Summer is nigh in Vancouver! Nights are shorter, days are longer, and the sun is out in all its splendor. One of our favorite activities for the summer is: patio hopping! We have a plethora of fantastic patios in Vancouver and with the announcement that the City of Vancouver has allowed 55 establishments to keep their patios open later(midnight as opposed to 11pm); we can't wait to patio hop!
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Source: CBC News
We’re a group of sun babies at Front & Co, and one of the most important things that we look for in a patio is, of course, sunshine. Finding a patio with the perfect amount of sunshine that is neither too blisteringly hot nor too shady can be a feat as location and time of day affect the perfect sunshine-shade index. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite patios in Vancouver that feature the golden ratio of sunshine and shade.
Lift Bar and Grill
(333 Menchions Mews)
Overlooking Coal Harbour, Lift is bathed in sunlight till the sun goes down. A busy downtown establishment whose two levels of patio dining make this a hip spot to take a date.
English Bay (1790 Beach Ave) and Coal Harbour (1085 Canada Place)
"Source: Big City Perks
Though Cactus Club has restaurants all over the city, the locations at English Bay and Canada Place feature amazing patios that are unobstructed by buildings. You get fantastic ocean front views with streaming rays of sunlight, so that makes up for the chain-atmosphere.
Vancouver Art Gallery Cafe (750 Hornby St)
Source: The Primalist
Located in the heart of the city, this tucked-away secret inside the Vancouver Art Gallery is one worth revealing because of the truly stunning atmosphere. Playing classical music in the background, this is a great place to stop in for a casual lunch in the sun. You can even grab a bottle of beer or a wine carafe at this low-key patio while enjoying the greenery and sunshine.
Thierry (1059 Alberni St)
Patios aren’t just establishments where drinking in the sun is the number one goal. Thierry’s patio is unique as it is a dessert restaurant that also happens to be open till midnight. Enjoy one of their delicious macaroons while sipping on some wine in the sun.
Chill Winston (3 Alexander St)
Source: Discovering Vancouver
Located in the heart of historic Gastown, Chill Winston is a popular patio spot for brunch and early evening bites. The food is delicious and the vibe is good, but as with most patios in Gastown, the sun tends to disappear into the neighbouring buildings by early evening. Get here for brunch or lunch to maximize patio sunlight!
Six Acres (203 Carrall St)
Source: Glutton with a Camera
Six Acres is one of our after-work haunts if we’re looking to take a field trip into the city. The food is always spectacular (order the house fries, you won’t regret it) and the charm of the quaint establishment is unmatched. The patio is a great spot to people watch the comings and goings of Gastown life.
The Whip (209 East 6th Ave)
Source: Vancity Buzz
At this point, The Whip, is a patio institution in Mount Pleasant. The Whip is a popular place to grab an after-work drink and the patio is a surprisingly sunny spot for being located in between streets. We’ve been treated to a few gorgeous summer sunsets here, so keep The Whip on your after work radar!
Five Point (3124 Main St)
Source: The Five Point
The patio at the Five Point is facing street side which makes this an ideal place for those who enjoy people watching. Watch the swathes of Main St. hipsters stroll by while you sip on a crisp, cool pint and chow down on some chicken wings. Get here early on sunny days as the patio fills up quickly!
El Caminos (3250 Main St)
Source: Langara PRM
El Camino’s patio is a modest one that houses a couple of tables, but they are definitely coveted. Like the Five Point, El Camino’s patio is facing street side which makes it a fantastic place to people watch. Pair an ice cold cerveza with an arepa and you are set for the perfect summer patio combo.
Burgoo (3095 Main St)
Burgoo is also a Main St. institution serving up comforting soups and sandwiches that will make you wish you had an excuse to be sick. They are comforting to the body and soul, and when you pair that with their gorgeous patio space that is fully drenched in sunlight all day, you have a winner’s patio.
Havana (1212 Commercial Drive)
Source: Life Bites
One of the liveliest places to grab a pitcher of sangria on the Drive. Havana is a kitschy, cool restaurant that houses a wicked patio. Busy on the weekends for brunch and evenings for the post-work goers, Havana is one of our top spots for a patio on the Drive.
St. Augstines (2360 Commercial Drive)
St. Augstines is one of the places to grab a beer in Vancouver. They have over 60 beers on tap, and with knowledgeable servers, you would be hard-pressed to find a beer that you didn’t enjoy here! The patio is tucked away on the side and gets busy on sunny days. The sun is most plentiful in the afternoon to early evening so head quickly after work!
Granville Island/False Creek
Tap and Barrel (1 Athletes Way)
Source: Urban Diner
The patio at Tap and Barrel is the ultimate. The two level patio is one of the hottest places for a hot summer’s day. The view is stunning, the ale is local, and the sun is plentiful. There is very little room for shade so get ready for huge rays of sunlight to kiss your cheeks!
The Sandbar (1535 Johnston St)
Source: Vancity Buzz
Granville Island is already a destination for those seeking sun as the numerous shops and stalls are a perfect way to spend a summer’s day. After you’re done shopping for groceries, head to the Sandbar for seafood delights. You’ll never be in a defect for sun at this patio as the sun shines down on this Granville Island institution from morning to evening.
Local (2210 Cornwall Ave)
Source: Food Punk
Located right across from Kitsilano Beach, Local is the happening spot to be at on a hot summer’s day. The open patio is perfect for people watching the beach babes while enjoying a few beers. If you’re looking to mosey over to the beach but are craving eats, their take out fry shack is a good option!
Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe (2095 West 4th Ave)
Source: Sean's Adventures in Flavor Town
For our last patio pick, we’ve chosen Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe! A Kitsilano institiion serving up large breakfasts on the cheap. The garage sale-esque decor makes it for a ktischy blast to the past. Camp out on their patio and enjoy a delicious brunch in the sun!
These are some of our favorite picks for patios in Vancouver! We know there are a lot more in the City, so talk to us! Let us know what your favorite patio is and which ones we’ve left out.
Happy sun bathing and happy eating!