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Toronto parks for summer picnics (and food places nearby)

Toronto parks for summer picnics (and food places nearby)

Toronto parks for summer picnics (and food places nearby)

Everyone is craving a bit of nature these days and now, more than ever, knowing where some of the best green spaces are in the city is crucial. Toronto is home to thousands of parks, gardens and beaches which are now open for the public to enjoy. There has been a lot of media coverage showing overcrowded parks packed with thousands but overcrowding can be avoided if Torontonians knew about the multitude of parks in the city. There is more green space than people realize and there are amazing cafes, restaurants and food shops nearby some of these underrated parks.

We have compiled a list of parks and parkettes in the city and food places close by that are offering takeout. These parks are perfect for an afternoon of relaxation, a trail hike or to toss a ball or frisbee around with a friend. Here is a list of parks and adjacent food spots you might want to visit if planning a summer picnic!

Geary Avenue Parkette

Geary Avenue is full of wonderful restaurants, from the likes of Parallel, to Blood Brothers Brewing and Dark Horse, you can find the best food and drink on this little strip and thankfully there are a few parkettes like Geary Avenue Parkette nearby to eat your food in!

What You're Eating:

Parallel

What You're Drinking:

Blood Brothers Brewing

Dark Horse Espresso Bar

Dufferin Grove Park

Dufferin Grove Park is a sprawling green space that is perfect for a calm day relaxing in the sun. You can grab takeout at restaurants like Kibo Sushi or snacks at Prairie Boy Bread on College Street to take with you to the park.

What You're Eating:

Kibo Sushi

Prairie Boy Bread

What You're Drinking:

Burdock Brewery

Field Trip Cafe

Christie Pitts

Another large park in Toronto just off of Bloor Street. This park is spacious and located in the heart of Koreatown. If you are thinking of going to Christie Pitts, you might want to stop at any of the Korean restaurants nearby for a snack or check out the vegan restaurant Bloomer's, Indian restaurant Banjara or sushi from Riki Sushi to munch on in the park.

What You're Eating:

Bloomer's

Banjara

What You're Drinking:

Paradise Grapevine

Queen's Park

A beautifully landscaped urban park in the middle of Toronto, at the northern most end of University Avenue. Although this park is sometimes home to protests during the weekdays and weekends, it is also a wonderful spot to enjoy a drink or snack with a friend when unoccupied. With coffee shops and popular bubble tea spot The Alley nearby, there are plenty of places offering takeout.

What You're Eating:

Planta

Eataly

What You're Drinking:

The Alley

Bickford Park

This park is a great low key option just south of Christie Pitts. If you find that Christie Pitts looks crowded, walk towards Harbord Street and you'll find this beautiful little park. With all the Koreatown restaurants nearby, there are so many snack options to choose from. A Harbord Street Italian gem Terrazza is open for takeout. There is also a Baskin Robbins just north of the park so you can satisfy your ice cream cravings this summer.

What You're Eating:

Terrazza

Machino Donuts

Vermont Square Park

This park is just south of Dupont and you can grab an arepa at the Venezuelan joint Gordo EX Cafe or head a little further east of the park to Fast Pasha, with Schmaltz Appetizing at the back open for takeout.

What You're Eating:

Schmaltz Appetizing

Gordo EX Cafe

David A. Palfour Park

This park has some of the most scenic trails in the city. After you take a stroll through the park you can walk down Yonge Street and replenish yourself at anyone of the numerous cafes and restaurants like Nutbar, Terroni or Rosedale Diner -- which are all open for takeout.

What You're Eating:

The Rosedale Diner

Terroni

What You're Drinking:

Greenhouse Juice Co.

Coxwell Ravine Park

A park that is part of the East Don Valley Trail system, Coxwell Ravine Park offers picnic areas and wildlife viewing. The ideal outdoor space for summer strolls and right across the park is Mon K Patisserie to grab some treats before or after your park visit. 

What You're Eating:

Mon K Patisserie

Corktown Common

Corktown Common is located in the south eastern portion of the West Don Lands neighbourhood. With Souk Tabule and FUEL+ located adjacent to the park, there are great nearby food places to choose from when enjoying the park!

What You're Eating:

Souk Tabule

FUEL+

What You're Drinking:

Odin Coffee Roasters

Riverdale Park West

Riverdale Park overlooks one of the best views of the sprawling cityscape. In Toronto's east end, there is a wonderful selection of treats in Chinatown or the Danforth; as well as a cafe conveniently located right beside the park. You can make a stop at Wong's Ice Cream or Rooster Coffee House.

What You're Eating:

Wong's Ice Cream

What You're Drinking:

Rooster Coffee House

High Park

High Park is one of the most well known parks in the city. People drive from all over the GTA and beyond to take a stroll through this scenic park. Thankfully, the park is located very close to Roncesvalles, which happens to be the destination for some of Toronto's favourite food joints. The restaurant line up includes Barque Smokehouse, La Cubana and the famous Ed's Real Scoop.

What You're Eating:

La Cubana

Barque Smokehouse

What You're Drinking:

Bandit Brewery

Outpost Coffee Roasters

Sir Casimir Gzowski Park

This park is a scenic lakeside park featuring a boardwalk, beach and playground. Though it is a bit of a walk, Queen West is close enough to the park and has Toronto favourites like Craig's cookies!

What You're Eating:

Cheese Boutique

Craig's Cookies

Stanley Park

This small park located off of King Street West is perfect for those seeking a relaxing oasis amidst the bustling city. Close to the park, visitors can find delicious food options like Simit & Chai Co. and Smoque N' Bones.

What You're Eating:

Smoque N' Bones

Simit & Chai

Alexandra Park

Alexandra park is located near Kensington Market, just outside of Chinatown. This park is lined with food vendors and has several restaurants less than a block away -- including Pat's Homestyle Jamaican Restaurant, Buddha’s Vegan Restaurant and Old School.

What You're Eating:

Pat's Homestyle Jamaican Restaurant

Seven Lives

What You're Drinking:

FIKA Cafe

Bar Vendetta

Greenwood Park

Although the pool at Greenwood Park remains closed for the time being, there is still plenty of green space and east end favourites nearby.

What You're Eating:

Blondies Pizza

Maha's Restaurant

What You're Drinking:

Dineen Outpost

Woodbine Park

Woodbine Park has hosted numerous outdoor events in the city. With the beach, boardwalk and green space, this park is perfect for a picnic. Grab a pie from Queen Margherita or Descendant Detroit Style Pizza and head on over to the beach for a picnic.

What You're Eating:

Queen Margherita Pizza

Descendant Detroit Style Pizza

What You're Drinking:

Rorschach Brewing Company

Hillcrest Park

City park with a large surrounding neighbourhood and a wonderful local pasta joint across the street. 

What You're Eating:

Annabelle Pasta Bar

Tags:

Picnic Takeout

Toronto Parks

Social Distancing

Toronto parks for summer picnics (and food places nearby)

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Toronto parks for summer picnics (and food places nearby)

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Everyone is craving a bit of nature these days and now, more than ever, knowing where some of the best green spaces are in the city is crucial. Toronto is home to thousands of parks, gardens and beaches which are now open for the public to enjoy. There has been a lot of media coverage showing overcrowded parks packed with thousands but overcrowding can be avoided if Torontonians knew about the multitude of parks in the city. There is more green space than people realize and there are amazing cafes, restaurants and food shops nearby some of these underrated parks.

We have compiled a list of parks and parkettes in the city and food places close by that are offering takeout. These parks are perfect for an afternoon of relaxation, a trail hike or to toss a ball or frisbee around with a friend. Here is a list of parks and adjacent food spots you might want to visit if planning a summer picnic!

Geary Avenue Parkette

Geary Avenue is full of wonderful restaurants, from the likes of Parallel, to Blood Brothers Brewing and Dark Horse, you can find the best food and drink on this little strip and thankfully there are a few parkettes like Geary Avenue Parkette nearby to eat your food in!

What You're Eating:

Parallel

What You're Drinking:

Blood Brothers Brewing

Dark Horse Espresso Bar

Dufferin Grove Park

Dufferin Grove Park is a sprawling green space that is perfect for a calm day relaxing in the sun. You can grab takeout at restaurants like Kibo Sushi or snacks at Prairie Boy Bread on College Street to take with you to the park.

What You're Eating:

Kibo Sushi

Prairie Boy Bread

What You're Drinking:

Burdock Brewery

Field Trip Cafe

Christie Pitts

Another large park in Toronto just off of Bloor Street. This park is spacious and located in the heart of Koreatown. If you are thinking of going to Christie Pitts, you might want to stop at any of the Korean restaurants nearby for a snack or check out the vegan restaurant Bloomer's, Indian restaurant Banjara or sushi from Riki Sushi to munch on in the park.

What You're Eating:

Bloomer's

Banjara

What You're Drinking:

Paradise Grapevine

Queen's Park

A beautifully landscaped urban park in the middle of Toronto, at the northern most end of University Avenue. Although this park is sometimes home to protests during the weekdays and weekends, it is also a wonderful spot to enjoy a drink or snack with a friend when unoccupied. With coffee shops and popular bubble tea spot The Alley nearby, there are plenty of places offering takeout.

What You're Eating:

Planta

Eataly

What You're Drinking:

The Alley

Bickford Park

This park is a great low key option just south of Christie Pitts. If you find that Christie Pitts looks crowded, walk towards Harbord Street and you'll find this beautiful little park. With all the Koreatown restaurants nearby, there are so many snack options to choose from. A Harbord Street Italian gem Terrazza is open for takeout. There is also a Baskin Robbins just north of the park so you can satisfy your ice cream cravings this summer.

What You're Eating:

Terrazza

Machino Donuts

Vermont Square Park

This park is just south of Dupont and you can grab an arepa at the Venezuelan joint Gordo EX Cafe or head a little further east of the park to Fast Pasha, with Schmaltz Appetizing at the back open for takeout.

What You're Eating:

Schmaltz Appetizing

Gordo EX Cafe

David A. Palfour Park

This park has some of the most scenic trails in the city. After you take a stroll through the park you can walk down Yonge Street and replenish yourself at anyone of the numerous cafes and restaurants like Nutbar, Terroni or Rosedale Diner -- which are all open for takeout.

What You're Eating:

The Rosedale Diner

Terroni

What You're Drinking:

Greenhouse Juice Co.

Coxwell Ravine Park

A park that is part of the East Don Valley Trail system, Coxwell Ravine Park offers picnic areas and wildlife viewing. The ideal outdoor space for summer strolls and right across the park is Mon K Patisserie to grab some treats before or after your park visit. 

What You're Eating:

Mon K Patisserie

Corktown Common

Corktown Common is located in the south eastern portion of the West Don Lands neighbourhood. With Souk Tabule and FUEL+ located adjacent to the park, there are great nearby food places to choose from when enjoying the park!

What You're Eating:

Souk Tabule

FUEL+

What You're Drinking:

Odin Coffee Roasters

Riverdale Park West

Riverdale Park overlooks one of the best views of the sprawling cityscape. In Toronto's east end, there is a wonderful selection of treats in Chinatown or the Danforth; as well as a cafe conveniently located right beside the park. You can make a stop at Wong's Ice Cream or Rooster Coffee House.

What You're Eating:

Wong's Ice Cream

What You're Drinking:

Rooster Coffee House

High Park

High Park is one of the most well known parks in the city. People drive from all over the GTA and beyond to take a stroll through this scenic park. Thankfully, the park is located very close to Roncesvalles, which happens to be the destination for some of Toronto's favourite food joints. The restaurant line up includes Barque Smokehouse, La Cubana and the famous Ed's Real Scoop.

What You're Eating:

La Cubana

Barque Smokehouse

What You're Drinking:

Bandit Brewery

Outpost Coffee Roasters

Sir Casimir Gzowski Park

This park is a scenic lakeside park featuring a boardwalk, beach and playground. Though it is a bit of a walk, Queen West is close enough to the park and has Toronto favourites like Craig's cookies!

What You're Eating:

Cheese Boutique

Craig's Cookies

Stanley Park

This small park located off of King Street West is perfect for those seeking a relaxing oasis amidst the bustling city. Close to the park, visitors can find delicious food options like Simit & Chai Co. and Smoque N' Bones.

What You're Eating:

Smoque N' Bones

Simit & Chai

Alexandra Park

Alexandra park is located near Kensington Market, just outside of Chinatown. This park is lined with food vendors and has several restaurants less than a block away -- including Pat's Homestyle Jamaican Restaurant, Buddha’s Vegan Restaurant and Old School.

What You're Eating:

Pat's Homestyle Jamaican Restaurant

Seven Lives

What You're Drinking:

FIKA Cafe

Bar Vendetta

Greenwood Park

Although the pool at Greenwood Park remains closed for the time being, there is still plenty of green space and east end favourites nearby.

What You're Eating:

Blondies Pizza

Maha's Restaurant

What You're Drinking:

Dineen Outpost

Woodbine Park

Woodbine Park has hosted numerous outdoor events in the city. With the beach, boardwalk and green space, this park is perfect for a picnic. Grab a pie from Queen Margherita or Descendant Detroit Style Pizza and head on over to the beach for a picnic.

What You're Eating:

Queen Margherita Pizza

Descendant Detroit Style Pizza

What You're Drinking:

Rorschach Brewing Company

Hillcrest Park

City park with a large surrounding neighbourhood and a wonderful local pasta joint across the street. 

What You're Eating:

Annabelle Pasta Bar

Tags:

Picnic Takeout

Toronto Parks

Social Distancing