We’ve all dreamt about it: a red and white checkered blanket, a basket overflowing with wine, berries, cheeses, and breads. A perfect view of the Eiffel tower, a beautiful French man feeding you grapes as you — nope? Just me? Regardless of how you envision it, a picnic in Paris is a great way to snag a cheap meal with an incredible view, if you know where to have it.
Here’s a little advice in avoiding a typical Parisian picnic rookie mistake. Skip the Eiffel Tower and the Jardin du Luxembourg. Though appealing places to picnic in theory, they’re overwhelmed with tourists and the locals aren’t too happy about your wanting to camp out there. Instead, the prime place for a Parisian picnic after a day well spent in the Louvre, is actually in the Tuileries Gardens.
Here, there’s plenty of space to snag a shady spot with million-dollar views, and thankfully, no one will bother you or ask you why you thought it acceptable to eat lunch under their monumental tower. Plus, with sandwich carts like Paul’s sitting waiting for your arrival, you’re sure to spend €5 or less on this incredible meal. Eat with champagne-budget views for a beer-budget price in these gorgeous gardens, and question why you ever ate inside while in Paris in the first place.
This summer, Jessica roamed through many winding French streets in search of three things: white wine, red wine, and rose. With just a single phone power bank and absolutely no understanding of the French language, she found just what she was looking for along with many, many croissants. Her adventures ranged from trying to get a French SIM card from a man who spoke no English, to air drying in a towel-less hostel, to even lugging her 40L Osprey pack up a 3 mile mountain hike to get to her AirBnB in a French vineyard. After her trip, she’s found a profound new love of lavender, macaroons, and waking up before noon. The only thing France was truly missing this summer was Jessica’s cat, Gerty, who she missed very dearly throughout her journeys. She saw The Great Sphinx of Tanis at the Louvre, but it just wasn’t the same. Jessica is currently planning her next backpacking adventure to Greenland and Ireland, where she hopes to find out just how many ways you can cook a potato.