Thanks to Vancouver's mild weather it's not uncommon to enjoy eating outside throughout the year–even if it is with the help from patio heaters. From urban restaurants to fine dining to casual outdoor eateries, the options are plentiful when it comes to outdoor eats. Pair great food with epic views and it's easy to see why Vancouverites love dining outdoors.
You know it's officially summer when you find yourself at Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House's beautiful rooftop patio–it's truly one of the best in the city. Despite it's location on one of Vancouver's busiest streets, when you're up on the patio you feel as though you're in a garden outside of the city. While you enjoy the warm air, tuck into freshly shucked oysters, a cold glass of white and wistfully dream that this moment could last forever.
For something much more casual, head to the Gallery Cafe & Catering. Located on the second floor of the Vancouver Art Gallery, this patio is a welcome reprieve from the busy downtown vibes. Neoclassical architecture, beautiful greenery, and soothing music are enough to draw you here, but the house-made desserts and crisp sparkling wine may keep you here. This cafeteria-style restaurant is open from morning until early evening, serving freshly made salads, sandwiches, soups, baked goods, quiches, and entrees. Quench your thirst on a hot summer's day with a cold drink coffee, tea, or boozy treat.
There are so many great patios scattered throughout the city and these will get you started.