by Jaclyn Hayward

With the days and nights still long and hot, catching up with friends in a park over food is a summer tradition that will keep you from overheating. Here are some delicious places to eat near inviting outdoor spaces.

Fondway Café near Burnaby Civic Square

4462 Beresford St, Burnaby 
Transit: Metrotown Station

Fondway Café is nestled a short distance from Metrotown Station and is known for serving tasty treats and pastries. They also have delicious drinks, and house-made sandwiches that bag up nicely to go. Just seven minutes to Civic Square, you can take your croissant sandwich, cake slice, or grass-jelly milk tea and plan an afternoon of snacking in the sun-soaked garden.



Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria near Kensington Park

6011 Hastings St, Burnaby (Hastings St @ Fell Ave)
Transit: Buses R5, 222, 160

Order takeaway pizzas from Cotto, and catch up with friends and family at Kensington Park. With lots of grass to lay down a blanket on, and a playground for the kids, you can enjoy authentic Neapolitan slices while dining together outdoors. Cotto also has great house-made pasta dishes and desserts that do well in transport, so a modern Italian feast in the park is never out of the question!




Xpress Donair House near Spirit Square

104-2970 Glen Drive, Coquitlam 
Transit: Lincoln Station

Try the flavourful falafels at Xpress Donair House, a must-visit for fans of Middle Eastern fare. Whether you wrap them in a pita, donair-style or pair them with dill rice and tabouli on a platter, Xpress Donair House makes their falafels fresh every day, and they always taste great to-go. Another perk of stopping by is that they’re only five minutes away from Spirit Square, which has plenty of seating for you to perch and munch away.



GoGo Chicken near Lafarge Lake

#105-2973 Glen Dr, Coquitlam
Transit: Lincoln Station

GoGo Chicken is an authentic Korean fried chicken restaurant that is Skytrain-accessible with great takeout options. Try a GoGo Rice Bowl, or split a family pack with friends. Once you’ve got that crispy goodness, Lafarge Lake is then only ten minutes away. With tons of space to picnic, you’ll always find a solid spot to take in the fantastic views, whether basking in the sun or relaxing in the shade. For extra points, take a tour around the lake afterwards and while the sun goes down.


Civic Square in Burnaby, just one of the fantastic picnic spots on this list!

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