Living in Hong Kong where food choices are sometimes limited, metropolitan cities like Vancouver mean foodies heaven. There are many things to love about Vancouver but food definitely makes it to the top of the list of many. Before planing my journey to Vancouver, before even looking for a hotel, I was diving right into Vancouver’s food scene. Where to find the best food market, the best brunch cafe, the best food truck, the best vegetarian restaurant. What are the newest food trends and how has Vancouver culinary evolved as a city for food lovers. I was eager to get to know Vancouver so I set for a 2.5 day, 2 night jaunt. I have only scratched the surface and my stomach didn’t have enough space for all the ‘to eats’ that I had on my list but I was still well impressed of Vancouver and its culinary scene.
Find Meat & Bread is located on Cambie Street in Gastown and on Pender Street.
Taste If you are a meat lover, I heard the locally sourced Porchetta sandwicheS are the main attraction. If you are vegetarian or crave a delicious Grilled Cheese , look no further. The cheese sandwich is served with mustard and hot sauce and is crispy on the outside as well as gooey inside.
Feel This counter-service lunch and early dinner shop can be crowded during lunch time but was fairly empty when I stopped by for an early dinner. I was even able to get one of the four tables at the window which is perfect for people watching. The spare by stylish decor, the friendly but relaxed staff and the back-to-basic mantra makes this sandwich boutique a perfect casual eating spot.
Find There are over 100 food trucks spread over Vancouver offering all kinds of different snacks and meals. Chou Chou is usually located on Water Street in Gastown.
Taste A savoury French crêpe is one of my favorite foods. The Chou Chou food truck has a great selection of savoury and sweet crêpes. Apart from the classics it also offers some “unusual” but super yummy variations like the Mme “Happily Ever After” with goat cheese, poached pears and grapes, mascarpone, honey, walnuts and baby greens.
Feel The French owner and cook is a lovely lady who makes the crêpes on the spot. The food is very portable to eat if you walk around, otherwise find a bench nearby or stand at the small “side table” connected to the food truck.
Find Currently 556 Beatty Street but moving to 780 Richards Street in early August 2014
Taste I heard amazing things about the Medina Cafe and it seems to appear on every list of the top breakfast places in Vancouver. So, expectations were high and I wasn’t disappointed. The huge bowl of crispy granola, fresh and juicy fruits and creamy yoghurt was excellent. As Medina is known for its fabulous waffles I also had to get one of those served with a white chocolate rosewater pistachio sauce. I felt like in heaven.
Feel The Cafe in Beatty Street is cozy but a bit crowded and therefore noisy. However the friendly staff and the delicious food make up for it.
Find Café Deux Soleils is just steps from the Commercial/ Broadway Skytrain station.
Taste Cafe Deux Soleils is a Vegetarian Eatery and family owned business that serves healthy food and amazing burgers. Come with an empty stomach because the portions are big but not to the disfavour of taste. I can highly recommend the Pineapple Tofu burger with half a portion of salad and half a portion of hash brown.
Feel The Cafe is spacious but cozy and has comfortable indoor seating as well as a nice outdoor section. The staff was very welcoming and friendly and makes this a great place to stay a while, enjoy the food and mix with the local crowds.
Find The Granville Island Public market is situated right at the waterfront of Granville Island.
Taste “Go on, you deserve a little temptation” is a mere understatement. Entering the public market makes your mouth water and your head spin because of all the appetising looking choices. You can’t go wrong with picking tasty food at the Granville Island market. I opted for a fresh fruit salad, a raspberry buttermilk scone and an almond milk cappuccino. Foodilicious!
Feel Usually public food markets lack seating, not the Granville Island Market. You can choose between a simple bench in the sun or a table under a pavilion. Throughout the day you have different musicians performing which I found to be the icing on the cake.
Find The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is bang in the middle of downtown on Robson Street and can’t be missed if you are on a Sightseeing tour in Vancouver.
Taste Think crisp green granny smith apples covered with every topping that you can imagine in your sweetest dreams: caramel, smarties, marshmallows, graham crackers and peanut butter, just to name a few. Be ready to substitute your lunch with one of the Caramel Apples because these are super yummy but heavy and filling as well.
Feel Entering the store one feels like entering the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There is chocolate and sweets everywhere, smiling faces and happy hearts.
Find Sweet Cherubim on Commercial Drive is a bit off the beaten track but worth a visit.
Taste This Vegan and Vegetarian bistro serves all kinds of nutritious and delicious meals. The samosas are a favorite among loyal customers and are jam-packed with vegan or vegetarian fillings. I tried the vegan spinach samosa that came with a side salad and absolutely loved it.
Feel Sweet Cherubim is rather authentic than stylish but it has a great and homey atmosphere. If you are looking for a more casual lunch or dinner place that doesn’t charge steep prices for good quality food, Sweet Cherubim is the right choice.