Farmers’ Almanac recently announced their winter weather forecast, and yes, the rumors are true: you can expect to be chilled to the bone by mid-November.
Which means you won’t want to waste one single ounce of sunshine or chance to bask in the heat before the bitter cold hits. What’s one of the best ways to do this? A perfect picnic, of course.
Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the best places to stay, has revealed some of the world’s most beloved parks in which to enjoy al fresco dining, offering an unexpected dose of greenery and quiet in the centre of some of the world’s most bustling cities.
So pack your picnic basket, gather your family, friends, or pets, and enjoy a sandwich in the summer sun while you still can.
Welcoming more than 10 million visitors per year, Vondelpark is Amsterdam’s most popular green space and a great place to enjoy a picnic by the lake and watch joggers, roller-skaters, and of course, bikers as they make their way through the park. After a day of picnicking and people watching cozy up in front of the fire and enjoy the opulent period-style décor of the Park Mansion Centre, which overlooks the park.
One of the famous Royal Parks of London, Hyde Park is an obvious London favourite and a great place for both locals and visitors to relax and enjoy a picnic. Covering 350 acres, the park is filled with tons for visitors to see including the Serpentine Lake, Speakers’ Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. For a truly English experience, stay at the Milestone Hotel Kensington which offers 24-hour butler service, overlooking Kensington Palace.
English Garden, Munich
Home to the second largest beer garden in Munich, the English Garden is a beautiful park with a country-side inspired layout. Designed by Benjamin Thompson, this green utopia has endless spots for picnics and meet-ups on the grass. Want to enjoy all your meals in the great outdoors? Check out the nearby Rocco Forte The Charles Hotel which offers a terrace restaurant overlooking the Botanical Garden.
One of the world’s most visited parks and filmed locations, Central Park is a great place to spend time outside in New York. Designated a national Historic Landmark, this piece of paradise is a perfect canvas for dining outside during the warm summer days. Since camping in the park is not permitted stay as close as possible at the ultra-hip 1 Hotel Central Park.
Botanic Gardens, Singapore
Singapore Botanic Gardens is a unique picnic spot thanks to its lush greenery at the heart of bustling city. This 156-year-old tropical garden is home to a small tropical rainforest and the world’s largest collection of orchids. To continue your tropical getaway within the city, check out the Regent Singapore and lounge around the greenery surrounded pool.
Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto
Loved by Torontonians, this park is nestled in the heart of Toronto’s trendy Queen West neighbourhood. The park hosts movie nights under the stars, weekly farmer’s markets and several vintage sales across the Summer. Make like a local and pick up a pre-made picnic basket full of goodies from one of the many shops in the area and when your day is done head to the nearby Hotel Ocho and stay in one of their industrial-chic rooms after enjoying a drink in the lounge.
Champ de Mars, Paris
What’s more French than a picnic near the Eiffel Tower? The Champ de Maris is the long stretch of grass under the iconic building, where people love to gather for al fresco dining during the summer months. This popular spot also hosts several national events and offers a breathtaking view of the French capital’s landmark. If views are what you’re after, the Résidence Charles Floquet is the perfect home away from home.
Famous for its cobblestone streets and beautiful beaches, Nantucket is the ultimate summer retreat. One of its most famous attractions, Brant Point Lighthouse, offers the perfect picturesque backdrop for a beach picnic. After a day spent lounging near the ocean, head over to nearby Hotel Greydon House, which recently became Booking.com’s one-millionth property, for the perfect dose of New England charm.