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August 19, 2019

All the Patios in Kensington

When we say Kensington, we mean we’re counting all the patios along Kensington Road N.W. between 14th Street and 10th Street N.W., and all the patios on 10th Street N.W. from Memorial Drive up to 3rd Avenue N.W.

Hayden Block's pop-up street patio. Photograph by Mariah Wilson

The patios along 10 Street N.W.

We start by listing the patios on Memorial Drive and finish up with patios closest to 3rd Avenue N.W.


Julio’s Barrio

This rooftop patio is really big and really sunny. It seats 90 people and is the place to be if you’re craving a Bulldog or a sangria. Here, you’ll be overlooking Memorial Drive, Poppy Plaza and the Bow River.
1110 Memorial Dr. N.W., 403-203-3066, juliosbarrio.com


Oolong Tea House

Photograph by Mariah Wilson.

This small, cozy patio is one of the few patios in Calgary that you can enjoy even when it’s raining outside. You’ll find the patio behind the cafe — so expect a quiet, somewhat secluded-feeling — and it’s totally covered. Both the patio and inside of Oolong were recently renovated but are open for business now.
110 10 St. N.W., 403-457-5450, oolongteashop.ca


Oak Tree Tavern

Photograph by Mariah Wilson.

If you can get a spot on the tavern’s popular, second-storey patio, try to come in the evening. You’ll get great views of the sunset over the skyline. The fairy lights add to the overall ambience too. And, be sure to order the deep fried pickles as a snack. Downstairs at the Oak Tree Lounge, there’s a second sunny, dog-friendly patio for both you and your pooch to enjoy.
124 10 St. N.W., 403-270-3347, oaktreetavern.ca 


Vero Bistro

This partially shady patio is small — it only seats 10 — but it is a great option for an intimate, alfresco brunch. Opt for one of the signature, steak and poached eggs dish.
209 10 St. N.W., 403-283-8988, verobistro.ca 


Ikemen Ramen Bar

Photograph by Mariah Wilson.

You can’t miss this patio — there’s a mural with a big cat eating a bowl of ramen on the back wall. This street-facing patio has heaters and fairy lights, making it a great outdoor dining option when you’re craving a bowl of ramen later in the evening.
217 10 St. N.W., 403-452-2148, ikemanramenbar.com


Red’s Diner in Kensington

Photograph by Mariah Wilson.

Red’s Diner’s patio is trimmed in red and has lots of great seating options whether you’re dining alone or with a group. Make sure to try its famous traditional eggs benny, since breakfast is served all-day.
286 10 St. N.W., 587-356-1808, redsdiner.com


Midtown Kitchen and Bar

Photograph by Mariah Wilson.

You can make the most of a great food and drink deal almost every day of the week here. There are $1 oysters on Tuesdays, $3 tacos on Thursdays and $5 Prosecco on Fridays.
302 10 St. N.W., 403-474-2555, midtownkitchen.ca 


Flipp’n Burgers

Photograph by Mariah Wilson.

If you’re walking down 10th Street N.W., you’ll see that there’s one picnic table outside of Flipp’n Burgers. But if that table is already occupied, you still have alfresco burger-eating options. Walk through the alley to the back of the restaurant and there are six more picnic tables. Keep in mind that there’s no shade back there.
103, 330 10 St. N.W., 403-474-9365, flippnburgers.ca

Kensington Road N.W.

We start by listing with the patios at 10th Street N.W. and work our way to the patios down by Kensington Road N.W.


Modern Steak


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You can have some of the best steak in the city (or fondue or seafood) on this terrace patio, well above the Kensington buzz.
107 10A St. N.W., 403-670-6873, modernsteak.ca


Oxbow in Hotel Arts Kensington

The revamped restaurant in Hotel Arts Kensington faces Memorial Drive with excellent downtown views. The menu offers dinner entrees that feature ribeye, Haida Gwaii halibut and rigatoni primavera.
1126 Memorial Dr. N.W., 403-670-7387, hotelartskensington.com


Kensington Pub

It’s easy to miss this second-storey patio. You have to walk through the whole pub to get there, but when you do, you’re treated to a quiet terrace shared with only a few other people.
207 10A St. N.W., 403-270-4505, kensingtonpub.com


Container Bar

Photograph by Mariah Wilson.

This is a trendy spot to spend an afternoon. It’s located in the alley and the bar is a shipping container. It’s sunniest during the middle of the day, but if you prefer a little shade, come between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. for happy hour, which runs Monday through Friday.
1131 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-457-4148, containerbaryyc.com 


Winebar Kensington

This pop-up, street-side patio is up for the summer season. Come for a glass of wine, a cheese and charcuterie board and some people watching.
1131 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-457-1144, winebarkensington.com


The Naked Leaf

Photograph by Mariah Wilson.

You’ll find this partly sunny patio off the main street and outside of the tea shop. But you don’t need to be a patron to sit down on one of the chairs or benches here. It’s a small patio that seats fewer than 15 people.
1126 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-283-3555, thenakedleaf.ca


Hayden Block Smoke and Whiskey

Photograph by Mariah Wilson.

You have patio options here. There’s the pop-up, street-side patio and another patio in the back of the restaurant. Whichever patio you end up at, be sure to order a whiskey cocktail and a chopped brisket sandwich.
1136 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-283-3021, haydenblockyyc.com


Raw Eatery and Market

Photograph by Mariah Wilson.

You might miss this courtyard patio if you didn’t know it was there. It’s below street level and offers a hidden shady oasis for all who visit. Try the Kale-Mary salad with a raspberry ginger smoother — everything here is vegan and uses local ingredients.
2, 1145 Kensington Cres. N.W., thecollectiveraw.com



The patio is on the second level and has a metal pergola-type structure that provides some shade. Order an authentic Neapolitan pizza and finish your meal with a cannoli.
1147 Kensington Cres. N.W., 403-283-1166, pulcinella.ca


Side Street Pub and Grill

This patio is for sports fans. While there are 20 big screen televisions inside, this bar also shows football and hockey games on an outdoor screen every so often.
1167 Kensington Cres. N.W., 403-270-3880, sidestreetpubandgrill.com


Original Joe’s

Photograph by Mariah Wilson.

This sunny patio seats 44 and you can enjoy a great deal here every day of the week. Its most popular day is Thursday – that’s half price wine night.
100, 1220 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-670-5637, originaljoes.ca



After you buy your sandwich and side salad, take your lunch out to Peppino’s covered patio. It’s a small outdoor seating area, ideal for a quiet alfresco lunch – there are three tables and the area sits 12.
101, 1240 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-283-5350, peppinogourmet.com 


Nellie’s On Kensington

This breakfast spot has a small patio that faces Kensington Road. There’s also a parking lot here, so if you don’t live in the neighbourhood, know that it’s easy to drive to get your all-day breakfast.
1414 Kensington Rd. N.W., 403-270-0173, nelliesonkensington.com


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