Best hidden and rooftop patios in Vancouver

May 13 2017, 12:42 am

With a collection of secluded, enclosed, and elevated outdoor spaces in the city, we’ve complied a handy list of the best hidden and rooftop patios in Vancouver to hit up when the sun is shining bright.

Here are the best hidden and rooftop patios in Vancouver.

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Photo courtesy Forage

Photo courtesy Forage

This popular farm-to-table restaurant on Robson Street is home to a cute and cozy concealed patio. Boasting picnic-style furniture, Forage’s inviting outdoor space will make you feel like you’re out in the wild.

Address: 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @foragevancouver

Gotham Steakhouse & Bar

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Photo courtesy Gotham Steakhouse & Bar

Surrounded by lush green plants, Gotham Steakhouse offers diners an urban garden oasis to retreat to on warm, sunny days. The eatery’s south-east facing patio gets plenty of golden rays on its patio.

Address: 615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @gothamvancouver


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Photo courtesy Minami

Small, intimate, and surrounded by a beautiful garden, the patio at this revered sushi restaurant is a delightful open air space to sit out on and enjoy the delicious offerings served up. Creative and packed with flavour, Minami’s sushi is sure to leave patrons feeling truly satisfied.

Address: 1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @minamiyaletown


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It’s easy to forget exactly where you are when you step foot onto this beautifully laid-out, hidden patio at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Reminiscent of outdoor spaces found in L.A., New York, and Miami, Reflections, surrounded by soaring buildings, is the ideal urban oasis. With its own private elevator to the fourth floor, it can be tough for some to find on their first visit, so simply ask the hotel staff to point you in the right direction.

Address: 801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @rosewoodhotels

Cafe Il Nido

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If you’re looking for a secluded place to enjoy a summery glass of wine and a light bite downtown check out Cafe Il Nido. Although the unassuming spot is just steps away from the hustle and bustle of Robson Street, the eatery offers a quiet, leafy sanctuary to unwind in.

Address: 780 Thurlow Street, Vancouver

The Narrow Lounge

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You’d be forgiven for walking straight past this hidden gem. Located in Mount Pleasant 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
Instagram: @narrowlounge


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A peaceful spot tucked away at the rear of the restaurant, Pronto’s patio is a fantastic space to retire to. Enjoy a taste of sunshine and fresh air on this warm-weather hidden gem, while digging into a plate of the eatery’s handmade gnocchi.

Address: 3473 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @prontocaffe

Kingston Taphouse & Grille

You wouldn’t necessarily know it from the street, but the independently owned and operated, Kingston Taphouse and Grille boasts a fantastic inner courtyard that seats around 30 people.

Address: 755 Richards Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @kingstontap

Vij’s Restaurant

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Head up to the top of this quirky Cambie Street restaurant and sip drinks and snacks surrounded by a sky-high “fence” of lights; this is in part what gave the flagship 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
Instagram: @eatdrinkvijs

Adesso Bistro

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Nestled among the trees in a residential neighbourhood on Haro Street, about a block and a half past Denman, Adesso Bistro offers patrons a secluded al fresco dining experience. Tucked out of the way, it’s no wonder that people are surprised when they stumble upon this little beauty. Flaunting beautiful hanging flowers, the bistro’s 50-seat patio is the perfect place to perch oneself on a summer evening, whilst tucking into an antipasti platter. Reservations for the patio are required.

Address: 1906 Haro Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @adessobistro

The Wicklow Pub

Situated along the seawall in False Creek, The Wicklow Pub boasts one of the sunniest patios in Vancouver. West-facing, the upstairs back patio is where you’ll find a seat to plonk yourself on as you soak up some summer rays or watch a perfect sunset with a cold one in hand.

Address: 610 Stamps Landing, Vancouver
Instagram: @wicklowpub

Giardino Restaurant

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

Address: 1328 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @giardinovan

Joe Fortes

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Lined by a beautiful blooming garden and a living green wall, Joe Fortes’ rooftop patio provides a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Robson Street below. Sun-drenched, the iconic space is a wonderfully peaceful spot to indulge on the restaurant’s signature seafood-focused dishes.

Address: 777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @joefortesvan

Darby’s Public House

Darby’s Kitsilano patio is a non-pretentious bar patio with an impressive line-up of BC craft beers and decent food specials. It doesn’t hurt that the patio is sun-drenched most of the day and you won’t be frowned upon for showing up in sandals and beach wear.

Address: 2001 Macdonald Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @darbys_kits

The Railway Stage & Beer Café

The Railway Stage & Beer Café (formally Railway Club) opened in April 2017, and its hidden patio space is about to open too. This legendary live music venue was leased by the Donnelly Group earlier this year, and has since received a facelift including a new outdoor patio space complete with beer taps in the open air.

Address: 579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @railwaysbc

The Keg – Yaletown

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The Keg’s Yaletown rooftop patio is one of the most sought after open air spaces in the city. Overlooking the warehouses on Mainland Street, coupled with a solid drinks and food menu, The Keg’s comfortably furnished patio has undeniable appeal.

1011 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @thekegsteakhouse

The Roof at Black+Blue

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Situated on the top of Black+Blue on Alberni Street, The Roof’s patio has been designed with a sophisticated late night crowd in mind. Indeed, the space has been decorated with ultra modern furnishings and open pit table fireplaces. Guests who are lucky enough to grab a seat on one of Vancouver’s largest rooftop patios, can enjoy a range of summery libations from the bar and appetizing plates from the kitchen’s menu selections.

Address: 1032 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @glowbal_group

Original Joe’s – Cambie

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You’d be forgiven for thinking that Original Joe’s 40-seat patio belongs to La Taqueria on Cambie Street, as the outdoor space sits on top of the popular taco shop. Connected through a side entrance, the patio at Original Joe’s is super chilled and receives a ton of sunlight, which makes it a fantastic spot to enjoy a relaxed drink and meal during the day.

Address: 2525 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @ojscambie

With files from Jess Fleming and Hanna McLean. 

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