Vancouver sits on the unceded lands of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, giving us the opportunity to learn about the diversity of their history, culture, and of course, some pretty stellar Indigenous food.
Food can reflect an Indigenous community’s unique lifestyle, and there is so much more to Indigenous food than just bannock.
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Whether you like the traditional Three Sisters soup or fusion Indigenous food like Indian tacos, you can find them all right here in Vancouver.
Here’s a list of some of the best places to get Indigenous food in town.
Salmon n’ Bannock is an Indigenous bistro specializing in wild fish, free-range game meat, and of course, fresh bannock. Its most popular item on the menu is the Salmon n’ Bannock Burger, which is made with sage smoked wild sockeye fillet, homemade pickles, lemon mayo, and kale, all stuffed between two pieces of bannock.
Address: 1128 West Broadway, Vancouver
Owned by Paul Natrall of Squamish Nation, Mr. Bannock is Vancouver’s first fusion Indigenous food truck. While all items on its menu are delicious, you should definitely try its award-winning ‘Indian Taco,’ which is made with house-made chili, sharp cheddar, lime sour cream, salsa, and spicy chips on top of freshly fried bannock.
Address: Check the Street Food App to see where the truck is today
Lelem’ Arts & Cultural Cafe offers fresh, made-to-order food with a First Nations twist on Fort Langley’s riverfront. Its name, Lelem’, means ‘home’ in Henqeminem language. Its menu includes soups, sandwiches, traditional breakfast dishes, and baked goods, while incorporating traditional flavours of a Coast Salish diet.
Address: 100-23285 Billy Brown Road, Fort Langley
The Salmon House has been serving Indigenous west coast cuisine and creative seafood dishes since 1976. If you are a first-timer here, you should try its Alder Grilled Salmon Trio, which includes Chinook, sockeye, and coho salmon topped with a selection of greens. The restaurant’s also got a great ambiance decorated with local Indigenous arts.
Address: 2229 Folkestone Way, West Vancouver
Bigheart Bannock Cultural Cafe serves authentic Indigenous food sourced from the abundance of unceded territories and the Salish Sea. If you are a bannock lover, you must try its bannock French toast, which is made with salmonberry and huckleberry drizzle, Saskatoon syrup, and candied hemlock sitting on top of two pieces of bannock.
Address: 31 West Pender Street, Vancouver