Vancouver’s restaurants are some of Canada’s finest. If you want to eat well, you’ll be spoilt for choice – and won’t have to spend a fortune. Chinese and Japanese cuisines have a high profile (superlative sushi, in particular, is a mainstay, and very affordable). Vietnamese and Thai are also well represented with plenty of Korean options, and can often provide the best starting points if you’re on a tight budget. One of the biggest trends in the Vancouver restaurant scene is for nose to tail, seed to stem dining and you’ll find plenty of “West Coast cuisine”, comprised of fresh local ingredients such as salmon, oysters, and sweet local spot prawns. A food cart craze hit Vancouver in 2010 and now there are around 100 trucks around the city and regular Food Truck Festivals (w foodcartfest.com) selling healthy, culturally diverse foods ranging from Korean-Mexican fusion to El Salvadorian pupusas. Vegetarians, vegans and the gluten-intolerant are well served by a number of specialist places.
The city also has a commendable assortment of pubs and bars; craft beer drinkers and fans of craft cocktails, in particular, will be well-satisfied.