Best hidden patios in Vancouver to check out this season

Apr 27 2022, 12:00 am

Secluded, enclosed, and elevated outdoor spaces – when we think of the best hidden patios in Vancouver, these are the qualities that come to mind.

Whether you want to sip champagne on a rooftop spot or enjoy a brew in a tucked-away back terrace, we’ve got you covered with this list.

Here are our picks for some of the best hidden patios in Vancouver.

1931 Gallery Bistro

We love this restaurant at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It offers top-notch dining service and grab-and-go options, but one look at this patio, tucked into an upper level of the gallery exterior, will leave you inspired by more than just the art.

Address: 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver

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Gotham Steakhouse & Bar

Gotham Steakhouse offers diners an urban garden oasis complete with a ton of lush greenery. Hidden to folks just passing by on Seymour Street, we can’t think of a better spot to enjoy a perfect steak on a cool summer’s eve.

Address: 615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-605-8282

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Giardino Restaurant

 

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Umberto Menghi’s Giardino Restaurant is home to a beautiful hideaway: an 80-seat garden patio. With the eatery’s red-tiled roof, stone exterior, and lush garden, diners will feel as though they’ve been transported to Tuscany.

Address: 1328 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-669-2422

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Minami

 

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This celebrated Yaletown sushi restaurant offers incredible eats and a delightful hidden patio to match. It’s intimate and surrounded by a beautiful garden – you instantly forget which neighbourhood you’re relaxing in once you sit here for a while.

Address: 1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-685-8080

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The Roof at Black + Blue

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One of downtown Vancouver’s favourite rooftop patios is a truly special space to enjoy a meal. Its stunning garden-inspired space, which underwent a complete makeover last year, features a romantic, flower-adorned pergola and glowy lights, making the outdoor spot quite a magical one.

Address: 1032 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-637-0777

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Cafe Il Nido

 

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The romantic courtyard patio at Cafe Il Nido is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and some traditional Italian food. This spot is just steps away from the hustle and bustle of Robson Street and offers a getaway from the city.

Address: 780 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-685-6436

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The Narrow Lounge

 

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It’s super easy to miss this hidden gem located in Mount Pleasant, but here’s a tip: look for the red light. This signals whether The Narrow Lounge is open or not, and if it is, we urge you to head to the backyard patio, which comes complete with kitschy decor and trees.

Address: 1898 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-737-5206

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Joe Fortes

Joe Fortes is an institution in the Vancouver food scene that brings a lot to the table, including an unmatched rooftop garden patio barely visible from the street. This awesome spot comes with expert service and a relaxing paradise-like atmosphere.

Address: 777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-669-1940

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Reflections: The Garden Terrace (opening soon)

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It’s been a minute since we were able to enjoy this much-loved breezy space, so we’re very excited to announce it will be welcoming guests for the first time this season on Monday, May 2 2022. The iconic spot will feature some past favourites as well as a refreshed cocktail list.

Address: Rosewood Hotel Georgia – 801 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-673-7043

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The Lido

 

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This casual watering hole in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood also happens to have a great secret patio along the side. Barely visible from the street, the spot feels extra special with its twinkly string lights and bistro-style seating.

Address: 518 East Broadway, Vancouver

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D6 Bar and Lounge

Tucked away inside Parq Vancouver, D6 is a rooftop, indoor-outdoor cocktail bar. If the killer views, year-round patio dining, and swanky cocktails don’t get you here, then the bookcase hiding secret rooms probably will.

Address: Inside Parq Vancouver – 39 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-370-8961

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Platform 7

 

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The second outpost of this Vancouver-based coffee chain, the Hastings Street location of Platform 7 happens to have one of the most magical secret garden patios in the city. Grab an espresso, a book, and settle in at this little oasis for an afternoon.

Address: 2331 East Hastings, Vancouver

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The Arbor

This plant-based eatery and bar has a small patio out front, but it also has a secret one around the back for in-the-know folks. It’s covered and heated through the cooler months, but it’s also the perfect spot to spend a summer afternoon indulging in the restaurant’s refreshing cocktails and cornmeal-crusted onion rings.

Address: 3941 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-3256

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Tacofino Taco Bar – Gastown

The Gastown location of this local chain has an iconic hidden back patio in Blood Alley, behind the restaurant. Set under string lights and vine-covered brick walls, the patio is a great spot for tacos and margaritas.

Address: 15 West Cordova Street, Vancouver

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With files from Hanna McLean and Daryn Wright

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