I went to Vancouver back in April so this post is looong overdue… *Cough* Better late than never, I guess? Since I basically spent my last trip there eating the entire time, I thought I’d do a little guide on places to eat in Vancouver. While some of these spots were places I researched and found myself, quite a few of them were suggested by my friends who are from or live in Vancouver.
I’ve only been to Vancouver twice, but I’ve eaten at a number of places both times. Some of these spots are places I went to back in April, and some of them are places I went to last spring. Vancouver is a really fun city to explore – it’s amazing being able to walk short distances everywhere and eat endless amounts of delicious food.
Without further ado, these are my top places to eat in Vancouver!
Milano Coffee Roasters // Website
This café is super cute and very Instagram-worthy. It’s located in Gastown, and I have a whole post on what to do in Gastown here. I got the hedgehog latte (which the barista told me was actually just hazelnut) and it was delicious! They have a location in Toronto as well, but I haven’t visited yet.
Timbertain Coffee Roasters // Website
We got the liquid nitrogen iced coffees, which I wasn’t the biggest fan of – it was interesting to try, though! You can find this spot in Gastown as well.
The Birds & The Beets // Website
I didn’t really feel like drinking coffee when I came here so I decided to go with some hibiscus tea, and to my surprise, I really enjoyed it! It was naturally sweet and I didn’t need to add anything to it (I have a huge sweet tooth). Surprise… This café is also located in Gastown.
Chambar Belgian Restaurant // Website
This was hands down my most favourite brunch spot in Vancouver. The paella was absolutely amazing! I’d come here every weekend if I could… They have a cute patio as well, but it was raining on the day I came here.
Café Medina // Website
The paella here was good, but definitely not as awesome as Chambar’s. It had a lot more vegetables, and I’m not really a vegetable person. The server told me that they were known for their waffles, so I decided to give those a try. They come with powdered sugar and a sauce of your choice – it was really delicious!
Jam Cafe // Website
Their pork belly eggs benedict was so unbelievably delicious. I love pork belly on anything, and this was the first time I had it as a brunch item. I’d definitely come back for this!
Lunch & Dinner
Cactus Club Cafe // Website
I’d always wanted to try the Cactus Club so I was pretty excited to visit for the first time! The food turned out to be really good – I got the prawn ravioli and a sangria. They have a location in Toronto that I’ve been wanting to visit as well!
Miku // Website
I’d heard a lot about Miku before, and I was able to try it twice while I was in the city back in April. I ordered a bunch of things to try the first time I came and I didn’t like the majority of what I ate. I decided to give it a second try and just got the scallop sashimi and aburi sushi, and I loved it. They have a location in Toronto as well, but I hear it’s not that great so I don’t want to ruin it for myself!
Sushi California // Website
Their sashimi is so fresh and so good. It doesn’t compare to anywhere in Toronto! I’ve actually stopped eating so much sushi (besides poké bowls) because Toronto sushi has disappointed me way too many times to count.
Tacofino // Website
I heard they had the best tacos in Vancouver, so this was one of the places I really wanted to try. The fish taco was amazing! I think the other taco I got was chicken, which I wasn’t the biggest fan of.
Desserts & Snacks
Cartems Donuterie // Website
I’d totally eat the earl grey donut again any day, but the honey parmesan flavour was a little too strange for me. I definitely want to come by and try more flavours next time I’m in Vancouver!
Ladurée Vancouver // Website
I absolutely adore Ladurée’s macarons – I can’t wait for them to come to Toronto! I have a full review of Ladurée Vancouver here.
Mister Artisan Ice Cream // Website
I tried liquid nitrogen ice cream for the first time here, and it was really good, but really expensive. I think I got the lavender crème brûlée flavour!
Shiny Tea // Website
I don’t remember what flavour of soft serve this was, but I think the menu changes often so it doesn’t matter anyways. All I remember was that is was really yummy!
La Casa Gelato // Website
They have over 238 flavours of gelato – insane, right? Pictured below are the dragonfruit and durian flavours. The dragonfruit was absolutely delicious, but I’m not really a fan of durian so I didn’t like that one.
There were a few places I didn’t get to try including Phnom Penh (even though I’m told it’s overrated), Olive and Ruby Cafe, and 49th Parallel Roasters, but I’ll definitely be visiting those next time I’m in town. Where are your favourite places to eat in Vancouver?
P.S. if you liked this post, be sure to check out my post on what to do in Gastown, Vancouver.