tournelle
This sloping embankment is known for its booksellers, so pick up a book if you are in the mood for reading in the open air. When too much information is going through your head, take in the stunning views of the Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis. This will help you relax.
From early morning to sunset, you get some magnificent sights to enjoy from here. The best view, though, is that of the Notre-Dame Cathedral. People come to the embankment that fringes the Left Bank for panoramas no matter what the time of the day it is.
Parc De La Turlure
The intimate “Square Marcel Bleustein Blanchet”, situated on the top of Montmartre hill, summons every traveler to the place. The park is named after a former windmill. People come here on their Paris tours for picturesque views of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica.
It is peaceful to view the white domed church from up here, as opposed to somewhere else where tourists make quite a rush. It has benches and seats to enjoy views in the evening as they are shaded by a vine-covered pergola.
Jardin Des Plantes
Jardin Des Plantes is one of the most scenic botanical gardens in Paris’s Left Bank. Multiple perspective squares, amid rows of trees, direct one’s eye toward the Plantes Garden. Inside the “Jardin” (French for Garden), there are eleven gardens, comprising ecological, rose, alpine and rock gardens, in addition to a maze, and restored hothouses.
The four buildings here host collections on mineralogy, botany, anatomy/ paleontology, and evolution. You can visit the Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes too, which is one of the best small zoos in town.