Eat this: A quick guide to some of Vancouver’s best bites

25 November 2019

A dynamic city with serious culinary credentials, Vancouver delivers everything from seafood feasts in traditional bistros to comfort food in brewery bars. On your next trip to Canada, have fun ticking off these five food and drink experiences Vancouver excels at:


While not the healthiest choice, no trip to Canada is complete without trying poutine at least once. If French fries covered in cheese curds and gravy sounds like your thing, then you won’t have to travel far to find this French-Canadian dish when in Vancouver. From tucking into all-you-can-eat poutine at a poutine house, to trying ‘fusion poutine’ (poutine with cross-cultural influences e.g. Korean or Mexican flavours), be sure to try the dish at a few different places so you can form a balanced opinion!


As a harbour city, one of Vancouver’s culinary calling cards is seafood. If you’re a seafood lover, then you’ll be spoiled for choice with some of the freshest catch on the planet showcased on menus throughout Vancouver. Need a late afternoon pick-me-up? Head to an oyster bar for fresh west coast oysters and a glass of champagne. Feel like splashing out? Make a booking at one of the city’s top-rated fine dining restaurants to dine on local salmon cooked to perfection by a talented chef. After something more casual? Try a lobster roll washed down with a beer at a sports bar. Wherever you go in Vancouver, you’ll find some of the best seafood you’ve ever tasted.


Travellers with sweet tooths are spoiled for choice in Vancouver, especially when it comes to donuts. The city is packed with speciality donut stores selling every variety of donut imaginable. From old-fashioned glazed donuts, to gluten-free, vegan donuts, and gourmet varieties featuring ingredients like lavender and earl grey tea, you’ll enjoy visiting Vancouver’s many donut stores when you’re in town.

Craft beer

Vancouver’s burgeoning craft beer scene is a real treat for visitors who love an ale. As one of the greatest cities in the world for craft beer, Vancouver’s offering spans everything from tiny microbreweries that specialise in experimental flavours (lemongrass and jasmine beer anyone?) to old school breweries that pump out pilseners and lagers. Have fun tasting local pours at bars and breweries yourself, or book into a beer tour to have a local guide show you the city’s best spots for a brew.


Once upon a time, the continent of North America underperformed when it came to coffee. Thankfully, Vancouver has upped the ante in the last few years, with speciality cafes and roasters offering genuinely great coffee. Home to a large collection of hip, independent coffee shops run by passionate coffee lovers, start the day right by scoping out the best caffeine spots in the city. From cafes that double as vintage stores, to coffee shops attached to busy bakeries, and even a coffee spot designed like a British Victorian-era train station, Vancouver takes its coffee very seriously and serves it with a unique twist.


To learn more about travel experiences Canada, take a look at our Canada Destination Guide or get in touch with your local Travel Counsellor. Need a Travel Counsellor of your own? Find one by clicking HERE.

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