Let’s face it: the next best thing to the beach in the summer is a patio. After all, where else can you spend a fun afternoon with your friends getting your drink on and enjoying the sunshine?
If you’re a true Torontonian, you likely already have go-to spots for patio season. But that just gives you even more reason to explore the city and try some place new.
To inspire you to change up your terrace views, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best rooftop patios in Toronto. Add these to your summer checklist stat!
1. The Gaarden— 314 Queen St. W.
The rooftop of Cube nightclub has been transformed into a plant oasis known as The Gaarden. The name is a play on Hoegaarden, the brand working in partnership with Ink Entertainment to bring this patio to life. Not only is the space filled with refreshing greenery, but the patio offers a twist on classic drinks (think Jalapeño Margarita), as well as tasty eats (hello lobster mac and cheese!).
2. Terroni on Yonge — 1095 Yonge St.
Who knew Terroni on Yonge had such a cute patio?! If you’re looking for a charming space with stellar food offerings, then this is the place for you! Terroni’s Yonge location features the same delicious Italian cuisine as its other spots, so you can wine and dine to your heart’s content. Of course, the patio views and atmosphere only make this spot that much sweeter!
3. Harvest Kitchen — 124 Harbord St.
One visit to Harvest Kitchen’s second-floor patio will make you feel like you’ve left the city. The rooftop area is covered in dreamy tree canopies so guests can bask in Mother Nature. This spot caters to “vegetarians, meat eaters, and gluten-sensitive diners,” so big groups can rest easy knowing everyone can indulge in good eats here!
4. Kost — 80 Blue Jays Way, 44th Floor
Those who appreciate a more upscale atmosphere won’t be disappointed by Kost. Located on the 44th floor of Toronto's Bisha Hotel, this bougie patio boasts incredible city views that will deliver some amazing Insta-worthy photos. Soak up the sun in one of Kost’s many loungers, enjoy West Coast-inspired cocktails, or indulge in some good eats curated by chef Ben Heaton.
5. Falcon SkyBar at Hotel X Toronto — 111 Princes' Blvd.
Speaking of bougie, Hotel X Toronto offers a similar vibe on its three-level rooftop patio. There are five distinct spaces here, but all have stunning unobstructed views of the city and Lake Ontario. Falcon SkyBar was named after the fact that real falcons can be seen flying along Toronto’s skyline, so prepare for some neat sightings and magical photos — day or night!
6. Chula Taberna Mexicana — 1058 Gerrard St. E.
Looking to spice up your summer? Then head over to Chula Taberna Mexicana. Their colourful double-level rooftop patio promises good eats, good drinks, and good vibes! Although the patio is walk-in only, it’s certainly worth the wait. The restaurant’s daily specials are hard to resist, including Thirsty Thursdays with half price tequila, and Bottomless Taco Sunday featuring chicken mole tacos.
7. The Chase — 10 Temperance St., 5th Floor
Foodies who love the patio atmosphere should definitely check out The Chase’s rooftop terrace. Located on the fifth floor of the historic Dineen Building, this patio has chic decor and beautiful city views. But let’s not forget the mouth-watering bites! The Chase is known for their seafood, and their menu features everything from classic shrimp cocktails to satisfying lobster dishes.
8. Oasis at Wayne Gretzky's Toronto — 99 Blue Jays Way
Wayne Gretzky's restaurant will be closing next year, so you have no excuse not to pay it one final visit. Make this summer a Great One by kicking back with some brews and cocktails at Oasis. The rooftop patio has lounge seating, dining tables, and even a fire pit to suit everyone’s needs. Plus, the space also has a ton of umbrellas and canopies for those looking to escape the heat.
9. Local Public Eatery Leaside — 180 Laird Dr.
Those who love places with a charming, laid-back vibe should check out Local Public Eatery’s Leaside location. This spot has two patios for maximum sun-soaking: one on the ground floor and one on the roof! Serving pub food classics like hot wings, burgers, and yam fries, this place will soon become your favourite summer spot for after-work meetups.
10. The One Eighty — 55 Bloor St. W., 51st Floor
In case you didn’t know, The One Eighty is what took over the Panorama Lounge in Yorkville’s Manulife Centre. The patio view here is a major selling point, but it’s nice to know this place also serves stellar drinks and food. Enjoy a decadent Sunday brunch with a Green Apple Moscato Sangria in hand because why not? This patio is the ultimate place to indulge this summer!