How to Prepare the Perfect French Picnic Basket

Put together the perfect Parisian picnic basket, wherever you are. With a list of ingredients and everything you need for that romantic picnic in Paris.
How to Prepare the Perfect French Picnic Basket
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Now if you want to have a French-style picnic, i.e. the classic Parisian picnic apéro (whether or not you are by the Seine River), you are going to have to need a few ingredients.

With a variety of charcuterie, cheeses, and crudités, putting together a picnic is not hard. And not to worry, they are all easily available at your local grocery store, and don’t require cooking in advance. And we even got those cool little wicker baskets, because no picnic is complete without it!

How to have the Perfect French Picnic

How to have the Perfect French Picnic

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: 10

Here is a guide on how to plan that classic Parisian pass-time: the apéro picnic.


  • Baguettes
  • 2 or 3 kinds of cheese (Sainte-Maure,Camembert, Brie, Roquefort)
  • a small box of cherry tomatoes
  • Tzatziki
  • Charcuterie (traditionally cured hams like Ham from Bayonne, de Parme (prosciutto in italien), d’Auvergne, Serrano)
  • Saussisons (salt-cured sausages like Rosette, chorizo, saucisson de Lyon, saucisson d’Arles)
  • bottle of wine (preferably a chilled rosé or white wine, but if you like red, go for it!)

Other Possible Ingredients

  • Baby Carrots
  • Water
  • Fruit juices
  • Pita
  • Hummus


  1. Pick the perfect picnic location in Paris.
  2. Enjoy!


Pro tip: if you are planning a romantic picnic for two, add Neufchâtel cheese to your picnic basket. The cheese comes in the shape of a heart.

Note: French people don’t really eat raw celery the way we do in North America. Plus it requires a knife to cut into manageable pieces so I have left that off the list.

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So there you have it, everything you need for the perfect Parisian picnic! If you are in Paris and are not sure the ideal location for that picnic, check out this list of top picnic sites that the locals always stick to.

Bon appetit!

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