How to help Vancouver restaurants and bars right now

Mar 30 2021, 4:00 pm

A lot has changed in the past year, but our love for local food and beverage businesses, restaurants, bars, and purveyors hasn’t wavered, it’s still stronger than ever.

In response to yesterday’s announcement from Dr. Bonnie Henry, we need to support our much-loved establishments more than ever over these next few weeks.

With dine-in services suspended until April 19, 2021, any business we can offer food and beverage spots is critical.

If you do find yourself in need of some grub, we’re asking you to try to support local, as a little goes a really long way for small businesses in times like these.

Aside from safely visiting a local patio with your household or core bubble, here’s how to support Vancouver food businesses right now.

Stock up on pantry staples


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The big-name stores might have the best stock of toilet paper and cleaning supplies, but when it comes to food, you’ve got more options on a local level. Support brands like artisan bakery and four mill Flourist, where you can buy flour, ready-made dough, locally grown beans and dry goods, and bread, or Caffe La Tana, where fresh pasta and pastries are plentiful. There’s also Como Taperia’s Mercado and bottle shop.

Grocery stores like Fresh St. Market and zero-waste shop Nada offer a ton of brands/goods from BC producers and beyond, as well as Legends Haul.

Stop at a local bottle shop, brewery, or cocktail bar


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There are also many options if you’re looking to stock up on local beverages. Perhaps you won’t be spending your weekend brewery hopping as usual, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pop in and grab some to-go cans or bottles to support our craft breweries.

Many restaurants such as Dachi, the Chickadee Room, The Diamond, Juice Bar, and more offer fantastic bottles and cocktail kits to take home as well.

If you order delivery, make it local and direct


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Everyone’s gotta eat, and if you’re ordering in, consider supporting local businesses before big chains if you can. Up until recently, third-party delivery services could charge as much as 30% of the total cost of orders, leaving local spots in a position to break even or operate at a loss. Check out our list of 75+ Vancouver restaurants that do their own delivery and offer your support directly to the source.

Order local meal services and kits

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve become aware of some incredible local meal kit delivery services and take-home options from some of our favourite restaurants. Plant-based. zero waste, ready-made meals from Manna are definitely a good way to get your veggies. Torafuku’s ready-to-heat meals are also some of our all-time favourite.

Buy gift cards and use them later


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If you’re not eating right away, consider buying a gift card to use at a later time as an alternative. This is a super simple way to support restaurants, plus, you’ll have something delicious to look forward to down the road.

Show them love on social


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Tag them, message them, leave them an amazing review. It’s the little things that make a big difference.

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