Salmon n' Bannock Restaurant

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Vancouver Cuisine

Fresh local bounty, talented chefs and a melting pot of cultures combine to make Vancouver a top culinary destination. From hip downtown restaurants to humble food carts, farmers’ markets to ethnic neighbourhoods, Vancouver is a city to explore with fork in hand.

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Culinary Tours

Sip and snack around Vancouver’s most intriguing foody neighbourhoods with a culinary... Read more professional from Edible Canada.  Sample barbecue pork buns and jasmine tea, followed by a dim sum lunch, in the markets and eateries of Canada’s biggest Chinatown. Or meet the vendors at the Granville Island Public Market, where dozens of stalls sell everything from artisanal cheese to chocolate, bagels to burritos. After the tour, a short walk from Granville Island leads to Les Amis du Fromage, one of Vancouver’s top cheese shops and Patisserie Lebeau, makers of luscious Belgian waffles.

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Commercial Drive

Commercial Drive’s Italian delis and bakeries are the best place for old world pastries and fresh pasta. Drop by Cafe Calabria for authentic Italian espresso amid the gleaming white statues.
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Granville Island

Hop a mini foot-passenger ferry from Yaletown, False Creek or the West End to art-filled Granville Island. This unique blend of shops, galleries, restaurants, theatres, artists, cafes and food is a Vancouver favourite. Mix with art students, buskers and locals on this pedestrian friendly island. Head to the island's famous public market for a delicate artisan pastry and a steaming espresso, or savour a long lunch with marina views at one of the waterfront restaurants.
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Off the Eaten Track

Join us for a unique culinary adventure! Explore a local neighbourhood, meet the chefs and owners, sample delicious food & beverages, and learn about our history and culture through food & stories. Get off the tourist grid and have a local guide s...
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Take a Cooking Class

Learn how to cook seafood and produce in the light, fresh Vancouver way. At downtown cooking... Read more schools, like the professional Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts or the funky Dirty Apron Cooking School, local chefs offer lively day and evening classes, most just three or four hours in length.

Vancouver Foodie Tours

Treat your taste buds to a slice of heaven. We showcase some of the best foods of Vancouver.

Gastronomic Gastown Tour: Meander through the cobblestone streets and alleyways of Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood, while enjoying a number of f...

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Vancouver's Chinatown

In Chinatown, browse the herbalists and tea shops then find zen at the serene Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, a traditional Ming-Dynasty-style garden. Shop for Asian styles, sip bubble tea and enjoy crisp barbecue pork, fragrant steamed buns and exotic produce along Keefer and Pender Streets. For more culinary treats head south for a delicious adventure at one of Richmond’s popular Chinese night markets.
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Vista d'Oro Farms & Winery

Vista D'oro Farms & Winery is dedicated to producing delicious handcrafted wines & artisanal preserves. Our Farmgate Shop & Tasting Room offers our artisanal preserves, wines, orchard fruits, artisan cheese & many other local culinary delights in ...
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Places to Eat

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Vancouver Dining

Vancouver's dining scene is famous for fresh seafood, top Asian cuisine and a wealth of locally... Read more sourced fare (the 100 Mile Diet was invented right here). Indulge in West Coast cuisine at West or Yaletown’s Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar. For legendary sushi, grab a seat at Tojo’s. Chinese food is serious business in a city where a third of the population can claim Asian roots. Kirin Restaurant and Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant are top Vancouver choices, or enjoy a taste of Hong Kong cuisine in Richmond, the heart of BC’s Asian food scene. For cheap eats sample some global street food from a thriving downtown food cart scene.

Blue Water Cafe

Lat: 49.2761945
Lon: -123.1209935
Yaletown, Downtown
Seafood, Live/Raw Food, Bars
729 reviews
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Food Trucks

Some of Vancouver tastiest globally-inspired treats are sold on street corners from the... Read more city’s many food trucks. You’ll find them parked downtown any noon hour from spring through fall; some even operate year-round. Just look for the queue of hungry locals. Local favourites include offbeat Pan-Asian creations at The Roaming Dragon; made-from-scratch Tex-Mex fare at Tacofino and fresh, local seafood at Feastro the Rolling Bistro. Locations are subject to change, check websites or get updates through Facebook or Twitter for current locations and hours.

Go Fish Ocean Emporium

Lat: 49.2712685403221
Lon: -123.139493380397
Granville Island/False Creek
Seafood, Fish & Chips
384 reviews
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Raincity Grill

Lat: 49.2878342
Lon: -123.1412125
West End
Seafood, Canadian (New)
141 reviews
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Terra Breads

Lat: 49.2727360462579
Lon: -123.135505929224
Granville Island/False Creek
76 reviews
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The Keefer Bar

Lat: 49.2794866783565
Lon: -123.101473627377
203 reviews
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Tojo's Restaurant

Lat: 49.26374
Lon: -123.1298
Fairview Slopes
Japanese, Sushi Bars
322 reviews
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Vij's Restaurant

Lat: 49.2615664351621
Lon: -123.138398812101
Fairview Slopes, South Granville
706 reviews
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Places to Shop

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Gourmet Shopping

Discover regional specialties, like Fraser Valley preserves from Vista d’Oro Farms &... Read more Winery or Indian spice mixtures from Vij’s, at Edible Canada on Granville Island. Pick up a bottle of BC wine at a Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA) store, like Swirl Wine Store in Yaletown, or browse the unique kitchen gadgets and spices at the Gourmet Warehouse on East Hastings. If you’re a chocoholic treat yourself to some truffles or bon bons from a local chocolatier such as the legendary Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie in Kitsilano or North Vancouver, or Chocolate Arts in Kitsilano.

Chocolate Arts

Lat: 49.2686811
Lon: -123.1412982
Fairview Slopes
Chocolatiers & Shops, Cafes
52 reviews
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Farmers Markets

For the freshest local tomatoes, berries and other produce, bring a shopping bag to one of Vancouver’s summertime farmers' markets. Try the Trout Lake Farmers' Market held Saturday mornings in East Vancouver or the Sunday morning Kitsilano Farmers' Market.
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Oyama Sausage Company

Lat: 49.2726237
Lon: -123.1356235
Granville Island/False Creek
Meat Shops, Cheese Shops, Delicatessen
133 reviews
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The Gourmet Warehouse

Lat: 49.2811851
Lon: -123.0761322
Appliances, Cooking Classes
115 reviews
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Thomas Haas Chocolate

Lat: 49.264215341306
Lon: -123.163423998148
Chocolatiers & Shops
190 reviews
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VQA Wines Stores

Looking for BC wines?  If you can’t make it to the wineries, a VQA wine store is the... Read more next best place.  BC VQA, which stands for British Columbia Vintners Quality Alliance, guarantees both the origin of the wine and a standard of quality.  VQA shops carry a wide selection of exclusively BC wines, and the staff members know their stuff.  They’ve done the legwork, visited the wineries and got to know each vintage. Watch for tastings and special events too.

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Places to Stay

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Executive Hotel Le Soleil

Hotel Le Soleil is an all suite, luxury boutique hotel with 113 elegantly furnished one bedroom suites located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Hotel Le Soleil is the perfect blend of service, sophistication & elegance.
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Hyatt Regency Hotel

A classic, reborn. Hyatt Regency Vancouver, is pleased to announce their new (2015) free WiFi service, to all guests who stay in this prime location. This gracious hotel in downtown Vancouver boasts well appointed, modern guest rooms with contempo...
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Sylvia Hotel

An ivy-covered heritage building ideally situated on beautiful English Bay - just 2 blocks from world famous Stanley Park, yet only 5 minutes from Robson St shopping & downtown Vancouver. Restaurant, bar, bistro & patio on site, all overlooking En...
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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to Vancouver

When flying in to Vancouver, book a window seat – the approach offers great views of the... Read more mountains, the Fraser River and distant Vancouver Island. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is just a short drive from downtown, or ride the rapid transit Canada Line from the airport to the city centre. The city is also accessible by bus, train or floatplane. A full range of taxi, transit, car and bike rental options are also available.

Getting around Vancouver

You can get just about anywhere you need to go in Metro Vancouver on the city’s TransLink... Read more system, which includes buses; three rapid transit lines, known as the SkyTrain; and the SeaBus, a passenger ferry serving North Vancouver. SkyTrain is a great way to travel to and from Vancouver International Airport, and to explore Richmond, Burnaby and New Westminster. The SeaBus makes regular crossings between downtown Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Vancouver boasts an extensive network of bike paths including the car-free Seawall Path, which runs more than 20 km (12 mi) along Vancouver’s waterfront.

Amtrak Cascades

All aboard! The Amtrak Cascades train service runs daily from Eugene, Oregon, via Portland and... Read more Seattle, to downtown Vancouver. With meal service,bike racks, on-board Wifi and scenery galore, it's one of the most relaxing ways to reach Vancouver.

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