Vancouver Cheap Eats: Around Main Street

Dec 19 2017, 7:33 am

As the new divider between the East side and West side of Vancouver, Main Street is the epicentre for all things indie. This extends to not only coffee shops and fashion boutiques, but also the restaurant scene, as plenty of folks with a passion for food happily call this area home.

From pizza to Vietnamese, some of the best cheap eats are located in this area of Vancouver. Whether you’re vegan or gluten-free, a trendy hipster or a student catching the next bus, there’s a little bit for everyone. So if you want the chance to eat free for a week and wondering where you can get the most bang for your buck, strap on those suspenders and throw on the flannel, as Vancity Buzz and Chowmenow are touring the area of Mt. Pleasant.

Pho Hoang

Pho Hoang

As a 2012 Golden Plates Award Winner for Best Vietnamese, you know the food must be good. If it’s bits and bites you’re after, almost the entire appetizer list is $4.95 and under. Chow on the prawn spring rolls deep-fried to a golden crisp, chicken skewers, or rice paper rolls filled with shredded pork.

Papa’s Gourmet Pizza 

Papas Gourmet

Like cheap eats, meal deals are two words that are meant to be together. Clearly Papa feels the same way, as he’s offering two slices of pizza and a pop for $4.85.

Bonchaz Bakery  


Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, there are plenty of #ChowFinds at the Main Street location. Classic sandwiches like beef pastrami, ham & cheese, or vegan with hummus and sprouts are $4.09. Then there are pastas for $4.95, like chicken penne alfredo, beef marinara rotini, and eggplant lasagna. And of course, we can’t leave out the Mexican pastry that started it all: the bonchaz. Original, banana walnut, chocolate truffle, and matcha green tea for $1.75 or less.

Nice Café 

Nice Cafe

This all-day breakfast for only $4.95 comes with toast, two eggs, hasbrowns, and your choice of ham, bacon, sausage, or tomato. How Nice.

Café Tica 

Though they’re called breakfast sandwiches, you can eat these any time of the day for just $4.85. Choose from four different flavours that include goodies like sausage, two eggs, ham, bacon, and tomato. There are also daily lunch specials on sandwiches starting at $4.50, soup for $3.50, and beef or chicken samosas for $3.25. So whatever makes you tick, you can head to Tica.


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Photo Credits: Sherman’s Food AdventuresI’m Only Here For the FoodTrip AdvisorCafé Tica