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The top 10 patios for dessert in Toronto

The top patios for dessert in Toronto let you satisfy your sweet tooth al fresco. While a number of dessert-centric spots in the city, like Nadege, Moroco Chocolat and Ice 'N Cake, all have lovely patios, this list showcases spots where you can have it all; dinner, drinks, and dessert, enhanced by sunshine or starlight.

Here are my picks for the top 10 patios for dessert in Toronto.

Gusto 101
Can't decide between the orange coffee mousse ($5.50), tiramisu ($5.50), Chocolate cake ($5.50) or gelato ($8)? Settle in on the rooftop patio at this Italian restaurant on Portland and order the Dolci Platter for a pick of any three desserts for $15.50.

Pacific Junction Hotel
This candy-coloured back patio on King East doesn't have the widest selection of desserts, though it had me at two sweet words: dessert tacos. Sold for $7, the sweet treat features seasonal fruits in a sugar dusted taco shell that's finished with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Uncle Betty's Diner
As you'd expect from your favourite uncle, the dessert options are over the top at this midtown diner. The creamery stocks Greg's All Natural ice creams, which can be had by the scoop, in a sundae, blended into an ultra-thick milkshake, or best yet, sandwiched between hot, house-made donuts, then loaded with toppings.

Queen and Beaver
Situate yourself with a glass of port on this rooftop patio overlooking Elm Street and enjoy a selection of puddings ($8) from across the pond. Among the most popular picks, you'll find sticky toffee pudding and a bourbon-brown butter banoffee cake, or sample the house-made ice creams ($3.50) in flavours like salted caramel, whisky gingerbread and wild cherry with stilton.

Starving Artist
Two locations of this waffle house divide the menu between savoury and sweet options, but since they close at 6pm, the desserts don't always get the attention they deserve. Spend an afternoon on the street-side patio at either location and get acquainted with the surprisingly economical menu of sweet mini waffles ($3.50). While you can't really go wrong, top picks include the waffle s'more and pineapple banana crunch. Add vanilla ice cream for $1.

Future Bakery
In the Annex, this cafeteria-styled cafe boasts a spacious patio on a vibrant stretch of Bloor where loitering and people-watching are the activities of choice. Meander on up to the well stocked dessert case to order cakes and pies, including an astounding selection of cheesecakes, all available by the slice.

Lil' Baci
Lil Baci's two locations both have lovely patios, but in Leslieville you'll find the outdoor area, draped with string lights, especially inviting. Cap off any evening on a high note with a selection of seasonally-driven sweets like a ricotta cheesecake ($7) or panna cotta topped with summer fruits, or indulge your inner choco-holic with an ultra-rich chocolate mud pie.

The Fifth Grill and Terrace
This elegant rooftop steakhouse twinkles from the surrounding buildings at night; it's a romantic spot to wind down the day by indulging in decadent sundaes ($12) made with housemade vanilla ice cream and hot fudge, or the showstopping baked Alaska ($15) complete with cognac flambe.

Brooklyn Tavern
In the heart of Leslieville, the backyard patio at this neighbourhood gathering place is a comfortable spot to stop in for a slice of cheesecake ($8), bowl of butterscotch pudding ($5), or stout chocolate mousse ($7)

Sip post-dinner digestivi while grazing on tiramisu ($10), chocolate budino with pistachio brittle ($10) or a lemon brulee tart ($10) on the patio of this Italian restaurant in Cabbagetown.


Mill Street Beer Hall
There might be plenty of sweet shops, chocolatiers and bakeries in the Distillery District, but if you'd like to relax al fresco while satisfying your sweet tooth, then the massive patio at this brewery might just hit the spot. The dessert menu infuses the house brew at every opportunity, so expect to find selections like beer ice cream sandwiches ($7), chocolate Bierschnaps fondue ($18) and mini beer doughnuts ($10) fresh from the fryer.

What did I miss? Add your favourite patios for dessert in the comments below.

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