You came for the sparkling harbor, steep mountains, and Canadian friendliness? Forget it. Sit down and eat.

By Tracey Minkin
September 12, 2017
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These are 10 eat-and-drink must-dos in a city blessed with culinary chops.

1. Drink Coffee

The pros at Revolver in the Gastown district curate roasts like collectors and brew like artists.

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2. Eat Pastry

Jackie Kai Ellis runs food tours in Paris, and brings that savoir faire to her impeccable croissants among other delights at Beaucoup Bakery near South Granville.

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3. Take a Tour

Taste wares and meet the purveyors at Vancouver's humming culinary centerpiece, the Granville Island Public Market, via a two-hour tour with Vancouver Foodie Tours and Edible Canada.

4. Eat Bao

Bao Down GastroPub + Raw Bar is a local empire of those doughy darlings of the Pacific Rim fused with fresh, local ingredients and kicked up with smart spicing. Grab to-go at the Gastown counter-service shop (don't miss the kimchi fries); head to the GastroPub if you feel like lingering.

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5. Eat Sweets

Kiss macarons goodbye, head to BETA5, and dig into chocolatier/pastry chef Adam Chandler's wildly creative cream puffs (with flavors like Vietnamese coffee, matcha, and s'mores).

6. Get Smart

The Vancouver Aquarium is a stellar spot to pay some love back to the creatures and habitats that fuel some of the best eating in the city.

7. Drink Spirits

Inside downtown's Moda Hotel sits Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar, the Clark Kent of cocktail houses: low-key Italian bistro by day, superhero bar by night. Look for its Whisk(e)y Weekends specials.

Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar

8. Eat Organic

In the hip Mount Pleasant neighborhood, Andrea Carlson's intimate Burdock & Co bistro matches her deft touch with locally sourced and organic foods with a passionate curation of natural wines, a term that describes a terroir-loving approach to stewardship of land and vines.

9. Eat Greens

Vegetables get the loving obsession they deserve from Head Chef Brian Luptak at The Acorn, a serenely minimalist space on Mount Pleasant's Main Street. For grab-and-go vegetarian wonders, check out The Acorn's sassy little sister, The Arbor.

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10. Take Food Home

Support the culinary community (and score sea salts, smoked salmon, and bourbon barrel–aged maple syrup) by shopping at Edible Canada's flagship shop on Granville Island.

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