Picnicking Around Paris

We enjoy the luxury of being homebodies abroad. Our preference is to find a comfortable vacation rental in our chosen destination and then live like a local. Sure we enjoy visiting the top sights, but we also enjoy taking part in the simple pleasures of daily life in a foreign country. 8113450_ButteChaumont4

Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to take two separate one-month-long vacations in Paris. One of our goals was to spend many leisurely afternoons picnicking in public parks throughout the entire city.

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Paris has a LOT of parks and gardens. We’ve been able to visit 23 of them. There are several that are on listed in most guidebooks, such as Jardin des Tuileries, Jardin du Luxembourg, Parc du Champ de Mars, but many of there were farther afield and less traveled. Here is a list organized by Arrondissement.

Our Favorite Paris Parks

  • Jardin du Palais Royal, 38 rue du Montpensier, 1e, M: Louvre,  Place Vendôme
  • Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, 1e, M: Concorde, Tuileries
  • Jardin des Halles, Forum des Halles, 1e, M: Les Halles
  • Place des Vosges, Place des Vosges, 4e, M: Chemin Vert
  • Jardin des Plantes, 57 Rue Cuvier, 5e, M: Austerlitz, Censier Daubenton
  • Jardin Tino-Rossi, 8 Quai Saint-Bernard, 5e, M: Jussieu‎, Quai de la Rapée
  • Jardin du Luxembourg, Jardin du Luxembourg, 6e, M:  Odeon, Saint Sulpice, Mabillon
  • Parc du Champ de Mars, Quai Branly – Avenue de la Motte Picquet, 7e, M: École Militaire
  • Parc Esplanade des Invalides, Avenue du Maréchal Gallieni, 7e, M: Invalides
  • Parc Monceau, Boulevard de Courcelles, 8e, M: Monceau
  • Parc de Belleville, 47 rue des Couronnes, 11e, M: Couronnes, Pyrénées
  • Parc de Bercy, 41 rue Paul Belmondo, 12e, M: Bercy
  • Bois de Vincennes, Bois de Vincennes, 12e, M: Porte Dorée
  • Parc Floral, Esplanade du château de Vincennes – Route de la Pyramide, 12e, M: Château de Vincennes
  • Parc Montsouris, 2 rue Gazan, 14e, M: Porte d’Orléans
  • Parc André Citroën, 2 rue Cauchy, 15e, M: Balard
  • Parc de Bagatelle, 42 route de Sèvres à Neuilly, 16e, M: Pont de Neuilly, Ranelagh
  • Bois de Boulogne, Bois de Boulogne. 16e, M: Porte Maillot
  • Jardin d’Acclimatation, Bois de Boulogne. 16e, M: Les Sablons
  • Jardins du Trocadéro, Place du Trocadéro, 16e, M: Trocadéro
  • Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Rue Manin, 19e, M: Buttes-Chaumont
  • Parc de la Villette, 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, 19e, M: Porte de Pantin