Where to get the best picnic food in L.A.

It’s always a picnic season for Angelenos! L.A.’s crystal clear skies and sunny weather make picnicking a perfect family outing. Moreover, here you have plenty of scenery options like taking food to the beach, the Hollywood Bowl, or on a hike. Essential aspect of a picnic is putting together a picnic basket, and you want yours to be perfect, don’t you? We are happy to recommend the following spots in the city that sell picnic food:

Joan’s on Third, 8350 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

This trendy café and deli with locations on both Third Street and in Studio City, is a great place to put together your picnic basket. You are welcome to purchase individual items yourself, or call ahead and have them put it together for you. Joan’s offers not only sandwiches, but also buttermilk fried chicken and grilled salmon, beef tenderloin and vegan salads, cookies and cakes. You have plenty of options to choose from – your picnic is guaranteed to be perfect!

Esters Wine Shop and Bar, 1314 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Esters Wine Shop and Bar brings you its sleek, modern interior and a breezy patio. While the marketplace is mainly focused on wine, it does offer plenty of to-go options such as sandwiches, cheeses, nuts and all the wine, of course.

Foodlab, 7253 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Foodlab offers healthy options for your picnic! Here, at lovely West Hollywood joint, you’re in for upscale twists on classic salads and sandwiches. Each box includes, a vegan salad, a side salad, a cookie and a bottle of water. As a cute bonus, you also get a stick of gum – convenient for an unexpected meet cute.

Olive and Thyme, 3821 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505

This cozy cafe is part gourmet market, part eatery, where you can start your day with pastries and breakfast sandwiches. We recommend purchasing Hollywood Bowl Baskets with the following options: “Picnic for Two” – a drink, appetizer, sandwich and dessert for each person; or “Specialty Basket” – deviled eggs, roasted half chicken and a cookie or brownie of your choice. Come in and see all their delicious options!

Lemonade, multiple locations

Lemonade’s menu offers you cafeteria-style dishes that are perfect for creating your own picnic basket. Sizes range from one to six portions, so you are welcome to create your own mixes with rices, pastas, salads and side dishes, in addition to sandwiches that are easy to grab and go. As for the drinks, you will definitely enjoy the spot’s rotating selection of lemonades.

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