Take advantage of the abundance of park space in New Orleans and enjoy a meal or afternoon snack outside. We’ve rounded up our favorite spots to picnic across the city and where to grab some food to-go from nearby restaurants. Sit back and relax underneath a willowing oak tree or along the water.
Coliseum Square Park
Nestled in the Lower Garden District, Coliseum Square Park is draped in oak trees and surrounded by historic houses. Relax to the sound of the fountain and enjoy a meal, juice or coffee from nearby HiVolt, Surrey’s Café and Juice Bar or Stein’s Deli. It’s the perfect stop before exploring the Garden District neighborhood.
Magnolia Bridge/Bayou St. John
Many know of the Magnolia Bridge from movie sets or romantic dates, but this Mid-City spot is great for enjoying a bite to eat as well. Grab a po-boy from the iconic Parkway Tavern just a short walk away and soak up some New Orleans sun. Cool off with a snowball from Pandora’s.
The Lakefront is the perfect place for hanging out with family or friends. Watch the boats sail along Lake Pontchartrain and feel the breeze blow. Fly kites, fish or just enjoy the weather. Pick up a snowball from NOLA Snow or grab some drinks and food from Robert Fresh Market nearby. Just steps away, Blue Crab offers great frozen drinks as well.
Whether you’re watching the sunset or the ships pass, Crescent Park offers some of the best views of the Mississippi River. You’ll notice the park through the Bywater, close to several popular restaurants. Grab some smokin’ barbeque from The Joint and some cold beers from Parleaux Beer Lab to have a fun afternoon.
In the middle of the bustling Central Business District, take a break at this neighborhood square. The space is small but offers nice shade and pretty views for a lunch break. Grab a bite to eat from Josephine Estelle, and head over to Bittersweet Confections for a sweet treat after.
In the heart of the French Quarter, you can’t miss Jackson Square. There is plenty to do and see, including checking out the restaurant scene. Nearby, Manolito has delicious sandwiches and cocktails perfect for the grab-and-go situation. You can also grab beignets to-go from Cafe du Monde to satisfy your sweet tooth.