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Last Updated on 2nd May 2017 by Sophie Nadeau

Perfecting the Parisian Picnic

There is something about Paris that makes it so alluring. Something that is so ‘uncopyable‘ the world over. And it’s not just the city either- it’s the residents too. From the way that Parisians dress to the way that they are in romantic relationships, there’s just something so special and alluring about Parisians. So, of course, when it comes to food, Parisians don’t mess around! The Parisian picnic is an art form in itself. One that requires certain ingredients, a certain mindset, and a relaxed attitude.

So grab a couple of friends, pick out a sunny spot by the Seine and set up your picnic. If it’s raining, pick up an umbrella and your French go-for-it attitude or take your picnic indoors!

You will need:


Make sure to get plenty of baguettes as they will be the star of your picnic- and you’ll get through a lot more than you think you need- trust me!


Although cliché, no picnic would be complete without a punnet of fresh berries.


Stick to french varieties when it comes to cheeses- you are having a Parisian Picnic, after all. Hard cheeses like Comté will be easier to share but soft varieties like Brie will be easier to spread. The choice is yours.


White wines and Rosés are lighter for a daytime picnic and won’t stain your clothes when you’re eating en plein air… (Côtes de Provence is my go to!)

Other refreshments

Er, if it’s warm, you’re going to need hydration other than wine! Think water and juices- the French don’t tend to go for fizzy full-of-sugar drinks.


It doesn’t really matter whether you choose to have sweet or savoury spreads (or both!) Hummus, tapenade, jam and butter are all great choices.


And what Parisian picnic would be complete without at least a pastry or two? From macarons, to tarts to eclairs, the city is your oyster (or, in this case, pastry)!


You’re going to want to do something while you’re sipping on wine. Why not pick up a good book? Last year, I found myself reading “How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are“, and fell in love with it! What better way to improve your Parisian picnic than learning how to be more Parisian at the same time…


I always seem to forget this part! Knives, glasses and a picnic blanket are sort of a requirement to make your picnic ‘work’. So don’t forget them!

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About Author

Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!


  • doris
    26th July 2016 at 4:34 am

    great picnic. people gather together for meals, games and sightseeing. 🙂 great. my family always go picnic on weeken. thanks for sharing.

  • the adventurer
    25th July 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Paris taught me how to plan a picnic when I lived there during university =o) This post reminded me of the many times my class would plan picnics around the city =o)

  • Jessica
    25th July 2016 at 8:10 am

    How tasty looking x

    Jessica — WS Community

  • Alaina
    24th July 2016 at 11:00 pm

    What an amazing post! Totally unique. I’m spending one day in Paris when I visit London and this just made me SO excited to plan my day trip!!

    P.S. I love your blog. It’s definitely a huge source of inspiration for mine <3

    Alaina |

  • Darina
    23rd July 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Great ideas for a Parisian picnic. Love it!


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