Best of the Best: Vancouver's Top Bites
Collected by Nikki Bayley, AFAR Local Expert
There are so many superb restaurants in Vancouver, offering a dizzying range of cuisines from around the world by so many talented chefs. But if I had to pick my absolute favorite things to eat in Vancouver, the dishes that I always insist visiting friends try when they stay, these would be the restaurants that make the cut.
413 Industrial Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 2P8, Canada
Masters of the art of chocolate and cream puffs, the international award-winning team at BETA5 inspire deep devotion from their fans and one bite of their lighter than-air puffs will show you why. Tucked away in an industrial estate by the railway...
1505 W 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1E8, Canada
One of the most prized delicacies on the West coast is the B.C. spot prawn. Ultra-sustainable and super-sweet, the B.C. spot prawn is famous for its large size, delicate flavor and distinct white spots. The spot prawn season lasts for around six...
637 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2G3, Canada
A young city like Vancouver doesn’t offer up much in the way of Old School experiences, which is why I adore the atmosphere at Hy’s for when I want to pretend it’s the '50s and have a sexy Mad Men-esque steak-and-three-martinis lunch. The menu is...
1622 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y4, Canada
There should probably be some kind of law against this... Nothing should be this sinfully good! La Mezcaleria’s insanely brilliant queso fundido dish arrives sizzling and smoking hot to your table. I love it topped with spicy choritzo which you...
833 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2L7, Canada
You’ll often find me perched at the bar in Buckstop, one of my all-time favourite Vancouver restaurants, thanks to their warm hospitality, innovative cocktails and flat-out fabulous barbecue food. If you’re with friends then you have to order a...
1635 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C8, Canada
Oh Zabu chicken, how I love you, let me count the ways... You’ll find this addictive Korean-fried chicken joint along Robson Street and invariably, you’ll have to wait for a table. No matter! While you loiter in the queue, you can listen to the...
1938 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, Canada
I’m not ashamed to admit that I am a little obsessed with the fermented sausage salad that’s on the menu at chef Angus An’s extraordinary Thai restaurant on West 4th. Chef An and his team offer up an exciting blend of traditional Thai dishes given...
1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9, Canada
I’ll come clean: I have a huge food-crush on chef Taka, I really respect the commitment that he and his team have to maintaining our oceans and seafood with their strict 100% Ocean Wise menu policy. I always love absolutely everything this...
163 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1X4, Canada
If I’m on Keefer Street, then it’s a pretty certain bet you’ll find me wandering into this critically acclaimed modern Chinese brasserie to have their exquisite beef tartare. I'll stop in and order this when I’m alone for the very selfish reason...
841 Bidwell St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2J7, Canada
It’s been tough for veggies or those who don’t eat pork who’ve been left out of the ramen trend, but everyone can enjoy the tasty bowls of soup at the Ramenman who only serve Toripaitan (chicken-based) and vegetarian broth. This is a very cool...
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