If you’re not out on the seawall or frolicking in the sun at David Lam Park, warm summer days in Yaletown are best spent on one of the many outdoor patios the neighbourhood is home to.
Featuring restaurants, bars, and cafes, here is a list of the best patios in Yaletown (and a sneaky little one in neighbouring Crosstown too).
Not only did the old Subeez locale get a complete overhaul when the Social Corner took over the space, but the Yaletown eatery’s sidewalk patio also got a revamp. With a row of flower boxes and sun umbrellas, Social Corner’s patio encourages patrons to enjoy an al fresco meal.
Address: 891 Homer Street
With a welcoming 40-seat patio who wouldn’t want to sit and linger at this modern, seafood-focused restaurant. Savour a happy hour drink (or two), a plate of freshly shucked oysters, or weekend brunch out on WildTale’s open air stretch of Mainland Street.
Address: 1079 Mainland Street
The Keg’s Yaletown rooftop patio is one of the most sought after open air spaces in the city. Overlooking the warehouses on Mainland Street, coupled with a solid drinks and food menu, The Keg’s comfortably furnished patio has undeniable appeal.
Address: 1011 Mainland Street
As one of the longest running restaurant/bars in the area, The Yaletown Brewing Company has become a staple location in Yaletown. Pick between the dining patio and the lounge patio at this spacious brew-pub.
Address: 1111 Mainland Street
Small, intimate, and surrounded by a beautiful garden, the patio at this revered sushi restaurant is a delightful space to sit out on and enjoy the delicious spoils served up. Creative and packed with flavour, Minami’s sushi is sure to leave patrons feeling truly satisfied. The patio is open for late night bites, business lunches, small parties, brunch, or a night out with your special someone.
Address: 1118 Mainland Street
Ancora opened up in the former C restaurant space in Yaletown in September 2015, so while its impressive False Creek-facing patio saw many a sunny day last year, it has yet to soak up the rays for a full, proper patio season. Enjoy terrific cocktails and unique Japanese-Peruvian fare with an upscale West Coast bent.
Address: 1600 Howe Street
Warm weather days at Homer Street Cafe should be cherished out on the restaurant’s sidewalk patio. With a lovely ambience, Homer Street Cafe’s patio is the perfect spot to enjoy a suitably boozy cocktail, as well as juicy cuts of rotisserie chicken that the restaurant is famed for. A row of planter boxes add a touch of privacy.
Address: 898 Homer Street
Bella Gelateria’s location in Yaletown has a lot of things going for it; delicious Neapolitan-style pizza, a never-ending list of gelato flavours, and a cozy patio offering water views.
Address: 1089 Marinaside Crescent
Umberto Menghi’s Giardino Restaurant is home to a beautiful 80-seat garden courtyard-style patio. With the eatery’s red-tiled roof, stoned exterior, and lush garden, diners will feel as though they’ve been transported to Tuscany.
Address: 1328 Hornby Street
The elegant sidewalk patio attached to Blue Water Cafe certainly makes for a fine dining experience. On hot, sunny days patrons can take shade under the sun umbrellas provided, while on cooler days they can enjoy the warmth radiating from the outdoor heaters.
Address: 1095 Hamilton Street
With delicious Thai-inspired creations and reasonably-priced “appy hour” items, Urban Thai Bistro on Hamilton Street is great spot to head to when hunger strikes. In the summer time when the weather is fine kick back on the restaurant’s enclosed patio and enjoy an evening of al fresco dining.
Address: 1119 Hamilton Street
Brix & Mortar (the amalgamation of Brix and George restaurants) offers two floors of unique dining nooks. Enjoy an upscale nosh on the restaurant’s signature glass-covered courtyard space, or a drink on the renovated outdoor patio, which is illuminated by seven-tier glass chandeliers.
Address: 1138 Homer Street and 1137 Hamilton Street
Okay, so Chambar is technically situated in “Crosstown,” a slender neighbourhood between Yaletown and Gastown, however, since it teeters on the edge of both areas we thought we’d take the liberty and include the open air venue in our Yaletown round up. Seating 60 people, Chambar’s partially shaded patio is open from 8 a.m. to late (as long as the weather permits) and is a great place to enjoy a spot of brunch or a round of post-work drinks.
Address: 568 Beatty Street