Patio season is here, and we’re ready to hit up one of these favourite outdoor dining spots to soak up some sun
Whether you're looking for a few cold drinks and some good grub, or the chance to people watch and take in scenic views, we've rounded up the best patios in a number of Vancouver's most popular neighbourhoods...
Overlooking a stunning mountainscape with waterfront views, Coal Harbour's marinaside patio at Cardero's offers al fresco dining including Sunday brunch, prime rib dinners and live music nightly.
1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver
2. H Tasting Lounge
If it's sophistication you're looking for, Westin Bayshore's H Tasting Lounge patio is the place to be. With creative cocktails and delicious, locally-sourced tasting plates, your experience will be enhanced by mountain and water views, plus it's just steps away from Vancouver's iconic seawall.
1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
3. Miku Waterfront
Located along Burrard Inlet next to Canada Place, Miku's beautiful wrap-around patio delivers gourmet Aburi cuisine paired with its well known, energetic ambience.
70—200 Granville Street, Vancouver
The Roof at Black and Blue1. Black and Blue
Black and Blue's third floor outdoor restaurant and patio showcases rooftop dining at its best with city views and stunning decor, while offering prime meats, skewered fish, seafood and poultry cooked over wood coals in Canada’s first-of-its-kind Josper Grill.
1032 Alberni Street, Vancouver
2. Giovane Caffè
Take a moment and celebrate Italian coffee culture at Giovane Caffè's patio, which is home to a state-of-the-art Victoria Arduino Eagle One espresso machine used to brew up a range of espresso-based beverages, including caffè speciali like marocchino, affogato and bicerin. Plus, the signature yellow Vespa and sidecar make the perfect photo op for your next Instagram story.
1049 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
3. Honolulu Coffee
Giving guests a taste of the tropics while they enjoy the cafe’s signature hand-crafted coffees, acai bowls and other bites, Honolulu Coffee boasts a resort-style feel whilst located in the very heart of downtown Vancouver.
888 Nelson Street, Vancouver
Known for its extravagant outdoor patio decor, Glowbal is a stone's throw away from West Georgia Street, yet hidden in its own little oasis. With happy hour features, weekend brunch and cocktails, it's the perfect spot to catch up with friends.
590 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
5. Gotham Steakhouse
Celebrate patio season and summer with Gotham Steakhouse's latest 'Social Hour'. Available everyday in the lounge and patio from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. until close, the special menu offers guests a chance to indulge in drink specials paired with all items on the lounge menu at 40 percent off. So grab a seat by the outdoor fire and cheers to the season!
615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
The recently opened Riley's Fish and Steak is Glowbal Group's newest concept kitchen and a seafood lover's dream, plus it offers a gorgeous 100-seat garden patio, just in time for the summer season.
200 Burrard Street, Vancouver
The Victor1. The Victor
Featuring a contemporary and seasonally inspired menu, The Victor at the Parq Vancouver Hotel offers elevated dining that overlooks an elevated rooftop park, complete with mood lighting provided by the iconic roof of B.C. Place.
39 Smithe Street, Vancouver
2. Honey Salt
Enjoy the brand new patio at Honey Salt and indulge in farm-to-table favourites for at breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner, while taking in the Vancouver cityscape in the sunshine.
39 Smithe Street, Vancouver
3. The Flying Pig
Located in the heart of Yaletown, The Flying Pig is a true neighbourhood restaurant offering authentic food with a great atmosphere—and the chance to soak up some vitamin D on the outside patio.
1168 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
4. Homer Street Cafe and Bar
Tucked away in a historic alcove, Homer Street Cafe and Bar's beautiful patio is the perfect spot to enjoy after-work happy hour, or brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails.
898 Homer Street, Vancouver
5. Province Marinaside
With a beautiful view of the seawall, Province Marinaside is a terrific spot for those who love to people watch. With live jazz, international wines, brunch, lunch, dinner and happy hour offerings, the Mediterranean-style restaurant is the ultimate summer patio.
1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
Facebook/Stanley Park Brewery1. Stanley Park Brewery
Located at the Beach Avenue entrance of Stanley Park, just a minute's walk from the seawall, Stanley Park Brewery is the best summer hangout spot to grab a fresh glass of their latest craft beer with friends and watch the sun set.
8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
2. Cactus Club Cafe
Maybe one of the most popular spots in the West End, Cactus Club Cafe's English Bay patio is beachside sunset-watching gem, with two floors of outdoor seating and beautiful views over the water.
1790 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
1. Di Beppe
Di Beppe is a young Italian restaurant with an old Italian soul, and their patio on Carrall Street is the place to go for a taste of Italy, whether you’re craving pasta and pizza or a superb sandwich to go with your espresso.
8 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Named Canada’s Best Restaurant Bar for 2022 by Canada’s 100 Best, Pourhouse's temporary patio will return this year, inviting guests to enjoy their new burger-forward menu and signature cocktails just a few feet from the iconic steam clock.
162 Water Street, Vancouver
Located in the heart of Gastown, Jules is a cozy, authentically French bistro that offers a quaint ambiance, delicious food at an affordable price, and the perfect patio spot to watch the world go by.
216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Granville Island and False Creek
Alimentaria Mexicana1. Alimentaria Mexicana
Granville Island's Alimentaria Mexicana has a bustling wrap-around patio that doubles the capacity of the restaurant on sunny days. Heated, and covered with tropical straw umbrellas, the-slice-of-paradise patio is open year-round, giving diners access to the best people-watching on the island, while they dine on expertly-crafted dishes and sips.
1596 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Overlooking the False Creek harbour, the Sandbar patio is situated away from the hustle and bustle of Granville Island's market and offers beautiful views across to Yaletown.
1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
3. Tractor Olympic Village
For healthy food on-the-go, stop by Tractor in Olympic Village, grab a table in the sunshine and enjoy a delicious quick meal, whilst catching some rays.
1751 Quebec Street, Vancouver
4. Mahony's Tavern
Located on the water in False Creek between the Granville and Cambie Street bridges, grab a pint and classic eats at authentically Irish Mahony's Tavern.
601 Stamps Landing, Vancouver
Chinatown and Strathcona
Facebook/The Keefer Yard1. The Keefer Yard
Originally opened during COVID, The Keefer Yard open-air cocktail and mini-putt bar offers a wide selection of beer, wine and spirits in the heart of Vancouver's Chinatown. Plus—to play a round of mini golf—guests can donate to a local charity (Minimum donation $10/round for two people, with 100 percent of proceeds donated to their chosen charity).
135 Keefer Street, Vancouver
2. Juke Fried Chicken and The Chickadee Room
Two years in the making, Juke Fried Chicken and The Chickadee Room have launched their new temporary patio on Keefer Street. It's the perfect spot to indulge in fried chicken and innovative cocktails while soaking up the energy of the city’s Chinatown. New this year, The Chickadee Room will also be slinging slushy beverages on the patio, including the current offering: the Coupe de Ville Slushy Lime Margarita.
182 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Instagram/Local1. Local Public Eatery
The ultimate Kitsilano hangout spot for, well, locals, Local is the perfect place to enjoy views of the seawall, Kits beach and beyond. With brunch, lunch and dinner options available, spend noon to night sunning it up on the patio.
2210 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
2. Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe
A go-to brunch restaurant, the popular Sophie's fun restaurant space is filled with unique decor and a freshly prepared comfort food menu. Plus, their sunny patio adjacent to west 4th offers the perfect people-watching opportunity. Just remember to arrive early to avoid the line-up!
2095 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
3. The King's Head
For live music and an all-around fun/chilled atmosphere, The King's Head pub offers locals typical pub grub, drinks and a welcoming outdoor patio overlooking charming Yew.
1618 Yew Street, Vancouver
Fairview, South Granville and South Cambie
Seasons in the Park1. Seasons in the Park
Maybe one of the best views in the city, Seasons in the Park is situated at the highest point of Vancouver offering stunning panoramic views of the city and mountains. Serving brunch, lunch and dinner, enjoy this beautiful scenic spot all day.
West 33rd Avenue (at Cambie Street)
Yuwa's intimate heated patio overlooks West 16th Avenue and features cushioned chairs, lattice dividers, a large 11-foot umbrella and plenty of greenery alongside their acclaimed Japanese cuisine.
2775 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver
Another Vancouver staple, Earls at the corner of Fir and Broadway offers up plenty of outdoor seating and a wide range of happy hour features that include sushi tacos, pizza, sangria and more.
1601 West Broadway, Vancouver
Mount Pleasant and Main Street
The Arbor1. 49th Parallel Café and Lucky's Doughnuts
Catch the morning rays and head to 49th Parallel on Main Street to grab a coffee and doughnut from Lucky's and sit back to watch the world go by and/or meet up with friends.
2902 Main Street, Vancouver
2. The Arbor
Hidden behind the restaurant, grab delicious veggie and vegan plant-based and unique comfort food classics and enjoy them on The Arbor's intimate, greenery-filled backyard patio.
3941 Main Street, Vancouver
3. The Narrow Lounge
This hidden, unmarked bar on Main Street (look out for the red light which signals that the bar is either open or closed) is the perfect spot to grab a drink and offers a chilled, sheltered patio with aesthetic fairy lights and greenery.
1898 Main Street, Vancouver
West Vancouver and North Shore
The Beach House Restaurant1. Casa Mia
The newly-opened Casa Mia offers a sprawling patio on the corner of Marine Drive and 22nd Street in West Vancouver. The cucina and mercato boasts wood-fired pizzas, hand-made pastas and more Italian eats, and is open from breakfast all the way until dinner. Browse the in-house market to shop for Italian pantry items and delicacies to inspire your next at-home culinary creation, or indulge in a scoop of creamy gelato, or espresso to go.
2215 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
2. Farina a Legna
Farina a Legna's patio is the perfect spot for North Shore diners to enjoy delicious wood-fired pizzas, hand-made pastas, Italian spritzes and brunch any day of the week.
119 2nd Street East, North Vancouver
3. The Beach House Restaurant
With truly stunning views overlooking the city, Stanley Park and the whole seawall from downtown to Spanish Banks, The Beach House Restaurant offers a West Coast-inspired menu and numerous sun-filled patio options.
150 25th Street, West Vancouver