Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood is known for its quaint shops, bustling beaches, cuddly dogs, adorable babies, and of course, its epically sunny patios.
This beachside paradise is the perfect place to lounge out and relax on a patio, and there are tons of options to pick from.
The Galley, beachside at the Jericho Sailing Centre, is open till sunset every day. You’ll get a fantastic view of downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park, the North Shore Mountains, Bowen Island, and the Strait of Georgia – with a beachside menu to match.
Address: 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver
The Ellis is a cozy gastropub in the Kits neighbourhood. This cute little patio is the perfect stop for a sunny morning brunch or a dinner after hitting up Kits Beach. The pub features a late night happy hour during the week, and an afternoon happy hour on weekends.
Address: 2204 York Avenue, Vancouver
The Kitchen Table is a short jaunt from Kits Beach, and boasts one of the cutest patios in town. Wooden and filled with live plants and flowers in the summer, this patio is perfect for a cool drink and some food after a long day at the beach.
Address: 1618 Yew Street, Vancouver
Located in the heart of Kits just off of West 4th Avenue, Browns Social House is great for shoppers or beach-goers. With an extensive food and drink menu, you’re sure to find something there. The patio faces onto the street and is great for people watching.
Address: 2296 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
The Local Public Eatery is an obvious choice but we had to include it. The casual beachside sports bar has a hugely popular patio across the road from Kits beach. It’s always packed, so be prepared to wait for a spot, and those fish tacos will taste even better.
Address: 2210 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
This Cantina-style spot serves Mexican food and perhaps more importantly, delicious margaritas. The beach is right down the street and their corner patio on 4th and Maple is great for people watching,tequila-sipping, and of course sunbaking.
Address: 1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
As you would expect, the Boathouse has a beautiful waterfront view, right on Kits beach. Spots on their second-floor patio are scarce, so get there early or call ahead if you want to enjoy classy seafood and fish dishes or quaff some of the best BC wines around.
Address: 1305 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
Darbys is a great pub, with friendly staff and the best selection of craft beer on tap in Kitsilano. It also has one of Vancouver’s largest rooftop patios – a top spot to sip on a Caesar while you enjoy a Sunday brunch in the sun, all with a view of the mountains.
Address: 2001 Macdonald Street, Vancouver
The Naam Restaurant is known for its vegetarian, soy-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free food, but it also has a small patio, quietly hidden away from the street. Uniquely, The Naam is open 24 hours, seven days a week, so you can enjoy the patio at all hours.
Address: 2724 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Sophie’s is known for its dining room of red booths surrounded by collectables and vintage toys. But it also has a small patio, decorated with bright green chairs, where can enjoy a hearty brunch, lunch, or dinner. And if it rains? No worries – the patio is covered.
Address: 2095 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Deacon’s Corner’s may be better known for its original Gastown location, but its second diner in Kitsilano also offers home-style comfort food, award-winning burgers, and French fries made to order – all served on a sunny, summer patio.
Address: 3189 West Broadway, Vancouver
This place is known for its innovative sushi in a unique atmosphere with eclectic décor – but did you know it had a patio? So whether you’re enjoying Sushi Shooters, Bacon Striptease, or Fat Elvis rolls, you can still catch some rays or gaze at some stars.
Address: 3431 West Broadway, Vancouver
Steamed, stewed, or served nude, Chewies always has a wide range of fresh oysters on offer, from both the West and East coasts. Their Kits location, just around the corner from the Local, also has a narrow, raised patio for excellent summertime people watching.
Address: 3431 West Broadway, Vancouver
If the tipple you’re after isn’t so much cocktail as coffee, this is the covered patio for you. Situated out of the way of all the shopping traffic on 4th, you’ll find great coffee, chat, and cake here, plus Lucky’s Doughnuts and a more than ample bike rack.
Address: 2198 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Not so much a patio as a parklet, Rain Or Shine’s outdoor space on 4th Avenue is for everyone, not just those licking ice cream cones. So even if you don’t fancy some locally made, organic blueberry balsamic or coffee toffee ice cream, you can still catch some rays.
Address: 1926 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
TurF is right smack dab in the middle of 4th Ave, and it’s one of the newer patios in the neighbourhood. This spot doubles as a fitness studio and a mostly-vegan eatery that also serves BC wines, craft beers and ciders, and even bubbles.
Address: 2041 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
With files from Jenni Sheppard and Hanna McLean.