5 Best City Patios

Outdoor dining spots with the best vibes 

There is something joyful about a well-placed patio—especially when the weather is warm, the drinks are flowing and people-watching opportunities abound. Here are five Canadian spots that show off their city’s unique personalities.

Whistler's Grille, Toronto

Wrapping around two sides of this family-owned Toronto East landmark, the patio at Whistler’s isn’t subjected to the foot traffic you get further south on the Danforth. The west side faces a quiet commercial district, the south side faces an East York neighbourhood, and just down the hill are the verdant trails of the Don Valley (if you want to go for a walk after your pint). Three nights a week Whistler’s offers live jazz—the perfect accompaniment on a soft summer night. 

Les Enfants Terribles, Montreal

A fun, bustling bistro that serves typical comfort food (shepherd’s pie, mini pogos, burgers), Les Enfants Terribles, on Bernard Avenue in Outremont, offers a patio that’s as stylish as its Montreal patrons. Modern moulded grey chairs and a grey awning add to the hip outdoor decor. Bonus: One of the city’s best ice cream shops, Le Glacier Bilboquet, is just down the street. 

Métropolitain Brasserie, Ottawa 

The mood and food at this ByWard Market spot is decidedly European, with red patio umbrellas, flowers planted along a low, wrought-iron fence and poutine that comes with duck confit. Just a short walk away from the Parliament Buildings, Métropolitain Brasserie is a popular spot with parliamentarians and members of the press gallery. Rub elbows with big-name politicians while being serenaded by a local band that plays beneath some nearby trees.

Bridges Restaurant, Vancouver

Nothing says quintessential Vancouver quite like Bridges Restaurant on Granville Island. With its iconic yellow umbrellas and lovely views of the city’s waterfront, Bridges’ patio is one of the oldest and most popular in the city. Enjoy fresh, local seafood and a glass of B.C. wine as you sit back with friends and watch the sun set. 

O2’s Tap House & Grill, Edmonton

Lively Whyte Avenue is where you should head if you want to dine and drink alfresco in Edmonton, but be sure to look up for O2’s rooftop patio. Overlooking Old Strathcona, now the city’s main arts and entertainment district, O2’s patio offers great views of the city’s historical buildings, many of which are more than 100 years old. O2’s is a chain restaurant, but even chains can have style, especially when they’ve got location, location, location.