Vancouver’s Best Restaurants For The Fantastic Foodie
While worldwide,Vancouver was put on the map through the Winter Olympic Games, us Canadians probably best recognize this beautiful city for its gorgeous landscape, and laid back attitude. Beneath the snow covered hills, and urban lifestyle locale there are hidden gems, and ultra-chic restaurants that are causing quite the stir. We uncover some of Vancouver’s most famed and fantastic eateries.
Best Bistro: Tableau Bar Bistro, 1181 Melville Street, Vancouver BC, V6E 0A3 (T: 604.639.8692)
This French-inspired cuisine is made with locally sourced and organic ingredients. The traditional cultured cuisine is served up by Executive Chef Marc-André Choquette and his talented team. The interior is beautifully renovated boasting an old world charm fused with modern and French inspired design elements. The French fare blends classic culinary flavours of Paris with the use of fresh west coast ingredients. This Coal Harbour restaurant is the perfect place for a business lunch, meeting friends, or everyday dining complete with a fully comprehensive bar menu.
Best Fine Dining: Hawksworth Restaurant, #750-669 Howe Street Vancouver, BC, V6C 0B4 (T: 604.609.6678)
This contemporary Canadian cuisine sources the best ingredients made available locally, and then from across Canada. They blend a range of classic culinary techniques and traditions drawn from our rich Canadian heritage, with fresh and vibrant organic and OceanWise ingredients that are conjured into sumptuous and wholesome dishes. The design space was created by celebrated and award winning Canadian interior designer Alessandro Munge from the firm Munge & Leung. The space was separated into four distinct rooms including a leather-panelled Bar & Lounge, an ultra-glam Pearl Room, and vibrant Art Room featuring a custom installation by local artist Rodney Graham. Upon entry the first floor York Room was inspired by the roaring 20’s, and sets the tone with original features and magnificent arc windows.
Best Patio: Dockside Restaurant, 1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver BC, V6H 3R9, (T: 604.685.7070)
This waterfront spot is located at Granville Island faces the city, and boasts a panoramic view of Yaletown and beyond the mountains of the North Shore. Their menu is made up of casual classics, fused with the freshest local ingredients and OceanWise certified seafood. The open dining room space offers a relaxed yet refined atmosphere that is wrapped in floor to ceiling windows. The venue is protected on three sides making it a tranquil oasis, of course with the occasional sounds of boats making their way along the island. With a recent renovation, the restaurant features an added fireplace and casual seating areas, combined with their signature elements such as a 50-foot aquarium and an open kitchen.
Best Brunch: Medina Cafe, 556 Beatty Street, Vancouver BC, V6B 2L3, (T: 604.879.3114)
Named after the second holiest city next to Mecca, meaning radiant or enlightened city, this trendy spot is one of the Vancouver city’s most stylish additions. Located in the historic part of Gastown, this serves brunch to crowds, and are also famed for their cup of coffee as their motto is “Life is too short for bad coffee.” It was designed by co-owner Karri Schuermans, Medina was arrived with the purpose of doubling as a high-end private dining room in the evening. Designed using green building materials including a recycled glass bar top , palm wood panelling, and exposed brick this cafe has all of the makings for a stylish, warm, and modern spot.
Best Cheap Eats: The Famous Warehouse, 989 Granville Street, Vancouver BC, V6B 2C9 (T: 604.677.8080)
This cheap eats classic pub fare find is the perfect spot when you want to stretch your dollar. The meals are served under$5, and are renowned city wide for their excellent taste, and locally sourced ingredients. This favorite small spot is home to many students, locals, and tourists alike who all recognize the thrifty price but appreciate their attentive service and charming interior. Dim lighting, and classic picnic bench seating make this spot as casual as it is cool. The owners of this infamous restaurant have added two more locations to the surrounding area, The Dime, and The Hastings Warehouse, all of which feature the cheap eats attitude.
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