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Nice restaurants in Vancouver

Hi. My partner and I will be spending two weeks in Vancouver end May/beginning June. We are looking for some cool places to eat. Quirky breakfast joints as well as different dinner spots. Any suggestions welcome. We will be staying in Yaletown but more than willing to walk, cycle or get transport to other areas. Thank you!!

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11. Re: Nice restaurants in Vancouver

Crave was on 23rd, now replaced by Tapas 23, which I haven't tried yet. I don't think Crave relocated anywhere, but yeah, that patio is very cool.

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Lot's of great stuff in that area...

East is East

Bob Likes Thai Food

Great beers at Portland Craft

Trilussa Pizza

HIt the Shameful Tiki Room for sure.....

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Thanks bcBEZ!

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The Acorn at Main and 14th takes vegetarian cuisine to a whole new level: http://www.theacornrestaurant.ca/

Cascade Room at Main and 10th for the best cocktails: http://www.thecascade.ca/

Chicha on Broadway west of Main for Peruvian-inspired cuisine (and pisco sours!): http://www.chicharestaurant.com/

Toshi for sushi on E 16th at Main.

Brassneck Brewery at Main and 6th for a tasty craft beer bar: http://brassneck.ca/

The Whip on 6h east of Main for craft beer and food: http://www.thewhiprestaurant.com/

That's just a small sampling of the many restaurants on Main Street!

But back to the original question, to the people staying in Yaletown - Yaletown puts you in the south-east corner of downtown, which puts you within walking distance (or short, less than $10 taxi ride) from any of downtown Vancouver's restaurants. Forage, Wildebeest, Dinesty (yes, spelled that way), Kingyo, Kitanoya Guu, The Flying Pig, The Keefer Bar, La Brasserie, Notturno, Good Wolfe, Nicli Antica Pizzeria, Sakana Bistro, Nook, Kaide Sushi, The Refinery, Uva Wine Bar, the Twisted Fork, Cafe Medina, Chambar, Hawksworth, Yew, Cin Cin, Blue Water Cafe, Homer Street Cafe, - are some favourites. That's just a fraction of what's out there.

I also like to stress that Downtown Vancouver is only one small part of Vancouver. Often it's the only place visitors visit, but it's really just a fraction of the city of Vancouver, albeit, it's densely packed with hundreds of restaurants, so it's easy to stay put and not go anywhere else!

However, if you're curious about exploring Vancouver's different neighbourhoods (each with their own scenery, look, feel, and micro-cultures), if you get a chance, explore a little bit outside of downtown! Go to places like like Mount Pleasant/Riley Park along Main Street (restaurants listed above) - it's the hipster artsy neighbourhood of Vancouver. No skyscrapers or condo towers here, feels more like a neighbourhood built organically at a human scale. Some really cool shops there too - independent, locally-owned places with character.

Commercial Drive, a short 10 minute Skytrain ride east of downtown, or a 10 minute cab ride from Yaletown), is the more artsy bohemian with Italian Cafes, pubs, small music venues, Italian delis and fruit/veggie markets and restaurants like La Mezcaleria, Bandidas Taqueria, Little Nest, BierCraft, Kishimoto, Tatsu, Merchant's Oyster Bar, and Via Tevere. It has its own little nightlife scene if you're looking for small restaurants, some with live jazz, poetry readings, and such. I'm always amazed at how vibrant Commercial Drive becomes by evening.

Kitsilano is another hotbed of restaurants, some along Cornwall by Yew, like Octopus' Garden... some along W 4th, like Maenam, La Quercia, The Oakwood, Bishop's, Fable, and some along W Broadway, like East is East.

Since you have two weeks in/around Vancouver, there's no reason why you couldn't hit all these neighbourhoods during your time here.

Edited: 04 April 2014, 00:04
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OMG, the Tiki Room! A little pricy, but incredibly delicious drinks that are knock you on your butt strong. They have something called the Mystery Bowl which is this giant bowl/crock filled with a secret blend of juices and spirits in which float 2 lime halves topped with a brown sugar cube, doused with 151 proof and set ablaze.

At risk of turning this post into a How To Get Wasted On Main Street Guide, The Shameful Tiki Room often has line ups on weekend nights, but they'll take down your mobile number and call you when your table is ready, which allows you to nip down a couple of doors to SD Sushi for a couple of rounds of cheap rum and cokes or vodka 7s before heading back for the classy stuff.

Robyn outlined Commercial Drive and Kits well- I tend to think that downtown is good for upscale places, but the neighbourhoods have all the 'best of' places that are moderately priced.

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16. Re: Nice restaurants in Vancouver

Some of my favorites that are very good, imho, are:

1. VIJs Indian fusion cuisine www.vijs.ca

2. Tojos Japanese cuisine www.tojos.com

3. Sunlock Chinese cuisine (Szechuan hot and spicy) at Fraser and 26th Ave in Vancouver

4. Le Crocodile French cuisine on 909 Burrard St, Vancouver

5. Coast on 1054 Alberni St, Vancouver

Bon Appetit!

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Hi folks. Thanks a million for all your info. Much appreciated. Especially to BC_Bybyn for a wealth of info and bcBEZ also. We are SO excited about our trip. Defo heading to some of those neighbourhoods during the day and evening. We like to get a feel for places we travel - what it's like to really live there. Considering Vancouver was voted the worlds most liveable city we are curious... Anyway, thanks again. Only six weeks to go till we will actually be there!!! Slan go foil (goodby in Irish).

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If you want quirky, you have to try The Elbow Room at 560 Davie near Yaletown.:

yelp.ca/biz/…A9-vancouver-2

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