Crafting the Perfect Picnic

A picnic is the epitome of a perfect summer activity, here's how to make your own!
20 June 2023

Written by Kylie Mullis

Experience the sheer joy of a picnic, where laughter echoes amidst bites of delicious food, and carefree moments are savored under the vibrant summer sun. And though it may seem a little daunting at first, crafting the perfect picnic is half of the fun of this activity! Whether you pick up the items by yourself or make it a part of your group activity, here are a few tips to get you started on the perfect summer picnic!

The Basket

The most essential part of the picnic, besides the food, is the basket itself! If you are looking for a place to find the perfect one, stop by Butlers Home Goods in the heart of Luxembourg City! They have a wide variety of options for your basket, and you are sure to find one that fits your picnic aesthetic. They even have premade packages, called A Day in the Park, that come with 4 plates, 4 cups, 4 knives, 4 forks, 4 spoons, 1 bottle opener, 1 storage jar, 1 cooler, 1 salt and 1 pepper shaker. These items are safely stowed in striped canvas fabric and leave just enough space to pack your food alongside them!

Address: 5 Rue du Cure, 1368 Ville-Haute Luxembourg

The Food

Cheeses

We absolutely recommend picking up a charcuterie board for your next picnic! La Cave à Manger has a wide selection of cheeses and ready-made boards for you to try – they sell more than 80 farmhouse or artisanal cheeses, made mostly from raw milk. They also have a variety of other small snacks if you are looking to buy all of your picnic goodies in one place! Here is the menu if you are interested in learning a little bit more about what they offer.

Address: 1 Rue Bender, 1229 Gare Luxembourg

Fresh Fruits

A picnic isn’t quite complete without fresh fruit and berries! Be sure to stop by Epicerie Thym & Citron to pick from all of your favorite, incredibly fresh fruits. We recommend grabbing some fresh strawberries, raspberries, watermelon, or cantaloupe – but it’s ultimately up to you (and your picnic buddies).

Address: 31 Rue de Strasbourg, 2562 Gare Luxembourg

Cakes

If you have the room in your basket, bringing some kind of dessert to the picnic is highly encouraged. Whether this is in the form of scones, cakes, cookies, croissants, or other, its always nice to end your picnic with something sweet. LADURÉE Luxembourg Store is definitely worth checking out – they have a huge selection of cakes, brownies, eclairs, macarons, and more! They are also perfectly sized for a last minute addition to your basket.

Address: 7 Rue des Capucins, 1313 Ville-Haute Luxembourg

The Drinks

What kind of picnic is complete without some drinks? Depending on what you and your friends or family are interested in, we recommend bringing along some famous Luxembourg Crémant! Bernard Massard has tons of choices to look through, Crémant or other, but we highly encourage you to try their Roude Leiw or the Cuvée 1921 – Crémant de Luxembourg. This last Crémant was made it 2021 to celebrate their 100th anniversary.

Also, if you are looking to bring along your kids, be sure to pack some sodas, juices, or waters so they can still join in on the fun!

The Place

Mondorf-les-Bains Park

Located in the charming town of Mondorf-les-Bains in Luxembourg, this park offers a serene and picturesque setting for outdoor activities, including picnicking. When you arrive at the park, you’ll be greeted by lush greenery, well-maintained lawns, and beautiful flower beds. The park’s tranquil atmosphere provides a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, allowing you to relax and unwind in a peaceful environment.

Before you set up your picnic, take a leisurely stroll through the park’s paths and explore its various features. You might come across enchanting ponds, elegant statues, or even a small waterfall, adding a touch of serenity to your experience. The park’s well-manicured landscapes and vibrant colors also create a visually pleasing backdrop for your picnic.

After your picnic, take advantage of the park’s amenities. Mondorf-les-Bains Park offers various recreational activities, including walking and cycling paths, tennis courts, and playgrounds. You could embark on a nature walk, challenge your friends to a friendly game of tennis, or let your children explore the playground while you relax and soak up the park’s ambiance.

Address: Av. des Bains, 5610 Mondorf-les-Bains

Close to the City

If you’re looking to stay close to the city for your picnic, don’t worry! There are tons of lovely sports close by that are worth checking out. We recommend Villa Vauban! Having a picnic in Villa Vauban in Luxembourg is a charming and delightful way to enjoy art, history, and nature all in one place. Located in the heart of Luxembourg City, Villa Vauban is an art museum housed in a beautiful 19th-century mansion, surrounded by lush gardens and green spaces.

When you visit Villa Vauban, you’ll be captivated by the elegant architecture of the building and its tranquil surroundings. The museum itself showcases a remarkable collection of European artworks spanning several centuries, including paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts. Before or after your picnic, you can explore the museum’s galleries and immerse yourself in the world of art.

Address: 18 Av. Emile Reuter, 2420 Ville-Haute Luxembourg

We hope that this helps you in planning your perfect summer activity! If you have any favorite picnic spots, be sure to let us know.