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It’s spring, so you should take in the gorgeous DC weather with a delicious picnic in one of the city’s many outdoor spaces. Here are our recommendations for where to picnic in Washington, DC.

The National Mall

Start your day off with the most important meal at the most American location in town. Pick up breakfast pastries, like croissants or pain au chocolat at a bakery like Columbia Heights’ Le Caprice, then head over to the National Mall for a luxurious breakfast overlooking the Capitol and the Washington Monument.

National Mall
900 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20024

Le Caprice
3460 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
(202) 290-3109

Tidal Basin

Enjoy a relaxing brunch (with countless photo ops) among the Tidal Basin’s cherry blossoms. We recommend coming here with some food from a favorite fast/casual spot like Shake Shack and camping out with a good book while you take in the beauty of the pink blooms.

Shake Shack
800 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
(202) 800-9930

Yards Park

Head down to the SW waterfront’s Yards Park for a late lunch picnic on the Potomac. Our recommendation? Pick up a baguette and some cheese from a nearby grocery store and watch the sunset’s reflection in the water with a loved one.

Yards Park
355 Water Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

Georgetown Waterfront Park

If you’re looking to plan a perfect picnic with kids, you’ll love spending the day at Georgetown Waterfront Park. The green space is always packed with families and young children, so you can let the kids run around and meet new playmates while you dive into treats like desserts from Olivia Macaron.

Georgetown Waterfront Park
Water St NW
Washington, DC 20007

Olivia Macaron
3222 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 965-1000

Dupont Circle

Why venture far away when there’s a perfectly good picnic spot just a short walk from the St. Gregory Hotel? Walk on over to Dupont Circle to lay out on the grass and take in the excitement of the city. You can pick up lunch from any of the fast/casual spots around the area before settling on the grass for a long, relaxing meal.