Vancouver has a lot of great food to offer. Check out our tips here:
You may have noticed from our name that we love having oats for breaky. They’re good for you and don’t break the bank. For coffee and WiFi after your home cooked oatmeal head to any of the many cafes that line the streets.
For the budget friendly traveller on the go – opt for a bagel at urban fare. Filter coffee and WiFi + many condiments, jams etc you can help yourself to.
If you’re after a big breakfast that reminds you of Australia (avo toasts, real coffee and the best breaky sandwich ever) head to Green Horn.
The farmers markets in West End on Saturdays are amazing for breakfast, lots of fresh options and great coffee, coupled with people watching in what feels like tranquil suburbia.
We did not get a chance to have a typical Canadian breakfast but would have loved to go to forage.
The saviest lunch option would be getting groceries from the supermarket. Safeway actually has a salad and soup bar, a great (healthy) alternative to a sit down lunch. Head to one of the many parks and enjoy! There are lots of fresh berries and fruit available at little corner stores and the beaches.
Hubbub makes fantastic sandwiches and massive salads. We had a pulled pork roll and salad and were not disappointed!
Joey’s grill on Denham street is a typical Canadian diner serving bottomless coffees ($1/refill) and hearty Canadian cuisine.
The best find and a real insider tip is a leafy oasis on the steps in front of the art gallery. You can enjoy wine and beer, sheltered from the sun and the city buzz, yet you’re close enough to watch the busy streets. Grab a sandwich too – the most surprising thing about this is how reasonable the prices are.
Wish we could have made it to miku for their lunch deal (upmarket sushi at the waterfront) and japadog which just sounds and looks awesome.
Dinner and drinks
Our favourite meal in Vancouver was dinner with friends and Holy Crab. This is not a budget friendly place but so much fun and the food is awesome! No plates or cutlery, you just crack your fresh seafood open on the table.
A seafood option that won’t break the bank would be Sushi. Shizenya has brown rice rolls which is apparently not that common in Vancouver.
Timber serves delicious burgers and tasting flights of beer. Check out all the stuffed animals! More great beer options can be found at the dozens of micro breweries Vancouver has to offer. Check out this post on pub crawls.
The best value for money must be Joel Forte’s happy hour. From 4-6 PM this chic rooftop bar overlooking Robson Street offers $1 oysters and $5 pints and wines. You can also opt for other fantastic looking food options, but we could not get enough of the fresh oysters. Make sure you arrive on time / early to get a spot.
We hope this post is helpful for your Vancouver visit. Let us know what places you found so we can include them when we come back!