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The best Vancouver restaurants and cafés

Dine with a view and feast like a king with our guide to the best restaurants and cafés in Vancouver

Sushi, Vancouver, Canada

Make sure you don’t get a raw deal in Vancouver’s sushi joints © Shannon Mendes

Vancouver restaurants and cafés

Chinatown, Vancouver, Canada

Chinatown © Doug Schnurr /

Asian cuisine dominates the Vancouver foodie scene, and if one dish typifies Vancouver restaurants it’s surely sushi. Quite simply, the city enjoys some of the best and most affordable sushi anywhere. Blue Water Café & Raw Bar serves up award-winning (albeit pricey) maki and nigiri rolls, making it one of the most desirable places to eat in Vancouver. Luckily, if you’re after something cheaper, you have a wealth of options, among them Momo Sushi (no website) in Gastown or Toshi Sushi in East Vancouver. 

Outside China and Hong Kong, Vancouver also has some of the finest Chinese food around. Cantonese cuisine, which places an emphasis on clean flavours and fresh ingredients, is the dominant culinary style. Dim sum lunches at Jade Dynasty (no website) in Chinatown or Downtown’s Kirin Mandarin Restaurant are great choices, while Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant on Main Street is a local institution. In Chinatown, Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie offers some of the best Chinese fusion dinners in the city.

In a coastal city dominated by mountains there’s no shortage of restaurants with views. On the beach, the Cactus Club Cafe offers sunset vistas of English Bay, while The Sandbar on Granville Island has unparalleled prospects of Vancouver’s skyline. Gaze wistfully at the North Shore mountains over brunch at Seasons in the Park, in Queen Elizabeth Park. For night views of Vancouver, The Observatory atop Grouse Mountain is your best bet – though expect to pay for the privilege.

Like any self-respecting ‘left coast’ metropolis, Vancouver has a thriving café culture. Independents like the atmospheric Our Town Cafe (no website) on East Broadway or Revolver in Gastown offer necessary caffeine boosts to Vancouverites. Caffè Artigiano and 49th Parallel are local favourites with multiple branches, some of which boast special features: go to the Main Street location of 49th Parallel, for example, to savour Lucky’s Doughnuts. Even local chains like Blenz and Bean Around the World are safe bets that have held their ground in the face of competition from Starbucks and its ilk.  


Venue details

49th Parallel Café & Lucky’s Doughnuts 2902 Main Street. 604 872 4901.
Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie 163 Keefer Street. 604 688 0876.
Blue Water Café & Raw Bar 1095 Hamilton Street. 604 688 8078.
Cactus Club Cafe 1790 Beach Avenue. 604 681 2582.
Jade Dynasty Restaurant 137 East Pender Street. 604 683 8816.
Kirin Mandarin Restaurant 1172 Alberni Street. 604 682 8833.
Momo Sushi 375 Water Street #6. 604 683 7632.
The Observatory
 6400 Nancy Greene Way. 604 980 9311.
Our Town Cafe 
245 East Broadway, 604 879 1924.
Revolver Coffee 325 Cambie Street. 604 558 4444.
The Sandbar 1535 Johnston Street #102. 604 669 9030.
Seasons in the Park Queen Elizabeth Park, West 33rd Avenue at Cambie Street. 604 874 8008.
Sun Sui Wah 325 Cambie Street. 604 558 4444.
Toshi Sushi 181 East 16th Avenue. 604 874 5173.


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