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Fancy a summer picnic? Check out our selection of essential or unusual locations!

Last updated date : 08/06/2020

With the hotter weather, no one feels like eating large meals and oven-baked dishes, opting for cold meals of gazpacho, raw veggies and cold cuts instead!

As soon as the fine weather returns, we're all seized by the irrepressible urge to kick off our shoes and enjoy a picnic. Luckily Lyon is not lacking in parks, and friendly green open spaces!

In addition to the more traditional Parc de la Tête d’Or and Banks of Rhône, you might also consider a barbecue in Grand Parc Miribel Jonage, or a romantic picnic in the Rosary garden (Jardins du Rosaire) overlooking the rooftops of the city! 

Parc du Vallon in the 9th arrondissement is a great place to relax in too. This 33 hectare former fruit orchard now boasts 3 different landscapes: a public garden to the north, three large clearings in the centre and undergrowth in the southern part.

Ideally located on the tip of the Presqu’île, Parc de Saône and its water gardens provide a pleasantly refreshing environment, and are ideal for a break.

Fancy a surprise and something new? Head for the Jardin des Curiosités with its hidden garden, or the Jardin des Chartreux with its uninterrupted view of Fourvière hill. In the Croix-Rousse area, Parc de la Cerisaie unfurls its wild environment all the way to the Saône embankment.

Lovers of good food and heritage sites can enjoy a meal in true Roman-style while sitting on the tiered steps of the Roman theatres, or opt for a more futuristic and pastoral break in the garden below the Musée des Confluences.

You could also munch on a packet of crisps while admiring the old military fort in Parc Blandan. It's ideal for very young children, with lots of play areas where they can let off steam!

If your idea of a picnic is of a more refined affair, then treat yourself to some relaxing alone time by renting a boat from Cap Confluent (you don't need a licence). You can then climb on board and go with the flow!


Eléonore is the romantic member of the team! Rumour has it that she knows her classics better than anyone else, and if you want to strike up a conversation with her, just mention Jane Austen, and you'll be away!

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