We’re drawing a broader set of boundaries here under the umbrella of Mount Pleasant so we can include the great patios found in Olympic Village and just blocks away from the usual neighbourhood borders so that some of Vancouver’s great patios can enjoy a mention.
If you want to split hairs about whether we can call Stamps Landing or the southern reaches of Strathcona “Mount Pleasant,” well, why not grab some friends and a beer and hash it out on one of these terrific Mount Pleasant (or Mount Pleasant-adjacent) patios.
Just west of Cambie and Olympic Village is Mahony & Sons’ Stamps Landing outpost, which boasts what many consider the best patio in Vancouver. Right on False Creek, this sun-drenched patio space offers gorgeous waterfront views and a laid-back vibe, complete with brews and pub grub.
Address: 601 Stamps Landing, Vancouver
Enjoy a positively summery vibe on Tap & Barrel’s sizable patio. Set right on False Creek patrons are encouraged to soak up the water views, while they dig into the casual eatery’s comforting fare and throw back one of the many craft beers on offer.
Address: 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
In addition to a comfort-driven food menu, CRAFT Beer Market (located in the historic Salt Building) serves a variety of draft brews on tap–a whopping 140 in fact. While CRAFT is known for its rustic, high ceiling interior it also boasts an inviting outdoor patio with plenty of seating, making it an ideal spot for friends to kick back, relax, and “cheers” to gloriously sunny afternoons.
Address: 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Head up to the top of this quirky Cambie Street restaurant that’s the new flagship for Vij’s Vancouver empire, and sip drinks and snacks surrounded by a sky-high “fence” of lights; this is in part what gave the restaurant its nickname, Vij’s Lantern. Make the patio your destination, or hang out there waiting for your table in the main dining room.
Address: 3106 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Situated on a low rooftop overlooking bustling Cambie (just south of Broadway), Original Joe’s offers guests a pretty sweet patio experience. Order up some pub grub and soak up some rays.
Address: 2525 Cambie Street, Vancouver
The Dubh Linn Gate Irish pub is home to not just one but two patios. The patio situated on Main Street catches the morning to mid-afternoon sun and seats 44 people, while the second patio is larger (seating 58 people) and is located out back in the courtyard of the Central building.
Address: 1601 Main Street, Vancouver
Located on a quiet stretch of East 6th Avenue (near Main Street) The Whip offers patrons well-deserved pints, comforting fare (with plenty of options for vegetarians and meat eaters alike), and a cozy patio.
Address: 209 East 6th Avenue, Vancouver
Known for their excellent espresso-based drinks, local coffee roaster 49th Parallel on Main Street also boasts a welcoming side-street patio. Grab a milky latte, a sugar-coated Lucky’s doughnut, and enjoy the sweet sunshine.
Address: 2902 Main Street, Vancouver
Raise a pint (or two) on the patio of this popular Main Street pub. This sweet south-west facing spot is definitely a big draw in the neighbourhood for good times in a casual space.
Address: 3124 Main Street, Vancouver
Burgoo’s Main Street outpost is home to an inviting, sun laden patio. Receiving plenty of rays, coupled with the fact that the bistro-style restaurant dishes up a delicious mix of casual, hearty fare makes Burgoo’s outdoor space a popular choice when the sun is out.
Address: 3096 Main Street, Vancouver
One of Main Street’s great patios thanks to its slight elevation, you can do some prime people watching on the patio of Zipang Provisions, while enjoying their fresh take on traditional and modern Japanese food.
Address: 3068 Main Street, Vancouver
Unquestionably one of Vancouver’s best coffee shop patios, the outdoor seating area at JJ Bean on Main Street is hard to beat. Grab a cup of joe and a snack, a patio seat, and watch the world go by.
Address: 3010 Main Street, Vancouver
You’d be forgiven for walking straight past this hidden Mount Pleasant gem. This unmarked bar (watch out for the red light which signals that the bar is either open or closed), is home to a welcoming backyard patio. With strung up lights and shady trees this hideaway patio is the perfect place to chill on a sunny afternoon.
Address: 1898 Main Street, Vancouver
One of Vancouver’s favourite artisanal bakeries, Terra Breads also operates cafes in Mount Pleasant and Olympic Village, both home to a terrific patio. Grab a baked treat and sit out in the sunshine under their yellow umbrellas.
Address: 1605 Manitoba Street, Vancouver
Address: 53 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver
The Truck Stop Diner at Red Truck’s Vancouver outpost offers an all-day menu of diner classics with a modern twist, perfect for pairing with their house brews. They also happen to have a terrific patio for those warmer days.
Address: 295 East First Avenue, Vancouver
With files from Jess Fleming