While Paris overflows with the best restaurants, sometimes you just want to grab a beverage and a ham & cheese sandwich for a lovely, romantic picnic! Check out these perfect spots and pack that picnic basket!
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Ah Paris! Home of everything you could ever want: the haute-est of haute couture, all of the time, and the world's best restaurants. And, on top of that, the most architecturally stunning city on the planet (I haven't been to them all, but it still feels like a safe bet).
Sometimes, especially after a long day of playing tourist, there's no better way to spend an evening than having a little picnic in the City of Lights!
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Best Picnic Spots in Paris: Ile Saint-Louis
Ile Saint-Louis is one of the most beautiful spots in Paris. Small, quaint streets lined with independent shops where tourists and locals alike mingle and stroll. Even with Notre Dame under construction, you'll definitely want to dedicate time to both of this magical little spot. Planning a picnic here after touring the Sainte-Chapelle would make perfect sense! You could also pop by here after a visit to the Louvre, as you might need a bit of time to destress!
While there are a number of restaurants in the area (obviously), after spending part of our day exploring Chartres, we were hoping for a more relaxing evening. We opted to take a stroll over to Il Saint-Louis, grab some food, and eat a quick picnic.
On Ile Saint-Louis itself, there are a number of small shops selling sandwiches, beverages, chips, and anything else you'd reasonably need for a picnic. Word of warning: the one we selected only took cash. Definitely a rarity in this day and age, but a lot of these are tiny, family-run stores, so bring your Euros! This was actually the only time we ran into a cash-only request, that I can remember, during our time in France. With supplies in hand, we headed out to the tip of Ile Saint-Louis, facing toward Notre Dame (though you can't see it too well from here). There are a number of benches in the area, so if someone has snagged the bench at the very edge, grab another and subtly wait for them to vacate the perfect spot!
From here, you can watch the boats go by on the Seine, in relative (and frankly, surprising), tranquility. We ate our ham and cheese, downed from 1664 (the best beer in the world), and wished we'd never have to leave.
Note: I can't take credit for "discovering" this picnic site (it is one of many lovely recommendations in Rick Steve's Paris Travel Guide).
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