Paris is world-renowned for its beautiful springs full of blossoming trees and emerging sunshine. The city truly comes alive once the moderately harsh winter comes to an end, but truth be told, Paris' numerous parks are a haven for picnic-goers throughout spring, summer, and autumn. Whether it is in the center of town or in a larger space outside of the city's limits, the first ray of spring sunshine brings Paris' citizens and tourists alike flocking to the city's parks.
Located in front of the Eiffel Tower, the Champ de Mars is a long strip of grassy park that serves as one of the most popular picnic spots in Paris. Located in the 7th arrondissement, the Champ de Mars is right at the heart of some of the nicest parts of Paris. Weekends, holidays, and peak summer months may mean you have to look hard for a space if you have a large group, but nothing beats a picnic in the shadow of Paris' most iconic landmark. (Métro Trocadero, Bir-Hakeim, École Militaire, RER Pont de l'Alma, Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel)
The Bois de Vincennes is situated just to the southeast of Paris and offers an immense range of options for picnic goers. With its numerous lakes, trails, a zoo, and a chateau, there is virtually no way you would be unable to find a place to settle a blanket on the ground and tuck in. (Métro Porte Dorée, Château de Vincennes)
Along the same lines, but well to the west of Paris itself, lie the gardens at the Chateau de Versailles. Numerous shaded lawns scattered around the grounds provide an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere, and if you go far enough, a very peaceful one as well. One can truly forget all about the bustle of the city while enjoying a picnic at Versailles. (RER Versailles Rive-Gauche)
Back in the city limits of Paris, if you take line 14 of the métro and get off at Cour Saint-Emilion you will find yourself at the Parc de Bercy. You will usually find this park to be much quieter than the Champ de Mars, and probably aesthetically more pleasing. Plenty of trees and natural wildlife abound here, and there is plenty of bench and grass space in the different areas of the park. A Monoprix grocery store nearby can supply all of your picnic needs, and it is even open on Sundays.
One can't discuss picnics in Paris without mentioning the Pont des Arts, a bridge that crosses the Seine right in the heart of the city. Known for the locks that have been attached to its sides as a symbol of love by couples hailing from around the world, there is almost always some kind of activity going on at the Pont des Arts, day or night. Immaculate views of Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the Academie Française can all be found here. (Métro Pont Neuf)
You really can't go wrong with a picnic anywhere in Paris' numerous parks, and even the benches scattered around the city offer views of the city's magnificent architecture. Grab a baguette, some wine, cheese, and whatever else strikes your fancy, and enjoy what the City of Light has to offer.