Whether you like them buzzing or sedate, in the summer or the winter, there's a slew of Yorkville patios at your fingertips this summer. No matter what type of terrace, courtyard, or outdoor space you’re seeking, the perfect spot awaits in the high streets and lanes of Yorkville.
Complete with terrace furniture and French-style topiary which would be at home in a café on the Champs-Élysées, this spot is great after a bout of shopping in the most fashionable part of the city. La Société brings a taste of Paris to Toronto with its posh waiters, “City of Light” fixtures, fittings and French-influenced menu. During the winter, the extensive patio is fully covered and heated, making it perfect for a refreshing Kir Royale before lunch or dinner.
Yorkville epitomizes Toronto glitz and glamour. If you're looking for these qualities with a rooftop view, dress up and head to the Park Hyatt. You might drop in for a quick coffee or drink, but don't be surprised if the mesmerizing 18th floor panoramic view beckons you to linger for lunch or a light dinner. Get there early in winter to bag a seat next to the crackling fire.
Often unknown to locals, every city has a hideaway spot with a novel view of its rooftops and towers. In Toronto, this spot is Panorama, an open-air patio on the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre. You can sit with your bevvy and a bite to eat, and take in the spectacular sunsets over the north and south of the city and Lake Ontario. However you might feel about the downtown skyscrapers, they look stunning from up here. Visit spring through fall.
It's a climb to the third-floor roof patio but it’s worth every step. Hemingway’s has a casual, rustic feel throughout, highlighted in the outdoorsy vibe you get on their roomy patio. Balmy in the summer and heated in the winter, what it lacks in view it makes up for in atmosphere. It is located in the hip and bustling Yorkville area, after all. There’s an extensive wine, beer and cocktail list, and the New Zealand owner serving some fine vintages from back home.