7 Patios That Serve Breakfast (or Brunch)
Start the day off right by taking your morning meal outside at one of these local spots.
The rooftop patio at Broken City.
Photo by Sebastian Buzzalino
We often think of patios for afternoon cocktails or an evening meal. But an open-air breakfast or brunch is a magical way to start the day. Here are seven places where you can take your morning meal in the morning sun.
The rooftop patio at this popular Beltline bar opens for the day at 11 a.m., right when the sun starts to shine down on the vivid wall murals. If you’re feeling the night before, take a seat under one of the many shade umbrellas and get yourself a hangover-helping fried-egg breakfast sandwich (add the accompanying hash-brown patties to the sandwich for a satisfying crunch).
Corbeaux Bake House [now closed]
This 130-seat patio at the heart of 17th Avenue S.W. is breakfast central, whether you’re looking for a plateful of brioche French toast, a warm bowl of multigrain porridge with honey, pumpkin seeds, berries and a dollop of mascarpone, or a simple coffee and pastry from the bakery case.
This Spanish-inspired restaurant on 17th Avenue S.W. is famous for its tapas-style brunch that includes patatas bravas (crispy fried baby potatoes with garlic aioli and smoked-paprika ketchup) and huevos benedictinos (eggs benedict on grilled sourdough with Serrano ham, tomato and blood-orange hollandaise). It tastes even better when it’s served on the small front patio with a pitcher of Bloody Marys at hand.
The courtyard patio at this downtown barbecue joint is a pretty laid back place on weekend mornings. With a brunch menu that makes generous use of the house’s specialty pulled pork and beef brisket and other indulgent offerings like peanut butter and banana French toast, this is the kind of place your dad really wants to go for Fathers’ Day.
This popular diner serves up all-day breakfast seven days a week starting bright and early at 7 a.m. Located on the eastern side of Stampede Park, with adjacent free parking, the patio here is a good place to stop and read the paper over bacon and eggs before heading downtown to the office.
This cool coffeehouse at the other end of Ramsay is a hidden gem, tucked in behind the Dominion Bridge building. The sunny tables out front are a great spot to savour your morning coffee with one of their decadent breakfast sandwiches served on a buttery-cheesy biscuit.
A leisurely late-morning brunch after an early round of golf is one of life’s simple pleasures. But even those who don’t play can still enjoy the west-facing patio at the picturesque Sirocco golf course just south of the city. Since Siraia takes reservations on the patio it’s best to call ahead if you’ve got your heart set on sitting outside.