6 food trends in Vancouver you need to try right now

Sep 20 2017, 6:05 am


Considering Vancouver is one of the biggest culinary hubs in Canada, it’s no surprise that the rainy city is consistently a place for foodies to head to experience food trends.

Some of them will definitely stand the test of time, while others may bask in the glory (and the Instagram posts) for only a quick 15-minutes of fame, but regardless, we want to try them all – and you should too.

Here are 6 food trends in Vancouver you need to try right now.

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All the Kimchi

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Side of Kimchi from Bao Down Snack Bar (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Whether it’s a heaping side of kimchi or a kimchi aioli on a sandwich from Meat & Bread – this fermented veggie dish is a hit as far as Vancouverites are concerned. A must-try local plating? The kimchi mayo on charred asian greens from Juke Fried Chicken in Chinatown.

Rice Burgers

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Who needs bread when you have rice? Vancouverites love their grab-and-go options, and the rice burger is the perfect hybrid for a filling and fresh morsel. Restaurants like Rice Burger and KOBOB Burger and dishing out these guys, and we’ll undoubtedly see more establishments dedicated to this innovative offering in the future.

Vegan Ice Cream


CocoWhip from Kokomo (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

We’d be surprised if you didn’t take note of one of the biggest food trends this past summer, because vegan ice cream hit an all time high for popularity in Van. There are trucks, ice cream parlours, and gelato shops in every corner of the city dedicated to this dairy-free dessert alternative, and we can’t forget to mention the CocoWhip from Australia that’s now available at vegan spot Kokomo (the only place in Canada that offers this treat).

Chicken for Breakfast

Chicken and Waffles from Colony Main Street (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Chicken and Waffles may be a classic combo, but over the past little while Vancouver eateries have taken things to the next level with this offering. Think eggs, hot sauce, and syrup-infused gravies – spots like Colony Main Street, Joe Fortes, and Bao Down Gastropub have all put their signature twist on this drool-worthy dish.

Matcha Everything

Matcha Mille Crepe from L’otus Cake Boutique (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

From ice cream, to waffles, to lattes, and smoothies – matcha has arrived and it is here to stay. This vibrantly-green flavour has made its way onto drink and dessert menus across the city. Whether it’s covered, infused, or blended with it, matcha is an ingredient that Vancouver cannot get enough of.


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Kabayaki Glazed BC Octopus from Minami (Hanna McLean/Daily Hive)

Octopus has emerged as one of Vancouver’s favourite new proteins in the past little while. You’ll find this flavourful ingredient chopped in pastas, grilled for appetizers, and even in placed in salads like Kissa Tanto’s Octopus take on the classic starter. This is a versatile meat and Chefs are continuing to use it in innovative ways – we look forward to trying them all.

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