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.