Vancouver Art Gallery Café – Cafeteria style great food (750 Hornby St.) – Great food and atmosphere, and an amazing patio in the summer right downtown across from Robson Square. They specialize in soups, salads, and sandwiches, and also do catered lunches and catering. $5-12.
Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House – (777 Thurlow St. corner Robson) – In 1885, Joe landed upon Vancouver’s shores and settled into a cabin in English Bay. He quickly became one of Vancouver’s most popular citizens, first as a bartender and later as Vancouver’s first official lifeguard. Today, he is remembered by a monument near the site of his home. Ethel Wilson mentioned Joe in her short story “Down at English Bay” (1949) in The Vancouver Stories anthology. In the summer there is a large roof-top terrace overlooking Robson and Thurlow. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner. $15-45.
Giovane café – bakery, gourmet shop, and coffee shop in the Fairmount Pacific Rim Hotel (1038 Canada Place) Open daily 6am – 7:30pm. Great gourmet gift shop. Try their peanut-butter and chocolate cake! $5-30.
Bellaggio Cafe – Cozy café filled with books (773 Hornby St. across from the Vancouver Art Gallery) – Breakfast and brunch daily 7am-2pm, great selection of traditional breakfast dishes. Large portions. They also serve lunch and dinners, pasta and pizza, and have a patio facing the Gallery. $12-25.
Breka – European bakery and café (818 Bute St. corner Robson) Great selection of European and German pastries and cakes, as well as gourmet sandwiches. With two other locations in Vancouver. Try their Bienenstich German cake! Open 24/7. $5-10.
Cloud 9 – Rotating restaurant and lounge atop the Empire Landmark Hotel (1400 Robson Street) – Breakfast daily 6:30-10am, drinks and dinner 5:30-11:30pm. The view is truly magnificent, day or night time. The rotation takes an hour and a half and you can see all of downtown, the mountains, the ocean and Stanley Park. Breakfast buffet is $19, but not very impressive. Great selection of cocktails $8-10. Check for dinner specials on their website.
Sala Thai – authentic Thai cuisine (102 – 888 Burrard St., across from Scotiobank Movie Theatre) – One of the best Thai restaurants in Canada, founded in 1986, they occasionally offer cooking classes! Open daily 11:30am-10pm. $15-35.
Nelson the Seagull – Bread & coffee (315 Carrall St.) Open daily 9-5pm. Great breakfast, brunch, and lunch. They make their own almond milk from fresh almonds! Try their poached eggs with home-made sourdough bread! $10-20.
Steamworks Brewing Co. – Great beer, great food (375 Water St. next to the old train station in Gastown) – This is one of the nicest pubs in Vancouver. It has multiple levels and rooms, cozy armchairs, window tables overlooking the water, pool tables, a large patio, and a beer store. Check out the cool chalkboard art by Rob Bowen. Try their sweet potato fries with balsamic vinegar reduction and the Lions Gate Lager. $10-20.
Cardero Bottega – Gourmet Deli (1016 Cardero St.) – Best sandwiches in Vancouver! Italian imports pasta, olive oil and coffee are also for sale, along with home-made brownies. They also do catering! Closed on Mondays. All the sandwiches are to die for, but my favorite was “Jimmy the Greek.” $8-10.
Delany’s Coffee House – Good coffee and pastries (1105 Denman St.) – This is the original location of this Vancouver coffee shop; they now branched out to North Van and the suburbs. But it has become a regular coffee / tea stop for me on the way to English Bay. They also serve breakfast and have a very small sidewalk patio. $5-15.
The Nook – Italian restaurant (781 Denman Street, and in Kitselano, at 1525 Yew Street) Open daily at 5pm – closing, and open for weekend brunch at the Kitselano location from 10:30am. Great stone-oven pizza and pastas! $15-30.
Granville Island Brewery – Taproom, Pub, and Store (1441 Cartwright St. Granville Island) – One of BC’s most famous The tasting specials are great. Seasonal specials like Chocolate Stout and Winter Ale are very popular and delicious. They also serve some snacks. Tours are given 3 times daily and can be booked in the retail store. Tour $10 and includes 3 tasters. Open daily 12-8pm. $5-10.
Sandbar Seafood Restaurant – Best patio and view of the Granville Bridge and False Creek (1535 Johnston St. Granville Island) Open daily 11:30 am – 10:30 pm. Brunch Saturdays and Sundays 11:30am-3pm. But their selection is not very big. They are better for dinner, tapas, desert and drinks, especially on the patio in the summer. $14-40.
Aphrodite’s Organic Café – Organic Pie shop and café (3605 West 4th Ave.) Open daily 9am – 9 pm. Local, organic gourmet food, family-owned. Great food and pies! $10-20.
Prado – Coffee shop (1938 Commercial Drive, also in Gastown, at 100 West Hastings St.) Open daily 7am – 8pm. Organic pastries and great coffee. Great atmosphere and comfortable, bright space. $5-10.
Rangoli – Modern Indian fusion (1488 West 11th Ave. corner Granville, close to the the Stanley Theatre). Open daily 10am-11pm. Try their lamb and eggplant dishes! They also have a market with dishes and snacks to go. $20-30.
Sushi & Roll – Japanese Restaurant (103-10241 King George Boulevard, Surrey, near Surrey Central skytrain station) Open daily 11am-9pm. Try their Fantastic sushi roll and the Smoked Salmon and cream cheese roll! $10-15.
Nahm – Thai Bistro (202 -13650 102 Ave, Surrey, near Surrey Central skytrain station) Open daily 11am – 9pm. Great atmosphere and bright space. Try their green papaya salad! $10-25.
Krause Berry Farms and Winery – Farm, gift shop, pie shop, bakery, restaurant, wine tasting, and event venue (6179 – 248th Street, Langley) Open daily 8:30am – 5:30pm. Great pies! Try their waffles! $10-25.
Duft & Co. Bakehouse – artisanal bakery and cafe (103 – 2636 Montrose Ave. Abbotsford) Open daily 9am – 4pm, closed on Sundays. Try their lemon and breakfast buns, and their bittersweet brownie! $5-10.
Lelem – Arts and Cultural Cafe (100-23285 Billy Brown Rd. Fort Langley) – A selection of coffees, teas, baked goods, and lunches will head the list of offerings, as well as historically-themed food options for special events and daily visitors to the site. Kwantlen First Nation has been supplying food to Fort Langley since the Hudson’s Bay Company trade post was established in 1827. Historically, the Kwantlen brought salmon to trade, which were then salted and shipped to Hawaii. The café itself is adorned with traditional art hand crafted by First Nations artists, including artists from the Kwantlen community. Open daily 7am-10:30pm. $5-20.
Taphouse and Eatery – brewery and trendy pub (9143 Glover Rd. Fort Langley) – great for dinner. Open daily 11:30am-10pm (10am-10pm on the weekend). Try the cranberry beer and their burgers! $15-35.
Little White House & Co. – lifestyle boutique and French cafe (9090 Glover Rd., Fort Langley) Open daily 10:30am-5pm (kitchen closes at 4pm). Try their brunch or high tea (with sandwiches and scones)! $15-35.
Steam – Tea House (2342 East Hastings St. – inside Donald’s Market) Open 11am – 7pm daily, except Thursdays. Best loose-leaf tea selections in Vancouver! $10-15.
The Book Man – used book stores (45939 Wellington Ave. Chilliwack and in Little Oak Mall, 5 – 2630 Bourquin Cres. West, Abbotsford) Great selection of used books, as well as new notebooks, journals, and paper gifts. Say hi to Nietzsche the cat! $5-10.
Well Seasoned – gourmet food store and cooking school (117 – 20353 64th Ave. Langley) Open daily 9am-6pm (10am-5pm on Sundays). Great store and great cooking and baking courses!
Cranberries Naturally – Everything made with local cranberries (9203 Glover Rd. Fort Langley) Open daily 11am – 5pm. All natural products. $10-20.
Bella & Wren – clothing and accessories (lifestyle) boutique (2 – 9110 Glover Rd. Fort Langley) Open daily 10am-6pm (11am-6pm on Sundays). They carry stylish equestrian jackets made by Noel Asmar, who designed the uniforms for the Canadian Olympic team.