Gastown is one of the coolest neighborhoods in the city of Vancouver, known for the big whistling Steam Clock. The neighbourhood is filled with art galleries, Victorian architecture, souvenir shops along with a plethora of bars and restaurants. The area downtown is filled with some pretty hip restaurants serving every type of cuisine imaginable. If you consider yourself a foodie then you are going to love Gastown. There are even tours you can take through the neighbourhood that include tastings at a couple of the different restaurants here. If you’re on your own then let us show you where to eat. Here is a look at the Gastown neighbourhood.
If you want to try some truly epic Mexican food then you’re going to love this place. They have the best fish tacos in Vancouver (probably in all of Canada) but that isn’t all they serve here. You are going to love the churros! The place is warm and friendly and you can have dinner on the patio during the warmer months. If you don’t have time to sit down and dine, then grab some takeout from the Burrito Bar.
This is a popular destination for foodies from all over Vancouver, it serves upscale French cuisine and the service is five star. It is a great place to grab brunch on the weekends and it offers a secluded spot for dinner that is guaranteed to impress. The price of dinner for two here doesn’t come cheap but it is worth every penny.
If upscale French food is not your thing, that’s okay head on over to Peckinpah for something just as tasty but a bit more casual. You can grab some slow cooked smoked meat and southern Barbecue. There is a patio for those hot summer nights and the atmosphere is fun and casual. There are a number of craft beers on tap and a country vibe.
This is the perfect spot when you want some comfort food with a distinctly Canadian flavor, how about some poutine with cheese curds and beer gravy. Finish the meal off with some double chocolate cookies that are to die for. Located in the oldest building in Gastown the place is welcoming with a relaxed atmosphere and the prices will work for you.
Nicli Antica Pizzeria
What food tour would be complete without at least one place to go and get a good pizza. Named the best pizza in the city for several years running, you won’t be disappointed. They serve classic Neapolitan style pizza with fresh ingredients cooked in a wood fired oven. This is perfect place to head to with the family.
Vancouver is a great city with plenty of things to see and do. There are restaurants, world class shopping, professional sports teams and plenty of ways for you to occupy your time.
You know what else it has?
Rain…lots of rain.
The locals bring an umbrella with them everywhere, you could need it at any time. So what do you do when you want some nibbles and it’s a miserable rainy day or evening? Here are some of the best spots to hit in Vancouver when it is too rainy to hit an outdoor café or one of the many delicious food trucks.
Coffee and Pastry
Grabbing something to nibble on doesn’t always have to involve a three course meal. You can simply grab a cup of your favorite brew and a sweet treat that goes along with it. Café Thierry is a great choice, you need to try the hot chocolate it is to die for. The Granville Island Tea Company is also a great choice, pass a rainy afternoon with friends having chai tea and some succulent pastries.
Pub Grub and Board Games
Vancouver has a thriving nerd culture, it might have something to do with all the sci-fi television series that are shot here. One of the pluses of this is that you can head over to a “nerd bar” and play some old school board games. Anything from a strategic game of chess to Monopoly. Two of the best places to have some pub grub and board games are the Storm Crow Tavern or the 131 Water Kitchen and Bar in Gastown. This is great way to spend a rainy fall evening with some friends and have some delicious eats while playing old school games from your childhood.
Grab Some Authentic Ramen
Vancouver has a huge and vibrant Asian community and that means there are some amazing noodle shops all over the city. Can you think of a better time to have ramen then when it is cold miserable and raining? Watching the rainfall while you’re warming up inside and a piping hot bowl of spicy ramen noodles. It’s perfect. But where do you go and get that perfect bowl of noodles. Let’s have a look.
Marutama Ramen: With three locations in Greater Vancouver you won’t have far to go and grab their famous creamy chicken shio broth with thin noodles.
Hokkaido Santouka Ramen: This place holds the title of the “Best Ramen in Vancouver” and because of that you can expect it to be crowded, noisy and delicious.
Taishoken Ramen: You can find this place in Gastown and they take their ramen very seriously. Your ramen will be separate from the broth to maintain the perfect consistency of the noodles. You dip your noodles in the soup before eating them…trust me it is delicious.