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Where to Eat and Drink in Vancouver, British Columbia

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Where to Eat and Drink in Vancouver, British Columbia

Looking for where to eat in Vancouver?

One of the most exciting things about Vancouver is the food scene, and today I’m sharing my top picks for where to eat and drink in Vancouver!

Probably my fave thing to eat every time I visit in Vancouver is the sushi, but there’s so much more than just that.

There are so many incredible restaurants all over Vancouver, and I love visiting the city just for the food.

Here’s my guide on where to eat in Vancouver!


Where to eat brunch in Vancouver

Chambar Belgian Restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia

Chambar Belgian Restaurant

Chambar is hands down my most favourite brunch spot in all of Vancouver. The paella here is absolutely amazing!

They have a cute patio as well if you’re visiting during the summer (or on a non-rainy day).

LOCATION: 568 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC | Website


Jam Cafe in Vancouver, British Columbia

Jam Café

Both the Pork Belly Eggs Benedict and Buffalo Blue Fried Chicken are so unbelievably delicious.

Their downtown location has lineups daily even before the restaurant opens, but their Kitsilano location has a lot more seating and isn’t as busy.

LOCATION: Various locations | Website


Cafe Medina in Vancouver, British Columbia
Cafe Medina in Vancouver, British Columbia

Café Medina

Café Medina is owned by the same people behind Chambar, and it’s another one of my favourite brunch restaurants in Vancouver.

The paella here is good, but definitely not as awesome as Chambar’s. It has a lot more vegetables, and I’m not really a vegetable person.

Medina’s known for their fantastic waffles, which come with powdered sugar and a sauce of your choice. Definitely worth ordering – they’re tiny!

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LOCATION: 780 Richards St, Vancouver, BC | Website


Where to eat lunch & dinner in Vancouver

Tacofino, Vancouver, British Columbia

Tacofino

If you’ve got a taco craving, you’re in luck.

Tacofino is known for having some of the best tacos in Vancouver – their fish tacos are amazing!

LOCATION: Various locations | Website


Meet is a plant-based restaurant in Vancouver.

Meet in Gastown

Meet is a plant-based restaurant in Gastown with a super cute patio.

I tried one of their burgers, and I couldn’t even tell that the patty and cheese were vegan.

Definitely one of the best vegan restaurants I’ve ever visited!

LOCATION: 12 Water St, Vancouver, BC | Website


Cactus Club Cafe in Vancouver, British Columbia

Cactus Club Cafe

Cactus Club is a Vancouver-based restaurant chain with locations all across Canada, but of course you’ve gotta try it at the source.

Their food is absolutely delicious, which is not something you usually expect at chain restaurants.

Be sure to try their Butternut Squash Ravioli with Prawns if you’re a seafood lover!

LOCATION: Various locations | Website


Saku Vancouver has incredible tonkatsu, otherwise known as deep fried pork cutlets.

Saku

Holy moly. The tonkatsu at Saku is absolutely amazing.

The pork katsu with cheese is wonderful, but has a lot less meat than cheese.

The seafood katsu (with scallop and prawn) is also really delicious, but I’d definitely go for the pork katsu instead.

I do think that the portions are small for the price, but the dishes are enough to make you full.

LOCATION: Various locations | Website


Katsuya Restaurant

Katsuya

Katsuya is another awesome tonkatsu spot in Vancouver, and the portions are a lot bigger than Saku.

They have a lot more sauce options as well including carbonara and curry.

I would highly recommend adding cheese to your katsu – it’s so darn delicious!

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LOCATION: Various locations | Website


Salmon aburi at Miku Sushi in Vancouver, British Columbia
Scallop sashimi at Miku Sushi in Vancouver, British Columbia

Miku

While I definitely think Miku’s overrated and overpriced, some of their dishes are pretty amazing.

The Scallop Sashimi and Salmon Oshi are wonderful and I’d say are worth the price.

I haven’t been to their Toronto location, but I hear the sashimi isn’t as fresh as west coast sashimi.

LOCATION: 200 Granville St. #70, Vancouver, BC | Website


Minami

Minami is a sister restaurant to Miku, and I think I actually prefer eating here.

The sushi is also pretty expensive, but I find myself liking the options at Minami more.

Be sure to make a reservation because it gets super busy!

LOCATION: 1118 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC | Website


Green Leaf Sushi

Green Leaf is known for their aburi sushi, but they also have oshi sushi.

The food here is delicious, and it’s not too far from the airport!

LOCATION: 3416 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC | Website


Sushi California in Vancouver, British Columbia

Sushi California

Their sashimi at Sushi California is so fresh and so good.

Vancouver sushi is way, way better than anything you can find in Toronto.

LOCATION: Various locations | Website


Nu Sushi Bar

Nu Sushi is actually located in Burnaby, but I figured I’d include it anyway.

Their Salmon Oshi is awesome, and their Chicken Karaage is the best we’ve ever had.

LOCATION: 3787 Canada Way #100, Burnaby, BC | Website


Sushi Modo

Sushi Modo is probably my favourite sushi restaurant in all of Vancouver because of the great food and fair prices.

Like Nu Sushi, it’s also located in Burnaby, but it’s totally worth going out of downtown for.

They have a ton of different oshi sushi options, and I absolutely loved the Tobiko Hotate Oshi Sushi (scallop) and Salmon Oshi Sushi.

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LOCATION: 7874 Edmonds St, Burnaby, BC | Website


Pokey Okey offers some of the best poké in Vancouver.

Pokey Okey

If you’re a fan of poké, pay a visit to Pokey Okey, one of the best spots for poké in Vancouver.

The Red Bowl and Yellow Bowl are both incredibly delicious and so unique!

LOCATION: 8060 Anderson Rd, Richmond, BC | Website


Where to drink coffee & tea in Vancouver

Milano Coffee Roasters in Vancouver, British Columbia

Milano Coffee Roasters

Milano Coffee Roasters is in a super cute space that’s very Instagram-worthy.

I got the hedgehog latte (which the barista told me was actually just a hazelnut latte) and it was delicious!

It’s located in Gastown, and I have a whole post on what to do in Gastown if you’re interested.

They have a location in Toronto as well.

LOCATION: 156 W 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC | Website


Nitrogen cold brew from Timbertrain Coffee Roasters in Gastown, Vancouver

Timbertain Coffee Roasters

Timbertain’s liquid nitrogen iced coffee is the perfect treat to refresh you on a busy day exploring the city.

It’s also located in Gastown alongside all the other cute cafés!

LOCATION: 311 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC | Website


Bean Around the World serves great coffee in Vancouver.

Bean Around the World

If you’re looking for a spot to sit down and get some work done, Bean Around the World’s lcoation in Gastown is a v nice spot.

LOCATION: Various locations | Website


The Birds & The Beets in Vancouver, British Columbia

The Birds & The Beets

If you’re feelin’ some tea, try the hibiscus tea at Birds & The Beets – it’s naturally sweet and delicious.

Surprise… This hip café is also located in Gastown.

LOCATION: 55 Powell St, Vancouver, BC | Website


Where to eat desserts & snacks in Vancouver

Cartems Donuterie, Vancouver, British Columbia

Cartems Donuterie

If funky donut flavours are your thing, Cartems is your place.

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Pictured here are the earl grey and honey parmesan donuts. The earl grey is awesome, but the honey parmesan is a little too unique for my taste.

LOCATION: Various locations | Website


Mister Artisan Ice Cream, Vancouver, British Columbia

Mister Artisan Ice Cream

I tried liquid nitrogen ice cream for the first time at Mister’s, and it was really good, but hella expensive.

They switch up their menu from time to time, and the lavender crème brûlée and Thai iced tea flavours I tried were amazing.

LOCATION: 1141 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC | Website


Shiny Tea, Vancouver, British Columbia

Shiny Tea

If you’re into bubble tea and Asian-flavoured ice cream, definitely pay a visit to Shiny Tea.

I don’t remember what flavour of soft serve I got, but I think the menu changes often so it doesn’t matter anyways.

LOCATION: Various locations | Website


La Casa Gelato, Vancouver, British Columbia

La Casa Gelato

La Casa Gelato has over 238 flavours of gelato at their shop – pretty insane, right?

It’s the only place in the world with this many flavours.

They have really unique flavours, including everything from dragonfruit, to durian, to wasabi.

You can sample flavours to make sure you’re not stuck eating a whole cup of funky gelato you don’t like, but make sure to keep it at a minimum!

LOCATION: 1033 Venables St, Vancouver, BC | Website


Vancouver flights & accommodations

Looking to book your flights and accommodations for Vancouver?

I love booking my flights and hotels on Expedia and collecting points towards free rewards.

Hotels are pretty pricy in Vancouver, but they’re great if you plan on only staying downtown and walking around without a car. Downtown Vancouver’s very walkable!

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I usually stay in Airbnbs when I visit Vancouver, and I have a separate blog post all about how to find the best Airbnbs.


I’ve visited Vancouver many times, and I always love coming for the food.

Where are your favourite spots to eat and drink in Vancouver? I’d love to know in the comments!

If you’re planning a trip to Vancouver, here are some other posts to help you plan your perfect trip:

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Jessica Lam | Toronto lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and travel blogger | Diary of a Toronto Girl, a Canadian lifestyle blog

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Jereann Zann

Friday 11th of August 2017

Vancouver is on our bucket list of places we want to visit. I'll save this article for when we go! Thanks.

Jessica Lam

Thursday 31st of August 2017

It's such a great spot to visit!

thesophiadiaries

Friday 11th of August 2017

Damn it I wanna try that sushi place xD

Jessica Lam

Thursday 31st of August 2017

Hehe do it next time!!

thesophiadiaries

Wednesday 26th of July 2017

Kinda pissed that you didn't put this post out before I went to vancouver!!! But oh well, it just means I gotta go back hehe And the brunch recommendations you gave me were totally worth it!! ;)

Jessica Lam

Sunday 30th of July 2017

Hahaha well now you can write a post and give me recommendations! ;)

Alison Ruth

Wednesday 26th of July 2017

I have a trip to Vancouver soon & this is perfect to help me plan!! I may just have to hit all the coffee places though :) http://carefreeandcoffee.com/

Jessica Lam

Sunday 30th of July 2017

I hope this helped ya! :)

Kimberly Hsieh

Wednesday 26th of July 2017

I love that this entire post is about food! Ladurée macarons are my favorite because they are perfectly chewy on the inside heh :) https://lovekimber.com/portland-maine-outfit-diary/

Jessica Lam

Sunday 30th of July 2017

Haha thanks Kim! They're my fave as well :D