The Coffee Mill (99 Yorkville, 416-920-2109)
Toronto hasn't always been kind to café culture - drinking outdoors was illegal until the early 60s. So raise a glass to the Coffee Mill. When the student-friendly Hungarian café originally launched in Bloor's Lowthian Mews, it bucked Ontario's blue laws to become Hogtown's first licensed patio.
The Park Hyatt Roof Lounge (4 Avenue Road, at Bloor West, 416-924-5471)
Though its rooftop deck is now much smaller than it was back in the day, the Hyatt - also known as the old Park Plaza - still offers a panoramic view of the skyline as well as an up-close look at famed architect Daniel Libeskind's reconstruction of the ROM directly below.
CAFE DIPLOMATICO (594 College, at Clinton, 416-534-4637)
Little Italy's corner café was Toronto's first outdoor scene outside of Yorkville when it opened in 1968. It's been one of downtown's busiest patios ever since, a mecca for both sun-worshippers and lovers of inexpensive old-school Italian fare.
Future Bakery (483 Bloor West, at Brunswick, 416-922-5875)
Since the 70s, the partially covered curbside terrace at Future has been a popular spot to catch some rays while washing down a plateload of perogy with a cheap pitcher of suds.
Allen's (143 Danforth, at Broadview, 416-463-3086)
Over on the east side, the willow-shrouded backyard of this relative newcomer has been a local favourite since the NYC-style joint opened in 1987. Who's to argue with a lineup that includes an all-VQA wine list, over 200 single malts and daily barbecue specials?