Summer is finally here and this recent heat wave has patios packed. In honour of of the amazing weather and happy people, it’s time to reveal the best patios to make the most out of the summer months.
Kits is all about fun in the sun and patios are a crucial element for those long summer days when you feel like kicking back and spending some time with friends. Oh, and just to clarify, we are labeling “Kits” only as far east as Burrard Street.
Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. Pretty much everyone knows The Local, and trying to nab a patio seat on a sunny day is next to impossible. The Local gets points for being the “go to” in Kits but loses points for being so damn packed all the time!
Signature Drink: Iron’s Fist Mojito
Signature Dish: Fully Loaded Nachos
Address: 2210 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
Just up the block from Local, Chewies has only been around for a year and a half but already feels like a fixture. Think oysters, wine and a sun-drenched patio.
Signature Drink: Bacon infused vodka caesar
Signature Dish: Chicken and Waffles
Address: 2201 West 1 Avenue, Vancouver
Right on Kits Beach, The Boathouse patio gets credit for being one of the only establishments in Kits with unrestricted views of the water.
Signature Drink: Pink Peppercorn Cosmo
Signature Dish: Miso Crusted Wild Halibut
Address:1305 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
Las Margaritas is a great casual spot on 4th to relax and have a pitcher or two of margaritas with some freshly made salsa. Expect to wait for a seat on sunny days and meal times.
Signature Drink: Margarita!
Signature Dish: Enchiladas de Carnitas
Address:1999 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Recent renovations to the rooftop patio has made Darby’s a great choice for having a pint while enjoying the sun. The best part: the patio gets sun practically all day long.
Signature Drink: Beer – they have a wide selection, and cask nights every Tuesday
Signature Dish: Broadway Burger
Address:2001 Macdonald Street, Vancouver
The Smoking Dog
Want a little more sophistication with your patio experience? The Smoking Dog is a classic French bistro offering a fine dining experience with your outdoor desires.
Signature Drink: They have a great wine list!
Signature Dish: Butternut Squash Risotto
Address:1889 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe
Don’t let the long lines outside scare you; Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe is one of the best breakfast patio options in Kits. Unpretentious, quick service, affordable and casual, it’s the perfect spot for that weekend hangover brunch.
Signature Drink: Sophie’s Viet Coffee
Signature Dish: Lumberjack Breakfast
Address:2095 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
We almost didn’t want to include this one on the list because it’s such a hidden gem. The Galley, located upstairs at the Jericho Sailing Club, has by far the best patio views of Vancouver in Kits (but keep it between us, okay?).
Signature Drink: Beer
Signature Dish: R&B Red Devil Fish and Chips
Address:1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver
Right in between Chewies and Local, is this Vancouver favourite. The patio is small, but if you can your hands on a seat, it’s a great location to people watch.
Signature Drink: Abigail’s Caesar
Signature Dish: Poutine, and Bison Short Rib Hash (brunch)
Address:1685 Yew Street, Vancouver
Thomas Haas is a world-renowned chocolatier. This cafe features his amazing chocolates, pastries, and sandwiches. The patio is quaint, and it’s a great location to catch up with friends.
Signature Drink: Aztec Hot Chocolate
Signature Dish:Chocolate Sparkles Cookie, and Pain au Chocolat
Address: 2539 West Broadway, Vancouver
Sunshine Diner has been a Vancouver staple since 1970! The patio is out of direct sun for those with sun sensitivity.
Signature Drink: Chocolate Milkshake
Signature Dish: Sunshine Benny
Address: 2649 West Broadway, Vancouver
Images: The Local, Chewies, The Boathouse, Las Margaritas, Darby’s, Smoking Dog, Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe, The Galley, Abigail’s Party, Thomas Haas, Sunshine Diner.