It’s no secret that Vancouver welcomes international chains into its foodie scene like millennials welcome avocado for breakfast, but there are some that we can hardly wait for.
Eateries like PappaRoti, L’Éclair de Génie, and Mott 32 all experienced successful 2017 openings and expansions in Vancouver, so it’s clear that international brands are going to continue to flourish as they open more and more concepts here.
- Hot-Star Large Fried Chicken is opening its first ever outpost in Vancouver next year
- Popular Middle Eastern chain Zaatar W Zeit to open in Vancouver
- Vancouver's first Uncle Tetsu cheesecake shop is opening in Metrotown
- Blaze Pizza is opening 4 locations in Metro Vancouver
The chain of fast food outlets originating at the Taipei Shi-Lin Night Market is known for its massive (bigger than your face) chicken cutlets served in paper sleeves. A 1,500 sq. ft. Vancouver location is slated to open at Central at Garden City in Richmond this summer. Additional outposts in Downtown, Metrotown, and Coquitlam are planned to follow.
Address: Garden City in Richmond
This eatery hails from Japan, where it currently has five locations. The Bidwell street eatery will be Ramen Taka’s ‘first direct operated international restaurant,’ and we can’t wait to taste the ramen offered on the menu here.
Address: 841 Bidwell Street, Vancouver
Zaatar W Zeit is set to open at 535 Granville Street this summer and we couldn’t be more pumped – because this spot is pop-u-lar in the Middle East (once you peep their Instagram, you’ll see why). We wouldn’t be surprised if you hadn’t heard of this eatery before because it’s the first Canadian location for the Lebanese chain.
Address: 535 Granville Street, Vancouver
— Daryl Dela Cruz (@daka_x) September 22, 2017
Metro Vancouver has been waiting to get its own Uncle Tetsu since the Japanese-dessert chain first touched down in Toronto in 2015. But now, the wait is almost over for us West Coasters. There have been murmurings of a Vancouver location opening this year, but a
picture sign says a thousand words: Uncle Tetsu will be opening their first BC location in Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre.
Address: Metropolis at Metrotown – 4700 Kingsway, Burnaby
Everybody get ready, Blaze Pizza is about to take over Metro Vancouver. Get those strechy pants out – there’s some fast, affordable, high-quality pizza coming at you. The American chain hails from Southern California and has become wildly popular in recent years. They are opening four new spots in Downtown Vancouver (Granville Street), West Vancouver at Park Royal North, in Delta on Canoe Pass Way, and lastly Surrey on 160th Street.
Vancouver: 929 Granville Street, Vancouver
West Vancouver: 701 Park Royal North, West Vancouver
Delta: 5141 Canoe Pass Way, Delta
Surrey: 24th Avenue and 160th Street, Surrey
With files from Liora Ipsum.