Pic­nick­ing Made Easy

Source strate­gi­cally from cafés lo­cated close to per­fect parks

Ottawa Magazine - - TOO HOT TO COOK - — Sarah Brown

Union Street Kitchen Café + Stan­ley Park Just min­utes from the sto­ried park on the Rideau River, Union Street Kitchen Café (42 Crichton St.) makes de­li­cious pressed sand­wiches, mon­ster cook­ies, and sal­ads. Hot tip: There’s lots of park­ing on Stan­ley Av­enue at the south­ern end of the park where kids and par­ents con­gre­gate at the play struc­tures.

Ket­tle­man’s + Sylvia Holden Park Ket­tle­man’s Bagel (912 Bank St.) is pic­nic cen­tral. Load up on bagels, flavoured cream cheeses, and gourmet cook­ies be­fore head­ing to Sylvia Holden Park, an ur­ban gem best ac­cessed from Fifth Av­enue, to pic­nic un­der the trees and en­joy the gi­ant wad­ing pool. Hot tip: It’s a five-minute stroll to the ad­ja­cent Lans­downe Park, which boasts its own play park, wa­ter fea­ture, and loads of lawn.

The Beach­con­ers + Bri­tan­nia Beach The Beach­con­ers (273 Bri­tan­nia Rd.) is a cute café and ice cream shop just min­utes from Bri­tan­nia Beach. Stock up on muf­fuletta sand­wiches, savoury scones, and ve­gan po­tato salad with av­o­cado dress­ing be­fore walk­ing to the beach. Hot tip: The Beach­con­ers is across the road from Mud Lake, whose perime­ter is criss­crossed with trails — a fine place to stroll while en­joy­ing a cone.

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