If you are reading this, you’re probably anticipating your trip to Vancouver or are contemplating on taking a visit to our beautiful city! Along with the enhanced use of digital technology such as smart phones and tablets, applications are on the rise as the best hand-held digital side-kicks. Applications – also known as apps – are software that provides quick and efficient access to everything; from social media platforms to digital cutting boards for your kitchen counter, there is an app for everyone. We have gathered a list of the best (free!) apps to have on your phone that will guarantee to make your travels to Vancouver a well-organized and fun experience!
Tourism Vancouver is the city’s premier hub for creating the best experience for visitors from around the world. Just a few years ago, Tourism Vancouver launched its first app, Visit Vancouver, to enhance their innovative approach to tourism. Visit Vancouver provides everything, from food to events and activities happening around the city. If you are looking to plan your trip to Vancouver, the app also provides assistance with planning accommodation and transportation! The design of Visit Vancouver is visually pleasing to the eye as it also includes photos and videos. Click here to find out more about the app!
OnTheGoKids is the perfect app for families that seek kid-friendly events and festivals happening in the city. Created by yoyomama.com, a Canadian website with a focus towards family-oriented products, events, and other services, this app allows you to store information and access it offline – no need for Wi-Fi! Similar to our other apps mentioned, OnTheGoKids also has GPS and directions included. If you want to share your experiences, OnTheGoKids allows you to connect to social media platforms as well! Download the app here!
With nightclubs located all around the downtown area, Vancouver’s nightlife is always a blast! Developed and founded in Vancouver, Nightbound allows users to check wait times for lines, apply for guest lists and even access special deals and discounts! As an app that has been featured on about.com and BC Living, Nightbound is perfect for saavy club-goers! Click here to download the app now!
Street Food (Vancouver)
Within the last few years, the food truck industry has been incredibly successful. From food truck festivals in the Olympic Village to the daily gathering of food trucks at the Vancouver Art Gallery, there is bound to be a food truck that caters to your taste buds! The Street Food app provides a list of food trucks in the downtown core. It is colour coordinated so that you know which food truck is open and what time, as well as the websites and social media platforms. If you’re looking for some of the best, there is also a list of the top 10 food trucks in the city – try Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck or Japadog! Click here to download!
We Heart Local
Many restaurants in Vancouver have opted for local BC family-owned farms and/or food businesses for their ingredients. We Heart Local is an app that provides a list of the freshest and highest quality of food items in your area, as well as recipes if you plan on cooking! This app is great for the economy of British Columbia and it also builds a tighter community among restaurateurs and farmers. Ready to try some local goods? Click here to download the app!
Developed by MetroVancouver as an initiative to encourage recycling, the TapMap app has remained as the go-to app for finding locations to refill your water bottles. With over 500 locations, TapMap encourages reusing bottles instead of plastic bottles, which end up in landfills every year. British Columbia has some of the cleanest water in the world – 30 000 samples are tested every year and the water is treated through world-class facilities. To quote Patricia Daly, the Chief Medical Health Officer for Vancouver Coastal Health: “most of the world does not have access to clean drinking water, but we have a pristine source of water here […] tap water is all I drink.” Vancouver is extremely environmentally friendly – join fellow Vancouverites and reduce, reuse, recycle! Click here for more information!
Translink is the transportation system for Metro Vancouver. Established in 1998, Translink has expanded from buses as their primary mode of transportation to skytrains, trains, and seabuses. Public transportation in Vancouver has improved vastly over the years – make sure you download the Translink app for access to live updates, maps, and stops! Click here to find out more!
Originating in the city of Ulm in Germany, Car2Go has been offering a unique way of transportation for its consumers since 2008. After you sign up as a member, you will be able to access any Car2Go vehicle in the areas offered, drive it to your destination, and drop it off. This reliable service is environmentally friendly and doesn’t charge you monthly – you pay as you go! Visit the Car2Go website for more information.
As a city that is constantly evolving, driving around Vancouver can sometimes be a hassle. The Go Parking app allows you to search up areas that provide free parking in your vicinity. Simply type in your location and Go Parking will compile a list with the distance included! Download the app for the inside scoop for free parking!
Canada’s largest food and drink festival is returning to Vancouver this month. If you are visiting the city from January 20th to February 5th, 2017, this experience is one not to be missed. Celebrating it’s 15th year, Dine Out Vancouver Festival includes over 280 restaurants offering three (or more) course prix-fix meals at $20, $30 or $40 per person.
Over the 17 days, festivalgoers are given a variety of dining experiences not offered throughout the rest of the year. Some of these include guided dining adventures, brunch crawls, cooking classes and cocktail masterclasses, guest Chef lectures, wine and craft beer tastings, street food markets and more! There are also special hotel rooms rates which allows visitors to experience a true “night on the town”. Most restaurants are now accepting reservations, so be sure to grab a spot while you can!
Here’s a full list of participating restaurants in this year’s Dine Out Vancouver.
1927 Lobby Lounge
Afghan Horsemen Restaurant
AllStar Wings & Ribs
American Cheesesteak Co. (The)
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine in Kitsilano
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine on Broadway
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine on Davie
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine on Denman
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine on Robson
Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery
Bimini Public House (The)
Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar (The)
Brasserie Bistro – Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites (The)
Butcher & Bullock
Cannibal Cafe (Commercial Drive)
Cheshire Cheese (The)
Cinema Public House
Deepwater Micro Eatery
District Brasserie (The)
Dubh Linn Gate
Fish Shack (The)
Flying Beaver Bar & Grill (The)
Gyoza Bar Ltd.
Hurricane Grill – North Vancouver
Hurricane Grill – Yaletown
Lamplighter Public House (The)
Las Margaritas Restaurante Y Cantina
Library Square Public House
Lickerish Restaurant & Lounge
Mahony & Sons – Stamps Landing
Mahony & Sons Public House – Coal Harbour
Match Eatery and Public House – Langley
Match Eatery and Public House – New West
Max’s Restaurant – Cuisine of the Philippines
New Oxford (The)
Old Spaghetti Factory (The)
Park at English Bay – Best Western Plus Sands Hotel (The)
Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery – Moda Hotel
Relish Public House
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. – Kitsilano
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. – Main
Romer’s – Kitsilano
Romer’s – Port Moody
Romer’s – River District
Romer’s – Yaletown
Spicy6 Indian Cuisine
Stages Bistro & Lounge – Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre
Tap & Barrel – Convention Centre
Tap & Barrel – Olympic Village
Tap & Barrel – Shipyards
TAPshack – Burrard Bridge
TAPshack – Coal Harbour
Three Brits Public House (The)
Vaades Indian Restaurant
American Grille – Vancouver Airport Marriott
Bay Moorings Restaurant
Bayside Lounge – Best Western Plus Sands Hotel
Bella Gelateria & Pizzeria – Yaletown
Bellaggio Cafe – Downtown
Bellaggio Wine Bar – Convention Centre
Boathouse Restaurant – English Bay (The)
Boathouse Restaurant – Kitsilano (The)
Boathouse Restaurant – New Westminster (The)
Boathouse Restaurant – Port Moody (The)
Boathouse Restaurant – Richmond (The)
Boathouse Restaurant – White Rock (The)
Bogart’s Bar & Restaurant – Hampton Inn & Suites
Bottleneck Bar & Grill
Bravo Cucina Ristorante
Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse
Burnaby Riverway Clubhouse
C|Prime Italian Steak & Wine
Cactus Club Cafe – Ash
Cactus Club Cafe – Bentall
Cactus Club Cafe – Byrne Road
Cactus Club Cafe – Coal Harbour
Cactus Club Cafe – English Bay
Cactus Club Cafe – Kingsway
Cactus Club Cafe – North Burnaby
Cactus Club Cafe – North Vancouver
Cactus Club Cafe – Park Royal
Cactus Club Cafe – Robson
Cactus Club Cafe – West Broadway
Cactus Club Cafe – Yaletown
Cascade Room (The)
Catch 122 Cafe & Bistro
Catch Kitchen + Bar
CAVU – Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel
Charcoal & Woodz – Holiday Inn Surrey Cloverdale
Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar – Coal Harbour
Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar – Kitsilano
Cibo Trattoria – Moda Hotel
Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant – Empire Landmark Hotel
Currents at Bayshore – The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
Curve Lounge – River Rock Casino Resort
Distillery Bar + Kitchen (The)
Dunn’s Famous Restaurant BC
e.b.o restaurant & lounge in the Delta Burnaby
Ebisu on Robson
Feast Neighbourhood Table
Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ – Downtown
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Dining – Broadway
Hapa Izakaya – Coal Harbour
Hapa Izakaya – Yaletown
Harold’s Bistro & Bar – Sheraton Vancouver Airport
Hub Restaurant – Denman
Hub Restaurant – Yaletown
Kaya Malay Bistro
La Cigale French Bistro
Lobby – The Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier (The)
Mangia e Scappa
Masa Japanese Restaurant
Mosaic Bar & Grille – Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Moxie’s Grill & Bar – Abbotsford
Moxie’s Grill & Bar – Davie
Moxie’s Grill & Bar – Guilford
Moxie’s Grill & Bar – Langley
Moxie’s Grill & Bar – Richmond
Oakwood Canadian Bistro (The)
Olive & Anchor
p2b bistro & bar – Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel
Pat Quinn’s Restaurant & Bar
Per Se Social Corner
Pier 7 Restaurant
PIER 73 Restaurant – Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport
Pink Elephant Thai Restaurant Ltd.
Prestons – Coast Coal Harbour Hotel
Reef Restaurant on Main (The)
Reef Restaurant on The Drive (The)
Saloniki Greek Taverna
Sandbar Seafood Restaurant (The)
Seasons in the Park
Shady Island Seafood Bar & Grill
Showcase Restaurant & Bar – Marriott Pinnacle Downtown
Spacca Napoli Pizzeria
Spencer’s – Delta Vancouver Suites Hotel
Sylvia Restaurant & Lounge – Sylvia Hotel
Teahouse Restaurant (The)
Ten Ten Tapas
The Yale Saloon
Trattoria – Kitsilano
Trattoria Italian Kitchen – Park Royal
Urban Thai Bistro
UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar – Moda Hotel
Village Table (The)
Water St. Cafe
Yaletown Brewing Co.
Yokohama Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant
Zend Conscious Lounge
Al Porto Ristorante
Ancora Waterfront Dining
ARC Restaurant – The Fairmont Waterfront
Arms Reach Bistro
Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge- Wedgewood Hotel & Spa
Baru Latino Restaurante
Beach Bay Café and Patio
Biercraft Wesbrook Village
Bin 941 Tapas Parlour
BISTRO SAKANA Neo Japonesque Sushi & Tapas
Black + Blue
Blue Martini Jazz Cafe
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
Bridges Restaurant, Bistro & Bar
Brix & Mortar
Cactus Club Cafe – Coal Harbour
Cafe II Nido
Cafe One – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel
Chi Modern Vietnamese Kitchen
Chop Steakhouse & Bar
Ciao Bella Restaurant Ltd.
CinCin Ristorante + Bar
Copper Chimney – Executive Hotel Le Soleil
DIVA at the Met – Metropolitan Hotel, Vancouver
Dockside Restaurant – Granville Island Hotel
East is East Chai Lounge – Broadway
East is East Chai Lounge – Main Street
Federico’s Supper Club
Francesco’s Ristorante Italia
GLOWBAL at Telus Garden
Gyu King Teppanyaki
Hart House Restaurant
Homer Street Cafe and Bar
House Special Vietnamese
Italian Kitchen (The)
Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House
Kamei Royale Japanese Restaurant
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Alberni (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Burnaby (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Coquitlam (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Dunsmuir (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Granville Island (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Langley (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Maple Ridge (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Morgan Creek (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Richmond South (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Scott Road (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Yaletown (The)
Kobe Japanese Steak House
La Pentola – Opus Hotel
LIFT Bar Grill View
MARKET by Jean-Georges
Mission Kits Restaurant
Notch 8 Restaurant & Bar- The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Observatory – Grouse Mountain Resorts (The)
Oceans 999 – Pan Pacific Vancouver
Poor Italian Ristorante
Reflect Social Dining + Lounge
Salmon House on the Hill
Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro
Steel Toad Brewpub & Dining Hall
Tableau Bar Bistro – Loden Hotel
The Greek by Anatoli
Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant
Tramonto – River Rock Casino Resort
Vancouver Fish Company Restaurant & Bar (The)
West Oak Restaurant
West Restaurant + Bar
Wild Fig (The)
WildTale Coastal Grill
YEW seafood + bar
Zen Japanese Restaurant
Feeling jetlagged or fatigued? Is the early wake up time hampering your mood? Well, the solution to combating this is simple: breakfast! Even when you are travelling it is important to remember that breakfast has long been recognized as the most important meal of the day and for good reason!
There is no shortage of great breakfast places in Vancouver, but the good news doesn’t stop there, many of them are actually located in close proximity to the Vancouver Lookout. Start your day off with a hearty meal at any of the restaurants recommended below and then come on over to the Lookout to get your 360° view of our beautiful city!
Brioche (3 minute walk)
Brioche Urban Eatery is conveniently located in the popular Gastown district. Their breakfast menu is loaded with local West Coast ingredients paired with traditional breakfast items such as omelettes, sandwiches, and pastries. This is the perfect place to stop at for a quick but delicious meal to start off your day.
Where: 401 West Cordova Street
Hours: Monday to Friday (7am-9pm), Saturday to Sunday (8am-9pm)
Pure Bread (4 minute walk)
Originally opened in Whistler, BC, Purebread is a local bakery that will surely satisfy your sweet tooth! If you’re short on time in the big city, stop by this bakery for a bite! Once you walk into Purebread, you are immediately greeted with a display of freshly-baked breads and pastries, guaranteed to make your mouth water! Why not take your meal to go and head up to the Lookout with your friends and family to enjoy breakfast with a view?
Where: 159 West Hastings Street
Hours: 8:30am-5:30am daily
Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar (7 minute walk)
After a long week of exploring, waking up early on the weekends can be a little difficult, so why not give brunch a try? With 2 locations in Vancouver, Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar has been operating since 2011, and it doesn’t show signs of stopping! Named after Richard Chew, a local Vancouverite with a passion for the hospitality industry, Chewies serves up the freshest breakfast dishes at their Coal Harbour location. From the ‘Big Chief Breakfast’ to Jambalaya, there is something for everyone at this beloved local restaurant.
Where: 110-1055 West Hastings Street
Hours: Saturday to Sunday (11am-2:30pm)
Jam Café (8 minute walk)
If you walk along Beatty Street on any given day, you will see a small line forming outside a rustic building. Originally from Victoria, BC, Jam Café is one of Vancouver’s newest hot spots. Their specials are posted daily on their website – there’s always something new and exciting to try! With creative menu items such as ‘The Gravy Coupe’ to ‘The Harrison Fernando’, there is never a dull moment at Jam Café! We recommend going early in the morning before the brunch rush as they don’t take reservations.
Where: 556 Beatty Street
Hours: Monday-Sunday (8am-3pm)
Nelson and the Seagull (10 minute walk)
Nelson and the Seagull is known for its simple yet nutritious breakfast menu. From everyone’s favourite go-to avocado on toast to the classic poached eggs, there’s bound to be something for everyone. With a focus on local fare, you’ll also fall in love with the freshly made in house bread. Its minimalistic concept and design sets the tone for a relaxed environment, perfect for chats over coffee or for quiet mornings with a newspaper.
Where: 315 Carrall Street
Hours: Monday to Friday (8am-5pm), Saturday to Sunday (9am-5pm)
Did you sleep in? Are you hungry, but it’s too early for lunch? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with this helpful list of places to grab brunch. These restaurants are all located in, or very close to, Downtown Vancouver so they’re very easy and convenient to get to.
Jam Cafe is an all-day breakfast and lunch joint that has everyone’s mouths watering. Established in Victoria, their success has brought them over to Vancouver. They are located on Beatty street, about a block away from Stadium-Chinatown Skytrain Station. They have something to satisfy every craving, from sweet treats like Triple Stack Pancakes, Red Velvet Pancakes to savory delights like Green Eggs and Ham and Huevos Rancheros. Served by welcoming staff, Jam Cafe is a great family-owned, rustic cafe.
Where: 556 Beatty Street
Hours: Monday to Friday (including holidays) 8:00am to 3:00pm
The Red Wagon is a wonderful neighbourhood joint located on the corner of East Hastings and Garden drive. The Red Wagon not only boasts about its magnificent all-day breakfast and lunch menu, it is also proud of its wide selection of wines on tap and local craft beers. Not only that, they also offer jaw dropping pies by The Pie Shoppe. Feel free to drop by and try out their Pulled Pork Pancakes or their Supertrucke; featuring 22 buttermilk pancakes, pulled pork, crisp pork belly, homefries and toast!
Where: 2296 East Hastings Street
Hours: Monday-Tuesday: 8:00am to 3:00pm. Wednesday through Friday: 8:00am until midnight. Saturday- Sunday: 9:00am until midnight.
Catch 122 offers all their brunch items for $13; served 7 days a week until 4:00pm. Come try out items such as the gastown classic, dirty breakfast and the catch 122! All of these are guaranteed to make your mouth water. Catch 122’s tasty food can be accompanied by any of their brunch cocktails; pretend its 5 o’clock and sip on a mimosa, a bourbon bellini or a espressotini! Yum! Don’t miss out on this great grub+drink combination and go to their location on West Hastings and Abbott street.
Where: 122 West Hastings Street
Hours: Monday: 8:00am to 4:00 pm; Tuesday – Thursday: 8:00am to 10:00pm; Friday: 8:00am to 10:30pm; Saturday: 9:00am to 10:30pm; Sundays: 9:00am to 4:00pm.
Bottomless mimosas. period.
Also featuring incredible Eggs Benny, comfy couches and a cozy, cute atmosphere. Located in Yaletown, close to Mainland and Helmcken street, it is very easy to get to. Go for the Hangouver Cure which is Fettuccine Alfredo, bacon, a poached egg and a vodka shot. Then stay for the bottomless mimosas.
Where: 1131 Mainland St
Specific Brunch Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am to 3:00am
Twisted Fork offers fantastic brunch options for $15.50 each. Favourites include the Eggs Benny and the Banana stuffed brioche French Toast. Same as Catch 122, Twisted Fork has a variety of brunch cocktails and mocktails that will complement your food quite well such as the Absinthe Pie and the Grandaddy Mimosa. And since waiting in line for a table in the rain is not pleasant, you can check how long the wait is right here.
Where: 1147 Granville Street
Hours: 7 days a week from 8:00am to 3:00pm
With autumn just around the corner, do you find yourself wishing that you were in Munich indulging in too much beer and heaps of hearty food? If the answer is yes, then the Harvest Haus Oktoberfest is for you!
Returning for its third year, Harvest Haus is bringing an authentic European-style Volksfest right to downtown Vancouver from September 29th to October 9th. As the largest Germanic-inspired cultural festival on the West Coast, this two-week long event is an immersive experience that seeks to share the tradition of the harvest while celebrating camaraderie and good cheer. There are 9 different sittings to choose from, each with distinct themes and special events such as the Lippensynchron Battle on October 8th or the traditional Sunday brunch on October 9th. Being held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, the Harvest Haus Halle can seat up to 1,000 merrymakers for a guaranteed joyous occasion. Easily accessible by Vancouver’s Skytrain, it is just a quick 5 to 10 minute walk from the Stadium-Chinatown station or Granville station.
Photo by: Inside Vancouver Blog
With a full range of European beer, wine, cider, and spirits there will certainly be a perfect fit for all. Food choices from far and wide– sample the pork hock rotisserie, sauerkraut, or bratwurst. Then head to the Artisan Bake Shop to pick up a salted pretzel or even an apfelstrudel to satisfy your sweet tooth. After stuffing your belly full, burn those calories on the dance floor or by taking a stroll through the open marketplace and the many stalls it has to offer.
This event allows many to experience the thrills of an Oktoberfest without the airfare, but also provides an opportunity for the creation of new friendships and offers a meaningful glimpse into the Bavarian tradition and culture.
To secure your spot at the festival visit Harvest Haus to purchase your tickets.
Date: September 29th – October 9th, 2016
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
Cost: $25 – $ 95, group/corporate packages available
Restrictions: Ages 19+ only
The leaves have changed colour, Halloween is just around the corner and the rain has set in; fall has arrived in Vancouver! It’s the season for sweaters, cute scarves and everyone’s favorite seasonal drink: Pumpkin Spice Lattes. If you’re getting tired of Starbucks or you want to try a PSL with a twist, check out any of the below locations for an amazing variation of this fall staple.
2565 Alma Street (Broadway & Alma)
Conveniently located only 10 minutes away from the University of British Columbia, Grounds for Coffee serves up a cozy Pumpkin Pie Latte. This café also serves up arguably the best cinnamon buns in the city – pair it with your Pumpkin Pie Latte for a match made in fall heaven.
595 Burrard Street (Bentall Centre)
4500 Oak Street (Oak & W29th)
Second Cup’s Pumpkin Spice Lattes are made with real white chocolate, espresso forte and pumpkin pie syrup. They are also garnished with pumpkin pie spice – perfect for those fall Instagram shots. You can find them in the Bentall Centre downtown or on Oak Street, just a block away from the beautiful VanDusen Botanical Gardens.
901 Homer Street (Homer & Smithe)
The Buzz Café and Espresso Bar serves up an array of fall themed drinks – including a traditional Pumpkin Spice Latte and a Canadian twist on the classic, a Maple Pumpkin Latte. And if pumpkin is not your thing, try their Ginger Banana Bread Latte, it will surely warm you up and get you in the fall spirit. This café is located in central downtown in Vancouver’s oldest retail art gallery, Harrison Galleries.
The Canadian answer to Starbucks offer up their own spin on a PSL, a Pumpkin Pie Caramel Macchiato – topped with caramel and graham crackers for that extra seasonal goodness. This time of year you can also find the Toffee Nut Latte on their menu if you wish to veer off the pumpkin path.
If you want pumpkin, just not in your coffee, head over to Trees Organic Coffee & Roasting House. Trees are known for their amazing cheesecakes, and this fall they’re serving up slices of pumpkin spice cheesecake. Of course, they also serve up PSLs if you want to pair your pumpkin cheesecake with a pumpkin drink. Downtown, you can find them in Gastown, Yaletown, and just two blocks over from the Lookout at Granville and West Hastings.
Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it while it’s still here. And any excuse for ice cream is always a good one. Good thing Vancouver has some amazing options for delicious ice cream. Here are the Lookout’s top recommended ice cream parlours in the city.
Starting off our list of ice cream shops is Earnest Ice Cream. A Vancouver favourite, Earnest Ice Cream has been serving delicious ice cream for the past four years, earning a reputation for their fun and innovative flavours. Check out their website to see the flavours they’re scooping that day, or drop by their second location just steps away from Olympic Village. You won’t be disappointed.
1829 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Hours: 10am-10pm daily
3992 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Hours: 12-10pm daily
Rain or Shine is making waves in the Vancouver ice cream scene. With everything made in store, including their fresh daily waffle cones, you’re sure to enjoy what Rain or Shine has to offer. Make sure to visit them on Taco Tuesdays to grab a one of a kind taco sundae!
Bonus: They also make cakes! These specialty ice cream cakes are made to order with the delicious Rain or Shine flavours you know and love. Be sure to put in an order 6 days in advance: http://rainorshineicecream.com/cakes/
1926 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Hours: 12-10pm daily
3382 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Hours: 12-10pm daily
UYU, named after the Korean word for milk, is the place to go for all those soft serve ice cream lovers out there. With soft serve ice cream made with organic milk and fresh ingredients, UYU serves up a delicious treat for any occasion. Don’t forget to add some toppings – from classics like strawberry, to the more unusual, such as black sesame powder.
433 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Hours: 12-10pm daily
This next ice cream shop is definitely turning heads. This recent addition to the Vancouver ice cream scene is bringing with it a new twist to how ice cream is done. Using freezing cold liquid nitrogen, Lik creates delicious creamy ice cream in seconds. Check out their signature creations, or stick to one of their delicious rotating flavours.
320 Robson Street, Vancouver
Sunday – Thursday: 12pm – 10:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 11:30pm
If you’re looking for amazing gelato in Vancouver, look no further than Bella Gelateria. This award winning Gelato stop is one of the most popular places in the city for a cold treat. With so many delicious classic flavours to choose from, it’s easy to understand why. You’ll no doubt find yourself coming back for more. Bella Gelateria has 2 convenient locations in Downtown Vancouver for you to satisfy that sweet tooth.
1001 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Sunday – Thursday: 11am–10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am–11pm
1089 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
Hours: 9am–11pm Daily
Vegan or lactose intolerant? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Yaletown’s newest ice-cream parlour is 100% dairy free, yet still delicious. They carry all the classic flavours, as well as many fruity variations sure to sate your appetite.
1022 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Sunday-Thursday: 12pm – 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 11pm
The sun is out and the sunglasses are on, which means that patio season has finally begun in Downtown Vancouver! What is patio season, you might ask? When the weather is cooperative with the sunshine, restaurants open up their outdoor seating. From there, you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city while having a meal with your friends and family. This is a great time for locals, as well as visitors, to enjoy the company of great food mixed with a brilliant outdoor atmosphere. From Gastown to False Creek, we have a list of the best patio-friendly restaurants that will have you feeling ready for the summer time!
The Chill Winston
The Chill Winston is sited at the end of Gastown, one of Downtown Vancouver’s oldest areas. Sticking to old-school traditions, they use local, wild, free-run, and organic ingredients in all their dishes. They boast a great selection of platters that are perfect for groups to share in the warm, sunny weather. The patio is located by Maple Tree Square, and it gives you the perfect view of the eventful city streets.
3 Alexander Street
604 288 9575
Cactus Club (Coal Harbour)
Situated to the left of the Olympic cauldron in Jack Poole Plaza is the Canadian casual-dining restaurant, Cactus Club Café. Since its first restaurant opening in North Vancouver, the restaurant chain has expanded all throughout Canada. Known for their wide selection of western-style dishes and laidback setting with friendly service, Cactus Club Café is definitely a top selection for a night out! Their Coal Harbour location provides a great view of the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Olympic cauldron, and several other outdoor art installations in the area. If you look further into the distance, you will also see the North Shore Mountains and the Burrard Inlet.
1085 Canada Place
604 620 7410
Who can think of a better place to have a meal by the water than at Cardero’s? Their patio is located by the marina of Coal Harbour, so fresh seafood is guaranteed! Since oyster season is starting to pick up, why not head on down to share a few with some friends and family? There are always specials on seafood along with the many wines that they offer. The patio views include beautiful mountains and seaside activity – you might even spot some Canadian wildlife (Click here to view our blog post about spotting some wildlife in Vancouver!). Cardero’s also offers live music every night, so it’s never a dull moment!
1583 Coal Harbour Quay
604 669 7666
Black & Blue Steakhouse
Located on Alberni Street, Black & Blue Steakhouse is one of the nine brands under Glowbal Restaurant Group. With a unique menu for both their patio and dining areas, Black & Blue Steakhouse carries everything from steaks to seafood. Their rooftop patio is perfect for small groups of people looking to relax after a long day at work. They have a large collection of different wines from around the Lower Mainland, as well as from around the world. This way, you can pair your favourite wine with your meal. Not only that, but they also have Canada’s first Josper Grill, a combination of an oven and grill that allows for the best way to bring out the flavours and textures in all types of food.
1032 Alberni Street
604 637 0777
Joe Fortes Seafood & Chophouse
If you walk along Robson Street downtown, you will eventually find Joe Fortes Seafood & Chophouse, a restaurant named after the prominent Vancouverite, Joe Fortes. Their patio, similar to Black & Blue Steakhouse, is located on the roof. This way, you can escape the busy city streets and enjoy a birds-eye view from above. The patio has everything, from a horseshoe bar to a cozy fireplace, which makes it the picture-perfect setting for catching up with friends or intimate dinners.
777 Thurlow Street
604 669 1940
The West End
Cactus Club (English Bay)
If you’re on the hunt for great views of the beach and sunset, then the Cactus Club Café located on English Bay is perfect for you! As the only restaurant located on English Bay, you are guaranteed the best views of the area. Although reservations are not required, we suggest making one to get the best seat in the restaurant.
1790 Beach Avenue
604 681 2582
Score on Davie
Where else would you find your meal stacked on top of a Caesar/Bloody Mary? Located in the heart of Davie Street, Score puts an interesting twist on traditional drinks and dishes. Their welcoming staff is always great with making conversation to make you feel right at home. If you’re also looking to make a few friends while you’re in town, Score is also a very popular place for locals as their bar always has the latest sports game showing! Start your night off by the patio and then make your way into the bar at night to experience the night life of Score!
1262 Davie Street
604 632 1646
If you’re looking for a cozy secluded patio setting, then Minami located in Yaletown is the perfect place to check out. A sister restaurant of Miku Waterfront, Minami offers traditional Aburi sushi that go well with flights of Japanese Sake. Unlike Miku Waterfront, Minami also touches on a fusion of Japanese cuisine with Western classics such as steaks, seafood dishes, and poultry.
1118 Mainland Street
604 685 8080
Romer’s Burger Bar
Romer’s Burger Bar is one of the best places for burgers in town. Currently, they have three locations all throughout the Greater Vancouver area – Kitsilano, River District, and Yaletown. Their menu is full of different kinds of dishes, but it’s their burgers that have stolen the hearts of visitors. From the “Wicked Deadly Cheeseburger” to the “Man’s Man Burger,” there is sure to be a burger to suit your tastes. Don’t forget to also pair your burger with fresh cut fries, which are available in six styles.
1039 Mainland Street
604 559 7210
Tap & Barrel
With three locations in Downtown Vancouver, Tap & Barrel continue to be one of the leading restaurants that boast the best views as well as craft beer selection. Their False Creek location provides a different perspective of the Downtown core. From their two-floor patio, you will be able to spot BC Place, Telus World of Science, Cambie bridge, and the docks for dragon boats. Tap & Barrel has an impeccable selection of shareables. Living up to our city’s goals to be greener, this restaurant chain utilizes local ingredients as well as implementing a custom tapping system for their wine in order to reduce their carbon footprint, and providing guests with the freshest food options.
1 Athletes Way
604 685 2223
Patio season is a great opportunity for friends and family to spend some time together while sharing some good food. We hope you enjoyed this list that we’ve compiled! If you’re interested in more restaurants to check out around Downtown Vancouver, check out our posts on the best desserts in town or restaurants five minutes away from the Vancouver Lookout!
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching us in Vancouver, and Cupid is no doubt getting ready for this holiday by polishing his trusty bow and arrow. With all the cotton-candy pink, bright red, and heart shaped boxes of chocolate, doesn’t it induce a craving inside of you that can only be satisfied by copious amounts of sugary sweets and rich, sweet desserts?
Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of the top 12 places here in Vancouver to indulge that sweet tooth. Whether you’re spending the day with a loved one, or just finding an excuse to delight in a dessert (after all, you deserve a treat!), then look no further.
A classic high-tea experience is what you’ll find at this quaint establishment, with shiny china tea cups and cloth napkins to charm you out of your fancy socks. For high-tea, you will receive a three tier tray of beautiful goodies, loaded with scones, sweets, tiny sandwiches, and of course, tea. From tangy tarts to beautiful pastries and everything in-between, this delightfully elegant experience is perfect for a leisurely afternoon. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are also available, as well as take-home orders made in advance. Don’t forget to wear your pearls!
Must Try: Dark chocolate pecan cake with milk chocolate chantilly. It looks decadent and almost too pretty to eat, but it’s worth every bite.
With seasonal treats such as candied chestnut lattes and chai apple cider, this cafe has easily built itself a sweet reputation (pun intended). Pick up a small batch of chocolates here, with prices running for individual pieces ($1.95) to a large box ($33.95), and everything in between! They use ingredients such as Tahitian vanilla, Quebec maple syrup, and the finest chocolate to craft these treats for you. If chocolate isn’t your thing, then take a nibble at one of their colorful macarons.
Must Try: The chocolate chip brown sugar macaron is a must, as is the cassis flavored one (a sweet, red liquer flavor with blackcurrants). Both pack a pleasant punch in terms of flavor.
A classic go-to for the city’s best waffles! You can choose between 2 types of waffles to start off with: brussels waffles (light and crispy waffles), or liege waffles (sweet and fluffy). After that, you have a hard decision to make. You can choose between 9 different flavors, with classic ones such as fresh strawberries and fluffy whipped cream, or branch out and try more decadent ones such as their orange mousse flavor (fresh orange pieces and dark belgian chocolate mousse.
Must Try: Their Bresilienne waffle (a Liege waffle with creamy vanilla ice cream, whipped cream peaks, hazelnut crumble, and a dash of caramel sauce) is to die for! It looks as good as it tastes!
In the mood for a mouthwatering Japanese ice cream parfait? Not yet? Don’t worry, once you step foot into this quirky little cafe full of little cakes and parfaits, you’ll be dreaming about the next time you’re able to drop by again. With a colorful assortment of Japanese desserts to choose from, you’ll never be out of options. The towering ice cream parfaits were made for sharing with a loved one!
Must Try: Their popular green tea parfait is refreshingly light and sweet. Make sure to pick up a Japanese baked sweet from their counter before you leave to take home!
A beloved favourite in Vancouver since its launch in 2012, this popular and often talked about ice cream parlour features seasonal flavors that rotate throughout the year, perfected in small batches. An interesting fact about Earnest Ice Cream is that it is the first of its kind to pack pints of their delicious ice cream in glass jars that can be returned and reused. You can enjoy an ice cream cone at the store, and then take home a pint (or two!) of your favourite flavor once you’re finished. They also have delicious vegan options for those who go dairy-free!
Must Try: The London Fog flavor is one of their most well-known flavors, made with light Earl Grey tea and sweet vanilla. Often recommended! Another favourite is their Peanut Butter and Jam flavor, which features house-made berry jam with light peanut butter, which is the perfect sweet and salty combination for those who like to have it all.
Known as one of the top ten chocolatiers in North America, Beta5 has definitely lived up to its status in terms of their treats. Their products are visually pleasing as well as tummy pleasing. They fuse together art with chocolate, and their creations speak for themselves. From their unique cream puffs to their richly decorated chocolates, this is one place you can’t pass by if you’re a chocoholic. Beta5 has collaborated with local artists to create fixed gift boxes in which you can purchase dozens of their chocolates to give to your special Valentine.
Must Try: The Vietnamese Coffee cream puff is as unique as it sounds! A unique blend of coffee, blonde chocolate cremeux, and condensed milk chantilly, this white and purple treat is worth biting into. Of course, their signature chocolates bo12 unique pieces) are worth mentioning as well, with flavors such as The Whole Cherry, Caramelized Banana, and Jasmine Tea.
The name Styo means “frozen yogurt in style”, and with this dessert place, you’d be hard pressed to find a treat that doesn’t suit your style and taste. Their towering swirls of frozen yogurt are decorated with sweet syrups and topped off with a crunchy cookie straw. Their frozen yogurt boasts colorful swirls of the creamy treat and have unique toppings that make the frozen treat one of a kind.
Must Try: The Strawberry Kiss parfait boasts tart frozen yogurt, fresh strawberries, popping candy, and marshmallows, turning it into one luscious treat. If you’re more adventurous with your desserts, try their Green Tea Harmony parfait, which consists of green tea frozen yogurt, sweet red beans, crunchy cereal, jiggly coffee jelly, and a pillowy cream puff.
Creme brulee and lattes, oh my! CrackleCreme specializes in this popular custard and caramel treat, with liquor based ones as well as vegan options! It’s a unique twist on this classic treat, with extraordinary flavors such as bourbon butterscotch, dulce de leche, and even frosted flakes cereal. If you’re looking for a familiar dessert, but with amped up flavors, then Cracklecreme is your perfect after-dinner stop! If you’d prefer to have your dessert at home, Cracklecreme also offers their creme brulee in take-home mason jars, so you can enjoy their treats on your very own couch.
Must Try: Their creamy vanilla latte pairs perfectly with their vegan pina colada creme brulee. A hint of sweetness and tangy tartness from the pineapple makes these two a match made in confection heaven!
The first thing you notice when you step foot inside Soirette Macarons & Tea is their bright display of colorful meringue-based macarons. They promise that their macarons are “wonderful little bites of airiness and flavor”, just as they should be! Their bright, delicate flavors and crunchy shells make them a delight to share with a loved one. Get a box of them in a beautifully decorated white and powder blue box, and attempt to guess each of its wonderful flavors as you devour each one. Don’t forget to sit back and relax with a cup of their herbal tea while you nibble each vibrant treat.
Must Try: Their seasonal flavors are interesting and intriguing at the same time. For a sweet tooth, you must try the Blackberry and Pear macaron (a lovely raspberry colored macaron with splashes of yellow across the top), which is refreshing and tangy at the same time. Another must-try is their Santa’s Milk & Cookies flavor (a white macaron with little chocolate “chips” on top), which is every bit as indulgent and rich as the name suggests.
The doughy confections you get from this charming little shop are simple, but worth every bite. The store opened in June 2012, after years of perfecting their simply-made, delightful dessert rings. Often noted as one of the best doughnut places around Vancouver, Lucky’s Doughnuts at 49th Parallel offers a wide range of flavors that change frequently, so you can experience as many new flavors as possible! Their doughy works of art are nothing to be sneezed at, with each one looking more extraordinary and delicious than the next. A must-try for any doughnut lover!
Must Try: The PB&J Remix is the most unique of the bunch! A square doughnut (yes, a square doughnut) filled with creamy peanut butter in all four corners, topped off with a tantalizing blueberry glaze, and sprinkled with crunchy, crushed peanuts! The doughnut itself is worthy of a picture or two. If you’ve got an Elvis lover in you, you’ll go nuts for the Memphis Flash doughnut, a stick doughnut named after Elvis’ favourite snack (supposedly). A peanut butter pastry cream filled stick doughnut topped with Nutella and pieces of caramelized banana. You “can’t help falling in love” with this one!
Everyone needs to experience the joy of dipping cakes, pretzels, fruit, and cheese into mouthwatering melted chocolate over a burning candle at least once in their lives, and what better time than Valentine’s Day to give it a spin? You can choose your own personal-sized cheese pot or chocolate pot (56% dark chocolate or milk chocolate) to dip your fruit and cakes into. The chocolate fondue set comes with cubed fruits, tea cookies, and an assortment of pastry items. The cheese fondue comes with seasonal fruits as well, veggies and baked potatoes, and artisan French bread and assorted pastries.
Must Try: The fondue experience is not one to be missed! Although by itself, the cheese and chocolate fondue pots are mouthwateringly delicious, you have the option of getting a chocolate fondue add-on, which happens to be mini ice cream truffles! You can order 6 or 12 ice cream truffles with toppings to dip into the chocolate, which will harden over the ice cream into a perfect treat.
With cupcakes this amazing, you’ll want your loved one to take a bite as well! This cupcake store looks good enough to eat! A pastel hued, retro-styled Vancouver cupcake shop that churns out custom cakes, wedding cakes, and of course, cupcakes; this sweet stop is sure to satisfy your cravings for this delightful dessert. Their enormous cupcakes are crafted with real buttercream that melts in your mouth, the softest and fluffiest cake base, and the most picture worthy toppings as far as confections go. Bite into one of the best cupcakes Vancouver has to offer and I guarantee your sweet tooth will thank you!
Must Try: The tiramisu cupcake is made of vanilla coffee marble cake with cocoa powder dusted on top of their cream cheese peaks. It’s like a vanilla latte in a cupcake, full of intense flavor and creamy richness. Just one bite, and you’ll fall in love.
Now that we’ve got the dessert part of Valentine’s Day figured out for you, all you have to do make the hard decision of picking your favourite!
Looking for a place to grab a bite after visiting the Vancouver Lookout? Don’t worry, we’ve got it covered! We compiled 5 of our favourite restaurants, all within a 5 minute walk from the Lookout. From Japanese fusion to good ol’ comfort food, this list provides a variety of cuisines that will satisfy your hunger from a long day of exploration around the city!
Located in Blood Alley, the heart of Gastown, Salt Tasting Room lets you pick your own tasting plate from a selection of 30 different items. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, allow the staff at Salt to choose a plate for you – it’s sure to create a memorable experience.
45 Blood Alley, Gastown
Originated from Tofino, British Columbia, Tacofino has expanded to Downtown Vancouver. With locations all around the city (including food trucks!), Tacofino has made its way into the hearts of tourists and locals. The Gastown location of Tacofino offers a Taco and Burrito bar. We suggest pairing the Guac and Dips with the famous Fish Taco and ending the meal off with Churros!
15 West Cordova Street
Tuc Craft Kitchen’s menu is filled with dishes inspired from cultures around the world. With their rustic dishes mixed with the contemporary interior design, this is a restaurant that you must try if you’re visiting! Try their Crispy Bacon & Egg – a twist on the old-fashioned Scotch egg!
60 West Cordova Street
Positioned at Waterfront by Canada Place, Miku brought Aburi-style cuisine to Vancouver in 2008. Their menu features a variety of sushi as well as Ocean Wise seafood platters. Along with their tasty dishes, the view is also unbelievable when the sun sets. This makes a great place for a special night out with friends and family!
70-200 Granville Street, Granville Square
Widely recognized as the first gyoza bar in Vancouver, Gyoza Bar doesn’t fail to fill your stomach with yummy house-made dishes! Known for their different takes on traditional Japanese gyozas, they also offer other dishes such as Bao Boards and ramen. Give their Lettuce Wrapped Crispy Chicken Taco Gyoza a try – guaranteed to satisfy your taste buds!
622 West Pender Street