Vancouver Highlights


belcafeBelCafé – Café inside the Rosewood Hotel Georgia (801 West Georgia St.) Open daily 7am – 5pm. Try their chia pudding jars, the deconstructed sushi salad, and their lavender tea lattes. Now with a new location is Kitsilano. $15-30.

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 – Seafood restaurant (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.

Nightingale – Gourmet Italian cuisine (1017 West Hastings St.) – Open daily 11am-12am. The name is inspired by Aesop’s Fable of the “Hawk & the Nightingale,” which tells the story of a hungry hawk who chooses to keep his tiny nightingale instead of waiting for a bigger bird to come along: it gives us the proverb “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” Try their pasta! $20-50.

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. Currently under re-construction! 

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.

IMG_20170423_234918_773Nero Waffle Bar – Great sweet and savory waffles for breakfast and brunch (two locations: 1703 Robson St. corner Bidwell, very small café, open 11am-11pm, and a bigger café at 1002 Seymour St. corner Nelson, open 12pm-12am) – try their Rocket savory waffle and the smoked salmon one! They also have packs of 7 sweet waffles to go – try the chocolate one! $5-25.

Homer St. Café and Bar – Rotisserie and restaurant (898 Homer St., corner Smithe St.) Classic comfort cooking takes centre stage thanks to a fire engine red rotisserie that roasts all manner of proteins. Try their Lemon Ricotta Fritters for brunch! Open daily 11:30am – 11pm. $15-35.

Beard Papa’s Cream Puffs – fresh and authentic cream puffs and eclairs (548 Robson St., corner Richards St.) Open daily 11am – 8pm. $3-20.

Yew – Seafood restaurant and bar in the Four Seasons Hotel (791 West Georgia St.)  Great for brunch. Open daily 7am-12am. $19-55.

Delicious Pho – Best Vietnamese soups on the West Coast (255 Robson St. corner Cambie, near BC Place) – open daily 11am-10pm. Try their vegetarian pho with tofu! Also great for take-out! $10-20.



honey-salt-roomHoney Salt – Great brunch and high tea place with great dinner options as well (inside the Parq casino, hotel, and restaurant complex, 39 Smithe St.) The first collaborative venture for renowned restaurateur Elizabeth Blau and her husband, award-winning Chef Kim Canteenwalla, Honey Salt is inspired by the couple’s passion for entertaining. Together, the couple is passionate in their desire to bring the freshest possible products to Honey Salt and have established and will continue to explore relationships with farmers, fishermen and growers who can provide the best meals possible. Open daily 6:30am-10pm. $20-50.

Small VictorySmall Victory Bakery – Bakery and café (1088 Homer St. near the corner of Helmcken St.) Open daily 8am-6pm. Great for tea, coffee, and pastries to go, as well as breakfast and lunch menu. Thier croissants are the real deal, and their pastries are the best in town! Try their zucchini and feta tart and London Fog! $10-20.



Nelson the SeagullNelson the Seagull – Bread & coffee (315 Carrall St.) Open daily 9-5pm. Airy, quaint coffeehouse and bake shop for breakfast, breads, pastries, sandwiches and picnic boards. 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.

IMG_20180726_072347_267Bauhaus – German cuisine with a modern spin (1 West Cordova St. corner Carrall St.) – open 11:30am-2:30pm and 5-10:30pm. Owned by German film director Uwe Boll, the award-winning restaurant is known for its modern take on German cuisine and attention to detail. The menu delicately balances European cuisine with West Coast influences. In 2017, it was listed as a restaurant to watch by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ Diner’s Discovery Series. This past year Bauhaus was listed as one of the best German bars and restaurants around the world by CNN, and as part of the new global face of German cuisine by Wine Enthusiast. Recently announced: expansion to Toronto in spring 2019. Located in Gastown, the restaurant is housed inside one of Vancouver’s unique historic buildings, The Boulder Hotel, which was originally built in 1890. Over the last 100 years, the building has gone through many changes, from its early days as a saloon, to a bank, and, finally, a hotel. Led by Vancouver designer Andrea Greenway, the restaurant has been designed to work within this historic space, featuring a dining room, a large lounge area, and an open-concept kitchen. Try their Schnitzel! $25-50.

Pure Bread – Bakery and café (159 West Hastings, corner Cambie St.) – open 8am-5:30pm. Try their coffee and pastries! $5-10.

Steamworks Brewing Co. – Great beer, good pub food (375 Water St. next to the old train station in Gastown) – This pub 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.

West End: 

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. and other locations) – 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: 

Public Market – Great food, produce, specialty and gourmet deli market (1502 Island Park Walk) – open daily 9am-7pm. $5-50.

Granville Island Brewery – Taproom, Pub, and Store (1441 Cartwright St. Granville Island) – One of BC’s most famous breweries. 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.

Edible Canada – Canadian bistro and artisan products shop (1596 Johnson St. Granville Island) – open daily 11am-9pm, earlier on weekends. Try their brunch and hot chocolate! $15-50.

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- 9pm. Local, organic gourmet food, family-owned. Great food and pies! $10-20.

348sOakwood – Canadian bistro (2741 West 4th Ave.) – Open 5pm-10:30pm and for brunch as of 10am on the weekends, closed on Mondays. Canadian cuisine using housemade & local ingredients in a warm, wood-paneled room with a fireplace. $20-45.

English Bay, Vancouver (photo by K.Sark)

Main Street Adjacent: 

Acorn HalloumiThe Acorn – Vegetarian restaurant (3995 Main St.) – Great local vegetarian and vegan food and cocktails. Open 5:30pm-12am, and for brunch on the weekends. Closed on Wednesdays. The Acorn is an award-winning, vegetable-forward restaurant and bar located at the heart of Vancouver’s Main St. It is a destination for diners seeking the best and most creative meals made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Carefully crafted dishes cater to vegans and gluten free diners while ensuring that even the staunchest meat eaters leave fully satisfied. Try their fried Haloumi cheese! $20-40.

Fable Diner – Great brunch place on Broadway and Main (151 East Broadway) and also in Kits Beach (1944 West 4th Ave.) Try their Heuvos Rancheros! Open 7:30am-10pm. $15-35.

Earnest Ice Cream – Gourmet ice cream shops, now with 4 locations (1829 Quebec St., 3992 Fraser St., 1485 Frances St., and in North Van, 127 W 1st St.) A lot of people recognize Earnest Ice Cream by the glass jars our ice cream comes in. We chose to use jars because they’re pretty (nothing wrong with that) and because we have a goal of becoming a zero waste company. After you’re done with your ice cream, you can wash out and return your jar and lid for a dollar back. Every jar returned saves energy expended on making a new one, so we really love when people bring their jars back. $5-10.


Commercial Drive:

IMG_20150901_160828Prado – 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. The street has a bunch of cute shops and cafés. Grab a coffee to go and go for a stroll around the neighbourhood. $5-10.


Granville and Kingsway: 

Rangoli – Modern Indian fusion (1488 West 11th Ave. corner Granville, close to 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.

Sienna – Italian cuisine (1485 West 12th Street, corner Granville, close to the Stanley Theatre). Open daily 5-10pm and for brunch as of 10:30am on weekends. 15% discount for theatre-goers. Try their bruschetta! $25-45.

Osteria Savio Volpe – Gourmet Italian cuisine, with fresh-made pasta (615 Kingsway, corner East 15th Ave.) – open daily 5-10:30pm. Try their Pappardelle lamb-sauce pasta! $25-50.

English Bay, snow and palm trees, Vancouver, 2009 (photo by K.Sark)

Further afield:

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 – Berry 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 – 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.

Gastown (photo by K.Sark)


Bookmark – Paper and gift shop (inside the Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia St. corner Homer St.) – open 10am-5:30pm except Sundays and Mondays. $10-15.

The Postcard Place – Papery with cards, postcards, and souvenirs (1666 Johnston St, Granville Island Net Loft) – open daily 9am-7pm. $5-25.

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.

Book ManThe 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.



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5 Responses to Vancouver Highlights

  1. Vanessa says:

    Happy New Year dear Kat! I always enjoy reading your great posts but especially when they’re about city recommendations as you always seem to find wonderful spots. Vancouver looks like my kind of town and the photos you took are fantastic as well. Hope you had a nice Christmas break and can’t wait to meet you in the near future.

  2. madeleine says:

    thank you for your wonderful comment on my blog.. I wish you a happy new year as well! I hope your year is full of wonderful surprises! I love your blogs their so well done.. And ofcourse the pictures are amazing!!!! I enjoy going through your recommendations for places to visit and eat in different cities.. I will be sure to go next time i visit:)

  3. hila says:

    this is great! I’ve got a friend moving to Canada, I should get her to read this post.

  4. It’s really a cool and helpful piece of info. I am glad that you shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  5. haha I remember well Tsunami Sushi! It was just in front of my hotel 🙂 Great souvenir 🙂

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