A new season is here, so it’s only fitting we talk about some of the best patios in Edmonton that you need to check out this summer. From afternoon beers to weekend brunch, cheap eats to fine dining, there’s no shortage of incredible options around the city. And naturally, we’re going to bring you the best of them!
Here are the best patios to check out around Edmonton this summer.
Why not kick things off with a couple of rooftop options! If size is a must, it’s hard to beat the one at CRAFT, which offers games, plenty of sunlight, space, and of course, a lot of beer.
Where: 10013 101A Avenue
If a more informal vibe is what you’re feeling, then we suggest Black Dog. A staple in Strathcona, this spot also boasts one of the only rooftop patios in the neighbourhood, making it a must after a day of shopping and strolling around.
Where: 10425 82 Avenue NW
Located in Riverdale, Little Brick offers a very relaxed atmosphere for enjoying a cup of coffee and a baked good. Or, swing by in the afternoon instead for a classic (yet refined) grilled cheese and some craft beer. Either way, you’ll be glad that you visited.
Where: 10004 90 Street NW
How about some vegan fare? While it’s hard to argue with the interior of The Moth Cafe, it luckily has taken some solid steps to making the outside one of the best patios in Edmonton as well. Healthy food, good vibes, and fun awaits!
Where: 9449 Jasper Avenue
The first of a trio of side-by-side patios in Edmonton, all with their own special offerings. We think of The Next Act as like an elevated diner- the classics are available, but it’s the special menu items that will have you coming back for more.
Where: 8224 104 Street NW
Meanwhile, MEAT has more or less one thing on its mind- meat. Head here for hearty brisket sandwiches, fried chicken, and classic sides. Since this is a pretty robust meal, we think it pairs best after a day of activity, like a round of frisbee golf or a bike ride or something.
Where: 8216 104 Street NW
Finally, Pip’s brunch and dinner fare will have you feeling like you’re dining somewhere in SoHo. We think this spot is best enjoyed on a super sunny weekend morning, with a mimosa on the table and an eggs benedict on the way. Luckily, we’ve got a few of those to look forward to!
Where: 10403 83 Avenue NW
A modern classic spot known for its great beer and pizza. This is definitely our top choice for those days where we finish work and would much rather have a laugh with our friends instead of making a salad at home. Maybe that’s just us, though.
Where: 10257 105 Street NW
A nice little full-service French cafe tucked away in the French cultural centre (fittingly). Swing by for a coffee and some brunch with a pal, or come 30 minutes later for lunch and opt for a beer instead. This is definitely one of our sleeper picks for the spring, so don’t go telling everybody.
Where: 8627 91 Street
One of the nicest restaurants in the city has, surprise, one of the nicest patios as well. While you might be more focused on the meal than your surroundings, you’ll still be grateful that you opted for an outdoor dining experience here.
Where: 9570 76 Avenue NW
Back to the not so relaxed stuff. The ever-popular Mercer Tavern unveiled a new patio recently, and has been a great choice for when you’re not quite sure what you want but you know that you want something good. At least, that’s how we approach it.
Where: 10363 104 Street NW
Probably our number one pick off of this list. Not necessarily because the patio is nice (frankly, it’s hard to beat the interior). Instead, we just know that sitting down for a cold, expertly made cocktail during a sunset will be a tough experience to beat.
Where: 11957 Jasper Avenue
And to wrap things up, we’ve got two of undoubtedly the best views when it comes to patios in Edmonton. The Confederation Lounge at the Fairmont offers expansive views of the River Valley, and will have just about anyone feeling like they’re on vacation with every visit.
Where: 10065 100 Street NW
If you’d rather be in the heart of the action, Culina on the Lake is the place to go. The only licensed patio in Hawrelak Park, this is the perfect option for anyone wanting to cap off a day of walking and being outdoors with some delicious food and drink.
Where: 9330 Groat Road NW
There you have it folks! Our picks of the best patios you need to check out in Edmonton this summer. Have some fun in the sun for us, will ya?