You’ve been wandering around all afternoon dressed to the nines, but that damned Mr. Sun (remember him?) is bringing out the shopping sweats. Your shoulders sag weighed down by bags from (we hope) Fendi and Chanel. You check your Michael Kors watch and breathe a sigh of relief: it’s nearly happy hour. But where’s a gal to grab a cocktail around here? Don’t sweat it, take a look at Vv Magazine’s guide to the best patios: Yorkville Edition below.
75 Yorkville Ave.
Trattoria Nervosa hosts two separate patios, both of which are perfect for observing the hustle bustle. With a menu so authentically Italian, you’ll forget you’re in Canada.
142 Cumberland St.
With a kitchen that’s open until 2 am and the occasional Russell Crowe sighting, Hemingway’s is home to one of the most beloved patios for the younger Yorkville crowd.
116 Yorkville Ave.
Located conveniently in the beautiful Hazelton Hotel, ONE Restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail in between exercising your credit card in the city’s trendiest (and perhaps, most expensive) area.
The One Eighty
55 Bloor St. W
Located on the 51st floor of the Manulife Centre, The One Eighty might just take a toll on your wallet, but truly a fabulous destination. Perfect for a first date, you’ll be able to grab yourself a cozy corner where you and your bae can share a jumbo molten chocolate macaron and a romantic view of the CN Tower.
22 Cumberland St.
The Pilot’s ‘Flight Deck’ is the perfect get away from the bustling streets of Toronto. The heated patio is open all year round and tends to attract a younger, rowdier crowd than your traditionally tame Yorkville-regulars.
100 Cumberland St.
The big yellow house on Cumberland is a Yorkville landmark, enticing guests since the hippie movements of the 60s. With overhanging awnings providing shade, this patio is ideal for people-watching and celebrity sightings, of course.
131 Bloor St. W
Their street-level patio is the perfect place to stop by for post-work happy hour drinks and quick noshes. Head upstairs if you’re looking for upscale cuisine with a Parisian flair.
153 Yorkville Ave.
Newer to the block, STK, has an airy second-floor with a view. Dramatic, polished white archways spread along the length of the space, with floor-to-ceiling windows that open up, converting the entire second-floor into a giant covered patio. It undeniably has one of the best views of the Yorkville neighbourhood.
176 Dupont St.
With communal picnic tables, an extensive menu of shareable barbecue options and hollering wait staff, Big Crow sounds like a home away from home.
60 Yorkville Ave.
This restaurant and lounge is a hot spot for the after work crowd. Men in suits? Ladies in heels? A fabulous view of Toronto’s ritziest neighbourhood? Yes, please! Plus L’Eden by Perrier Jouet has returned – a glass of bubbly is the perfect toast to warmer weather.
115 Yorkville Ave.
Opening in 2015, Kasa Moto offers ‘contemporary Japanese cuisine, a Sky Bar, music, and imagination,’ this is sure to be a seriously swanky patio.
Dimmi Bar & Trattoria
140 Cumberland St.
Like any self-respecting Italian abode, Dimmi’s will overwhelm your senses and your stomach with its extensive selection of pastas, pizzas and antipastos, Mamma Mia!
158 Cumberland St.
If you haven’t been to Yorkville’s reigning cocktail and snack bar yet, you seriously need to go. The garden patio is tucked away at the back of the restaurant in a quaint space, perfect for unwinding after a day’s work. Not to mention Bar Reyna just launched a new summer menu, along with live jazz and half priced bottles of bubbly.
The Roof Lounge
4 Avenue Rd.
If you’re looking for sky-high views, look no further than The Roof Lounge, located on the 18th floor at the Park Hyatt. The upscale ambiance and signature martinis and cocktails pair nicely with the sweeping cityscape – a truly romantic backdrop once the evening turns dark and all the city lights come into view.
119 Yorkville Ave.
If you’re looking for a patio during a big night out, Amber is the place to be. The city’s self-proclaimed ‘bar of the era’ offers minimalist decor and martinis made with rose water. Fabulous, dahhhling.
121 Yorkville Ave.
The Oxley offers diners not one, but two patios. The sidewalk space remains within the hustle and bustle of Yorkville – prime for people-watching – while the back patio offers a quiet retreat for those seeking a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere.
14 Dupont St.
Hacienda’s vintage vibe makes it the perfect patio to hit up if you’re in the mood for casual but upscale snacks (like their Flautas: a plate of crispy corn ‘flutes’ stuffed with braised lamb) and margaritas. Dee-lish.
90 Avenue Rd.
Newly-opened Mediterranean restaurant, Estia, has taken over residence in the former NAO Steakhouse. Outlined in greenery, the patio which seats 60 diners is the ideal spot for lingering outdoors over share plates and house made charcuterie during warm summer nights.
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