If we've learnt anything from recent COVID-19 lockdowns it is the power of a picnic to brighten the mood! Whether you're cuddling up with a date as the sun sets, spending a family day by the water or getting a gang of friends back together with some drinks in the shade, never underestimate the simple pleasure of the great outdoors and spending time with the ones you love. To help you plan your next picnic we've put together a list of the most picturesque picnic spots from all around Europe. Grab one of our bestselling picnic baskets or sets while you're here and you'll be ready to go. All that's left to do now is stock up on your favourite picnic foods and decide who you're sharing them with!
Paris, Champs De Mars
When in Paris, picnicking at one of the gorgeous inner city parks is essential. Keep it simple and pack a picnic basket with a few baguettes and some wine for an afternoon get-together with friends. At the Champs De Mars you can enjoy iconic views of the Eiffel Tower which sparkles with lights as the sun sets over the city. Whether you're a local or just visiting, this is one of the best views in Paris. We recommend bringing SUNNYLiFE's Small Natural Picnic Basket with you which includes everything you need for a picnic for two and is light enough to take on the Metro.
London, Clissold Park, Stoke Newington
Nessled in the vibrant heart of Stoke Newington, Clissold Park is an ideal location for family picnics and chic gatherings with friends. Set up your picnic mat under one of the large shady trees overlooking the beautiful ponds before taking a walk past the historic Clissold House and our favourite, the Clissold Deer Park. Bring a SUNNYLiFE travel game size set with you and host a friendly tournament after lunch while you sip the afternoon away. Cheers to picnic season!
Berlin, Volkspark Friedrichshain
The stunning Volkspark Friedrichshain is the oldest park in Berlin, serving as a prime location for city picnickers for decades. A feature of the park is the Märchenbrunnen, or the 'Fountain of Fairy Tales', which features statues of classic fairytale characters. It's the perfect place to take children who will love to spot their favourite fairytale friends amongst the water. Meanwhile, the grownups can relax on a blanket in the grass and share some drinks and nibbles.
Budapest, Margaret Island
There are some beautiful spots on Budapest's Margaret Island, situated in the middle of the Danube River which once separated the two cities Buda and Pest. Take a scenic walk across the Margaret Bridge to reach the island, then find a spot in the sprawing park to roll out a picnic blanket and a spread of your favourite foods. We recommend you bring SUNNYLiFE's Round Natural Cooler Basket with you to keep the drinks and snacks cool all day long (including the walk to the island). The basket also features a removable cheeseboard which is perfect to accompany the romantic view of the city across the river at sunset!
Rome, Villa Borghese Gardens
In the heart of rome lies the impeccable landscape gardens of Villa Borghese. The gardens are home to a number of museums which are great to stroll through for the day before heading outside to explore the gorgeous ponds, fountains and flower gardens. This romantic landscape is perfect for a casual date, followed by an intimate picnic amongst the greenery. PRO TIP: Pack a SUNNYLiFE natural travel cheese set in your tote bag and grab some delicacies from a local deli or bakery to keep things simple!