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Ramen Heaven in Vancouver's West End

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Vancouver’s West End neighborhood packs a lot into a small space. It has beautiful beaches and the deep green of Stanley Park; it’s home to the city’s gay neighborhood on Davie Street (just follow the flashing disco street lights, rainbow crosswalks, and pink-painted bus shelters and garbage bins!); and it has a fantastic Asian food enclave at the lower end of Robson, where you’ll find all the city’s best ramen joints within a few streets of each other.
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770 Bute St, Vancouver, BC V6E 4H6, Canada
Known for their kick-ass Korean Fried chicken wings, Damso also lay down a fun bowl of ramen– inspired by Korea’s iconic instant ‘Shin’ noodles. Their broth is made with chicken stock, dashi, fish sauce, plenty of garlic, gochugaru chili powder,...
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1479 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C1, Canada
Hapa Izakaya is one of the city's most popular Izakaya outlets with three restaurants across the city and one in Toronto and Calgary. They've won awards for their superb Japanese cuisine which offers local and seasonal produce along with...
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1690 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C7, Canada
Part of one of Japan's largest ramen chains, Santouka is famous for their basic shio ramen with a white tonkotsu broth, which comes served with a little pickled plum in their signature blue don buri bowls. If you like your ramen to come with a bit...
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740 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2L5, Canada
Organic chicken and vegetables, barley-fed pork, and no artificial seasonings are the order of the day at this tiny hole in the wall ramen shop on Denman, which usually has a small queue outside. It’s the sister restaurant to Kintaro, and to my...
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788 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C9, Canada
Tiny Kintaro often has a line around the block but it's well worth the wait. Select from lean or fatty pork and light, medium, or heavy broth and receive a delicious bowl of ramen far larger than anyone should consume in one sitting.
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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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780 Bidwell St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2J6, Canada
There’s a trend for toripaitan rather than tonkatsu-based both, chicken instead of pork, which is great news for those who don’t eat pork and also makes for a lighter, creamier broth. Toripaitan is reportedly great for your hair and skin, thanks...