7 Minneapolis Parks to Enjoy a Takeout Meal

Takeout and then take it all in. Give yourself a break from cooking at home. In Minneapolis, we've got plenty of parks and greenspace, as well as some amazing takeout options. So what does that mean? A picnic is in order! Check out some of our favorite picnic spots and the food options near by.

1. Gold Medal Park

Gold Medal Park is a green oasis in Downtown Minneapolis. Located right along the Mississippi with views of the skyline and U.S. Bank Stadium, there's plenty of space to spread out, have a picnic, throw a frisbee, or soak up some sun. Grab some takeout from these nearby spots and enjoy this beautiful open space.

2. Theodore Wirth Park

Theodore Wirth is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic followed by a hike through the park. With a number of paved pathways, several gardens, and a quaking bog, there's plenty of exploring to do at Theodore Wirth. But if you just feel like relaxing, we won't judge. Pick up a pizza, a sandwich, or veggie-packed bowl and enjoy the fresh air.

3. Boom Island Park

Located right on the Mississippi River (on the Northeast side), Boom Island is a popular destination during the warmer months, but with plenty of green space, it's easy to spread out and maintain your distance! And with the historic Main Street and St. Anthony Falls nearby, it's the perfect starting or ending point for your outing. Grab a pizza, or maybe some authentic fish & chips, and settle in for an afternoon in the park.

4. Lake Hiawatha Park/Nokomis

Just North of Lake Nokomis, Lake Hiawatha is surrounded by green space making it the perfect spot to lay out a blanket and enjoy your meal outside. Grab a Minneapolis staple, the Juicy Lucy, start your morning with freshly made baked goods, or go for flavorful Italian fare. 

5. Powderhorn Park

Powderhorn Park is the perfect spot to go if you want plenty of food options! Located in South Minneapolis, it's close to dozens of restaurants, and many are within walking distance making it easy to park, pick up, and picnic!

6. Lake Harriet Park

Located in the charming Linden Hills neighborhood, Lake Harriet Park is a quaint spot to enjoy some of the neighborhood's fabulous food. Try Martina for Modern Argentinian food (and an amazing burger), Naviya's Thai Brasserie for flavorful curry dishes, The Harriet Brasserie for one of the best club sandwiches in town, and Sebastian Joe's for a scoop or two of their famous ice cream (Nicollet Pothole is our favorite). 

7. Riverside Park

Get an up-close look at the Mississippi River at Riverside Park. Walk along the paved paths and then find a spot to hunker down with some great nearby takeout. Birchwood Cafe is a local favorite for farm to table eats, Cafe Racer serves up incredible Latin food, and Soberfish is known for their sushi, fried rice, and stir fry concoctions.