The best patios in Toronto: Yorkville edition

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.

Park Hyatt Toronto

4 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2E8

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.

The One Eighty

55 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M4W 1A5

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.

MoRoCo Chocolat

215 Madison Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 2S6

Do you want a love seat, table for two, cushioned bench or group table? Take your pick on the chic and stylish patio at MoRoCo. Decorated with French flair, colourful hanging lanterns and eccentric little plant tables, this secluded patio is perfect for enjoying a delightful Gallic lunch, brunch or dinner. The owners brought the heady cocoa experience to Toronto after being seduced by their first sip of Parisian drinking chocolate. Hot and cold chocolate are on the dessert menu.

Hemingway's Restaurant

142 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R 1A8

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.

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Toronto’s posh Yorkville neighbourhood may sometimes seem intimidating, but you'll find there are plenty of welcoming places where you can relax with a fine beer. The area's robust patio offerings make post-work pints a must. Don’t forget that it's also a prime hood for a little casual TIFF-ing – people-watching here might result in a few celebrity sightings.
Hitting the TIFF morning events and in search of a pre- or post-show breakfast? These classy-meets-casual brunch joints are steps away from the Bell Lightbox, on bustling King West. Whether you’re a Bay Street local or a film buff in search of some morning grub and daytime cocktail, these spots will keep you fuelled during the festival. [Image credit:]
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