As of May 6, Los Angeles restaurants are allowed to operate at 50% capacity, and that number figures to increase in the very near future (stay tuned to VIVA for updates). Even as the city’s restaurants begin to reopen, however, not everybody is comfortable eating indoors—particularly those who haven’t yet been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The good news is that Los Angeles is peppered with perfect picnic sports where you and your group can eat whatever you’re craving in the fresh air.
Here are a few of our favorite sports for an outdoor bite in LA.
We already raved about Griffith Park in another article, and here we are doing it again. It’s a beautiful oasis amid the chaos of LA, and a great spot for picnic. Some of the best picnic spots within the park include the Crystal Springs area, the area around the Old Zoo, and on the Griffith Observatory’s front lawn.
Hancock Park La Brea
You’ll find this beautiful sliver of LA between LACMA and the world-famous La Brea Tar Pits, where hundreds of prehistoric creatures unfortunately met their end. While we recognize that a dinosaur graveyard doesn’t sound like the ideal setting for a picnic, trust us, it is. This park is lush, green, expansive, and dog-friendly. It has everything you could possibly want in a picnic site—even if the dinosaurs did their best to steer clear.
Lake Hollywood Park
Most people visiting Los Angeles plan to check out the famous Hollywood sign at some point. Why not do so from a grassy park positioned beneath it? We’re talking, of course, about Lake Hollywood Park. Situated above the Hollywood reservoir, and below the Hollywood sign, this picturesque piece of LA is dog-friendly, and offers plenty of shade for the city’s sunnier days.
Point Dume State Beach
If you and your friends are hoping to eat with a view of the water, try Point Dume State Beach. You’ll have to pay for parking, but you’ll be just steps from the beach, and a few steps more from the ocean, where dolphins and sea lions can occasionally be spotted in the surf. As with any beach picnic, of course, you’ll want to be on high-alert for seagulls if you don’t want your appetizers to become airborne.
Grand Park is located in downtown LA, making it a great choice for any picnic-lovers staying in that area. The park, which has been open since 2012, is home to a handful of fountains, pathways, and bright-pink benches—and plenty of picnic-friendly patches. The park also occasionally host various performances and community events—though they’ve diminished during the pandemic—so you never know what you might see!
Hollywood Bowl (Temporarily Closed)
LA’s famous Hollywood Bowl is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but it’s easily one of the best picnic spots in the entire city. While this beautiful amphitheatre is best known for its concerts, its also a favorite among picnickers in the area—many of whom wind up staying for whatever entertainment takes the stage in the evening.
Getty Center (Temporarily Closed)
LA’s hilltop Getty Center, which was was built with a billion-dollar price tag, is only accessible by monorail, but it boasts some of the best views in the area, which makes a great spot for a picnic. From this beautiful corner of the city, picnickers can glimpse the Pacific Ocean, the hills, downtown, and plenty more. There are even picnic tables located throughout the area, so you don’t need to sit on the ground. Now that’s luxury!