Patio Season Comes to Vancouver

off the beaten path, Things to Do — By Natasha John on May 31, 2011 at 11:14 pm

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The warm weather is slowly showing its face around Vancouver, which means that patio season is in full force. As soon as there is any sunshine in this city, we flock to a patio like a mocking bird to shiny things. With time being of the essence, you want to make sure you don’t waste time walking all over the city trying to find a place to set up shop and grab a drink. So, here’s a list of a few to get you started:

Sciué Yaletown – This little gem has some fantastic people watching and also gets a large amount of sunshine. It’s in a bit of an obscure place, right in Yaletown’s Roundhouse, but stylish Italian families come to play and it’s never a dull moment to check out what frocks they’re wearing. Grab a coffee, a glass or wine, lunch or dessert, then sit back and relax.

Chill Winston – Though the food may not be what draws you here, the beers they have on tap and extra large Caesars are enough to make up for it. The patio is perhaps one of the larger restaurant patios in Vancouver, but it definitely gets packed pretty quickly on a sunny day.

The Mill Marine – Located right on the Seawall, this is a fantastic spot to stop and grab a drink after a long bike ride or walk. Take in views of the North Shore mountains and enjoy the fresh ocean air.

The Five Point – A Main Street classic. The patio isn’t huge, but it definitely brings the kids to come and play.

Havanas – Right on Commercial Street, this long and lean outdoor space can pack a punch when you’re looking for some Latino cuisine in the sunshine.

Joe Fortes – Another downtown hot spot. Unless you know about this patio, you have probably walked past it a million times without taking a second look. It’s a stylish oasis on the second story that has a lovely garden to shield the noise of bustling Robson. They have oysters. Need I say more?

The Wicklow – Perched over False Creek, this hidden spot is another top choice to take a little repo after making your way around the Seawall. It’s only about a 15 minute walk from Granville Island, so if  you’re in the area, you should definitely take advantage of it.

Bridges – Speaking of Granville Island, if you’re there, Bridges has a very large outdoor patio that has fabulous views and cold drinks.

Of course this list is not limited, but it’s to get your whistle wet. Don’t forget your sunscreen, folks!

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