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The Best Cafe Patios in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 8, 2015

cafe patio torontoThe best cafe patios in Toronto provide a taste of sunshine and fresh air on coffee breaks. While much of the city's patio culture seems to centre around frosty beers, there is a live and well (and sober) demographic that enjoy the outdoors in sleepy morning hours and into the afternoons.

Here's the list of the best cafe patios in Toronto.

See also: The best rooftop patios in Toronto

Jimmy's Coffee (Kensington Market)
Grab a coffee and head straight back to this urban oasis in the heart of Kensington Market. The patio can be found flooded with sunlight in the afternoons, and while it's removed from all the action, you'll find yourself still immersed in the lively sights, smells, and sounds from The Market.

Boxcar Social
This cafe and bar takes up two floors and the backyard of an old Victorian home on Yonge in the Summerhill area. Head here to enjoy coffee tasting flights and pastries, or a glass of wine alongside some charcuterie

Fika Cafe
The backyard patio at this Kensington Market cafe is lush and green, making it a secluded escape from all the activity in The Market, There's even a hammock! Bring a book, grab a coffee (and maybe an avocado sandwich), then relax.

Cafe Pamenar
Enjoy a panini and strong brew on the enclosed terrace behind this Kensington Market cafe. The back patio offers plenty of shade so you can sip your espresso in peace while keeping cool.

Good Neighbour
Find locals and their dogs seated on the front steps of this espresso bar in The Junction, while outback there's more intimate seating at long wood banquettes and tables. For a summer treat that's still got a strong dose of caffeine, try the affogato.

cafe patio torontoEarly Bird Espresso
Picnic tables outfitted with big umbrellas and ivy sprawling along one wall make this raised back patio on Queen West the perfect destination for al fresco coffee breaks and good spot to get a birds eye view of Graffiti Alley.

Dark Horse (West Queen West)
Park yourself on this corner patio for prime people watching opportunities with an iced latte in hand. The West Queen West address attracts a diverse crowd, many of whom can be found hunkered down over laptops.

Te Aro
The ample patio at this east side spot feels like an extension of the cafe when the garage door is fully rolled back. Regular customers and their furry companions can be found kicking back with solid espresso-based beverages.

Dineen Coffee Co.
The street-side terrace at this Financial District coffee house offers the chance for office workers cooped up all day to catch some rays on their breaks while getting their caffeine fix.

cafe patio torontoFull Stop
Sit on the graduated wood steps, or, pull up a seat at the communal tables outback at this indie coffee shop in The Junction. Oversized umbrellas and ample seating are both good reasons to lounge without risk of feeling rushed.

Rooster Broadview
The front patio on this quiet, residential stretch of Broadview can be found packed with locals, freelancers, and musicians almost any hour of the day catching one of the best views of the city.

Discussion

10 Comments

Al / July 8, 2015 at 12:49 pm
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Great list. You finally nailed one.
Eya Kotulsky / July 8, 2015 at 01:22 pm
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Also good is the Contra Cafe on Shaw Street, a couple of blocks south of Dupont.
mar / July 8, 2015 at 01:29 pm
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The Rooster has the best patio in the city but its not the chairs on the pavement, it's the riverdale park hill.
neighbourhood resident replying to a comment from Eya Kotulsky / July 8, 2015 at 02:31 pm
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Contra has a nice patio but the coffee is bad (not sure what beans they use but they are way, way too acidic) and it's a tad pricey for what it is. Almost $3 for a coffee to stay.
Magz / July 8, 2015 at 04:19 pm
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Rooster is #1 on this list, hands down. It has the best view of the city skyline, great people watching, friendly staff and amazing cortados.
Curry / July 9, 2015 at 09:25 am
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What about Tango Palace? Easily one of the best coffee shop patios in the city.
Sandman / July 9, 2015 at 09:34 am
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It would've been a better article if the 'poster' included pics of all the selected "winners"...
Grey / July 9, 2015 at 12:34 pm
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I feel Ezra's Pound on Dupont is frequently overlooked on the coffee lists, but its omission stand out to me on this category. Their patio is a fantastic escape in the area.
Waguan Kipdig / July 9, 2015 at 01:14 pm
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I just wanted to clarify that although Boxcar Social "takes up two floors... of an old Victorian home", the second floor only has the bathrooms. It's not like they are awe-inspiring, hipster bathrooms either. I do agree that it has a great patio though.
Chris / July 10, 2015 at 06:42 am
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I'd also include Contra Cafe and Hush at King ST. W

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