Posted by: Waheeda Harris | June 4, 2010

N+D Toronto – three patios with an unbeatable view

Summer in the city of Toronto should always include a visit to a patio, whether its for lunch with friends or evening drinks under the stars. Make it memorable with these three spots with unbeatable views of the city:

Panorama Lounge – from its perch on the 51st floor of Bay & Bloor’s Manulife Centre, this resto-bar offers a chic white decor, ice cold libations, tasty edibles and a view of the city that stretches to Lake Ontario and from eastern Riverdale and Leslieville to the western University of Toronto campus and the Annex.

Park Hyatt Hotel Roof Lounge – the summer terrace of The Roof Lounge may be for less than 30 people, but its attentive service and endless supply of olives and salted nuts make this one of the city’s best kept secrets for a drink on the 18th floor. Views of Yorkville, the University of Toronto and its neighbours like The Gardiner Museum, Royal Ontario Museum or The Royal Conservatory of Toronto are a welcome accompaniment to this historical spot.

Jack Astor’s Bar & Grill – this chain resto offers the usual roadhouse fare but its location five storeys above Yonge & Dundas Square gives it the advantage to see the wanderings of students, shoppers and downtown types far above the constant traffic.  A side benefit – patio dwellers can hear the sweet strains from the free concerts that regularly occur at Y&D Square.

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