Whether over late-night cocktails, early-morning mimosas or pints of beer in between, the open atmosphere of a patio provides the opportunity to enjoy the views, the food and of course the interesting people that make up Vancouver. In counting down the list of the best patios in Vancouver, here’s a compilation of the best spots to observe passing Vancouverites.
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Known for its friendly atmosphere, this restaurant is known to restaurant enthusiasts and locals alike and features a trio of large, heated patios.
Address: 1137 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
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With a patio opening up directly onto the teeming Yaletown strip of restaurants, there’s always something to see while enjoying Earls classic menu spanning steaks, burgers, pasta, woks and seafood.
Address: 1095 Mainland Street, Vancouver
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Situated in one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in Vancouver, Yaletown Brewing strives to be a comfortable place for locals to relax until late into the night. Of course the menu features a wide selection of the company’s own beers, lagers and wines and the wraparound patio on the pub’s two sides makes for excellent people watching on a balmy summer night.
Address: 1111 Mainland Street, Vancouver
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In the business hub of Yaletown, British Columbia’s largest coffee shop chain offers the chance to enjoy brewed coffee and impeccable latté art while enjoying the many passers-by on Hamilton Street.
Address: 338 Helmcken Street, Vancouver
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Frequented by the hip and trendy and featuring a large and spacious pattio as well as open-concept dining room, Chill Winston is situated in the heart of Gastown and all its action. Featuring a slightly exotic menu to pull in those wanting to venture out of the ordinary, Chill Winston is an excellent spot to people watch on a balmy summer afternoon.
Address: 3 Alexander Street, Vancouver
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Located in the heart of the lively West End, the patio extended off the Whole Foods location in Robson provides the perfect place to lounge and observe the community. Deli sandwiches and all the fresh samples one would expect from a Whole Foods, plus the addition of a premium location close to Second Beach and accessibility to annual summer events like the Pride Parade, Festival of Lights and Canada Day celebrations.
Address: 1675 Robson Street, Vancouver
Perched on one of the busiest corners in the Downtown Entertainment District and situated along the historic Theatre Row on Granville Street, the Cinema Public House offers a lot for its pubgoers to stare at. Chandeliers and mirrored drop ceilings inside the pub itself keep guests visually stimulated over craft beers and cocktails.
Address: 901 Granville Street, Vancouver
With two patios, this local pub that supports sustainable and local food provides double the people watching chances while also providing a gorgeous view of False Creek.
Address: 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
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Trendy, modern and with a great view overlooking English Bay. This Cactus Club location provides all the great menu choices the chain has to offer, plus a chic, wood-panelled setting to enjoy people watching in.
Address: 1790 Beach Avenue
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