Best pho in Vancouver you need to try at least once

Oct 17 2022, 10:30 pm

One of the national dishes of Vietnam, and one of our favourite dishes ever, a good bowl of pho is a true cure-all, in our opinion.

Whether it’s a cold day, a breakup, a pesky flu, or just a bout of hunger you’re dealing with, there’s little as satisfying as a big, steaming bowl of the stuff.

The soup dish has many variations, depending on the region of Vietnam, but in general, pho is a dish consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat (but there are also plenty of vegan versions, too!).

Northern-style pho uses winder noodles, has a clearer broth, has chicken or minced rare beef, and uses much more green onion and black pepper, while Southern-style pho has a slightly sweeter broth, a more meat-forward approach, and is served with lime, hoisin sauce, and sliced Bird’s Eye chilis.

No matter the kind of pho you’re after, Vancouver has a fantastic variety of Vietnamese cuisine, meaning there’s so much good pho in this city that it can be hard to decide where to go.

Here are our top choices for the best pho in Vancouver.

Bun Cha Ca Hoang Yen

Known for its fish cake noodle bowls, in particular, Bun Cha Ca Hoang Yen recently relocated to a bigger space to accommodate all the hungry diners in Vancouver looking to get a taste of its fantastic food. You’ll want to try the pho here, as well as several other of the restaurant’s menu items.

Address: 5083 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-321-2711

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Anh And Chi

 

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This popular Main Street restaurant is a no-brainer if you’re searching for delicious pho. Here, the dish comes in varieties like sliced beef sirloin, brisket and meatballs, boneless free-range chicken and quail egg, and organic tofu, daikon, and carrot, to name a few.

Address: 3388 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-878-8883

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Do Chay

 

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Do Chay has two Vancouver locations, both of which offer the restaurant’s signature vegan pho. This plant-based version is made with avocado, yuba, yo choy, broccoli, oyster mushroom, and rice noodles in a flavourful, vegan pho broth – a definite departure from more traditional pho dishes, but one that still wows us.

Address: 1269 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Address: 1392 Kingsway, Vancouver

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Pho Goodness

 

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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 the fragrant, meat-laden (think: tender slices of beef) pho bowls that are the real stars of the show here. You can also opt to get your pho “sate style” here, with a spicy, peanut sauce added to the broth.

Address: 1150 Davie Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-3253

Address: 3079 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-7727

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Linh Café

 

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This casual, family-style restaurant is known for combining traditional French cooking with Vietnamese cuisine. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the restaurant dishes up pho bo, with several delicious 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: 1428 Granville Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-564-9668

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Mr. Red Cafe Vietnamese Restaurant

 

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Located on East Hastings near Nanaimo Street and on West Broadway – with a sister spot called Ha Noi Old Quarter on Victoria Drive – 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
Phone: 604-710-9515

Address: 2680 W Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-6878

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Merci Beaucoup Cafe

With the flavours of Vietnam and the coziness of a Parisian cafe, this authentic place on Commercial Drive hits the spot. The menu has eight different styles of pho, including vegan and lemongrass chicken flavours. Finish the night with Vietnamese egg coffee, a drinkable dessert that will perk you right up.

Address: 1468 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-255-3220

Mui Ngo Gai

 

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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
Phone: 604-876-8885

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Hai Phong Vietnamese Restaurant

 

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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, opt for the spicy broth.

Address: 1246 Kingsway, Vancouver
Phone: 604-872-3828

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Chau Veggie Express

 

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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 bean sprouts, this offering is gluten-free as well.

Address: 1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-379-9508

Address: 5052 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-9508

The Lunch Lady

 

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Named after and inspired by Saigon’s Mrs. Nguyen Thi Than, this Commercial Drive spot specializes in Vietnamese street food. This spot’s pho bo (beef pho) features a super flavourful broth that has been simmered for 24 hours, as well as a vegan version with King Oyster mushrooms.

Address: 1046 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-5938

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Cafe Dang Anh

This gem specializes in Northern Vietnamese food, which has a few distinctions from Southern Vietnamese – in terms of pho, Northern style uses wider rice noodles, has a clearer broth, uses chicken or minced rare beef, and uses much more green onion and black pepper. Cafe Dang Anh is a truly solid choice for Vietnamese in the city, let alone the neighbourhood.

Address: 1C9, 5186 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 778-379-7977

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