We made the ultimate foodie itinerary for a day in Vancouver

Sep 17 2019, 6:38 pm

You probably already know this, but Vancouver is one of the world’s best when it comes to foodie hot spots.

There are an abundance of cafés that serve specialty coffees, establishments that serve all-day brunch, intimate restaurants that make for perfect dinner dates, and more. And the best part is, most of the prominent locations in Vancouver are easily accessible via TransLink. Yes, that means not having to circle around and around the block to find a parking spot, and not having to pay $4 an hour for parking (ugh!).

TransLink makes it easy and worry-free to get from place to place, and it’s now more convenient than ever. Vancouver’s SkyTrains, SeaBus, and buses now accept American Express — all you have to do is tap your card on the ‘Tap to Pay’ pad at any terminal.

So now that you can leave the car keys at home, here’s our ultimate foodie itinerary for a day spent exploring Vancouver via transit. And yes, they all accept American Express — so the only thing you need to worry about is what to order on the menu.

Morning coffee: Revolver Coffee


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If you’re a coffee enthusiast, you’re in luck: Vancouver is filled with a variety of specialty cafés, particularly in the Downtown and Gastown areas. Revolver Coffee is one of the most widely known coffee spots in the city and is the perfect place to start your day. All drinks are made fresh to order, and they offer a rotating menu of their favourite coffees from world-class roasters across the globe. Get off at Waterfront Station, and take a short walk to Revolver Coffee.

Brunch: Medina Café


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Medina Café is by far one of the most widely known breakfast spots in our city, offering a brunch menu that draws in huge crowds every weekend. Their Liége Style Waffles and Lavender Latte are to die for, so don’t leave without trying both. Medina Café is also located in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown on Richards Street, so it’s easily accessible by transit. Get off at Vancouver City Centre Station, and it’ll be a short walk from there.

Afternoon treat: Karameller Candy


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For a sweet afternoon treat in Vancouver, head to Karameller Candy‘s location in the heart of Yaletown. Try out their famous candy, licorice, and chocolate — they also have vegan options! To get there, take the train to Yaletown-Roundhouse Station, which is just a five-minute walk from Karameller.

Dinner: Kissa Tanto


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If you’re looking for the one place you need to get dinner in Vancouver, it’s Kissa Tanto. Tucked into the upper storey of a building in the heart of Chinatown, this Japanese-Italian restaurant is a true hidden gem. It was even named “best new restaurant” in 2017, and continues to earn accolades across Canada. Get off at Stadium-Chinatown Station and take a quick walk through Chinatown to get to there. Then, get ready for a true culinary experience.

After-dinner drinks: Pidgin


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For the perfect after-dinner drinks, head over to the historic neighbourhood of Gastown and check out Pidgin. Pidgin’s bar features an extensive list of sophisticated and whimsical cocktails that pay its respects to classic cocktails with fresh interpretations, so if there’s one Vancouver watering hole you need to experience at least once, it’s this one. Get off at Stadium-Chinatown Station and take a short ten-minute walk to Pidgin.

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