Written by Emily De Sousa
The weather is finally heating up in the city and its time to take advantage of it! What better way to make the best of the warm weather than a picnic in one of Toronto’s stunning green spaces? Toronto might look like a big city full of high rises and street cars, but nestled within those giant buildings are some of the most stunning urban parks in the country.
This post will give you some insight into the best parks to picnic in and even give you some ideas of nearby restaurants where you can pick-up some quick picnic grub to go using the Foodora app.
Of course this list needs to start with Toronto’s largest and most well-known park. Try to schedule a picnic around April or May so you can eat under the beautiful cherry blossoms. For the perfect picnic finger foods, try pick-up from Kitson & Co.
Nestled among the electric street of Queen Street East is Beaches Park. This is the perfect picnic spot for those looking to get into nature while still being able to soak up the vibrant culture of the city. Your food options are endless in this area, but for a fresh and healthy picnic, check out Belmonte Raw.
Though this park is known for being a sports lover’s paradise, housing three baseball diamonds, eight tennis courts, two volleyball courts, and even an ice rink, there is plenty of space for you to sit down and enjoy a little post-game picnic after your match or inning. To reward yourself for your hard work, pick-up a pint of gelato from Death in Venice.
Withrow Park offers a quiet picnic sanctuary just south of Danforth. There are two designated picnic areas, a community kitchen, and a fire pit. If you don’t feel like making use of the community kitchen to make your own picnic meals, check out World of Waffles, for a sweet picnic treat.
The newly opened 7.5-acre, waterfront park at Ontario Place is the perfect spot for a picnic, boating a large shaded pavilion, tons of grass space to set up a picnic blanket on, and stunning views of the Toronto skyline. For a Trillium Park picnic, check out Gayley’s Café for some fresh and authentic diner dishes.
The Financial District may not be exactly what comes to mind when you think of picnic spots, but Berczy Park, nestled among the districts skyscrapers, was designed to encourage office workers to get outdoors. There’s enough grass space and tons of benches to take a picnic break from the stock market for a bit, and a amazing dog fountain to add to the backdrop of the city. For a delicious lunch, check out Garden Gangsters.
This is the go-to spot for a picnic in the Roncesvalles area. There is a ton of shade along the perimeter of the park, and those looking to get their tan on while picnicking should stick to the center of the park. For some delicious picnic grub around this park, make a stop at Burgatory for all the crazy burger combinations your mind can dream of.
Evergreen Brick Works
To get a little further away from the city, head to Evergreen Brickworks, where you’ll find a park bustling with life and no shortage of delicious food! If you’re feeling adventurous, try a Hawaiian classic: a fresh poke bowl from Hoki Poki.