It can’t get lovelier than this. Summer is around the corner and long, heated, cloudless days are ahead of us. Daylight lasts through late evening hours and it is hard to resist staying out and not wanting to go home early. Delightedly, Vancouver is in no shortage of café patios where you can sit on street sidewalks and watch people, enjoy the sun and have a snack along with your drink.
Among café patios in the city, here are some that have an especially enjoyable ambiance and deliver comfort with gourmet goods.
Gallery Café – Vancouver Art Gallery
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, this spacious café offers a wide range of snacks, soups and deserts and, of course, the loveliest patio. Decorated with astonishing flowers, this café patio is a decent place for bigger group sittings and casual hangouts, specifically after a long shopping trip.
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday to Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Address: 750 Hornby St., Vancouver B.C.
Phone Number: 604-688-2233
Scuié Italian Bakery Caffé
Scuié Caffé, situated in vibrant Yaletown, offers a variety of bakery goods and bites that can go along with your choice of drink, all roman-inspired.
Monday to Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturdays (Brunch), 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sundays (Brunch), 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Address: 126 Davie St, Vancouver, B.C.
Phone Number: 604-602-7263
Café de l’Orangerie
The name is French, but this is a Japanese café with a noticeably different menu. You can find a fusion of Japanese style western food, not to mention the authentic deserts. The staff are super friendly and you’ll leave with a pleasant experience.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Address: 8636 Granville St, Vancouver, B.C.
Phone Number: 604-266-0066
Soirette – Macarons and Tea
For macaron-lovers, this small fancy teahouse offers exquisite homemade macarons with specialty teas. The patio is very small, but uniquely decorated, colorful to the eye and suitable to spend a summer afternoon with your girlfriends in the quieter side of the Coal Harbor neighborhood.
Monday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Address: 1433 W Pender St, Vancouver, B.C.
Phone Number: 604-558-3308
Known for its topnotch French pastry, Thierry is a must and much-recommended to chocoholics. The patio is roomy and offers a view of always busy Alberni Street, making it great for people watching.
Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to midnight
Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to midnight
Address: 1059 Alberni St, Vancouver, B.C.
Phone Number: 604-608-6870
Thomas Haas delivers quality and innovation in his baked goods and sandwiches, accompanied by fine coffee drinks. The patisserie, located on a quiet side of the North Shore, may seem hidden, but never is to the fans of fine culinary goods.
Tuesday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday
Address: Unit 128, 998 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver, B.C.
Phone Number: 604-924-1847
Truffles Fine Food/Truffles Café at VanDusen Botanical Garden
Only a 20 minute drive from downtown and you reach a dream café patio – the magnificent VanDusen garden. The food is toothsome and the ambiance is fresh and delightful. Their pistachio macaron is a unforgettable.
Monday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Address: 5151 Oak St, Vancouver, B.C.
Phone Number: 604-505-4961
It is not far from expectations to find big chain stores, markets, restaurants and more on this side of Cambie street. Yet, it comes much to one’s surprise to see a café patio so charming in a heritage building in this area. The north-facing patio is cozy and warmly decorated, making it perfect for a relaxing summer afternoon.
Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sundays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Address: 2310 Ash St, Vancouver, B.C.
Phone Number: 604-568-5909
Photo Credit: first photo by Francis McCarthy, third photo by yvrandrew, fifth photo by Dan Dickinson, sixth photo by hootlicious,