Summer is finally here! Or at least that’s what this past weekend’s weather would have us believe. In honour of our upcoming sunshine, warm weather and happy people it’s time to reveal the best patios to make the most out of the summer months.
What better way to kick things off than with the best patios in Kitsilano? 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!
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.
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.
Address: 1305 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604 738-KITS (5487)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?).
Address: 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver
Written and researched by Ryan Tessier, a food and drink contributor to Vancity Buzz. Connect with Ryan on Twitter @wanderguides.
Images: The Local, Chewies, The Boathouse, Las Margaritas, Darby’s, Smoking Dog, Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe, The Galley.