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74 awesome places to eat in Vancouver

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Hanna McLean Nov 14, 2018 2:49 pm 158

If you’re a food person and you’re in Vancouver, you’re in luck. It’s a great city to eat in.

This seaside city is one of Canada’s best when it comes to delicious and innovative eats and drinks, and whether you’re going for cheap sushi or an elevated fine dining experience, Vancouver serves it up perfectly every time.

Eat around the world in just one block, or head to some of our world-renowned and nationally celebrated establishments. Whatever you decide, we can promise you one thing – you’ll definitely be hungry for more.

Here are 74 awesome places to eat in Vancouver.

Casual pasta and pizza: Di Beppe

The restaurant is serving up stellar Italian eats in a casual setting in buzzing Gastown. The subdivided space also holds a small coffee shop called Caffe Di Beppe. The cafe has a different address (2 West Cordova Street) and it’s all about the espresso, baked goods, and hot sandwiches – quick eats to keep you on the go.

Address: 8 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Gastown
Phone:
+1-604-559-1122
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Italian Japanese fusion: Kissa Tanto

 

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Kissa Tanto is located in the heart of Chinatown on East Pender and serves innovative Italian-Japanese cuisine in a Tokyo jazz cafe-inspired setting. This spot tops the ‘best’ list for many locals time and time again, so visitors can’t go wrong dining here. Awesome fusion foods in a special occasion setting.

Address: 263 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Chinatown 
Phone: 
+1-779-379-8070
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Cali-style tacos: Tacofino

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Tacofino’s legendary Cali-style tacos and burritos are available at several locations around the city. If you’re after laid-back vibes, good drinks, and that can’t-move-too-full-of-guac feeling, this is the place for you (specifically the Gastown location for these vibes). Each restaurant offers a handful of location-specific dishes, so check out the menu before you go.

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Farm to table vegetarian: The Acorn

Must-try vegetarian brunches

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The chefs use the best of the season at Vancouver’s elegant The Acorn, so their menu is always evolving with the calendar. Their dishes are all vegetarian as a base, with most adaptable to suit vegan diners. This spot’s vegetarian brunch has got to be one of our favourites in the city. Get there right at opening to avoid a wait because there are no reservations here.

Address: 3995 Main Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant 
Phone: 
+1-604-566-9001
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Nashville Hot Chicken: DL Chicken Shack

Patrons can finally head to the 905 Commercial Drive spot and get in on those stellar Chicken Sandos made from fresh potato buns, DL sauce, sweet n sour slaw, pickled red onion, and house bread and butter pickles. Known as being the first brick and mortar spot in the city for Nashville Hot Chicken, Downlow also has a weekly Monday burger pop-up with offerings worth trading your first born for.

Address: 905 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Commercial Drive
Phone: 604-283-1358
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Local ice cream: Rain or Shine

Locals in Vancouver are crazy about their ice cream, especially the local made-with love variety. Rain or Shine is constantly wow-ing with their creative seasonal rotating flavours and their permanent menu never disappoints either (we’re looking at you, peanut butter). On Tuesdays, this spot offers ice cream tacos, and sundaes are a thing here too.

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Authentic Lebanese: Aleph Eatery

New Van brunches to try

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Nestled into the forefront of East Van’s backdrop of train tracks, mountains, brick streets, and water is a re-creation of Palestine (aka home) through the eyes of the husband-wife team: Palestinian born Lebanese chef-owner Haitham El Khatib and his native Vancouverite wife, Fiona. Epic eats, and a stellar brunch menu too (available seven days a week).

Address: 1889 Powell Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: East Vancouver
Phone: +1-604-428-7975
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Top-notch seafood: Blue Water Cafe

 

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Synonymous with Vancouver seafood, Yaletown’s Blue Water Cafe offers a stellar selection of sea to table offerings like sushi, a raw bar, and oysters, along with an incredible wine list in a room that makes you feel like an A-lister every time you dine there.

Address: 1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Yaletown
Phone: +1-604-688-9878
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Unreal pasta: Osteria Savio Volpe

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News of the fresh hand-made pasta made daily by Chef Mark Perrier has probably reached your ears, and with the rotating selection of Tagliatelle, Francobolli, and Linguine to name a few, we can safely say that’s a huge draw for diners to return. ‘Today’s Menu’ at Savio is just that: ‘Today’. The ever-changing lineup gives the adventurous diner something to satiate their cravings, and then something different for the next visit.

Address: 165 Kingsway Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Mount Pleasant
Phone: 
+1-604-428-0072
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Popular Indian: Vij’s

 

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An institution in Vancouver, Vij’s a top spot to head for Indian eats. Owned by celeb chef and culinary personality Vikram Vij, this eatery offers an amazing selection of classic Indian dishes and several signature eats. If you’re waiting for a table there are complimentary snacks and a lounge where you can sit and order drinks.

Address: 3106 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Cambie Village
Phone: +1-604-736-6664
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Chinese brasserie: Bao Bei

 

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This Chinese brasserie is constantly on people’s to-eat and must-return lists. Offering a selection of drool-worthy small plates inspired by cuisine from Taiwan and Shanghai, it’s no wonder this Chinatown spot constantly has a waitlist.

Address: 163 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Chinatown
Phone: 
+1-604-688-0876
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Shipping container restaurant: Popina

Popina, a project backed by four all-star local chefs including Angus An, Robert Belcham, Hamid Salimian, and Joël Watanabe, is super popular for those visiting Granville Island. Serving up Whole Dungeness Crab, Whole East Coast Lobster, Seafood Trays, burgers, wine, and beer, patrons can also try Puffcream for the first time ever – it’s the world’s first soft serve cream puff.

Address: 1691 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Granville Island
Phone: 
+1-604-428-7518
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Coffee and doughnuts: 49th Parallel and Lucky’s Doughnuts

 

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Vancouver is no stranger to amazing doughnut spots, and Lucky’s is one of the best. When paired with 49th Parallel coffee, you’ll feel like you’re on cloud nine. Treat yourself to some pillowy fried dough with gourmet toppings like Swiss meringue, lemon curd, and vanilla bean custard and you won’t be disappointed.

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Ramen: Jinya

 

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With all the fall and winter rain we get, it’s no wonder Vancouver has a truly incredible selection of ramen spots. Jinya is one of our favourites, quick and easy, it offers a great selection of authentic ramen and also boasts a fantastic spicy creamy vegan ramen.

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Bagels: Rosemary Rocksalt

 

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Bagels are life, and if you agree, head to one of Rosemary Rocksalt’s locations in Vancouver. While they offer several varieties of our favourite round carb (other than doughnuts) the signature Rosemary Rocksalt variety is a winner if you’re opting for a truly tasty breakfast bagel sandwich or just simply cream cheese filling.

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Coffee and eats: Nemesis

 

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This pour-over coffee shop is tucked in the corner of the SFU building at Hastings and Hamilton, and it offers caffeine lovers a selection of blends including Five Elephant and Slate Coffee Roasters out of Seattle. For food, Nemesis has a selection of hot and cold breakfast and lunch items like salads and bowls alongside baked goods such as cookies and other sweet treats.

Address: 302 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Gastown
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High end seafood: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

If the award-winning team at Boulevard isn’t enough to get you at a table in this stunning restaurant, then the tableside sweets service surely will be. Seafood galore and oozing with charm and class, Boulevard offers a top-notch dining experience for locals and visitors alike.

Address: 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Phone:
+1-604-642-2900
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Sushi: Minami

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Fresh flavours, bold colours, and stunning plating tend to be the trend here, and looking at the photos we can confirm the seafood is indeed as fresh as it looks. One of Vancouver’s best spot for sushi, Minami boasts incredible oshi sushi as well.

Address: 1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Yaletown
Phone: 
604-685-8080
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Everything you could want: Granville Island Public Market

 

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A famous, permanent year-long attraction full of colourful stalls that showcase unique, homemade products and the “finest in gastronomic delights.” From the ocean, oven, or field – Granville Island Public Market’s got it all.

Address: 1669 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Granville Island
Phone: +1-604-666-6477
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Dim Sum: Kirin Seafood Restaurant

 

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Get award-winning Chinese food and one of the best dim sum spread in Vancouver. Kirin never disappoints and its price is very reasonable if you’re dining with a group. Reservations should be made ahead of time to ensure the restaurant can accommodate.

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Upscale seafood: Joe Fortes

A culinary institution in Vancouver, the seafood and chop house is a popular destination for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Expect unreal seafood and a fantastic wine list from this old-school restaurant located in the heart of Vancouver. If you head here around the holidays the interior gets a Yuletide makeover and it’s pretty magical.

Address: 777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Phone: 
+1-604-669-1940
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Chinese food and dim sum: Dynasty Seafood Restaurant

 

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Another exceptional place to get traditional Chinese fare. This West Broadway restaurant is a fantastic spot for Dim Sum as well. Expect beautiful plating and innovative flavours, and be sure to order the King Crab to get the full Dynasty experience.

Address: 777 W Broadway Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Fairview
Phone: 
+1-604-876-8388
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Upscale fare: Hawksworth

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There a few things we know for sure about Hawksworth. One, it lives up to its illustrious reputation and two, it has some of the prettiest wagyu beef carpaccio we’ve ever laid eyes on. The restaurant located on the main floor of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in the heart of Vancouver is world-class.

Address: 801 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Phone: 
+1-604-673-7000
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Innovative menu: Botanist

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It’s safe to say the Fairmont Pacific Rim finally got the restaurant the luxurious hotel deserves. Whether you’re coming to get a snap of the pastel dream of a dining room, or you’re looking to nibble on these eats – there’s no denying that Botanist is a must-try.

Address: Fairmont Pacific Rim – 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Coal Harbour
Phone: 
+1-604-695-5500
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Legendary brunch: Jam Cafe

Looking for epic breakfast or brunch? Head to Jam Cafe (if you can handle the line up). Finishing the mega-helpings of the dishes here is a challenge, but once you see the Charlie Bowl, Pulled Pork Pancakes, or their Fried Chicken Eggs Benny – you’ll be tempted to devour every last bite.

Address: 556 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Chinatown
Phone: 
+1-778-379-1992
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French eatery: L’Abattoir

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With amazing cocktails, happy hour, and dinner options, this picture-perfect eatery in Gastown just oozes cool. L’Abattoir also happens to have one of the best weekend brunches in the city, Bubbles and Brunch, and you have the option to order a giant basket of housemade pastries… which you should opt for.

Address: 217 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Gastown
Phone: 
+1-604-568-1701
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Stellar diner: The Red Wagon

 

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Brought to you by chef/owner Brad Miller, this unpretentious neighbourhood joint dishes up a range of mouthwatering temptations for brekkie that will please both sweet and savoury eaters. Open from 8 am Monday to Friday, The Red Wagon offers diners the choice between buttermilk pancakes, a variety of eggs benny plates, Crisp Pork Belly, Breakfast Sandwiches, Tofu Scramble, and more.

Address: 2296 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: East Vancouver
Phone: 
+1-604-568-4565
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Local ice cream: Earnest Ice Cream

 

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Earnest knows what’s up when it comes to quality locally-made ice cream. It’s no wonder they have four locations and a loyal patronage who comes to visit their stores all year long. Sundaes, sandwiches, pints, and cones, you want it, Earnest has it.

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Quebecois cuisine: St Lawrence Restaurant

 

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It may be a bit outside of your everyday grub budget, but there’s no denying that St. Lawrence is a top spot to dine in Vancouver. This eatery serves classic French cuisine with Quebecois inspiration. Featuring dishes such as Tourtière, Ratatouille, and Oreilles de Crisse (fried pork rinds), the Powell Street gem will surely impress you.

Address: 269 Powell Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Gastown
Phone: 
+1-604-620-3800
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French-Japanese: Mak N Ming

 

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This Kitsilano restaurant was recently chosen as one of Canada’s top new restaurants for 2017 by enRoute magazine, and we have to wholeheartedly agree with that choice. From decadent Chef’s tasting menus to limited-time fusion brunches, this French-Japanese eatery was fourth on the annual list, and it was also the only restaurant in BC that made the top 10.

Address: 1629 Yew Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
Phone: 
+1-604-737-1155
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Asian-inspired breakfast and lunch: Heritage Asian Eatery

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Chef Felix Zhou’s new Asian-inspired breakfast and lunch counter-service restaurant is open in Vancouver’s Financial District, and his second Mount Pleasant spot should be opening soon. Grab a bao and an order of this spot’s signature wings and see what all the fuss is about.

Address: 1108 W Pender Street
Neighbourhood: Coal Harbour 
Phone: 
+1-778-737-1108
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Lebanese food: Nuba

 

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Vancouver’s go-to for Lebanese food, Nuba has an impressive roster of locations, and an even more impressive menu of delicious vegetarian eats. From savoury dips to pitas, platters, and their falafel, Nuba’s menu clearly marks their vegetarian (and vegan) options.

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Authentic Mexican: La Mezcaleria

 

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If you can only order one thing at this much-loved local spot, get the beloved (and holy) dish, the Queso Fundido. Aside from this, the authentic selection of Mexican eats is always satisfying, and the atmosphere is always top-notch too.

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Pasta: Ask For Luigi

 

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Located in an old wood frame building on the corner of Alexander and Gore Street, Ask For Luigi offers a fabulously Italian-focused lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menu with an array of tantalizing dishes.

Address: 305 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Yaletown
Phone: +1-604-428-2544
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North Pacific Mexican cuisine: Fayuca

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You won’t find 100 different kinds of tequila at this Yaletown Latin restaurant, but you will find stellar North Pacific Mexican cuisine. The menu is a perfect marriage of locally-sourced ingredients and internationally-sourced flavours, and it was crafted by owner Ernesto Gomez (Nuba, Waldorf, Fox Cabaret) and head chef Jair Tellez or Mexico (Laja, Merotoro, and Amaya).

Address: 1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Yaletown
Phone: 
+1-604-689-8523
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Comfort food: Homer St. Cafe

 

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Homer St. Cafe and Bar is steeped in history and is known for their signature open kitchen, ornate tiling, and delicious menu of elevated comfort food like their signature chicken. After a filling savoury spread at this place, we recommend getting the house peanut butter cookie for dessert.

Address: 898 Homer Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Yaletown
Phone: 
+1-604-428-4299
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Soup and sandwiches: Railtown Cafe

 

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Head to any of this spot’s locations for fresh made-to-order soups, salads, and sandwiches, and house-baked artisan bread and pastries. The fun doesn’t end with food at Railtown, this eatery is licensed and equipped with cold local craft beers, wines, and spirits too.

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Creative pan Asian: Torafuku

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This Chinatown restaurant known for its signature interpretations of pan Asian flavours is a must-hit if you’re in the neighbourhood. Besides the delicious eats, you’ll be delighted by the tongue-in-cheek dish names inspired by pop culture on the menu.

Address: 958 Main Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Chinatown
Phone: 
+1-778-903-2006
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Casual Indian: Rangoli

 

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This charming South Granville Indian spot is tucked in right beside Jamjar, and it offers delicious samosa flights, an array of delectable share plates, and an awesome drinks list.

Address: 1480 W 11 Avenue, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: South Granville
Phone: 
+1-604-736-5711
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Comfort food: Burgoo

 

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With nacho pollo, French onion soup, insane grilled cheese, out of this world mac and cheese Burgoo is hands down one of the best places to go when comfort food cravings creep up. With five locations, you have tons of opportunity to get involved in some toasty, baked, cheesy goodness.

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Mediterranean cooking: Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill

 

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Cioppino’s offers classic Mediterranean cooking (and amazing pasta) in the heart of Yaletown. With Chef-Owner Giuseppe “Pino” Posteraro at the helm of the kitchen, diners are always in good hands here.

Address: 1133 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Yaletown
Phone: 
+1-604-688-7466
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Lebanese food: Jamjar

 

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Whether it be South Granville or Commercial Drive, it doesn’t matter where you head off to. If you’re at Jamjar, you’re in for some delicious folk Lebanese food made from scratch. We recommend getting the hummus trio which features rotating seasonal combos.

Address: 1488 W 11 Avenue, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: South Granville
Phone:
+1-604-733-2211
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Authentic Mexican tacos: Chancho Tortilleria

 

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Chancho Tortilleria is located at 1206 Seymour Street and has seating for around 15 people, but patrons are also encouraged to grab and go at this fast-casual Mexican eatery. The menu is completely focused on artisanal tortillas made fresh daily in the Lenin tortilla machine, which was made in Mexico and imported from Texas.

Address: 1206 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Yaletown
Phone: 
+1-604-428-8494
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Inventive fare and organic wine: Burdock & Co

 

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Mount Pleasant’s Burdock & Co offers traditional and inventive fare for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. This spot serves up locally-sourced organic food, seasonally-focused dishes and tasty vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free plates.

Address: 2702 Main Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Phone: 
+1-604-879-0077
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Mediterranean-inspired bistro food: Medina

 

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The line out the door every morning is your first tip-off that Café Medina serves a delicious breakfast. Melding together Mediterranean-inspired bistro fare, exceptional coffee (lavender latte – yes please) and a seemingly endless supply of their signature Liege waffles, the Richards Street café always delivers a stellar morning munch.

Address: 780 Richards Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Phone: +1-604-879-3114
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Fresh seafood: Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market

 

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You can’t come to Vancouver without devouring some oysters, and this Cambie Street eatery is one of the best places to do that. Head here for tide to table eats for brunch, lunch, dinner (including pre and post sports games at Rogers Arena, which is very close by). You can also buy grub from the markets and take it home for later.

Address: 762 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Stadium District
Phone: 
+1-778-379-9510
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Vegetarian comfort food: MeeT

 

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All three of the locations of MeeT are all about delicious eats in a fun space and all meat-free. Enjoy vegan and gluten-free options too. Just be sure to get at least one order of their fries.

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Innovative menu: Market by Jean-Georges

 

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On the third floor of the opulent Shangri-La Hotel, you will find the luxurious Market by Jean-Georges and an award-winning menu. This spot serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in its elegant dining room.

Address: 1115 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Phone: 
+1-604-695-1115
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Farm to table: Forage

 

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Early risers searching for a hearty morning feed should look no further than Forage. Located on Robson Street, this well-established eatery opens its doors at 6:30 am, Monday through to Friday, for breakfast seatings. Forage also serves an awesome lunch and dinner menu, made with the freshest seasonal ingredients available.

Address: 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: West End
Phone: 
+1-604-661-1400
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Baked good heaven: Purebread

 

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Hailing from Whistler, Purebread Bakery has an overwhelming (but amazing) selection of sweet and savoury baked goods. There cakes, brownies, croissants, cookies, scones, brioches, meringues, squares, and more.

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Stellar brunch: Chambar

 

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With excellent food, a gorgeous interior, and a warm and welcoming ambience, Chambar ticks all the right boxes when you’re looking for a stylish spot to enjoy a delicious weekday breakfast. Served from 8 am to 11:30 am Monday to Friday, Chambar’s brekkie options include an omelette of the day, spicy sausage paella, grilled merguez tagine, and a Fricassé to name a few.

Address: 568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Gastown
Phone: 
+1-604-879-7119
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Peruvian and Japanese cuisine: Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio

 

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This eatery offers patrons a unique blend of Peruvian and Japanese flavours and fantastic cocktails. To the delight of seafood lovers everywhere, Ancora has announced the opening of a second location that hopes to open in fall 2018.

Address: 1600 Howe Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: False Creek
Phone: 
+1-604-681-1164
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Vegetarian Mediterranean: Chickpea

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This food truck expanded their veggie empire with a full-service restaurant in Spring 2017 and it has been packed ever since. The plant-based Mediterranean spot is officially 100% vegan, and they offer a massive menu which includes dishes like the Cauliflower of Life (a whole roasted head of the veggie), hatzil baladi (flame-charred eggplant), shnitzelonim (crispy battered smoked tofu), shwarma (thinly-sliced marinated tempeh), and falafel to name a few.

Address: 4298 Main Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Riley Park
Phone: 
+1-604-620-0602
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Plant-based pizza: Virtuous Pie

 

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Virtuous Pie already has one seriously popular plant-based pizzeria in Chinatown, and they opened another one on the UBC campus in winter 2017. This spot offers a killer selection of pizzas along with an unreal vegetarian brunch and offers craft beer in its dining rooms.

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Woodfired Italian: CinCin Ristorante + Bar

 

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This Italian restaurant is known for its drool-worthy pasta and woodfired eats. Just climb the fairytale staircase and take a seat, because going to CinCin is always a dreamy foodie experience.

Address: 1154 Robson Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: West End
Phone: 
+1-604-688-7338
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Casual Canadian: Nightingale

 

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Convenient downtown location and a fresh menu with a variety of dishes, what more could you ask for? Nightingale offers a casual room to enjoy beautiful Canadian eats – lots of share plates and don’t leave without trying one of the house pizzas.

Address: 1017 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Phone: 
+1-604-695-9500
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Farm to table: Farmer’s Apprentice Restaurant

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Farmer’s Apprentice is known for offering patrons a one-of-a-kind farm to table dinner service. The menu does rotate every week or so, but you can bet there will always be drool-worthy dishes up for order when you stop in.

Address: 1535 W 6 Avenue, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: South Granville
Phone: 
+1-604-620-2070
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Steak and drinks: Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar

 

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Gotham is a luxurious American-style steakhouse, featuring the best prime Alberta beef and warm, elegant surroundings. After hours, this spot becomes a lively destination for cocktails and small bites too.

Address: 615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Phone: 
+1-604-605-8282

German food and beer: Bestie

 

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Bestie, the maker of Chinatown’s best currywurst is a must-try spot. The German restaurant has always been fantastic for local craft brews in a casual setting as well.

Address: 105 E Pender Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Chinatown
Phone: 
+1-604-620-1175
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Authentic tacos: Sal y Limon

 

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This spot is the best taco place in many Vancouverites’ opinions. It’s authentic, delicious, and always fresh. We definitely recommend heading to Sal y Limon to devour some tacos, burritos, an extensive selection of salsas, and the unreal homemade horchata.

Address: Unit #5 710 Kingsway Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: South Vancouver
Phone: 
+1-604-677-4247
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Cozy Italian Nook

 

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One of our favourite places to head for pasta and pizza, once you bite into the offerings here you’ll understand why there’s typically a line for tables around meal time. The atmosphere is cozy but lively, a great place to start a night out or head for a later bite.

Multiple locations
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Progressive Latin: Cacao

 

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Kitsilano culinary hotspot Cacao is known for its progressive Latin eats. This eatery also just opened and is gearing up to open a new concept just steps from the main space in a small and cozy dining room called Cacao Upstairs.

Address: 1898 W 1 Avenue, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
Phone: 
+1-604-731-5370
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Japanese: Tojo’s Restaurant

 

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Tojo’s Restaurant is a locally and internationally recognized spot. This restaurant is known for creating top-notch Japanese food served beautifully using fresh and seasonal ingredients.

Address: 1133 W Broadway Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Fairview
Phone: 
+1-604-872-8050
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Sandwiches: Meat & Bread

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This spot is where to find some of the best sandwiches you can get your comfort food-loving hands on. Classics such as porchetta are always around, but there’s always a drool-worthy feature worth trying too.

Multiple locations
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Elevated Vietnamese: Anh And Chi

 

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One of Vancouver’s best Vietnamese restaurants, Anh and Chi, located at 3388 Main Street, has a menu chock full of pho, rolls, and grilled skewers for lunch and dinner. This spot also happens to have one of the nicest restaurant bathrooms in the city.

Address: 3388 Main Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: South Main
Phone: 
+1-604-878-8883
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Old-school vegetarian: The Naam

 

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Considered a staple for vegetarian and vegan eats in Vancouver for, well, what seems like forever, eating at Kitsilano’s The Naam is pretty much a rite of passage. Their calling card dish is their Sesame Fries with an add-on of Miso Gravy, but you’ll also find an array of noodles, bowls, veggie burgers, Mexican-inspired fare, salads, appetizers, and much more here.

Address: 2724 W 4 Avenue, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
Phone: 
+1-604-738-7151
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French bistro eats: Bistro Wagon Rouge

 

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Looking for cute and cozy with unmatchable service? Bistro Weekend Rouge is marked by a little red wagon about its door in Vancouver’s Port District and inside you’ll find a small but mighty menu of French bistro eats.

Address: 1869 Powell Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: West End
Phone:
 +1-604-251-4070
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Ramen: Marutama Ra-men (West End)

 

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Authentic Japanese ramen with award-winning tamago, this spot almost always has a line around meal time, but the wait is definitely worth it.

Address: 780 Bidwell Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: West End
Phone: 
+1-604-688-8837
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Hidden gem pizza: Via Tevere Pizzeria

 

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Talk about a neighbourhood gem. Nestled into a suburban street of East Vancouver, just off Commercial Drive, this spot is a must-try for pizza and pasta if that’s what you’re after.

Address: 1190 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Commercial Drive
Phone: 
+1-604-336-1803
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Upscale Thai: Maenam

 

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If you’re craving a taste of beautiful Thai flavour, Maenam in Kitsilano is the place to be. The 4th Avenue restaurant specializes in serving authentic Thai cuisine with a twist – and man, it is one delicious twist if you ask us.

Address: 1938 W 4 Avenue, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
Phone: 
+1-604-730-5579
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Vegetarian Vietnamese: Chau Veggie Express

 

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This vegetarian Vietnamese eatery has two locations in Vancouver on Granville Island and in East Vancouver. If you need a plant-based punch of flavour to keep you energized we recommend heading here.

Multiple locations
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Chocolates and sweets: Thierry Chocolates

 

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Located in the heart of downtown along luxurious Alberni Street is Thierry, a stunning chic patisserie. The desserts are handcrafted fresh daily and include a variety of chocolates, flaky croissants, and elegant mini pastries. You can enjoy a passionfruit cake with a latte or go for something a little boozier because Thierry also happens to be liquor approved.

Address: 1059 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Phone: 
+1-604-608-6870
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French cafe and bistro: Au Comptoir

 

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Reserve a table for two at this Parisian spot for a night of romance. This is the place to savour a glass of fine wine as you tuck into French classics like cassoulet before sharing one of their house-made desserts.

Address: 2278 W 4 Avenue, Vancouver
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
Phone: 
+1-604-569-2278
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Classic fried chicken: Juke Fried Chicken

If you’re looking for classic fried chicken and ribs, this is the place to be. Juke Fried Chicken also offers an awesome selection of veggie and traditional BBQ sides, along with a killer cocktails program. Little Juke, the brand’s newest outpost, even offers classic rotisserie chicken.

Multiple locations
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With files from Matthew Murtagh-Wu and Gurleen Boparai.


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