Whether you fancy a sit-down meal or a quick snack on the go, Vancouver will provide. Boasting a huge variety of eateries, you’ll be able to satisfy your appetite without breaking the bank. No one area is home to all the best restaurants, and you’ll find plenty of places to eat all over the city.
Each of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods is home to a unique selection of restaurants, cafés and, of course, an absolute abundance of coffee shops. Some of the best neighbourhoods to check out if you’re feeling peckish include Chinatown, Mount Pleasant, Gastown and Commercial Drive.
Seafood is hugely popular here, especially sushi. Throughout Vancouver, you’ll find a huge selection of sushi restaurants from cheap and cheerful to high end stuff. Thanks to the city’s location on the water, the seafood is pretty much always fresh, ensuring that it tastes fantastic.
The number of Asian restaurants in Vancouver is mind-boggling. These include Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, and Vietnamese eateries. Other international cuisines are also well-represented, from French and Italian to Greek, Spanish, Mexican and more.
So, no matter what you’re craving, you’ll be able to find something delicious to eat that’s well-within your budget, thanks to the huge selection of restaurants all across Vancouver.
3211 West Broadway, Vancouver, Canada
Typical Price for Main Course: $10 - $16
If it’s fajitas and chimichangas you’re after, Andales is the place to go. With typical Tex Mex décor including several obligatory sombreros, the place is colourful, cheap and fun and an excellent place to begin a good night out.
103 Columbia Street, Vancouver, Canada
Typical Price for Main Course: $7 - $12
For the ultimate bargain meal Incendio is only too happy to oblige with an all-you-can-eat pizza on Sunday nights. Also with an extensive beer and wine list and twenty-two different types of pizza, this place is especially popular with the locals.
1193 Denman Street, Vancouver, Canada
Typical Price for Main Course: $13 - $24
This particular restaurant’s location is largely responsible for its popularity. Situated on the shoreline by the English Bay Beach, the view is superb. The food is good too and consists of a West Coast style menu with huge portions at a reasonable price. Be prepared to queue, but not for too long as the service is exceptionally efficient.
2095 West Fourth Avenue, Vancouver, Canada
Typical Price for Main Course: $4.50 - $14.95
Cluttered is probably a more suitable word than cosmic but the place is fun nevertheless. Packed with all types of knickknacks from the fifties and sixties, Sophie’s attracts all sorts. A simple menu with burgers, fries, milkshakes and the like, this is an eatery which you have to try at least once, for the sheer entertainment value if nothing else.
2724 West Fourth Avenue, Vancouver, Canada
Typical Price for Main Course: $3.95 - $8.25
Open twenty-four hours a day, this is Vancouver’s oldest vegetarian restaurant. Once a hippie haven, the Naam is now an institution in the city and attracts both locals and visitors in their droves to sample the extremely cheap portions of noodles, burritos, rice and other veggie delights.
970 Smithe Street, Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada
Even though this is a very busy spot you’ll be able to relax and enjoy a tasty meal in the comfortable atmosphere. Italian food is what’s on the menu here, with a great selection of pizzas and pasta dishes served up at reasonable prices alongside some very tempting desserts.
Open Mon-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri 11am-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun 4pm-10pm.
2781 Commercial Drive, Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Vancouver, Canada
This interesting little spot is a must if you’re dining out along The Drive. Everything here is fresh and handmade right down to the delicious tortillas. This is Mexican food with a twist as all the burritos, enchiladas, tacos and nachos on offer are vegetarian or vegan. This includes the various brunch dishes which are served every day until 3pm.
Open Sun-Thurs 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight.
2301 Main Street, Mount Pleasant, Vancouver, Canada
Generous portions of scrumptious vegetarian and vegan dishes are what you’ll find at this popular restaurant. Usually pretty crowded and a favourite with locals, this funky eatery offers a tempting array of dishes from nachos to tofu at very affordable prices.
Open Sun-Thurs noon-1am, Fri-Sat noon-2am.
154 East 8th Avenue, Mount Pleasant, Vancouver, Canada
Boasting a comfy, lived-in interior, Nice Café is a very popular spot with locals and is a great spot for breakfast, brunch or lunch. There’s a great choice on the menu including everything from soups and salads to big burgers, sandwiches and Canadian favourite, poutine. All-day breakfasts are also available along with diner regulars like apple pie, pancakes and sundaes.
Open Mon 9am-3pm, Tues-Sun 9am-4pm.
117 West Pender Street, Chinatown, Vancouver, Canada
On the menu of this chic little spot on the outskirts of Vancouver’s Chinatown neighbourhood you’ll find a good selection of modern Chinese dishes. Whether you fancy a big bowl of noodles or simply a spring roll sized snack, you’ll find something to tickle your taste buds.
Open Sun-Thurs 5pm-10pm, Fri 11.30am-midnight, Sat 5pm-midnight.