Sometimes happiness is found in the most simple things, and what could be better than a picnic as a family or with friends? Paris-Saclay is brimming with great places to enjoy a delicious meal in the open air! Get out your picnic basket, your checkered picnic blanket, and follow this guide!
The Parc de la Grande Maison is a pleasant place ideal for picnics and relaxation. It is the green lung of the town, with the river Vaularon running through. It is a peaceful haven of greenery.
Parc de la Grande Maison
67 rue Charles de Gaulle
It's possible to enjoy your sandwich with your feet in the sand here! Nestled up on the Plateau de Saclay, this former sandstone quarry is a historic place. As you bite into your cherry tomatoes, you can watch the countless climbers who come here to take on the various climbing walls.
Parc intercommunal Eugène Chanlon
14 Rue du Rocher
No this isn't a picture taken in Central Park! There is however a touch of New York to the view from the Parc Paul Loridant (formerly known as Parc Nord) over the buildings in Les Ulis at this bird refuge! You'll easily find the perfect spot to lay down your picnic blanket.
Parc Nord - Parc Paul Loridant
1 Avenue de Normandie
91940 Les Ulis
Here's a chance for a lunch date with one of the destination's icons. Having lunch at the foot of the Tour de Montlhéry is a magical experience! An incredible view, a few friends… all that's left to do is sit back and enjoy this superb place.
Is the tower open? Don't hesitate to climb up to the top, the view is breathtaking.
Right on the water's edge. Come and embrace this rural place as you enjoy your lunch. This spot is heaven-on-earth for fishermen, and is also the ideal place for a picnic.
Bassin du Gué
Chemin de la ronce
Here you can choose to sit in the shade of a two hundred year old chestnut tree! This park will add a rustic atmosphere to your lunch. Finding a space won't be an issue here as there are benches dotted all over the park. You will most likely see ducks splashing about in the park's 3 small lakes.
Parc Arthur Clark
24 Rue du Général de Gressot
Paradise for children with swings, slides, play areas and a skatepark…. Going for a picnic as a family is a lovely thing to do, but going for a picnic where there is plenty for the children to do too is even better! Just relax, there's space for everyone thanks to the countless tables, and there's even a special area just for your dog!
The added bonus: you can go for a train ride around the park on the Petit Train des Templiers, run by volunteers. Check out the schedule here: traindestempliers.free.fr
Be warned, your children will want to come back!
Parc des Templiers
50 Rue du Bois de Balizy
Tel. 01 69 10 25 60
The smell of freshly cut grass, the soft breeze brushing across your cheeks, and the river Bièvre as the backdrop. What better a spot to come and eat your crisps in the sun?
There is just one word to describe this place: peaceful! The calm atmosphere in the charming village of Gometz-le-Châtel is an invitation to relax. You will be surrounded by complete and utter silence as you chat with your friends, just on the outskirts of the Parc Naturel de la Haute Vallée de Chevreuse.
Rue de l'église
You're taking a stroll along the banks of the river Yvette, and then suddenly, you come across the perfect spot! Unspoilt nature in the midst of an urban area. Your picnic couldn't be going more smoothly when you realise you forgot the pickles! No worries because the shops are right next to the park and you'll find everything you need there.
3 hectares of nature where you can come to admire the wildlife all around you, and enjoy a picnic in the shade.
Prairie de Jaumeron
Route du Val Courcelle