08/12/2016 05:57 EDT | Updated 08/12/2016 05:59 EDT

Edmonton's Best Patios To Visit This Summer


Summer weather in Edmonton can be fleeting, so it's worthwhile to make the most of it. Whether it's brunch or cocktails — or both — there are plenty of great patios around the city to enjoy.

Here are the best patios in Edmonton to soak up the sun:

5. Little Brick

This beautiful heritage home and café has the coziest garden, full of picnic tables and a fire pit for those chilly summer nights. If the patio's tables are taken, pull up a picnic blanket on the grass.

4. Parlour Italian Kitchen And Bar

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Parlour's patio is more charming than you'd expect. You'll forget about the surrounding parking lot, nearby chain restaurants and MacEwan College as soon as you step inside its high wood walls. Plus, its got wine on tap and delicious local gelato to help you cool off.

3. El Cortez

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The mosiac tiled tables, giant mural and neon lights make for an electric atmosphere at El Cortez. The tacos are delicious and pair great with any of the 140 types of tequila they offer.

2. Leva

Leva has been a staple in Edmonton's Garneau neighbourhood since it opened 10 years ago, and for good reason. This little coffee shop does everything right, from Italian espresso, thin-crust pizza to breakfast pastries.

1. Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

This just might be the best view in all of Edmonton. Whether it's brunch or evening cocktails, the stunning river valley backdrop adds something special to a meal.

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