Gas Works Park Matt McDonald

Picnic Pairings

Maximize your time outside with a picnic in one of Seattle’s many scenic parks. Near each one you can pick up gourmet supplies for the perfect feast in nature.

By Haley Shapley

Provisions: Mas Café

1906 N 34th St;

Park: Gas Works Park

2101 N Northlake Way;

Get a to-go order from Wallingford’s Mas Café—you can’t go wrong with a breakfast burrito and Sunergizer juice (with grapefruit, orange, carrot, and ginger)—then find a sublime spot in the grass at Gas Works, a waterfront park on the shores of Lake Union.


Provisions: Volunteer Park Café & Pantry

1501 17th Ave E;

Park: Volunteer Park

1247 15th Ave E;

Inside a little yellow house in Capitol Hill, grab an egg sandwich on a poppy seed roll and an iced latte and head to Volunteer Park, where you can dine in the shadow of the famous Black Sun sculpture. Work up an appetite playing tennis, walking the Volunteer Park Loop trail, or climbing the spiral staircase to the top of the 520-foot-tall water tower.


Provisions: Wildwood Market

9214 45th Ave SW;

Park: Lincoln Park

8011 Fauntleroy Way SW;

A quintessential corner store in West Seattle’s Fauntleroy neighborhood, Wildwood Market carries all the essentials for a meal on the go. Get a breakfast pastry or a hot sandwich with crispy shoestring fries to eat at nearby Lincoln Park, where there are five picnic shelters.

A photo of a park with a large grassy hill. The city skyline of Seattle can be seen in the background.

Gas Works Park Matt McDonald

Provisions: Uwajimaya

600 Fifth Ave S;

Park: Hing Hay Park

423 Maynard Ave S;

With more than 35,000 square feet of Asian specialty goods, Chinatown–International District’s Uwajimaya is a picnic packer’s paradise. In the food hall, pick up fresh poke or a fish-shaped waffle stuffed with Korean barbecued beef before heading to Hing Hay Park, anchored by a colorful Chinese pavilion.


Provisions: DeLaurenti Food & Wine

1435 First Ave;

Park: Pier 62

1951 Alaskan Way;

Pike Place Market’s DeLaurenti is filled with gourmet goods from both around the world and around town. Order a slice of pizza or a panini and take it to Pier 62 to enjoy with a side of waterfront views. Top it off with a game of cornhole or giant checkers, plus one of DeLaurenti’s addictive chocolate chip cookies.


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