While it might be standard knowledge that most patios are chill AF, there’s something even more relaxing about a patio that’s tucked away, one that might make your friends ask, “but where you at?”
And not only are they hella relaxing, but they’re also perfect for your Instagram. If there’s anything your feed is craving this summer, it’s a well-executed snap on one of Toronto’s prettiest hidden patios.
Take a look at 13 hidden patios in Toronto that are perfect for your Instagram.
942 Queen St W
If there’s something that can be said about Mexican food, it’s that it tastes even better on a patio. This Queen Street gem is essentially a hidden oasis of green with treetops and ivy that might make you forget you’re even in the city. Now sounds like a good time for a fiesta don’t you think?!
392 Roncesvalles Ave
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The next time you’re perusing around Roncesvalles make sure you check out the aesthetically pleasing hidden patio at La Cubana. The minimalist decor and bright orange chairs make for an uber-trendy snap. Not to mention the Latin American eats are just as enticing.
220 King St W
Bring your taco Tuesdays to the outdoors at El Caballito on King St. W. This colourful backyard patio is complete with a stunning floral mural and so many overhanging twinkling lights. It also features its own outdoor bar so tequila shots are well within reach for when you feel like turning things up.
60 Kensington Ave
This quaint back alley patio oozes chill vibes and is perfect for when you feel like getting a little boozy on a Sunday afternoon. Pair the concrete graffiti walls with communal seating, and you got one cool hangout spot that’s great for socializing. Bonus points that it’s also located in the heart of Kensington Market.
1439 Queen St W
The backyard patio at OM restaurant is such a cute and unexpected surprise! The delicious Tibetan and Indian food will be even more enjoyed underneath an expanse of trees; both your mind and stomach will be feeling totally zen and taken care of by the time you finish your meal.
1163 Bloor St W
The Three Speed patio with its overhead lattice and twinkling lights is charming, to say the least. This backyard patio is all rustic feels, with high fences for privacy, wooden tables, and even an outdoor wood-burning oven! Your experience won’t only be relaxing, but also filled with the scent of roasting food.
136 Ossington St
If you’re looking to sip back some tequila on an incredibly beautiful patio, Reposado is arguably the best place to do that in Toronto. They have a crazy, wide range of tequila and one look at the ivy-covered walls and exposed brick will have you coming back for repeat visits all summer long.
14 Dupont St
I said it before and I’ll say it again, Mexican food and patios just make sense. Situated behind Playa Cabana Hacienda, this hidden gem has a unique Yucatan-inspired menu that makes this patio feel like a backyard cantina. Now just add a tequila cocktail into the mix, you have what sounds like the perfect afternoon or evening.
75 Yorkville Ave
So you may already know about this Yorkville restaurant’s street-level patio, but did you know they also have one on the roof? It might be one of the most romantic spots in Toronto, complete with bench seating, glowing lanterns, candles, and a tucked away from view of all the Yorkville action; this patio is where you woo your boo (or Instagram).
158 Cumberland St
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Bar Reyna’s back patio is like a secret garden you didn’t know existed. Modern plant fixtures line a brick wall, while the adjacent wood wall is decked out with totally Instagram-able white minimalist murals. If that’s not enough to lure you in, the snack bar also as an equally photogenic menu, with a stunning array of tasty finger foods.
856 College St
The hidden patio at The Caledonian will whisk you away with its Scottish whiskies and beautiful line of trees. It almost feels like you’re in the highlands, but really you’re just steps away from College Street. Why not forget that for the time being, and have a much-needed escape from the city (and reality)?
Sushi On Roncy
239 Roncesvalles Ave
In terms of lovely backyard patios, Sushi On Roncy is definitely a restaurant that gets overlooked. While it might not seem like much from the front, the hidden patio is adorbs with its hanging red lanterns, wooden picnic tables and other rod iron seating areas. Your beautiful plate of sushi now has the perfect backdrop.
542 Queen St W
The funny thing about this discrete rooftop patio is that it actually almost feels like a beachside Tiki bar. While the graffitied brick and concrete walls are super urban, the thatched wooden bar and its straw roof are like something out of the tropics. If you’re feeling thirsty and are in the mood for some alternative music, The Bovine can’t be beat.
Do you know any other hidden patios in Toronto? Let us know in the comments!
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