Vancouver is not a patio city at all. Our rainy weather and restrictive zoning laws make it really difficult to enjoy a patio. Perhaps it's all these challenges to enjoying a meal al fresco that make us crazy excited to get out there once we get a few sunny days in a row!
Make the most of this summer by hitting up as many of these hidden patios as you can! Whether you love a spot in the sun or a little bit of shade to keep you cool, your new favourite patio is probably on this list. We've brought together with your old favourites, neighbourhood gems and a few truly hidden patios that you'll love exploring this summer.
Here are 17 hidden patios that you have to check out this summer:
Platform 7's Hasting Street location has a secret garden patio behind the store that's absolutely magical in the spring and summer months. When I saw it for the first time, I couldn't believe how adorable it was! It's the perfect patio for spending time with a book out in the sun.
This vegetarian restaurant on Main Street has good eats and a very cool hidden patio out back. The adorable parasol umbrellas give it that extra special touch! This is a great spot to hit up on a weeknight where you can soak up the last rays of the sun in style.
This Mexican restaurant on West 4th Avenue has the cutest patio ever that will make you feel like you're way, way down south. If you just need to chill with a massive plate of nachos and a giant margarita, then this patio has to be on your bucket list this summer.
The Tacofino Taco Bar in Gastown is easily one of the coolest spots in the city. Hidden off of an old alleyway, this hidden patio has a serious urban summertime in the city vibe. You'll get amazing photo ops thanks to the exposed brick, string lights and a table full of tacos.
If you're looking for a swanky spot to get your patio on, then you should check out D/6! This patio is open all day, but after sunset, it turns into a lounge atmosphere. This spot is up on the sixth level of the Parq casino and it's still new on the patio scene.
JJ Bean Coffee Roasters
JJ Bean has a ton of amazing patios around the city. Their Main Street, Railtown and Yaletown locations have the perfect people watching patios, but this one at their Fraser Street location is a hidden gem and it has an amazing view since it sits up at the top of a hill.
Café Salade de Fruits
The patio with a touch of French sophistication, this hidden gem is just off of South Granville. This is a great place to go for casual brunch on the weekends. Enjoy patio life where you can enjoy patio life with a little peace and quiet!
Reflections: The Garden Terrace
This seasonal-favourite patio at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia the place to go for cocktails with friends. It's a highly-Instagrammable place to see and be seen. It's a patio on a rooftop terrace and even though it's just a few floors away from the ground level, it feels like it's miles away from the city.
Commercial Street Cafe
Hidden gem alert! Commercial Street cafe is a little-known neighbourhood spot that looks like it's from an entirely different town. Their patio is on a super quiet street and there's plenty of green spaces nearby. If you want to make an escape from the city while still staying in the city, then this is the hidden patio for you.
The rooftop patio at Vij's is amazing! The way it's set up makes you forget about the city around you entirely and lets you become completely immersed in their unique dining experience. Plus, the best place to eat spicy curry is definitely outside where you can feel the breeze.
The Narrow Lounge
Vancouver's original hidden bar is still a gem. The little space outback is magical and it feels almost like you're at someone's house for a backyard patio party. Sip beers long into the afternoon and hideaway at this hidden patio this summer.
Milano Coffee Roasters
One of the most picturesque patios in the city is the Milano just off Broadway on 8th. It looks out over a massive park where you'll often see dogs playing, people playing soccer, and there's a community garden, too! The all wood patio makes it feel homey and substantial. Even though it's an industrial part of town, this spot has a unique neighbourhood vibe that you'll love.
Elysian Coffee Roasters
This super hidden patio at their Broadway location is a little slice of peace and calm among the bustle. If you need to spend a little time over your latte but have to get onto the next adventure, then this is a great hidden patio to sneak into your day.
This patio is at its best during magic hour when the string lights start glowing. The Whip is tucked just off of Main Street and it's a favourite for locals. Perfect or brunch or after dinner drinks on a weekday.
Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge
This hidden patio is sure to stump even the most seasoned patio-going Vancouverite. Where is this? Why haven't I heard of this place before? Don't fret, dear reader, for I shall spill the beans on this exclusive bar. This exclusive space is right on the seawall on a boardwalk at Granville Island. Anytime you go to see an improv show at Vancouver TheatreSports, you'll get access to the most amazing hidden patio. Go early for your show to see the most amazing sunset watching patio!
If you're looking for a patio with a cool, laid-back neighbourhood vibe you can actually find it on South Granville! Whether you're looking for weekend brunch or beers, it'll have everything you need and more in a totally hidden spot.
The Galley Patio & Grill
This hidden patio is on the actual friggin beach and why haven't you gone here, like, yesterday? If you love sitting in the sun and breathing in the fresh, ocean air while you chill then you have to go this patio