Must-see restaurants in Vancouver

  • Ramen Danbo

    Vancouver

    Behind the shed-like black-wood exterior (and oversized paper lantern) lurks the chatty heart of Kitsilano's best ramen joint, a cozy, izakaya-like spot…

  • Tangent Cafe

    Vancouver

    Lined with retro wood paneling, this warm and welcoming Drive hangout combines comfort-classic wraps and burgers with several Malaysian curries and some…

  • La Mezcaleria

    Vancouver

    Expect superb soft tacos topped with delectable ingredients such as pork confit and braised beef cheeks at this superior Mexican restaurant. Take a seat…

  • Downlow Chicken Shack

    Vancouver

    Spicy, deep-fried, southern-style chicken is the menu foundation at this bright and buzzing spot with its surprisingly happy grinning-bird logo. Choose…

  • Trafiq

    Vancouver

    This sometimes clamorously busy French-influenced bakery-cafe is a lunchtime magnet with its quesadillas, house-made soups and bulging grilled sandwiches …

  • La Casa Gelato

    Vancouver

    If you've been on your feet all day exploring the city, it may be time to cool down with an ice-cold treat. A visit to Vancouver's fave traditional ice…

  • Teahouse in Stanley Park

    Vancouver

    Occupying a gabled 1930s park building, this lovely spot serves contemporary West Coast classics such as roasted BC sablefish and Fraser Valley duck,…

  • Kishimoto Japanese Restaurant

    Vancouver

    Reservations are not accepted at this Drive favorite, so arrive early for a table or expect to queue. Even if you have to wait, it'll be worth it: the…

  • La Cigale French Bistro

    Vancouver

    A charming neighborhood bistro with a casual contemporary feel, La Cigale's menu combines traditional French recipes with local ingredients and simple,…

  • Toshi Sushi

    Vancouver

    There are no reservations and the place is tiny, but this unassuming sushi joint just off Main is the best place in the neighborhood for Japanese dining…

  • Shizen Ya

    Fairview & South Granville

    A cut above the area's humdrum cheap-and-cheerful sushi shops; the prices here are just as good but the quality and service make a huge difference. Only…

  • Jamjar

    Vancouver

    This super-friendly cafe-style joint has a rustic-chic interior and a folksy Lebanese menu of ethically sourced ingredients, with lots of vegetarian…

  • Kintaro Ramen Noodle

    Vancouver

    One of Vancouver's oldest noodle shops, fancy-free Kintaro feels like a bustling ramen spot in backstreet Tokyo. Arrive off-peak to avoid queues and snag…

  • Mumbai Local

    Vancouver

    Seated alongside a striking Mumbai-themed mural, dive into some street-food snacks and dishes inspired by the home-style cuisine of this bustling Indian…

  • Tractor

    Vancouver

    At this healthy fast-food cafeteria, step up to the counter and choose a protein (chicken, ahi tuna or tofu, for example) as well as two sides to add to…

  • Slickity Jim's Chat 'N' Chew

    Vancouver

    This good-value local favorite gets jam-packed with bleary-eyed locals soothing their hangovers, but it's worth the wait for a quirky, darkened room lined…

  • Le Crocodile

    Vancouver

    Behind half-curtained windows in an unassuming building that resembles a cast-off from a shopping mall, this excellent Parisian-style dining room is right…

  • Poke Guy

    Vancouver

    Trip down the steps (not literally) to this busy spot and you'll find one of the city's favorite poke destinations. Expect friendly service, heaped bowls…

  • Stable House

    Fairview & South Granville

    This modern reinvention of a European bistro has a loyal band of South Granville regulars. They're usually the ones hogging the weirdly angular window…

  • Twisted Fork Bistro

    Vancouver

    Granville Strip's best brunch, this narrow, art-lined bistro feels as if it should be somewhere else. But even clubbers need to eat well sometimes. The…

  • Rumpus Room

    Vancouver

    Lined with junk-shop kitsch and mismatched 1970s rec-room furniture, this friendly Main St hangout is an inviting spot for craft beers and bulging burgers…

  • Cartems Donuterie

    Vancouver

    The youngest of a three-outlet gourmet doughnut mini-chain (the others are on Main St and downtown), this austere-looking L-shaped spot is all about…

  • Marulilu Cafe

    Fairview & South Granville

    Don't be put off by the grubby exterior; this tiny homestyle cafe specializing in good-value all-day breakfasts, brunches and lunches is hugely popular…

  • Rain or Shine

    Vancouver

    Tucked around the corner from a row of eateries serving everything from noodle bowls to Lebanese dishes, this small outpost of one of Vancouver's favorite…

  • Sauce Pasta Cafe

    Vancouver

    When you've exhausted the local ramen joints, take a different noodle route at this tiny fresh-made pasta place. There's a handful of seats (takeout is…

  • Cartems Donuterie

    Vancouver

    Vancouver's coolest doughnut emporium offers a raft of fresh-made fusion treats with irresistible flavors including Earl Grey, salted caramel and the…

  • Simply Thai

    Vancouver

    Yaletown's best restaurant lunch deal – it's $10 for a main (including curries and stir-fries) with rice and a spring roll at this friendly Thai joint…

  • K Cafe

    Fairview & South Granville

    Superfriendly family-run cafe loved by those working at nearby Vancouver General Hospital. You can grab a coffee on the run here or – better still –…

  • East is East

    Vancouver

    Locals craving Indian and Middle Eastern comfort food plus a side dish of live music and international dance love this immersive, aromatic haven. Avoid…

  • Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe

    Fairview & South Granville

    New owners have not dulled the expertise and allure of this French-approach bakeshop, serving arguably the best croissants and pain au chocolat in the…

  • Field & Social

    Vancouver

    A plant-diet-loving cafe with a menu of 10 or so top-notch, fresh-tossed salads made with seasonal, regional ingredients. This is a great place to salve…

  • Chambar

    Vancouver

    This giant, brick-lined cave is a juggernaut of Vancouver's dining scene, serving an ever-changing all-day menu of sophisticated Belgian-esque dishes from…

  • Sun Sui Wah

    Vancouver

    One of the best places in Vancouver for dim sum, this large, chatty Hong Kong–style joint has deservedly been a local favorite for years. Order an array…

  • Bake49

    Vancouver

    A tiny bakery specializing in Japanese cheesecakes and pastries. Arrive early or expect to be greeted by the 'sold out' sign on the door. It's worth…

  • La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop

    Vancouver

    A cooling blue interior and shabby-chic communal table lure locals to this small branch of Vancouver's famously friendly Mexican mini-chain. Order at the…

  • Bench Bakehouse

    Vancouver

    Hidden in the back of an otherwise humdrum mini-mall, this delicious bakery cafe takes a butter-forward French approach, which means perfect croissants…

  • La Taquería Pinche Taco Shop

    Fairview & South Granville

    The latest finger-licking edition of this wildly popular Mexican minichain combines communal tables, a large patio and an inviting bar area with a full…

  • Kulinarya

    Vancouver

    It's easy to miss this tiny storefront, unless you spot one of the colourful kamayan feasts heaped on the tables inside. But while you need at least six…

  • Meat & Bread

    Vancouver

    Vancouver's best made-to-order hot sandwich mini-chain has finally arrived on Robson, complete with high ceilings, an L-shaped counter and all your…

  • Purebread

    Vancouver

    The Mount Pleasant branch of this wildly popular Whistler-started bakery is a walk-in treasure chest of irresistible treats. Try not to drool while…

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