What better way to enjoy an iced coffee or a sweet gelato than under the hot summer sun? There are a bunch of cafes in Ottawa that have outdoor patios, but it can be tricky to find some that are relatively hidden. Whether the cafe is pretty lowkey or has a rooftop patio that nobody knows about, there are quite a few places in the city you can head to for a day under the sun. 

Ottawa is home to so many cafes and they just keep opening up. From dreamy cafes with hanging chairs to cafes with unreal views of downtown Ottawa, there are so many places to chill at. The only problem is that it's summer, so staying stuffed up inside a cafe doesn't always sound too appealing. So it's time to get out of the cafes we've been stuck in all winter and explore new spots with hidden patios. 

Stella Luna Gelato Cafe

Where: 130 Wellington St West

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Stella Luna Gelato Cafe is an absolute summer must. The new location in Hintonburg has a cute outdoor patio perfect for soaking up the sun while enjoying some delicious gelato. The interior of the cafe is stunning, from the teal walls to the bubble lights, this cafe should 100% be on your summer bucket list.


Cafe My House

Where: 1015 Wellington Street West

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This completely private and hidden patio is in the backyard of the amazing Cafe My House. This cafe is responsible for serving customers with the tastiest vegan meals ever. The cafe has a vegetable focused menu that has been created with love and passion by Chef Briana Kim. This is a great place to visit if you love views of nature and enjoy eating your brunch outside.


The Dreamland Cafe

Where: 200 Laurier Avenue West

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This cute cafe is located Downtown Ottawa and is a great place to head to for some yummy homemade pasta. The Dreamland Cafe has an outdoor patio in front of the shop during summer months. It's a great place to go to grab a quick lunch or a sweet treat. If you haven't discovered this adorable cafe yet, this summer is your chance to do it.


Quelque Chose Pâtisserie 

Where: 379 Richmond Road

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Macrons, milkshakes, AND a rooftop patio?! Can a cafe be any more perfect? This stunning cafe is located in Westboro and it is a great place to head to to indulge in delicious sweet treats. Quelque Chose Pâtisserie sells unbelievable macarons, crazy milkshakes, Italian sodas, and a ton of different lunch options. There really is something for everyone at this amazing Ottawa cafe.


Planet Coffee

Where: 24a York Street

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Planet Coffee is located in the heart of the ByWard Market. The outdoor patio will make you feel like you've escaped to a coffee shop in Europe. Tucked away in the NCC Courtyards (between York and George Street) way , Planet Coffee is sure to make your summer day amazing. They serve up a variety of sweet baked goods, if you have a sweet tooth then you will love soaking up the sun at Planet Coffee.


Raw Pulp + Grind

Where: 440 Preston Street

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This colourful patio is hidden inside Raw Pulp + Grind. From the outside of the shop you would never suspect that there is a bright backyard patio to chill at. At Raw Pulp + Grind you can enjoy a tasty smoothie or a yummy acaii bowl. No matter what you choose to snack on, this cafe is sure to leave you feeling all of the summer vibes. Raw Pulp + Grind is dedicated to nourishing each customer with pure and raw deliciousness serving up a variety of healthy options for everyone.


Quitters Coffee

Where: 1523 Main Street South

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Located in Stittsville this outdoor patio will immediately give you summer vibes. Quitters Coffee serves up a range of coffees and teas, as well as craft beers and wines. So not only can you head here during the day for some drinks, but it's also a great place to head to for a night out. If you're a dog lover, this cafe is also perfect for you because Quitters Coffee allows pets to chill on the patio with you too.


The Art House Cafe

Where: 555 Somerset Street West

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The Art House Cafe is a relatively lowkey cafe. The cafe is a hub for Ottawan creatives. Here you can meet with clients, get work done, and let your creativity flow. The Art House Cafe is located in an old house and it can be pretty hard to spot. The outdoor patio is right in front of the cafe and is a great spot to hideout this summer.


Luna Crepes and Cafe

Where: 329 March Road

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How delicious does that waffle look?! Head to Luna Crepes and Cafe for an amazing crepe or waffle under the summer sun. This cafe is a great spot to visit if you love going for brunch or breakfast. They also serve up a variety of gelato's that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.


Happy Goat Coffee

Where: 35 Laurel Street

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Happy Goat Coffee has 3 locations in Ottawa, but during the summer, the one on Laurel Street is by far the most perfect. The cute outdoor patio will have you enjoying the rays of sunshine while sipping on a yummy iced coffee or cold kombucha tea. Happy Goat Coffee served up freshly brewed coffee and each cup is custom roasted to best suit you.