16 May 2018
For quality and innovation when it comes to cooking, Vancouver is the ultimate destination for foodies. The variety is second to none, and Vancouver boasts a dining culture which shows off the city's diversity with the highest calibre of every cuisine on offer, from sushi to charcuterie. Here are some of the most tantalising culinary experiences that Vancouver has to offer.
Known for producing some of the freshest seafood, eateries in Vancouver strive to offer the most sustainably-sourced and delicious options in Canada. Head to the award-winning Blue Water Café in Yaletown and try seasonable lobster straight from the tank or the delicious seafood tower – three tiers of fresh oysters, prawns and delicacies from the ocean. Due to the fresh, cold waters of British Columbia, Vancouver, as a result, produces impeccable oysters. Visit Blackbird Public House downtown where you can enjoy a selection of freshly-shucked oysters with a chilled sauvignon blanc in casual surroundings.
If you’re looking for incredible Japanese cuisine, Vancouver is famously dubbed the sushi capital of North America. Thanks to the city's top-quality seafood, sushi connoisseurs can expect a west coast twist on Japanese classics and the finest nigiri and maki around.
Increasingly becoming a more popular way to dine, Vancouver does the leisurely pace of brunch effortlessly. In Gastown, head to Catch 122 for French-inspired comfort food on their brunch menu served up until 3 pm daily. Expect delicious baked eggs with halloumi and sweet cheesecake waffles washed down with classic breakfast cocktails including mimosas and espresso martinis. For a decadent twist on your favourite breakfast dishes, MARKET at Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver offers an upscale menu of sharing plates, with everything from caramelised banana French toast to braised beef short rib hash.
Dinner with a view
With no shortage of incredible views in British Columbia - from the glittering waterfront to the towering mountains – drinking and dining with breathtaking views is a must in Vancouver. Seasons in the Park is perfectly poised to offer a stunning panoramic view of the cityscape and mountains and serves an impressive Pacific Northwest menu with wonderfully-inspired dishes including grilled BC salmon and Fraser Valley pork chop with mac n’ cheese. For casual people-watching, Vancouver is filled with patio bars where you can grab a drink, sit back and enjoy the view in the sunshine. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a patio that doesn’t offer a stunning vista in Vancouver, why not take a seat at the café at Vancouver Art Gallery and take in the bustling downtown scenes.
Vancouver is home to a plethora of talented celebrity chefs who serve up delicious and exotic cuisine at restaurants around the city. David Hawksworth is a native of Vancouver and his self-named eatery ‘Hawksworth Restaurant’ serves a fine and diverse menu of contemporary cuisine put together with expert technique. Savour journey menus with matching wines for a true Canadian culinary experience.
Despite the name, the California roll was famously created in Vancouver in 1970. The creator, Japanese chef Hidekazu Tojo has his own restaurant named Tojo’s on West Broadway where you can try California rolls and other sushi dishes made by the master himself.
Culinary tours and unique dining experiences
For a real taste of Vancouver why not head out on a culinary tour – choose from visiting Vancouver’s top street food trucks, gastronomic Gastown or the world-famous Granville Island market. Some of the foods you may experience include Chinese dim sum, West Coast seafood, pizza, gelato and of course the national dish of poutine. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, hop aboard a seaplane and soar over crystal-clear glacial lakes and mountains before landing and enjoying a delicious lakeside picnic.