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100+ patios to simmer on this summer

Who is gonna be, who will be the first to kiss—under the patio lanterns?

100+ patios to simmer on this summer
Ryan Williams
Stoked about the sun at Stone's Throw

NOTE: Click here for The Coast's current Halifax patio guide, complete with map. The following version is from 2019 and is out of date, although you're welcome to keep on reading for inspiration or a trip down pre-COVID memory lane.


Andrew Al-Khouri's restaurant is all about creativity and rule-breaking, but it still knows the power of a cold beer on a classic patio. If you're on an alphabetical tour of the city's al fresco watering holes, this is the only place to start.

1360 Lower Water Street

The Bicycle Thief

The waterfront resto specializing in upscale eats brings its A-game to the patio scene, offering some prime harbour views and an outdoor sparkling wine bar that oozes glamour. 
1475 Lower Water Street

Garrison Brewing Company

It’s only fitting that one of the city’s most established indie breweries has an intrepid patio to match: A sunny swath nestled near the waterfront that’s ideal for tasting a flight of what’s on tap after a trip to the farmers’ market.

1149 Marginal Road

Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market 

One of the best parts of the Seaport Market is the wide array of world cuisines on offer on the cheap—from mango lassis to Trinidadian doubles, it's all here. Elevate the experience (literally) by chowing down from the market's rooftop patio, a space with Adirondack chairs and an unobstructed view of Georges Island that'll make you weak in the knees. 

1209 Marginal Road

Little Oak 

The picture-perfect wine bar serving some of the most interesting grape varietals in town—along with small plates and a tightly edited cocktail menu—welcomes the end of sweater weather with its cozy, fenced-in patio that offers grade-A views of the bustling boardwalk and harbour beyond. 

1475 Lower Water Street

The Lower Deck 

The legendary waterfront pub—known for its kilt-wearing servers and as-good-as-grandma's blueberry grunt—serves up some serious Maritime hospitality from its ocean-facing, sun-drenched patio. The Deck's deck is a destination for Halifax visitors and locals alike, so you're definitely welcome.

1887 Upper Water Street


This waterfront seafood staple has you indulging in oysters and chowing down on lobster rolls on a sunny stoop outside the historic 1900s-era firehall-turned-restaurant. 

1680 Lower Water Street

Murphy's On The Water 

The name gives you all the info upfront but if you have further questions trust that this waterfront joint and tourist favourite is stacked with seafood and has a patio as close to the waves as you can get.
1751 Lower Water Street

Red Stag Tavern

This, the patio of Alexander Keith’s Brewery, is the perfect spot for a cold one—especially after taking your out-of-town pals on a tour, or anytime you want to feel particularly Halifax-y.

1496 Lower Water Street

Ristorante A Mano 

While there are almost as many Italian options on the waterfront as there are seafood-focused spots, this pizza-and-pasta perfector holds its own with a roped-off patio offering a primo view to wash down the handmade pasta and gelato that makes it famous. 
1477 Lower Water Street


One of the most formidibly sized waterfront restaurants that has an extra-large patio to match. Looking for a spot to shuck and slurp seafood that runs the gamut from classic to inventive, all while getting some vitamin D? Look no further. 
1877 Upper Water Street

Stone's Throw 

Stone’s Throw is a magical, borderline paradoxical best-of-both-worlds sitch: A super-secluded spot with intimate seating and ample shade awaits—yet so do sunny, sweeping harbour views.
 1919 Upper Water Street

Shuck Seafood and Raw Bar 

Seafood is the name of the game at this spot, with everything from oysters to poke bowls available for your perusing pleasure, on a curtained-off patio that has a very VIP feel. 
5120 Salter Street

Stayner's Wharf
The waterfront spot keeps the party going all summer long with DJ'd dance parties on its expansive deck every second Friday, and cold brews with ocean views daily. 
5075 George Street

Stubborn Goat Beer Garden 
The gastropub’s new-and-improved waterfront outpost returns for another season offering upscale twists on casual eats and lotsa suds to go alongside its renovated new digs. Primo people watching and ocean viewing are guaranteed.
 Summit Plaza, 1549 Lower Water Street

Waterfront Warehouse 
This super-sized seafood-focused spot has an XXL patio to match, offering full harbour views to drink in while you chow down.

1549 Lower Water Street

100+ patios to simmer on this summer
Ryan Williams
The Pint Public House


2 Crows Brewing Co.

It's not exactly "beer garden," but there's good beer and pretty plants so it's close enough. 1932 Brunswick Street

Antojo Tacos + Tequila
Downtown’s mecca of Mexican food really has a vision for its enclosed patio, with distressed wooden walls and super-sized cacti giving the space a true taqueria vibe. It’s the sort of spot to linger over good conversation and another margarita. 
 1667 Argyle Street

The Auction House
A fenced-in patio accompanies this historic building. Pssst, happy hour is from 8pm to close and all day Sunday. 1726 Argyle Street

The Pint Public House 

Sometimes, you want super-swish, let’s-get-dressed-up vibes when on the patio hunt—and sometimes, you want something relaxed, affordable and approachable. The Pint is an excellent execution of the latter, with the perfect fresh-air-filled spots (rooftop and street side) to kick off a night downtown, or grab a recovery brunch.
 1575 Argyle Street

Baton Rouge
Smack in the middle of one of downtown's busiest junctions and a hop, skip and a jump away from Historic Properties and the waterfront, Baton Rouge scores points for hustle bustle energy. 1877 Hollis Street

The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar 

This luxe spot’s second-floor lounge lets you rise above, literally, letting you dig into dinner without any car or foot traffic to disturb your moment of sun-bleached bliss.
 1662 Barrington Street

Bistro Le Coq
The classy-af French restaurant keeps its upscale vibes flowing on its patio that’s fenced in with fairy lights and boasts the vibe of a Parisian terrace. 
1584 Argyle Street

The Bitter End 

The Loose Cannon's sister bar serves up all you need on martini Mondays, with a side of vitamin D thanks to its outdoor offering. 1572 Argyle Street

The Carleton 
Downtown's live music mecca has new ownership, a new chef and menu AND a new patio, now that the Argyle streetscape project has finally drawn to an overdue end. Peep all the street's changes from the roomy deck that features comfy bench seating—and maybe catch a show while you're there. 1685 Argyle Street

Durty Nelly's Authentic Irish Pub 

Every year, there are dependable signs warm weather is on the way: Leaves burst and grow, the sun sets later and Durty Nelly’s corner patio springs forth from the earth (er, from the construction crew that builds it). But don’t just take our word for it—ask the patio’s permanent crowd, drinking beer with sunshine and smiles on their faces.
 1645 Argyle Street

East of Grafton 

This Argyle Street spot is known for its adventurous, artisanal take on traditional pub fare—and, tbh, should also be known for its sunny stoop perfect for after-work drinks or dîner aux deux. 1580 Argyle Street

Economy Shoe Shop 

Though the front of this famed downtown watering hole is currently under construction, a teeny patio is still available for your outdoor nacho-eating, sun-worshipping needs. 1663 Argyle Street

Little Fish Oyster Bar
The corner of Argyle and Carmichael is home to some of the city’s biggest seafood fans in The Five Fishermen and its cute, casual sibling. Slurp on oysters, mussels and a cool glass of white wine, and consider your work week washed away.
 1740 Argyle Street

HFX Sports Bar & Grill
You're probably coming here for a sporting event (100 screens!). But on the patio you have a prime view of Citadel Hill's clock tower as well. 
1721 Brunswick Street

The Loose Cannon 

This Scottish-inspired pub has a simple, fenced-off patio for all your people-watching and Scotch-sipping needs. 
1566 Argyle Street

Lot Six 

The spot celebrated for oysters and cocktails (bartender Shane Beehan mixes magic here) shucks it up with a swank patio lit by Edison bulb string lights. 
1685 Argyle Street

The Maxwell's Plum

Tend to your sudsy needs by splitting a BrewTender with some pals. 1600 Grafton Street

Obladee, A Wine Bar

It's romantic inside Obladee, but taking your date outside offers something special, too. This classy corner patio is decorated with greenery to get you in the summer mood. 1600 Barrington Street

The Old Triangle Irish Ale House 

The Halifax location of this Maritime fixture is popular for a reason—and you never know which old friend you might run into. Enjoy your Guinness or even local craft in the sun. 5136 Prince Street

Pizza Girls
Pizza Corner remains the stuff of local legend, as no Friday night misadventure is complete without a stop for some much-needed grease to appease the hangover gods. Now, though, the newest pizza place on the block is vying to make its mark before midnight, with an expansive swath of patio—including beer taps—where you can down a slice before following the night wherever it leads. 1560 Grafton Street

The Prince George Hotel
Bet you didn’t know about Level Bar’s tucked-away gem of an outdoor venue. This terrace’s cushy couches are prime for long afternoons in the sun, and heat lamps make the dusk more comfortable. 
1725 Market Street

The Rooftop

This cozy corner that crowns Grafton and Blowers streets sees you living out your New York-based-sitcom dreams by slugging a cold beer or cocktail from a rooftop overlooking downtown (seriously, how Friends or How I Met Your Mother is that?). A grill-focused menu rounds out this 60-seater spot. 1567 Grafton Street

Split Crow Pub

If you’re looking for a party to go along with your patio, Split Crow’s got the goods: Cheap beer, live music and rowdy patrons of all ages can be found enjoying this little dose of outdoor seating.
 1855 Granville Street

Stubborn Goat Gastropub 

Nestled beneath a striped awning, the gastropub’s patio is never empty. Have one ice-filled cocktail from the street-side perch and you’re bound to see why. 1579 Grafton Street

100+ patios to simmer on this summer
Ryan Williams
Stillwell Beergarden


The Arms Public House 

The Lord Nelson Hotel's upscale English pub offers a teeny terrace with front-row views of the Public Gardens. If you can grab a seat, it's also one of the best spots in town to catch the annual Pride Parade—and makes for an excellent al fresco brunch choice anytime. 1515 South Park Street

Black Sheep

Traipsing up Dresden Row, you might miss the low-key entrance to this sweet spot, loved by the south end crowd for its daily brunch options and top-quality creative cocktails. Snag a seat on the cozy patio that has an elevated back deck feel to it and bask in the shade and fresh air. 1569 Dresden Row

Daily Grind Cafe
Hemmed in by fairy lights and soaked in sunshine, this spacious, Spring Garden area patio is a primo spot for caffeine-fuelled catch-ups with the whole squad. Already buzzing? It's licensed, too. 1479 Birmingham Street

Le Bistro By Liz

Housed in the ground floor of South Park Street's towering Park Victoria building, this petite piece of Paris—famous for its affordable prices and French-inspired plates— features a fenced-in patio that's heavy on twinkle lights and boasts its own mini, LED-lit Eiffel Tower. 1333 South Park Street

Cafe Chianti 

While this Barrington Street Italian eatery's decor outdoes itself—The fireplaces! The frescos!—its patio is no slouch, either, offering street-side, umbrella-topped tables to slurp your pasta and take in a glass of its namesake wine. 1241 Barrington Street

The Captain's Boil
The Halifax outpost of this Ontario-based, Cajun-focused chain offers southern staples like okra and crab legs on its high-altitude patio that sees you lording over Spring Garden Road as you perfect the art of peeling a crawfish. 5680 Spring Garden Road

Darrell's Restaurant 

The south end spot known for milkshakes and peanut-butter-topped burgers has a patio big enough for you and your 20 closest pals to chow down on tasty student staples and cold beer. The quiet side street setting lends an intimate vibe, like you're on a friend's back porch. 5576 Fenwick Street

Efendy Turkish & Mediterranean Grill

An expansive front patio, a sunny afternoon and Turkish-influenced menu come together at this Dresden Row restaurant to help transport you to the Mediterranean—if only for a moment, if only in your imagination.
 1569 Dresden Row

The Fickle Frog Pub
The Spring Garden spot that's a student-friendly staple (some of the cheapest house wine and well shots in town, FYI) keeps its pregame spirit on lock as you split some apps with your friends on the always-busy patio. 
5675 Spring Garden Road

Halifax Central Library
The reasons to love the Central Library are many, and somewhere on that list sits its breezy rooftop patio that boasts a stunning panoramic view. Get a jolt of caffeine from PAVIA Cafe or dive into your latest book while the city hums below. 
5440 Spring Garden Road

Henry House
Trace Barrington Street deep into the south end and you'll find this stately stone house that's heavy on its English pub aesthetic and historical home vibes. The patio—a sprawling, multi-level space hemmed-in by plants—fits seamlessly with the old world, antique-filled aesthetic, and is the perfect spot for a spot of whiskey. 
1222 Barrington Street

Humani-T Cafe
This cafe is always bustling with coffee-drinkers, tea-lovers and gelato-feasters no matter the weather. When the sun's out, though, the crowd descends on Humani-T's backyard patio, a shady spot that's a perfect summer escape. 
1451 South Park Street


Think of a better place to down a Corona, blended marg or other Tex-Mex treat than this stalwart Spring Garden rooftop spot. We’ll wait.
 5472 Spring Garden Road

Morris East
The south end petite pizza palace has an equally intimate patio where you can worship the sun and some wood-fired pies all at once. 5212 Morris Street

You wanna watch the game, especially in this World Cup summer, but you also want to be at the type of place that's as much wine list as it is sports bar. And with the sun shining like that, you can forget about wanting a seat inside. Niche has your back with its expansive outdoor space that screens the big match on a big screen while you get a cold Chardonnay. 
1505 Barrington Street

Piatto Pizzeria + Enoteca
 With pies so authentic they've been certified by pizza experts from Naples, and a location that's both downtown and near the harbour,Piatto's breezy, grey-and-red patio is the perfect spot to sun yourself while imagining you're in Italy living la dolce vita. 
5144 Morris Street

Stillwell Beergarden
If the constant crowds humming around and inside this beer garden slash midtown oasis don’t tip you off to what awaits inside, let us sum it up: Cold craft beer (or wine if that’s your thing), hot summer sun, Beverly Taco Service and good, memory-making times. It’s all you need and it’s all here—oh, and don’t forget to grab a cone from Dairy Bar while you’re there, mmmkay? 
5688 Spring Garden Road

Uncommon Grounds/Sugah!
Satiate your sweet tooth (or your caffeine addiction) from the stately terrace of Horticultural Hall, the 1840s-era Public Gardens building that houses this cafe and ice cream spots, which serves serving up cones of hand-paddled goodness and strong coffee. Halifax Public Gardens

Your Father's Moustache 
With a patio so good its supremacy has been sealed in the Best Of Halifax Readers’ Choice Awards Hall of Fame, it’s safe to say the ’Stache knows how to do al fresco eats. 
 5686 Spring Garden Road


Battery Park Beer Bar
The Dartmouth watering hole’s a great spot to wet your whistle, with rotating taps offering local and national craft brews. The permanent backyard barbecue vibe is the cherry on top. 
62 Ochterloney Street

Boondocks Restaurant 
Polishing off a Maritime classic like lobster rolls or fish and chips on the waterfront deck of this Fisherman's Cove spot is the perfect cap to a day of summer exploring. 
200 Government Wharf Road, Eastern Passage

Celtic Corner Public House
The traditional Irish pub’s rooftop patio claims to have the best view in all of HRM. Do us a favour and find out over a pint? 
69 Alderney Drive

Finbar's Irish Pub 

The Irish eatery, known for its neighbourhood pub vibe and friendly service, is debuting a new patio this season that it is super-pumped about (as multiple Instagram posts can attest). The sprawling, sun-soaked space looks worth the hype, though—and will be serving up the perfect pairing of cold beer and clear skies all season long. 
635 Portland Hills Drive

Il Trullo
A private patio pick awaits at this King’s Wharf gem that’ll see you twirling pasta while gazing over a great view of the harbour and Halifax proper.
 102-67 King's Wharf Place

Lake City Cider

The Portland Street spot continues to wow, offering a sun-filled space to swill on one of the brewery’s apple-focused ciders from now until autumn’s chill.
 35 Portland Street

Little C To-Go
The Canteen's takeout-focused outpost—housed next door to the iconic and deeply Instagrammable Dartmouth restaurant—also acts as a petite patio space that's first-come, first-serve for seating. Those lucky enough to score a table can sip on creative cocktails while people-watching. 
22 Portland Street

Lockside Canteen 

While any trip to the super-scenic Shubie Park is sweet, the cherry on top is surely a stop at the Lockside Canteen, where Lemon Dogs dishes up fresh Mexican-style tacos, a variety of creative lemonades and artisanal freezes. 
Fairbanks Centre, 54 Locks Road

Mic Mac Bar & Grill
The 2017 Best of Halifax Readers' Choice pick for brunch, Mic Mac's fresh-air-filled patio is the perfect spot to fill up on bacon-laced breakfast plates before hitting nearby gems like Nine Locks Brewery and Shubie Park. 
217 Waverley Road

Millstone Public House
A true neighbourhood favourite with pub classics on deck and the former chef of Dartmouth's dearly missed La Perla Italian restaurant helming the kitchen, its cozy patio is the perfect spot to nosh on a mountain of wings, washed down with a cold one. 
250 Baker Drive

Old Port Pub & Grill
The Burnside area family-friendly pub is already billed as one of the neighbourhood's best-kept secrets, but the real unsung hero here? The absolute showstopper of a patio. Covered in crawling vines and offering lots of shade, it has a Secret Garden feel to it that we're falling hard for. 
900 Windmill Road

Seventy3 Canadian Fusion

Settled at that sweet spot between cozy-casual and uber-upscale—and that sweet spot on Alderney Drive next to Celtic Corner—this fusion restaurant's skinny slice of waterfront patio is perfect for swilling wine and people-watching the street below. 
73 Alderney Drive

St. Louis Bar & Grill 

The Dartmouth outpost of the Ontario chain famed for its wings and sports bar vibes has a large-and-in-charge parking lot patio for you and the gang to split a pitcher and discuss the game. 
547 Portland Street

Whiskey's Lounge 

The self-proclaimed oldest bar in Dartmouth has a hulking street-side patio that's the perfect place to polish off a stone oven pizza, a donair or, ya know, some whiskey. 
29 Portland Street

The Wooden Monkey 

An expansive patio slice on an upper level of Alderney Landing, this patio lets you feel like you’re in the thick of things without sacrificing the space and serenity that usually requires. Getting to watch the ferries dart to-and-fro over a menu that’ll appeal to vegetarians and carnivores alike adds to the excellence. 

40 Alderney Drive

100+ patios to simmer on this summer
Ryan Williams
The Local



The new Almon spot that’s equal parts swank cafe and well-crafted eatery celebrates summer with a fresh entry into the local patio scene that’s perfect for throwing back an option from its tight cocktail menu or noshing on a nourishing bowl. 
5659 Almon Street

Agricola Street Brasserie / Billow Bar

Agricola Street’s perfect perch might just be this rooftop offering, which promises ice cream sandwiches and craft cocktails along with the luxe energy the Agricola Street Brasserie space downstairs is known for.
 2540 Agricola Street

Alteregos Cafe

The iconic Gottingen Street spot, which might be as well-known for its excellent playlists as it is for grade-A coffee, continues to kill it with a roomy patio that's the perfect spot to sip your morning java or evening beer. 2193 Gottingen Street

The Brown Hound Pub

A good ol’ fashioned neighbourhood local like The Brown Hound really ought to have a chill patio that feels more like visiting a friend’s backyard—but with table service. This one delivers and makes room for the pup in your life, too.
 2394 Agricola Street

Chain Yard Urban Cidery and Unchained Kitchen 

The city's first cidery has been holding down the corner of Agricola and North Streets for a little over two years now, and its sidewalk slice of patio is surely a large part of the place's appeal. Get your apple-a-day in a glass or on one of Unchained Kitchen's summer plates—plus lots of super-summery vibes—here, and you'll see what we mean. 2606 Agricola Street

Eliot & Vine
The classy spot's swath of patio features soft lighting, live jazz on Thursdays and European-inspired dishes any night of the week. Pick your perch carefully and you can even see the chef in action through the kitchen's garage-style door. 
2305 Clifton Street

EnVie a vegan kitchen 

This Agricola-area spot seriously upped its patio game after a few summers of offering three tiny curb-side tables: The vegan eatery's new patio is a roped-off expanse of bistro tables bathed in sunshine and flanked by hanging floral baskets. 
5775 Charles Street

Good Robot Brewing Company 

The Robie Street sudmaker’s GastroTurf—a dog-friendly beer garden that’s secluded yet sunny—is a local favourite, and for good reason: The vibes are as warm as the weather. Stop by on Sunday evenings at sunset to take part in a free, outdoor screening of a classic flick—past screenings have included Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion and Thelma & Louise. 
2736 Robie Street

Hamachi Kita 

This Young Street sushi staple also offers Asian fusion cuisine and a quaint patio overlooking Hydrostone Park—because hot summer days are made for cold food and a shot of sun. 
5537 Young Street

Heartwood Hydrostone

The Hydrostone outpost of the vegetarian eatery’s sweet, small patio—complete with church pew seating—is perfect for lingering over plant-filled plates and good conversation. 
3061 Gottingen Street

Humani-T Cafe
The north end cafe does more than just dish up homemade gelato, but really, what else matters other than scarfing a scoop of the cold stuff on a summer's afternoon from this petite porch? 
5755 Young Street

Julien's Patisserie, Bakery & Cafe
This Hydrostone neighbourhood cafe delivers some serious Parisian vibes as you sate your sweet tooth with a host of high-end treats on its private terrace. Featuring wrought iron fences, soft French music and lush greenery, lingering over pastries and coffee is the only natural response. 
5517 Young Street

LF Bakery 

The Gottingen Street carb castle routinely fulfils your main fantasies—fresh croissants, bread and coffee—and now it's building an expansive deck for you to indulge in this holy trinity under sunny skies. 
2063 Gottingen Street

Lion's Head Tavern & Grill
It's hard to tell what's the bigger claim to fame at this north end staple: The huge-ass patio or the nine (count 'em!!) types of poutine you can fill your face with on the sunny spot. Why not get a taste of both? 3081 Robie Street

The Local
The Gottingen Street spot’s spacious patio has open windows, tables fit for any sized party and enough houseplants to make your Pinterest die with envy. If that doesn’t make it the perfect spot to slug a post-work or pre-show beer with yer buds, then we don’t know what to tell ya.
 2037 Gottingen Street

Salvatore's Pizzaiolo Trattoria 
The Best of Halifax Readers' Choice Award Hall of Famer for Best Pizza Pie has a damn good patio, too. Tuck into a piece of thin-crust pizza (or a doughy Sicilian-style slice) on the sunny wooden expanse that overlooks Hydrostone Park, and you'll see what we mean. 
5541 Young Street

Seven Bays Bouldering
The climbing gym slash coffee spot slash bar boasts a huge deck with almost-all-day sun and comfy booth seating big enough for you and all your pals—or just you and your laptop, if that’s how you’d rather roll. 
2019 Gottingen Street

Studio East Food + Drink
With a cocktail menu that continues to explore kitschy, tiki-style offerings this palm-lined patio helps you feel miles away from the city. 
6021 Cunard Street

Timber Lounge 
Axe no questions about the Agricola Street lumberjack-y lounge's intimate patio, where craft beer, acoustic tunes and target practice await. 
2712 Agricola Street

Water and Bone

A hidden courtyard replete with towering trees is the perfect spot to tuck into a bowl of broth-y noodles as the summer sun kisses your face. 
5687 Charles Street

100+ patios to simmer on this summer
Ryan Williams
Stubborn Goat Beer Garden


The Armview Restaurant and Lounge 
Views of the sparkling Northwest Arm water makes this patio a destination. The new-school diner fare's a bonus. 7156 Chebucto Road

Bramoso Pizzeria and Beer Bar
Bramoso knows pineapple works on pizza. And when you're in the sun with tropical fruit on your pie, you can pretend you're somewhere tropical, too. 
6169 Quinpool Road

Dilly Dally Coffee Cafe
Your one-stop shop for a morning coffee or an after-work beer has a lovely deck off its back door, which is blessed with full sun through the afternoon. 
6100 Quinpool Road

Freeman's Little New York
Sunny yellow decor accompanies your sunny feast—or your moonlit feast, Freeman's is open 24 hours. 
6092 Quinpool Road

Freeman's Little New York, Fairview 

Although this isn't a Freeman's branch where you can get your pizza fix all night, with a closing time of 2am we can't really complain. 
3671 Dutch Village Road


THE spot to eat hummus (among other so fresh and so green things) beside the "Life" sculpture. 
6250 Quinpool Road

La Piazza Ristorante
It's easy to overlook this area, what with all the offerings on the neighbouring street. To miss out on this sweet deck (and lovely pizza) would be a mistake. 
6430 Chebucto Road

The Other Bean Coffee & Sandwich Bar 

Sit and ponder the answers to life’s big questions, coffee in hand, at this fresh-air-filled front stoop or the cafe’s not-so-secret, but very private back patio. 
6220 Quinpool Road

Pavia Gallery, Espresso Bar & Cafe 
One of three PAVIA locations in the city, this one's special as the "ice cream pavilion" is open from May until October. The little red shack and surrounding deck awaits with handmade gelato. 
995 Herring Cove Road


There are four heroes at this Italian-American restaurant: a meatball hero, a chicken parmesan hero, an eggplant parmesan hero and the patio. Not all heroes wear capes. 
2186 Windsor Street


Finbar's Irish Pub
This popular Bedford haunt is much more than a St. Paddy's Day stop. Whether it's booze, brunch or pub grub, you can chow down outside. 
1595 Bedford Highway

I Love Pho 

Anyone who says you can't enjoy soup when it's hot out is simply a weakling. Slurp noodles here along with a lovely view of the Basin. 
746 Bedford Highway

Izzy's Bagel Co.
Pass the cream cheese, please: Izzy's has several kinds to combine with a bagel, a coffee and the sun. 
1180 Bedford Highway

Il Mercato 

The upstairs patio at this Bedford beauty offers ample shade, blankets for cooler temps and the chance to close your eyes and imagine you’re summering in Italy as you slurp up some spaghetti. 
1595 Bedford Highway

Morris East
You don't actually have to be on Morris Street to enjoy this wood-fired pizza. The Bedford version of this 'za zone also has a top-notch spot to enjoy a meal in the fresh air. 
620 Nine Mile Drive

Off Track Brewing

The Bedford brewery that could invites beer-lovers to chill the heck out on its adorable little picnic table clad patio, complete with Astroturf. 
275 Rocky Lake Drive

Resto Urban Dining
A prime place for a patio with lots of coverage on even the sunniest of days, Resto has it made in the shade. 
1516 Bedford Highway


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