What do summer’s lazy afternoons and breezy evenings have in common? Both are best spent outdoors – preferably with food and drink in hand! Whether it’s time for coffee or wine, our patios are perfect for sitting back, enjoying good company and maybe even indulging in a bit of people watching.

In the spirit of The Infatuation Summer Guide dubbing LPQ Flatiron’s terrace the “LPQ Party Roof,” we’re sharing our top 10 go-to patios, in no particular order.

1. Flatiron, NYC *

It’s easy to see why The Infatuation favors this patio – its second floor, rooftop perch gives this courtyard a tucked away feel that’s perfect for an after-work or post-shopping escape.

Flatiron

2. Melrose, California

A wraparound porch and Adirondack chairs give this porch its quaint feel, but keep your eyes peeled – given the neighborhood, you never know just who you’ll catch passing by.

Le Pain Quotidien Melrose Patio

3. UN Plaza, NYC *

The midtown location makes this patio an easy after-work meet-up spot. The full garden – decorated with string lights and ivy – is sure to help the day’s troubles fade away!

Le Pain Quotidien UN Patio

4. Downtown LA, California

Those looking for a whimsical escape from LA’s hustle and bustle needn’t look any further than this string light-adorned, downtown LA patio. Located in the historical PacMutual building, this courtyard dates back to the 20s, but was discovered when the building was renovated.

Le Pain Quotidien Downtown Los Angeles

Photo by imdrewscott

5. Mineral Springs, NYC *

There’s nothing quite like summertime in Central Park, and this patio has sweeping views over Sheep’s Meadow. Come here to enjoy a specially offered cocktail, or book the large patio for a private gathering.

Mineral Springs

6. Conservatory Water, NYC *

Also in Central Park and also offering a cocktail menu, this patio overlooks Conservatory Water. It sits in the shade, sheltered from the city’s towering skyscrapers – perfect for especially steamy afternoons, or for getting back in touch with nature.

Photo by Charley Lhasa

Photo by Charley Lhasa

7. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Stroll through Chicago’s iconic Millennium Park, check out one of its music festivals or snap a photo at the infamous Bean. Then head over to this patio to wind down from your outing.

Michigan Avenue

8. Capitol Hill, DC *

Whether you’ve come from perusing the famous Eastern Market next door or find yourself by the Capitol Building, the corner location of this wraparound patio is the perfect pit stop for reenergizing. Large trees offer plenty of shade.

Capitol Hill

9. Fashion Island, California

Fashion Island Center may be a massive, commercial shopping mall, but you’ll forget that the moment you step onto this patio. Views of palm trees – and a peek at the Pacific – give this patio its intimate charm. The in-house bakery also provides plenty of treats for capping off a long day shopping!Flatiron

10. Georgetown, DC *

This big back patio is shaded in trees and centered around a picturesque fountain. Its proximity to Georgetown University makes it the place to relax, study or cozy up to a book long after summer fades!

Georgetown

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Which patio is your go-to? Comment your pick below!

* Refers to a patio that offers happy hour.