Vancouver’s thriving patio scene usually involves grabbing an alcoholic beverage or two, but sometimes all you want is strong coffee and a nook where you can relish in the sweet sunshine.
For all the Vancouver coffee-lovers who like to sip their cup-of-joe while sitting outdoors, here’s a list we’ve mustered up of popular coffee shop patios, where you can enjoy a bit of Vitamin D, a well-made drink, a snack, and people watch until your heart is content.
49th Parallel (Mount Pleasant)
49th Parallel’s outdoor space in Mount Pleasant is sizable and delightful. It is home to rows of booths and a general outdoor seating area, providing plenty of space for you and your friends. In addition to a range of expertly poured coffee, 49th Parallel also offers patrons a tempting array of freshly made doughnuts.
Address: 2902 Main Street
Milano Coffee (West 8th)
Milano Coffee features some of Vancouver’s best coffee. Drop by their West 8th location (near Columbia Street) on a sunny day when the patio doors are opened up and the fresh air extends through to the coffee house’s inside.
Address: 156 West 8th Avenue
Gallery Café – Vancouver Art Gallery
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, this spacious café offers a wide range of snacks, soups, coffee, deserts and, of course, the loveliest patio. Decked out with a gorgeous array of flowers, this café patio is a great spot for bigger group sittings and casual hangouts, especially after a long shopping day along Robson.
Address: 750 Hornby Street
Thierry Chocolaterie Café
Tucked away on Alberni Street, Theirry Chocolaterie Café grants their customers the opportunity to sit on their lovely sidewalk patio, while they sip well-made coffee drinks and nibble away on mouth watering house-made baked goods and pastries.
Address: 1059 Alberni Street
JJ Bean (Mount Pleasant)
In addition to serving reliably good caffeinated beverages, JJ Bean in Mount Pleasant also offers its guests a pleasant outdoor space, which houses a row of seats. If you’re not able to grab a seat on the sought-after patio don’t fret, the café’s inside space is just as lovely lovely, thanks in large part to the fresh air and sunlight that streams through when the patio doors are latched back.
Address: 3010 Main Street
Truffles Café at VanDusen Botanical Garden
A little further afield than the other cafés listed, Truffles Café at VanDusen Botanical offers a truly magical patio experience. Yes, it might be a 20 minute drive from downtown, but the food is toothsome and the ambiance is fresh and delightful.
Address: 5151 Oak Street