With colder days and rainy nights quickly approaching in Vancouver, the need for a stellar bowl of ramen will only grow.
Yet, with so many restaurants and so little time, the question becomes – where can you find some of the best ramen in Vancouver?
To make things easier and get you started on a bucket list of noodle destinations as the colder weather draws close, here are our picks for the best ramen in the city.
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Marutama takes a different approach with their ramen, opting to use a creamy chicken broth over a traditional pork or beef broth. The end result is an equally creamy but arguably lighter bowl. Jason Momoa frequented this spot a ton when he was in town filming See.
Address: 780 Bidwell Street, Vancouver
Address: 270 Robson Street, Vancouver
Address: 2858 Main Street, Vancouver
Situated on Bidwell Street, Ramen Taka Vancouver was the first international venture of the popular Japanese chain. Now, Ramen Taka operates a Richmond location as well. Ramen Taka offers Asahikawa-style ramen with noodles made without eggs and minimal water.
Address: 841 Bidwell Street, Vancouver
Ramen Danbo checks off all the boxes, offering classic ramen, shio ramen, miso ramen, and negi-goma (white sesame oil). In addition to offering a deathly spicy “rekka ramen,” diners can order a vegan version of all items on their menu. This spot is so awesome there’s almost always a line around mealtimes, especially when it’s raining.
Address: 1333 Robson Street, Vancouver
Address: 1833 West 4 Avenue, Vancouver
Ramen Koika offers a number of unique and tantalizing menu options to capture the attention of diners. Included on their menu is a triple black garlic ramen, a Sapporo miso ramen, a chicken karaage ramen, and a King’s Seafood ramen.
Address: 1231 Davie Street, Vancouver
Address: 1479 Robson Street, Vancouver
This ramen shop never disappoints. Standout menu items are their tomato cheese ramen and their spicy garlic miso ramen. This is another shop that can get busy quickly, so be sure to plan accordingly when you’re heading here.
Address: 515 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Santouka is hotly contested as having one of the best bowls of ramen in the city. In addition to hitting all the stops with a wide selection of ramen, both locations offer tasty rice dishes that pair perfectly as a side. Although you won’t go wrong with anyone item, those who crave the spicy and creamy are encouraged to try their Kara-Miso.
Address: 1690 Robson Street, Vancouver
Address: 558 West Broadway Street, Vancouver
Two standout items to Jinya’s already-popular menu are their wonton chicken ramen and their Goku Midnight Cowboy. The latter, which is less self-explanatory than the first, is a pork broth mixed in with beef brisket, bean sprouts, and a seasoned egg. Other must-try items on the menu are their Brussels sprouts tempura, mini tacos, and Tokyo curry rice.
Address: 541 Robson Street, Vancouver
Address: 2129 W 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Address: 4575 Central Boulevard (Metrotown), Burnaby
Motomachi Shokudo is another location to offer a limited edition wonton ramen. You’ll have to hurry in to test it out though, as they only prepare 10 servings per day. Unique offerings at this ramen venture are chicken breast and pork belly appetizers, spicy chicken tofu with a poached egg, and a bamboo charcoal dark miso broth.
Address: 740 Denman Street, Vancouver
The Ramen Butcher has been bringing fresh noodles, gyoza, and rice bowls to Vancouverites for just over two years now. A smaller, but carefully curated menu is highlighted by black garlic ramen, green basil ramen, orange miso ramen, and their butcher shoyu ramen — chicken broth with a kick of ginger.
Address: 223 East Georgia Street, Vancouver
Here’s an easy reason to pay a visit to Ramen Gojiro. Each ramen offering on their menu, while it can still be served with a traditional side of chashu, can also be subbed in for a crispy, mouthwatering serving of karaage. We highly recommend their spicy bakamori, perhaps their largest bowl, piled on with ample servings of both noodles and karaage.
Address: 501 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
Kokoro Tokyo Mazesoba, the world’s largest mazesoba chain, opened in Vancouver recently and folks have been loving its brothless ramen. This spot uses special techniques and Japanese technology to soften the water for its ramen, so you know that it’s got to be good.
Address: 551 Seymour Street, Vancouver
While this local spot offers an array of organic groceries, produce, and some amazing dark chocolate sea salt cookies, the ramen here is also very good. There usually a veg option (squash, miso broth, radish, sesame) and a pork shoulder kind up for order.
Address: 243 Union Street, Vancouver
With files from Vincent Plana.