Vancouver’s Commercial Drive area, known affectionately as The Drive, is a celebrated historic corridor in the city, and continues to offer locals and visitors much to see and do.
When the weather warms up, several of The Drive’s top food and drink spots open up their patios so you can really soak up the local scene. Really, this is one of the city’s best ‘hoods when it comes to kicking back on a patio and enjoying the day.
Here are the best patios on Commercial Drive.
Escape to Cuba right in Vancouver. Havana has a beautiful menu of tapas, tacos, and traditional sandwiches and entrees, all of which you can enjoy on their Commercial Drive-facing patio.
Address: 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Merchant’s on the Drive has undergone a bit of an update; they aren’t an oyster bar anymore, and their food is definitely taking a turn for the exciting and innovative. Called Merchant’s Workshop, they are serving up brunch and dinner, and still have an excellent patio space for sunny days.
Address: 1590 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
They love whisky so much at Fets, they try to work it into their cooking. Whisky lovers will love their selection, and their patio gives diners and drinkers a great place on The Drive to toast to great food and drink and a great outdoor venue.
Address: 1230 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Famoso is a Canadian chain of Neaolitan-style pizzeria, serving up lovely pizza pies made with “00” flour. Their Commercial Drive location boats a welcoming patio for those who like to dine “al fresco.”
Address: 1380 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
While not fully a patio by definition, the Prado Parklet, as its known, is an outdoor seating space outside Prado Cafe in what had previously been a parking space. Built and opened in 2014, the parklet is a wood and steel structure with table seating for Prado customers or passers-by to enjoy while out and about on The Drive.
Address: 1938 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
A destination for vegan and vegetarians on The Drive, Cafe Deux Soleils has a small but charming patio out front. Look for the cheery red umbrellas. The cafe also holds poetry, comedy, and live music events.
Address: 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Falconetti’s on The Drive is known for their cool second-storey patio, along with their famous sausages. Enjoy them both in the summer sun.
Address: 1812 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
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One of three BierCraft locations in Vancouver, the Commercial Drive outpost focuses on “taps and tapas.” That means great share plates and, of course, a beer list showcasing great local brews and imports.
Address: 1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Calling all believers in beer: Congregate on the patio of St. Augustine’s to worship the sun, and your suds. Keep taps…oops, tabs…on what’s on the beer menu with their website’s Live Beer Menu.
Address: 2360 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
The Drive’s gastropub-in-residence, The Charlatan not only boasts 15 craft beers on tap, but also a lovely patio for al fresco suds-ing and snacking.
Address: 1447 Commercial Drive, Vancouver