Vancouver Eating & Drinking Guide

Vancouver is so diverse that there is something for anyone when it comes to the best eats and drinks. Here are some of the valuable travel guides in dining around the city.vancouver eating and drinking

Go Asian – One can start with its many Asian restaurants available, considering that the city has a vast Asian community, making it a great place to try out some sushi, pad thai, or even "adobo." Many of these places offer "all you can eat" lunches for C$9.99, although not all of them have good quality meals. You could also check out the numerous Chinese and Vietnamese restaurant on Kingsway between Fraser Street and Knight Street for good lunches as low as C$6. Vancouver is also famous for its dim sum restaurants.

Go cheap – In general, there are a lot of inexpensive places to dine in and drink out in Vancouver, even cheaper than most major cities in North America. Prices range from a reasonable meal of C$10 to an exquisite four-course meal at C$70. For the budget traveler, pick a copy of Georgia Straight for free and clip two-for-one coupons from the food section.

Go to where the people go – The highest density of restaurants in Vancouver can be found in Kitsilano or the West End. Also, the City Center has many of the high-end restaurants either along Robson Street or associated with the many hotels in the downtown area. Meanwhile, East Vancouver tends to have many authentic ethnic restaurants.

Starbucks hub – There are probably more Starbucks coffee shops per person in Vancouver than anywhere else. On Robson and Thurlow, you would be able to find two shops opposite of each other. If you want an alternative, try Caffe Artigiano and Blenz that are found throughout downtown. You could also try out Mario’s located on Dunsmuir and Howe, which has a slower and more relaxed pace than other coffee shops.

Go clubbing – Most of night clubs in Vancouver are located in the City Center, especially along Granville Street, which is south of Robson.

Samurai Sushi – Known for serving large portions at an unbelievably low price. It has fresher sushi than most expensive places, which is why it is frequented by many locals making it hard to park. Try out their toro (fatty tuna) and salmon sushi/ sashimi. Location in downtown on Davie Street, and also at 43rd and Cambie.

Toshi Sushi – A small sushi restaurant that is mostly family-run. It serves relatively cheap yet good sushi, making it usually packed by evening. Tempura is its must-try. Located off of Main Street.

Ba Le – An award-winning Vietnamese sandwich shop that boasts delicious Vietnamese subs, including a vegetarian one, for less than C$3. Located at Kingsway and Fraser.

 – A French fry shop that boasts of its poutine (French fries topped with fresh cheese curds and gravy), arguably the best in town. It is cleverly located next to the local Fitness World and frequented by night clubbers. Located on Davie near Granville in downtown.

Kam’s Singaporean Cuisine – You would often see this restaurant with a line of customers eagerly waiting for their turn to dine in. Upon entering, don’t forget to say hi to the manager. Remember to bring out your "two-for-one" coupons you clipped from West Ender or Georgia Straight. Located on Davie Street west of Burrard.

Jang Mo Jib – Serving home-style Korean food and frequented by local Korean student, a proof of its authenticity. The restaurant may look run-down, but the food being served here is great. Best to try its short ribs. Located along Robson Street.

Zakkushi – A small Japanese restaurant that specializes in yakitori (grilled skewered meats). Located along Denman Street.

Hon’s on Robson – A local favorite for quick and cheap Chinese dishes. You would notice the long line of customers waiting for their turn. Located in Chinatown and Richmond.

Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant – An excellent Chinese restaurant known for their excellent cooks. Located both in Richmond, Main, and 23rd. Reservation is a must.

Moxies Bar and Grill – Focuses on grilled foods like steak. Located on Robson.

Trees Organic Café – Vancouver’s best location when it comes to cheesecakes, which you could eat with a cup of good coffee. Try out its "Vancouver style" New York Cheesecake. You could also listen to some blues music from guest bands. Located on Granville.

La Casa Gelato – If its 200 flavors isn’t mind-boggling enough, wait ’till you taste them. Getting there could be a little tricky since it’s off the beaten path. Follow the Viaduct eat out of downtown and keep going straight. It is located on Venables, near the train tracks. Be careful when getting there at nighttime, though.

The Pacific Pub – They serve pints of beer for C$2 flat. It’s a two-minute walk from the Main Street Skytrain Station, although be advised to be careful when walking at nighttime. Located on the southeast corner of Main and Georgia.

Stay informed – You could get the best of local info and events through widely-distributed weeklies that you can get for free, such as the Georgia Straight, The Vancouver Courier, Westender, Terminal City and Xtra West (which is catered towards gays and lesbians).

Caprice – One of the most exclusive clubs in Vancouver. Located in Granville.

The Cellar – A very popular Irish pub with a nightclub below it. Located in Granville.

Commodore Ballroom – A large venue usually used for live concerts and is also known for its large dance floor that can fit up to 900 people. Located in Granville.

Opus Bar – A hip bar located inside Opus Hotel in Yaletown. Not only it is famous for its equally famous clientele and contemporary décor, it’s also known for its tapas, cocktails, and an extensive list of imported and domestic wines and spirits.

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