These are the best Vancouver spots for a cheap bowl of ramen

Oct 28 2022, 12:00 am

There is no shortage of incredible ramen in Vancouver, but where can one go to find cheap ramen that doesn’t sacrifice taste or quality?

Inflation is hitting everyone hard, including restaurants, which means that a lot of spots have had to increase menu prices over the last few months.

Despite the current economic pinch, we still want to be able to find an affordable bowl of ramen in the city, so we did some digging to find the absolute best spots with the lowest menu prices around.

For the sake of consistency, all of the places featured here have at least one ramen bowl for less than $15, but keep in mind that menus featured on online ordering platforms (like UberEats or Skip the Dishes) will have inflated prices – you’ll have to order from these places directly or dine-in to get these original menu prices.

Here are the best places for affordable ramen in Vancouver.

Ramen Danbo


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Ramen Danbo specializes in traditional Tonkotsu ramen, which is super popular in Japan. While some of its bowls certainly go for closer to $20, Danbo’s Classic Ramen still goes for $11.95 – a ramen miracle in this day and age.

Address: 1333 Robson Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-8112

Address: 1833 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 778-379-8977

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Maruhachi Ra-Men (formerly Marutama)

Maruhachi Ra-Men specializes in toripai tan ramen, meaning its bowls feature a signature creamy chicken broth. For the best deal, go for the Original Ramen here ($11.90) or, if you want to spend a bit more, the Tamago Ramen ($13.90) and Tan-Men Ramen ($13.90) are also affordable, delicious options.

Address: 270 Robson Street, Vancouver

Address: 2858 Main Street, Vancouver

Address: 780 Bidwell Street, Vancouver

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Taishoken Ramen

Downtown spot Taishoken Ramen is known for its thick and rich broth. Its classic Tonkotsu ramen is only $13.95, as is the Torigara.

Address: 515 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-737-3805

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This long-standing spot in the West End has a few cheap options when it comes to ramen. The Shoyu Ramen and Shio Ramen are the cheapest options on the menu at only $11.45, with the Miso Ramen ($11.95) not far behind. Several of Kintaro’s other bowls are also under $15, making this spot a star when it comes to affordability.

Address: 788 Denman Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-682-7568

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If you’re the type of person who says “ramen is life,” then do yourself a favour and head over to Benkei. This tiny West Broadway ramen joint is cozy and offers up several delicious bowls, including an affordable Shoyu for $13.95, a Tori Shio for $13.95, Shio for $14.50, and a Miso for $14.95.

Address: 545 West Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: 604- 568-6178

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The Ramen Butcher


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The Ramen Butcher serves up fresh and authentic ramen in Vancouver’s Chinatown neighbourhood. It has over 10 types of ramen on the menu, including Classic, Orange Miso, Coconut Curry,  and so much more. The Classic goes for $12.95.

Address: 223 Georgia Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-806-4646

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Red Tori


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Located in North Vancouver’s Edgemont Village, Red Tori offers Japanese ramen and Korean fried chicken. Its Original Ramen is only $11.95, and a few of its other bowls are under the $15 cut-off as well.

Address: 3135 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver
Phone: 604-987-8805


Torimaru Ramen


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Tucked inside the International Village mall food court, Torimaru only has four ramen options, but they may just be the cheapest in town. At only $9.80 for both its chicken and Shoyu ramens (the cheapest options on this list!), $10.80 for Tantan Ramen and Black Ramen, this spot is a hidden gem for delicious and affordable ramen.

Address: 88 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-662-4219


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