The Grand Canal, Venice
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Venice boasts endless alleys to get lost and fall in love but fill your basket at Rialto Market before settling on the banks of the Grand Canal. Romantic perfection.
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Vondelpark is a thriving oasis in the middle of Amsterdam’s city centre. Stretching over 48 hectares, it has plenty of space to kick back and relax, or do as the locals and explore the park on skates. Its rose garden features more than 70 types of roses, for those really looking to amp up the romance!
Buen Retiro Park, Madrid
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Since opening in 1868, Buen Retiro has been the preferred picnic spot in Madrid. After you’ve eaten your fill, rent a rowboat and paddle around the lake while marvelling at the iconic Palacio de Cristal located in the centre of the park.
Osaka Castle, Japan
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Located in the heart of Osaka, the Osaka Castle Park displays beautiful scenery all year round and vistas that stretch from Osaka Bay to Mount Ikoma. With open-air theatres, concert halls and sculptures, there are plenty of sights to keep you in the park long after your picnic is over.
The Green Canal, Bruges
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Winding through the centre of Bruges, the Groenerei or “Green Canal” is a lovely place for a quiet picnic lunch. Lined with native trees, bridges and 17th-century townhouses, you’ll feel miles away from the bustling city centre.
Central Park, New York
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Manhattan’s green jewel, Central Park is brimming with romantic nooks for a picnic. Nab a spot by Bethesda Terrace and Fountain for views across the city skyline or head to Gapstow Bridge at the south-eastern entrance for a secluded lunch for two.
Milford Sound, New Zealand
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Rising 1692 metres from the water, the peaks of Milford Sound help to make the fiord one of New Zealand’s most famous, and dramatic, destinations. Join a scenic cruise – past cascading waterfalls and native rainforest – for a lunch with an unforgettable view.
Kilmurvey Beach, Republic of Ireland
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Found off the west coast of Ireland in the Aran Islands, Kilmurvey Beach is recognisable for its stunning turquoise waters. The natural shelter, created by the cove, provides a perfect location for a romantic picnic lunch.
Kensington Gardens, London
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One of the eight Royal Parks of London, Kensington Gardens offers plenty of picturesque spaces to escape the chaos of the city. The park is home to Kensington Palace, the Italian Gardens, the Serpentine Galleries and Princess Diana Memorial Playground.
Jardin des Tuileries, Paris
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It’s hard to beat a picnic in the “City of Love”. The Jardin des Tuileries sits along the banks of the Seine and is the best place in Paris to watch the world go by as you enjoy a picnic with your loved one.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town
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Nestled below Table Mountain in Cape Town, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is home to more than 7000 plant species and, in 2004, was the first botanical garden to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Giardino del Lago, Rome
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Located far from the chaos of Rome’s urban centre, Giardino del Lago creates a peaceful backdrop for a romantic lunch for two. Found within Villa Borghese, the area has beautiful views over Lake Bracciano.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
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The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne is perfect for a secluded picnic, with a side of history. Set yourself down by Nymphaea Lily Lake before vising La Trobe’s cottage, Melbourne’s oldest surviving building.