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Food Trucks & Food Carts

Vancouver has some of the best food trucks and Food Carts in North America.

They are in all the best locations downtown so you are never far from delicious food at a fraction of the cost of restaurant food. And some of the food trucks are extensions of great restaurants.

Here are a list of some of the best along with their locations. Vancouver food truck locations, of course, are subject to change. To see a larger list, visit: http://roaminghunger.com/yvr/vendors

Feastro the Rolling Bistro
Location: Thurlow and West Cordova, across from the 2010 Olympic torches
Feastro boasts one of the largest menus of any truck in the Lower Mainland, which includes a variety of local seafood, pork and chicken smoked right inside of their purple truck. Be sure to try their bonzai prawns – local prawns, sautéed in white wine, garlic, tomatoes and lemon, all served on a bed of basmati rice and topped with a grilled pineapple skewer. Or, if you are craving a taco or two, you are in luck! Vancouver Magazine has rated Feastro with “the best soft tacos in the city…an unexpected and delicious take”. Full breakfasts have recently been added to their menu.

Bada Bing
Location: Near 655 Burrard
Bada Bing specializes in (generously sized) philly cheesesteak sandwiches. The sandwiches come on a foot-long Italian-style bun with your choice of chicken or steak, melted Monterey Jack cheese, sauteed mushrooms, onions and green peppers. Once you receive the sandwich, you have the option of dressing it with BBQ, honey mustard or teriyaki sauce. If you are really hungry, I suggest ordering a side of fries, poutine (my personal preference), or the “Animal Fries” (grilled onions and melted Cheddar, topped with the Bada Bing creamy and tangy “secret sauce”). Highly recommended if you are looking for a hearty carnivorous meal.

Cartel Taco
Location: Dunsmuir and Hamilton, in front of the BC Hydro building
This socially conscious and environmentally responsible truck specializes in hand-made Korean fusion tacos. All of their ingredients are all made or sourced locally. For the meat eaters, you have two options – grass-fed, free range ribeye beef from Pemberton Meadows Farm and free range pork butt from Fraser Valley Farms, both prepared in the traditional Korean style of Bulgogi. The meat is topped with your choice of house made salsa (red or green), kimchi, onions and cilantro with a lime wedge on the side. The tacos are gluten-friendly as the tortillas are made from corn, water and lime. Make sure you try the delicious and fresh green papaya salad with kimchi vinagrette and toasted pepitas as well!

Finest at Sea Fish Kart
Location: Robson, in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Experience fresh locally sourced seafood on the go! Finest at Sea Fish Kart offers a variety of seafood chowders, sandwiches, rolls and salads. One of their most popular menu items is the curry halibut seafood roll ($6) – grilled halibut, eggplant and crispy coleslaw all wrapped in grilled naan bread. The flavourful yellow curry is creamy and perfectly compliments the crunchy and tangy coleslaw. There are also a number of sandwich options on the menu (or “Fish on a ‘Weck, as they call it), which include your choice of wild B.C. salmon fillet, local albacore tuna steak or seared B.C. ling cod fillet. I definitely suggest rounding out your meal with their roasted halibut bisque and a refreshing green tea ginger lemonade.

JapaDog
Location: Four Downtown Vancouver locations – Trucks: Burrard & Smithe, Burrard & Pender, Granville & Cordova (in front of Waterfront Station); Bricks and Mortar: 530 Robson, just off of Seymour
JapaDog is arguably Vancouver’s most popular food truck. They have revolutionized the hot dog world by remixing the traditional hot dog by giving it a Japanese twist. Their menu consists of 15-20 of both their own creative concoctions and more standard options. Their most popular dog is the “Terimayo”, which is topped with teriyaki sauce, mayo and thin strips of seaweed. More adventurous items include my favourite, the “Oroshi”, which is topped with freshly grated daikon radish and a special soya sauce, and the “Okonomi”, a juicy Kurobata pork hot dog topped with dried bonito (fish) flakes. The carts are equipped with a variety of toppings, and the service is fast and friendly. The menu varies from cart to cart, so check out their website for each location’s offerings. If you get a chance to drop by their restaurant location, make sure you order a side of the “Shaked Fries”, which come in a variety of Japanese flavours.

The Juice Truck
Location: Abbott & Water
The Juice Truck offers cold-pressed juice made from the best locally sourced organic produce. The cold pressing technique uses no heat and preserves the natural flavours of the produce, which yields more essential vitamins, minerals and enzymes than any other juice extracting method. Their menu includes creative and combinations like “The Remedy” (pineapple pressed with cucumber, wheatgrass, mint and ginger) and “The Almost Chocolate” smoothie (banana blended with medjool dates, almond butter, raw cacao, raw maca and soy milk). Healthful non-juice items are offered as well.

The Kaboom Box
Location: Robson & Granville
The Kaboom Box offers fresh, sustainable, healthy and local food using only Oceanwise seafood and sustainably produced meat. My favourite is “The World Famous Hot Smoked Salmon Salmwich”. The salmon is hot smoked on the cart and served on a toasted whole wheat bun with spicy mayo and house-made maple-mustard slaw. Other items include “The Kaboom Box Fish and Chips”, “The Gulf Island Fried Oyster Po’Boy”, “The Vanburger Veggie Burger” and “The BC Venison Burger”. My friend tried the venison burger and returned the following two days because it was just that good! Poutine, fries and salads are also available to round out your meal.

Nu Greek Street
Location: Granville Street, in front of the Bay by Granville St. Skytrain station
The Nu Greek Street food truck was opened by Harry Kambolis, the owner of the award-winning RainCity Grill and C Restaurants. The menu includes a number of salads, grilled souvlaki pitas, dips with pita, filo triangles and even Greek poutine! Meat options for the grilled souvlaki pitas include the regular suspects (chicken, lamb, vegetable and falafel), in addition to salmon and octopus. For a well-rounded meal, select from one of their “Nu Combos”, which includes both a wheat-free and a dairy-free option. The meat is tender and flavourful, the salads fresh and the pita is made in-house. Finish off your meal with your choice of baklava or Greek cookies.

Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck
Location: Howe & Georgia, on the Vancouver Art Gallery corner
Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck serves up classic and creative versions of everybody’s favourite childhood sandwich – grilled cheese. Build upon the “Mom’s Classic” – first, choose from a selection of fresh made daily artisan breads and cheeses. Then, if you desire, there are deluxe and super deluxe add-ons, which include options like a scoop of chili, sliced dill pickle and double smoked bacon (yum!) Speciality options, like “The Jackson 3″, are also on the menu. This triple cheese, triple decker grilled cheese is not for the faint of heart. Three pieces of sourdough are surrounded by melted brie, boursin and gruyere. If you are looking for something sweet, order the “Sweet Little Vals” (caramelized apples, candied pecans and cinnamon marsarpone cheese on brioche) or “The Fat Elvis” (peanut butter and banana with a sprinkle of smoked sea salt on white). Delicious and comforting food, just like your Mom’s!

Re-Up BBQ
Location: Hornby & Georgia (Thursdays and Fridays only, from 11am-3pm)
The Re-Up BBQ is one of Vancouver’s most loved food trucks, and Vancouver Magazine voted it the best Vancouver Food Cart award for 2012. Their menu is basic with two items – a pulled pork and a beef brisket sandwich. The pulled pork is the more popular of the two options. The meat is moist and plentiful, and is served on a soft Portuguese bun with “secret sauce” a side of fresh coleslaw. Wash it all down with a refreshing Southern sweet tea. The Re-Up BBQ has been featured on the Food Network’s Eat St., which features notable food trucks across North America. If you are having a hard time deciding which truck try first, the Re-Up BBQ is the perfect place to start!

Roaming Dragon
Location: Robson & Burrard
Roaming Dragon offers a unique spin on Pan Asian cuisine. Their most popular item is the Korean short rib taco ($3). The flavourful meat is accompanied by bean spouts, carrots, sauteed spinach, shitake mushrooms and seaweed. I also suggest the Chinese Pork Slider – at 2 for $5, you can’t go wrong. The braised pork is served on incredibly soft pillowy buns with pickled cucumber, green onion and hoisin sauce. The refreshing lychee and basil lemonade will act as the perfect compliment to your meal. Roaming Dragon won the 2011 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Award for “Best Food Cart”, and was featured on the Food Network’s Eat St.

Tacofino
Location: The Orange Truck – Robson Square (closed during winter); The Blue Burrito Truck – Burrard & Dunsmuir, Monday to Friday, 11am-3pm
Originally from Tofino, Tacofino takes tacos to a whole new level. They accomplish this by making everything from scratch, and using fresh local produce. Their menu boasts items such as the popular Baja-inspired fish tacos, burritos, tortilla soup, and other local seasonal specials. The fish taco uses tempura battered ling cod with chipolte mayo, shredded cabbage and salsa fresca on a fire-toasted flour tortilla. The fish is lightly battered and crunchy, with the chipolte mayo and salsa fresco adding the perfect amount of spice, citrus and freshness to the taco. Tacofino has been accurately decribed by the media as having “possibly the best Mexican, or at least the best fish tacos in BC”.

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**As locations and hours vary, check the website for more information.


Vegetarian Food

3G Vegetarian
3424 Canbie Street
Vancouver
604-568-9008
This vegetarian and vegan place is near City Hall. Serves Chinese vegan food that does such a fantastic job with fake meat and chicken that lots of non vegetarians eat here as well. No MSG and not too much salt. The fried coconut water is worth a trip by itself.

Vancouver Vegetarian RestaurantAfghan Horsemen
1833 Anderson Street
Vancouver
604-873-5923
A Vancouver institution that’s been around since the 70’s serves a great vegan platter. Located near the entrance to Granville Island

Annapurna Vegetarian Restaurant
#202 1926 West 4th Avenue
604-306-3219
Lacto, Vegan-friendly, Indian
Indian restaurant serves vegetarian food. Open daily from 11:30 AM

Aphrodite Cafe and Pie Shop
3598 W 4th Ave
604-738-5879
Ovo, Lacto, Vegan-friendly, Organic, Not 100% Vegetarian
Serves meat and vegetarian. We like the vegan pie.

Bandidas Taqueria
2781 Commercial Drive
604-568-8224
Ovo, Lacto, Vegan-friendly, Organic, Mexican
Veggie tacos, burritos, nachos, spicy Mexican hot chocolate, and more. Weekend brunch

Bodhi Choi Heung
3932 Fraser Street (at 23 Ave)
604-873-3848
Ova, Lacto, Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Take-out option

Budgie’s Burritos
44 Kingsway (at Main)
604-874-5408
Lacto, Vegan-friendly, Street food, Take-out, Mexican

Cafe Deux Soleil
1301 Commercial Drive (at Kitchener and Charles)
604-254-1145
Lacto, Vegan-friendly
Tofu scramble with split beans or potatoes, oatmeal chocolate muffin and other baked goods

Dharma Kitchen
3667 West Broadway (BC V6R) (at Alma)
604-738-3899
Vegan-friendly, Organic, Asian, Buddhist

East Is East
3243 West Broadway
604-734-5881
and
4413 Main St
604-879-2020
The food here is mostly vegetarian, and is a fusion of many regions, from India and Tibet, to Persia and Mongolia. The chai and the dhal soup are delicious.

Everybody Loves Veggies
555 W 12th Ave (City Square Food Court)
604-873-4417
Vegan, Fast food, Take-out
Vegan restaurant . Menu includes baked lima beans with vegan cream sauce, potato cake, tofu scramble, Stuffed green peppers with brown basmati rice, and vegan brownies. This gem is in a mall, but the food doesn’t taste like “mall” food.

Gorilla Foods
436 Richards Street(at Hastings )
604-722-2504
All Raw, Vegan, Organic, Juice bar, Catering, Delivery, Take-out only
Raw food cafe, dine in and takeaway. Everything on the menu is raw including raw pizza, lasagna, chocolate fudge, fresh juices, and more. Open Mon-Fri 11 AM – 5 PM.

Graze Food & Drink
3980 Fraser Street
604-620-8822
Offering a sizable menu based on locally sourced and organic fare as much as possible.

Greens and Gourmet
2582 W Broadway, upstairs
604-737-7373
Vegan-friendly, Macrobiotic, Buffet, Organic
Self-serve buffet spread includes hot and cold food, with each dish labeled. Pay for food by weight.

Hon’s Wun-Tun House
1339 Robson Street (at Bute)
Phone number: 604-685-0871
Vegan-friendly, Chinese Street food, Take-out, Not 100% Vegetarian
This Vancouver institution serves both meat and vegetable dishes.

The Naam
2724 W 4th Ave
604-738-7151
Ovo, Lacto, Vegan-friendly, Macrobiotic
Vancouver’s oldest vegetarian restaurant with a varied menu and nightly live music. Open 24/7 364 days a year. Closed on Christmas day. (They’re probably all home eating turkey)

Planet Veg
1941 Cornwall Ave (at Cypress)
604-734-1001
Ovo, Lacto, Vegan-friendly, Indian

Rhizome Cafe
317 East Broadway
604-872-3166
A neighbourhood cafe that is predominantly vegetarian and organic, Rhizome adds to the mix by hosting community events.

Saravanaa Bhavan
955 West Broadway (at Oak)
604-732-7700
Vegan-friendly, Indian, Buffet, Take-out
Indian restaurant serving vegetarian South Indian cuisine. Wheelchair accessible. Accept credit cards. Non smoking. Open daily for lunch and dinner, buffet 11:30 AM – 3 PM.

Sejuiced
1958 W 4th Ave (at Maple Street )
604-730-9906
Ovo, Vegan-friendly, Organic, International, Juice-bar, Take-out
Veggie restaurant offering a large variety of fresh juices; also organic salads, soups, and veggie burgers.

Sweet Cherubim Restaurant and Natural Food Store
1105 Commercial Drive
604-253-0969
100% vegetarian, Lacto, Vegan-friendly, Organic
Menu includes baked goods, breakfast burritos and tofu scrambler. Open daily.

Vancouver Seafood Restaurants

Vancouver, surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean, has just fantastic seafood. If you like fish at all, be sure to have some while you’re here. Try salmon if you get a chance, since there are not many places in the world where you will see salmon this fresh and delicious.

The halibut is excellent as well. So is every other kind of fish that lives in these waters. Try spot prawns, arctic char or dungeness crab if you find them in a market or on a menu.

Bishop’s Fine Dining
2183 West 4th Avenue
604-738-2025
Bishop’s is not specifically a seafood restaurant but more than half the entrees feature fish or seafood and the food is so good it deserves a place on the seafood page. Bishop’s has been around for a long time and it continues to delight both new and repeat customers. One of the best Vancouver restaurants service and atmosphere to match.

C Restaurant
1600 Howe Street #2
604-681-1164
Popular, pricey in a nice downtown location , C specializes in fish dishes.

Cardero’s
1583 Coal Harbour Quay
604-669-7666
Great atmosphere and lots of things on the menu besides seafood. Right on the water in Coal Harbour, Cardero’s is a great place for lunch and dinner in a relaxed atmosphere.

Fish Cafe
2053 West 41st Ave (Kerrisdale)
1629 Yew Street (Kitsilano)
604-267-3474
This is a modest little cafe in Kerrisdale where you choose your fish and choose the cooking method. That way you get exactly what you want. Reasonably priced and fresh.

Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar
1095 Hamilton Street
604-688-8078
Blue Water Cafe is one of the TopTable group of restaurants. The others are West, CinCin and Araxi in Whistler, all first rate. Expect high prices.

Accord Seafood Restaurant
4298 Main Street
604-876-6110
A long time Main Street neighbourhood restaurant that stays open very late, Accord has good food and reasonable prices.

Provence Marinaside
1177 Marinaside Crescent
604-681-4144
Fresh local seafood and raw oyster bar, Provence is more than a seafood restaurant. It has a patio across from the Yaletown marina, it serves French/Italian dishes and great desserts.

Sandbar Seafood Restaurant
1535 Johnston
604-669-9030
Located on Granville Island, Sandbar has wonderful views and is a great place for lunch or dinner.

Seasons in the Park
4800 Cambie Street
604-874-8008
Located in Queen Elizabeth Park, Seasons is a sophisticated restaurant with good food and pretty views.

Salmon House on the Hill
2229 Folkestone Way
West Vancouver
604-926-3212
Located in West Vancouver, the views at Salmon House are worth the drive.

Coast
1054 Alberni Street
604-685-5010
Relatively new seafood restaurant in the heart of downtown that can be noisy.

Steak Houses

Gotham Steakhouse, Morton’s of Chicago, and Hy’s Steakhouse are the three big name steak houses in Vancouver. Gotham Steakhouse and Morton’s of Chicago both sell USDA Prime beef while Hy’s Encore features AAA Alberta beef. All three restaurants offer large portions and the décor complements the menu: big, rich, and elegant. The menus at all three is a la carte so you order each item, including potatoes and vegetables, separately.

All three restaurants offer excellent appetizers, salads, vegetables, wines and desserts at prices comparable to other high end Vancouver restaurants.

Although it’s not a steakhouse, Chartwell, located in the Four Seasons Hotel, is the place many locals go for steak.

Along with these high end steak houses, we’ve listed The Keg, Pinky’s Steakhouse and Moxie’s Classic Grill. All three are popular, are more affordable than the top rated steakhouses and The Keg and Moxie’s have various locations around the city.

We’ve included Kobe Japanses Steak House in this list as well. At Kobe, your dinner is cooked at your table and while I like the food, I haven’t always been happy with the service.

Gotham Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar
615 Seymour Street
604-605-8282

Morton’s of Chicago
750 West Cordova Street
604-915-5105

Hy’s Steakhouse
637 Hornby
604-683-7671

Chartwell
791 W. Georgia St. at the Four Seasons Hotel
604-689-9333

The Keg Steakhouse
1499 Anderson Street (Granville Island)
604-685-4735
and
1011 Mainland Street (Yaletown)
604-633-2534
and
742 Thurlow Street (West End)
604-685-4388
and
595 Hornby Street (Downtown)
604-687-4044

Pinky’s Steakhouse & Cocktail Lounge
1873 4th Avenue West (Kitsilano)
604-732-9545

Moxie’s Classic Grill
180 West Georgia
604-684-8434
and
1160 Davie St
604-678-8043
and
808 Bute Street
604-696-9986
and
1759 West Broadway
604-678-9973

Kobe Japanese Steak House
1042 Alberni Street
604-684-2451

Pacific Northwest Cuisine

Vancouver’s Pacific West Coast cuisine is a fusion of Asia, California and French that focuses on local seafood, meat and produce. The results are memorable.
West serves delicious, sophisticated food in an atmosphere to match. Diva at the Met, located in the Metropolitan hotel is one of the city’s best restaurants for Northwest cuisine.
Cactus Club, on English Bay, and Tangerine, just up the street from Kitsilano beach, have both food and location to recommend them.

Bishops
2183 West 4th
Vancouver
604-738-2025
A Vancouver institution and one of the best restaurants in town, situated on one of Vancouver’s most trendy streets.

Cactus Club Cafe
1790 Beach Avenue, and several other locations.
Cactus Club has grown over the years to become a successful casual restaurant chain serving not only Pacific Northwest food, but other good fare as well. The English Bay and in Coal Harbour locations are worth a visit for the views as well as for the food.

The Cascade Room
2616 Main St, Vancouver
604-709-8650
This hip restaurant/bar is only open for dinner, but it stays open late. The great cocktails are a big draw for the mostly younger crowd.

Crave
3941 Main Street, Vancouver
604-872-3663
Crave has a nice variety on the menu, from burgers to sable fish. The sticky toffee pudding is a treat. There’s a nice patio in the back.

Diva at the Met
645 Howe Street in the Metropolitan Hotel, Vancouver
604-602-7788
Diva at the Met, located at Vancouver’s Metropolitan Hotel doesn’t get as much press as it deserves. Food here is worthy of its reputation.

Forage
1300 Robson Street, Vancouver
604-661-1400
Forage, located in the Listel Hotel, is a recent arrival with an emphasis on local, innovative food. It sheds the insultingly high prices of many “top” Vancouver’s  restaurants, and proudly emphasizes zero waste.

The Teahouse
Ferguson Point, Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
604-669-3281
The Teahouse doesn’t serve High Tea, but it does serve very good food in a stunning location. With choices from AAA beef to salmon, this restaurant is worth a visit. Good service, too.

Raincity Grill
1193 Denman
Vancouver
604-685-7337
Decent food, great fish and chips, great location just a block from the English Bay beach and Stanley Park.

West
2881 Granville Street (near 13th), Vancouver
604-738-8938
Beautiful dishes, intense flavors and textures. If possible, sit where you can see the kitchen. The food tastes even better when you watch the painstaking work that goes into its preparation. Located on Art Gallery Row.

Picnic Destinations

Vancouver is a picnicker’s paradise. Not only does it have fantastic places to picnic whether you want to picnic at the beach, in the woods, on top of a mountain or in a kayak, gondola or ferry. It has the food to match.

Picnic Destinations

Local beaches are a great place for a picnic. Try Spanish Banks, Locarno Beach, Kits Beach, English Bay Beach or Second Beach. There are hundreds of places to picnic in Stanley Park. Canada Place or Coal Harbour, if you’re downtown, are both excellent picnic destinations.

Robson Square, across from the Vancouver Art Gallery is another great urban picnic destination. So is False Creek just down the block from Urban Fare and a couple of blocks from Choices. All of the local gardens are wonderful places for a picnic

On the North Shore, North Vancouver is a picnicker’s paradise. You have more than 100 parks to choose from. Capilano Regional Park, Princess Park, Cates Park, Panorama Park in Deep Cove, Lynn Headwaters and Lynn Canyon Park, Waterfront Park, Lonsdale Quay, and Bridgeman Park.

In West Vancouver, you can picnic at Ambleside Park, located at the south end of 13th Street, near Dundarave Pier at the south end of 25th Street, or at Lighthouse Park, Whytecliff Park or Horseshoe Bay.

Picnic Fixins

Urban Fare is a food lover’s paradise. The store is beautiful and so is the food. It’s a place you go to browse, to graze, to linger over pastry shelves and meat trays. It has a fabulous selection of fresh pasta, striped ravioli, exotic cheeses, olives, oils and sauces. You can purchase an already prepared picnic or make your own from the deli food or the fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, cheeses and meats.

You can even picnic in the store, sitting on a stool in the window eating while the Yaletown crowd goes about its business outside. Or if you have enough discipline to pick out the food and get it out of the store, all you have to do is make it to the end corner where you can sit and watch all the action on False Creek.

If you happen to be on South Granville, then try Meinhardt Fine Foods. It provides the same experience as Urban Fare but feels a bit more European where Urban Fare is North American in flavour. Wherever you decide to get your picnic food, Safeways will do, find just the right place to enjoy it and you’ll enjoy Vancouver in a way that even the locals often don’t take the time to do.

Terra Breads

2380 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver
604-736-9766
Terra Breads is consistently voted #1 for the best Bakery and best sandwiches in Vancouver and with good reason. Their food is fresh, delicious, sophisticated and fun to eat. Check their website for a list of the breads they make. You can find Terra Breads on 4th Avenue and also at the Granville Island food court.

Urban Fare

177 Davie Street
Vancouver
604-975-7550

Urban Fare is Vancouver’s most sophisticated and most beautiful grocery store. They have fresh fruits, vegetables, bakery goods, meat, fish, poultry and a deli you won’t believe unless you’re from a major food center. Urban Fare can create opulent picnic lunches and dinners. Or you can eat at their cafe.

Choices

1202 Richards
Vancouver
604-633-2392
Choices is a family run, upscale natural foods market, a 21st century version of the hippy market: spotless, well organized, well stocked with more selection than most major super markets. Great deli food, great ambiance.

Meinhardt Fine Foods

3002 Granville
Vancouver
604-732-4405
Meinhardt Fine Foods caters to the carriage trade from Shaughnessy. Everything about the store, from its flowers to its canned goods, is elegant. It’s a great place to get lunch if you’re touring the Granville Street art galleries or on your way to the beach.

French Fare

Vancouver has some really excellent French restaurants that are both reliable and affordable. We really like Pied a Terre and Les Faux Bourgeois because their food is consistently good and their desserts excellent, and both have good wine lists.

Au Petit Chavignol
843 E. Hastings Street
604-255-4218
This 36 seat wine and cheese bar is a wonderful addition for Vancouver cheese lovers. The owners come from the amazing Les Amis Du Frommage cheese store, so they clearly know their cheese. Here you can get a four cheese mac & cheese, cheeseburgers, fondue and chevre chaud salad. Riesling and French wines are the showcases.

Boneta
12 Water Street, Vancouver
604-684-1844
In a stylish interior, Boneta delivers a variety of French and Pacific Northwest cuisine in the Gastown district.

Café Régalade
2836 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
604-733-2213
A recent arrival owned by the son of La Régalade French Bistro in West Vancouver, this casual cafe serves rustic French food. The braised short ribs and cassoulet are popular.

Jules Casual French Bistro
216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
604-669-0033
Located in Gastown, this gem of a French bistro has great food at great prices. You can’t do better than this. Run by a Parisien and his son, Jules. Busy at lunch.

Le Crocodile
909 Burrard Street, Vancouver
604-669-4298
Vancouver’s classic French restaurant with great food and French atmosphere. Rather formal.

Le Gavroche
1616 Alberni Street
604-685-3924
One of Vancouver’s oldest French restaurants, La Gavroche can be fantastic or disappointing.

Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro
663 E 15th Avenue, Vancouver
604-873-9733
Very popular and very good. The room is a little dark if you’re sitting away from the windows but the food makes up for it. The onion soup and duck confit are good choices.

Pied-À-Terre
3369 Cambie Street, Vancouver
604-873-3131
This wonderful Cambie neighbourhood French bistro is small and popular with both excellent lunches and dinners.

Provence Mediterranean Grill
100-4473 W. 10th Avenue, Vancouver
604-222-1980
and
Provence Marinaside Grill
1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
604-222-1980
Provence serves the food of Provence, so it has both French and Italian influences. The food is consistently good and the location, especially if you can sit outside, is excellent.

Salade de Fruits Cafe
1551 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
604-714-5987
Located in the French cultural centre, this very French and very delicious bistro is affordable and open for lunch and dinner and Saturday brunch. Closed Sunday and Monday.

Twisted Fork Bistro
1147 Granville Street, Vancouver
604-568-0749
French bistro with specials nightly between 6:00 and 7:00 PM – popular with locals

Japanese Food

Vancouver’s Japanese food is so good because the city is swimming in fantastic, fresh fish and because sushi is for Vancouver what fast food is for the US.

There are hundreds of inexpensive, delicious sushi restaurants in Vancouver. So if you need a snack and can’t find the several dozen fast food outlets you’re used to back home, then try sushi. You may be surprised how delicious and satisfying it is, even when you were thinking burger and fries.

Along with excellent sushi, Vancouver boasts many fantastic Japanese restaurants. Some say the best is Tojo’s. Others argue that there are so many wonderfully fresh and innovative Japanese restaurants that’s it’s impossible to choose. You’ll have to try a few and decide for yourself.

Ajisai Sushi Bar
2081 W 42nd Street
604-266-1428
In a quiet location in Kerrisdale, this place has interesting dishes and an excellent staff.

Barefoot Kitchen
1725 Davie Street
604-681-9722
Very fresh and affordable Japanese fusion including corn soup, sushi, fried pork chop, kimchee and excellent desserts. Service is particularly good here and the staff is friendly in a very Japanese fashion. Like going to Tokyo for dinner.

Dan Japanese Restaurant
2511 West Broadway
604-730-0306
Fresh, imaginative fooe and very authentic atmosphere make this a favourite with local Japanese and tourists alike. Some say this is Vancouver’s most authentic Japanese restaurant with better sushi and better tea than you’ll meet with in other sushi restaurants.

Guu with Garlic
1698 Robson St
604-685-8678
Homestyle Japanese food served tapas style in a very lively environment. The favourite of many locals.

Kibune Sushi
1508 Yew Street
604-731-4482
Kibune Sushi has been in the same location for more than 25 years. When you visit, you’ll know why it’s lasted so long. The food is extremely fresh and beautifully prepared. You won’t find the latest innovation here, just some of the best traditional sushi in town.

Lime Japanese Cuisine
1130 Commercial Drive
604-215-1130
The chef here comes from Tojo’s and produces fresh, innovative food at affordable prices and a great atmosphere.

Santouka
1690 Robson Street
Vancouver
604-681-8121
Despite Santouka being a chain, many diners enjoy the ramen here. Try the Toroniku ramen.

Tojo’s
202-777 W. Broadway
604-872-8050
Tojo’s is the most famous of Vancouver’s Sushi restaurants. Most people like it but few want to pay the prices.

Toyo Sushi
2211 Cambie Street
604-879-0990
A bit hard to find right near the Cambie bridge, but well worth the search. Great sushi and tempura, good service and a very nice atmosphere with booths.

 

Indian Food

Vancouver has some of the best Indian restaurants in North America. They compete among themselves for the freshest and best food. All the restaurants listed below are popular with locals and with local restaurant critics.

Akbar’s Own
1905 West Broadway
Vancouver
604-736-8180
Akbar’s Own is an intimate place with fresh, extraordinary food. It’s the place to go when you’re not on your way somewhere else but want to make eating out the focal point of your evening.

Ashiana
1440 Kingsway
Vancouver
604-874-5060
Winner of the 2012 Indian Restaurant in Vancouver Magazine, Ashiana comes through with authentic Indian food and desserts. If you haven’t seen Indian desserts in profusion, this place is definitely worth a visit.

Atithi (honoured guest)
2445 Burrard Street
Vancouver
604-731-0221
Atithi offers a small, reasonably priced, all you can eat lunch buffet. It received an honourable mention in Vancouver Magazine for 2012. The food focuses on quality rather than quantity and you definitely get your money’s worth. This restaurant has a loyal local following.

Cafe Mumbai
2893 West Broadway
604-737-2500
Traditional Indian dishes in a slightly upscale environment. They focus on traditional curries and tandoori. Try this restaurant the first time for lunch. You get lamb curry, tandoori chicken, basmati rice and naan. That way you know if you want to return for dinner. We think you will want to.

Chutney Villa
147 East Broadway
604-872-2228
Chutney Villa won an honourable mention for its food in Vancouver Magazine’s 2012 edition. The south Indian offerings are consistently good; try the masala dosas.

House of Dosas

1391 Kingsway, Vancouver
604-875-1283
Amongst other items,this South Indian restaurant serves large thin rice crepes with various fillings called “dosas”. They are tasty, and as you don’t find these in many Indian restaurants, they are a treat.

Jollys Indian Bistro
2778 W. 4th Ave
604-730-6929
Traditional Indian and tandoori, the chef at Jollys prepares dishes the way they are prepared in Indian homes. Not too much oil and not overly hot. Excellent value and very pleasant atmoshere.

Rangoli
1488 W. 11th. Ave
604-736-5711
Rangoli is owned by Vij, and it’s right next door. Great for lunch and dinner. They also sell ready to eat frozen and refrigerated dishes you can heat and eat at home. They also have freshly roasted and ground Indian spices.

Tandoori Raj
689 East 65th Avenue, Vancouver
604-325-1301
This restaurant is a bit out of the way, but since they deliver, you can eat at home. Try the Garlic Naan and Butter Chicken, or perhaps the Rogan Josh.

Vij’s
1480 W. 11th Ave.
Vancouver
604-736-6664
This is Vancouver’s best Indian restaurant. Everyone loves it. The only problem is they don’t take reservations so you have to get there before they open at 5:30 PM to get a seat without waiting. Most people think the wait is worth it.

Fish and Chips

You’ll find a slew of excellent fish and chip places in Vancouver and on the North Shore. Not only are we awash in fish, but we’re awash in transplanted Brits who wanted to bring a bit of the old country with them.

If you happen to find yourself in Horseshoe Bay, perhaps catching a ferry or getting off one, visit Trolls Fish and Chip take out a block from the ferry terminal.

Be sure to check out the concession stands in Stanley Park and other Vancouver and North Shore Parks. Most of them sell fish and chips.

The best fish and chips are located at the Dollarton Crab Shop (used to be called the Crab Shack) on Dollarton Highway in North Vancouver. This place has been around forever, but it recently moved a bit closer to town and into a brand new building.

Boathouse Restaurant
1795 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
604-669-2225
and
1305 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
604-738-5487
and
6695 Nelson Avenue, West Vancouver
604-921-8188
The Boathouse Restaurant is a seafood restaurant that has been in Vancouver since 1981, and now has seven locations. The food is on the expensive side, but the views are very nice. Try the halibut & chips.

C-Lovers Fish & Chips
1061 Denman Street, Vancouver
604-662-3444
and
1660 Pemberton Avenue, North Vancouver
604-980-9993
and
6640 Royal Avenue, West Vancouver
604-913-0994
C-Lovers has halibut, cod and haddock with hand cut kennebec fries. The new Denman location is a welcome addition.

The Crab Shop
2464 Dollarton Highway
North Vancouver, BC
604-929-1616
Besides salmon, halibut and cod fish and chips (either regular or yam fries), the Fish Shop sells fresh fish and crab, shrimp and salmon cakes. Live crabs as well.

Go Fish
1504 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
604-730-5040
and
1521 West Broadway, Vancouver
604-734-9421
Their first location is at Fisherman’s Wharf, right near Granville Island. Be prepared for a long wait here, as this Go Fish is a tiny operation with a huge following. Go Fish produces wonderful orders of fish and chips made from the fresh catch of the day as well as fish tacos.

Olive and Anchor
6418 Bay Street, West Vancouver
604-921-8848
Good fresh seafood including oysters at this casual restaurant in Horseshoe Bay. A nice spot to eat at when you’re waiting for a ferry.

Raincity Grill
1193 Denman Street, Vancouver
604-685-7337
This high end restaurant on Denman near English Bay offers gourmet fish and chips from their take out window in addition to Pacific West Coast fare.

Dundas Fish and Chips Café
2077 Dundas Street, Vancouver
604-253-8833
Set in an industrial neighbourhood, this restaurant serves not only fish and chips, but weekly specials such as meatloaf and turkey dinners.

Chinese Restaurants

Many local food lovers believe that Vancouver has the best Chinese food in all of North America, better than San Francisco and New York. With over 500 Chinese restaurants to choose from in the greater Vancouver region, there is something for everyone. You can decide for yourself by comparing some of these excellent restaurants to your favorites back home.

With some of the Chinese restaurants listed, you might have to drive, or take a taxi, to get to them. Others are in or near downtown. Remember, however, that you can often tell the intended clientele by the address. Out of the way restaurants rely on local, repeat customers and are, often, more reliable and authentic.

Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle Restaurant
1560 Marine Drive
West Vancouver
778-279-8822
The critics choice award for the 2012 Chinese Restaurant Awards was for the Championship Beef Shank with Noodle in Spicy Soup. This West Vancouver restaurant is clean, and the service is attentive. The food is carefully prepared and tasty.

Fatty Cow Seafood Hot Pot
5108 Victoria Drive
Vancouver
604-568-6630
There are lots of fresh choices at this Vancouver hot pot restaurant, and it’s “all you can eat”. This place is popular so make reservations. It costs around $20 per person.

Golden Great Wall Szechuan Restaurant
705 West Broadway
Vancouver
604-872-0328
Fantastic dumplings, especially the Shanghai dumplings, Peking duck , honey garlic spareribs and Szechuan beef.

Golden Swan Restaurant
5380 Victoria Drive
Vancouver
604-321-6621
The Stewed Alberta Ox-tail with Red Wine was the winner here at the 2012 Chinese Restaurant Awards. The other dishes get mixed reviews from diners.

Hoi Tong
8191 Westminster Highway
Richmond
604-276-9229
This small family owned restaurant has specialized dishes that vary with the season. The Pork Belly with Pickled Vegetable and Soy Beans and the Daliang Fried Milk were winners at the 2012 Chinese Restaurant Awards.

Imperial Chinese Seafood Restaurant
355 Burrard St.
Vancouver
604-688-8191

James On Hastings
2683 East Hastings Street
Vancouver
604-255-3188
The Dry Fried Curry Dungeness Crab won a Gold award for this year’s Chinese Restaurant Awards. The Hainan Chicken is a hit as well.

Kirin Restaurant
1172 Alberni Street
Vancouver
604-682-8833
and
201 City Square, 555 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver
604-879-8038
and
7900 Westminster Highway (at No. 3 Road)
Richmond
604-303-8833
Go here for the dim sum and the seafood. Service can be hit or miss.

Koon Bo
5682 Fraser Street
Vancouver
604-323-1218
The Shredded Chicken salad is a favourite as well as the Roasted Squab, which should be ordered ahead of time.

Landmark Hot Pot House
4023 Cambie Street
Vancouver
604-872-2868
For the 2012 Chinese Restaurant Awards, the stir fried glutinous rice won a Gold Award with distinction. The Tea Smoked duck, the Flash Wok Fried BC Geoduck and the Steamed Ginger Milk also won awards.

Parker Place Meats & BBQ Ltd
4380 No 3 Road
Richmond
604-233-1138
This tiny place has possibly the best roasted crispy pork and barbecued pork in Metro Vancouver. Be prepared for lines.

Peaceful Restaurant
630 Davie Street
Vancouver
604-488-0399
and
532 West Broadway
Vancouver
604-879-9878
Specializing in northern Chinese cuisine with home-made noodles, Peaceful Restaurant also offers dim sum, hot pots and tapas.

Shanghai Xin Hua Lou
4136 Main Street
Vancouver
604-879-5818
This place has the best dumplings in town along with good Northern style dim sum.

Shiang Garden
#220 4540 #3 Road
Richmond
604- 273-8858
The Dongpo Style Braised Alberta Pork with Amoy Sauce won a critics choice award in the 2012 Chinese Restaurant Awards. Another award was presented for the Fried Lobster with Green Onions and Amoy Premium Soy Sauce.

So Che (Shanghai) Restaurant
1170, 8391 Alexandra Road
Richmond, BC
604-303-1192
Josephine Lo, a reader from Richmond, says, “very authentic, traditional Shanghai cuisine”

Sun Sui Wah
3888 Main Street
Vancouver
604-872-8822
and
#102 4940 No 3 Road,
Richmond
604-273-8208
Step inside and you’ll think you’ve gone to Hong Kong. The food is beautiful to see and to eat, and the king crab and roasted squab are exquisite. This huge restaurant is run like a perfectly tuned machine. The wait staff is cordial, efficient and knowledgeable.

Szechuan Chongqing
2808 Commercial Dr.
Vancouver
604-254-7434
This place has the best green beans in town along with excellent Szechuan noodles, fried bread and good tofu dishes.

Victoria Chinese Restaurant
1088 Melville St.
Vancouver
604-669-8383

Chocolate Stores

If you’re looking for chocolate gifts, gourmet chocolate, or if you’re just looking for yourself, no matter where you find yourself in Vancouver, you’re probably not far from a good chocolate shop or even a chocolate buffet.

Dutch Girl Chocolates
1002 Commercial Drive
604-251-3221
Monday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
This little shop has spectacular chocolates and hard to find imported candy, especially licorice.

Chocoatl Chocolate Boutique
1127 Mainland Street (Yaletown)
604-676-9977

Cocoa West Chocolatier
581C Artisan Lane, Bowen Island
1 604-947-2996

Ganache Patisserie
1262 Homer Street
604-899-1098

XOXOLAT
2391 Burrard Street
604-733-2462

Mink Chocolates Inc
863 West Hastings
604 633-2451

Purdy’s Chocolates
There are many Purdy’s stores. Here are 3:
2705 Granville Street
604 732-7003
and
2196 West 4th Avenue
604 730-8669
and
306 – 595 Burrard Street
604 681-6428

Schokolade Artisan Chocolates & Cafe
2263 E. Hastings
604-253-9411

The Chocolate Buffet
Fleuri Restaurant in the Sutton Place Hotel
845 Burrard
Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Reservations Recommended
604-642-2900

Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates & Patisserie
2539 West Broadway
604 736-1848
Tuesday – Saturday 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
and
998 Harbourside – Suite 128
North Vancouver, BC
604-924-1847
Tuesday – Saturday 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM
A perennial favourite, Thomas Haas continues to win awards for his outstanding chocolate.

Chocolate Arts
1620 West 3rd Avenue
604-739-0475

Daniel Le Chocolat Belge
2820 Granville St.
604-733-1994
and
1105 Robson Street
604 688-9624
and
4447 West 10th Ave
604 224-3361

 

Asian Restaurants

This sampling of Cambodian, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese and Malaysian restaurants will give you some idea just how sophisticated Vancouver’s Asian palette is.

If you aren’t accustomed to authentic Asian food, then go for the most familiar items on the menu. If you like adventure, then ask for suggestions from the person who serves you or try some of the more exotic menu offerings.

Angkor
4884 Victoria Drive
604 568-0770
Cambodian dishes are what you get here, and they include Hai Nam Chicken with Rice, noodle dishes and curries.

Au Petit Cafe
4851 Main St
604 873-3328
Authentic Vietnamese food with French style sandwiches and coffee.

Banana Leaf
1096 Denman
604-731-6333
and

820 West Broadway
604-683-3333
and
3005 West Broadway
604 734-3005
and
1043 Davie
604 669-3389
Good Malaysian food with inexpensive daily specials. The Denman location is small and busy so it’s a good idea to arrive early.

Cho Sun
3486 Kingsway
Vancouver
604-434-1222
Great Korean barbecue right at your table.

Gold Train Express Vietnamese Cuisine
3320 Kingsway #310 -604-433-7577
4530 W. 10th Avenue – 604-677-6981
8178 Granville Street – 778-371-8382
Vancouver
Some of the best Pho, Noodle dishes, Sandwiches and Lemon Grass chicken for under $10.
Inexpensive, plentiful, open 24 hours – Almost as famous for the number of old TV sets, all of them working and on, as they are for their food.

Hawker’s Delight
4127 Main Street
604 709-8188
This hole in the wall serves tasty authentic Malaysian street food at great prices. Try the chicken curry or the Mee Rebus. Cash only.

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
1690 Robson Street – 604-681-8121
Vancouver
Stocks made from scratch and cooked for two days. Depth of flavour without too much salt. Very popular with Japanese students and visitors – the place exudes a sense of authenticity.

Jang Mo Jib
1043 Kingsway
Vancouver
604-872-0712
and 1719 Robson
604 642-0712
Korean family-style food with many different kinds of kimchi and excellent tofu.

Koon Bo Seafood Restaurant
5682 Fraser
604 323-1218
Known for their roasted squab and shredded chicken salad, Koon Bo also has a nice BBQ duck. The service can be unpleasant.

Le Petit Saigon
2783 East Hasings Street
604 251-6340
Good Pho and Lemongrass Chicken make this small restaurant worth a visit. The prices are reasonable as well

Penang Delight Cafe
3885 Rupert Street
604 566-9898
This Malaysian restaurant makes its own noodles, and the Roti and Satay are worth a try. It isn’t as cheap as you’d expect, but it’s popular.

Song Huong
1613 Nanaimo St
604 251-1151
Specializing in cuisine from Hue, Vietnam, Song Huong has good beef noodle soup and pho.

Thien Kim Vietnamese
2523 Nanaimo St
604 253-8239
Also known as “Got Pho?”, this neighbourhood gem is consistent in quality, and shows care in preparation.

Talay Thai
8369 Granville Street
Vancouver
604-568-2012
Curries are fantastic, but then so is everything else. Very authentic, fresh, flavourful. We love this place. Very clean, very tasteful, not to mention tasty.

Sakanaya Seafoods
8435 Granville Street
Vancouver
604-261-7717
On the way to and from the airport, this Japanese seafood deli and sushi bar makes up the menu day by day depending on available fish. They only sell wild fish and will create custom sushi based on catch of the day.

Sawasdee Thai Restaurant
4250 Main Street
604-876-4030
Good curries, noodle and rice dishes – open for lunch

Phnom Penh
244 E. Georgia St.
Vancouver
682-5777
You may resist this restaurant for a couple of reasons. First it’s a Vietnamese and Cambodian restaurant right in the middle of Chinatown. So you may think you ought to eat Chinese when in Chinatown, but don’t let that keep you out of Phnom Penh if you want inexpensive, healthy, fresh soups and noodle and rice dishes.
You may also be put off by the exterior which doesn’t look that inviting. But be brave. Once inside, you’ll be surprised at the difference. The inside is comfortable, clean, peaceful and friendly, and more upscale than you could imagine from the outside.

Cheap Eats

Vancouver doesn’t have as many fast food restaurants as you may be used to if you’re from the U.S. Instead it has lots of small restaurants and cafés where you’ll find many different kinds of food, much of it satisfying and reasonably priced. Here is a list of excellent, inexpensive cafés and restaurants frequented by locals.

If you’re looking for the ultimate bargain meal, go to Vancouver Community College restaurant and cafeteria run by the Culinary Arts students at VCC. Lunch is served from 11:30-12:30 and dinner from 5:30-7:00. You can get cafeteria food most of the day. It’s excellent, healthy and really cheap.

Vancouver Community College is located at 250 West Pender. For more information, call 604-443-8479.

For more cheap eats, see our Vancouver Food Trucks pagee.

Burgoo
4434 W 10th Avenue
604-221-7839
and
3096 Main Street
604-873-1441
and
3 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
604-904-0933
Specializes in comfort food; thick soups and stews full of meat and vegetables.

Doña Cata
5076 Victoria Drive
604-436-2232
Vancouver is not a Mexican food sort of town, but there are a few places like Doña Cata that will satisfy the craving in a pinch.

Dunn’s Famous
827 Seymour Street
604 682-8938
Dunn’s is famous for its Montreal smoked meat sandwiches, reuben sandwiches and poutine. Vancouver is fortunate to have a good East Coast institution opening its doors her

Elbow Room Café
560 Davie
604-685-3628
What locals like best about Elbow Room, besides the food, are the insults hurled at diners by the hilarious, irascible owner.

Finch’s
353 West Pender Street
604-899-4040
The baked Blue Brie, Pear and Walnut baguette is a favourite in this charming downtown cafe. Great selection of coffees and teas. There is a second location called Finch’s Market at 501 East Georgia Street in the Strathcona neighbourhood.

Food Court at Granville Island
Granville Island Market includes an excellent food court with an international selection of food including Chinese, Indian, Indian, Mexican, Japanese, soup and sandwiches, sausages and hot dogs and Terra Bread bakery and cafe. Granville Island is a great place to visit and to eat on the run and on the cheap.

Go Fish at the Wharf
1504 West 1st Ave.
604-730-5040
A busy walk up outdoor cafe at Fisherman’s Wharf with excellent lunches, early dinners and long lines. Take along the phone number and when you arrive, call and place your order. By the time you get to the front of the line, your food is ready. Lot fewer people on rainy days. Open 11:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Go Fish Boutique Eatery
1521 West Broadway
604-734-9421
This is the grown up version of the Fisherman’s Wharf cafe. Count on fresh fish cooked in imaginative ways.

Got Pho? Thien Kim Vietnamese
2523 Nanaimo Street
604-253-8239
This modest little Vietnamese restaurant recently updated its decor and raised its prices slightly but the food is as good as ever. Cheap and good and friendly. Worth the drive.

Habit
2610 Main Street, Vancouver
604-877-8582
Habit offers West Coast comfort food such as grilled cheese sandwiches, vegie shepherd’s pie and burgers. There’s a daily beer and whiskey shot to wash it down.

Hon’s Wun Tun House
1339 Robson
604-685-0871
and
268 Keefer St
604 688-0871
This place is big, clean, efficient, authentic and very popular. It is also perfectly located if you want an inexpensive lunch or dinner break while you’re shopping on Robson.

Moderne Burger
2507 West Broadway St.
604-739-0005
A really beautiful retro burger joint with fantastic burgers, milk shakes and malts

Benkei Ramen
1741 Robson Street
604-688-6980
This tiny ramen restaurant has wonderful soup and, most often, long lines. Go early.

Japadog
530 Robson Street (walk up stationary restaurant)
604 667-4663
Japadog, started by a Tokyo ad salesman, is a very popular and unusually good gourmet hot dog sold at the 3 Japadog street carts and the Japadog store location.

The Mighty Oak
198 West 18th Ave
604-558-0722
Mostly a coffee shop and neighbourhood grocery store, this gem is a favourite to the folks in the Riley Park area.

Sophie’s Cosmic Café
2095 West 4th
Vancouver
604-732-6810
Sophie’s is a old fashioned diner with an electic decor and serves giant breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

Stepho’s Souvlaki
1124 Davie
Vancouver
604-683-2555
This place is so popular with locals that it’s best to come for lunch or an early dinner to avoid long lines.

La Taqueria
322 West Hastings and 2549 Cambie
604 568-4406, 604 558-2549
As there isn’t a sizable Mexican population in Vancouver, finding decent Mexican food here has been challenging, but that’s starting to change. La Taqueria offers simple and tasty tacos and quesadillas in an authentic looking environment.

Terra Breads Bakery and Cafe
2380 W 4th Ave
604-736-1838
Terra makes the best bread in Vancouver. At their bakery, you can get delicious sandwiches and soups and desserts that are a sort of a cross between bread and pastry. There’s also a Terra Bread in the food court at Granville Island.

Thai Away Home
3515 Cambie St
604 873-8424
Thai Away Home is very inexpensive and good. Besides the food, you’ll find free recipes and hard-to-find Thai spices and herbs for sale, so you can make your own homemade Thai food whenever you want.

The Wilder Snail
799 Keefer Street
604 216-0640
A combination market and cafe, this local spot is a welcome addition to the Strathcona neighbourhood.

Urban Grocery Stores

Because so many people live in downtown Vancouver, there are many grocery stores, and most of them have been built or expanded in the last five years or so. For the most part, they are spacious, complete and beautiful. And most of them have a deli section where you can eat in or take out at breakfast, lunch or dinner.

These are the best grocery stores downtown. Also keep in mind that in most neighborhoods you will find Mom and Pop produce markets and convenience stores where you can pick up fruit, vegetables and basic staples, but no alcohol. Alcohol is not for sale in grocery stores in British Columbia.

Capers (owned by Whole Foods) – two stores
1675 Robson Street 604-687-5288
8:00 AM – 10:00 PM daily
and
2285 West 4th Avenue (Kitsilano) 604-739-6676
8:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily

Choices Markets – 4 Stores
2627 West 16th Avenue (Kitsilano)
604-736-0009
8:00 AM to 11:00 PM, daily
and
3493 Cambie Street (Cambie)
604-875-0099
8:00 AM to 11:00 PM, daily
and
1888 West 57th Avenue (Kerrisdale)
604-263-4600
8:00 AM to 11:00 PM, daily
and
1202 Richards Street (Yaletown)
604-633-2392
8:00 AM to 11:00 PM, daily

East End Food Co-Op – independent
1034 Commercial Drive
604-254-5044
9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, daily

Famous Foods – Independent
1595 Kingsway
604-872-3019
8:00 AM-9:00 PM, daily

MarketPlace IGA – 6 stores downtown
489 Robson Street
604-684-5714
M-F 7:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sat Sun 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM
and
3515 West 4th Ave
604-732-3950
8:00 AM – 10:00 PM daily
and
909 Burrard Street
604-605-0612
7:00 AM – 12:00 AM daily
and
2949 Main Street
604-873-8377
8:00 AM – 10:00 PM daily
and
3535 W. 41st Ave
604-261-2423
8:00 AM – 10:00 PM daily
and
2286 West Broadway
604-731-5750
8:00 AM – 10:00 PM daily

Meinhardt
3002 Granville Street (South Granville)
604-732-4405
Mon to Sat 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Safeway – 14 stores – only downtown stores listed
555 West 12 Avenue (Kitsilano)
604-872-8762
7:00 AM to midnight
and
1641 Davie Street (West End)
604-669-8313
7:00 AM to midnight
and
1766 Robson Street (West End)
604-683-6155
7:00 AM to midnight
and
2315 W 4th Ave (Kitsilano)
604-737-9803
7:00 AM to midnight
and
4255 Arbutus Street (Kerrisdale)
604-731-5331
7:00 AM to midnight

Stongs
4560 Dunbar Street (Dunbar)
604-266-1401
7 AM – 12:00 AM daily

Urban Fare – 3 stores
1133 Alberni Street (West End)
604-648-2053
7:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily
and
305 Bute Street (Coal Harbour)
604-669-5831
7:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily
and
177 Davie Street (Yaletown)
604-975-7550
6 AM to 10:00 PM daily

Whole Foods
510 West 8th Avenue (Cambie Store)
778-370-4210
7:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily
and
Whole Foods Market . Kitsilano
2285 West 4th Avenue,
Vancouver
604-739-6676
8:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily

Whole Foods Market . Robson
1675 Robson Street,
Vancouver
604-687-5288
8:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily

Whole Foods Market . West Vancouver
925 Main Drive, (off Marine Drive)
West Vancouver
604 678-0500
8:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily
This is the most popular Whole Foods I’ve ever been into, not only in Vancouver but in different cities in the US as well. This place is packed until 9:00 PM.

Vancouver Bakeries

Vancouver has always had good bakeries both for bread and for pastries. Now, however, with the heightened interest in all things related to food, Vancouver’s bakeries are better than ever. Here are our favourites. If you know of others that deserve to be here, let us know.

Fratelli Bakery
1795 Commercial Drive
604-255-8926
Tuesday – Saturday 7:30 AM – 5:30 OM
Sunday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Their many fans consistently vote Fratelli’s one of the best bakeries in Vancouver. They make the best Italian pastries, breads, cookies, cupcakes, biscotti, and cakes in town.

Mix The Bakery
4430 West 10th Avenue
604-221-4145
This small but delicious neighborhood bakery has exceptionally good baked goods and a great hang out environment. Award winning breads, croissants, muffins and scones and, for lunch, soup and sandwiches that reflect the quality of the baked goods. Mix also does catering and prepares picnic lunches for your day at the beach or in the woods.

Sweet Obsession
2611 West 16th Avenue
604-739-0555 extension 2
Known for their environmentally sustainable approach, Sweet Obsession is in the business of producing quality cakes, flan and tarts. The cafe serves sandwiches, coffee and tea.

Butter
4321 Dunbar Street
604-221-4333
Butter specializes in cookies, cupcakes, homemade marshmallows, lemon loaves and assorted bars.

Terra Breads
2380 W 4th Ave
604-736-1838
Terra makes the best bread in town. They have been around a while but they stay current and delicious. Their pumpkin seed and their cranberry and pistachio breads are particularly good as are all their baguettes. They have a store on 4th Avenue and also at the food court at Granville Island. Both sell soup, sandwiches, bread, cookies and pastries though Terra’s pastries are, not surprisingly, a bit bready.

Transylvanian Traditions
1111 Davie Street @ Thurlow
604-682-0096
The best reason to go to Transylvanian Traditions is to pick up one of their speciality cakes made by rolling dough onto a cylinder and then cooking it on a spit in a special oven brought from Romania. The result is a very fresh cylinder cake with a wonderful flavour. You can watch your cake cook while you wait.

True Confections
866 Denman Street
604-682-1292
and
3701 West Broadway at Alma
604-222-8489
True Confections sells cakes and pies, but it is really their cakes that are most famous. These are fantasy cakes, the cakes you dream about as a kid. The cakes at True Confection are TALL, really tall, with lots of layers and good things between the layers. The cakes are also works of art; you aren’t sure whether to admire or to eat them. Of course, once you’ve made a choice and have the slice on a plate in hand, the decision is simple.

Unlike some pretty cakes, the cakes here are as good as they look. This is just a fun place to come for dessert or just to have cake and coffee. Two locations: Denman at Haro, and West Broadway at Alma.

Uprising Breads Bakery
1697 Venables Street
604-254-5635
Monday to Friday 7:00 – 7:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
and
3066 West Broadway
604-254-5635 ext. 201
Monday to Friday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Uprising sells not only breads but also fresh every day muffins, scones, croissants, cookies, pastries and lunchtime fare such as soups, sandwiches, wraps and pizza.