If the weather in late March was any indication of the upcoming season, we’re going to have a lot of great patio time. With so many rainy calendar days, we love it when the sun comes out and we can get our much needed fill of Vitamin D. Vancouver is in no short supply of patios, but we’ve rounded up some great patios that are a mix of view, value and flavour.
Living in Vancouver means a good cup of coffee is never hard to find. However, a good cup of coffee and delicious doughnuts all in one stop? That’s a bit of a feat. Lucky’s Doughnuts/49th Parallel Cafe delivers both in Mount Pleasant. Add an amazing patio to work or hang out on and you’ve got a winning combo. Try any espresso drink or coffee with one of their savoury gourmet doughnuts. Our favourite? The Apple Bacon Fritter.
An old Steveston favourite, Pajo’s never disappoints. While it may be difficult to find a spot on their patio especially on warm sunny days, it’s worth the wait to people watch and gently bob up and down on this floating restaurant. It’s almost a necessity to always order their fish and chips, and if you’re lucky enough to have a birthday during the summer you can score a free birthday meal from them!
With a large patio and comfortable outdoor seating, Yaletown Brewing Co. is perfect for after work get togethers, parties and people watching. They have a good selection on their menu including deep fried pickles and chicken schnitzel! They also get major points for brewing their own beer on premises and providing complimentary trolley service to hockey games at Rogers Arena!
Gallery Cafe at Vancouver Art Gallery
While the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery can become quite populated during lunch hour, you can watch all the action from above at the Gallery Cafe. They offer quiches, soups and sandwiches for lunch but their view of Robson is the primary reason to visit!
An oasis in the busy downtown core, Guu Garden is perched between the courthouses and the entertainment district. This Guu is a little more upscale than their other pub-like restaurants. The patio boasts wide seating, open air grill-it-yourself items during the summer time making it the perfect stop for after work drinks or a round of shopping on Robson. Share their Agadeshi Mozzarella, Chicken Karaage and try anything off their fresh sheet!
Stepping into Havana on Commercial Drive feels like you’re stepping into old Havana in Cuba. Their walls have been scribed by locals and tourists alike leaving their mark and their gallery is affixed with pieces of art of artists leaving theirs as well. One of the bigger patios located on the Drive, Havana is the perfect place to people watch and have a delicious Latin brunch and Cuban cocktails. Try their Chorizo Hash for brunch and their pitchers of Sangria!
If you’re looking to impress with the most beautiful view of the sun setting in Vancouver, your best bet is the Teahouse’s patio nestled in Stanley Park. While the view may be your selling point, the food is just as wonderful. Start off with their Stuffed Mushrooms and try their amazing Roasted Sablefish for dinner. Worried about parking? It’s free after 6pm.
Dockside is an award winning patio located on Granville Island. Here you can watch the boats go by and Yaletowners walk their dogs on the other side of the creek. With their patio located on the East, it sees the most sun during the morning until sun down. Dockside is a great location for cocktails and appetizers including their Legendary Chili Squid.
Joe Fortes’ rooftop patio is at the heart of downtown and an easy decision for after work cocktails. Their lush green wall and well maintained greenery makes you forget that you’re sitting atop a roof. What do we love the most about Joe Fortes? Happy Hour! All items on their Happy Hour Menu are 50% off from 4-6pm including their massive jumbo tempura prawns, beef carpaccio and Buck a Shuck oysters. Their Blue Plate lunch specials are also a great value at $9.95.
Mahony & Sons
If you’re looking for a pub that’s got a completely immaculate view of the waterfront, look no further. Mahony & Sons Burrard Landing located at the Vancouver Convention Centre has its own corner of the famous Vancouver waterfront. The food is a mix of traditional Irish pub fare and a fusion of different cultures. Their portions are on the large side, so come hungry and leave happy.
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Written by Dee de los Santos, a Food Columnist at Vancity Buzz. Connect with Dee on twitter @gastrofork.