*North America Only


*North America Only

The Itinerary:

Guiding Light – The Sunniest Patios

in Vancouver from Dawn to Dusk 

Give your sunscreen a workout and make sure you’re catching optimal rays with this patio-hopping guide.

By: Josh Murray | Photos: Agnes Ciaciek


Nothing quite typifies the peak of summer like a meal enjoyed outdoors in the golden rays during the west coast’s best months.

This summer, follow the sun with this schedule of select Vancouver patios – optimized to catch the best light from dawn to dusk. From secret hideaways to reliable standbys, these are our top spots to find some vitamin D.

Morning Joe

Le Marché St. George (4393 St. George Street)

Get a start on the day by finding a chair at this combo neighbourhood corner store / stylized coffee shop. More sidewalk café than spacious patio, the quirky locale bills itself as a place for “real people making real things.” Its blend of rustic charm and downhome sensibility is perfectly west coast, and it’s bathed in sunlight for summer’s morning hours.

Andrea, right, is wearing the Long and Lean Dress
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Lindsay is wearing the In the Field Dress

A Lazy Lunch 

Tap & Barrel (1 Athlete’s Way)

Stroll down to the waterfront in Vancouver’s Olympic Village around mid-day for pacific northwest comfort food and one of the many BC beers featured on a rotating tap sheet. A second floor patio offers direct sun, but also considerable shade for diners who prefer to be outdoors without feeling the burn.

Nicole, right, is wearing the The Union Dress
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Stylish Siesta

Vancouver Art Gallery Cafe (750 Hornby Street)

After lunch, move downtown to the Gallery Café. Located just off Robson Street on the south side of the city’s art gallery, this Vancouver classic has offered up fresh, local and – more often than not – organic cuisine since 1994. The bistro-style seating can lead to a chaotic lunch rush, so slip in late-afternoon for a more laid-back vibe and the live music acts that serenade patrons in the sunshine.

Amy, right, is wearing the Long and Lean Dress
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Happy Hour

The Wicklow (610 Stamps Landing)

On the hunt for some afternoon vitamin D? Sneak out of work early for the city’s sunniest happy hour. The Wicklow on Stamps Landing showcases small plates as well as local beer and wine specials. Slather on the SPF though: the patio is a late-afternoon sun worshipper’s paradise, with very little shade.

Lindsay is wearing the In the Field Dress

Dinner and Dessert

Bridges (1696 Duranleau Street)

It doesn’t get more iconic than Bridges’ sunshine-yellow façade and, even after more than 30 years in business, its view still can’t be beat. Wrap up your day of dining with dinner and dessert at this Granville Island landmark. Steak, salmon, shrimp and tuna dominate the evening menu and, for those with a sweet tooth, the Turtle Pie is a win – even if it means one extra spin class on the weekend. With the iconic Burrard Street Bridge and English Bay to the west, the creek’s vista truly sparkles at sunset.

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Reflections (801 West Georgia Street)

After dusk, unwind with a nightcap at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia’s Reflections. The outdoor space – or self-described “garden terrace” – is tucked away on the hotel’s fourth floor and provides plenty of eye candy, with all of the city’s stunners on parade. Order one of the many BC-inspired cocktails – including the Wreck Beach Lemonade or the Okanagan Punch – and toast your tan.

SJ, left, is wearing the Sooner or Layer Dress
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