Hot damn does Vancouver love a new restaurant! That’s actually a good thing, because there are so many cool places that pop up each month that Vancouverites have to keep lists of places they still haven’t hit up, lest they be left out of water cooler conversations. Seriously, as a Vancouver conversation topic, “Which new restaurants have you been to?” is second only to “How crazy are these real estate prices, eh?”
But for every awesome new haunt, there are three mediocre joints that won’t last the year. And when you’re on vacation, you want to go to the hot new place that has staying power, so when your friends head to Vancouver a year from now, you’ll know where to send them. So we’ve done the leg work for you – these are the fresh new restaurants that you should visit while you’re in Vancouver. Read all about them on our blog over here!
There’s no shortage of amazing restaurants to be found in Vancouver. From casual fare to 5-star dining experiences, here’s but a few of our local favourites.
This Yaletown hotspot features stylishly-laidback atmosphere, innovative cocktails, craft-brewed beer and quality wines on tap. An inventive menu featuring hand crafted pizza and a modern twist on classic comfort cuisine guarantees a great time.
Come enjoy an unpretentious fling with fine dining in Chambar's new space. Chef Nico Schuermans offers up an innovative and fresh menu, in a room that positively glows.
What could be better than Dim Sum and a killer cocktail menu to boot? Getting a free appie to start off the night. Simply show them your room card or better yet, let us call and make you the reservation and enjoy this awesome Gastown gem.
Known for their breakfast, expect a hearty serving with a touch of cheek. “Whether you are famous or not, we will treat you with the same abuse!”
This downtown bistro features a classic French bistro coupled with small town friendliness. Their philosophy is “shop local” and their wine & beer list is exclusively BC. Be sure to go for a weekend Brunch but be early or ready to wait.
Straight from the fisherman’s ship to the Granville Street strip – here, the seafood is as fresh as the crowd. So roll up your sleeves, tie on a bib, grab a mallet and dig in – The Fish Shack has arrived. Local secret: Catch Buck-A-Shuck ($1 oysters) daily until 5pm & a great $9.95 Brunch Menu.
New to the West End, this Spanish restaurant features a fun tapas style menu with a fantastic atmosphere. Their location across from English Bay makes this place a must!
Serving unique food and wine in a comfortable setting, guests are welcomed with their passion and sincerity. Have a cup of coffee, glass of wine or 5 course daily inspired dinner and enjoy this South Granville newbie.
There is nothing more French Canadian than poutine. LBP channels Montreal and offers the best variety and quality in town. You need to try it.
A local fixture, Lolita’s was quick to make a name for itself as one of Vancouver’s best contemporary Mexican restaurants. Drop by and see why.
Tucked in the historic Dominion Building, Nuba captures the traditional Lebanese style of sharing with a menu of new and innovative dishes.
Perched beneath the bridge, this Granville Island eatery is a great spot to enjoy fresh seafood, as well as a stellar view from their second-floor patio.
Reservations aren’t an option. Arrive early, wait, drink, wait some more, then enjoy the most memorable Indian culinary experience of your life.
This West End gem is tucked away on Denman at Robson Street but boasts some of the best pizza in the city. Due to it’s small size, it can often be a long wait, but definitely worth it for sure!
A new spot by the Granville Street shopping area, this is a great place to slurp a bowl of pre-retail ramen, or stop by pre-party for their signature gyoza.
Awesome pizza comes to Robson Street with this new restaurant. Cool space, great pizza and leave room for the cute desserts in jars.
Just blocks from the hotel, this tiny space is home to a "plant-forward" menu, with lots of ingredients foraged by the staff. Feeling meaty? You can add wild game to some of the dishes.
A British-style gastropub on the far side of downtown. This is the place to make your "fish and chips with a pint of ale" dreams come true.
With amazing craft beers, great wines, a huge club scene and bartenders who rock it all night, you might just wake up to a crushing headache every morning.
This “diamond in the rough” on the second floor of a classic Gastown Heritage building overlooks one of Vancouver’s best corners. Their drink menu is fantastic and their dinner menu is even better and constantly updated.
Simply put, the Alibi Room is heaven for craft beer enthusiasts. Here, you’ll find great food, an eclectic crowd and the best selection of taps anywhere.
By day, the Backstage features one of the city’s most picturesque waterfront patios. By night, it’s also great for live music and chatting up the locals.
There’s no shortage of great clubs in Vancouver, but Bar Non’s distinct New York style and roster of internationally-renowned DJs makes it stand out.
Gay or straight, Celebrities has been voted the #1 dance club for five consecutive years by the city’s most popular publication, the Georgia Straight.
Yaletown’s newest addition, this craft distillery brews their own herbal-infused gins and vodkas and features Paulie’s Kitchen serving authentic Italian fare to completment your cocktail.
This straight-friendly gay bar features a rock solid cocktail and wine list, amazing DJs and no cover – all in a very chill, superbly designed space.
Nestled in historic Gastown, the Pourhouse is reminiscent of an early 1900s speakeasy. The food and drink here is so good, you’ll swear it’s illegal.
You’ll find this hidden gem in Blood Alley, where an awesome selection of wines and beers are paired effortlessly with fine cheeses and cured meats.
A pillar of the indie music scene, the Railway Club is one of the most relaxed, friendly and eclectic spots you’ll ever find; a favourite for locals young and old.
A comfortable, sociable place for people to gather offering a wide selection of quality craft beer, local music and a great atmosphere. On weekends, Portside becomes a nightclub with a full line of resident DJs.
Looking for some high end merchandise? We’ve got plenty. Looking for some rare bohemian finds? We’ve got that, too. You just have to know where to look.
One of our more “bohemian” shopping districts, the Drive features one-of-a-kind shops, colourful locals and an expressive edge unlike anything else.
Located in the West End, Davie Street is home to our vibrant gay community and colourful shops with everything from home furnishings to adult curios.
With its old world charm, historical Gastown is packed with trendy boutiques, high end furniture stores, rare antiques and gawdy tourist trinkets.
An island in the city with an amazing public market, skilled local artisans and stunning waterfront views, G.I. is just a short water-taxi ride from the Burrard.
With over 240 unique fashion, outdoor and specialty shops along trendy West 4th Avenue, Kitsilano is a beach-centric, ex-hippy paradise.
From its vintage fashions and rare vinyl, to attitude-heavy coffee shops and fixies galore – if hipsters took over the world, Main Street would be city hall.
In the heart of downtown, PAC Centre is the city’s go-to shopping mall with Holt Renfrew, Harry Rosen, MaxMara, Hugo Boss, Apple and many others.
Vancouver’s famous shopping street, Robson is lined with upscale fashion boutiques, one-of-a-kind stores and a sidewalk full of shopping addicts.
Mere minutes from downtown, the South Granville area is home to many upscale clothing stores, eateries, art galleries and high-end home décor.
Once a warehouse district, Yaletown now belongs to the young and upwardly mobile. Browse its top fashion and design shops, and soak up the ego!
Chances are, you’ve read up on all the usual tourist spots (and a few traps). With that in mind, we’ve left out the usual suspects for something less ordinary.
Rain or shine, take an exclusive peak behind the curtain of life in a Vancouver brewery and explore some of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Take in the smell of fermenting beer, meet the brewery staff, learn how beers are made and experience the magic that is the craft beer making process.
Renowned for its comedies, the Arts Club Theatre Company hosts a total of 14 productions annually. Bravo!
Take a trip out to Hastings Park and watch a bunch of little dudes in pretty suits ride in circles. Now pick a winner.
Rent a boat, hike the Chief, hop over to Bowen Island – just a short trip north from Vancouver, this is BC at its best!
Vancouver’s art scene goes beyond the VAG. Check out the Or, the CAG, The Belkin, Access to Artspeak.
Choose the suspension bridge that’s free of charge (and many tourists). Hiking, swimming and more awaits.
Get discovered at one of Vancouver’s many Karaoke bars. We recommend Fantacity and Hollywood North.
Founded in NYC, Vancouver’s own Kitty Nights feature a different lineup every Sunday at 9pm. Meow…
Take a bike along the seawall, and discover lesser-known attractions like the pitch’n putt and cricket courses.
Shed your inhibitions on Vancouver’s only clothing optional beach: Wreck Beach located in the UBC Endowment Lands. All skin aside, it’s one of our nicer beaches. A bit of a hike from downtown but worth a peek.
Fri-Sun, May-Sept, the Chinatown Night Market offers ethnic snacks, cheap finds and the odd pirated DVD.
Cadence Cycling Studio has been created by a group of individuals passionate about getting a great sweat from fun cardio classes. Cadence is Vancouver’s first Spinning-only facility that is dedicated to bringing this unique, rhythm-based indoor cycling experience to Vancouver.
YYoga offers a large variety of Yoga classes including Power, Yin & a Hot Yoga (Moksha) class that will warm even the coldest of bodies on a cool, wet day.
Affectionately known as "Mother Nature's stairmaster" this 2.9 km (1.8 mile) trail up to the top of Grouse Mountain has an elevation gain of 853 m (2,800 ft). So, yeah. Not for the faint of heart. Have a coffee (or beer) at the top, then take the SkyRide back down for $10.
"The Ride" is a 55-minute bike-based workout with a killer soundtrack, followed by a short meditation. Yes, this sounds a lot like a spin class to us as well, but our butt has never looked better, so we're not going to quibble.