Summer in Toronto can get expensive, especially with the price of music festival tickets on the rise. So here’s a list of cheap-to-inexpensive patios that won’t hurt your wallet but will make your summer more exciting.
This “patio” is recognized by the city of Toronto as a clothing optional beach. Hidden by natural trees and bushes on Toronto Island, this spot is a great place to go with friends on a hot summer day. Especially so if you ride your bike there and bring a picnic basket loaded with goodies and a tapestry to sit on, hello Instagram posts. The ferry ride to the island is $4.50 with a valid student I.D or $7 without one, all tickets are round trip.
Warning! Open alcohol is not permitted on the beach, but here’s a link to a very cute water bottle from Urban Outfitters.
The Java House has a loaded menu full of great items to choose from, with a wide range of them priced under $10. Their large patio can be found on the corner of Queen West and Augusta streets where the meals are served fast and fresh from this resto’s small kitchen. What will really get you going about this joint are the daily specials, on a Saturday or Sunday you and a friend can enjoy two entrees and a pitcher for just $21.
If you’re bored of drinking your regular order of beer this Ossington patio is the perfect place for you and your date. The Bellwoods menu features unique, delicious beers brewed in house. A personal favourite, the Grizzly Bear ($7.50) goes great with Bellwoods’ selection of olives ($4). Being served at one of their rustic picnic tables topped with seasonal wild flowers, under romantic hanging lights it’s the perfect place to fall in love.
Rock Lobster Queen West
This seafood restaurant has three locations, but if you’re looking for that pretty patio Queen West is the place to go. Sitting outside, surrounded by Canadian inspired decor, one caesar just isn’t enough. But it is a must. This glass features a spiced rim, topped with celery and a lobster tail. Open from 5 p.m. until 12 a.m. Monday through Thursday they’re practically begging you to bring your co-workers for a cocktail.
In Etobicoke, Toronto’s west end, you’ll find this Italian restaurant over looking a scenic view of the city sky line. Enjoy some seafood pasta, watch the boats on the water and soak up the sun. It might be far from the city’s core, but this spot is definitely a hidden gem. However, with its list of gourmet entrees this resto is the highest priced option on our list.