Vancouver Gastro Guide for Foodies

Endless variety in Vancouver, and farm-fresh too

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Explore Vancouver‘s foodie and gastro side. Vancouver is nothing short of a glorious safari of freshness, flavor and ethnic origins that have foodies salivating at every turn.

The city’s dynamic, multi-cultural culture, coupled with Vancouver’s eat fresh ethos – the 100-mile diet originated here – and you’ll find something to satiate the most finicky taste-spuds.

Foodie Trucks & Tours in Vancouver

Over 100 food trucks cover the gamut from hot dog carts to elite chefs spinning off their cuisine into low-cost menu items for the lunch crowds.

A great way to explore some of the city’s more unique flavours, especially if time is of the essence. Vancouver Foodie Tours offer options around Gastown, Granville Island and the best of downtown’s foodie trucks. Check out A Wok around Chinatown with Robert Sung for something a bit more offbeat, including a dim sum lunch. Taste Vancouver offers tours around Little Italy (Commercial Drive) and North Vancouver

Granville Island

Granville Island‘s indoor market bombards your senses with fresh produce, pyramids of strawberries, buckets of blueberries, wet fish, crabs, oysters on mountains of crushed ice ….. the list is mouthwateringly endless. Then think fresh baked goods – sweet, savory, and everything in between. Organic meets. Cheeses. Hand-cured meats. Olives. You get the picture.

Warm the palette with a tasting flight at Artisan Sake Maker (Railspur Alley) or opt for an ale flight at Granville Island Brewing.

Be sure to visit Edible Canada. It is just what it says. Menu items embrace BC food. The shop sells BC and Canadian food gift products.

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Ale Trails

Vancouver is a haven for creative, exotic, delicious craft beers. Hit the highlights with Vancouver Brewery Tours, Canadian Craft Tours and Vine & Hops Wine & Beer Craft Tours.

Or seek the hop yourself. Crafters are scattered throughout the city with an informal hub around Main Street and along the Adanac Bike Trail, including:

You’ll find another hub just east of Gastown in Downtown Eastside, including:

  • Postmark Brewing – Love their ‘collaborative’ brews celebrating West Coast people and places
  • Powell Brewery – “Beer of the Year” award has turned this nano-micro into a maxi success
  • Storm Brewing – Vancouver’s longest running craft brewery is must for most beer aficionados

Tasting Places

Tasting rooms aren’t only in craft ale houses and wineries. Some have taken tasting to a fine art, and always with the opportunity to enjoy unusual pairings. Favorites include:

  • Salt Tasting Room, Gastown – specializes in artisan cheese, small-batch cured meats, and phenomenal wines
  • Shebeen, Gastown – A hidden-away whiskey oasis, round the back of the lively Irish Heather pub
  • Craft Beer Market, Olympic Village – a neighborhood pub, in a historic building, featuring 100+ local and international beers, a one-of-a-kind weekly brew and deliche West Coast fare
  • Vancouver Urban Winery, east of Gastown – the best of BC wines including one-off, limited releases
  • Grain Tasting Bar, Hyatt Regency, Downtown – a signature find for artisan cocktails – whisky, vodka, and gin alongside regional wines and craft beers.

Author’s Pick

If you’re looking for something that’s truly a taster’s delight, then put Bella Gelateria on your hit list. This tiny outlet at the corner of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel has garnered world renown for its extraordinary gelato ice-creams with flavors such as pecan and sea salt, drunken rum raisin, and Tiramisu.

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