Best Places to Eat & Drink in Vancouver

Our Recommendations

Restaurants

Japadog

($) Fast Food, Hot Dogs, Food Truck

When in Vancouver you have to try these Japanese hot dogs. They have several food trucks around the city and a few store locations.

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The Hastings Warehouse

($) Premium Dive Bar

All food on the menu is $4.95 but you’d be mistaken for thinking it was a lot more. Great for a cheap bite.

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Granville Island Public Market

($) Farmer’s Market

Definitely, a foodie heaven that’s a must-visit when in Vancouver.

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Bao Down Snack Bar

($) Filipino, Tapas

Funky place with a lively atmosphere serving Filipino-inspired food.

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Meat & Bread

($) Sandwiches

Meat & Bread makes the most divine porchetta sandwich.

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Zabu Chicken

($) Korean

KFC – Korean Fried Chicken. Say no more.

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Dinesty Dumpling House

($) Chinese (Dumpling)

Gotta try the Xiao Long Bao (soup dumpling).

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La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop

($) Mexican

$3 meat tacos with a flavor that explodes in your mouth.

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Salmon n’ Bannock

($$) First Nations, Canadian

Vancouver’s only First Nations restaurant. Specializing in wild fish, free-range game meat and of course bannock, freshly baked daily.

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Nuba

($$) Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Lebanese

Three locations, Gastown, Yaletown, and Mount Pleasant. The Najib’s Special cauliflower is utterly delicious!

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The Wallflower Modern Diner

($$) Comfort Food, Gluten-free (Breakfast, Brunch)

Featured on “You Gotta Eat Here!” this restaurant boasts all kinds of comfort foods, as well as their vegan alternatives.

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Jinya Ramen Bar

($$) Japanese (Ramen)

Authentic Japanese Ramen. Try their Tonkotsu Black broth!

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Scoozis

($$) Greek, Italian (Breakfast, Brunch)

Cozy European atmosphere. Try the lasagne, you will not be disappointed.

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant

($$) Chinese (Dim Sum)

Our go-to for Dim Sum.

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Forage

($$) Modern Canadian

Seasonal, locally farmed and foraged menu. Try the bison.

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East is East

($$) Indian, Vegetarian, Middle Eastern

A blend of Eastern culture through food and music. You’ll feel like you’ve taken a trip along the Silk Road.

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Miku

($$$) Japaense, Sushi Bar

Floor to ceiling windows showcase the scenic harbor background.

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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

($$$) Seafood, Steakhouse

Award winning Vancouver restaurant with a dining room, rooftop patio, and live entertainment.

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Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie

($$$) Chinese

A modern spin on old-school Chinese cuisine. The staff are knowledgeable and helpful.

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L’Abattoir

($$$) French, Modern Canadian

Awful name but don’t let that stop you dining here as the dishes are superb.

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Tavola

($$$) Italian

One of the best pizzas you will find in Vancouver and not a lot of tourists.

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AnnaLena

($$$) Modern Canadian

Recently awarded best new restaurant.

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Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio

($$$) Japanese, Peruvian, Seafood

Fantastic location and award-winning food.

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PiDGiN

($$$) Japanese, Korean, French

Asian and French techniques to mix Eastern and Western flavours.

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Kissa Tanto

($$$) Japanese, Italian

Japanese and Italian cuisine in Chinatown…. sounds strange but the food makes it worth a visit.

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Bauhaus Restaurant

($$$$) Modern European, German

Voted one of the top restaurants in Canada with a unique approach to classic German cuisine showcased in the 6-course chef tasting menu.

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Blue Water Cafe

($$$$) Seafood (Live/Raw Food)

Upscale seafood restaurant with some slightly more obscure dishes for the adventurous eater.

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Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill

($$$$) Mediterranean, Italian

An award-winning restaurant in Yaletown.

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Hawksworth Restaurant

($$$$) Modern Canadian

Run by local A-list chef David Hawksworth who has worked in multiple Michelin star restaurants.

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Sweets & Desserts

Breka Bakery & Cafe

Bakery, Patisserie

Voted the #1 bakery in Vancouver in 2016, this bakery has two 24/7 downtown locations and the best red velvet cake in the city!

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Bella Gelateria

Desserts, Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

One of our all-time favourite places to get gelato in the city!

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Crackle Creme

Desserts

There’s a good selection of desserts but they’re best known for their creme brûlée.

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Nero Belgian Waffle Bar

Waffles

Who doesn’t love Belgian waffles?

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Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe

Patisserie, Bakery, Chocolatier

The French know their desserts. Macarons, chocolates, petit fours, cakes and more.

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Beta5 Chocolates

Chocolatier, Desserts

Chocolates and pastries from a workshop in an industrial estate. Try the Fisherman’s Friend lozenge-infused truffle, which won a Gold Medal at the International Chocolate Awards.

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Coffee & Tea

Gemini Tea Bar

They have a grass jelly roasted tea that’s a must try. They make the grass jelly and pearls fresh in-house every day!

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Revolver

Two locations, one in Downtown and another in Gastown with a rotating menu of their favourite coffees from world-class roasters around North America and beyond.

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49th Parallel Coffee

Grab a coffee and a Lucky’s Donut.

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Finch’s Tea & Coffee House

Excellent if you’re looking for a good sandwich or baguette. Coffee and tea is decent too.

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Timbertrain Coffee Roasters

Coffee roasting down to a fine art. They’ve taken the science of brewing to make a great cuppa.

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The Buzz Café & Espresso Bar

A hipster’s delight, this trendy coffee shop is located inside an art gallery.

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Granville Island Tea Company

Located at the Granville Island Market they have a huge tea selection. Try their chai.

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Coo Coo Coffee

Great stop for coffee in Yaletown.

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Bars & Lounges

Craft Beer Market

Brewery

Canada’s largest selection of craft beers housed in the historic Salt Building.

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Prohibition

Lounge, Cocktail Bar

A speakeasy-style bar with live music, swagged velvet drapes, and one of the city’s most creative cocktail lists. Try one of their Negronis.

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Long Table Distillery

Distillery, Cocktail Bar

Extremely knowledgeable staff serving supremely good spirits and cocktails.

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The Keefer Bar

Lounge, Cocktail Bar

Nominated as the 83rd best bar in the world.

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Score on Davie

Sports Bar

If you’re into sports and want to watch your favourite team, this is the place.

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Cactus Club Cafe

Cocktail Bar

Excellent location with views of the harbour. Perfect spot to relax and grab a cocktail… or two.

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Salt Tasting Room

Wine Bar, Tasting Room

Salt is a tasting room specializing in artisan cheese, small-batch cured meats, and phenomenal wines.

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