Must-see restaurants in Vancouver

  • Ovaltine Cafe

    Gastown & Chinatown

    Like being inside Edward Hopper's Nighthawks diner painting, this time-capsule greasy spoon instantly transports you to the 1940s. Snag a booth alongside…

  • Go Fish


    A short stroll westward along the seawall from the Granville Island entrance, this almost-too-popular seafood stand is one of the city's fave fish-and…

  • Salmon n' Bannock

    Fairview & South Granville

    Vancouver's only First Nations restaurant is an utterly delightful art-lined little bistro on an unassuming strip of Broadway shops. It's worth the easy…

  • Anh & Chi


    You'll find warm and solicitous service at this delightful contemporary Vietnamese restaurant whose authentic, perfectly prepared dishes are a must for…

  • Paul's Omelettery

    Fairview & South Granville

    You'll be jostling for space with chatty locals at this breakfast and lunch joint near the south side of Granville Bridge. But it's worth it: the cozy,…

  • Meat at O'Neill's

    North Shore

    A top-quality sandwich emporium fueling the local takeout crowd with satisfying all-day breakfast sandwiches and a mouthwatering array of slow-roasted…

  • Forage


    A popular farm-to-table eatery, this sustainability-focused restaurant is the perfect way to sample regional flavors. Brunch has become a firm local…

  • Uno Gelato


    Globally feted Vancouver gelato maestro James Coleridge has reinvented his business with a cool new brand and an endlessly tempting array of perfectly…

  • Preparing dinner at Vij's Restaurant, Sth Granville.


    Fairview & South Granville

    Spicy aromas scent the air as you enter this warmly intimate dining space for Vancouver's finest Indian cuisine. Exemplary servers happily answer menu…

  • Campagnolo

    Gastown & Chinatown

    Eyebrows were raised when this contemporary, rustic-style Italian restaurant opened in a hitherto sketchy part of town. But Campagnolo has lured locals…

  • Tony's Fish & Oyster Cafe


    A chatty spot popular with both locals and visitors, this small, blue-checkered-tablecloth joint serves great fish-and-chips (cod, salmon or halibut),…

  • Phnom Penh

    Gastown & Chinatown

    The dishes at this bustling, local-legend joint are split between Cambodian and Vietnamese soul-food classics. It's the highly addictive chicken wings and…

  • Indigo Age Cafe


    The kind of woodsy subterranean cave a health-minded hobbit would enjoy, this small vegan and raw-food restaurant has legions of local fans. Snag a table …

  • Edible Canada


    Granville Island's most popular bistro (book ahead) delivers a tempting menu of seasonal dishes. With ingredients from BC and across Canada, typical…

  • Hawkers Delight


    It's easy to miss this cash-only hole-in-the-wall, but it's worth retracing your steps for authentic Malaysian and Singaporean street food, made from…

  • Vegan Pudding & Co


    There's a cult-like following in Vancouver for this hole-in-the-wall counter serving utterly delicious custard-style puddings made from kabocha squash,…

  • Blue Water Cafe


    Under celebrated executive chef Frank Pabst, this is one of Vancouver's best high-concept seafood restaurants. Gentle music fills the brick-lined, blue…

  • Chancho Tortilleria


    Look for the pig-and-pineapple sign outside this authentic Mexican hole-in-the-wall, which has painted walls, plastic garden chairs and a super-friendly…

  • Dock Lunch


    Like dining in a cool hippie's home, this charming room in a side-street house serves a daily changing menu of one or two soul-food mains (think spicy…

  • St Lawrence Restaurant

    Gastown & Chinatown

    Resembling a handsome wood-floored bistro that's been teleported straight from Montréal, this sparkling, country-chic dining room is a Railtown superstar…

  • Acorn


    One of Vancouver's hottest vegetarian restaurants – hence the sometimes long wait for tables – the Acorn is ideal for those craving something more…

  • Molli Cafe


    It's easy to dismiss this unassuming cafe while strolling along Burrard, but that would be a huge mistake. Instead, nip inside and check out a menu of…

  • Caffè La Tanna


    Like a 1950s neighborhood cafe in Rome, this handsome little hidden gem looks like it's been here for decades. But it's a new addition to this quiet…

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    One of the originators of the Drive's rich international-dining scene. A recent takeover has smoothed the gritty edges of this Cuban-themed restaurant…

  • Pacific Poke

    Gastown & Chinatown

    A friendly, white-walled Chinatown cafe that's a great place to introduce yourself to the Hawaii-West Coast poke-mania currently sweeping Vancouver…

  • Peaked Pies


    The Vancouver satellite of Whistler's popular (and often jam-packed) Australian-themed pie shop, this comfort-food haven specializes in single-portion…

  • Finch's exterior



    For a coveted seat at one of the dinged old tables, arrive off-peak at this sunny, super-friendly corner cafe, which combines creaky wooden floors and a…

  • Musetts Caffe is an invitng spot with plenty of fuel-up options

    Musette Caffé


    Vancouver's best hangout for bike nuts, the walls of this bright, high-ceilinged cafe bristle with nostalgic cycling memorabilia, from sleek racing shirts…

  • Virtuous Pie

    Gastown & Chinatown

    Named for the fact that its pizzas are entirely 'plant-based,' this inviting little vegan pizzeria, with its communal tables, exposed brick and mood…

  • Chef preparing sushi tray at Tojo's Sushi, Fairview.


    Fairview & South Granville

    Hidekazu Tojo's legendary skill with the sushi knife launched Vancouver's Japanese dining scene; his sleek restaurant is still a pilgrimage spot. Among…

  • Federal Store exterior

    Federal Store


    Revitalizing an old mom-and-pop corner store into a funky little community cafe, this warmly welcoming checker-floored charmer serves coffee, light…

  • Exterior of Nelson the Seagull café

    Nelson the Seagull

    Gastown & Chinatown

    Gastown's hippest cafe, the mosaic-floored Seagull is also amazingly welcoming. Locals drop in to admire each other's MacBooks, lingering over flat-white…

  • Exterior of A Bread Affair bakery

    A Bread Affair


    A beloved Granville Island mainstay and must-visit for fans of great bread. Alongside its sandwich bar (French ham and Havarti recommended) plus racks of…

  • Exterior of Burgoo Bistro restaurant

    Burgoo Bistro

    North Shore

    With the feel of a cozy rustic cabin – complete with a large stone fireplace – Burgoo's menu of elevated international comfort dishes warms up even the…

  • Arbor


    Contrary to what the white-walled aesthetic might suggest, this is a warm casual cafe, especially in the evenings when it becomes a neighborhood hangout…

  • Heritage Asian Eatery


    A contemporary hole-in-the-wall favored by local office workers (avoid the lunchtime peak, if you can), this friendly fusion joint specializes in hearty…

  • Exterior or Tacofino restaurant

    Tacofino Taco Bar

    Gastown & Chinatown

    Food-truck favorite Tacofino made an instant splash with this huge, handsome dining room (think stylish geometric-patterned floors, hive-like lampshades…

  • An ice cream at Cacao 70 Dippery

    Cacao 70 Dip Shop

    Gastown & Chinatown

    A small Parisian-look takeout cafe serving tempting soft-serve ice cream dipped in one of 11 chocolate-based gourmet sauces, ranging from peanut butter to…

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    Bao Bei

    Gastown & Chinatown

    Reinterpreting a Chinatown heritage building with hipsteresque flourishes, this Chinese brasserie is a seductive dinner destination. Bringing a…

  • Dalina

    Gastown & Chinatown

    This sleek, white-tiled exemplification of Chinatown modernization has one of the the area's best summertime patios, a sun-dappled, vine-framed hot spot…

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