A Foodies Guide to: Vancouver
For a weekend well spent in Vancouver, exploring the city’s vibrant food scene is an absolute must. From Yaletown to Gastown and beyond, at every turn, you’ll find mouth-watering restaurants and eateries that combine fresh, local ingredients with authentic flavours from around the world. Don’t forget to pair your plates with a refreshing beer or glass of wine! BC is well known for its robust craft beer scene and local wines from the Okanagan Valley.
A small Vancouver Island food truck spawned 4 brick and mortar restaurants with their simple mission of serving fantastic tacos with huge flavour. Their Gastown location is now a bustling addition to the city’s nightlife with its impressive cocktail menu.
Photo Credit: Laura McGuire
This is a truly unassuming hidden gem in the city’s Grandview Woodlands neighbourhood. Their Vietnamese menu has all of the traditional favourites like pho and banh mi, all of which are made with exceptional quality and care. The owners hail from Hanoi in the country’s north, which means their menu also incorporates the rich and spicy flavours of this lesser-known region.
This menu is exceptionally bright and fresh with authentic Lebanese flavours. The more people you bring the more Mezze-style sharing plates you’ll get to try. A contemporary cocktail list contrasts the traditional food menu.
This family-owned restaurant is a young and energetic adaptation of Anatoli Souvlaki, a Vancouver staple that’s been around for 30 years. Family recipes are mixed with modern reinterpretations, and the cocktails and Ouzo shots pour freely.
A tiny restaurant that packs a big punch. This is the true meaning of a farm-to-table concept that has remarkably fresh and authentic local flavours. The open kitchen is packed with chefs passionately attending to the tiniest details on every dish.
Once you try their fried chicken you’ll find yourself tailing this food truck all over town.
Vancouverites will fiercely defend their own hole-in-the-wall sushi joints, and exploring them all would take months. One thing we all agree on is that Miku elevates the Japanese dining experience to new levels. They’re famous for their Aburi-style menu as well as stunning waterfront views.
Brunch is a must at this see-and-be-seen hotspot. The upscale Belgian menu is peppered with spicy international flavours. Try a mini waffle with white chocolate, rosewater, and pistachio sauce.
Photo Credit: Scott Little
Few local restaurateurs are as beloved as Vikram Vij, owner and namesake of this Indian fine dining establishment. Even though he’s achieved international acclaim, chances are he’ll still personally welcome you at the door.
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A special thanks to in-the-know Vancouver resident and foodie, Mitchell Fawcett, for sharing just a few of his favourite Vancouver restaurants and food trucks with the SPG Weekend Channel.