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Paris Picnic Etiquette: the Dos and Don’ts of Dining Al Fresco

by Victoria Wall
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Victoria Wall

Following hours of foreign dictionary studying at university and a tapas-and-cerveza filled year in Madrid, Victoria decided it was high time to put her French and la belle vie Parisienne to the test. This Brit from near-London initially worked as an enthusiastic-yet-underpaid English teacher and has now become a translator-copywriter-community manager for a French website. Two years after arriving in Paris, she has had ample opportunity to fall amoureuse with every single arrondissement of the city of love and light, from picture postcard Montmartre to the winding backstreets of the almost provincial 20ème. View Victoria Wall's Website

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17 comments on “Paris Picnic Etiquette: the Dos and Don’ts of Dining Al Fresco

LOVE THIS! Great inspiration:) and it inspires me to even picnic IN!

Erin - HiP Paris

Thanks everyone for the great comments and suggestions! And goldenlotus – we agree that confidence and comfortability are definitely key!

I really love reading this blog. I just want to say, living in Paris and traveling to Paris is wonderful and romantic and lots of places to go and cultural experiences to be had. I guess tips for trying to be a Francophile is fun to read and should be taken with a grain of salt. Just because one is in Paris does not mean one has to try to be Parisien. I live in Paris though maybe not as long as most of the contributing bloggers and I have observed how locals dress and how locals act. So what if one is ‘over dressed’ or ‘has too much makeup’ I think it’s a matter of confidence and not trying to conform to someone else’s opinion.

Truly appreciate your insight into etiquette will dining in the park. I’m really looking forward to seeing Paris this Sept and will definitely pack my own home-made picnic!

Ni l’endroit, ni le contenu de votre panier, ni les vêtements que vous portez: rien n’est plus important pour un pique-nique réussi que la personne qui vous accompagne. No matter the place, what’s in your basket or even the clothes you’re wearing: nothing is more important to your pique-nique that the person you are with. Paris in fall is so romantic, so…… Makes me want to jump on a plane and cross the ocean to spend an entire week to pique-nique or a month….
Je ne me lasse jamais de cette perle et elle sait toujours me le rendre gracieusement.

For an option to the left bank, may I suggest Parc Montsouris? 😉

These are spot-on. And Christine, thank you for pointing out the issue if showing off everything. Definitely have made that mistake of opting for a dress attempting to be chic and really just being uncomfortable!

It’s that time of year – I just did an entire series on picnics!

Tres fabulous advice. I love your site!

The weather seems to be working against us, but remember that true Parisian picnicing doesn’t require brillant sunshine – a small glimmer suffit. Tip: there’s some perfect rain-sheltering seating under the Pont des Arts bridge.

I love Canal St Martin! Such a great place for people watching and it’s a nice alternative to the crowds that are often along the Seine. Fun bars and restaurants in that area, too.

Melody Thomas-Morgan

Sounds magical.

We all all waiting to be able to picnic in Paris this year. One must have things to look forward to!

There’s been so much rain, I can’t think of picnic – wish I could.

I think I’m in love with your blog. Especially when you put up posts like these. These photos make me salivate. I’m off to buy some brie!

Leggings are key: what else is comfy enough to sit in on the ground without showing off everything?! Great tips, totally missing picnics in Paris!

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