Perhaps you wouldn’t expect there to be many places to enjoy a tranquil picnic in a massive metropolis such as Mexico City, but you’d be mistaken. In fact, this capital city has some of the best spots imaginable to enjoy some alfresco dining, from inner city parks to ex-convents and even archaeological ruins. Here are the best places to picnic in Mexico City.
One of the quietest and most underrated spots in the city, this ex-convent makes for the perfect place to enjoy a picnic. Work up an appetite by wandering around the convent first, admiring its beautiful artwork and architecture, before settling down on the adjoining grounds with your blanket and basket and dining with a view of the lake. We recommend taking some cold cuts and pre-prepared snacks with you, which you can get at the nearby Soriana supermarket or from the surrounding restaurants.
Parque Ecológico Loreto y Peña Pobre
This Mexico City spot, one that again goes fairly unregistered on traveler’s radars, is an excellent picnic destination. Parque Ecológico Loreto y Pena Pobre is replete with both dining options (which mean you needn’t worry about lugging all your food there with you) and open green space in which to enjoy it. La Casa del Pan is one reliable onsite option for sandwiches, breads and vegetarian options and there’s even a bookstore to browse before settling down to lunch!
A historic and jaw-dropping building, architecturally speaking, the Cineteca Nacional also holds thousands of film-related artifacts from both Mexico and worldwide. If you want to enjoy a picnic there before heading to one of their arthouses, indie flick or documentary screenings, you’ll be in good company as the attractive grounds are always filled with couples, students and families. Sometimes they even put on open-air cinema screenings, too. As for food, the cafés within the Cineteca building are great options — try the churros from Churrería General de la República.