Something I didn’t realize about Vancouver dining was that a lot of it is a fusion of foods from different cultures – mostly Asian. It’s very evident once you get there, but you know, I’m not complaining 🙂
Here’s everywhere we ate in Vancouver (with the last being the best here)!
Outside YVR Airport (multiple locations)
You can find Japadog at a few locations in Los Angeles, so I had no idea it was a Vancouver treat until we got there. There are several places where you’ll find these hot dog carts, and because none of us have actually ever eaten the ones in LA, we figured this would be a good time to try it from where it originated (plus, we were starving after the flight). These hot dogs are basically inspired by Japanese flavors, so they’re uniquely tasty.
Tony’s Fish & Oyster Cafe
1511 Anderson St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R5, Canada
As we walked around Granville Island looking for something to eat, we decided to stop into this small restaurant, mostly because the name had “Oyster” in it. A big thing to enjoy in Vancouver is the seafood, so we made sure to enjoy it as much as possible. This restaurant is pretty simple and sweet, much like your typical mom & pop restaurant with clam chower, fish and chips, and, of course, West Coast oysters.
Guu with Otokomae
375 Water St #105, Vancouver, BC V6B 5C6, Canada
One night, we were supposed to have dinner at Miku, but because they have some really rude and misleading customer service (I didn’t make a reservation, and they said if we got there before 7 we’d be okay. Well, we got there before 7, and there was a 2 hour wait), we ended up looking for an alternative. Both Guu with Otokomae and Guu with Garlic came highly recommended, but Guu with Otokomae was closer to where we were. They had excellent customer service and called me when our table was ready.
This is an izakaya restaurant, so it’s a fun and chill place to go for drinks and small plates. It’s almost like tapas 🙂 We really enjoyed the vibe, and the price tag for everything wasn’t so bad either.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
1690 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C7, Canada
On one day when it was rainy, we knew it’d be suitable to enjoy some soup. We had found out about this ramen spot and decided this was the day to go try it out. It’s really popular – and for good reason! If you go and see a significant line, don’t worry too much. They keep it moving pretty steadily, so everyone that goes to eat pretty much eats and leaves. There’s not much lingering time after the meal here.
If you find yourself waiting in line though, right next door is a boba/bubble tea spot called The Bubble Tea Shop (1680 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C7, Canada). This is where I got this black sesame waffle on the left which was sooooo good. They make it fresh so it was really warm and fluffy on the inside with a very light crisp on the outside.
Rodney’s Oyster House
1228 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6L2, Canada
During the planning process, several of us noticed the popularity of Rodney’s. I made sure we would be able to go, but I don’t think we were blown away by it. The food was good but not necessarily amazing. We got a lot of seafood plates, and it was interesting how a lot of it was paired with Asian-inspired sauces (sweet & sour, plum sauce, etc). The oysters were good, but most of the food is very heavy, salty, and fried, so if that’s your cup of tea, this spot is for you.
Vancouver Food Tour
318 Homer St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2V2, Canada
One of my favorite things to do in any city we visit is to go on a food tour. I was so happy to find this one that took place in one of the more popular areas for food in Vancouver – Gastown. We learned fun tidbits about the city and walked around from restaurant to restaurant (which is necessary to help make room for the next stop’s food!). We probably had the most delicious and unique food during this time, and several restaurants that offered wine, beer, and cocktail pairings which made it well worth the cost of the tour.
A lot of the food we tried on this tour incorporated a lot of locally produced food and wines so you’ll definitely walk away with a good taste of what’s truly local to the city.
Our tour guide was also awesome and very well-informed. I’d highly recommend joining a food tour out here if you ever visit! Here’s the link to the company we used: http://www.vancouverfoodtour.com/