9 Harlem spots with hidden backyard patios

Updated: Jul 2, 2020


The serene back garden at The Chipped Cup

Hidden from view, Harlem's backyard patios are the perfect place to escape the city's hustle and bustle.

Head to these urban oases when you're looking for a serene–and in a few cases green–spot to enjoy a well-crafted sip or bite. From south to north:

Lolo's Seafood Shack

303 W 116th St between Frederick Douglass Blvd and Manhattan Ave

This island seafood spot's backyard cabana offers serious seaside vibes.

Lion Lion Bar

332 E 116th St between First and Second Aves

Sip on expertly made cocktails in this East Harlem bar's charming patio.

Lion Lion Bar's charming backyard patio

Photo: Lion Lion Bar

Double Dutch Espresso

2194 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 118th and W 119th Sts

The South Harlem location of this uptown coffee chain has a wooden patio that's ideal for an al fresco espresso.

Mess Hall

2194 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 118th and W 119th Sts

Once you've had your java jolt at Double Dutch Espresso next door, hit up happy hour here starting at 4pm to get a good seat outside.

Serengeti Teas & Spices

22 E 125th St between between Madison and Fifth Aves

One of Harlem's most beautiful covered backyards serves freshly-made African teas by Liberian-born owner Doughba Caranda-Martin.

Enjoy craft beer in the backyard at Harlem Hops

Harlem Hops

2268 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 133rd and W 134th Sts

A small but perfect little beer garden sits in the back of this excellent craft beer destination.

L'Argot

142 Hamilton Pl between W 143rd and W 144th Sts

This cozy six-month-old spot serving craft cocktails and a full dinner menu just expanded with a small patio in the back.

The Chipped Cup

3610 Broadway between W 148th and W 149th Sts

Enjoy an iced coffee (and a homemade brownie) in one of Harlem's most enchanted gardens.

The backyard patio at Tsion

Tsion Cafe

763 St. Nicholas Ave between W 148th and W 149th Sts

Now is the time to try a variety of Ethiopian dishes in Tsion's cute back patio.

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