Why should you be picnicking while traveling?
It is way cheaper!
You can get a meal for two- even in a city grocery store- for 10 Euros!
Live like a Local
We’re all trying to “live like a local” everywhere we go- and locals don’t pay 25 Euros for a meal every time they want to eat!
Locals shop and work at the market! Where ever you are there is bound to be an amazing market you can shop at! An experience, and a meal!
Learn the culture!
Grocery stores and markets can tell you so much about the real culture in the place you are staying. The people, the selection, advertisements, ect.
You can literally eat with a view of the Eiffel Tower- with no reservations! (In Paris specifically I suggest a picnic along the Seine). As long as the area is public, safe, and not to crowded you can picnic anywhere!
Splurging won’t break the bank!
This tip is especially good for the budget travelers. When you want that expensive bottle of wine for your picnic, it is suddenly affordable thanks to the money you are saving!
You know what you’re eating!
Picnicking will be a great relief from all of the menus and waiters you can’t understand! It’s also guaranteed to fit your diet! So if you are a vegetarian or vegan, you don’t have to worry about scanning the menu for your special selection! Check out this post about staying healthy while traveling
Time Sensitive Schedules
If you only have 24 hours in a city, waiting for a check at the restaurant can take forever! With a picnic you can continue your sight-seeing while stopping for a break and a meal!
- Weather, if you planned a picnic but it starts raining with no shelter close, you might have to eat at home.
… that’s really it for the downsides…
- Get fresh produce at markets!
- Get fresh bread at bakeries!
- Use google maps to find a local grocery store
- Carry your backpack to put the groceries in after purchase and to take the left overs home
- If you know you will be on the ground, you can always bring a small blanket or scarf
- Keep an eye on the weather!
- Use it as a break in a long day of walking
- You can always go somewhere for dessert after
- If you want to make it romantic, bring a bouquet of flowers!
- If you don’t like to drink wine from the bottle, grab plastic cups
An updated list of the places I have successfully picnicked!
- Eiffel Tower
- Luxembourg Gardens
- Le Palais Royal
- River Seine near the Louvre
- Grand Théâtre
- Riverside park near Place du Bourse
- Jardin Public
- Saint-Estéphe Town Square
- MortagneSur Girond
- Plaza Mayor (kind of)
- Lake beaches in Morehead, KY
- Every state-park in Kentucky
- On a canal in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence, Italy
- Hyde Park in London, UK
- Cliffs of Moher in Ireland
- Along a canal in Venice, Italy
- On a Cliffside in Cinque Terre, Italy