Where to find some of the best food and drink experiences across Vancouver.
Vancouver is home to a mix of nationalities, and this is reflected in its food. With modern Asian, European cuisines and traditional dishes, Vancouver also serves up a number of fusions. From high end to casual dining, Vancouver is a city that won’t disappoint your tastebuds. Gastown and Chinatown are where you’ll find your mouth watering at the incredible number of choices. Feature image: Vij’s
Top Vancouver restaurants
With a no-reservations policy, join the line at Vij’s where Canadian prime ministers and even Harrison Ford have stood waiting. You’ll be rewarded with locally sourced ingredients in delicious Indian curries that can be paired with local wines or accompanied by a cocktail.
3106 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Kissa Tanto serves up unique Japanese and Italian fusion food offerings. Find yourself feasting on house-made pasta served with the whole fish, fins and all.
263 East Pender Street, Vancouver
Miku introduced Aburi (flame-seared) sushi to Canada. Overlooking Coal Harbour and boasting views of the North Shore Mountains, this Japanese restaurant also has a touch of French and Italian and focuses on sustainable food as part of the Ocean Wise program.
70-200 Granville Street, Granville Square, Vancouver
Tableau Bar Bistro
Traditional French cuisine such as French onion soup and mushrooms on brioche toast make this casual restaurant a classic. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Vancouver Magazine awarded this hotspot in Coal Harbour the “Best Casual French”, among other awards.
1181 Melville Street, Vancouver
Dine in a century-old building complete with wood pillars and stone walls. H earty dishes are prepared with locally sourced ingredients, while cocktails have an old-fashioned focus and beers cater to a range of tastes. Don’t forget to try the coffee or a whiskey cocktail to finish.
162 Water Street, Gastown, Vancouver
Treat yourself to the surprisingly light delicacies of traditional German dishes mixed with modern European tastes. Winner of “Best Chef of the Year” in 2013, the chef brings his light touch to the incredible tasting menus and Friday schnitzel.
3106 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Calabash Bistro stays true to its roots, delivering top-quality Caribbean dishes inspired by the chef’s grandmother’s kitchen. The jerk chicken and fried coconut dumplings are among the popular favourites. Live music is on every weekend complete with a dance floor.
428 Carrell Street, Vancouver
Feast beside the open kitchen at a traditional Vancouver restaurant. Wildebeest serves organic, locally sourced dishes that are simple yet adventurous. The menu changes with the season and is strongly ingredient driven.
120 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Don’t expect a speedy cup of coffee when you visit Revolver. People come here to enjoy the experience as the expert staff of baristas weigh and prepare each cup. The menu rotates through the cafe’s favourite brews from around the world.
325 Cambie Street, Vancouver
The Keefer Bar
Try cocktails made with exotic herbs and spices for a different taste at The Keefer Bar. The unique decorations with glowing red accents match the mood and the cocktails burst with flavour.
135 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Guilt & Co.
Visit Guilt & Co. for live music from local artists with an alternative vibe. Try its unique mix of whiskey and black tea or a number of its other cocktails. All are good.
1 Alexander Street, Gastown, Vancouver
The Narrow Lounge
This tiny bar is one of the hottest spots in the city. It’s clandestine location is for those in the know: keep your eyes peeled for the red light on Main Street and enter through a graffitied alleyway. Stop by this hidden gem for a colourful cocktail and intimate atmosphere. Main Street and 3rd Avenue, Vancouver
Popular for its French pastries, Thierry brews a good cup of coffee as well. The dry-roasted beans have hints of chocolate, spice and cinnamon. And if you’re staying out for a late night, you can find cheeky spiked drinks here too.
1059 Alberni Street, Vancouver
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