A picnic with good food and new friends is a great way to relax and absorb in the big city when you’re travelling abroad. Here are 10 of the best parks for toting a picnic basket and spreading a blanket.
Champ de Mars – Paris
Take a trip to Paris and you’ll likely make a stop at the Champ de Mars. The huge green space is located in the 7th Arrondissement next to the famed Eiffel Tower. It’s a hotspot for locals and tourists alike, and the perfect place to enjoy baguettes, cheese and a bottle of wine with friends.
Zilker Park – Austin, Texas
Home to the Austin City Limits music festival, the beloved Barton Springs pool and an annual kite festival, Zilker Park spans over 141 hectares. Austinites head to the park for soccer games, the botanical garden or to let their furry friends run loose. For Texas sun and entertaining people-watching, this is a prime spot.
Tiergarten – Berlin
Located in the centre of Berlin, Tiergarten is a public park that’s about 210 hectacres, making it the second largest urban garden in Germany. Though it began as a hunting area for the king in the 16th century, it now serves as a recreational area for Frisbee throwers, joggers and more.
Parque del Retiro – Madrid
The city’s main park, Parque del Retiro is rated No. 2 for things to do in Madrid on TripAdvisor. Once owned by the Spanish monarchy, the public land houses an artificial lake where visitors can check out rentable rowboats, a rose garden, monuments, two museums and lush greenery. After a day exploring, the park offers a welcome retreat for a picnic and siesta.
Alamo Square – San Francisco
Whether you saw it firsthand or in the opening credits for Full House, Alamo Square is a grassy residential park in San Francisco. The picturesque spot looks out to the “Painted Ladies”, a row of Victorian houses that are popular for photographs, and the city skyline is within view.
Villa Borghese – Rome
Located near the famed Spanish Steps, Villa Borghese is a large public park/garden in Rome. Aside from ample greenery and lush gardens, the park contains the Borghese Gallery and Museum, a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and many statues.
Hyde Park – London
There’s a reason Hyde Park is the most popular park in London – it has the well-known Speakers’ Corner, Kensington Gardens, both a Holocaust and Princess Diana memorial, and more. After a picnic of tea and crumpets, park visitors can rent pedal boats, swim in the Serpentine Lake and even ride horses.
Kowloon Park – Hong Kong
Kowloon Park is located in the Tsim Sha Tsui area of Hong Kong. Once travellers have had their fill of sight-seeing and shopping, Kowloon Park is a lovely oasis with a flamingo-occupied lake, an aviary holding over 100 different species of wild birds, an indoor sports and swimming facility, and numerous places to sit.
Grant Park – Chicago
Home to the popular Lollapalooza music festival, Grant Park is located in the Loop area of Chicago, next to Lake Michigan. The large public park is home to Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, lush gardens and renowned museums. There’s ample to do and see for both children and adults here.