Magical patios in Vancouver's Kitsilano

Once the rains break in Vancouver and the sun comes out, it’s time to start enjoying the city’s patios. Kitsilano is home to some of the very best, with stunning vistas, amazing drinks and awesome food. Here are some places to put at the top of your must-try list. [Photo © Yellow Pages / Pages Jaunes]

Displace Hashery

3293 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1R8

This space has been reworked several times over the years, but one thing that’s remained the same is the absolutely stunning patio. Located on West 4th Avenue, it gets great sun throughout the late spring and into the early fall, and even though it’s right on the street, its more residential locale keeps the street noise tolerable. The combination of great food and a distinctly hip atmosphere makes Displace's patio one of the best around.

The Naam Office

2724 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1R1

The patio here doesn’t catch the summer sun like the others, but it offers a magical charm. Tucked in-between the restaurant and the building next door, the patio is an oasis in the heart of Kitsilano, with large trees that provide shade from the midday sun and heaters that keep the space warm into the night. The laidback atmosphere and vegetarian menu make this a must-try spot.

Darby's Pub

2001 MacDonald St, Vancouver, BC V6K 3Y2

One of the oldest bars in the neighbourhood, Darby’s is a popular haunt — especially in summer when locals head on up to the rooftop patio. While it might not boast the same stunning views you’d get along the water, it’s removed from the street and offers an escape from the bustle of everyday life. It also has one of the best selections of craft beer in town, making it the perfect spot to try something new.

The Boathouse Restaurant

1305 Arbutus St, Vancouver, BC V6J 5N2

Boathouse offers another great patio in the city, located right on Kits beach, and with uninterrupted views of English Bay and the mountains beyond. It’s one of the best places to people watch and soak up some sun in the summer. The Boathouse also boasts some of the best seafood around which, when paired with selections from their stellar wine list, is sure to make this one of your regular haunts.

Local Public Eatery

2210 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1B5

Across the street from Kits beach, the atmosphere here is a little more laidback than at The Boathouse, but Local Public Eatery lays claim to nearly the same stunning view. The patio gets full sun in the summer and can get quite hot, but large umbrellas can easily be moved into place for shade. It’s a great spot to watch people walking to and from the beach or to enjoy one of the many craft beers they have on tap.

Chewie Hospitality Corp

2201 Yew St, Vancouver, BC

Just up the street from Local you’ll find Chewies. The patio isn’t as big as some of the others in the neighbourhood, but that doesn’t stop it from being among the best. It gets full sun in the summer and has heaters for cooler evenings. The food is fresh seafood with a focus on oysters and Southern favourites. It is also one of the only places in town where you can get chicken and waffles for brunch.

The Galley Patio & Grill

1300 Discovery St, Vancouver, BC V6R 4L9

One of the best patio in Kits, if not the entire city, this hidden gem is located upstairs at the Jericho Sailing Club and it has absolutely pristine views of Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains. It’s a wonderful summer spot to take in the view while sipping on an ice cold beer. The atmosphere is beach casual and the staff is bright and friendly.

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