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Jul 6, 2011 12:58 PM

Musee Rodin Picnic--nearby takeaway

Getting ready for a week's rental of an apt in the 7th, on Rue de Lille.
Excited for a family picnic in Musée Rodin's gardens, but sort of struggling to come up with nearby takeaway options (meaning, within a 5ish minute walk from Musée Rodin) for the picnic. Thanks for any help.

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  1. - the food shops on rue de Bourgogne (5 minutes walk according to Google map)
    - la Grande Epicerie (15 min).

    1. Please be aware that a large portion of the garden is ungergoing renovation. Still one of my favorite picnic spots. Another quiet spot are the gardens at Cluny and easy (but cher) foods in the neighborhood.

      1. Great shops on or near rue Dominique, about 10 minutes. Or if you are flush ask L'Arpege to make you a picnic.

        1. the café in the superb gardens of the Musée Rodin is not bad at all... and a warning: i have seen the "gardien" chasing away picnickers ... not sure if it's policy or just one bad-tempered officious guy... certainly we're now allowed much more freedom (until recently, there used to be pages and pages of do's and dont's) in public parks but maybe museum grounds are different

          if it's thursday or saturday, you can also try the open-air Marché Saxe-Breteuil on the ave de Saxe near the place Breteuil in the 7th... maybe a 10-15 walk or just two stops on the métro from Duroc to Varenne ... it's one of the best quality markets in Paris and has everything you want... charcuterie, cheese, bread, etc... the chicken rotisserie guy even has a fan club

          if it's wednesday or saturday, the Marché Président Wilson on the ave Président Wilson between (roughly) the place Alma and the place Iéna is also excellent ... quite a hike to the Rodin but you can catch the #63 at the place Alma to Lille-Université to cut the walking time down to 4 or 5 mins

          if it's tuesday, friday or sunday, it's the Marché Raspail on the boulevard Raspail between the rue Cherche Midi and rue Rennes... long walk but you can catch the #63 at Sèvres-Babylone to Sofferino-Bellechasse and then just a few minutes walk from there.

          and the #63 is also good for cutting down walking time from the fab La Grande Epicerie at Au Bon Marché department store and the yummy Hugo & Victor patisserie/ confiserie on the boulevard Raspail at rue Chomel, and the sensational Barthélemy cheese shop on the rue Grenelle @ blvd Raspail and the boulangerie Poilane at 8 rue Cherche Midi.

          1. Rue de Lille isn't great for shops (there are a few), best to head up rue du Bac to La Grande Epicerie at Le Bon Marche, as you head up rue du Bac you pass lots of interesting shops. La Grande Epicerie has lots of choice and it is all in one place so easy to put together a picnic: bread, cheese, fruit, pates, meats, wines and importantly things like disposable wooden picnic cutlery. It is then a reasonably short walk to the museum.

            Unfortunately there is nothing really in a 5 minute walk, there are a few shops but none I would recommend.

            10 Replies
            1. re: PhilD

              The cafe at the Musee Rodin is a lovely place for lunch. No need for a picnic when there is excellent food already there and the outdoor tables have a picnic atmosphere.

              1. re: DownUnder

                Thanks for the tips--good to know about the Rodin gardens renovation.
                Let me press for 2 specifics.
                Parigi (or anyone), the food shops on rue de Bourgogne--any in particular stand out?
                Same on Rue Dominique--any in particular?
                Parnassien, we have 1 night in a hotel and I put us 3 blocks from Marché Raspail so we could shop there on Sunday before checking into the apt.

                1. re: MarcInSunnysideGardens

                  On Rue Dominique is Cannele, a patisserie, further away from Rodin is Gregory Renard, many folks pick for best macaron in Paris. Twenty feet off the street on Rue Jean Nicot is Secco boulangerie and Bellota-Bellota for Spanish Iberian ham. On Dominique remains one of the few remaining branches of Androuet, a leading cheesemonger. There are at least three wine merchants on the street as well. On Rue Malar 20 meters off Domnique is Chez L'Ami Jean, one of my fav restos in Paris, if you say nah and want to eat lunch at a super restaurant.

                  1. re: MarcInSunnysideGardens

                    "he food shops on rue de Bourgogne--any in particular stand out?"

                    Rue de Bourgogne has a small but thriving market with several high-quality food shops.
                    There is boucherie Hébert 33 rue de Bourgogne which has a very good charcuterie and traiteur section. Perfect for picnic.
                    The other food shops - cheese shops etc. - are also good but I can't name them.
                    Rue St Dominique is a charming street with isolated food shops and grocery stores but there isn't a market like that. Dans l'absolut, it is a nice street to check out.
                    Rue de Bourgogne is not only within 5 min walk from the musée Rodin but it is also on the way between rue de Lille and the museum.

                    1. re: Parigi

                      There is a nice Boulangerie about #38; a green grocer (Vergers de Bourgogne) at #36; and a Patisserie (I think Pradier) about #30 as well as 2 mini-markets all on Rue de Bourgogne. I agree that Hebert is a great charcuterie/traiteur neighborhood resource.

                      1. re: dennis855

                        I am a little puzzled by the recommendation for Rue de Bourgogne IMO it isn't really a good street for food shopping - my first house in Paris was in Rue de Varenne so it was very close. We always headed to Rue du Bac between Bld St Germain and La Grande Epicerie as it was far far superior with high quality shops and good variety(see PBSF's post).

                        Similarily Rue St Dominique may look like a good choice on the map but it is a road with two halves and you need to cross the Invalides and head towards the junction with Rue Cler before you start to get to the area with lots of food shops. The area between Solferino Metro and Invalides is pretty barren with lots of government buildings.

                        1. re: PhilD

                          i agree that this part of the 7th is very sleepy and a bit monotone but there is indeed a cluster of shops on the rue de Bourgogne around the rue de Grenelle ... yet except for the little supermarché, i'd be wary about opening hours and annual closing in July/ August .

                          what puzzles me is why visitors always choose to walk everywhere ... with buses and free Vélibre bikes to cut down on walking time, so many more possibilities open up ... in this case, especially the street markets at Saxe-Breteuil, Raspail, Président Wilson or Edgar-Quinet depending on the day of the week ... browsing the outdoor food markets is a joy in itself and perfect if you are planning a picnic ...

                          1. re: Parnassien

                            Not just visitors. This local also loves to walk. Paris is eminently walkable. After a dinner chez L'Ami Jean, we like to walk all the way back to the 9th. A pure delight - prolongation of the pleasure of a great dinner.

                            1. re: Parigi

                              this parisien gets on a bike :) ... and makes lots of detours just for the best views and the best cafés on the way home

                            2. re: Parnassien

                              I agree the buses are so easy to use and make getting around town very easy. We would often bus to a meal then stroll home.