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Top 5 Best Chocolate in Vancouver

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Looking for delicious chocolate in Vancouver? We got you covered, here’s our list of the best chocolate in Vancouver :p

(1) Beta5 chocolates

Beta5 Chocolates is one of Vancouver’s most infamous artisan chocolatier for good reason. This award winning chocolate shop nestled in an industrial area of Strathcona by Main Street skytrain station, Beta5 Chocolates is truly a hole-in-the wall.

The chocolates along with an array of various sweets and pastries are exquisite. Their inspiration comes from their locality and they’re more unique than Vancouver’s ethnic diversity. I dare say you can’t find these chocolates anywhere else in Vancouver or Canada for that matter. Their chocolates are true works of art with much thought and inspiration into each signature chocolates development at Beta5.

Beta5’s brand of local chocolates stands by taste, complexity and ethics which is why they use only direct trade chocolates (better than fair-trade, more expensive too). We also appreciate their emphasis on local, organic, and natural ingredients with their chocolates. Fair warning that the prices are not your Hershey’s chocolate bar or Purdy’s for that matter. A bar of chocolate costs $9. Their cream puffs rings in at $5.  (Their chocolate really does show the amount of thought, intent, and creativity with each piece to reflect the industrial and beautiful natural landscape of Vancouver – you’ll notice their design also holds true to their name, Beta5 as seen with the look of their chocolate bars much like those molecule diagrams you see. Hope I’m not sounding too much like an art critic here.)

Things to try: Cream puffs is a MUST try here. They have an “Award-Winning Signature Chocolates” consisting of 12 of their award winning chocolates as the name implies.

Their name comes from the crystal structure of a perfectly tempered chocolate. They said it best here, “careful alignment of the BETA5 matrix results in our chocolates’ distinctive shine and crisp snap.”

Beta 5 Chocolates Signature Chocolate collection

Beta5 Chocolates Signature collection of several award winning chocolates! (Picture courtesy of Beta5 Chocolates)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beta5chocolatesltd/

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/beta5-chocolates-strathcona-vancouver

Address: 413 Industrial Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 2P3

 

(2) Daniel’s Chocolate: Daniel’s Chocolate is considered a staple in Vancouver as far as fine Belgium chocolates are concerned. Out of his love for chocolate, Daniel, has been making chocolates in Vancouver since 1981. Originally hailing from Belgium, he sticks zealously to only original Belgium chocolate making techniques and the absence of preservative or artificial flavorings which is what makes Daniel’s chocolate so delicious.

Their chocolates range from the classic truffles to unique creations like passion fruit ganache. If you’re looking to taste authentic Belgium chocolates in Vancouver then Daniel’s Chocolate is where you go. It’s actually called Daniel Le Chocolate Belge but Daniel’s Chocolate is more memorable when you’re caught up in bliss with the taste of their smooth and creamy milk chocolate bars. First tasted Daniel’s Chocolates almost 9 years ago and it’s as good now as it was then. (well maybe a little better back in 2007).

Daniel Le Chocolat Belge Canadian

They got great chocolates. Picture Courtesy of Daniel Le Chocolat Belge (Daniel’s Chocolates)

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/Daniel-Le-Chocolat-Belge-135968853102606/

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/daniel-le-chocolat-belge-west-end-vancouver

Address: 1105 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3V5

 

(3) Rogers Chocolate: Rogers’ Chocolates is the definition of BC born business steeped in heritage. They stay true to their extensive BC history since 1885 while continuing to innovate and improve with the times. Their chocolates are some of the BEST chocolates in Vancouver with head chocolatier, Cornell Idu, certified in Belgium is constantly innovating and testing to bring forth the best chocolate creations true to the Rogers’ Chocolates brand and history. It’s all made in BC with sustainable cocoa.

What we love about Rogers’ Chocolates besides their tastefully decadent chocolates is their commitment to contributing to their community. Every year Rogers’ Chocolates makes donations in products and monetary gifts to local non-profit organizations such as Tim Hortons Camp day (if you read this website enough, you know how much we enjoy Tim Hortons – Canadian). YMCA, and Firefighters. They are even in our free Vancouver city walking tour to welcome visitors to Vancouver.

Rogers’ Chocolates is well deserving to be noted as one of the BEST chocolates in Vancouver. If you’re in the area (and even if you’re not), it’s worth while getting some chocolates at Rogers’ Chocolates. Not only is it fairly priced, high quality chocolates but they care about the Vancouver community. Their philosophy is to make contributions economically, socially, and environmentally.  Get their Cashew Chews and Victoria Creams.

Ps. If you’re not in their locality, you can mail order or purchase their chocolates online! As we mentioned, staying true to their history (quality, tasty chocolates) while keeping up with the times.

Rogers' Chocolates Victorian Cream Chocolates

Rogers’ Chocolates Victorian Cream are one of their signature chocolate creations. It’s a MUST try. (Picture Courtesy of Rogers’ Chocolates)

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/RogersChocolates

Zomato: None available. The chocolates are really good though – trust us.

Address: 389 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B8, Canada

 

(4) ChocolaTas: ChocolaTas is the brainchild of Wim Tas and Veve Tas. The couple together conceptualized opening a chocolate store from their humble beginnings, making chocolates in their home. Wim was trained by Maison Wittamer in Brussels, Belgium who is also the exclusive supplier of chocolate to Belgium Royalty. Want a taste of Belgium Royalty? ChocolaTas may be that! Since opening in 2002, ChocolaTas has been serving the local BC community with an emphasis on local and fresh ingredients to their chocolates.

Their store is located in Granville Island and features various unique ganache such as Darjeeling & Lychee or Pepper & Mango. ChocolaTas is also known for their salted caramel chocolates. It also has won a few awards at various chocolate competitions. It’s worth a try after you’ve gotten the top 3!

ChocolaTas chocolates

Look at these pieces of art. Chocolates at ChocolaTas. (Picture courtesy of ChocolaTas)

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/ChocolaTas/

Zomato: None Available

Address: 1669 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9

 

(5) Charlie Chocolate Factory: Charlie Chocolate Factory has an open-concept to their chocolate factory; you can see how they make their chocolates through several windows. Family owned and established in Burnaby, BC since 1970.

Charlie Chocolate Factory is not the best chocolates in Vancouver but they have a REAL chocolate fountain in their Burnaby location; it’s an experience in itself and worth checking out. It was once of the first chocolates I remembered since arriving in Vancouver besides Daniel’s Chocolates. The rice crisp chocolates are pretty good too.

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/charlieschocolate/

Zomato: None available

Address: 3746 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC V5G 1G4

 

Special Mention: These didn’t quite make it onto the list but still worth a mention.

Royce Chocolate: I remember seeing these in Japan at Narita airport (they have it at HND as well) and it was quite a unique chocolate. They have now arrived in Vancouver! (at 3X the price in Japan!). You’ll find this in Richmond Centre by a booth near Shoppers Drug Mart. They don’t keep long though and must be kept refrigerated unlike most other chocolates (the Nama chocolates do, not the chocolate bars)

Address: 6551 No 3 Rd, Richmond, BC V6Y 2B6

 

Coconama Chocolate: Suggested by a reader on VancityAsks.com Facebook Page. This chocolate store is in North Vancouver but well deserving to be mentioned.

Address: 264 1st St E, North Vancouver, V7L 1B3

Top 5 Breakfast Buffets in Vancouver

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Well, this is an unusual list isn’t it? What use would you have to read about the best breakfast buffet in Vancouver?

Personally, I’m a huge sucker for breakfast buffets. It combines being Singaporean where food is culturally celebrated and enjoying hotel breakfast buffets growing up. I figured if it’s such an experience and enjoyment, you would too…or maybe not. Regardless, what better motivation to wake up early on the weekend than to indulge yourself with some delicious eggs, bacon, and coffee?

Most brunch and breakfast buffets you find in Vancouver today are founded within hotel restaurants. Now, this won’t do by Anthony’s Bourdain standards (who apparently avoids hotel buffets) and unfortunately the hotel buffets in Vancouver are not liken to the Grand Hyatt in Singapore…still, I’m hopeful these five suggestions will pass the grade.

Here are five of the best breakfast/brunch buffet in Vancouver (that still exists; it’s getting rarer to find brunch buffets in Vancouver these days).

 

1) Globe @ YVR – Fairmont YVR: The Globe @ YVR has found it’s way back onto our lists again. This time, we’re giving it the #1 spot for the best breakfast buffet in Vancouver.

The spread for breakfast at Globe includes smoke salmon, fruit, frittatas, breakfast meats, waffles and an omelet station among other things. Fairly ordinary fare for an extraordinary breakfast however what really edges Globe @ YVR to the top for the best Vancouver breakfast/brunch buffet is their floor to ceiling runway views.

Globe @ YVR is an award winning restaurant where you can enjoy your breakfast at YVR airport in elegance while you catch views of planes landing and taking off behind the backdrop of the sea (and a little bit of mountain).

The Fairmont always tries to outdo their breakfast experience. The Globe@YVR makes for a great breakfast buffet option in Vancouver.

Hours – 6:00 AM to 11:00 (M-F) & 12:00 (Sat-Sun)

Price $32.00 per person

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/globeyvr-the-fairmont-vancouver-airport-vancouver-airport-richmond

Trip Advisorhttps://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g181716-d684941-Reviews-Globe_YVR-Richmond_British_Columbia.html

Address: 3111 Grant McConachie Way, Vancouver, BC V7B 0A6

 

2) Oru – Fairmont Pacific Rim: The Fairmont hotels are infamous for their decked out breakfast buffets. It’s like the Grand Hyatt buffets of Vancouver.

The best part being, most of their hotel bookings, specifically at Fairmont Pacific Rim, includes free breakfast with your stay; however, if you’re not planning on shelling hundreds for a stay at Fairmont hotels, you can still enjoy their breakfast spread for $36 per person. ($38 per person for brunch).

It seems a lot for breakfast but it’s well worth the price tag. The spread includes house-made breakfast sausage, house-made turkey sausage, house-made BACON, eggs, fresh pastries, cold spread like smoke salmon, and fruits.

Add on to that a Benny Bar and you got a five star breakfast buffet. Most places have an omelet station but Oru at the Fairmont Pacific Rim takes it further with a Benny Bar. A chef will freshly craft you a egg Benedict made to order. Not just any eggs Benedict either, you got selections like Pac Rim “Benny” with real dungeness crab meat, better than your California roll. (which despite it’s name, was actually invented in Vancouver by Tojo’s).

Hours – 6:30 AM to 11:00 AM Monday to Fridays, 6:30 AM to 10:00 AM Saturdays and Sundays (Brunch Buffet starts at 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM)

Price – $36 per person for breakfast, $38 per person for brunch

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/oru-fairmont-pacific-rim-coal-harbour

Trip Advisorhttps://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d1880310-Reviews-Oru_Cuisine-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Address: 1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9

 

3) Oceans 999 – Pan Pacific Hotel:

As far as buffet goes, Oceans 999 is better known for their Sunday brunch or Opera buffet although it’s also worth a visit for their breakfast buffet.

Oceans 999 makes it onto the #3 best breakfast/brunch buffets for good reason. Their spread of high quality breakfast foods will fuel your day right. You have eggs Benedict, made to order omelets, big sausages, bacon, smoke salmon, waffles, a variety of juice, smoothies, and fresh fruits among other things. While the pricing at Oceans 999 may be high, the restaurant really emphasizes on quality ingredients and great service.

This Canadian themed restaurant sits right by the waterfront at Canada Place in the Pan Pacific Hotel; enjoy great sea views with your breakfast. It is well worth the experience placing Oceans 999 breakfast and brunch buffets #3.

(Oceans 999 was formally known as Cafe Pacifica before its recent re-branding. The food, views, and service remain equally phenomenal – if not better. Go try it out for yourself.)

Hours – 6:30 AM to 10:00 AM Mondays to Sundays, Brunch on Sundays at 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM.

Price – $29.50 per person

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/cafe-pacifica-pan-pacific-vancouver-downtown-vancouver

Trip Advisorhttps://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d683100-Reviews-Cafe_Pacifica-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Address: 999 Canada Pl #300, Vancouver, BC V6C 3B5

 

4) Arc Restaurant – Fairmont Waterfront: We’re back with another Fairmont brand hotel at #4. The Arc Restaurant is pricey but it has some incredible options for a breakfast or brunch buffet.

While the Arc Restaurant may not have the views like Cafe Pacifica or Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant, it does have good breakfast spread and even better service for a breakfast buffet.

You’ll find fresh honey comb from their own bee keeping operations to go with your freshly baked bread. This goes along with your standard spread for a breakfast buffet of fresh fruits, pastries, eggs, and meats.

It’s well worth the visit even if to taste the fresh honey!

Price – $32.00 per person

Hours – 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM Monday to Friday, 6:30 AM to 11:00 AM Saturday and Sunday.

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/arc-bar-fairmont-waterfront-downtown

Trip Advisorhttps://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d6510624-Reviews-ARC-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Address: 900 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 3L5

 

5) Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant – Empire Landmark Hotel: Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant is located on the 42nd floor of the Empire Landmark Hotel. While the breakfast spread may not be spectacular, dining on the 42nd floor for $19.95 is an experience in itself.

The Empire Landmark Hotel is in the West End with an unmistakable rounded top. This is where the Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant sits.

As far as the breakfast buffet goes, you have your standard fare for hotel breakfast buffet with a variety of meats (bacon & sausage), scrambled eggs, french toast, pastries, fresh fruits, and coffee.

Enjoy great view of Vancouver downtown from the 42nd floor with your breakfast or brunch. Note that while the restaurant will not be revolving during breakfast times, you’ll still enjoy a magnificent experience (if it’s sunny in Vancouver).

Hours – 6:00 AM to 10:30 AM Monday to Sunday (from May 3rd)

Price – $19.95 per person

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/cloud-nine-west-end-vancouver

Trip Advisorhttps://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d683790-Reviews-Cloud_9_Revolving_Restaurant_Lounge-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Address: 1400 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1B9

 

More Brunch/Breakfast buffet in Vancouver:

There are several other great breakfast and brunch buffet that are worth mentioning.

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Best Donuts in Vancouver

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Sometimes your sweet tooth wants some carbs and that’s when donuts are your perfect pick. Yet, if you’re going to cheat on your diet and pluck up those calories, you may as well do it for something worth it. As Dr. Leslie Tay of the ieatishootipost blog in Singapore likes to say, “don’t waste your calories on yucky food”.

Here are five places you can indulge yourself with the best donuts in Vancouver:

1) Cartems Donuterie: Cartems is without a doubt, hands down, the best donut Vancouver has to offer. It’s a cool donut shop in Gastown at 534 West Pender. The small nook is nestled between some shops.

The Donuterie is known for their unique flavors like the infamous Canadian Whiskey bacon or the one I’ll be trying next time, “triple chocolate threat”.

The ingredients at Cartems are source as locally as possible among other things. Beyond their upbeat logo is also a friendly person happy to strike up a conversation and make you feel welcome as you enjoy your cup of coffee and savor the $3 donut in their small but brightly colored shop.

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/cartems-donuterie-downtown-vancouver

Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/cartems-donuterie-vancouver-4

Cartems Donuterie in Vancouver

The infamous Cartems’ Canadian Whiskey Bacon. I think this is what I got the last time I went. Picture from Cartems Donuterie

Cartems Donuterie indoors

A view inside Cartems Donuterie. This shop is typically busy with events.

Cartems Donuterie Vancouver exterior.

Taking a look outside Cartems Donuterie. It’s a small and unassuming shop with good donuts. Photo from Google Maps

Address: 534 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1V3

 

2) Lee’s Donuts: It seems like a really unassuming store by an exit at Granville Island market but don’t be mistaken, these donuts are easily the best in Vancouver.

You have your typical honey dip, chocolate, and maple glaze – the staples. Although there are also more flavors like honey dew, Bavarian cream, or  dutch chocolate. Fancy! I think once I even tried their maple, bacon doughnut about two or three years back? Anyways, the point is that Lee’s Donuts have been esteemed as a fine donuts establishment for a long time, well before Cartems and Lucky’s came about (as great as they are).

There may be the occasional times you end up get a room-temp donut though if you come in the peak periods, the donuts are typically freshly fried and incredibly delicious. Service is typically good.

Lee's Donuts at Granville Island is Vancouver's number 2 best donuts.

Lee’s Donuts as displayed at Granville Island. Picture from Lee’s Donuts.

Lee's Donut in Granville Island Market sign

Lee’s Donuts is located in Granville Island right by the second entrance to the Granville Island Market. Picture from Lee’s Donuts

Delicious Vancouver donuts, the best in Vancouver

Enter here for delicious donuts!

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/lees-donuts-granville-island-vancouver

Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/lees-donuts-of-granville-island-vancouver

Address: 1689 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9

 

3) Lucky’s Donuts: Lucky’s Donut is a product of 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters which is also on our list for the best cafe in Vancouver. The donuts ring in at about $3.50, much like Cartems. They have a coffee and donut combo running at $5 for 12 oz of freshly brewed caffeine with any doughnut of your choice.

Once again liken to Cartems Donuterie, Lucky’s Donuts are infamous for their unique and extravagant flavors such as Creme Brûlée, salted caramel, PB&J, or how about apple bacon fitter?

Lucky Donuts once again emphasizes on natural ingredients for donuts that are freshly made throughout the day. Who could complain with that? They found their start on twitter in June 2012 after years of intent and months of construction as noted on their website to build out the artistic location where Lucky’s Donuts is right now on Main St.

Their coffee aren’t that bad either, so we hear 😉

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/forty-ninth-parallel-cafe-luckys-doughnuts-mount-pleasant-vancouver

Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/luckys-doughnuts-vancouver-2

Lucky Donuts at Vancouver BC specialty donuts

How’s this for themed donuts? Delicious Sakura donuts only at Lucky’s Donuts in Vancouver, BC.

Vancouver donuts tray

Glorious donuts at Lucky’s Donuts. How about starting your day with one and a freshly brewed cup of 49th parallel coffee only $5.

Lucky's Donuts Exterior in Vancouver BC

Outside Lucky’s Donuts store in Vancouver, BC. Can you believe this use to be a laundromat? Courtesy of Google Earth.

Address: 2902 Main Street Vancouver, BC V5T 0C1

 

4) Duffin’s Donut: In Vancouver, there aren’t many places you go for a late night supper. That is unless it’s Duffin Donuts.

Duffin’s Donuts is a unique establishment in Vancouver that serves donuts along with Chinese food, Mexican food, and a host of other cuisines on their diverse menu…24 hours! Their menu may even be as international as Vancouver. To imagine they offer this 24 hours, round the clock is quite an achievement, well deserving of our top 5 list for the best donuts in Vancouver.

While the donuts are good, they aren’t the fancy types like Cartems or Lucky’s. You may as well grab your bubble tea and Chinese take out while you venture to this shop at the cross roads of Knight and 41st Street. The exterior and shop itself may have seen better days, but the heart and soul (the food) is still on par.

If you can’t decide between Chinese food or donuts, then your pick is Duffin’s Donuts because you never know when you might want fried chicken, donuts, hot tortas, and bubble tea in one go!

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/duffins-donuts-kensington-vancouver

Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/duffins-donuts-vancouver

Duffin's Donuts Sprinkled Vancouver Donuts

Ohhh Sprinkles! Delicious Vancouver donuts at Duffin’s Donuts by 41st and Knight street

Fried Chicken at Duffin's Donuts in Vancouver

If you’re going to grab some donuts, you may as well do it right with some fried chicken?

Duffin's Donuts in Vancouver

Duffin’s Donuts – A Vancouver establishment inclusive of the rain clouds. Truly Vancouver.

Address: 1391 E 41st Ave, Vancouver, BC V5W 3R9

 

5) Outpost’s Mini Donuts: Outpost’s Mini donuts is out of the way at Stevenson but while you’re there, grab some fish n chips from Pajo’s or pizza from Steveston Pizza Co.

Outpost’s Mini Donuts will allow you to reminiscence the hot summer nights at the PNE when Vancouver’s weather wasn’t so depressing. It’s the bite you go for when you want to remember what Vancouver can be like. No, in reality, we listed Outpost’s Mini Donuts because they had bacon in their mini donuts! That’s a plus by any standards (though it isn’t kosher)

Outpost’s donuts puts a unique twist to the traditional mini donuts you see at carnivals and events. The cake donuts come in seasonal flavors (which at the moment includes Lemon, Bluberry, Boston Cream, Raspberry Chocolate, and Coconut). The prices here are much easier to digest; it’s only $7.50 for a baker’s dozen (13) and $4.75 for half a dozen.

Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/vancouver/outpost-mini-donut-co-steveston-richmond

Yelp: https://www.yelp.ca/biz/outpost-mini-donut-company-richmond

Outpost Mini Donuts in Stevenson BC

Outpost Mini Donuts are known for their unique flavors to the traditional cake-based mini donuts. Photo from Outpost Mini Donuts

Outpost Mini Donuts cinnamon donuts are the 5th best donuts in Vancouver

Outpost Mini Donuts Traditional cinnamon sugar mini donuts in Vancouver

Exterior of Outpost Mini Donuts as Vancouver best donuts

Outpost Mini Donuts are located in Stevenson, right by the Fisherman’s Wharf. See the mini donuts here.

Address: 12240 Second Ave #110, Richmond, BC V7E 3L8

 

There you have it, the best donuts in Vancouver as rated on VancityAsks.com. It’s pretty much a consensus that these are the best donuts in Vancouver (#1-4 namely).

As far as fancy donuts goes you don’t have many choices in Vancouver. Thankfully there’s Tim’s and you know we like giving away Tim Hortons gift cards on this website because we enjoy Tim Horton’s so much (how can you not? It’s like a Canadian staple especially if you grew up in the East). Their donuts are not half that bad also.

Share your feedback or suggestions in the comments bellow!

 

Random Fact – Ever wondered why Baker’s Dozen was 13? Where did it come from?

Here’s your answer: “King Henry III was so irked by the problem that he implemented a new law to standardize the weight of a loaf—selling puny loaves could result in beatings or jail time. Since bakers wanted to stay on the right side of the law, one common trick was to give 13 loaves to any customer buying a dozen”

http://mentalfloss.com/article/32259/why-bakers-dozen-13

Looks like Subways could learn a thing or two. Never really liked Subways myself anyways.

 

It’s a donut, but it’s not:

Here are two stores that you may be interested in trying out if you’re looking for Vancouver’s best donuts. They aren’t really donuts so we couldn’t put them on the list but they fit the bill:

Swiss Bakery – Hands down the best cronut in Vancouver. It was initially the brainchild of a New York baker, Dominique Ansel back in 2013. It’s what happens if a donut and a constant had a child; you got the best of the fluffy, buttery texture of a croissant with the sweet-tooth toppings of a doughnut. The name cronut is actually even trademarked by dominique so Swiss Bakery calls theirs a frissant. I care not the name so long as it’s good.

Swiss Bakery Frissiant as Vancouver best donuts.

Chocolate heart shape frissant which is basically Vancouver’s version of a donut+crossiant breeding.

Address – 143 E 3rd Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 1C7

 

Chewy Junior – Ah Chewy Junior. You see this store all over Singapore at City Hall Raffles shopping center and most other major shopping centers. It’s pretty much like a chewy donut but better. You have the crisp crunch on the outside with a chewy center (not like under cook dough but uniquely satisfying) typically with a creamed filling. It’s great if you’re looking for a doughnut with a little more bite. Not really a donut but still deliciously hits the spot. Thankfully it has made it’s way around to Vancouver at 508 West Cordova Street right outside Waterfront station to your left.

Chewy Junior Cream Puff

It looks way better in person BTW. Give Chewy Junior a visit at 508 W Cordova.

Address – 508 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B

 

 

 

 

Best Singapore food in Vancouver

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Singaporeans in Vancouver, you can rejoice. I think we’ve categorized all the Singaporean/Malaysian Restaurants in this post and ranked the top 5. List will continue to be updated.

 

Being originally from Singapore, I know Singaporeans have two national hobbies (1) eating (2) shopping. (and this is not an exaggeration. Take this from NUS website, “Shopping, watching movies and dining are said to be Singapore’s national pastimes.”)

Here’s your ultimate list of Singaporean food in Vancouver – wasn’t hard writing at all.

First off, if you’re looking for good Singaporean food in Vancouver, I suggest you skip Banana Leaf. You’re over paying for food that isn’t representative of Singaporean or Malaysian cuisine. This is the list of REAL Singaporean food in Vancouver.

If you’re Singaporean or if you’re interested in Singaporean cuisine in Vancouver, read on, because you will not be disappointed!

Being a foodie was in part how VancityAsks.com was started. I like food so much, we wanted to share the BEST food Vancouver has to offer for whatever cuisine or tastes. (since Vancouver is such a multi-cultural city with so many delicious experiences).

 

So without further ado, let’s get to finding the best Singaporean food in Vancouver.

Some things you have to try with Singaporean food in Vancouver is (1) Chicken rice (2) Laska (3) Prata – this is actually Malaysian food.

 

1) Mamalee Malaysian Delight:

Formally known as Cafe D’lite and now rebranded as Mamalee Malaysian Delight. It’s located in Kitsalino and serves up some delicious authentic Hainanese Chicken Rice! (Dare I say, better than many chicken rice I’ve tasted in Singapore.)

We’ve ranked it at #1 as the best Singaporean food in Vancouver because they do so well at their specialty – Hainanese chicken rice. It’s like a hawker concept where one hawker store will do really well in a certain dish and only serve that dish. It’s certainly worth a visit though I’ve yet to try their curry or deserts.

What’s good: Chicken rice, Laska

What’s bad: Nothing that I’ve tried so far.

Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/mamalee-malaysian-delight-vancouver

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/mamalee-malaysian-delight-kitsilano-vancouver

Vancouver Hainanese Chicken Rice at Mamalee Malaysian Delight

Hainanese Chicken Rice at Mamalee Malaysian Delight – VancityAsks.com’s pick for the #1 Best Singaporean food in Vancouver

Pan Mee at Mamalee Malaysian Delight in Vancouver

Malay Spicy Pan Mee at Mamalee Malaysian Delight in Kitsilano

Vancouver Singaporean Laska Food at Mamalee Malaysian Delight

Singaporean/Malaysian Laska at Mamalee Malaysian Delight. Look at the nostalgic marbles! (remember those marble games?)

Address: 3144 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6K 2H3

 

2) Hawker Delight: Hawker Delight is quite the delight. It’s right on Main street and has been one of the long standing Malaysian/Singaporean restaurant/take-out in Vancouver. Very friendly people and fast service. The restaurant is typically pack during lunch and dinner.

The prices are incredible as well for Singaporean/Malaysian food in Vancouver. Go give this fine establishment of Singaporean food in Vancouver a visit if you would like to try good char kway teow.

What’s good: Char Kway Teow

What’s bad: Not really bad but laska was average. Their tofu skins can be skipped too.

Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/hawkers-delight-deli-vancouver

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/hawkers-delight-riley-park-little-mountain-vancouver

 

Address: 4127 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P6

 

3) Penang Delight:

Penang Delight is an excellent Malaysian restaurant in Vancouver that’s definitely worth a visit. They have several branches across Vancouver for good reason.

The food comes out fast, hot and delicious. It’s not really specifically Singaporean food in Vancouver. (in contrast, even though Bean Sprout chicken is technically Malaysian food in Vancouver, it still has a lot of familiar Singaporean dishes. In reality as mentioned, both cuisines are very similar. Most restaurants advertise or serve a fusion of Malaysian and Singaporean or even Thai.)

The prices are slightly higher relative to Hawker Delight, and they added sugar to their Penang prawn noodle soup. Other than that, it’s good Penang food.

What’s Good: The prawn noodle soup is so good.

What’s Bad: None so far.

Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/penang-delight-cafe-vancouver-2

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/penang-delight-cafe-marpole

 

Address: 1316 West 73rd Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6P 3E7 (other location at 3885 Rupert St,)

 

4) Kaya Malay Bistro: Kaya Malay Bistro is a nice, small restaurant near west Broadway. It’s rather modern with a drink menu along with their food. Food is rather authentic Malaysian/Singaporean food in Vancouver. It’s certainly worth visiting.

Their condiments for the hainanese chicken rice is quite on point. As you will hear from Anthony Bourdain (who infamously endorsed Tain Tain Chicken rice in Singapore – and ever since the line up has been incredible), the condiments with Hainanese chicken rice is very important.

The prices are very reasonable for an eat-in restaurant and certainly lower than Banana Leaf Vancouver. They have also participated in Dine-Out Vancouver.

Yes it seems most Singaporean food in Vancouver are actually Malaysian restaurants if you’ve noted that observation by now. There’s always this debate between Malaysian and Singaporean food; we prefer to enjoy the food.

What’s Good: chicken rice, roti canai

What’s Bad: rendang beef, mango

Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/kaya-malay-bistro-vancouver

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/kaya-malay-bistro-fairview

 

Address: 1063 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 1E2

 

5) TBD
We’re still looking for the Best Singaporean/Malaysian food in Vancouver. I’m sure it’s coming 🙂

 

Other mentions: Singaporean food is so hard to find. Here are some other Singaporean/Malaysian restaurants and eateries you can try out in Vancouver. Let us know your thoughts and opinions.

John 3:16 Malaysian Food: It’s good Singaporean and Malaysain food in Vancouver but they are currently closed. Food is authentic and family style but smaller portions.

Address: 8151 Anderson Rd #170, Richmond, BC V6Y 2V9

 

Prata Man: When I arrived in Vancouver, I remember Prata Man distinctly being a great establishment of Singaporean food. The Hokkien mee was their specialty despite the name, Prata man. Now however, this eatery has really declined in quality and in food safety. It’s still worth a visit to try their Hokkien mee but do note the store is not very clean. Go for their prata or chicken rice while you’re there as well. It’s right in Richmond near Bridgeport station.

Address: 9060 Capstan Way, Richmond, BC V6X 1R4

 

Laska King: Laska King is located in East Hastings, not the prettiest neighborhood in Vancouver. They have good laska however and been around for quite some time. It’s a Burmese and South East Asian eatery serving up laska and other dishes like roti canai (prata – different ways of calling the same food).

Address: 2546 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5K

 

Tropika: Tropika is actually quite good south east Asian food in Vancouver. It’s worth visiting for a dining experience; these are restaurants much like Banana leaf rather than the typical take out, small eateries or cafes for other Singaporean food in Vancouver.

Address:

(1) 2975 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2V7

(2) 5300 No 3 Rd #322, Richmond, BC V6X 2C7

 

Coco hut: Coco Hut is another Singaporean food store in Richmond. Their chicken rice is lacking flavor but their menu prices seem well. I can’t comment about their other food but reviews appears to be worth visiting.

Address: 8388 Capstan Way #1118, Richmond, BC V6X

 

Spoon Kitchen: Spoon Kitchen we have seen several times on Groupon. It’s not authentic Malaysian/Singaporean food in Vancouver but it does give a fairly good taste of Malaysian, Singaporean, and Thai food. I hear portions are small relative to the prices. It’s rather near downtown and worth checking out if you got a Groupon.

Address: 1909 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M7

 

Mui Garden: Mui Garden is a Hong Kong style cafe (as we mentioned earlier that a lot of these HK cafe seem to serve certain Singaporean/Malaysian dishes) which actually serves up fairly decent Hainan Chicken Rice and curry. It’s worth checking out but not specifically a Singaporean restaurant in Vancouver.

Address:

(1) 4265 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P8

(2) 5797 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5P 3W5

(3) 5960 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, BC V6X 4J4

 

City 1 Cafe: City 1 Cafe is another Singaporean food restaurant in Vancouver. It’s located on the 25 bus route near Cambie in a strip mall besides Safeway and TD bank. It’s Ok food. It’s not actually ran by Singaporeans or Malaysian (it was bought over apparently) but Cantonese. Food understandably is not as authentic and sub par.

Address: 954 W King Edward Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2E2

 

 Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken:

It’s quite an undiscovered Singaporean/Malaysian food eatery. If you’re looking for cheap and good Singaporean food in Vancouver, then Bean Sprout Chicken is your bid.

Go to the food court in Crystal Mall (quite like  a hawker center) and checkout their menu as you savor delicious Malaysian and Singaporean food in Singapore.

Lemak (malay word for fatty but actually implied as rich in flavor) laska is around $7-$8 (rather than paying $15 at Banana Leaf ). Most of the food is rather authentic. They don’t make their own prata however so give that a skip.

Prices are reasonable and food is good. Do not go here for a date or for service. Most the times I’ve been greeted very grudgingly even with a courteous smile myself. (and I can confirm it wasn’t the rainy weather affecting their moods). Still, I can put up with some bad service for good food 🙂

What’s good: Char Kway Teow, Hor Fun, Penang Prawn Mee, Curry puff,

What’s bad: Prata (avoid)

Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/ipoh-bean-sprout-chicken-burnaby

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/ipoh-bean-sprout-chicken-central-burnaby

 

Address: 4500 Kingsway #2127, Burnaby, BC V5H 2B1

 

Conclusion:

There typically isn’t a conclusion paragraph with VancityAsks.com articles but I didn’t want to make you read so much before getting to the list of best Singaporean/Malaysian food in Vancouver (since I suspect you were already drooling at the thought of the flavor pack explosions in your mouth.)

So I copied some paragraphs at the start, and pasted it here as the conclusion 🙂 Remember, re-use, recycle, and reduce! We are a green city after all.

I have tried most Singaporean food in Vancouver (one thing you can ask any Singapore expat that they miss about Singapore is FOOD. They have daily debates about the best food at “hawker centers”…if you want to strike up a conversion with Singaporeans, truly just talk about food. You’ll be surprise how passionate some Singaporeans can be about their food….and their neighbors, to be politically correct.)

For years, I’ve been dishing out my recommendations for the best Singaporean/Malaysian food in Vancouver to every Singaporean I met whether they wanted it or not. Now, it’s your turn. Thankfully since you’ve volunteer read this article, I’d suppose you want to. Singaporean cuisine is truly an experience not to be missed; if you cannot make it to Singapore (uniquely Singapore), these are possibly your next best option to tasting Singaporean food.

Singaporean food incorporates many cultures and cuisines as Singapore is a melting pot of cultures and races much like Vancouver. It’s also good to note that many foods you find in Singapore can also be found in Malaysia and Indonesia or Thailand. Hence it’s not exclusively Singaporean food in Vancouver but Malaysian & Singaporean food in Vancouver. There honestly isn’t too much difference between the dishes in these two countries with some modifications and taste on certain recipes – for example the laska in Singapore is more creamy, coconut taste like a thai curry whereas Malaysia’s Penang laska is the sour and salty version.

Singapore has also strict regulations for their food (even hawker food) so it’s prepared more health/safety regulated meaning it leaves out some traditional additives that may previously be used. Dr. Leslie Tay would be able to tell you more about how the “hor fun” in Singapore compares to Malaysia. Hor Fun is basically fried rice noodles in delicious stock.

There are also many restaurants that serve a few Singaporean/Malaysian dishes but we’ve focused on those that are specifically intended for food in this geographic region. You’ll find that many HK cafes serve Laska with steamed chicken (and they do taste good)

If you’re Singaporean in Vancouver reading this article, I hope we’ve helped you edge off your cravings.

 

 

Bonus:

BKK Jerky – this is Singaporean style Jerky in Vancouver. Freshly made with full beef/pork slices. Tastes pretty good actually.

Prima Foods – For those of you who want to savor Singaporean dishes in your own home, TnT and many asian grocery stores are beginning to carry packaged Singaporean food in Vancouver.

For example, Prima Laska Instant noodles, Chicken rice seasoning packets, even Bak Kuh Teh soup packets!

There’s plenty of variety here nowadays. You can even get your Malaysian white coffee or 3 in 1 coffee at TnT these days. There’s also a very close variety of Singaporean pineapple tarts in TnT Vancouver if you fancy some pineapple tarts – nothing quite as good as those glory pineapple tarts in Singapore however.

Alongside, TnT has been carrying frozen prata for some time. You need to be able to cook it on a hot pan and fluff it up before serving though.

 

We’ve also address prices more in this blog post than any other previous best-of Vancouver articles because Singaporeans love a good deal 🙂 Now this is hear-say. (no reference for this comment but personal experience haha)

Best Cheap Sushi in Vancouver

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It’s been three months past the new year and you realize, you’re a little behind your new year’s resolution to eat healthier and maybe shed a few pounds.

Sushi is both healthy and delicious. Protein, omega-3 and carbs perfectly combined together to a light and nutritious meal. Buzz words in health.

So let’s catch you up with your new years solution. Here are five sushi restaurants or take-outs in Vancouver that’s affordable and yummy.

There are hundreds of sushi places in Vancouver so choosing which one can be difficult; especially when the collteral of bad sushi is an upset stomach, you don’t want to risk your chances. Here are some of the best cheap sushi in Vancouver so you can enjoy good sushi on a friendly budget. Be surprise at the deals you find in Vancouver for sushi. Your wallet and stomach will be happy you found this on VancityAsks.com

 

1. Yamato Sushi:

I walk by this the other day and it looks very unassuming store nestled between a Chinese restaurant and another sushi store (Jako Sushi). There was a prominent flyer outside promoting 24 pieces at $5.95. Normally that would scare you but if it’s Yamato Sushi, you give it a try.

You won’t be disappointed with the pricing and the sushi is moderately acceptable. If you’re looking for cheap sushi in Vancouver then don’t miss out on Yamato Sushi when you’re in Vancouver.

I suggest you go for take out as there’s nothing fantastic about the dining experience at Yamato. The thing about cheap sushi is the affordability and quality of the food rather than the dining experience. Many of these are take out places or small dining areas to keep the cost lower.

Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/yamato-sushi-restaurant-vancouver

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/yamato-sushi-downtown-vancouver

Trip Advisorhttps://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d2229488-Reviews-Yamato_Sushi-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Address:

 

2. Broadway Sushi:

Broadway Station Sushi in Vancouver doesn’t win an award for the freshest sushi in Vancouver but it certainly is competitive for the location, convenience, and costs.

You can get a combo for just over $8 which includes miso and two rolls. It’s good for a quick bite on the go with your commute, maybe before catching the crowded 99 to UBC.

Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/broadway-station-sushi-vancouver

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/broadway-station-sushi-kensington

Trip Advisorhttps://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d4851863-Reviews-Broadway_Sushi_Station-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Address: 1638 Broadway E Suite 101 Vancouver, BC V5N 1W1

 

3. Hoshi Sushi:

Hoshi Sushi is not fine dining. It’s a small restaurant in Vancouver (Kitsalino area) that’s consistently packed especially during peak periods. They serve up delicious Vancouver sushi and sashimi but also dish up a variety of excellent cooked food options.

It’s not precisely the place you’d go for the best sushi in Vancouver. Why is it listed #3 for our list of best sushi in Vancouver? At VancityAsks.com we try to feature the BEST of Vancouver although we appreciate there can be various ways to define best. Hoshi Sushi has garnered a reputation for good sushi and good prices.

Hop on over to savor fresh sushi for during your lunch break. Hoshi Sushi Vancouver is listed #3 on our list for the quality product and good prices.

Yelphttp://www.yelp.ca/biz/hoshi-sushi-japanese-restaurant-vancouver

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/hoshi-sushi-kitsilano

Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d5086979-Reviews-Hoshi_Sushi_Japanese_Restaurant-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

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Address: Go for some tasty sushi at 2825 Broadway W Vancouver, BC V6K 2G6

 

4. Shabusen Yakiniku house:

Shabusen Yakiniku House is located on the second floor of 755 Burrard Street right in the middle of downtown. This is likely the best sushi/BBQ buffet in Vancouver as well.

For just under $15 at lunch, you can enjoy a variety of Sashimi, Nigiri Sushi, and sushi rolls. There’s also an add on for all you can eat Korean BBQ (about $2). Incredible value and the food is actually pretty good as far as buffet goes. You’ll be surprise how fresh their sashimi actually is. (for buffet standards. Nothing compared to Sushi Bar Maumi)

The place is typically packed so be sure to make a reservation if you can. Shabusen is definitely deserving of the #4 spot for the best cheap sushi in Vancouver. It’s so good, it’s made it’s way by word of mouth all the way to Port Coquitlam.

Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/shabusen-yakiniku-house-vancouver-3

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/shabusen-yakiniku-house-west-end-vancouver

Trip Advisorhttps://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d708889-Reviews-Shabusen_Yakiniku_House-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Address: 755 Burrard Street Suite 202 Vancouver, BC V6Z 1X6

 

5. Matsuyama Sushi Richmond:

Matsuyama Sushi Richmond is one of Richmond’s secret spot for good and cheap sushi. It’s a little out of the way from Vancouver but their supper menu provides good food at a good price.

Matsuyama also has a nice dining area beyond it’s good food.

Yelphttps://www.yelp.ca/biz/matsuyama-japanese-restaurant-richmond

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/matsuyama-japanese-restaurant-central-richmond

Trip Advisorhttps://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g181716-d1220597-Reviews-Matsuyama_Japanese_Restaurant-Richmond_British_Columbia.html

Address: 8500 Alexandra Road Suite 110 Richmond, BC V6X 3L4

 

Other Mentions:
Jako Sushi:
BC Sushi:
– Shiro

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