There are plenty of places to eat in Vancouver, but those in the know head straight to Gastown. The neighbourhood is home to more than 65 spots that can take you from your morning espresso to late night cocktails, and everything in between. Bold flavours and intimate spaces set each restaurant apart, and the best way to experience them is all at once. Think of it as a self-directed foodie tour.
Coffee shops are a weekday staple and a great place to get going on a busy Saturday. Some of Gastown’s independents offer locally roasted beans while others source standout offerings from around the world. Stop in for a cup or take the time to do a full tasting. It’s a decadent way to start the day!
Now who’s ready for breakfast? There’s something special about sitting down to a hearty meal in the morning. Gastown eateries offer twists on the classics – think poached eggs over smoked pork belly or lobster hash. Add lime mimosas and lavender lattes, and the feast is complete.
Ready for an extra perk? You may need to take a walk around the block and check out a few of Gastown’s boutiques in order to make room for lunch.
Whether you decide to go gourmet or keep it simple, there are plenty of options to choose from for the midday meal. Sit on a patio and sample house-made gnocci, kimchi fries or farm-to-table favourites.
Ok, now it gets serious. When it comes to the cocktail hour, there’s no better place to be than Gastown. Every bartender has a signature tipple featuring gin, vodka, tequila and hints of lemon, rosemary, ginger or something else just as fabulous. Whichever way you go, expect flavours that will ease you into the evening.
Ready for dinner? The neighbourhood is home to some of the best culinary spots in the city – and few are more than a block’s walk away. Modern, rustic, ethnic or intimate, each one offers a unique experience. If you feel like Spanish tapas, you’ll find it. How about Japanese izakaya? There’s that too. And, many of the restaurants pay homage to B.C. with locally sourced ingredients and small-batch wines.
You’re not done yet. The night calls for dessert and a nightcap. There’s nothing like a shot of whiskey and vanilla crème brûlée or champagne with coconut lavender macaroons. Sweet and savoury are all on the menu to help you wrap up a delicious day.
To plan your own edible adventure, check out the Eat + Drink section of Gastown’s web site. The team posts regular features on everything from social dining to pub culture or the best places to get brunch!