If there’s one thing Calgary’s food scene does better during the summer than most other cities in Canada, it would have to be patios (and barbecued steaks too, I suppose). You can’t walk a block in any popular area of this city without bumping into a patio that’s full of sunglass-ed, happy folks with drinks in hand and food in front of them.
Here are 5 Calgary patios that you either might not know about or haven’t had the chance to enjoy yet this summer.
It’s not secret that this restaurant’s popular street-facing plank table patio is a hot spot along Kensington Road, but did you know that it’s also got a sheltered patio behind it as well? With better seating options and surrounding walls, Hayden’s back patio – which is accessible by walking past the bar to the back of the room – makes for a much more cozy and quiet experience than sitting roadside.
New for the summer, Ikemen (a contemporary ramen eatery on 10th St N.W.) has built a side patio that is nice and inviting. Sit outside, order a bowl of chilled ramen noodles with pork belly and poached egg, as well as a bottle of chilled sake and enjoy the quality people watching that the neighbourhood never fails to offer.
Oak Tree Tavern and PRLR
For whatever reason, outside of Kensington and Sunnyside residents’ knowledge, Oak Tree’s upper level patio remains a best-kept secret. With plenty of sunshine for most of the day, expect to sit down here and soak up some rays from lunchtime well into the early evening. Its lower level cocktail bar, PRLR, has also constructed a comfy patio in the alleyway, so have a seat down there instead if you’re craving craft cocktails and funky hotdogs.
This newer and unassuming Italian restaurant on Edmonton Trail boasts a surprisingly charming backyard patio. Strings of small lights run across the yard add to the casual ambiance. An ideal spot for a relaxing glass of wine and a few small plates of food like Alberta beef crudo or skewers of roasted mushrooms with butter and gremolata.