When the sun is shining, nothing makes for a more perfect weekend than a picnic. That’s why we’re giving you the ultimate low down on the most Instagrammable parks around the world to eat and drink in. The ideal locations for those of you who love to pair your wicker baskets and checked blankets with a backdrop guaranteed to get those ‘likes’.
Here’s our top picnic picks…
1. Parc-des-Buttes-Chaumont, Paris
Located in the North-East of beautiful Paris, this park has it all! As one of the biggest green spaces in the city, it delivers incredible views from a hilly setting. You can spend all day here gazing upon the Montmarte district from up high. For those eager to Instagram their picnic spot, check out the caves, waterfalls and suspended bridge – perfect back drops to give your snaps an edge. Don’t want to bring your own food? Pay a visit to Le Pavillon du lac for a café latte and a light brunch. The ideal pit-stop to take in some delicious culinary creations and an abundance of natural beauty.
2. Park Güell, Barcelona
The enchanting city park shines under the Spanish heat with pavilions that resemble gingerbread houses and a vibrant mosaic salamander fountain greeting you on arrival. Located on top of a terraced hill, this beautiful green space delivers spectacular views of the vibrant city, alongside paths through the woods for those who fancy an adventure. A hub for Gaudi fans, this park is a true treat for those who love to couple their picnics with some amazing architecture.
3. Richmond Park, London
Richmond Park is the perfect location to make you feel as if you’re not in London at all! As one of the largest of London's eight Royal Parks, this extraordinary space is a National Nature Reserve, meaning its brimming with animals ready for you to spot. Get your camera on standby to spot the red and fallow deer that live in the park and freely gallop past! A little moment to escape the hustle and bustle of the capital and be at one with nature. Definitely the most zen destination for a picnic!
4. Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands
When it comes to this choice, timing is everything! This stunning green space transforms for just eight weekends every year between mid-March and mid-May, as more than 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths bloom with spectacular effect. With four pavilions dedicated to more exotic species and 100 works of art dotted around, this park is a visual feast for the senses.
5. Beihai Park, Shanghai
One of the oldest, largest and best-preserved ancient imperial gardens in China, Beihai Park has over 1,000 years of history to discover. The perfect combination of grandiosity and refinement, it is the magnificent imperial palaces that are the real draw for visitors. Covering an area of around 175 acres, be sure to check out the Jade Flowery Islet topped by the imposing White Dagoba. The landmark has been reconstructed twice following earthquakes and is the highest point providing the perfect vantage point to reflect and absorb the history of this stunning natural area. For the ultimate back drop, check out the Nine-Dragon Screen – a 90 feel long piece of art consisting of 424 glazed tiles. It’s vivid colour and dragon motif is the scene your Instagram has been missing!
Now you know where we’re longing to wander, be sure to pack your picnic basket and go on an adventure this summer!