Sunny patios in the Beaches for morning, noon and night

With its beachy vibe and laid-back feel, this east end Toronto neighbourhood is made for patios. Dine and drink merrily under the summer sun or twinkling lights in a place where every day feels like the weekend.

Murphy's Law Pub & Kitchen

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1702A Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1G6

We love Irish pubs for their cozy vibe and Celtic knick-knacks, so the sun-soaked rooftop patio at Murphy’s Law comes as something of a surprise – and a pleasant one at that. Overlooking a park on one side, there’s plenty of table and bar-style seating. Flower boxes hanging off the rails offer an explosion of foliage, providing a colourful screen without blocking the view. Of course, there’s Guinness on tap. It’s like finding a piece of the Emerald Isle in the heart of Hogtown.

Salty Dog Bar & Grill

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1980 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1J2

You neither have to dress up nor down to feel at home on this Queen East patio that seats groups, couples or singles. The cocktails won’t break the bank and are fun, fruity and summery – totally fitting for bevvies that are served a stone’s throw from the lake. The menu includes reliable pub grub with a touch of imagination, and weekend breakfast goes until 4 p.m. so you can have beer with the first meal of the day.

Gull And Firkin

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1943 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1H7

The Gull and Firkin patio overlooks Queen Street East so there’s that lively buzz, but it’s slightly elevated from street level so there’s no need to get too friendly with passersby. The hearty menu includes a daily Bevvy and Bites option, which is kind on the wallet, and more than 15 beers on tap. This pub is the real deal, and part of it is outdoors under the midday sun and the summer evening sky. Heaven!

The Loop

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971 Kingston Rd, Toronto, ON M4E 1S8

This stretch of Kingston Road may be a little short on patios but those it does have are worth visiting. The Loop patio is roomy and relaxed with plenty of umbrella shade for individual tables. The east end gastropub offers a selection of eclectic dishes which are, amazingly, cooked in a tiny kitchen that's open late. The curries and lamb burgers are worth trying on a summer’s evening.

Beacher Cafe

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2162 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E 1E4

One of the local institutions, this place has an old world charm mixed with a hipster vibe which is part and parcel of The Beaches dining. With the cafe’s location in a leafy old neighbourhood, the patio is the place to be when it warms up, and on live music nights you can stay put as the melodies waft through the open doors. Enjoy solid cafe food at good prices and bring your own wine for a reasonable corkage fee.

You don’t have to travel to Vietnam to try authentic pho – it’s available right here in Victoria. So put away your passport and visit one of the Vietnamese restaurants below. Soon you’ll be sipping on savoury broth, seasoned with traditional Vietnamese spices and full of tasty meat and veggies. Close your eyes and you might forget you’re in Canada!
Eating out doesn’t have to be expensive – and you don’t have to sacrifice quality or taste just to get a good deal. Luckily for us, there are a number of Victoria eateries that offer satisfying meals for less than $10. Drop in, fill up, and leave with the energy you need to make it through the rest of your afternoon.
Student life can be hectic, so you need food that’s tasty, quick and, most importantly, cheap. Here are some of Victoria’s most student-friendly off-campus restaurants. Some are just down the street; others are a short bus ride downtown. But all of them have cheap eats that’ll keep you fuelled from frosh week to finals.
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