Indulge your love of brunch and patios with our guide to the best patios for brunch in Vancouver.
With arguably one of the nicest waterfront patios in all of Vancouver, Dockside Restaurant, located on the southeast corner of Granville Island, offers visitors an incredibly beautiful and relaxed setting to enjoy a delicious Sunday brunch. Overlooking False Creek, downtown Vancouver and beyond to the mountains of the North Shore, Dockside Restaurant’s sun drenched patio is the perfect spot to relish a lingering brunch as well as a varied selection of Dockside’s breaky plates, which include: smoked wild sockeye Benedict; a B.C. forest mushroom omelette; bacon, potato and leek frittata, and a starter plate of crab and shrimp cakes.
Address: 1253 Johnston Street
This Gastown favourite is equally loved by Vancouverites for its sprawling sidewalk patio as it is for its tempting brunch spread. With close to 100 seats, sun umbrellas, and a bustling atmosphere Chill Winston’s patio is a fantastic place to dig into an array of tasty brunch dishes (while sipping a refreshing and boozy tea cocktail) on a warm summer morning. Located at the intersection of Alexander, Water and Carroll Streets, Chill Winston’s patio is also especially great for people watching.
Address: 3 Alexander Street
Every weekend this Beatty Street eatery manages to pull a crowd of hopeful diners, in lure of the restaurant’s consistently outstanding food and spacious, tree lined patio. Featuring around 50 seats, Chambar’s patio is an ideal location for a sunny mid-morning meal.
In addition to the restaurant’s popular outdoor seating area, Chambar offers a wide range of brunch plates that are guaranteed to leave patrons feeling satisfied. Here the brunch menu follows the restaurant’s Belgian theme and North African influences, and includes: L’omellette du jour; a 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
Who says you can’t have pizza for brunch? The folks at The Parlour on Mainland street in Yaletown certainly believe that eating pizza in the morning is a great way to start the day, so much so they have created a delicious range of individual breakfast pizzas to be savoured on the weekend.
Topped with fresh-tasting and quality ingredients, The Parlour’s brunch inspired pizzas include an Eggs Benedict pizza (two eggs, back forest ham, tomato sauce mozza and Hollandaise), as well as a Smoked Benjamin pizza (two eggs, smoked salmon, Hollandaise, capers, red onion, dill and cream cheese).
While The Parlour’s chic interior is a pleasant space to enjoy a meal, when the sun is shining bright the restaurant’s street facing patio is the place to be.
Address: 1011 Hamilton Street
Joe Fortes’ rooftop patio has got to be one of the most sought after spaces in the entire city. Yet despite the weekday madness of trying to grab a table on the patio, come 5 o’clock, brunch up top at the weekend is a much more relaxed affair. Of course, it is still best to call ahead and book a table (which will guarantee you a table inside with the option to sit on the patio upon your arrival), or turn up as close to opening time as you can to secure a seat in the open air.
Lined by a beautiful blooming garden and a living green wall, Joe Fortes’ patio is a wonderfully peaceful and sunny spot to enjoy the restaurant’s classic brunch plates and signature seafood focused meals. With such a tranquil setting it’s easy to forget that the Joe Fortes patio sits above the hustle and bustle of Robson Street.
Address: 777 Thurlow Street
MARKET by Jean-Georges
MARKET by Jean-Georges’ delightful patio in Vancouver’s downtown core is a weekend gathering place for locals and visitors alike. To kick off summer in the style the restaurant has just re-launched their Bubbles, Beats and Brunch summer dining series. Complete with shared plates, strong drinks, and a live DJ mix, MARKET’s weekend brunch is sure to put you in a great mood for the rest of the day.
Address: 1115 Alberni Street
Local Public Eatery
There’s no better place to enjoy a sunny weekend brunch than on the patio at Kitsilano’s Local Public Eatery. Situated across the road from Kits beach, Local offers diners a casual beach-side dining experience. With a sizable, sunlit outdoor dining space and a tasty brunch menu patrons are promised a laid-back brunch affair. With a variety of breakfast essentials brunch goers visiting Local have the option to feast on dishes such as: banana pancakes; a fried egg sandwich; steak and eggs; veggie Eggs Benedict, and more.
Address: 2210 Cornwall Avenue
Jules Casual French Bistro
Jules Casual French Bistro, located in Gastown, is home to a very sweet sidewalk patio. With a handful of tables and chairs only a lucky few are actually able to enjoy Jules’ weekend brunch outdoors. Although the patio is not overly huge it is definitely worth a mention as sitting out the front of Jules in the fresh air, enjoying the kitchen’s authentic, hearty French bistro fare is an absolutely delightful way to spend a morning. The patio’s petite size is also reminiscent of eating a coffee and pastry breakfast on the cobbled streets of Paris.
Address: 216 Abbott Street
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 a.m. 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.
Address: 1790 Beach Avenue
This welcoming Granville Island bistro focuses on new Canadian cuisine, as well as sourcing quality, local ingredients. In addition to offering market-fresh seasonal cuisine and a fantastic brunch spread of Okanagan granola, apple flapjacks, wild mushroom benny, Quebec duck poutine, spring vegetable tartine and other enticing dishes, Edible Canada at the Market harbours an expansive patio. 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
Located on Denman near Robson, Left Bank’s lane way patio is a hidden neighbourhood gem. With 35 seats Left Bank’s awning-covered patio has become a popular place to grab a table and savour an alfresco French-inspired meal during Vancouver’s warmer months. Not only is Left Bank’s patio cool and casual but also the brunch served is decidedly and deliciously French. The restaurant’s Shakshuka, a dish that combines both French and Moroccan styles of cooking and comprises of two runny baked eggs, and a red pepper and caramelized onion hash finished with a raita dressing, is recommended.
Address: 751 Denman Street
The LIFT Bar Grill
There can be absolutely no denying that the patio attached to this upscale restaurant in Coal Harbour is pretty spectacular. Situated on the waters of Vancouver Harbour, The LIFT Bar Grill offers its patrons stunning costal views as well as a seafood focused brunch come the weekend. Aside from serving an array of brunch dishes featuring fresh crab, lobster and shrimp, The LIFT Bar Grill’s menu also includes: a chorizo sausage skillet, beef short-rib hash, and scrambled eggs and bacon.
Address: 333 Menchions Mews