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Best Poutine Stores in Vancouver, BC

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We all love eating poutine. Read this article if you want to know where the best, mouth-watering poutine is in Vancouver. It’s so good, you may just think you’ve visited Montreal. Do not skip these magnificent creation if you’re craving poutine in Vancouver.

Where are the best poutine in Vancouver? Try out these Vancouver poutine and let us know if you agree; they are the top 5 YVR poutine in our books!

To find the best poutine, let’s first discover what constitutes as good poutine. Crisp, double-fry, fresh cut fries topped with luscious, thick, flavor-packed beef gravy (slightly peppered) paired importantly with fresh Quebec cheese curds! This is a bite you will remember. Quebec cheese curds are a MUST for poutine. (else it’s just fries with cheese and gravy)

The Best Poutine in Vancouver:

1) La Belle Patate:

“The beautiful potato” as it’s known in French is as close a taste of Montreal poutine as you would get in Vancouver downtown (unless you’re willing to take a road trip to Langley for Estrella’s Montreal Deli). These gorgeous double fried fries are freshly cut, homemade, and crisply fried as a good poutine should. Now topped that with flavor packed gravy with real Quebec cheese curds; you have the best poutine in Vancouver. It’s not even a competition.

La Belle Patate has a variety of poutine variations that you can try including smoke meat, chicken, BBQ, and Galvaude. When you visit, because I know you will after this picture, go for the traditional good old fashion traditional poutine then try their smoke meat poutine next.

La Belle Patate Poutine in Vancouver

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Websitehttp://westcoastpoutine.wix.com/labellepatate

Address: 1215 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N4

 

2) Oakwood Canadian Bistro:

Living up to it’s name, this Canadian bistro serves some of the best Canadian poutine in Vancouver. The “Very Canadian Poutine” at Oakwood Canadian Bistro is only served during their dinner menu and comes to a price of $14 but it’s rather an irresistible dish. Freshly made fries is topped with house gravy and generous portions of smoked beef brisket and Quebec cheese curds.

If you’re looking to taste the best poutine in Vancouver, Oakwood Canadian Bistro rightly comes justified at #2 with this artisan Canadian poutine creation. We’re placing this at #2 partly because of it’s delicious poutine and largely because we’re a fan of anything Canadian and local; which Oakwood Canadian Bistro fills both. Their other dishes are also equally a worthy try.

Oakwood Canadian Bistro Poutine on wood in Vancouver.

Very Canadian Poutine at Oakwood Canadian Bistro in Vancouver, BC

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Websitehttp://www.theoakwood.ca/

Address: 2741 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1P9

 

3) Belgian Fries:

Belgian Fries have been acclaimed by Vancouverites as a go-to spot for good poutine. Their menu features a variety of ambitious poutine variations from the classic to the chicken kebab poutine. While it’s not the most authentic style of true Canadian poutine as at Oakwood Canadian Bistro, their poutines are a local favourite. The gravy used at Belgian Fries is vegetarian friendly. (bias but I think real gravy for poutine should not be vegetarian; nonetheless, it is still equally delicious.)

Belgian Fries serves up two sizes for their poutine, medium and large. The prices at Belgian Fries run just under $10 for a medium sized premium poutine (like Chicken Kebab) and roughly $7.50 for their classic Vancouver poutine. The portions are reasonably sizable for a medium though a large is only roughly $1.50 more. Maybe visit with a friend, grab two different large poutines, and try a little bit of both; they have quite a few different poutines. While you’re there perhaps try out their deep fried mars bar too.

Belgian Fries in Vancouver BC Poutine

Belgian Fries in Vancouver

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Address: 1885 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A5

 

4) Fritz Fry House:

Fritz European Fry House is known primary for their poutine. Who would have thought another European themed store would be serving up the best poutine in Vancouver. This family owned eatery is nicely nestled right in downtown Vancouver and patronized by both locals and tourists looking for good poutine in Vancouver. As with any good poutine, the fries are freshly fried and home-made. You have the thick brown gravy over-top with perfect Quebec cheese curds which soften without completely melting. That’s a good poutine. Fritz European Fry House can’t quite edge out Oakwood’s Very Canadian poutine but it’s a great value for any late night food escapes.

Prices are fair, $5 for small, $7.5 for medium, and $10 for large. Their poutine menu is a la cart, you can add any additional toppings to your classic poutine ranging from Montreal smoke meat to crumbled bacon for an additional cost. They have a few specialty European dips such as “peanut sauce” or “dutch mayo”. It’s worth a try if you’re around the area; don’t go out of your way though. Fritz European Fry House is opened daily till at least 2 AM except Monday when it’s closed; 4:00 AM on Fridays and Saturdays.

Fritz Europoean Fry House Poutine in Vancouver BC

Vancouver BC Poutine at Fritz European Fry House

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Websitehttp://www.fritzeuropeanfryhouse.com/

Address: 718 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1B6

 

5) Smoke’s Poutinerie:

Smoke’s Poutinerie easily serves up some of the best Vancouver poutine. This seems to be a franchise (and being Vancouverites, we prefer family-owned, local businesses). This is true Canadian comfort food, with thinly cut, crisp fries, even better gravy, and cheese curds. Their cheese curds is good and their gravy is even better. They serve up a variety of flavors from pulled pork, chicken fajita, or their veggie delux. It’s one of the biggest poutine menu I’ve seen in Vancouver; Smoke”s Poutinerie only serves poutine.

Prices are $6.99 for a regular size traditional poutine and $4.99 for their snack size (which is truly a snack size – no bigger than a box of Chinese take out). Making it a specialty poutine is only $2 more which is highly recommended.  Having only tried their classic poutine, what I especially like about Smoke’s Poutinerie  is the thin-cut fries that are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. It still keeps crisp with the gravy. It’s a little different from the other thick-cut fries above. [I remember hearing about Smoke’s Poutinerie opening it’s new branch in Vancouver several years back and was ecstatic to try it out; always enjoy a good poutine. It was time Vancouver got it’s own specialty poutine stores like in Montreal and now we do, La Belle Patate and Smoke’s Poutinerie! If you’re craving good poutine, it won’t disappoint.]

We’ll be replacing Smoke’s Poutinerie with Costco’s poutine shortly because honestly Costco poutine is closer to Canadian poutine and better value than Smoke’s Poutinerie. The franchise isn’t very well operated and hygiene can be a concern at Smoke’s Poutinerie by observation of their operations.

Smoke's Poutinerie in Vancouver Classic Poutine

Smoke’s Poutinerie is known for good poutine in Vancouver.

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Websitehttp://smokespoutinerie.com/

Address: 942 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L2

 

More POUTINE! If you’re still craving for poutine, here are more worthy stores to try. They aren’t as the first five but equally worthwhile in a category of its own.

You can’t have too much poutine just like you can’t have too much chocolates so here are more MUST-Try poutine indulgence in Vancouver:

Dunn’s Famous – Dunn’s Famous is known for smoke meat (which honestly, isn’t that great – not anything near Swartz in Montreal. It needs to be more meatier and peppered. Tastes like traditional corn beef or deli smoke meat at the moment.). Their smoke meat poutine is generously portioned for $8! Almost a 9″ circular container stuffed with fries, gravy, cheese curds and loaded with smoke meat crumbs.

In essence, Dunn’s Famous has excellent value for their smoke meat poutine but could step up their game on the gravy and smoke meat aspect. This is highlighted for incredible value and portions.

Estrella’s Montreal Deli – If you’re craving a taste of Montreal and willing to drive for it them Estrella’s is the spot for you. It’s all the way out in Langley but it’s as close to Montreal Smoke meat and poutine as you can get in the Greater Vancouver Area. They make their own smoke meat and then use the drippings from the smoke meat for their poutine gravy. This is seriously good; the store is owned by a former Montreal resident and they know their food well. If you’re looking for good poutine in Vancouver then this is the spot to go. (albeit quite the drive)

Overall, there are over 35 eateries in Vancouver that dish up this deliciousness called poutine (from the likes of restaurants like Chambar, pubs like Wolf and Hound, pizza franchises like Mega bite to good old food truck in Maple Ridge like Big Red’s Poutine – we Canadians love our poutine). We are confident these Vancouver poutine we’ve featured above are the five best poutine in Vancouver BC that you have to try if you’re craving poutine.

Don’t let some stranger tell you where the best poutine is. (This Buzzfeed article is completely off – since when is the best poutine in Vancouver…from a Belgium restaurant. Belgium Fries has some pretty mighty poutine but far from the best in Canada. This is like saying French Cuisine is better in Singapore.) On the other hand, these are the best poutine in Vancouver from a local’s perspective and local opinions.

 

Ps. Remember when Wendy tried to make poutine Canada’s national food? I think they were on point there; I can’t think of anything more Canadian than sorry, poutine, and Tim’s. (Speaking of which, it’s time Tim Hortons make their rendition of Poutine – they got roasted potatoes wedges now.)

A few other poutine stores in Vancouver were not mentioned. If you’re looking for good value, and tasty poutine, your nearest costco could be a safe bet for good poutine at only $4.75. Since poutine is almost our national food, there’re quite a few options for poutine. Comment if we missed anything that should be on the top 5 list.

Thanks for reading.

5 Best Food Trucks in Vancouver

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Vancouver has been hailed the food truck capital of Canada. Even so, you’ll be surprise, food trucks that truly stand above the crowd are far and few in between – we still mostly see the standard hot dog stands in Vancouver.

With this said, Vancouver still has a more vibrant food truck scene than most cities in North Vancouver and as varied as our artisan coffee roasters. For this, you have Vancouver City Councillor, Heather Deal, to thank in part who has advocated for the growth of this industry. She believes it’s a reflection of this city’s creativity and identity. Even with the city advocating for the growth of Vancouver food trucks industry…there have been many great food trucks that still unfortunately had to close including PazzaRella.

 

Here, we have the five best food trucks in Vancouver:

1) Eat! Chicken Wraps –

Don’t underestimate these chicken wraps. Eat! Chicken Wraps is an unassuming food cart typically parked opposite Chipotle on Howe Street. Conveniently located near UBC Robon, the law courts, and smacked in the center of downtown Vancouver, EAT! Chicken Wrap is the epitome of Vancouver food trucks, a fusion of cultures perfectly executed in a delicious chicken wrap.

Their specialty is the Hoisin Chicken Wrap  although you can’t go wrong with any other variety of chicken wraps at this Vancouver food truck. Many have likely walked by this unassuming food cart many times not knowing the deliciousness that comes out from this Vancouver food cart. Go ahead, grab your protein packed wraps on the go the next time you walk by.  They really should use better signage; it’s a disservice to passer-by who miss out on such delicious food.

Hoisin Wrap at Eat Chicken Wraps Vancouver

All time favourite Hoisin Wrap at Eat! Chicken Wraps Vancouver Food Cart.

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Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/eat-chicken-wraps-food-truck

Address: 800 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1A1

 

2) Le Tigre –

This wonder of Vancouver food trucks was conceptualized in 2012 by Clement Chan and Steve Kuan both of which carried years of culinary experience as apprentices and training at local Vancouver Career College (Clement) and Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (Steve). Putting their experience, passion for food, and ethic background together, these chefs bring some of the BEST food found in any Vancouver food trucks with no exaggeration. Le Tigre is a mix of Chinese street food matched with fine dining (as fine as a food truck can be – one thing in common is the small portions though! No, it’s not actually that small but you always need more Kick Ass Rice.).

At Le Tigre, patrons typically go for their specialty, the Kick Ass Rice which is a rice dish cooked in Sake, butter, and dashi (yes it tastes as good as it sounds) accompanied with a poached egg, herbs, and a protein (which seems to change occasionally). Another must-try at Le Tigre is the signature “angry kitty cat squares” composing of fried rice, kimchi, and herbs deep fried in squares served with nori. (I’m curious if they got the name from all the Hello Kitty toys given by McDonalds in Asia?) Le Tigre is an absolute must try as far as food trucks in Vancouver are concerned.

Kick Ass Rice at Le Tigre Food Truck in Vancouver

Look at that Kick Ass Rice at Le Tigre! A Must-Try fare for Vancouver food trucks. (It may seem unexciting but it is a flavorful dish)

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Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/le-tigre-cuisine-west-end-vancouver

Address: Map shows their downtown location on Thursdays at Bute Street and Alberni Street.

As with Food Trucks in Vancouver, Le Tigre roams about the city of Vancouver. Find their full schedule here: http://www.letigrecuisine.ca/contact-us/

 

3) Japadog –

Japadog started in 2005, with hard work and perseverance what begun as a street cart by 899 Burrard Street is now five food carts, one food trucks, and a store at Robson Street.  Their Japanese style hot dogs are a MUST try for tourists and visitors; it’s the poster child of Vancouver’s Food Truck success. Some accredit (rightly so) Japadog as the catalyst for  the unique variety of Vancouver street foods.

Japadog has build such a following for good reason; it’s been highlighted by tourists during the Vancouver Winter Olympics and visited by various celebrities and icons. They are most known for their original creations, TeriMayo Beef hotdog which as it’s name implies is a teriyaki style hot dog topped with mayo and nori. Another popular favourite of their fans is the Kurobuta Pork Hot Dogs which is made with succulent Kurobuta Pork. Japadog invited the popularity of diversified street food! (and many other great Japanese style Food trucks in Vancouver.)

Japadog in Vancouver Authentic Japanese Hotdogs

Look at this! Japadog in Vancouver.

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Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/japadog-1-downtown-vancouver

Address: 899 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 3G5

 

4) TacoFino –

Originating from Tofino, TacoFino has finally made it’s way to Vancouver. Taking it’s roots in Tofino, it gained quite the media buzz for their Baja-Style Fish Tacos. Tacofino serves incredibly fresh fish tacos with a rabid following of surfers. This was the kind of food you would go out of your way to try.

Since coming to Vancouver, owner and taco legend, Kaeli Robinsong continues to hold true to their originating recipe of “offering quality, freshness and affordability with an environmental and nutritional conscience.” It seems to be working, as fans are coming by flocks to their Vancouver outlets. Even though Tacofino now has two food trucks in Vancouver, and several branches…they still hold true to the consistent quality and freshness with their food. (all made from scratch!) It’s absolutely a MUST try food truck in Vancouver once it’s up and running. You won’t miss that bright orange/yellow truck around your neighborhood.

Some bites you have to grab at Tacofino Vancouver is their famous Baja-Style Fish Tacos. Another popualr choice is the Tortilla Soup. For that matter, just try the whole menu, it’s all good!

Baja-style Fish Taco at Tacofino Food Truck in Vancouver.

Baja-style Fish Tacos at Tacofino. Food truck in Vancouver

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Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/tacofino-cantina-downtown-vancouver

Address: Temporary close for the Winter (They have a shop in Gastown though)

 

5) Yolk Food Truck –

Yolk is a Vancouver favourite as far as breakfast food trucks are concerned. They bring an elevated approach to breakfast. Perfectly poached eggs on anything from duck confit eggs benedict to your standard perfectly executed eggs benedict!

Yolk is a Vancouver icon of it self serving up delicious, mouth watering bites. We highly recommend visiting their food truck by Bentall Centre.

Yolk Food truck

Yolk is a food truck but they also have a store at Broadway. Check out this dish!

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Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/yolk-s-breakfast-street-meet-truck-downtown-vancouver

Address: Burrard St & W Pender St, Vancouver, BC

Share your feedback, comments, and questions in the comments bellow! There were quite a few that would have been featured but choices had to be made 😉

Here are a two more special mention for Vancouver Food Trucks:

  • Korean Mama: Frequently parked outside the Vancouver City Centre Canada line exit, this Vancouver food truck is owned by an elderly Korean couple. Quite the determination and character to see them daily set up and take-down their store only late at 10 Pm. They serve a basic selection of delicious Korean bowls and burgers (specially known for their bulgogi at $9)  and bite-size options like Korean fried chicken for $5.
  • The Kaboom Box: A hit and miss but still widely recommended food truck by Vancouver residents. Kaboom Box is known for their Oyster Po’Boy sandwich; fresh deep fried oyster served on a bun with homemade tartar and slaw. The food truck emphasizes local and sustainable ingredients where available.

Operating a food truck is hard work. A typical foods and beverages operation is difficult enough with long hours, quality-checks, and business admin tasks. A food truck has a whole other element; imagine preparing food in the small confined space upwards of 12 hours per day. This has forced a few amazing food trucks out of the race such as PazzaRella (arguably was one of the best pizzas in Vancouver? The maestro from Bella Gelateria used to frequent this joint so it has to be good.) among others such as Nu Greek, Bun Me Baguette, and Taser Grilled Cheese. Seems like good food is not enough to sustain a business.

It’s great to see the diversity and quality of food trucks in Vancouver despite the uphill climb. These local business fully deserve the applause for their determination, hard work, and great food!

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)

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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)

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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)

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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 (Oceans 999) 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) Notch8 – Fairmont Hotel Vancouver: Well, there are already three Fairmont Hotel breakfast buffets on the article, why not make it four. Notch8 is well deserving of the recommendation just as they are known as well for their annual Valentine’s Day chocolate buffet (yum!). It seems to be the perfect replacement to Cloud 9 (next best brunch buffet restaurant will be Ground 7. 😂 Kidding, we may actually jump from 8 to 2… that is, H2 Rotisserie & Bar. It is too new a place at the moment to recommend as well, Westin Bayshore may also be slated for redevelopment but we’ll see how it goes.)

Notch8 has one of the BEST food quality you will find at buffets especially if you’re coming for their weekend brunch buffets. There are many chef stations where you can get your food customized to your liking, a stark contrast to most buffet food. Named after a train’s top speed, the restaurant is also conveniently located in the heart of downtown Vancouver at 900 West Georgia Street.

The spread at Notch8 Restaurant & Bar is very diverse for a breakfast buffet but quality is where it counts at Notch8. If you’re looking for a weekday breakfast buffet to treat yourself or a weekend brunch buffet to unwind and enjoy the finer things of life then Notch8 Restaurant & Bar should be considered for it’s delicious breakfast buffet in downtown Vancouver. The location as mentioned is especially convenient. The interior design of Notch8 is set matching to its name’s origin with artifacts of a train (train booths and painting). Unfortunately, despite its unique interior design, there is no spectacular views to be had as at Oceans 999. Here’s a tip, the desserts (while exceptionally good) don’t often get replenished in the buffet so help yourself to desserts early. Check out their brunch buffet as well especially for one-time events like Father’s or Mother’s day. On Valentine’s Day, Notch8 Restaurant & Bar will host a chocolate room buffet which is a unique experience (floor to ceiling chocolate – even the walls are chocolate).

Price – $34.00 per person

Hours – 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM Monday to Friday, 7:00 AM to 10:30 AM Saturday and Sunday.

Zomatohttps://www.zomato.com/vancouver/notch8-restaurant-bar-the-fairmont-hotel-vancouver-downtown

Trip Advisorhttps://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g154943-d8114031-Reviews-Notch8_Restaurant_Bar-Vancouver_British_Columbia.html

Address: 900 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6

 

More Brunch/Breakfast buffet in Vancouver:

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

Dockside Vancouver

YEW Seafood + Bar

Hendrick’s Restaurant

H2 Rotisserie & Bar

 

Updates: Occasionally, we update the article for one reason or another to maintain relevancy ensuring we always find the best of Vancouver. Here you’ll find a short catalog of any changes for transparency and curiosity.

~ May 10, 2018…

  • Added Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s Notch8 to our best breakfast buffet content in replacement of Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant (sad it’s no longer in Vancouver – probably the only breakfast buffet with a view in the sky) which was closed as the Empire Landmark Hotel (where Cloud 9 was located) is being demolished to build new condos.

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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