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10 Toronto spots to get your patio season on this summer

by Alena Blanes

Did somebody say frosé?

Whether you’re into a casual sunset dinner or a boujee rooftop terrace, Toronto is the place to be for great patios all summer long.

While The Porch, Drake Sky Yard, and the Amsterdam Brewhouse lead the game in terms of popularity, there are plenty of other finds that are well worth it.

Here are 10 Toronto patios to check out this summer:

 

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Thompson Hotel

Okay, not a hidden gem by any means, but it’s got a lot going for it. Perhaps the coolest rooftop lounge in the city, The Thompson is a hot spot for Torontonians when the weather heats up. And with 360-degree city views and Canada’s best rooftop pool, it’s no surprise. Not to mention the live entertainment and smart-casual dress code are a recipe for fire Insta pics and great memories.

 

The Pilot

Located in Yorkville, The Pilot is (surprise) an aviation-themed bar. The ground floor Stealth Lounge is open year-round offering trivia nights, weekly live music, and plenty of room for watching the game. The upper-level patio, appropriately known as the Flight Deck, offers a pleasant summer space for socializing and enjoying some good ol’ pub grub.

 

Hey Lucy 

Don’t let the name fool you. This King Street (and Cabbagetown) spot offers wood-fired pizzas and one of the cutest patios around. Hey Lucy also offers daily deals throughout the week to keep your stomach full and wallet happy. P.S. Their Wednesday night specials will get you through that mid-week slump.

 

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Sunnyside Pavillion

A local classic in the Lakeshore community, Sunnyside Pavillion is a beachfront cafe offering waterside dining and delicious menu options. In the warmer months, you’re sure to take in a game of beach volleyball and stunning views of the lake. After a swim at the Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool, which used to be the largest outdoor pool in the world, catch a sunset and snack at this boardwalk favourite.

 

FIKA Café

As a hammock-enthusiast, I feel it is my honorary duty to throw FIKA on the list. Imaging sipping one of their signature cardamom-spiced lattes and swinging in their resident hammock to escape the summer heat? Fun fact: the word ‘fika’ is a Swedish term meaning “to go for coffee.” With a bright aesthetic and Scandinavian-inspired baked goods, FIKA is the perfect spot offering vegan and dairy free options. Find them in Kensington!

 

Bar Reyna

With its Mediterranean flare, white umbrellas, and cozy string lights, Bar Reyna has a charming patio space offering Thursday night jazz and $7 grub every weekday from 4pm-7pm. Although Yorkville is renowned for its plethora of French eats, Bar Reyna is your passport to Greece, Turkey, Spain and beyond. Best of all, it’s two storeys, which means you can enjoy a restaurant experience day or night, in any weather.

 

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Eden Trattoria

For over 20 years, Eden Trattoria has been a Toronto favourite for Italian cuisine and exceptional service. A family restaurant known for homemade pizza and well-crafted cocktails, Eden is the perfect lunch stop after a bike along the Lakeshore Path.

 

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Belfast Love

Complete with cute plants and a heated patio, Belfast Love is a King Street staple. With an extensive food and beverage menu, they’ve got you covered for spring and summer patio nights.

 

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Trinity Common

Not to be confused with Trinity Bellwoods, this has been one of my go-to relaxed patios for years. The Kensington Market gem is a laid-back beer hall offering indoor and outdoor seating year-round. In addition to crafty local drinks, it’s a great spot to people watch as you take in the diversity of Kensington.

 

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Cold Tea

Another Kensington jewel, Cold Tea has been dubbed the neighbourhood’s “worst best-kept secret.” It’s a bit of a mission to find, but you’ll quickly fall for the concrete walls and dreamy graffiti. The patio itself is nothing to brag about – strung lights and stool seating – but that’s what makes it extra special. No bells and whistles here, just good, classic fun.


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