Kirin Mandarin Restaurant

Alberni St. downtown is where you’ll find stores selling expensive things like diamond rings and Louis Vuitton dog beds, and it’s also where you’ll find Kirin. This Chinese restaurant has been around for over 30 years and looks sort of like a hotel lobby, even though it’s actually one of the best dim sum restaurants in the city. They don’t have the traditional carts here, so choose a bunch of things off their menu - the barbecue pork buns, prawn dumplings and egg tarts are must-orders - and book ahead. You could come with a big group and share everything, but even if you’re only here with one person, it’s reasonably-priced enough that you can still try a lot. What you don’t end up spending on food, you can always put towards the least-expensive item at one of the stores on your way back to your hotel.