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 near-by restaurants. Sit back and relax underneath a willowing oak tree or along the water.
This essential Uptown neighborhood park sits on St. Charles Avenue and has tons of room to sprawl out. Take a break from a round of golf or take a stop on the streetcar to enjoy a lovely picnic. Grab a sandwich or salad from St. James Cheese Company and a bottle of wine from The Wine Seller next door before getting there. Another close option is Satsuma on Maple Street.
The Fly is a favorite spot for picnics and outdoor activities. Hidden on the levee behind Audubon Zoo, you’ll find plenty of space along the Mississippi River to kick back or enjoy a game a frisbee. On your way there, stop by Domilise’s for a po-boy or Picnic Provisions and Whiskey for some fried chicken. Bonus tip: St. Joe’s on Magazine Street makes an awesome blueberry mojito you can get to go.
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.
Offering the most picnicking space in New Orleans, City Park is a load of outdoor fun. Spend the day exploring the park and find that perfect picnic spot underneath a live oak or along the Big Lake. If planning a large group function, check out City Park’s catering options. Otherwise, bring your own food from nearby Bevi Seafood Co. or Blue Oak BBQ.
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. Monday-Friday, grab a sandwich right on the Square from Between the Bread. If it’s the weekend, Bittersweet Confections is a great choice just two blocks away.
In the heart of the French Quarter, you can’t miss Jackson Square. There is plenty to do and see, and if you can snag a bench, it is a beautiful spot for a morning or afternoon treat. Grab some beignets to go from Cafe Du Monde across the street or a muffuletta from Central Grocery. A hotdog from the Lucky Dog cart is also a good choice.
Just across the street from Jackson Square, you’ll find Woldenberg Park along the Mississippi River. Listen to the sounds of the steamboat while enjoying a quick bite from Cafe Beignet or cheese and wine from Alberto’s Cheese and Wine Bistro. A Cuban sandwich and mojito from nearby Manolito is another excellent option. To cool off, check out Audubon Aquarium just steps away.