Best patios on Commercial Drive

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Vancouver’s Commercial Drive area, known affectionately as The Drive, is a celebrated historic corridor in the city, and continues to offer locals and visitors much to see and do. When the weather warms up, several of The Drive’s top food and drink spots open up their patios so you can really soak up the local scene.

Here are the best patios on Commercial Drive.

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Havana

Escape to Cuba right in Vancouver. Havana has a beautiful menu of tapas, tacos, and traditional sandwiches and entrees, all of which you can enjoy on their Commercial Drive-facing patio.

Address: 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-253-9119
Twitter@HavanaVancouver

Zawa

Zawa (formerly Zesty) has been a staple on The Drive for almost 20 years. They feature a mix of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and American-style fare. Their patio has a good mix of sunny and shady spots, for whichever way you prefer your patio experience.

Address: 920 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-255-0470
Twitter@zawarestaurant

Fets Whisky Kitchen

They love whisky so much at Fets, they try to work it into their cooking. Whisky lovers will love their selection, and their patio gives diners and drinkers a great place on The Drive to toast to great food and drink and a great outdoor venue.

Address: 1230 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-255-7771
Twitter@whisky_kitchen

Famoso

Famoso is a Canadian chain of Neapolitan-style pizzeria, serving up lovely pizza pies made with “00” flour. Their Commercial Drive location boats a welcoming patio for those who like to dine “al fresco.”

Address: 1380 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-251-2292
Twitter@famosopizzeria

Prado Cafe

While not fully a patio by definition, the Prado Parklet, as its known, is an outdoor seating space outside Prado Cafe in what had previously been a parking space. Built and opened in 2014, the parklet is a wood and steel structure with table seating for Prado customers or passers-by to enjoy while out and about on The Drive.

Address: 1938 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-255-5537
Twitter@PradoCafe

Cafe Deux Soleils

A destination for vegan and vegetarians on The Drive, Cafe Deux Soleils has a small but charming patio out front. Look for the cheery red umbrellas. The cafe also holds poetry, comedy, and live music events.

Address: 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-254-1195

BierCraft

One of three BierCraft locations in Vancouver, the Commercial Drive outpost focuses on “taps and tapas.” That means great share plates and, of course, a beer list showcasing great local brews and imports.

Address1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-254-2437
Twitter: @biercraft

St. Augustine’s

Calling all believers in beer: Congregate on the patio of St. Augustine’s to worship the sun, and your suds. Keep taps…oops, tabs…on what’s on the beer menu with their website’s Live Beer Menu.

Address: 2360 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-569-1911
Twitter@staugustinesvan

The Charlatan

The Drive’s gastropub-in-residence, The Charlatan not only boasts 15 craft beers on tap, but also a lovely patio for al fresco suds-ing and snacking.

Address: 1447 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-253-2777

Falconetti’s

Falconetti’s on The Drive is known for their cool second-storey patio, along with their famous sausages. Enjoy them both in the summer sun.

Address: 1812 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-251-7287
Twitter: @Falconettis

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