Presidio Picnic: A Sunday Base for more than Just Great Food

(Where are the napkins when you need them!)

If you find yourself with a beautiful lazy Sunday on your hands, don’t hesitate to head over to the Parade Ground Lawn at the Presidio and take advantage of the packaged picnics provided by a slew of well-edited food trucks.

There’s even someone who rolls around libations for blanket side beverage service.

The Presidio is the ideal location to escape the city without actually leaving it and the prime selection of vendors is impressive.

There’s a plethora of people watching and its very dog friendly, which Lily, our pooch, loved.

Sitting there on the lawn, you can enjoy beautiful views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

There is even free yoga with Baptiste Yoga, we are in San Francisco after all, and a live DJ playing some catchy tunes.

Last count, there were 29 food vendors and three retail vendors including Yerena Farms, Happy Moose Juice and Nosh.

My favorite food trucks were Sam Chowder Mobile, where they serve delicious fresh lobster Rolls, the Cochon Volant or Flying Pig for ribs and the best cole slaw ever and the Grill Cheese Guy for you can guess what. My list will undoubtedly grow longer on my next visit.

After you are completely sated, explore the Parade Ground’s rich history. The Main Post is where a Spanish garrison was established in 1776. Larger than the Golden Gate Park, the Presidio was originally a tiny square, 90 paces (300) feet on each side. Near the flagpole you can see a marker showing the northwest corner.


What to know:

Every Sunday from April to October, 11am to 4pm. In order to nail down a parking spot nearby, show up a little before 12 noon. Bring chairs, blankets and cash since some of the vendors are cash only.

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  • Lou Ann
    May 10, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I love this – we will definitely make it a point to go up for a Sunday visit!

  • Jennifer
    May 12, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    We should all go together! Waiting for another sunny and warm Sunday….