A Toronto Guide: Must Visit Patios in the City

With the cold weather on its way out, we find yourself day-dreaming about the numerous outdoor dining and patios that Toronto has to offer. With so many options available, we wanted to make a brief guide on the absolute must-try patio experiences in the summer of 2019.

Gusto 101 | 101 Portland St

Located in a repurposed garage in the heart of downtown, Gusto offers a unique blend of modernism to southern Italian classics. Hidden atop this Portland Street gem lies a bustling and spacious patio inviting you to live like a Sicilian while sipping on red wine and enjoying tasty Italian delicacies like a true connoisseur. Gusto offers a variety of pasta and pizza recipes that are sure to make you want to continue on your Italian dining adventure.

The Slip | 235 Queens Quay W

As you venture to the Harbourfront this summer to soak in the unobstructed views of the waterfront, you’ll find The Slip settled along Queens Quay West.  This seasonal offering from the Harbourfront Centre and Boxcar Social is an open-air bar that runs from May to September. This 350-capacity spot serves as a Lakeside Patio with its name being a nautical reference to its proximity to the water and everything beyond. Enjoy a wide variety of beer and food options while seated in Toronto’s breathtaking vision of Miami Beach.

Bandit Brewery | 2125 Dundas St W

Located in the heart of Roncesvalles lies the authentic German beer gardens experience that is Bandit Brewery. Summer weather signals the opening of Bandit Brewery’s garage door to an expanded patio section and an outdoor-oriented experience for all of their craft beer loving patrons. This brewery located just south of Dundas West TTC station, offers a variety of seasonal and year-round craft beer options that pair well with their extensive food menu.

Hemmingway’s Restaurant & Bar | 142 Cumberland St

Hemminway’s boasts a year-round patio with kiwi road signs and Australian football jerseys hung on the walls, as well as dishes served with inspiration from New Zealand. The restaurant itself, located in the heart of Yorkville, offers an extensive list of craft beer and affordable cocktails to offer something for everybody. Hemmingway’s boasts outdoor seating outside the restaurant on the first level, as well as the misted rooftop patio. Leave pretension at the door when arriving at this cheer inspired staple of Toronto’s upscale Yorkville neighborhood.

El Catrin | 18 Tank House Lane

As you explore the historic, cobblestone paved distillery district this summer, be sure to visit this massive yet cozy patio with some of Toronto’s finest Mexican dining options. Hidden among the 19th-century architecture lies an oasis that offers a robust menu with authentic Mexican appetizers and tequila, as well as the stunning artwork that sets El Catrin apart from the competition. Do yourself a favour and wander into one of the more blissful and uplifting Mexican dining experiences that this city has to offer.