20 bucket list eats you need to try in Vancouver in 2020

Jan 2 2020, 7:22 pm

It’s finally the beginning of a new decade in Vancouver, which means we all get to reset, and most importantly, plan some exciting dining occasions over the next 12 months.

There are hundreds of things we could tell you to eat in Vancouver, but these are some of our favourites.

Trendy, legendary, or simply damn delicious, here are 20 things to eat in Vancouver in 2020.

Conservas from Como Taperia

Como Taperia

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This 201 East 7 Avenue restaurant landed at number 2 on Air Canada’s highly-anticipated Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2019, and once you taste its grub — and its Sherry on tap — you’ll see why.

Address: 201 East 7 Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-879-3100

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Fries on the DL from The Downlow Chicken Shack


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While this off-menu item is one of our personal favourites from DL Chicken, we can’t deny we pretty much love everything this Commercial Drive outpost has to offer.

Address: 905 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 778-866-5662


Doughnuts from Lee’s Donuts


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Lee’s Donuts is the OG of the Vancouver doughnut scene and has been operating in the Granville Island Public Market since 1979. Lee’s sticks to the classics when it comes to doughnuts like their honey, chocolate glazed, and sugar rolled.

Address: Inside Granville Island Public Market- 1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-685-4021


Tacos from Chancho Tortilleria


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The menu here 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

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Avocado Toast on Sourdough Bread from Nelson the Seagull


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Nelson the Seagull is home to Vancouver’s quintessential and ultimate hipster breakfast: The Avo Toast. There is no denying the avocado toast is easy to execute, so what makes Nelson the Seagull’s version stand out?  The thick-cut pieces of buttered sourdough are baked fresh daily in-house before receiving a generous layer of fresh avocado. For more protein, ask for a poached egg.

Address: 315 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-681-5776

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The Dirty Burger from Upstairs at Campagnolo


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Head through the side door and up the stairs of Main Street’s Campagnolo and you’ll be in the perfect position to devour The Dirty Burger. This 40-day dry-aged beef patty features a secret sauce, and you might be able to get an egg on top if you ask nicely, even though it’s not on the menu. This handheld definitely one of the most sought after burgers in the city. You can also order this morsel off of Campagnolo’s lunch menu during specific hours.

Address: 1020 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-484-6018

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Dumplings from The Dumpling King


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In addition to cooking up his delicious creations Saturday evenings at Soap Vancouver, folks can order The Dumpling King’s amazing dumplings and pick them up at 401 Industrial Avenue to bring home and devour.


House Bread from AnnaLena


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There’s a lot to love about this Kitsilano restaurant, but if we could eat one item off its menu for the rest of our lives, it would have to be AnnaLena’s signature bread with house cultured butter (if you know, you know.)

Address: 1809 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 778-379-4052


Salmon Oshi Sushi from Miku


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Miku waterfront first introduced Vancouver to Aburi pressed sushi over a decade ago in 2008 and ever since then, we cannot get enough of the flame-seared pressed sushi. The Salmon Oshi Sushi is by far the most popular and begins with a base of seasoned rice that then gets a thin piece of fresh salmon on top and finished with a thin slice of jalapeño.

Address: 200 Granville Street # 70, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-3900


Crack Bar from Purebread


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Anyone and everyone who has stepped inside Purebread will tell you the pastries and dessert display is pure heaven. From giant meringues, the size of your face to pillowy soft coconut cake with dollops of rich cream cheese frosting, the mountainous tower of sweets is perfect for dessert lovers, especially this spot’s signature Crack Bar.

Address: 5 E 5th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-336-9001

Address: 159 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-563-8060

Address: 2887 West Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: 604-336-9670

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Steak from Elisa


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This snazzy steakhouse has been buzz-worthy since it opened its doors last year. There are some fantastic steakhouses in Vancouver, but if you haven’t had a steak from Yaletown’s Elisa yet, we urge you to get there soon.

Address: 1109 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-362-5443


Bagels from Rosemary Rocksalt


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The savoury counterpart to doughnuts, Rosemary Rocksalt’s Montreal-style bagels have the most delightful chew that goes oh so well with their house mixed cream cheese spreads. There are multiple flavours to choose from, but we are partial to their namesake Rosemary Rocksalt variety. Get a sandwich or take it with cream cheese, these bagels are top-notch and there’s no denying that.

Address: 2515 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-874-4570

Address: 1350 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-254-7202

Address: 1669 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Phone: 604-929-1817

Address: #715 – 333 Brooksbank Avenue, North Vancouver
Phone: 604-770-1595

Address: 11688 Steveston Highway, Richmond
Phone: 604-274-9800

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Carbonara from Di Beppe


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Di Beppe is one of many amazing pasta spots located in Vancouver. This spot’s carbonara is a must-try if you haven’t had it already. Warning: You’ll want to have it weekly once you try it.

Address: 8 W Cordova Street, Vancouver

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BBQ Meats from HK BBQ Master


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At this point, HK BBQ Master is a household name in Metro Vancouver. It’s simple, approachable, and delicious grub keeps people coming back again and again. If you haven’t been here yet to see what all the buzz is about, make sure you head here at some point in 2020.

Address: 4651 No 3 Road, Richmond
Phone: 604-272-6568


Friend Chick-Un Sandwich from BeetBox Veg


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We love this vegan sandwich from Davie Street’s Beetbox Veg (formerly Little Juke). Made with breaded and fried seitan, this creation will leave even the biggest meat-lovers satisfied. It’s a must-try.

Address: 1074 Davie Street, Vancouver


Dim Sum from Kirin Seafood Restaurant


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There are a ton of amazing places to enjoy dim sum in Vancouver, but Kirin never disappoints with their dim sum spread as it boasts authentic flavour and is also very reasonably priced. To truly experience dim sum, come with a larger group so you are able to sample several of their award-winning dishes like steamed prawn dumplings, pan-fried pork belly buns and xiao long bao, AKA soup dumplings.

Address: 1172 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-682-8833

Address: 7900 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Phone: 604-303-8833

Fried Chicken French Toast from Jam Cafe


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Vancouverites are obsessed with Jam Cafe’s all day breakfast menu and are willing to wait upwards of 40 minutes in line to get their fill. Jam Cafe’s menu is arguably all epic, but if we had to narrow it down to a single ultimate dish, we would say the Fried Chicken French Toast is deserving of the title.

Address: 556 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-379-1992

Address: 2153 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-423-3350

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Wings from Phnom Penh 


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This Cambodian-Vietnamese restaurant has mastered the art of frying chicken wings to golden perfection, yet still locking in all the moisture and flavour inside. The wings are tossed in a blend of spices before getting a bath in the fryer. The skin is crispy while the meat inside is succulent, practically falling off the bones.

Address: 244 East Georgia Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-734-8898

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Fish Tacos from Tacofino


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Whoever said ‘perfect’ isn’t attainable clearly hasn’t tried Tacofino’s signature fish taco. A piece of flakey pacific cod is battered and fried to a golden brown and wrapped in a flour tortilla with cabbage slaw, chipotle mayo, and a refreshing salsa fresca. What began as a small operation in Tofino has now expanded to several outposts and food trucks around Vancouver.

Address: 15 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-899-7907

Address: 1025 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-379-8226

Address: 2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-253-8226

Address: 8 E 5th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-709-0015

Address: 122-1050 W Pender, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428 8453

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Liege Waffles from Medina Cafe


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The liege-style waffles at Cafe Medina are served fresh throughout the day, but its the impressive line-up of dips that put Medina’s waffles a notch above the rest. Pair your waffles with an array of gourmet dips like white chocolate, pistachio, chocolate lavender, and creme de fruit de passion.

Address: 780 Richards Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-879-3114

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With files from Gurleen Boporai.

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