Perhaps no one understands the concept of le pique-nique better than the French. It can be as simple or elaborate as you like — a crunchy baguette, good cheese, good friends, and a bottle of wine is all you need to watch the afternoon shadows elongate over the banks of the Seine in the summer. But no matter where you are this June, you can capture a bit of Parisian joie de vivre in a basket with our favorite traditional French picnic dishes.

Menu: A French Picnic for Early Summer

Perhaps no one understands the concept of le pique-nique better than the French. It can be as simple or elaborate as you like — a crunchy baguette, good cheese, good friends, and a bottle of wine is all you need to watch the afternoon shadows elongate over the banks of the Seine in the summer. But no matter where you are this June, you can capture a bit of Parisian joie de vivre in a basket with our favorite traditional French picnic dishes.

The French custom of serving radishes with sweet butter and sea salt is a lesson in simplicity; there's something so satisfying about a lick of creamy butter against the snap of peppery radish. Here, anchovy paste adds a singular savor to the butter, but the ease of the tradition remains. It's worth seeking out small radishes like the French Breakfast variety; if you can find only big ones, just halve them.

Radishes with Creamy Anchovy Butter

The French custom of serving radishes with sweet butter and sea salt is a lesson in simplicity; there's something so satisfying about a lick of creamy butter against the snap of peppery radish. Here, anchovy paste adds a singular savor to the butter, but the ease of the tradition remains. It's worth seeking out small radishes like the French Breakfast variety; if you can find only big ones, just halve them.

"I never knew the charm of spring … till April in Paris." American songwriter Vernon Duke's famous lyrics about the City of Light are so true. Paris' charm lies in its beautiful gardens, like the Jardin des Tuileries, where it's not uncommon to see couples and a group of good friends lying on the grass, chatting, sipping wine and snacking on a fresh baguette and cheese. Take a stroll by the Seine, visit the open-air market on Rue Montorgueil or people watch outside a café in Le Marais. ...

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"I never knew the charm of spring … till April in Paris." American songwriter Vernon Duke's famous lyrics about the City of Light are so true. Paris' charm lies in its beautiful gardens, like the Jardin des Tuileries, where it's not uncommon to see couples and a group of good friends lying on the grass, chatting, sipping wine and snacking on a fresh baguette and cheese. Take a stroll by the Seine, visit the open-air market on Rue Montorgueil or people watch outside a café in Le Marais. ...

see the bastille day fireworks at the eifel tower while eating a french picnic on a bridge over the seine with the love of my life.    (okay, really the dream was just to go to paris, but it turned out so much better than that.)

see the bastille day fireworks at the eifel tower while eating a french picnic on a bridge over the seine with the love of my life. (okay, really the dream was just to go to paris, but it turned out so much better than that.)

'During my semester abroad, I spent a weekend in the city of love hitting up the museums, eating dinner in fabulous restaurants, and snacking on croissants. Instead of sharing it with a partner, I learned to love myself by spending time in the Louvre, staring at the Eiffel Tower from the top of the Arc de Triumph and people watching from the banks of the Seine.'—tessh5

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'During my semester abroad, I spent a weekend in the city of love hitting up the museums, eating dinner in fabulous restaurants, and snacking on croissants. Instead of sharing it with a partner, I learned to love myself by spending time in the Louvre, staring at the Eiffel Tower from the top of the Arc de Triumph and people watching from the banks of the Seine.'—tessh5

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