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Aug 22, 2006 04:55 AM

The Perfect Picnic - at Versailles?

Does anyone know if it is allowed to take a picnic lunch to Versailles? If so, what would you recommend we include in the perfect picnic (for 4) and where should we buy it in Paris. We'd have to be able to buy it fairly early on a weekday before going to the palace, and we could acquire the non-perishables a day prior - like wine and macarons from Laduree's. How divine! Thanks, Claire

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  1. IIRC, it's okay to bring your own food; but I'm not sure how comfortable that would be to take it through the palace tour. There are plenty of benches and lawn areas that would be suitable for your picnic.

    1. I don't recall any lockers or check facilities so plan on carrying whatever you bring. That said, a picnic lunch is a great idea, the one snack bar there is expansive and tiny.

      1. If you don't want to carry your food through the palace tour, you can have the picnic in the gardens before the tour. Paris has traiteurs and food shops in every neighborhood. If you post where you're at and what time you are leaving for Versaille, maybe chowhounds will have some suggestions. And what food for a perfect picnic? that would depend on your food preference, your budget and how simple or complicated you want it to be.

        1. Bring what you like and buy it wherever is most convenient: from a street market to a hypermarket. I like to picnic with wine or beer which can get heavy. Even though Versailles is OK for picnicing, I prefer some of the less crowded parks and chateaux.

          1. Why not take your picnic over to Le Potager du Roi - the Kitchen Garden of the King? It was created by and for Louis XIV himself. There's even a small market at the entrance that sells fresh produce from the gardens as well as a few preserves.

            Also, please get your macarons the same day. The Laduree on rue Royale opens weekdays at 8:30AM.