Every year, like clockwork, summer arrives, and Toronto morphs into a patio obsessed city. We’re not complaining. Patios are the lifeblood of summer in the 6ix, because the warm weather comes and goes in the blink of an eye.

While some prefer the people watching of a street patio, the true hidden gems of the city come in the form of the rooftop patio – where you get to feel like you’ve actually escaped the city.

Here are a few of our favourites: 

The Pilot

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Their “Flight Deck” is known as the go-to rooftop patio in Yorkville for a reason – and not just because this establishment has been open for 70 years. Less pretentious than its neighbourhood counterparts, the simple stainless steel layout, and retractable awning attract both the business and the casual crowd.

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Momofuku Daisho

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Momofuku’s patio seats 80, and is generally only open in the evenings – but it’s worth making the reservation. Not only does it offer a spectacular view of the downtown core, but it’s home to some of the best Japanese food the city offers.  

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The Thompson Hotel

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If fancy is your deal, The Thompson rooftop delivers in spades. You’ll pay a pretty penny for a drink here, but the quality – and the spectacular views – will ensure your money is well spent.

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Mascot Brewery

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The casual vibe at Mascot perfectly suits its location close to the Jays home base. If you’re searching for a rooftop patio without all the pretension, you’ll love the bright yellow umbrellas and Astroturf décor for your post game drinks.

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Paupers Pub

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Low-key and hidden away in the Annex, Pauper’s rooftop patio is the perfect spot for a quick drink before a summer movie at Christie Pitts Park.

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Globe Bistro

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If you’re looking to dine on elk and game while sitting on a rooftop, Globe Bistro has you covered. Their wooden décor is covered in animal print to highlight their diverse menu options, and this Danforth spot is the patio of choice for the east end brunch crowd.

Image via Globe Bistro 

The Porch

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The Porch, situated above the Rock n’ Horse Saloon, offers some of the best views of the CN Tower you will find in the 6ix. This means it might require some waiting time to get a table on a weekend, but once you’re up there with a margarita bucket in hand, you’ll be happy you waited.

Image via @ThePorchTO

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