Best patios for brunch in Vancouver

Jun 2 2016, 5:04 pm

Vancouver has plenty of brunch-friendly cafes and restaurants that encourage you to sit back and relax in their open air seating areas.

If you want to spend as much time outside as possible this summer indulge your love of brunch and patios with our guide to the best patios for brunch in Vancouver.


Beach Bay Cafe

Photo courtesy Beach Bay Cafe + Patio

Photo courtesy Beach Bay Cafe + Patio

Not only does the former Raincity Grill spot house a refurbished, light-filled interior but it also offers diners a welcoming 35-seat park-facing patio. With ocean views, Beach Bay Cafe’s patio is a fantastic place to enjoy an al fresco weekend brunch. (Hello endless mimosas!)

Address: 1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-685-7337
Twitter: @beachbaycafe


Photo courtesy Ancora

Photo courtesy Ancora

Ancora opened up in the former C Restaurant space in Yaletown in September 2015, so while its impressive False Creek-facing patio saw many a sunny day last year, it has yet to soak up the rays for a full, proper patio season. Enjoy a unique and eclectic mix of brunch plates, which take their cue from Peruvian and Japanese cuisine.

Address: 1600 Howe Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-681-1164
Twitter: @ancoradining


Photo courtesy Dockside Restaurant

Photo courtesy Dockside Restaurant

The patio at Dockside is hard to beat for its scope and views. Settle in and soak up the sunshine and enjoy the vista of Yaletown’s skyline and North Shore Mountains, all nestled alongside False Creek. Head over to Dockside for a lingering brunch, on the weekend when the restaurant offers a range of tempting plates like smoked wild sockeye Benedict; a BC forest mushroom omelette; bacon, potato and leek frittata, and a starter plate of crab and shrimp cakes.

Address: 1253 Johnston Street (Granville Island), Vancouver
Phone: 604-685-7070
Twitter: @eatDockside


Jess Fleming / Daily Hive

Jess Fleming / Daily Hive

Seating 60 people, Chambar’s tree lined, partially shaded patio is open from 8 am to late (as long as the weather permits) and is a terrific place to enjoy a spot of brunch. In addition to the restaurant’s popular outdoor seating area, Chambar offers a wide range of brunch plates that are guaranteed to leave you feeling satisfied. Here the brunch menu follows the eatery’s Belgian theme and North African influences, and includes the spicy Chambar sausage paella, duck confit with quinoa, and a Tajine comprised of grilled Merguez, saffron tomato stew, fried pita, hummus, poached eggs, and fresh herbs.

Address: 568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-879-7119
Twitter: @chambar

Chill Winston

Jess Fleming / Daily Hive

Jess Fleming / Daily Hive

With close to 100 seats, sun umbrellas, and a bustling atmosphere, Chill Winston’s sprawling sidewalk patio is the perfect place to relax, slow down, and enjoy a lingering weekend brunch. Dig into an array of tasty brunch dishes, while sipping a refreshing and boozy tea cocktail, on a warm summer’s morning.

Address: 3 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-288-9575
Twitter: @chillwinston

Edible Canada

Jess Fleming / Daily Hive

Jess Fleming / Daily Hive

Not only is Edible Canada an ideal location for seeking out some of the city’s best locally-focused foods, but they also offer a cozy restaurant patio for terrific outdoor dining. In the summertime, when the sun filters down through the trees Edible Canada’s patio, with its view of Granville Island Market, is an especially lovely place to indulge in a spot of brunch.

Address: 1596 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-682-6681
Twitter: @ediblecanada

Joe Fortes

Photo courtesy Joe Fortes

Photo courtesy Joe Fortes

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 sought-after and classic weekend brunch spread.

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

Lift Bar & Grill

There can be absolutely no denying that the patio attached to this upscale restaurant in Coal Harbour is pretty damn spectacular. Situated on the waters of Vancouver Harbour, LIFT Bar & Grill offers brunch goers stunning costal views as well as a range of fresh seafood focused selections.

Address: 333 Menchions Mews, Vancouver
Phone: 604-689-5438
Twitter: @liftbarandgrill

Cactus Club Cafe – English Bay

While English Bay’s Cactus Club Cafe does not have a brunch menu per se, it does offer visiting patrons a wide variety of West Coast inspired food choices from 11 am onwards come the weekend. While Cactus Club’s menu is reliably good, it must be said that it is the restaurant’s open patio and stunning views of the Burrard Inlet and surrounding mountains that makes this eatery a must-visit destination.

1790 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-681-2582
Twitter: @cactusclubcafe

WildTale Coastal Grill

Jess Fleming / Daily Hive

Jess Fleming / Daily Hive

With a welcoming 40-seat patio who wouldn’t want to sit and linger at this modern, seafood-focused restaurant. Savour a happy hour drink (or two), a plate of freshly shucked oysters, or weekend brunch out on WildTale’s open air stretch of Mainland Street.

1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-9211
Twitter: @wildtalevan

The Whip

Located on a quiet stretch of East 6th Avenue (near Main Street) The Whip is a great al fresco dining option to enjoy a casual brunch, as well as down a well-deserved pint. With a varied selection of brunch-time essentials, including bacon and eggs, Eggs Benny, and a breakfast wrap, in addition to a range of local draught beers from Mount Pleasant, East Van, Victoria, and a little further afield, The Whip is destined to please your palate.

Address: 209 East 6th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-874-4687
Twitter: @WhipRestaurant

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