Shelley is a freelance writer living and eating her way around Vancouver. She grew up in Australia and has been taking advantage of her dual Canadian citizenship ever since she tried her first caesar in 2015.
This bar hidden up a staircase in Campagnolo has a small menu and lots of obscure wines and cocktails.
August 21, 2019
The Alibi Room in Railtown is a beer bar in a huge warehouse, and is where you can try out pours from local breweries.
Grapes and Soda is a great spot for a glass of natural wine while you wait for your table at a restaurant nearby, but it's worth coming to on its own.
This tropical island of a bar is where you go to drink things on fire with six shots of rum in them with a whole group of friends.
Keefer Bar is one of the best and strangest bars in all of Canada, with an apothecary theme and a complex cocktail list.
Meet is an entirely vegan place in Mount Pleasant that's open late on the weekends and has a reverse Happy Hour.
Savio Volpe in the Fraserhood, with its Italian food and impressive drinks list is as couple-friendly as it is family-friendly.
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If you want ramen in Vancouver, head to Marutama where you can customize your bowl.
Whether you come to La Mezcaleria in Commercial Drive for the mezcal cocktails or the Mexican food, you'll leave happy.
Le Faux Bourgeois is a classic French bistro where you won't have to wait long for a table to eat steak frites and escargot.
This tiny plae in Gastown serves the best tapas in the city and lots of food out of cans, along with an impressive selection of Spanish wines.
You're going to wait for a table at Toshi in Mount Pleasant partly because it's tiny, but mostly because the Japanese food is really good.
The Arbor is a vegetarian restaurant on Main St. where you can walk right in and eat sandwiches, pizzas, and salads - try and get a seat on the patio.
Bring a small group to Pidgin in Gastown to share some of the most creative food you'll find in the city.
From the same people as Kissa Tanto, Bao Bei is another must-visit spot, though it's more casual and the food is creative Chinese.
Kissa Tanto is one of the hardest reservations to get, but it's well worth whatever you have to do to get one to eat the Japanese - Italian food.
This large, bright restaurant on Alberni St. downtown is where you'll find reasonably-priced traditional dim sum (without the carts).
Since it opened in 1985, Joe Fortes in West End has been a Vancouver staple - sit on the rooftop if you can while you eat fresh seafood.
Eating Japanese small plates at Kingyo in West End is a quintessential Vancouver experience.
DD Mau’s Chinatown location is right below a club, so it’s the perfect spot to start a night with Vietnamese food and a group of friends.
Downlow Chicken Shack is just a small room where they play loud, dance music and serve the best fried chicken in the city.
Caffe La Tana is a tiny Italian spot in Commercial Drive where you can come for pasta for lunch, charcuterie for a picnic, or natural wine at night.
When you want to eat brunch somewhere bright with a nice patio, head to Hunnybee in Strathcona and get the ricotta pancakes and a mimosa.