Jostling with Toronto and Montreal for the pole position of top Canadian dining city, many visitors regard Vancouver as the hands-down winner for its far wider array of great ethnic food. This ranges from multi-course Chinese feasts to European-influenced tasting plates and perhaps the best sushi available outside Japan.
West Coast cuisine – also called Pacific Northwest cuisine – has also enjoyed a renaissance in the city in recent years, largely due to a rediscovery of the region’s uniquely flavourful ingredients, including high-quality Fraser Valley meat and vegetables and distinctive Vancouver Island seafood. Local restaurants tend to fuse these regional delicacies with European or Asian influences and they are often expertly paired with some of B.C.’s popular selection of wine and beer. The province’s Okanagan Valley is renowned for its wines, while several unique breweries dot Vancouver, Vancouver Island and the wider B.C. area.
Be sure to check out our own listing of gay and gay-friendly dining establishments right here on GayVancouver.Net. We have everything from great places to have brunch to finer dining to some of the best ethnic restaurants in North America!
Or head to the Tourism Vancouver website for a searchable database of great local eateries. Also pick up free copies of Eat Magazine and City Food for reviews, happenings and the latest on the city’s dining scene.
And don’t forget to consider combining your visit with the city’s annual Dine Out Vancouver event where visitors can dip into Vancouver’s smorgasbord of diverse restaurants at discount prices.