When it comes to well-seasoned, comforting, and warm liquid eats, nothing puts you in a state of bliss quite like a steaming hot bowl of Vietnamese pho.
Fragrant, loaded with tender meat (or veggies if you’re plant-based), and soft-textured noodles, here’s our list on where to find delicious, slurp-worthy pho in Vancouver.
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If you’re a vegan or vegetarian and you love pho, we highly recommend heading to Do Chay if you haven’t already. This hidden gem on Kingsway serves up a killer vegan Pho made with a family recipe. This dish features a lot of stuff like bean curd skin yuba, oyster mushroom, yo choy greens, and broccoli tempura.
Address: 1392 Kingsway, Vancouver
Bun Cha Ca Hoang Yen offers a fantastic variety of pho, not just your standard kinds like beef and chicken. Patrons here can expect tons of options including seafood flavours, if you still have room we recommend trying the chicken wings, fishcakes, and the deep-fried fish chunks – not to be missed. Praised for their excellent broth and known to many locals as some of the best Vietnamese in the city, Hoang Yen tops this list for sure.
Address: 5083 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
This popular Main Street restaurant is a no-brainer if you’re searching for delicious pho. Here, pho comes in varieties like sliced beef sirloin, brisket and meatballs, boneless free-range chicken and quail egg, and organic tofu, daikon, carrot to name a few. You can enjoy pho here at both lunch and dinner.
Address: 3388 Main Street, Vancouver
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This long-standing casual Vietnamese restaurant offers a wide variety of authentic and inexpensive pho bowls. Boasting a light and flavoursome broth that is absolutely brimming with thinly sliced fatty beef, white and green onions, and cilantro, the eatery’s House Special Beef Noodle is a must-order.
Address: 2717 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
This popular Davie and Main Street haunt dishes up steaming bowls of pho both day and night. While vegetarians can enjoy meat-free noodle soup options, it is fragrant, meat-laden (think tender slices of beef) pho bowls that are the real stars of the show here.
Address: 1150 Davie Street, Vancouver
Address: 3079 Main Street, Vancouver
This casual, family-style restaurant is known for combining traditional French cooking with Vietnamese cuisine. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the West 4th locale dishes up two delicious pho renditions. Here the full-bodied broth is best savoured with finely sliced rare strip loin. For maximum flavour, add some bone marrow or a perfectly cooked poached egg, into the already hearty mix.
Address: 2836 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Located on East Hastings near Nanaimo Street and on West Broadway, Mr. Red Cafe whips up a number of Northern Vietnamese specialties taken from family recipes, including sticky rice cake with mung bean dumplings, and sliced rare beef pho. Diners who opt for pho will find tender noodles and a clear, light broth.
Address: 2131 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Address: 2680 W Broadway, Vancouver
It may not look like much from the outside, and the interior may be somewhat dated but Le Do Vietnamese Restaurant offers up a simple and slurp-tastic bowl of pho. Meat, which is both plentiful and tender swims in a salty broth, alongside chewy noodles.
Address: 2292 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Quick and casual, Mui Ngo Gai offers a diverse menu dotted with a wide range of Vietnamese fare. In addition to exotic rice dishes, vibrant salads, and hot pots, Mui Ngo Gai prepares a whole bunch of delicious pho options, including beef brisket and crunchy beef flank. Fresh noodles (rice, yellow egg, or round), bean sprouts, lime and basil float in a beef broth with a choice of supplemental toppings.
Address: 2052 Kingsway, Vancouver
Hai Phong Vietnamese Restaurant isn’t breaking any new ground, serving your typical Vietnamese fare, however, the Kingsway restaurant churns out nourishingly flavoursome pho. Choose between a variety of beef-based pho (brisket, tripe, rare beef, and beef shoulder), and for additional heat, kick opt for the spicy broth.
Address: 1246 Kingsway, Vancouver
Address: 186 Keefer Place, Vancouver
This counter-serve marketplace eatery has two locations in Vancouver, which means you have double the chance to enjoy its Vietnamese veggie pho. Made with star anise, cinnamon, cardamom broth, organic tofu, daikon chunks, beancurd, lotus root, mushrooms, herbs, flat rice noodles, and beansprouts, this offering is gluten-free as well.
Address: 1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Address: 5052 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
For a reliable downtown pho option try Ha Long Bay. This small, unassuming eatery serves up a filling bowl of silky noodles with a variety of toppings, which include traditional rare beef slices, chicken breast chunks, homemade Vietnamese ham, and a veggie and tofu combo.
Address: 430 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Main Street’s Pho Tan offers an extensive list of pho dishes. Served with accompanying sides of bean sprouts basil leaves, chili, and a wedge of lime, Pho Tan’s steaming bowls are guaranteed to warm you to the core.
Address: 4598 Main Street, Vancouver
With files from Jess Fleming.