Province/Territory: British Columbia

Savour food so local, you can practically see it growing

  • 65 different ethnic food varieties in nine short blocks on Denman Street
  • 100 mile diet: limited food miles, unlimited deliciousness
  • 01 dollar for ‘Buck A Shuck’ oyster Happy Hour

Explore Granville Island Public Market with a chef; discover insider foodie tips and chef secrets, while sampling all those heavenly local goodies.

Local, seasonal, sustainably-farmed; these are words you'll see a lot when you eat your way around Vancouver's vibrant restaurant scene. And they mean it. Produce is respected, local ingredients rule. Discover the best of British Columbia from purple Pemberton potatoes in your breakfast hashbrowns to Oceanwise sustainable wild salmon in a smoked 'salmwich' bun from a food truck on the street.

 

Why you should visit
  • Forage for flavours at the popular food trucks dotted around the city, cooking up everything from gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and slow-cooked BBQ pulled pork to creamy, spicy butter chicken and Japanese-style hot dogs.
  • Dig into traditional First Nations cooking at the Salmon and Bannock restaurant. Order an Elk Roast feast or maybe try a Wild Boar hotdog or Bison burger.
  • Eat your way around the world, all in one city; Vancouver's hugely diverse ethnic population creates a mosaic of different neighbourhoods, each offering their own delicious specialities. Visit Commercial Drive for authentic spicy Portugese Piri Piri or sweet Italian Cannoli. Slurp noodles in Chinatown. Quench your thirst with locally-brewed ales in Gastown's historic bars.

Weather

Vancouver has a year-round temperate climate. Summer (June to September) sees warm and dry weather, with increased precipitation in the spring and fall and infrequent snowfall and heavier precipitation during winter (December to March). Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada’s Canadian Climate Normals Website.

Visitor information
  • Look out for Ocean Wise branding on seafood menus around the city and across Canada. Ocean Wise is a conservation programme from the Vancouver Aquarium created to educate and inform consumers on the most sustainable seafood choices. Download the Ocean Wise app so you can easily find restaurants who provide ocean-friendly seafood options.
  • Shake it up in Gastown with fine dining and some of the city's best cocktails and brews.
  • Planning to eat somewhere special? With hundreds of restaurants to choose from, you're spoiled for choice. Make sure you call ahead and make a reservation.
When to go
  • For two weeks across January and February, the city heads to restaurants for the Dine Out menu specials, three-course meals starting from just $18. The perfect post-festive cheer-up.
  • Celebrate Spot Prawn season in May with a free festival down at Fisherman's Wharf with plenty of chances to sample delicious sustainable seafood straight off the boat.
  • Take the Aquabus to Granville Island to pick up a picnic of tempting British Columbia food treats; creamy goats cheese from Salt Spring Island, plump heirloom tomatoes from Victoria and heavenly Chilliwack blueberry scones. Eat on the sandy beach of English Bay and watch the Festival of Lights fireworks in August.
Need to know
  • With more than 1,600 restaurants across the city - where do you begin?! How about a Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Food tour with five courses, 14 tastings, three wine, beer and sake pairings over three hours? It's the Foodie way to sight-see!
  • Shop like a local and check out the city's vibrant Farmer's Market scene. See the best of each season laid out for you to enjoy. Bite into a juicy Vancouver Island apple. Sample goats' cheese made just a few miles away.
  • Want to take a foodie gift home? Look for vacuum-packed cold-smoked BC salmon from Granville Island to take back in your case. Seek out blossom honey and herb teas made from fragrant flowers and herbs.
Getting Here
  • Save money on transit around the city by picking up a book of ten FareSaver tickets. Each ticket is valid for 90 minutes and you can transfer from buses to the Canada Line or SkyTrain.
  • Vancouver has a proud reputation of being one of the world's most accessible cities with everything from the bus system to the horse-drawn carriage rides being accessible to all. Metered taxis are readily available and Vancouver enjoys safe streets for pedestrians in its downtown core.
  • Download and print a map or pick one up fom the visitor info centre.
  • Find out more about driving in BC.